Cancer Research Center of Hawaii announces architect for new facility

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: Jan 7, 2010

The Research Corporation of the University of Hawai‘i (RCUH) has announced that Shimokawa Nakamura Inc., a local architectural firm, has been contracted to design the new research facility for the University of Hawai‘i’s Cancer Research Center of Hawai‘i (CRCH) in Kakaako. Shimokawa Nakamura will head a team of specialty design consultants, including ZGF Architects LLP of Los Angeles and Jacobs Consultancy of New York City, who have designed research facilities for nine of the top ten National Cancer Institute-designated research centers in the country.
Shimokawa Nakamura joins the CRCH development team, which includes Kobayashi Group LLC as project manager and Wilson Okamoto & Associates as planning group.
Projected size of the building is approximately 150,000 square feet. Construction will begin this year. RCUH has issued a request for proposals from general contractors for preconstruction services to assist the development team with constructability, cost estimating, and value engineering and construction services. Selection is expected in February.
“Our university leadership deserves much of the credit for creating the momentum that has driven our construction project forward,” said Michele Carbone, M.D. Ph.D., director of the CRCH. “Together, we will give Hawai‘i a first-class research center that will work with our community hospitals to advance care and treatment for patients throughout our state.”
UH President M.R.C. Greenwood, UH Mānoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw, Carbone and other officials will meet today with members of the Hawai‘i State Legislature to brief them on details of the project, including the construction timeline. Preliminary design graphics and concepts will be presented in addition to details on CRCH’s progress in the areas of faculty recruitment and the formation of a new community hospital consortium for cancer research and care.
Today’s briefing is open to the public and will be chaired by Sen. Jill Tokuda and Rep. Jerry Chang of the Legislature’s Higher Education Committees at 1:15 p.m. in Room 225 at the Capitol Building downtown.