Glenn Mason and the Ford Island Tower highlighted in the Star-Advertiser.

December 27, 2011

Honolulu Star-Bulletin features Glenn Mason in 2011's 'Ten Who Made a Difference'

Recognized as one of ‘Ten Who Made a Difference in 2011’ in Honolulu by the Star-Bulletin, Glenn Mason and Mason Architects’ project at the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor were featured in an article by Burl Burlingame.

The project is the restoration of the Ford Island Control Tower, an airfield control tower originally completed in January of 1942 and now considered the center piece of the Aviation Museum. Museum Director Ken DeHoff and Glenn’s former partner, Spencer Leineweber, were interviewed for the December 27, 2011 article.


Outdoor soccer field and basketball courts complement the interior learning environment for the school age center.

Repairs to the building shell were extensive and completed in June 2011.

June 7, 2011

Facelift for Hotel Street Icon

The 110-year old building at 25 North Hotel Street has been vacant since 1997. The current owners committed to reviving the dilapidated space in late 2007, by which time a portion of the second floor was starting to collapse. The project has included extensive structural rehabilitation, including a complete replacement of the wood floor structures and replacement of the wood roof structure of the original portion of the building.

The original steel shutters were restored, historically compatible storefronts installed on Hotel Street and the Makai end of the building was completely opened up to an existing courtyard. The latest challenge is to save and restore the Club Hubba Hubba sign, which has been on the building since 1953 and is one of the last historic signs left in Chinatown.

As reported by Civil Beat, both the Department of Planning and Permitting and members of the Outdoor Circle are in support of saving the neon sign, a Robert “Bozo” Shigemura creation.

UPDATE: Our sign variance request to Department of Planning and Permitting was approved and the historic sign will remain.


Outdoor soccer field and basketball courts complement the interior learning environment for the school age center.

Outdoor soccer field and basketball courts complement the interior learning environment for the school age center.

May 10, 2011

Schofield Barracks' Napua Koa Center Awarded LEED Gold

The Child Development Center, a design/build project by Mason Architects and Nan, Inc., includes activity rooms, study areas and a computer lab - but the heart of the center is an atrium, a 'mall for kids', where they can sit, talk, eat and play games. According to Hawai'i Army Weekly, "the 25,000 s.f. center and its outdoor activity spaces on a 4.2-acre site meet the Army's programming requirements and National After-school Alliance accreditation."

Mandated to achieve an Army LEED Silver equivalent rating, the team decided to register the project with USGBC. The project incorporated products and materials with low VOCs; 28% of the total building materials were recycled content; and 18% were produced locally. Hot water for the entire building is provided by recovered waste heat from the air conditioners. Earning a total of 42 points under the New Construction LEED Rating System version 2.2, the project was awarded a LEED Gold Certification, the first of its kind for the Army in the Honolulu District.


This 1939 home was one of 22 types restored at Hickam Air Force Base.

This 1939 home was one of 22 types restored at Hickam Air Force Base.

April 20, 2011

Historic Hawaii Foundation Honors One Book and Four Projects

At its 2011 awards ceremony in the Queen’s Conference Center on April 19, the Historic Hawai‘i Foundation presented a Preservation Media Award to:

  • Hart Wood: Architectural Regionalism in Hawaii, written by Don Hibbard, Glenn Mason, and Karen Weitze and published by UH Press in 2010.

    HHF also gave awards to four historic preservation projects that were designed by Mason Architects:

  • Rehabilitation of Community Center, Hickam Air Force Base
  • Restoration of Selected Historic Homes at Hickam Air Force Base
  • Rehabilitation of the Eisenhower House at the Heleloa Historic Hilltop Neighborhood
  • Rehabilitation of Facility 30, a Historic Nob Hill Home on Ford Island.