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NOAA Daniel K. Inouye Regional Center


Project Name

NOAA Daniel K. Inouye Regional Center

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Year Completed



350,000 sq. feet

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Project Description

From the AIA:
Located on a national historic landmark site on Oahu’s Ford Island, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’sInouye Regional Center features the adaptive reuse of two World War II-era airplane hangars linked by a new steel and glass building. The hangars inspired beautifully simple design solutions for how the center uses air, water and light. The LEED Gold complex accommodates 800 people in a research and office facility that integrates NOAA’s mission of “science, service and stewardship” with Hawaii’s cultural traditions and ecology.The interior environment, which is based on principles of campus design, creates a central gathering place.

2017 AIA COTE Top Ten Jury Comments:
This project transformed a historic Albert Kahn industrial building into a new research building with a laboratory-focused occupancy. The building achieves significant energy reduction through an innovative passive downdraft system, providing 100 percent natural ventilation and excellent daylighting. The project rejuvenated the site through the creation of a new waterfront public space. The building is designed to resist a 500-year storm event, and the flexible space can be used for critical response in the event of a natural disaster.

Predicted Net EUI (kBtu per square-foot per year): 72
Predicted lighting power density (watts per square-foot): 0.81 watts/sq.ft.
Percentage of water consumed onsite from greywater/blackwater capture and treatment: 53%
Percentage of rainwater that can be managed onsite: 40%
Predicted percent reduction from National Average EUI for Building Type: 58%
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