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Architectural, Engineering & CAD Technologies (AEC)

Photo of AEC students using field equipment

The students participate in the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) Model Home Project by engaging in a real-world architectural design and drafting opportunity, with hands-on civil engineering and land surveying learning experiences.  With the growing urgency for a greener, more sustainable future, the students discover the magnitude of challenges faced by the construction field, whose industry has the most widespread and extensive impact on the environment.  

Initial step is to develop student awareness by:

  • viewing topic matter DVDs
  • discussions, internet research assignments
  • writing essay papers

The design Goals are: 

  1. focusing on conservation of energy 
  2. discovering the availability of green building products & materials 
  3. understanding the responsibilities of designing an efficient residence 
  4. providing a safe and healthy residence for a local family of Hawaiian ancestry 

The Model Home Project begins with: 

  • design fundamentals 
  • documenting existing natural elements  & existing urban features 
  • developing a sensitivity and appreciation for the environment.   

The preliminary design phase includes:

  • visiting the project site 
  • writing field observation reports 
  • testing for wind speed and direction 
  • examining precipitation and solar patterns, etc.  
  • conducting a land survey verifying property boundaries and pins 
  • establishing grade point elevations 
  • generating a topographic map to be used in the design development phase.
  • studying the County of Hawaii’s zoning and building codes 
  • create their own architectural design proposal

Photo of AEC student with design awardThe Model Home Committee, consisting of Applied Technical Education faculty and representatives from the DHHL reviews each proposal and selects the winning design.  

  • The students in the 1st year of the AEC program learn:
  • necessary skills to produce the set of working drawing documents 
  • utilize the technology of computer-aided drawing (CAD) software. 

These drawings become the blueprints for construction to be studied and used by the students in the Carpentry program to build the next annual Model Home Project.

Throughout this process the AEC students are:

  • observing and following the construction progress at the jobsite
  • familiarized with the sustainable design categories for certification by organizations such as:
  • National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) & the National Green Building Standards (NGBS) 
  • the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).    

Upon completion of construction, and in preparation for the annual Model Home Dedication Ceremony, Hawai`i Community College’s Hawaiian Life Styles program instructors and students share their mana’o, cultural values, and customs.   With traditional Hawaiian chanting, and rituals, we celebrate the completion of the dwelling and respectfully bless the paramount transitional severance between the college’s effort and the project is turned over to the new owners. 

This culminating event and learning opportunity is experienced by program major students and faculty of:

  • Carpentry 
  • Architectural, Engineering and CAD Technologies 
  • Agriculture 
  • Machine Welding and Industrial Mechanics 
  • Diesel 
  • Hawaiian Life Styles