Ho‘okele Elementary School

511 Kunehi Street, Kapolei, Hawai‘i 96707

Completed

2015

Awards

  • 2016 Award of Excellence, General Contractors Association of Hawai‘i (KYA Design Group)
Our design scope included planting and irrigation for the entire site...

Over a 12-acre site, Belt Collins provided hardscape, planting, and irrigation design, three unique, age appropriate playground and equipment areas and a non-programmed open-space. Also raised learning gardens and a rain-harvesting feature incorporating 21st Century learning philosophies in close collaboration and discussion with the contractor Kiewit Building Group, the Department of Education, and future Ho‘okele Elementary School key staff.

Belt Collins provided landscape architecture and planning services as part of a design-build team for the second elementary school within Kapolei. The school will eventually serve 750 students from kindergarten to fifth grade. The 12-acre site is located between Kunehi Street and Fort Barrette Road and follows the Kapolei Design Guidelines and review process.

Our design scope included planting and irrigation for the entire site...

Over a 12-acre site, Belt Collins provided hardscape, planting, and irrigation design, three unique, age appropriate playground and equipment areas and a non-programmed open-space. Also raised learning gardens and a rain-harvesting feature incorporating 21st Century learning philosophies in close collaboration and discussion with the contractor Kiewit Building Group, the Department of Education, and future Ho‘okele Elementary School key staff.

Belt Collins provided landscape architecture and planning services as part of a design-build team for the second elementary school within Kapolei. The school will eventually serve 750 students from kindergarten to fifth grade. The 12-acre site is located between Kunehi Street and Fort Barrette Road and follows the Kapolei Design Guidelines and review process.

Belt Collins collaborated on the site plan layout; parking; pedestrian and vehicle travel patterns; paving materials; courtyard, playground, open space, and biofiltration and stormwater detention areas. Our design scope included planting and irrigation for the entire site with hardscape design at the main arrival and drop-off area to include a radial paving pattern to represent the hub and spokes of education, growth, and technology. Seat-walls with skateboard deterrents and bicycle racks also were sited.

Belt Collins collaborated on the site plan layout; parking; pedestrian and vehicle travel patterns; paving materials; courtyard, playground, open space, and biofiltration and stormwater detention areas. Our design scope included planting and irrigation for the entire site with hardscape design at the main arrival and drop-off area to include a radial paving pattern to represent the hub and spokes of education, growth, and technology. Seat-walls with skateboard deterrents and bicycle racks also were sited.

Within five-acres of open space to accommodate programmed and unstructured play, the site design included three distinct play-equipment areas specifically designed for varying age categories, tree bosque to provide natural shade for the students, and a contoured lawn area to encourage creativity and exercise. A gated area with a tricycle track incorporating river pebble rumble strips circling a green patch with boulders to hop to and from, was designed for kindergarteners. The layout and design of the internal courtyard called the “Piko” with a lawn circle surrounded by curved seat-walls, Hala Trees, and raised learning gardens dedicated to each class and level of education was also provided. A simple stormwater harvesting system was included to demonstrate to the students how such a system works, even in dry areas such as Kapolei, and encourage them to practice the same at home. Native planting was incorporated throughout the central campus core, adjacent to buildings aiming to provide an outdoor classroom and hands-on learning supportive of 21st century education. Plant signage with QR codes linking to specific plant information via website are placed with the planting visible and accessible to the students. R-1 recycled water from the Honouliuli Treatment Plant is used for irrigation and a Water Reuse Management Plan was prepared for the project with a plan for irrigation reduction with plant establishment. Belt Collins also completed the Environmental Assessment.

Within five-acres of open space to accommodate programmed and unstructured play, the site design included three distinct play-equipment areas specifically designed for varying age categories, tree bosque to provide natural shade for the students, and a contoured lawn area to encourage creativity and exercise. A gated area with a tricycle track incorporating river pebble rumble strips circling a green patch with boulders to hop to and from, was designed for kindergarteners. The layout and design of the internal courtyard called the “Piko” with a lawn circle surrounded by curved seat-walls, Hala Trees, and raised learning gardens dedicated to each class and level of education was also provided. A simple stormwater harvesting system was included to demonstrate to the students how such a system works, even in dry areas such as Kapolei, and encourage them to practice the same at home. Native planting was incorporated throughout the central campus core, adjacent to buildings aiming to provide an outdoor classroom and hands-on learning supportive of 21st century education. Plant signage with QR codes linking to specific plant information via website are placed with the planting visible and accessible to the students. R-1 recycled water from the Honouliuli Treatment Plant is used for irrigation and a Water Reuse Management Plan was prepared for the project with a plan for irrigation reduction with plant establishment. Belt Collins also completed the Environmental Assessment.

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