Hilo Federal Building

Client: General Services Administration (GSA)

Architect: MASON

Completion Year: 2012

Size: Two Stories

Construction Cost: $7,500,000

2012 Historic Preservation Honor Award, Historic Hawaii Foundation

The Hilo Federal Building housing the United States Post Office is the U.S. General Service Administration’s oldest federal property in Hawaii. The original building was constructed in 1917 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.

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.