APCSS celebrates 15th anniversary with new wing groundbreaking

| September 9, 2010 | 0 Comments

Mary Markovinovic
Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies Public Affairs 

A group gathers at the groundbreaking for a new wing at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, including (left to right) Lauren Kahea Moriarty, dean, College of Security Studies, APCSS; Maj. Gen. Peter Pawling, U.S. Pacific Commander representative; Sen. Daniel Inouye; Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Ed Smith, director, APCSS; Sen. Daniel Akaka; Navy Captain (Ret.) Dick Sears, dean, Business Operations and Admissions, APCSS. (Stephanie Hika | Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies)HONOLULU — A new addition to the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies will soon be a reality, as APCSS broke ground for an additional learning-center wing in a ceremony held here, Sept. 2.  

The groundbreaking ceremony took place during the commemoration for APCSS’ 15th anniversary and the official welcoming for Lauren Kahea Moriarty, APCSS’ new academic dean. 

Sen. Daniel Inouye, a founder of the center, along with Sen. Daniel Akaka and retired Lt. Gen. Ed Smith, director APCSS, participated in the ceremony. The Rev. William Hiiakaikapoliopele Kaina blessed the project and the aina, or land, where it is being built. 

Major construction activity for the $12.7 million expansion project, awarded to Sumo-Nan Jv li, of Honolulu, is estimated to be complete in April 2012. The Army Corps of Engineers-Honolulu District, is leading the project management team for the Asia-Pacific Center. 

The construction project will add a 10,000-square-foot single story building to serve as a state-of-the-art Information Integration Learning Laboratory, which includes space for more than 100 people, six seminar rooms, audio-visual and computer server rooms, required ancillary spaces and an ethno-botanical garden.

The new wing’s integrated design concept was to provide a place where security practitioners could collaborate and cooperate in focused critical thinking, analyzing facts and conceptualizing challenges, according to Smith.

The project calls for a U.S. Green Building council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system rating of silver or better, according to the COE.

The center was first located in the Waikiki Trade Center when it was established by U.S. Pacific Command, Sept. 4, 1995. It moved into its current facilities at Fort DeRussy in June 2000.

The APCSS is a Department of Defense academic institute that addresses regional and global security issues. Uniformed and civilian representatives of the U.S. and Asia-Pacific nations participate in a comprehensive program of executive education, professional exchanges and outreach events, both in Hawaii and throughout the Asia-Pacific region. 

APCSS’ mission is to educate, connect and empower security practitioners to advance Asia-Pacific security. 

APCSS has had representatives from 96 countries, territories and international organizations attend courses. 

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