Dreaming of a White Christmas?
Come learn about Antartica, where the sun does not set on Christmas Day
SPECIAL NIGHT!! 2ND TUESDAY
Image Courtesy: National Science Foundation
Join us for `ono food, entertainment by Jazzy Jay and an Joe Ferraro speaking about his work in Antartica!
Help spread holiday cheer to children and families in need within our community by bringing a new unwrapped toy or a care package of toiletries for donation to Project Hawaii. You may also bring cash for donation as well.
Going South – A trip to the Ice: Architecture in Antarctica
By Joe Ferraro
Client: “Build me a building that very few people will visit, unless they are invited by an elite group of scientists. There is no land in sight for hundreds of miles – only ice that is 10,000 feet thick. Oh, by the way, the ice is moving, but only 33 feet a year. Not to worry about it melting though, since it never gets above 0o F and the temperature often drops over 100o F below zero.”
“Power? None available. You’ll have to figure out how to make it and come up with some way to store some fuel, probably about 500,000 gallons of it. And there’s no water either, so you will have to come up with this precious fluid for drinking, washing, and just in case there is a fire, a way to put it out.”
“Bringing in materials and supplies might be a problem: no roads and the closest store is 700 miles away. If it doesn’t have what you need, add another 2,400 miles to the trip. And there is no way to get there from February ‘til November.”
The Hawai’i architectural firm of Ferraro Choi And Associates was awarded the contract for the design of the National Science Foundation’s Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. This $153 million one-of-a-kind research station, dedicated on January 12, 2008, is one of the most technological and sophisticated structures ever built on the Antarctic continent. Joe Ferraro, FAIA, discusses this unusual and fascinating project on a continent known more for its ice than architecture.
Ferraro received a BFA in interior design from Pratt Institute in 1971 and worked in New York City for 11 years. In 1982, he relocated to Hawai’i and attended the University of Hawaii School of Architecture. He co-founded Ferraro Choi in 1988, an architectural firm specializing in Sustainable “Green” Architecture. He holds architectural registrations in Hawaii and New York and is an accredited LEED Green Building Council professional.
Joe has continued to design projects on the Antarctic continent since 1984 and is currently the principal in charge of the Information Technology and Communication Primary Center for the National Science Foundation and an architectural peer reviewer for Russia’s Vostok Station.
For more information on the Antarctica project, log on to www.ferrarochoi.com.
Joseph Ferraro, FAIA is a principal and co-founder of Ferraro Choi And Associates, Ltd. an architectural, interior design and research firm. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute in 1971 and worked in New York City for eleven years before moving to Hawaii. He attended the University of Hawaii’s School of Architecture for undergraduate and graduate studies from 1982 through 1985 and was licensed in Hawaii in 1986 and in New York in 1998.
Joe became a member of AIA Honolulu in 1982 and has served on the Membership Committee from 1984-86, as a board member from 1999 -2001, as treasurer from 2000-01, and as a board member of the Hawaii State Council from 2002-03. He also served on the AIA National Interiors Committee from 1989 -90. Joe achieved recognition as a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2008 for his significant contributions to an environmentally sustainable professional practice.
Joe is a former president of the Hawaii Architectural Foundation and currently serves on its board of directors. He is an adviser to the University of Hawaii’s Sea Grant College Program and Adviser to the board of Malama Manoa, a local community-based organization.
- December Holiday Meeting
December 10, 2019
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Venue: The Pacific Club - Card Room