Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology – Students and Faculty Accommodation

Okinawa, Japan

The campus of Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) is located in Onna-Son, a well-known resort of Okinawa. It opened in March 2010 and the aim of the project was to construct housing facilities for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, senior researchers and the chairman.

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology – Students and Faculty Accommodation

Client
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology School Corporation
Location
Japan
Completion
2015
Assignments
Construction Monitoring

Project outcome

The project was developed under a public-private partnership (PPP) and OIST hired Lendlease in December 2011 to monitor the design, the construction management and the construction commenced by SPC (Special Purpose Company) for the purpose to ensure the scheduling and the quality of the entire project.

The campus is surrounded by rich nature and the housing area is the highlight of the campus. In general, housing in an academic institution is placed at the back of the school building but OIST had chosen an unconventional way. While no cityscape existed in the area, the plan was to create an attractive "village" to enhance the appearance of the campus, which would also achieve a mission of the master plan, enhancing the image of the campus. Hence, the quality of the housing facilities would play a very important role in the structure of the entire campus.

The designated staff were well experienced in on-site construction management. They conducted hearings from the involved parties, checked the documentations and evaluated the progress of the construction biweekly. In order to check the quality of the construction thoroughly from the view of the supervisor, Lendlease made a check list for each phase of the construction prior to monitoring to avoid any oversight.

PPP development holds interests of users, business entities and groups involving in the project. Lendlease has kept an objective position and contributed to actualize the appropriate construction progress by commencing fair analysis of the construction progress, notifying concerns to the related parties, promoting modification if necessary.

Both Hillside Faculty House and Village Center were completed in September 2012. West Court was completed in June 2013 while South Hills was completed in August 2014. Following which, East Court was completed in November 2015.