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Hawaii Wildlife Center

Hawaii, HI United States


Project Description

Cultural Projects

2012 Annual Design Review

Ruhl Walker Architects

Occupying a site that was formerly part of a sugarcane plantation, the new Hawaii Wildlife Center is a care-and-response facility that caters to the needs of injured animals, many of them endangered species. Because of the flat and barren nature of the landscape, the 3,420-square-foot wood structure had to provide its own shade, which it does with a 1,116-square-foot covered lanai, and a rainwater catchment system that provides water for all on-site irrigation needs. The building, which was constructed for $250 per square foot, is naturally ventilated by trade winds, and all electricity needs are met by rooftop photovoltaic arrays.

“I think because of the climate, it really engages the opportunity to be an interior–exterior flow of space.” —Elizabeth Ranieri


Project Details

Hawaii Wildlife Center
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Project Team:
    Ruhl Walker Architects - William Ruhl, Principal-In-Charge; Ruhl Walker Architects - Sandra Baron, Grant Scott, Architects
  • Associate Architect: Rhoady Lee Architecture & Design - Rhoady Lee 
  • Associate Architect: Rhoady Lee Architecture & Design - Aaron Spielman 
  • Landscape Architect: Umemoto Cassandro Design Corp.—Jason Umemoto 
  • General Contractor: Tinguely Development 
  • Structural Engineer: William Blakeney 
  • Civil Engineer: Peter J.K. Dahlberg 
  • Mechanical Engineer: Mark Morrison 
  • Solar + Wastewater Engineering: Kohala Engineering 
  • Electrical Engineer: Smithsonian/SAO—John K. Maute 
  • Photographer: Ethan Tweedie 
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    3,420 sq ft
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