Ward Village Shops Achieves LEED Certification
by: Diana Banh | June 6, 2014
Ward Village Shops, completed in November 2013, has achieved LEED certification. The mixed-use urban center features 120,000 square feet of new retail uses, including national retailers such as Nordstrom Rack, Pier 1 Imports, and TJ Maxx. Supported by a seven-level parking structure at the base of a future 300-unit luxury condominium tower, the project is located on Honolulu’s Auahi Street along major transit routes in the Kaka’ako district (a master-planning effort by ELS that won the National American Institute of Architects Honor Award of Regional and Urban Design in 1997).
The LEED-CS certified Ward Village Shops is the first phase of the larger Ward Village, currently the largest LEED-ND Platinum certified project in the nation and the only one in the state of Hawaii. The Howard Hughes Corporation’s “forWARD” vision is transforming the 60-acre waterfront district – with six shopping neighborhoods spanning four city blocks between downtown Honolulu and Waikiki – into the vibrant, sustainable urban master-planned community of Ward Village. Ward Village will serve the growing residential neighborhood of Kaka’ako, the University of Hawaii’s new School of Medicine and Cancer Center, and the growing biotech industry, as well as support Hawaii’s tourism industry.