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posted by Dave on Feb 28

Just outside the office window is a low-maintenance green roof garden which is home to some drought tolerant plants typical to Hawaii. The roof provides insulation which reduces cooling costs and stormwater run off.  Below you see the indoor workspace which includes several interactive areas (very front of the photo) where people can meet for quick conversations or to explore ideas. The fancy yin/yang like disc above is made of 3form, a co-polyester recycled product.

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posted by Dave on Feb 27

On our tour we stopped outside the second floor wet laboratory where biological and chemical work takes place. These labs have specialized ventilation, cooling, electrical and plumbing for optimum functionality, efficiency and safety. Tables and workstations can be reoriented as needed and the lack of many walls allows maximum flexibility. Each lab “neighborhood” is shared by four investigators. The glass windows allow scientists to have seating area outside of the labs where they can do other work bu still have a visual connection with their projects.

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posted by Dave on Feb 26

This is the Mauka Garden or the reflection garden at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center. This was designed as a quiet area where people can reflect on life. It was set up to be void of wireless so people are discouraged from using phones, tablets, computers or other electronic devices.  The stones in the center were blessed by Kahu Francine Dudoit and come from a sacred location on Oahu. The garden has a Hawaiian phrase “He lani ko luna, he honua ko lalo Mai ia mea ho’oulu i ka mana’o” which translates to “The heavens from above, the earth (and the sea) from below and all that is encompassed therein. From this we find inspiration.

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