Educational facilities planning blends HHFs core skills in facilities and community planning, environmental and land use planning, sustainability and landscape architecture.  Schools and higher education facilities are recognized as components of larger systems and districts, and as vital partners with the communities they serve, and HHF has demonstrated its ability to incorporate these external factors into its overall campus planning approach.  HHF also assists in developing and adapting educational specifications and evaluating operational efficiencies, preparing ultimate build out plans, Capital Improvement Plans and providing 3D modeling capabilities. HHF has developed expertise in conducting school facility condition assessments and providing the information technology to support facility mangers plan, program and implement facilities improvements.  HHF maintains close ties with architectural and engineering professionals to provide seamless planning services

Key HHF staff stay abreast of evolving teaching methodologies, curriculum, and educational technologies that are rapidly changing the ways in which the entire educational environment facilitates learning, working, and interacting. Twenty-first Century learning precepts, distance/online education, and place-based learning approaches have and continue to challenge the traditional concept of “campus.” In Hawai‘i, ‘āina-based learning curricula—the intertwining of native Hawaiian knowledge and practices within the “traditional” educational environment—seeks to engage Hawai‘i’s outdoor environment as the classroom.

The growing importance of sustainable design and advances in construction materials and technology are pushing the boundaries of classroom and campus design, resulting in responsive environments that facilitate optimal learning conditions that advance an organization’s sustainable goals. HHF is well versed in the LEED for Schools rating system and the Collaboration for High Performance Schools (CHPS) criteria and metrics, and with its partners, is able to develop strategies to foster greater energy and water independence, greenhouse gas reductions, and approaches to integrate sustainable principles into the curriculum.

HHF provides knowledge and experience in:

  • Long Range Development Plans
  • Facility Condition, Functionality, and Sustainability Assessments
  • Feasibility Studies

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  • Educational Facilities Projects

    Insular ABCs Facility Assessments

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    UH Maui College Science Building

    This new science building at University of Hawai‘i Maui is a LEED Silver building intended to combine state-of-the-art instructional facilities with sustainable design practices. This facility continues implementation of the college’s Long-Range Development Plan, prepared by HHF in 2007. Because the project involves the use of State lands and funds, and because it is in […]

    Puakō Marine Education Center

    HHF assisted the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo with conceptual site planning, landscape design, and the acquisition of various State and County land use permit approvals required for the proposed marine education and research center at Puakō. Development of the proposed project on a 5-acre undeveloped site adjacent to Puakō Boat Ramp provides a permanent […]

    Kamehameha Schools Maui Facilities Assessment

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    Honolulu Community College LRDP

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