BAE Systems has begun construction of its Pacific Innovation Center at the First Hawaiian Bank building in downtown Honolulu. The company will use the facility to demonstrate the systems and software solutions it develops in Honolulu and across its expanding defense and aerospace electronics business. The 3000-ft² facility, set to open in January 2009, will use large multimedia displays to demonstrate a wide array of BAE Systems capabilities. It will be linked electronically with similar BAE Systems facilities in San Diego, CA; Reston, VA; and Nashua, NH. BAE Systems employs 900 people at its Hawaii operations, which include the Bishop Street facility where employees work on military imaging and target detection systems, the Hawaii Shipyards, and the Schofield Barracks Army base.