In 2009, AHL began a “Free Green” program to encourage sustainable practices among small businesses in Chinatown, guiding them toward their green goals. AHL volunteers also helped build a playground at the YMCA’s Camp Erdman. This dedication to the community was recognized in 2009 by a panel of business people who awarded AHL the Pacific Business News Business Leadership Community Spirit Award.
Community has been at the core of the AHL corporate philosophy since its inception in 1946. AHL was one of the first architectural firms in Hawaii to join the national 1% program, which connects nonprofits with architecture and design firms willing to give their time pro bono. AHL has a total of 50 staff participating in The 1% program and has pledged to donate 1,000 hours annually. AHL's first 1% project was the Salvation Army Family Treatment Services Facility in Manoa.. Tasked with the remodeling aging, 55 year-old structures, AHL merged two 4,400 square-foot buildings into one cohesive, residential facility for women and children. Major interior and exterior renovations were completed to create a synergy between the two buildings and revive the outdated spaces. AHL donated over 3,200 hours to The Salvation Army project and won an NAIOP Hawaii Award of Excellence for Renovation - Non-Profit in 2010. You can view this and other 1% Projects by clicking here. To find out more information about Public Architecture and The 1% program visit their website at www.theonepercent.org