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December 12, 2013

NOAA dedicates Daniel K. Inouye Regional Center in Honolulu
Facility will house most of NOAA's Hawai'i presence

On Monday, December 16, NOAA will dedicate its new NOAA Daniel K. Inouye Regional Center located on Ford Island in Honolulu. The facility, named for the late Senator Daniel K. Inouye in January 2013, is the last phase of a campus environment that will house 15 NOAA offices with more than 700 staff, and most of the NOAA assets in Hawai'i.

Acting NOAA Administrator Dr. Kathryn Sullivan will attend the dedication ceremony along with the late senator's wife, Mrs. Irene Hirano Inouye, members of the Hawai'i Congressional delegation, as well as Navy, state, and local representatives. Senator Inouye passed away in December 2012, after a distinguished, nearly 50-year career in the United States Senate.

"Senator Inouye was a great friend to NOAA and a great advocate for Hawaiians and our country's natural resources. It's fitting that we dedicate this building in his honor as a tribute to his years of public service," said Kathryn Sullivan, Ph.D., acting under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and acting NOAA administrator. "The Inouye Center brings together 700 NOAA employees and our many assets in Hawai'i in a way that exemplifies a 'One NOAA' approach to fostering science, promoting outreach and education, and establishing new partnerships. This center symbolizes NOAA's commitment to the people of Hawai'i, to our Pacific region, and to our partners. Together, we have built this center. Together, we serve the people of this region. And together, we will carry forward NOAA's science and stewardship for many generations to come."

The late Senator Inouye, with support from the Hawai'i Congressional delegation and the state of Hawai'i, led the effort to redevelop Ford Island and secure the necessary funding for a world class facility to support NOAA's science, service and stewardship mission in the Pacific Region. The $331 million project was partially funded under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act and represents the largest capital facility project in NOAA's history.

In January 2013, the facility was named in Senator Inouye's honor, in recognition of his significant contribution to ocean and environmental issues and his steadfast support for the construction of the campus.

The center is a 35-acre parcel on federally owned property and combines new facilities with the historic preservation of four buildings culminating into a campus which is environmentally sustainable, state of the art, and Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) Gold Certified. Specifically, the project involves the renovation and construction of a new central office and laboratory facility, logistics warehouse and seawater facility, port facility, and piers for both large and small vessels.

NOAA anticipates the new facility will save more than $3 million per year in operating and other costs by eliminating office leases, lower energy costs, and consolidation of information technology infrastructure. The site location inspired the designers to feature three key natural resources - water, wind, and sun - into a high-performance facility well adapted to its site, climate and culture.

"The IRC has a number of sustainable design features that will lower NOAA's current carbon footprint by 50 percent, provide operating cost savings and protect the environment," said Steven Gallagher, the center's site manager.

As a national historic landmark site, the area seeks to preserve both built and natural resources associated with events of historic and cultural significance. Current construction technology and the requirements of historic preservation partners helped to maintain the visual integrity of the historic structures. The circulation path is designed to unite the historic tarmac and hangars and the waterfront into a unified NOAA campus. Along the waterfront, exhibits highlight the island's voyaging history while the tarmac and hangars represent recent naval history. The main building, which represents the collaborative fusion between and respect for both traditions, connects the two.

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