US Park Service
The entry to some of Oahu’s major attractions and hallowed historic sites, the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center features educational and interpretive exhibits to commemorate the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.
Open 362 days a year accommodating 1.5 million visitors annually, the Visitor Center demanded properly phased construction to keep the facility in operation and to protect the safety of those visitors. The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center complex features seven new structures of 17,750 SF within an open air campus that houses state-of-the-art exhibits depicting the historical attack on Pearl Harbor. Facilities include ticketing offices for the combined Pearl Harbor Historical sites, concession space, book store/gift shop, education classrooms, exhibit space, theaters, restrooms, and administrative and support areas.
Renovation of the theater building included permanently stabilizing the theater with a network of 200-feet deep pile clusters, pile caps, grade beams, and steel beams that tie into existing precast wall panels. Pile reinforcing was required to meet current seismic code. The project also included various site improvements to assist with pavement for vehicle and bus parking and drop-off areas, crosswalks, walkways and security walls. Although the project was originally slated to gain LEED Silver certification, our project team worked to achieve its LEED Gold certification.