Leeward's Long Range Development Plan is a comprehensive plan that guides physical development based on the College’s academic needs and objectives. It is a master plan that is used to guide the form and character of a campus, linking the physical planning process with programmatic and institutional goals of the college.The planning process included a series of campus workshops (including a collaborative mural) and stakeholder interviews which, in turn, built a vision for future campus programming and facility requirements. The LRDP provides the road map for a campus facelift, including a complete redesign of the campus frontage that integrates a mix of needs—classrooms, study spaces, outdoor gathering areas, retail, and housing—with a focus on increasing social engagement across the campus community. A long-range plan was also developed for the College’s Wai‘anae campus, which proudly serves the Leeward Coast community with a range of credit and non-credit college programs.
In 2012, the campus began working with Helber Hastert & Fee Planners on a year-long effort to collaborate, brainstorm and dream about the Leeward campus for the next 20 years.
At that time, the College’s LRDP was last updated in 1996 and approved by the UH Board of Regents in 1999, with minor modification made in 2010 and 2011. In December 2011, the College received funding from the UH Office of Capital Improvements to update the campus’ LRDP.
The LRDP update came at a critical juncture for the College due to the significant programmatic and physical resource changes that are occurring. Among the many changes to be addressed in the LRDP include:
- unprecedented growth in student enrollment
- relocation of the University of Hawai‘i West O‘ahu campus
- the addition of the Education Building
- the direct and indirect impacts associated with the Honolulu High-Capacity Transit Corridor Project
- renewable energy options
- the addition of a permanent campus facility in Wai‘anae