The Information Technology Center at University of Hawaii Manoa Campus was conceived as a ‘Showcase of Sustainability’. The building and the site have improvements that aim at the goal of leaning less on existing infrastructure systems on campus. This site previously flooded during storms in October 2004, so the building was sited higher and other stormwater solutions were very important.
The landscape architect collaborated and designed site elements to include: bio-infiltration swale, mini check dams, permeable concrete, ‘hapa’ planting of natives and low maintenance, drought tolerant species, green walls and a living roof. This low impact development project still serves the needs of students, faculty and staff by providing seatwalls and tables in sun and shade and by providing an aesthetically beautiful landscape. It is expected that this building and site will receive a LEED Gold Certification. (Completed while at Belt Collins LLC)