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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 

Completed: 2012 / LEED Gold Certified

City: Pearl Harbor

Size: 370,000 SF

Daniel K. Inouye Regional Center


Challenge - The project involved adaptive reuse of two Albert Kahn designed hangars which survived the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. These hangars are among America’s most historic structures. New construction linked the two hangars providing 370,000 square-feet of space for research labs, the National Data Center, the National Weather Service, and established space for public functions.

Under John McGuire's leadership the team designed a new facility that prominently featured the buildings’ distinct architecture with clarity and dignity. A subtle new structure was introduced between the two hangars which effectively created a single-campus building and gave the old structures a new character without diminishing the site’s profound history.  In addition to the challenge to maintain the historic appearance of the hangars, John's team also tackled the question of how to design the most effective space for NOAA. John built a relationship between seven line-offices and thirty-eight groups sharing space in the new facility to promote consensus and to incorporate each group's unique concerns into the design of the new facility.

Awards & Selected Publications

San Francisco AIA - Merit Award–2015

IIDA Northern California Chapter - Merit Award–2015

Historic Hawaii Foundation - Preservation Award–2014

Architectural Record

From Sea to Shining Sea: NOAA Inouye Regional Center

Sarah Amelar, 1 August 2015

Hawaii Business

Something Old, New, Borrowed and Green

Henry Bennett, 1 July 2015

Fast Co. Exist

How Reverse Engineering Can Spur Design Innovation

Thomas Knittel, 9 January 2014

US Navy News

NOAA IRC Dedication at Joint Base Pearl Harbor

Hickham, Hawaii

Sila Manahane, 19 December 2013

US Department of Commerce

NOAA Dedicates Daniel K. Inouye

Regional Center in Honolulu

17 December 2013

NOAA dockside landscape and terrace
NOAA dining view to the harbor

Project with HOK

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