Ike Lea, New Science Building

University of Hawaii Maui College, Kahului, Maui, Hawaii

The new Science Building at the University of Hawaii, Maui College is a state-of-the-art 32,000 sf reinforced concrete and steel structure. The facility includes the main building, a remote Observatory with four telescopes, and a chiller plant. The new building provides eight high-tech laboratories, a lecture hall, general classrooms and administrative offices for the department. The new facility supports the projected increase in campus enrollment and provides a much needed replacement for the existing inadequate science facility.

This facility is designed as an educational tool in itself to teach students about sustainability through design. Features such as energy conversion, daylighting, energy efficient HVAC and lighting systems, green roofs, site orientation and recycling are incorporated into the building’s design. Photovoltaic panels and vertical axis wind micro-turbines generate a portion of the building’s electrical demand, thereby reducing operating costs and lowering the building’s carbon footprint. The building received a LEED Gold certification and incorporated LABS 21 requirements.


Education - Higher Education
Science Facility


University of Hawaii, Maui College




Completed 2013

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