The Howard Hughes Corporation (NYSE: HHC) today announced plans to renovate the IBM building, a well-known office building located along Ala Moana Boulevard in the heart of Kaka‘ako. As the next step in realizing its vision transforming Ward Centers into Ward Village, a vibrant urban master planned community, The Howard Hughes Corporation is making a substantial investment in the renovation of the building.
“The building’s classic grille is being preserved and the unique character is respected. I appreciate that and understand there is a new purpose for this building being preserved,” added Snyder.The Howard Hughes Corporation will invest more than $20 million in the IBM building renovation. The renovation is being directed by the internationally acclaimed design firm Woods Bagot along with the local firm of Ferraro Choi & Associates as the architect of record. The Howard Hughes Corporation is also hiring local general contractors, Jay Kadowaki, Inc. and Albert C. Kobayashi, Inc., respectively known for quality interiors and expertise in large-scale projects. Nate Smith, a local project manager who has a history of managing residential, commercial and institutional projects, including the renovation of Ossipoff’s Thurston Chapel at Punahou School, has also been retained as a consultant to assist with the coordination of the project.” The Howard Hughes Corporation announced its “forWARD” vision for Ward Village in October 2012, revealing plans to create a vibrant neighborhood offering unique retail experiences, exceptional residences and affordable housing set among dynamic public open spaces and pedestrian-friendly streets. Ward Village will incorporate principles of sustainability and cultural respect that honor the rich history of the land. The project is planned to be built out over the next decade. When complete, Ward Village will double its retail, dining and entertainment space, providing a compelling mix of local neighborhood shops, restaurants and national retailers to serve locals and visitors alike. In preparation for the renovation, The Howard Hughes Corporation has been working to provide assistance to tenants affected by the project who are moving to other locations within Ward Centers. For more information please visit: www.avisionforward.com. About The Howard Hughes Corporation The Howard Hughes Corporation owns, manages and develops commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate throughout the U.S. Our properties include master planned communities, operating properties, development opportunities and other unique assets spanning 18 states from New York to Hawai‘i. The Howard Hughes Corporation is traded on the New York Stock Exchange as HHC and is headquartered in Dallas, TX. For additional information about HHC, visit www.howardhughes.com. Safe Harbor Statement Statements made in this press release that are not historical facts, including statements accompanied by words such as “will,” “believe,” “expect,” “enables,” “realize,” “plan,” “intend,” “transform” and other words of similar expression, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on management’s expectations, estimates, assumptions and projections as of the date of this release and are not guarantees of future performance. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in these statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially are set forth as risk factors in The Howard Hughes Corporation’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Quarterly and Annual Reports. The Howard Hughes Corporation cautions you not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this release. The Howard Hughes Corporation does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect future events, information or circumstances that arise after the date of this release.