The Pacific Aviation Museum complex is the adaptive reuse of several historic military hangars and the original control tower of the decommissioned Ford Island Air Field. Located in the center of Pearl Harbor, the air field was among the strategic targets in the December 7, 1941 attack. The team relied on BASE and its extensive experience with the Navy to address programming issues related to seismic, hurricane and AT/FP requirements for the renovation of the existing historic hangars.
For the control tower, BASE was tasked to assess the existing condition of the damaged control tower and provide methods of repair and retrofit. To assess the chemical composition and weldability of the older steel members, BASE required testing of steel coupons cut from the existing tower. Procedures were developed appropriate for welding new steel material to the existing tower.