“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.
Decrease in energy use compared to a conventional design
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