New Construction, Renovation
The resulting facility featured a reception area with refuge and stress management facilities for visitors in the event of an emergency, as well as an incident command center, designed to accommodate rescue teams in case of a tsunami, volcanic eruption, earthquake or aircraft crash. Other building features included an armory for weapons and ammunition store; a storage space for secure evidence; holding cells for prisoners; a processing room isolated from the Park’s normal operations; a laundry room where hazardous materials could be removed from clothing; and a back-up generator in the event that the island’s power system stops working. The building also included a permit office, where visitors learned about the “Leave No Trace” philosophy, reviewed safety requirements and obtained backcountry permits.
The appearance of the facility also integrated well into its surroundings, and shared a number of characteristics with the district’s other historic buildings, including hipped or gabled corrugated metal roofs, large wood-framed windows, lava rock foundations and more. A recipient of LEED Platinum certification, the VEOC was also fitted with an air filtration system to filter out sulfur dioxide when the volcano is active.
Original Ranger Station building. The VEOC facility incorporated this structure into the project.
Building Industry Association of Hawaii
Renaissance Building and Remodeling Awards 2011