Waikoloa Middle School Classroom Building

Located in an arid region on the leeward slope of Mauna Kea and the edge of a lava field, the new Waikoloa Elementary and Middle School Classroom Building emphasizes comfort, wellbeing, and flexibility in a variety of indoor / outdoor learning spaces. The building is organized around a courtyard / teaching patio that provides a central gathering / learning space for the middle school and links a diverse set of programs: classrooms, science labs, art studios, special education, and counseling. The building’s massing and roof are designed to leverage the trade winds for ventilation while protecting against the southern sun, preserving views, and allowing daylit interiors.

Sustainability strategies address the location’s dry context. Water conservation and management strategies will decrease dependency on municipal water infrastructure; the landscape design will reuse lava rocks found onsite to reflect the surrounding terrain; natural ventilation will support health and decrease energy use; and site appropriate materials — steel frames, with metal studs and concrete siding — will make the building easy to maintain and long lasting.

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