University of Hawaii awards contract for new creative media academy

8 June 2018 (Last Updated June 8th, 2018 12:31)

The University of Hawaii (UH) has awarded a $33.27m design-build contract to contractor Kiewit Building Group and architecture firm Next Design for the design and construction of the new Academy for Creative Media building on the UH West Oahu campus.

University of Hawaii awards contract for new creative media academy
Design of Academy for Creative Media Building. Credit: University of Hawaii.

The University of Hawaii (UH) has awarded a $33.27m design-build contract to contractor Kiewit Building Group and architecture firm Next Design for the design and construction of the new Academy for Creative Media building on the UH West Oahu campus.

The new facility will engage, educate and incubate students. It will link complementary facilities and programmes throughout the UH System.

Academy for Creative Media System founder and director Chris Lee said: “This 24-hour, state-of-the-art student production centre will cement UH West Oahu’s role as the hub for creative media education for the UH System and serve as a catalyst for Hawaiʻi‘s creative economy.

“All of us are grateful to the legislature and the governor, as well as the Board of Regents for their support and funding for this unique facility for our students.”

“Our interdisciplinary Creative Media programme prepares graduates for a variety of dynamic, advanced technology and creative careers.”

This new 42,000ft² facility will feature production spaces with a two-storey soundstage for filming, and a 100-seat screening room with Dolby Atmos mixing panel.

It will also include a Foley stage for sound reproduction, editing suites, sound mixing suites, mill shop to create film sets and equipment cages.

UH West Oahu Chancellor Maenette Benham said: “The Creative Media Building will be the centre of our campus and system efforts to push the boundaries of advanced media/technology production in unprecedented and entrepreneurial ways.

“In partnership with Hawaiiʻs professional media and art industry and businesses, our interdisciplinary Creative Media programme prepares graduates for a variety of dynamic, advanced technology and creative careers.”

The new facility will also include teaching spaces with a 3,000ft² soundstage, a space for set building and 3D printing, four editing suites, an ADR and foley studio.

It will also include a digital intermediate colour mixing suite, flex classrooms, three computer labs, a media lab for interactive cyber visualisation applications, and an incubator for student-run companies.

The project is currently in its design development phase, which is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Construction is expected to start by next January, and likely to be completed by June 2020.