New National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Daniel K. Inouye Regional Center Dedicated in Hawaii
A blessing and dedication ceremony was held Dec. 16 to celebrate the opening of the HOK-designed National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Daniel K. Inouye Regional Center (IRC), on Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, Ford Island.
“The IRC’s innovative design and the implementation of sustainable energy features amplify its character, distinguishing it from other buildings on the historic Ford Island. The construction involved the renovation of two World War II era aircraft hangers - 175 and 176 and an addition of a third infill building between them to create a world-class unified Federal facility that will house approximately 700 NOAA personnel in 310,000 square feet.”
Tim Larson (Downstream), Mrs. Irene Hirano Inouye, Paul Woolford (HOK) and Kyle Prenzlow (HOK).
“Upon entering the premises of the structure, it is clear to see the historical impact of the aircraft hangers and native Hawaiian culture guided inspiration towards creating a suitable environment to represent NOAA. Architecture firm HOK brought new life to the building while managing to maintain sensitivity to the historical and cultural aspects. Among the most notable sustainable features operating within the facility include: a revolutionary Passive Cooling Unit (PCU) system, gray and rain water system, and a skylight diffuser system, all of which have been installed to reduce energy costs and contribute to modernizing the building.”
“The various NOAA offices from throughout Oahu are scheduled to relocate to this facility between January and April 2014.”