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By Chris Aguinaldo - Assistant Director, Media Relations. September 27, 2013 - 2:21 pm
Hawaii Pacific University leaders are pleased to announce that Group 70 International has been selected as the architect for its Aloha Tower Marketplace project renovation, which will make modern loft living spaces available for nearly 300 students on the Honolulu waterfront.
Founded in 1971, Group 70 International, Inc., is a multi-disciplined firm offering integrated services for sustainable development, architecture, civil engineering, interior design, planning and environmental services and assets management. The firm is known for award-winning projects with innovative designs sensitive to the environment, host culture and surrounding community.
Those projects include education and research facilities for the University of Hawaii, Chaminade University and Leeward Community College, as well as Iolani School, Hawaii Baptist Academy and others.
“There were a number of highly qualified and talented local firms that were considered during the bidding process,” said HPU President Geoffrey Bannister. “In the end, we believed Group 70 best understood the university’s goals, the significance of the site and the best potential of its design and use.”
At Aloha Tower Marketplace, Group 70 will focus on the second floor, where current retail and gathering spaces will be converted to residential lofts for student use and commons areas for individual and small group study. The university envisions additional renovations for the first floor, to accommodate new retail, dining and university uses.
The renovation work is being funded through the recent successful sale of a special purpose revenue bond issue that raised more than $42 million. A second bond sale is being projected for next summer to fund additional capital projects and major IT infrastructure issues throughout the university.
“Group 70 is excited and privileged to be part of HPU’s vision because we support the need for a strong global private university in Hawaii,” said Francis Oda, chairman of Group 70 International. “The future depends on the education of our children, and we feel that HPU represents a key element in the structure of higher education in Hawaii.”
“We look forward to beginning the construction in the coming months and are pleased to have Francis and his team at Group 70 as our collaborators in this process,” said Janet Kloenhamer, HPU’s executive vice president for administration and general counsel.
Hawai‘i Pacific University is the state’s largest private university with 7,500 students from the United States and more than 80 foreign nations. HPU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the Council on Social Work Education and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
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