To celebrate 70 years in business, Architects Hawaii Ltd., now AHL, turned to the creative talent of its employees with a company-wide contest calling for designs for a pop-up public space. The winning design, dubbed ‘Pedal Parc’ is rooted in AHL’s commitment to sustainability and completely constructed from repurposed materials, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified wood or materials that can easily be repurposed. The Pedal Parc, which will be located in front of the Dillingham Transportation building for public use from October 3 until October 18, enables users to use free Wi-Fi and ride stationary bikes to recharge their electronic devices.
Read our Pedal Parc blog here: http://pedalparc.squarespace.com/blog/
“The nucleus of AHL is our people who innovate and create, so to celebrate our anniversary we turned to our many creative designers to come up with a unique idea. The enthusiasm was tremendous and choosing one design was difficult, but we all love ‘Pedal Parc’ for its design, commitment to sustainability and promotion of active lifestyles and good health,” said Bettina Mehnert, president and chief executive officer of AHL, who was recently one out of 149 architects selected as a fellow by the American Institute of Architects.
The winning Pedal Parc design comes from AHL designers, Ina C. Wong and Rebecca M. Weatherford. Wong joined AHL in 2012 and has worked on some of the firm’s most notable projects including Joint Traffic Management Center; Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa; and DeBartolo’s Ka Makana Ali’i Shopping Center. Weatherford joined AHL in 2013 and has architectural experience in master planning, residential, educational and commercial, including Palama Settlement Master Plan, a 1% AHL pro-bono project.
Commenting on their winning design, Wong and Weatherford share: “Sustainability and alternative transportation are the two main themes of the Pedal Parc project. When we envisioned a modern sustainable lifestyle, the image that came to our minds was relaxing in nature next to a bicycle camping trailer. We wanted to provide access to modern conveniences such as electricity and mobility, but without reliance on fossil fuels or the power grid. Two of the three seating modules that make up the Pedal Parc are designed after the bicycle sidecar that is mobile and can be attached to a bicycle for transport. Pedal Parc is constructed primarily out of recycled materials including shipping pallets and recycled siding. Any new lumber we used is FSC-certified or sustainably harvested. In addition, the Pedal Parc can be broken down easily for transport to different sites allowing for continual re-use after this installation.”
Architects Hawaii also announced today their official rebrand as AHL. “Firms evolve over time and our current logo no longer looks like who we are. We wanted something fresh, reflecting our modern design thinking and our company culture,” said Mehnert. “We are proud of our history, visible in Honolulu’s skyline, but our emphasis is on the future.”
AHL Celebrates 70th Anniversary with Pedal ParcIntroducing Pedal Parc, a new pop-up space that allows people to charge electronic devices through pedal power! Pedal Parc is open from Oct. 3 – Oct. 18 and located on Bishop St. Designed and constructed by our creative employees at AHL.
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Posted by Architects Hawaii Ltd. (AHL) on Tuesday, October 4, 2016