Pearl Harbor Visitor Center Oahu, Hawaii
Pearl Harbor Visitor Center Oahu, Hawaii

Type: Culture / Entertainment

Size: 17,750 SF / Seven Buildings and Theater Renovation


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 new 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.



  • Classrooms
  • Exhibit Space
  • Gift Shop
  • Offices
  • Theater


Project Elements

LEED Gold Certified

Mulit-phased construction to maintain daily operations

Mitigation of impact to visitor experience during construction

Total renovation of the Theater building

Value engineering change to stabilize the Theater

Pile driving to support the project site and theater

Photos by Vito Palmisano,



– 2012 Special Recognition Award in the Liberty Mutual Marvin M. Black Excellence in Partnering

Competition, Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America

– 2011 BIA Renaissance Building & Remodeling Award, Public Works category, Building Industry


– 2011 Build Hawaii Excellence Award, Federal Construction More than $30 Million, GCA Hawaii