Island Design Firm Brings Working 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 centrally located hub that brings together selected county services to better serve the needs of the community and each department.
The new Alaʻihi Street facility houses the Ministry of Finance’s divisions of Motor Vehicle Registration and Licensing, Treasury, and Real Estate Valuation 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 design methodology and material selection for the project was based on cost effectiveness, ease of supply, constructability, and proven efficiency and maintainability.”
A spacious entrance hall and feature wall located at the heart of the building have been designed to create a welcoming environment. The entrance hall extends vertically over two levels with a direct view of the Īao Valley and Mauna Kahālāwai. “This is part of the design that draws connections between cultural history (Maui/Hina), geography (Haleakalā/Haleamehina), proximity to the physical connection to the airport connecting to the world and was designed for county and community residents,” according to the company.
The angle of the feature wall aims to direct views towards Haleakalā with functional patterns flowing from mauka to makai. Individual panels derived from the Koa’e ‘ula bird, fish scales, kupukupu fern and Maui Niho span the building’s main entrance, capturing the light and shadow play on the grounds of the building.