60,000 square feet
LEED registered

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s


Honolulu, Hawaii


This facility was developed on a parcel at the University of Hawaii Manoa campus for two main National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) programs: the Southwest Fisheries Science Center Honolulu Laboratory and the Southwest Region Pacific Islands Area Office. The four-story, 108,000-square-foot energy efficient facility was designed as a sustainable (“Green”) building in accordance with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) directives and Executive Order 13123. It became the first USGBC – LEED® registered building project in Hawaii.

The 2.2-acre site is bounded on the west by the East West Center and on the east by Manoa stream. The development area is long and narrow in the north-south direction and limited to approximately 60,000 square feet, of which two-thirds is occupied by the building structure, and the remaining third by landscaping or paving.

The design goal for the AE team was to achieve a facility which was first, highly functional and efficient for NMFS, and second, highly sustainable reflecting the NMFS mission to conserve and protect the environment. Energy consumption for the non-laboratory portions of the project were to be 60% less than a code-compliant base case facility of the same type. This performance was to be achieved in large part by proper building orientation, and efficiencies in shading and day-lighting design, electrical lighting systems, and radiant cooling/liquid desiccant/100% fresh air HVAC systems. The building design became one of three U.S. buildings to be represented at the 3rd International Sustainable Building Conference in Oslo, Norway. Although construction documents were completed, the project was cancelled and the functions incorporated into the Daniel K. Inouye Regional Center on Ford Island.