|Notkin Hawaii Inc. provided the mechanical design for air conditioning, ventilation, fire sprinkler, and plumbing systems
for this new two-story, 18,000 sf building. The University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy observatories collectively
comprise the largest astronomical observatory in the world. The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, located atop
Mount Mauna Kea, rising nearly 14,000 feet above sea level, is the home of the Submillimeter Array telescopes, which
has the resolution capacity of the Hubble Space Telescope. It consists of eight 20-foot-diameter dish antennas used to
study submillimeter waves, a form of radiation, and the telescopes will enable astronomers to study stars in the early
stages of formation.
The Smithsonian Institution Sub-millimeter Array Base Facility won the AIA Award of Excellence and the Jack C. Lipman
Member's Choice Award submitted by Urban Works, Inc. the Architect.