NOAA Daniel K. Inouye Regional Center

Building Size:
350,000 SQ. FT.
Site Size:
LEED Gold Registration

2014 - Historic Hawaii Foundation Preservation Award

2014 ENR Best Projects Northern California/Hawaii: Higher Education/Research Category Award of Merit

Ferraro Choi teamed with prime mainland architect HOK of San Francisco to design the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Daniel K. Inouye Regional Center (Laboratory and Office Complex) on historic Ford Island at Pearl Harbor.  The 350,000-square-foot facility consolidates NOAA’s many Honolulu-area offices and labs into a single, efficient campus facility with pier facilities for NOAA’s Hawaii-based research and fisheries enforcement vessels and small boats.  Facilities include office space, wet laboratories, marine animal tanks, and administration and support space for NOAA’s research, conservation management and enforcement programs.  NOAA retained the Navy’s NAVFACPAC to administer the design, engineering and construction contracts.

Completed in 2013, the sustainable project is seeking LEED® Gold Certification.  In addition to its sustainable design, the complex places much of its program activities and spaces in three renovated historic hanger buildings and incorporated Hawaiian cultural themes that complement the NOAA mission.  Two of the hanger buildings are inter-connected by a new building that serves as the facility’s technology systems core and main entrance.  The first floor of the new building includes a visitor center, conference facilities, an exhibition area and cafeteria-style dining.