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Pacific Rim celebrates FBI Honolulu Field Office ribbon cutting

By Traci Madison

GSA Deputy Property Manager at the FBI Honolulu Field Office ribbon cutting
GSA Deputy Property Manager Derek Lynch speaks at the FBI Honolulu Field Office ribbon cutting.

On April 9, 2013, GSA joined lessor Penrose Walsh and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in celebrating the official opening of the new FBI Field Office in Kapolei, Hawaii. Deputy Property Manager Derek Lynch spoke on behalf of Regional Administrator Ruth Cox. He was joined on stage by: Chris Penrose, Managing Partner for Penrose/Walsh FBI Honolulu; Major General Darryll Wong, Adjutant General for the Hawaii National Guard; and Vida Bottom, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Honolulu Division.

“GSA views its responsibility to the FBI as part of our core mission and we worked very closely with Penrose/Walsh to ensure the FBI received the facility they need,” said Lynch.

This build-to-suit lease project was part of a comprehensive national program to consolidate FBI offices and improve overall agency collaboration and efficiency. It is the third new office structure completed within the Pacific Rim since the program started.

Located on a 10-acre site in Kapolei’s Barber’s Point, the state-of-the-art office structure is the headquarters for all FBI operations in Hawaii, Guam, Saipan, and American Samoa. The new 152,000-square-foot facility includes a 20,000-square-foot annex for automotive and electronic repairs, and a secure parking facility which accommodates 350 vehicles.

The Pacific Rim Region works hard to support GSA’s priorities of Delivering Better Value and Savings, Serving our Partners and Making a More Sustainable Government through projects like this one.

“We recognize that we have an obligation to increase the sustainability of the federal government by reducing the cost of operations and the environmental impact of its buildings. The FBI Honolulu Division Field Office building is no exception,” said Lynch.

The architect’s contemporary design blends modern technology with the surrounding Hawaiian topography, and maximizes use of natural daylight to allow for the most efficient performance of the cooling and heating systems. The building is powered in part by a 750,000 kilowatt-hour (kWh) photovoltaic system on the parking structure roof, with a goal of achieving net-zero energy consumption.

With other key sustainability components – such as the use of environmentally preferred construction materials, high efficiency water fixtures and HVAC systems, as well as energy star rated appliances and lighting – GSA is targeting a LEED® Double Platinum rating from the U.S. Green Building Council.

Prior to the building’s opening, the FBI was located in the federal building and at one leased location in Honolulu. This new lease not only allows the FBI to consolidate their operations in a single location, it also meets their need for enhanced IT infrastructure and fulfills Level 4 Interagency Security Committee (ISC) criteria. This new build-to-suit lease project will meet the FBI's long-term housing needs in Honolulu.

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