The Howard Hughes Corporation’s Ward Village located in Kaka‘ako between downtown Honolulu and Waikiki has been awarded LEED Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) Platinum certification, making it America’s largest LEED-ND platinum certified project and the only LEED-ND Platinum certified project in the state of Hawaii.
“We are extremely honored to receive LEED-ND Platinum certification, confirming that Ward Village will arguably be the most sustainable community in the country,” said Nick Vanderboom, Senior Vice President of Development for The Howard Hughes Corporation. “We are committed to creating a one-of-a-kind, integrated neighborhood in the heart of Honolulu based on thoughtful planning and design that will feature exceptional residences and unique retail offerings set among dynamic public open spaces and walkable streets.”
The aim for Ward Village was to create “a dynamic, 21st-century urban master planned community celebrating the land’s rich history and creating a vibrant, highly-livable, and authentic neighborhood that forms the soul of Honolulu.” Encompassing 9.3 million square feet, Ward Village will include more than 4,000 residential units and over one million square feet of retail and other commercial spaces.
As has been the case for several projects of this nature, attaining LEED certification has been integrated into the design from a very early stage of development. Ward Village received LEED-ND Platinum certification “based on achievement of the very highest standards of sustainable neighborhood design, including community-wide strategies such as pedestrian orientation and design; efficient land use in a location served by transit; water and energy efficiency; recycling and reuse of materials; indoor environmental quality; and parking and transportation programs that include vehicle and bicycle sharing.”
“Achieving the LEED-ND Pre-Certified Plan designation shows that Ward Village is committed to achieving a high level of sustainability from its early planning through its construction and ultimately operation as a thriving community,” said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO and Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council.
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