- Location Honolulu, O'ahu
- Notable LEED Platinum, 2010
- Notable 2012 American Society of Landscape Architects, Merit Award-General Design
- Notable 2013 Landscape Industry Council of Hawaii, Mohalu Honor Award–Sustainabililty
The Omidyar K-1 Neighborhood at Punahou School was designed to provide a hands-on learning experience tailored to educating students about sustainability and environmental stewardship. The K-1 Neighborhood included the complete renovation of the Historic Wilcox Hall and 12 new classroom spaces for 300 kindergarten and first grade students which blur the lines of indoor and outdoor learning environments through large lanais and various outdoor gathering spaces. An Outdoor Creative Learning Center is situated between Wilcox Hall and the new 2-story City House building. The pie-shaped amphitheater garden space solves the need for a campus-wide gathering space and the need to manage 20 feet of elevation grade change using greenery. This flexible multi-use space will serve as an outdoor venue for special student performances and parent gatherings. A Hawaiian educational garden lies at the top of the amphitheater and will serve as an outdoor classroom environment for teachers and will showcase native Hawaiian plants.
PBR HAWAII served as the project landscape architect and incorporated various sustainable environmental design practices. Native Hawaiian trees, shrubs, and groundcovers were used and contribute to a water efficient landscape. Additionally, rain catchment cisterns and an integrated bio-swale demonstrate the sustainable reuse of stormwater and a windmill feature that pumps water collected in the cisterns demonstrates how wind power can be harnessed. The project also utilizes sustainable strategies such as a recycling center and a comprehensive photovoltaic system capable of producing nearly 60% of the project’s energy needs. The new K-1 Facilities have been designed to achieve a LEED Platinum level of certification in areas including, but not limited to energy conservation, water efficiency, and improved indoor air quality and received LEED Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.