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NOAA Inouye Regional Center 199

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, USA

Completion: 2014

Located on a national historic landmark site

administrative offices, conference and

view to the water and the mountain range in

on Oahu’s Ford Island, the National Oceanic

meeting areas, a dining hall and informal

the distance. The two-story fully glazed space

and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

collaboration spaces.

Inouye Regional Center features the adaptive 32.7% below ASHRAE 2007

maximizes transparency and creates a fl uid visual experience. A 200-seat auditorium

reuse of two World War II-era airplane hangars

The interior environment is based on the

provides tiered seating for NOAA programs,

linked by a new steel and glass building. The

principles of campus design. Creating a

while multiple conference rooms and flexible

original aircraft hangars, designed in 1939

central gathering place, the plan supports

classrooms support collaborative activities.

by Albert Kahn, inspired beautifully simple

program-intensive workplaces with internal

solutions for how the new center uses air,

quadrangles of open space with primary and

The biological infl uences of the region

water and light.

secondary circulation routes.

guided the design of the anticipated LEED

The complex accommodates 800 people in a

Connecting the front door of the campus

virtually eliminates the need for artificial

high-performance research and offi ce campus

with the waterfront, the three-story atrium

light during the day. Hawaii’s first hydronic

that integrates NOAA’s mission of "science,

knits together a sequence of materials and

passive cooling unit (PCU) system uses chilled

service and stewardship" with the region's

volumetric plane changes to give people a

water from a nearby building and natural

cultural traditions and the island’s ecology. It

sense of progression as they move through

ventilation to condition the space through

houses a diverse range of critical programs,

the building. A series of interactive exhibits

an underground air distribution system. A

functions and federal departments, including

highlight the history of the island and region,

graywater capturing system is used to irrigate

the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

as well as NOAA’s diverse mission.

the native landscaping.

Facilities include wet and dry research

Located at the northern end of the atrium, the

laboratories, a marine center, a library,

dining hall provides users with a panoramic

Gold project. A skylight diffuser system

◄ atrium

2015 design annual

350,000 sq. ft. / 32,515 sq. m.


2015 HOK Design Annual