Ewa Villages Revitalization

Location: Oahu, Hawaii
Client Name: City and County of Honolulu, Department of Housing and Community Development
Date Completed: 1996
Construction Cost: $20,000,000
Disciplines Applied: Civil Engineering, Surveying & MappingConstruction ManagementPlanning & Permitting (for Master Plan, EIS (plus special studies), Historic Renovation Plans for plantation housing, Army Corps Permit, NPDES permitting, and public participation plan)

Project Description:

Ewa Villages in Ewa, Oahu, is a historic Hawaii sugar plantation community that retained many of the original village planning and architectural elements but was in need of rehabilitation. The City and County of Honolulu hired RMTC to develop a comprehensive master plan for the revitalization project. The vision was to allow existing renters the opportunity to acquire the rental properties in fee and to integrate existing community facilities such as schools, parks, and churches into the new master plan and accommodate new community open spaces, bikeways and landscaping.

RMTC's revitalization plan provided for rehabilitation of existing residential units and public buildings as well as planning the development of 950 new residential units. The planned community includes single-family and multi-family “affordable housing” units, an 18-hole golf course which also serves as a flood control feature, a district park, and commercial area. In addition to the master plan, RMTC prepared required environmental studies and master utilities plans, civil design and program management during construction.