Island Design Firm Brings Functional Models to New Maui County Service Center
September 30, 2021, 9:08 a.m. HST
The Maui County Service Center in Kahului was designed by award-winning design firm G70, founded in Honolulu in 1971.
The 62,000 square foot building was designed to provide a conveniently located center that brings together selected county services to better meet the needs of the community and each department.
The new facility on Ala’ihi Street houses the Ministry of Finance’s Motor Vehicle Registration and Registration, Treasury, and Real Estate Valuation divisions on the ground floor. The second floor houses the Department of Public Works Development Services Administration, the County Department of Transportation, the Department of Liquor Control, and the Maui County Business Resource Center.
According to the company, “The overall approach to the design methodology and material selection for the project was based on cost effectiveness, ease of supply, constructability, and proven efficiency and maintainability.”
A large entrance hall and a characteristic wall located in the heart of the building have been designed to create a welcoming environment. The entrance hall spans vertically on two levels with a direct view of the ‘Īao valley and Mauna Kahālāwai. “This is part of the design that links cultural history (Maui / Hina), geography (Haleakalā / Haleamehina), physical proximity to the airport connecting to the world and was designed for the people of the county. and the community, ”according to the company.
The characteristic wall angle aims to direct the views towards Haleakalā with functional patterns ranging from mauka to makai. Individual panels derived from Koa’e ‘ula bird, fish scales, kupukupu fern, and Maui Niho stretch across the main entrance to the building, capturing light and shadow play on the grounds of the building.