Astronaut Ellison S. Onizuka Space Center

Included in the overall master plan expansion for the Kona International Airport, the Onizuka Space Center relocation involved the design of a facility dedicated to the memory of Colonel Ellison S. Onizuka. The $4.5 million proposed facility, which will be approximately 5500 s.f. will include exhibit spaces, an auditorium, classrooms and conference rooms. The estimated date of completion is set for 2014. The open floor plan consisting of three contemporary interpretations of the “box” varying in scale, surround a 30’ x 30’ exterior courtyard accentuating the interior/exterior connection to the sky and introducing controlled natural daylight to interior spaces. As part of the site design, an exterior plaza near the entry serves as a pedestrian circulation node to adjacent public functions (airport terminal, public parking lot, walking trail, and petroglyph field). MEH supplied this project with overall mechanical design to facilitate indoor and outdoor conditions as needed for occupants. This project also required fire protection services, plumbing and ventilation design.

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