A New Visitor Center for the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial

Each year more than 1.6 million people visit the U.S.S. Arizona Memorial and Visitor Center to gain a better understanding of the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. In 2002 the Navy and the National Park Service made plans to demolish the existing facilities and to build a new state-of-the-art Visitor Center on the site. As a consultant to the design architect, Portico Group, Mason Architects participated in all phases of the design process and was responsible for most of the construction documents.

  • The new Visitor Center complex houses orientation services, exhibits, theaters, sales areas, restrooms, and office space.
  • It also includes exterior viewing and staging areas, an outdoor amphitheater, shaded areas, and walkways.
  • Anti-terrorism/force protection, ADA accessibility, and sustainable development concepts are incorporated into the design.
  • The Visitor Center achieved the LEED Gold level of accreditation.

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  • Public Works, Grand Award from Building Industry Association Hawaii, 2011

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Photography: Linny Morris, Portico Group and MAI

The Visitor Center complex houses multiple services for orientation, exhibits, and theaters.