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Virtual School Tour
November 18, 2020
4:00 pm Hawai'i Time
Honouliuli Middle School
East Kapolei, Hawaii
to view 360 degree photos of the tour.
- HI-CHPS Certified
- AIA CES Credits (in process)
- Cost: free for members, $10 for non-members
The State’s new public Honouliuli Middle School is located on an 18 acre parcel, formerly cultivated with sugar cane, within the 1,300 acre East Kapolei Master Plan Development Project area. The first phase of the school’s construction is complete and occupied. Two additional construction phases are planned to complete the campus. Planning for the school involved a strong community based design and charrette process. The school includes 126,000 SF of educational program area made up of a collection of separate buildings organized around a central outdoor commons area. This organizational strategy recognizes that middle schooler’s network of influence shifts from family to friends and the importance of having space that they can treat as their own in this important stage of development.
The school is the first whole public school project in Hawaii to achieve Hawaii-Collaborative for High Performance Schools (HI-CHPS) Verified certification. Schools which meet HI-CHPS criteria are defined as high performance learning environments that are healthy, comfortable, conserve energy, water and resources, safe, adaptable and easy to operate and maintain.
The tour will walk through the physical campus and discuss the visioning, programming, and function of the campus with input and observations from the school principal and students.
- Project Programming: A year of studying paradigm-shifting schools, and charrettes with stakeholders, students and educators revealed an organic design process and resulted in changes of thought about what a new school could look like, serve, and function for Hawaii’s children.
- Project Planning & Design: Instead of a singular or hierarchical school construct, The collective Honouliuli Middle School campus is designed around a campus commons and flanked by administrative, social (cafeteria), educational (classrooms), creative (Music) and investigative (Learning Commons) to visually and physically connect students to each other, and to the school who are there to serve their needs. Scalable exterior spaces are located throughout the campus to provide group and individual learning environments. The goal is to create opportunities for cross collaboration and interactions that don’t otherwise occur in multi-building schools.
- Project Development: The Cafeteria and Classrooms are designed for “Mixed Mode” ventilation. Using CFD modeling and optimizing insulation, materials, operable windows and shading allow for comfortable indoor spaces which are not dependent on mechanical HVAC systems. Now more than ever, this opportunity is crucial to optimizing clean, outdoor air for the physical safety of students and staff.
- Building Materials: The design material palette is the result of an assessment of locally available materials and labor skillsets. Utilizing CIP and pre-cast concrete optimizes controlled, on-site construction without depending on mainland fabricators. Colors and textures respond to the raw vernacular environment of the Ewa Plain.
Link will be sent to all RSVPs on November 18
Webinar via Zoom
July 14, 2020
2:00 pm HST
Impact of COVID-19 on Schools
Join the A4LE Hawaii Chapter for a discussion of the challenges and issues facing schools due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Clearly, COVID-19 will have a global impact on all facets of life and the what the return from stay-at-home will look like is anyone’s guess at this point.
This webinar will examine the issues surrounding the coronavirus impact on how schools operate and their facilities.
We will present a brief presentation from our distinguished panelists followed by a Q & A session with attendees.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
Maker Space Symposium
Saturday, November 2, 2019
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Check-in 8:30 am
Punahou School, Kosasa Design Lab
- Keynote: Miki Tomita, Education Incubator
- Tours of Punahou Maker Space
- Exhibits by Educators
- AIA CES Credits (3 Expected)
The maker movement is a powerful and transformative evolution in education, but what defines it, and how are other school putting concepts to use?
There’s no lack of science to the understanding that hands-on learning-by-doing and social team dynamics increases cognition, attention, and ultimately a student’s own learning outcomes. But implementation of design thinking can shift an entire curriculum from more to less predictable, as any teacher knows. So then, how are school leaders developing spaces for student invention, and what do they look like? Beyond understanding the needs for space and equipment, the maker movement also taps into incredible momentum accelerating student growth is schools everywhere. Collaborative team projects are more commonly setting sights on real-world issues facing our cities and communities today, and helping to solve them.
There is no one definition of a maker space, and no two schools will do it the same way, even if given the same facilities, because the maker movement is at least as dependent upon culture as tools.
One might think “If you build it, they will come”
but also consider the task of designing a glove without knowing the hand. Your space will accommodate the equipment and teams, but your classroom’s approach to problem finding, ideating, prototyping, problem solving, and ultimately presenting or publishing to the community-at-large will be widely unique. Peek into many science classes or an undergraduate architecture school – you’ll see this culture alive and well as a normalized part of the education process, and a variety of creative methods to demonstrate student achievement.
Our Maker Space Symposium, Saturday November 2 at the Punahou School Minnie Kosasa Fabrication Lab, will explore these questions throughout a half-day, interdisciplinary summit of educators and leadership, school planners and architects, as well as industry experts, innovative products and student presentations. We will host a tour of the newly completed Minnie Kosasa Fabrication Lab and Learning Commons at Punahou School for a glimpse of one school’s creative answer to the call for creativity.
