Interior demolition of Aloha Tower Marketplace begins next week

By Catherine Cruz
Published On: Mar 21 2014 06:25:58 PM HST
Updated On: Mar 21 2014 10:31:19 PM HST

Hawaii Pacific University plans to rework the iconic waterfront as part of its new campus.

HONOLULU -

Crews are preparing to begin interior demolition work on the second floor of the Aloha Tower Marketplace Monday.

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The lofts will become dorms for 300 Hawaii Pacific University students.

The school is targeting a spring opening in 2015 as HPU marks its 50th anniversary.

The school released the newest renderings of the campus transformation of a parking-strapped space.

"We are setting a policy for our students where they will not be able to park or drive into Aloha Tower. We want to make sure we are a green sustainable university. We want them to take the bus or bike and eventually take rail,” said HPU’s Sam Moku.

HPU is also working with the city on the first bike share program for the Kakako area.

Moku said sewage capacity shouldn’t be an issue as the university envisions a 50-50 split for commercial and classroom space.

Most of the retail tenants have moved out to make way for the renovation.        

Two restaurants, Gordon Biersch and Hooters remain open for business during the makeover.

The Star of Honolulu and The Cab will also stay for the duration.

The public will also still be able to access Aloha Tower.

Plans for Pier 10 are still in play.

NCAA regulations scrapped visions for a play court because of the added costs to raise the roof and expand the area. 

"Originally,  we were going to do a gymnasium but we are rethinking that and maybe do a theater and more classroom space," Moku said.

Construction will have to work around the schedules of visiting cruise ships. 

Pier 10 is still a working harbor and the busy summer season is  just around the corner.

PHOTOS: HPU's Aloha Tower renderings

Click here for pictures of HPU's Aloha Tower Marketplace redesign.

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