Astronomy Base Facility

Smithsonian Institution Astronomy Base Facility

Hilo, Hawaii
Completed 2004

The Smithsonian Institution retained Urban Works, Inc. and its consultants to design a new astronomy base facility, located at the University of Hawaii Hilo Research and Technology Park. The 1,994 sq. meter building will house offices and laboratories to support the activities and personnel at the Science Group’s Sub-millimeter Array (SMA) antennas project on the summit of Mauna Kea.

The Science Group is a collaborative endeavor of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, the Harvard- Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics of the Academia Sinica of Taiwan. There are offices for permanent and visiting astronomers, facilities for computations, meetings and video conferencing, some administrative functions, a small library and space for displays and exhibits.


Honolulu Chapter, American Institute of Architects
Award of Excellence, 2004
Honolulu Chapter, American Institute of Architects
Jack C. Lipman Members’ Choice Award, 2004