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by Crystale L. Lopez University Relations


Group 70 International, Inc. is the lead architectural and planning firm for the expansion of HPU’s Hawai‘i Loa campus.

“ It is a privilege to assist HPU in creating a 21st-century campus for a 21st-century global learning community,” said Francis Oda, chief executive officer for Group 70.

Group 70 was selected from 14 other companies that responded to a request for proposals in April and is one of the largest architectural and planning firms operating in Hawai‘i. The firm has planned and designed many educational institutions including the University of Hawai‘i and several community colleges, ‘Iolani School, Kamehemaha Schools Maui and Big Island campuses, Hawai‘i Baptist Academy Middle School, Le Jardin Academy Master Plan, and many more.

“ We are grateful to all the firms that expressed interest in this project, and for the work of the selection committee, headed by HPU Trustee Bill Mills,” said President Wright. “Group 70 has extensive experience in campus master planning and educational building design, and we are pleased to partner with them on the most ambitious and important project HPU has undertaken in its 43-year history.”

The five-year, $70 million project involves major development of the Hawai‘i Loa campus and will include additional residence halls, a new academic center, performing arts center, student center, recreational facilities, and parking. The addition of supplementary on-campus housing to meet student needs is of particular importance in the expansion.

“ The campus currently offers housing to more than 200 students, but the demand for such housing increases every year. Plans call for tripling the existing number of on-campus student residents and this is one of the major priorities of the expansion project,” said Rick Stepien, vice president of Administration at HPU. “Additionally, the burgeoning Nursing program, which is the largest in the state, and Natural Science program require that we build facilities to accommodate the academic requirements of these programs, including classrooms, and laboratories.”

For more information on the Hawai‘i Loa campus expansion, contact Stepien at 544-0205 or rstepien@hpu.edu



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