State of Hawaii Department of Accounting and General Services, Public Works Division


Architects Hawaii Limited


Honolulu, Hawaii


Built in 1975, the 50,000-seat Aloha Stadium is the largest outdoor arena in the State of Hawaii. Constructed primarily of steel, Hawaii’s salt air caused the material to rust much faster and deeper than anticipated. In 1985 the State began a 10-year corrosion treatment project that cost $80 million but despite the effort the stadium’s condition continued to decline. In 2007 and 2008 the State appropriated a total of $38.2 million for stadium renovations that began with replacing field lighting transformers and sections of the metal roof deck. In late 2009 the State released additional monies for design projects that included structural retrofit and repairs.

The Science and Design of Structural Engineering

Large complicated projects require the ability to bring together and work with multiple consultants and experts. BASE helped in this effort by facilitating the assembly of the structural team with the appropriate expertise in stadium design, repair and renovation.

Client Benefits

The structural team of BASE and Thornton-Tomasetti Engineers provided the State with the best local and specialized structural engineering talent to address corrosion issues plaguing the stadium along with needs to expand and modernize the facility.