By Adriana Pop, Associate Editor
The Howard Hughes Corp.’s massive Ward Village mixed-use residential community in Honolulu has been awarded LEED Neighborhood Development Platinum certification.
Planned for 60 acres between the city’s downtown and Waikiki, Ward Village is now one of the largest LEED-ND Platinum-certified projects in the U.S. and the only one of its kind in Hawaii.
Upon completion, the long-term master-planned community will feature more than 4,000 residential units and over 1 million square feet of retail and commercial space. Construction is expected to span more than a decade.
Approved this past summer, the initial phase of Ward Village will bring three residential high-rises totaling about 900 condominiums. Two of the towers will feature market-rate units, while the third will offer mostly affordable residences. The project is scheduled to break ground in 2014 and be complete by 2016.
“We are extremely honored to receive LEED-ND Platinum certification, confirming that Ward Village will arguably be the most sustainable community in the country,” Nick Vanderboom, senior vice president of development for Howard Hughes, said in a news release. “We are committed to creating a one-of-a-kind, integrated neighborhood in the heart of Honolulu based on thoughtful planning and design that will feature exceptional residences and unique retail offerings set among dynamic public open spaces and walkable streets.”
The certification was awarded based on achievement of the very highest standards of sustainable neighborhood design, such as pedestrian orientation and design; efficient land use in a location served by transit; water and energy efficiency; recycling and reuse of materials; indoor environmental quality; as well as parking and transportation programs that include vehicle and bicycle sharing.
According to a study by ALH Urban & Regional Economics, the entire Ward Village mixed-use development is expected to generate an economic impact of $7.5 billion.
Photo credits: The Howard Hughes Corp.