University of Hawai'i - Windward Community College Library and Learning Center

21st century learning center.

As the first green library in the University of Hawai‘i System, the Windward Community College Library Learning Commons is an example of how architecture can contribute to the advancement of education and technology in the 21st century. The library features elements beyond a regular library including a media center, classrooms, study rooms, and a coffee shop. Open common areas, including the three-story atrium, bring in volumes of natural daylight creating a collaborative and efficient learning environment.

As a focal building within the college, the center maintains the campus aesthetic of Spanish Mission Revival Architecture. Along with its state-of-the-art technology, unique features include its ecofriendly furniture and cabinetry made of recycled materials from the previously demolished library.

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Kaneohe, Hawai‘i



  • AIA Honolulu People's Choice Award 
  • Building Industry Association, Renaissance Overall Grand Award for New Commercial 
  • Building Industry Association, Renaissance Grand Award, Hawai'i BuiltGreen Division, National Green Standard Commercial
  • American School & University Educational Interiors showcase, Outstanding Designs and Citation Winner 
  • Masonry Institute of Hawai'i, Project of the Year
  • American School & University Architectural Portfolio, Outstanding Designs and Citation Winner
  • LEED Silver, U.S. Green Building Council