A ceremonial groundbreaking and traditional Hawaiian blessing took place Wednesday for Hawaii Pacific University’s new campus at Aloha Tower Marketplace.
Construction has already begun on the $40 million renovation to create a mixed-use residential and commercial complex that will house nearly 300 HPU students.
Plans also include new restaurants, shops and a learning center, and will connect to HPU’s main campus on Fort Street Mall with a “walking zone.”
“Currently, we only have 200 bed space at the Hawaii Loa campus so Aloha Tower provides us an opportunity for more bed space as well as provide as classrooms and connection with the community, especially downtown, ” said Sam Moku, vice president of university relations.
When completed, the first floor of Aloha Tower Marketplace will feature 84,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor public space and 15,000 square feet of space that is shared by HPU and the public.
The second floor is slated to be residential housing and will help generate repeat revenue for retail, including the incoming Barnes & Noble bookstore.
Students are expected to move in by September 2015.
Current tenants, including Gordon Biersch Brewery, Star of Honolulu, Hooters and The Cab, will remain open throughout construction.
The following renderings are provided by Group 70 International: