Modular Building Institute

Hawaii Film Studios

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Main Category:
Modular Building Design
Blazer Industries
Honolulu, Hawaii
Building Use:
Film Production and Design
Gross Size of Project:
6924 Square Feet
Days to complete:

Award Criteria

  1. Architectural Excellence
    The Hawaii Film Studio is a film studio known for its work on TV shows and movies such as Hawaii Five-0 and Jurassic Park. The studio selected WillScot to build a 6,924-sq.-ft. office and storage area for one of its film crews. The building is located near the entrance to the historic Diamond Head State Monument. As such, the state required the temporary office to blend with the surrounding landscape. The building was finished with earthy colors that matched the volcanic terrain. Inside, the facility was customized with PTAC cool/heating systems to maintain humidity control and prevent damage to the film crew’s wardrobe, prop production and storage. It was also outfitted with custom electrical components and lighting to support the film crew’s computer and design needs.
  2. Technical Innovation & Sustainability
    Due to tight time constraints, the general contractor, G70, informed the client that in-factory construction was the only way to meet the project’s compressed timeline. The technical innovation of having the building built at the same time as the site was being worked on was paramount to saving time and providing the ready to work building before the start of filming the new season of Hawaii Five-0. The designers worked with the factory to address all of the technical needs of the film studio’s specialized departments, including wardrobe, props, art, production, and graphics. The building was completed at the plant to save time and comply with noise requirements at the site. The building was also designed to allow future expansion, providing the ability to move buildings around and create new configurations as needs changed.
  3. Cost Effectiveness
    Initially, the proposed project went over budget using site build, leading G70 to propose that Hawaii Film Studio consider modular construction. After looking into modular and WillScot, the studio realized that WillScot’s modular solution provided them with the functional facility they needed while leaving enough room in their budget to cover costs for contamination control, construction waste removal, fluid leakage from trucks and equipment rentals. Additionally, choosing modular ensured there would be minimal onsite clean up as most waste materials and hazardous fluids would be handled at the factory.
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