Hilo Federal Building
Size: 2 Stories
Construction Cost: $7,500,000
Architects: Mason Architects Inc.
Client: General Services Administration (GSA)
2012 Historic Preservation Honor Award, Historic Hawaii Foundation
The Hilo Federal Building and U.S. Post Office is GSA’s oldest federal property in Hawaii and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. The original building was constructed in 1917. The renovation and modernization of the Hilo Federal Building included a seismic upgrade, roof repair, renovation of existing toilet rooms, custom doors, windows, millwork, and installation of fire sprinkler and fire alarm systems. Energy efficiency of the building was improved by replacing the air conditioning system and increasing daylighting by restoring the original skylights. Interior and exterior surfaces were restored and refinished to preserve the historic nature of the building while abating hazardous materials. The entry courtyard and other points of interest were also restored.