View Additional Photos from the Maker Space Symposium – Part 1
and Part 2
|8:30 AM – 8:55 AM
||Check in begins at Breezeway, First Floor
Sponsorship Tables and Light Refreshments
(There will be 4-5 sponsors set up at tables as well as a serving table for the
|9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
||Speaker: Taryn Loveman, Director of Design Technology and Engineering, Punahou School
Design Lab L1
|10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
||Guided Tour of Kosasa Buildings L&M
(4 DPI Guides will lead tours)
|10:30 AM – 11:00 AM
||Student Project Presentations and Sponsor Stations
Breezeway, Inspiration Café and Makery Hallway areas
|11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
||Speaker: Miki Tomita, Education Incubator
Design Lab 1
Commercial Sector / Professional Member: $30
Commercial Sector / Professional Non-Member: $40
School District / Government Agency / Educator Member: $10
School District / Government Agency / Educator Non-Member: $15
Thank you to our sponsors!
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
AHL Ohana Room
Pacific Guardian Center, Makai Tower
733 Bishop Street, 29th Floor, Honolulu, HI 96813
Join us for a 2019 Hawaii Chapter kick off event.
Featuring a panel discussion on acoustic solutions in
school environments. Come listen to local experts in a
facilitated panel discussion and see acoustic solution
products by a variety of manufacturers.
Classroom acoustics are directly correlated to student learning and comprehension. Communication and comprehension is critical for the cognitive process, and studies consistently reveal that student learning retention and performance rank higher in an academic setting that minimizes background noise and reverberation. High performance programs including LEED for Schools and Hawaii Collaborative for High Performance Schools (HiCHPS) recognize classroom acoustics as a design "must".
While classroom performance places great emphasis on teacher to student communication/collaboration, there is often a failure to incorporate acoustical considerations to reduce background noise and make the environment more appropriate for learning. The 21st Century educational pedagogy towards collaboration and more openness require sound acoustical designs. School and classroom space planning presents a myriad of challenges for designing a highly functional environment for teaching and learning.
Education specialists now embrace the need for different learning styles to allow each and every student to thrive in the 21st Century. Designers need to recognize that the classroom is full of students with a range of aptitudes and learning styles, as well as educators with different delivery styles. Everyone’s mind works in a different way to isolate sound they want to hear and block out unwanted background noise, and students at every age group are still developing this ability. This makes acoustics a stronger consideration during childhood years and minimizing noise at all grade levels is important to prevent students from losing concentration and to maximize their retainage.
We will have 4 acoustical engineers weigh in on the past and present experiences and share their expertise on the subject matter as a panel discussion.
Light refreshments will be served.
Members $10 | Non-Members $20 | or at the door
Please RSVP by May 10th
Parking: You can park in the PGC parking structure for $4.00 after 4 pm. Entry is on Alakea St.
“Just Start Something” A Presentation by David A Stubbs II, President, Cultural Shift – www.cultural-shift.com
||Monday April 11, 2016
||AIA Honolulu Office
828 Fort St Mall, Suite 100, Honolulu
5:00 to 7:00 PM
5:00 – 5:30 check in and registration
5:30 – 6:30 CEU presentation
6:30 – 7:00 Networking and additional questions
$10 for members
$20 for non-members
AIA CEU credit: 1 LU Credit AIA CSCES 303
||Pupu’s will available at 5:00 and served until 7:00
||Contact Furnishers of Hawaii dba Office Pavilion
||Not included, however the rates at Harbor Court are reasonable and the AIA office is right around the corner
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Innovative Learning Spaces
Throughout K-12 education, "21st Century Learning" and "Design Thinking" are becoming familiar topics. But what are the physical elements needed to support a 21st Century classroom? Can a Maker Space be created in an existing 1960 classroom building? What type of furnishings should we consider for these spaces? This symposium will explore these questions and much more. Our keynote speaker is a global educator whose career is focused on teaching teachers how to create these classroom environments. The symposium will also feature presentations by Hawaii teachers who are applying 21st Century curricula and a panel discussion led by our keynote.
Director of the Faculty of Education at University of British Columbia Okanagan
BSc MA PhD (Sydney, Australia)
Director of Innovative Learning Centre (ILC)
Director of the Faculty of Education
Dr. Crichton's research focuses on design thinking and the Maker Movement. She is exploring innovative uses of technology to foster creativity and imagination for educators. She also works with colleagues in challenging contexts so explore ways that appropriate technologies can provide access to professional development and learning. Scholarly Contributions: Dr. Crichton is author of numerous journal articles, book chapters and research studies exploring the intersection of technology and learning. She is on a review board of numerous journals and conferences. She has been invited to keynote and present in conferences and workshops nationally and internationally.
||Wednesday, February 3, 2016
||5-8pm (pupus and drinks included)
||Iolani School, Sullivan Center
||$40 (member architects, engineers, contractors; $50 non-member)
$20 (member educators, facilities staff; $30 non-member)
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