Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE) Hale

Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE) Hale

Honolulu, Hawaii

2012 Hawaii A.S.L.A. Honor Award

Awarded LEED Platinum Certification

The Hawaiian culture is seamlessly incorporated into the landscape design through the use of native Hawaiian plants such as ‘ohi’a lehua mamo, ho’awa, ti, na’u, ‘ekaha, pualoalo, kulu’i (3 varieties), ‘uki’uki, ‘aki’aki, kupukupu, palapalai, naupaka, and ‘akulikuli. Many of these plants are endemic species that are unique to Hawaii and can be found nowhere else in the world.

Specific plant materials were chosen based on their appropriateness to the existing site conditions, the desire to increase the diversity of species on campus, as well as the plant’s cultural, aesthetic and/or functional attributes.

The project includes the first large scale, modular, vegetated roof in Hawaii. The green roof reduces storm water runoff, reduces building temperature, increases carbon dioxide removal and provides an eco-habitat for birds and insects.