C. Brewer and Company, Hilo - 5 photos, a rendering, floorplans and AIA Honor Award Descriptive Data

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C. Brewer and Company, Hilo - 5 photos, a rendering, floorplans and AIA Honor Award Descriptive Data

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Materials from the 1975 AIA Design Awards - Photos by Wayne Thom
TEXT FROM 1975 Honor Awards Program Descriptive Data:

The client's requirement was to put his various needs under one roof, at one part of the city and without sub-tenants . Two basic needs ore to house a computer facility and on office for agricultural operations in a newly-developed part of Hilo, Hawaii. Formerly in use as a manufacturing area, the site is a short peninsula in a backwater pond connected to Hilo Bay; parks surround the pond.

The Ground Floor is of reinforced concrete to retain earth and minimize the risk of damage due to tsunamis. Studies of past tsunamis indicate no water damage at the site, still, the ground floor is so designed that all partitions can be washed-out without structural or mechanical damage to the building.

In order to satisfy the environmental conditions, the building design required a relationship to local architecture by being appropriate to the moist (Hilo= 120 in. of rain/year), semi-tropical climate and seaside location.

Three wings are sized and positioned to incorporate engineering services in one; industrial relations and purchasing operations in another; accounting, personnel and agricultural management offices in the third. The Ground Floor is designed for EDP operations and houses the Training Room combined with the Lunch Room.

The Architect was responsible for the interior design, selection of furnishings, graphic design and landscaping.

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Wayne Thom Associates and Ossipoff, Snyder, Rowland & Goetz, “C. Brewer and Company, Hilo - 5 photos, a rendering, floorplans and AIA Honor Award Descriptive Data,” Hawai'i Modernism Library, accessed April 21, 2019, http://docomomo-hi.org/items/show/982.

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