Community-Centered Campus

Corporate Bank Features a Teammate-Focused Design in Honolulu, Hawaii

by Marcus Dodson, editor & publisher

American Savings Bank (ASB) has unveiled its brand new ASB Campus, the first new office building in downtown Honolulu, Hawaii, in nearly 25 years.  In true ASB style, the bank celebrated the official grand opening of the 11-story, 373,000 sq.ft. building with an epic, festive party for all of its 1,100 teammates in April 2019.  The Campus, which features a teammate-focused workspace design, brings together over 650 people from five separate locations on island of Oahu and serves as a home base for the bank’s more than 1,100 employees across the state. 

         “We couldn’t be more excited and proud to open the doors of our ASB Campus to our teammates and the community,” said Rich Wacker, president and CEO of ASB.  “Now that our entire team is together under one roof, we look forward to working more efficiently, collaboratively, and innovatively than ever before, furthering our vision of being a great bank making people’s dreams possible.”

         The grand opening celebration included the presentation of a custom chant written for ASB by Kumu Hula Nalani Kanakaole, a traditional Hawaiian blessing and maile lei untying guided by Kahu Kordell Kekoa and Chinese lion dance.  Teammates also enjoyed live entertainment and food and drink from nearby Chinatown merchants and ASB business customers. 

         “Much like the central staircase that connects ASB teammates to one another in this magnificent new building, the decision to place a $100 million headquarters across the street from Aala Park shows ASB is a company committed to connecting with the community it serves,” said Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell.  “I want to thank the entire ASB ohana for making this meaningful investment that will continue to pay dividends for decades to come.”

         Designed to promote a culture of openness and efficiency, the new ASB Campus puts workplace collaboration at the forefront.  By breaking down former silos and physical barriers between teams and implementing a design more conducive to partnership, the new Campus serves as one of the most modern and dynamic worksites in the state and will enable the ASB team to make banking easier for customers.

         The building team included national architect Leo A. Daly, Omaha, Nebraska; local architect Hiarchy, LLP, Honolulu; and general contractor Nordic PCL, Honolulu.  The Campus’ pre-cast design allows for open-floor layouts on each office floor, with meeting rooms and an elevator lobby at the core of the building.  Sustainable features include EV-charging stations, photovoltaic panels, reclaimed wood furniture, water dispensers, and energy-efficient appliances.  ASB also encourages a green benefit that encourages teammates to carpool, walk, bike, or take public transportation to work.  It is also the first office building in the state to use View Dynamic Glass, a digitally connected glass that intelligently tints to control glare and heat to create a more comfortable environment.

         Developed with the ASB teammate in mind, the Campus features a wide variety of amenities, including a training center, 4,500 sq.ft. teammate lunchroom, complimentary self-serve Starbucks® coffee gathering space on each office floor, relaxation rooms, arcade, employee fitness center, and 10,000 sq.ft. of outdoor lanai space.  Wi-Fi is accessible throughout the building, allowing teammates to work from their desks, at collaborative workspaces, and even on one of the two outdoor lanai.

         In commemoration of the Campus, ASB partnered with acclaimed Native Hawaiian designers Manaola Yap and Sig Zane to produce custom art designs that tell the story of ASB and honor the history and culture of the land on which it sits.  The ASB/Manaola partnership represents the first corporate undertaking for MANAOLA Group, a Honolulu-based ASB customer.  Yap incorporated his signature use of ohe kapala, an ancestral Hawaiian stamping method that draws inspiration from repetitious patterns found in nature, to create a custom pattern for the bank.  The pattern was digitized into bold prints that are incorporated into art throughout the Campus, including wall wraps on two floors, as well as in ASB’s refreshed branding.

         For years, ASB has committed to being a good neighbor in the community through its bi-annual Seeds of Service Community Cleanups.  Since 2015, ASB teammates have contributed more than 8,000 volunteer hours to beautify the area around its Campus, including Aala Park, College Walk, and Sun Yat-sen Mall.  In addition, to commemorate its grand opening, ASB announced an annual commitment of $15,000 to the Lawakua Charitable Fund, which will provide a full-year tuition scholarship to a student from Mayor Wright Housing to attend private school on Oahu.

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