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SkylightsThe adjacent comfort station, partially built into the hillside, is ventilated by a wind scoop and lighted by ventilating skylights; waterless urinals further conserve resources at the site.
Kitchen RemodelingExcept for minor changes, such as modernizations of kitchens and bathrooms and layers of carpet or tile over the original wood floors, the houses are relatively unaltered.
Bathroom RemodelingRenovation of Officers' Quarters at Palm Circle, in which the MAI historical architect joined Hawaii's Army DPW Design Branch in the renovation of kitchens and bathrooms for each of the 1905-1924 Officers' Quarters at Fort Shafter's Palm Circle National Historic Landmark.. The Army and MAI were recognized for the unique integration of the historic architect in the design process in order to protect the significant features of each house.
Window Repair/ReplacementWindows and doors, woodwork and hardware were carefully preserved and reinstalled in the new walls; every bit of the original church that could be salvaged was reused; missing parts were replaced with the closest match.
Door Repair/ReplacementMason Architects has designed five unique one- and two-story homes for ‘Ohi‘a, a 140-unit subdivision currently under construction by Towne Development of Hawai‘i in Wailuku, Maui. The project is part of the 550-acre master-planned community of Kehalani, which will eventually include over 2500 homes, a school, parks, and 20 acres of commercial space. The moderately priced single-family homes in ‘Ohi‘a range in size from 2000 to 2800 square feet and are arranged on the sloping site to optimize spectacular views of the West Maui Mountains, Haleakala, or the north shore. Each home was designed with local kama‘aina living in mind: a generous covered lanai, nine-foot ceilings, and deep overhanging eaves keep the rooms cool while doors and windows are placed to take advantage of the trade winds for natural ventilation. Potential buyers reserved nearly all lots in the subdivision within weeks of opening it to the public under a five-year owner-occupant program, which helps alleviate the housing shortage for local residents and discourages speculation.
FramingThe roof and ceiling framing, supported by interior center posts, remained intact but was in danger of collapse if exposed to strong lateral seismic forces.
CarpetingThe interior of the sanctuary was repaired and repainted and new electrical wiring, lighting, and carpeting were installed; new curved pews and a new state-of-the-art audio-visual system were introduced. Conservator Valerie Free restored the gilded pattern on the organ pipes.
Landscaping and Fencing
LandscapingThis spring will see the completion of a number of MAI-led restoration and repair projects to Ali‘iolani Hale. Many of the repairs stemmed from an Existing Condition Analysis of this 1874 concrete building, completed by MAI in October 2010. Projects included: removing and replacing all spray polyurethane foam roofing; painting and/or refinishing all doors, windows, and shutters (including those in the makai addition); changing the landscaping, installing new lighting on the walkway; repairing the clock in the clock tower; and various interior repairs.
DrivewaysSaints Peter and Paul Church was designed by noted Honolulu architect Raymond Akagi and constructed in 1969. The circular form of its sanctuary is distinctive among the rectangular high rises on Kaheka Street, and the courtyard and Support Building behind it house a variety of activities closely fit within the confines of the urban lot, which also contains a driveway and parking spaces on its perimeter. Though the church is in good condition, its clerical and lay personnel needed additional classroom and storage space to serve the needs of the parish, but where could it be found? After completing an existing conditions analysis and master plan, Mason Architects designed a second-floor addition to the Support Building that will provide over 2500 feet of additional space without diminishing the driveway and parking area beneath it. Other changes were designed to comply with current code, accessibility, and security requirements.
New ConstructionGlenn E. Mason, AIA, is the principal-in-charge for many of the projects undertaken by the firm and also acts as project architect for individual projects. Born and raised in Hawai‘i, Glenn received a M. Arch. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1974 and then returned to Honolulu, where he has worked for 39 years in the preservation of historic buildings and new construction. A past president of AIA Honolulu (1991) and the AIA Hawai‘i State Council (1996-7), Glenn currently serves on several other not-for-profit boards. From 1984 to 1997 Glenn was a principal in Spencer Mason Architects. He founded MAI in 1998.
RoofingThe existing comfort station was converted to the men's room and a new women's room/store room was created with lava rock walls and corrugated metal roofing to match the nearby 1935 Visitor Center.
GuttersWork consists of replacing the steel structural support systems, metal roofing and siding and installing new exterior gutters, downspouts, and skylights. An additional challenge for this project is that the water plant must remain in operation during construction; therefore, project phasing, temporary partitions and roofing, and relocation of operational needs, such as lighting and equipment, are required.
SidingThe second project is the repair of a 50-year-old water treatment plant serving the entire island. The structural framing and exterior metal siding and roof of the water treatment plant will be replaced and updated - or 'reskinned'.
PorchesLocated above Kealakekua on the Island of Hawaii, the house is sited on a large parcel surrounded by coffee farms and former ranch lands. Built as a wedding present for the owner's mother, the structure incorporates design features of 1930s kama'aina architecture, including spacious rooms with high ceilings, wood floors, screened porches, board-and-batten siding, and a corrugated metal roof. The goal of the renovation is to enlarge the floor plan and completely upgrade the structure, yet retain the character of the original home. A new garage and gymnasium will be connected to the main house by a covered walkway, the master bedroom suite will be enlarged to include a study and dressing area, and the rear porch will be expanded for use as a breakfast room. Past attempts to "modernize" the kitchen and bathrooms will be reversed by installing new period-appropriate cabinets, appliances, and fixtures.
InsulationThe building received LEED Gold certification and complies with the Energy Policy Act of 2005 with its low-flow plumbing fixtures, low-e glass windows, low wattage lighting and daylighting, the use of recycled and rapidly renewable materials, and the use of insulation and heat-reflective surfaces for thermal comfort.
MasonryNew concrete and masonry foundation walls and new plywood shear walls were then installed to bring the structure up to seismic code; a new wood skirt along the perimeter matches the original.
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