About the Project
This project was performed for the US Navy (PAVDIV) in 1983 but it still remains a hallmark of sustainable design in Hawaii. Holding 150-units, the 15-story U.S.S. Arizona high-rise houses 450 military personnel. The structure includes an adjacent one-story administration area with armory, post office, lounge, laundry, and support facilities.
Following wind tunnel studies, the building was situated to take advantage of Hawaii’s prevailing trade winds to create a low pressure zone on the leeward side of the tower, for natural ventilation. In addition, the administrative pavilion is roofed with solar panels to provide hot water for laundry and domestic use. These design innovations saved the U.S. Navy nearly $1 million in construction costs, and over $50,000 annually for electricity.
FEATURED IN: “Hawaiian Designs, Strategies for Energy Efficient Architecture”, K. Royle, AIA and C. Terry, AIA