Senator Daniel K. Inouye Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) Center of Excellence
Associated Architect: RMA Architects Inc.
Location: Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Oahu, Hawaii
This new facility consolidates operations that were previously spread across three military installations, improving efficiency, productivity, and mission accomplishment.
The Senator Daniel K. Inouye Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) Center for Excellence project is a three-story, 136,497-square-foot building, located at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Oahu, Hawaii. The new DPAA facility consolidates operations that were previously dispersed on three military installations. The consolidation of the organization into one facility improved efficiency, productivity, and mission accomplishment. The previous facilities were not properly sized to accommodate the present workload or the number of assigned personnel.
DPAA is composed of jointly manned units, including personnel from all four branches of the armed forces. There are also Department of the Navy civilian personnel that comprise a portion of the DPAA staff. The new facility provides space for assigned personnel and provides the support spaces required by DPAA's complex mission.
By bringing all operations under one roof, the new three-story facility demonstrates the unique function and mission of DPAA by providing advanced investigation laboratories, a highly sustainable and flexible working environment for staff, and appropriate spaces for the families of the deceased. Primary laboratory spaces include the DPAA Laboratory, the Material Evidence and Life Support Investigation Lab, a DNA lab, and a complete forensic medicine facility.
This is the largest anthropology laboratory of its kind in the world. Its strong central atrium and interior spaces are supportive and comfortable for the families. There is also a strong use of forms and textures on the exterior, which are suggestive of traditional Pacific architecture.