NOAA Inouye Regional Center 199
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, USA
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)
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
2015 design annual
350,000 sq. ft. / 32,515 sq. m.
Published on Oct 1, 2015
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