Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse
Originally opened in 1977, the Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse (PJKK) is the only federal building in Honolulu and houses a wide variety of federal agencies that serve Hawaii and the Southern Pacific area. It is named for one of Hawaii’s first representatives to Congress, a royal statesman who served two terms in the early 1900s and also sponsored Hawaii’s first statehood bill in 1919.
The PJKK modernization project is divided into two segments. Part 1, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, began in April 2010 and was recently substantially complete in November 2014. This project not only modernizes the major building systems to provide 30-plus years of useful life, it also transforms the existing buildings into high-performance green buildings and provides an efficient and model interior work place for the existing federal tenants.
Part 1 includes a new, centralized entrance pavilion for enhanced building security; the remodeling of the federal building’s second floor to accommodate a change in the tenant agencies; and substantial repairs and alterations designed to “green” the courthouse wing of the campus.
The $121 million Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Federal Building and Courthouse renovation project was made possible through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. This funding includes redesign of the 32-year-old federal campus, and full renovation of the courthouse portion of the facility.
Major Tenants: U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii; U.S. Customs and Border Protection; U.S. Coast Guard; U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Hawaii; Social Security Administration; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and U.S. Marshals Service, District of Hawaii
Art in Architecture: George Rickey, Two Open Rectangles Excentric, 1977, Sculpture - George Rickey, originally a painter, turned from painting to creating kinetic sculptures like the one installed at the Honolulu federal building. His interest in mechanics awakened during his wartime work in aircraft and gunnery systems research and maintenance. Following his discharge, he studied art at the New York University Institute of Fine Arts and later at the Chicago Institute of Design, funded by the G.I. Bill. Rickey combined his love of engineering and mechanics by designing sculptures whose metal parts moved in response to the slightest air currents.
Peter Voulkos, Barking Sands, 1977, Sculpture - Known as an abstract expressionist, Peter Voulkos' sculptures are famous for their visual weight, their freely formed construction, and their aggressive and energetic decoration. Besides his bronze sculpture installed at the federal building in Hawaii, his work can be found in museums around the world, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Part 2 of the renovation, which is a currently unfunded prospectus project, includes modernization of the federal building’s HVAC, electrical, lighting, plumbing, fire and life safety systems, renovation and realignment of public and tenant spaces, as well as renovation of the exterior envelope, replacement of glazing, site work, and security upgrades.