“There are many historic buildings, structures and archeological sites here in Pearl Harbor, and the stewardship of these significant historic landmarks is part of the Navy's service to our nation. The NOAA vision for an integrated, consolidated presence in the Pacific is a perfect fit for redeveloping Ford Island.”
The site is a federally owned property within the Pearl Harbor Naval Complex, which is recognized as one of the country’s most sacred historic sites.
The design links the two hangars to provide space for a range of NOAA research and office functions. The team worked closely with local preservationists to keep the hangars close to their original condition.
A long, open atrium houses public function spaces such as the library, dining and fitness areas, and an auditorium. In each of the hangar structures, courtyards open up from the roof all the way down to the ground level. These areas serve as gathering spaces and draw in natural light.
The high-performance, sustainable design is rooted in the mission of NOAA and the cultural traditions of the Pacific region. A number of sustainable features – such as a daylighting system that virtually eliminates the need for artificial light during the day, passive natural ventilation, seawater air conditioning system and open roofs – contribute to an expected LEED Gold certification.
HOK is working with Hawaii-based architect Ferraro Choi.
LEED Gold anticipated
310,000 sq. ft. / 28,800 sq. m.