For Children and Teenagers at Marine Corps Base Hawai‘i

Mason Architects, in a design-build team with Nan, Inc., designed a one-story, 20,715 s.f. Youth Center that centralizes the youth activities program at MCBH. This program provides after-school recreation, summer and holiday camps, gymnastics, sports leagues, and instructional classes for over 2,000 school-age children and teenagers.

  • The program was operating in several small buildings, some on a borrowed or as-is basis, that were inadequate in size or condition to accommodate its activities and anticipated growth.
  • The Youth Center is designed on a scale appropriate to children and has a playful ambiance; finishes are colorful, durable, and low maintenance.
  • The design includes a bus drop-off area, walkways, lanais, a grassy playfield, landscaping, and lighting, as well as a wood-floored basketball court, electronic scoreboards, and sports equipment.
  • The project was initially designed to achieve LEED Silver Certification, but with such features as maximum use of natural light, thermal insulation and glazing, recycled construction materials, energy-efficient HVAC, lighting, multiple chilled water pumps and dual air handling systems, the project was awarded LEED Gold Certification.
  • The site's poor subsurface conditions required partial excavation and fill, and the building was constructed on piles.

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The new Youth Center centralizes all the recreational programs for school-age children and teenagers at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.