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HI Complex to Receive $679M Overhaul

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

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International architecture firm Snøhetta has recently revealed project renderings of O’ahu Island-based premier arts and cultural complex, the Neal S. Blaisdell Center.

Built in 1964, the 22-acre complex doubles as a memorial for Hawaii’s veterans and war heroes.

The city estimates that the project will cost $679.3 million, with construction making up $437 million, development and construction contingencies making up $191.1 million and $51.2 million for anticipated material cost increases.

About the Project

In a collaboration with Snøhetta, WCIT Architecture and AECOM drew up the plans for the project, with additional preparations made by Theatre Projects and Gensler. In March 2018, the city and county of Honolulu released a master plan for the 54-year-old community landmark.

According to the plan, preparation for the center’s overhaul began in 2014 with a schematic design anticipated for a 2018 release. During this time, a series of workshops were conducted by the community and project stakeholders in order to identify the site’s core values.

"The Blaisdell Center draws nearly 800,000 visitors a year," said Snøhetta in a project statement. "As a fixture of the local community, it is known as a place where memories are made, where most locals attend graduations and cherish fond memories of the fish pond."

In examining the team’s renderings, the designs reveal a new 1,500-seat performance hall slated to be connected to a new exhibition hall, as well as a new arts ensemble building, sports pavilion and parking structure. The new buildings are to be made up of basalt bases and be enclosed by terracotta screens around the top. Interior designs of the new buildings also show sculptural pale wood spaces.

The team is planning on adding an event plaza and what is being called, “the gardens,” which will be used for performance and recreational purposes as well. The historic site’s existing structures will also be receiving renovations and include restoration plans for both the concert hall and arena. While the renovations are slated to be light, the concert hall’s renovations will focus on the lobby while the arena is expected to receive a complete interior overhaul to better accommodate concerts and performances.

In connecting the new and old site attractions to one another, the Coconut Grove’s tropical pathways are to be updated and additions installed with various fountains, jets and waterfalls that take cue from the existing fish pond. A new stormwater management system is also slated to be installed along the street’s edges.

Although renderings have been released, a construction start date has not been announced at this time.

   

Tagged categories: Architects; Architecture; Color + Design; Color + Design; Commercial / Architectural; Commerial/Architectural; Construction; Design; Design - Commercial; Designers; NA; North America; Project Management; Upcoming projects

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