“This will be a place that joins science, service and stewardship across the ocean, atmosphere and people of this region.”
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.
HOK’s design links the two hangars to provide space for NOAA research and office functions. The team worked closely with local preservationists to keep the hangars close to their original condition.
A long, open, three-story 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, biomimicry and the cultural traditions of the Pacific region. The LEED Gold sustainable design features include a skylight diffuser system that virtually eliminates the need for artificial light during the day. Hawaii’s first Passive Cooling Unit (PCU) system uses chilled water from a nearby building and natural ventilation to condition the space through an underground air distribution system. A gray water capturing system is used to irrigate the native landscaping.
HOK worked with Hawaii-based architect Ferraro Choi.
LEED Gold anticipated
350,000 sq. ft. / 32,515 sq. m.
ENR California – Best Projects 2014 – Award of Merit
Decrease in energy use compared to a conventional design
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“The Green Room: Sustainable Design in Eight Market Segments”
9 January 2014
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19 December 2013
“NOAA IRC Dedication at Joint Base Pearl Harbor – Hickam, Hawaii”
US Navy News
17 December 2013
“NOAA Dedicates Daniel K. Inouye Regional Center in Honolulu”
US Department of Commerce
14 December 2013
“NOAA Daniel K. Inouye Regional Center Photo Gallery”