Free Electronic Waste Pickup Offered
Pacific Corporate Solutions (PCS), in partnership with Sims Recycling Solutions, is offering free electronics re-cycling and pickup service for all Oahu businesses, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions and government entities through December 31.
"Electronic waste is the fastest
growing waste stream in the world
today with more than 2 million tons ending up in landfills," said Lance Furuyama, PCS vice president of operations. "Pacific Corporate Solutions is committed to protecting our precious environment by cutting the amount of electronic waste sent to our landfills."
According to Furuyama, PCS sends all recycled equipment to its Halawa warehouse for sorting and on-site destruction of hard drives. All electronic waste is then packed and shipped to Sims Recycling Solutions in California, avoiding any addition to Hawaii's landfills.
PCS will pick up desktop and laptop computers, CPUs, servers, CRT and LCD monitors, keyboards, mice, scanners, routers, DVD players, VCRs, telephones, PDAs, copiers/printers, fax machines, MP3 players, speakers, stereo equipment, digital and video cameras, calculators, electronic boards and cords/cables.
Furuyama said he hopes the free, limited-time offer will encourage more businesses, especially in downtown Honolulu, to take advantage of the easy, convenient service. In 2012, PCS recycled about 725 tons—1.45 million pounds—of electronics. Some of the most popular items recycled were computers, monitors and printers.
Although electronic waste constitutes only about 2 percent of the typical municipal solid waste stream, it nonetheless accounts for about 70 percent of the toxic waste found in landfills, including cadmium, lead and mercury, which can contaminate soil and groundwater, Furuyama added.
Companies and organizations can schedule a pickup by calling 488-8870 or at www.ewastehawaii.com.
Black Construction to Close Guam Dump
Gershman, Brickner & Bratton Inc., the federal receiver for Guam's solid waste management, has awarded Black Construction Corp. the $40,536,977 contract for the closure of Ordot Dump. The project includes the construction of the permanent dump closure cover, gas collection and control system, stormwater management system, groundwater monitoring system, and leachate collection and removal system, along with an extension of the Guam Waterworks Authority sanitary sewer line and a new pump station along Dero Drive.
"The work to order supplies and materials, and preparations for mobilization will begin immediately and construction activity is anticipated to begin in January 2014," according to GBB Representative David Manning. The project completion target date is November 2015.
Architects Hawaii Strikes LEED Gold
Architects Hawaii, Ltd. (AHL) has announced the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) recently awarded the new 152,000-square-foot FBI building LEED® Gold Certification. The FBI offices, formerly located on two floors in downtown Honolulu's Federal Building, are now in a four-story building in Kalaeloa (previously part of Barbers Point Naval Air Station).
"The project owner and the FBI challenged us to deliver a state-of-the-art high-performance facility," said Architect David Bylund, LEED-AP, principal and director for design and sustainability at AHL. "Achieving LEED Gold Certification was a large part of that challenge. The benefits include great reduction in energy and water use compared to a standard office building, and a very healthy work environment for the FBI agents and staff."
As the designer of the new field office, AHL worked with the project developer, Penrose/Walsh FBI Honolulu LLC, and the FBI to incorporate a variety of green strategies.
Navy Spreads Word on Energy Action
The Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific and NAVFAC Hawaii hosted the Energy Action Day Fair Oct. 23 at its Makalapa Compound headquarters on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
"One of our goals this year was to go out into the community and spread the word about energy awareness and conservation ideas," said Amy Hanada, NAVFAC Hawaii energy manager. "In partnership with NAVFAC Pacific, we were able to successfully enforce the proper action steps for energy savings through this event."
Informational booths featured various energy and water conservation projects. NAVFAC Hawaii showcased hydrogen/electric vehicles and provided energy games with prizes.
"Even with the impact of budget uncertainty, we wanted to provide the opportunity to raise awareness and prompt action to reduce energy and water consumption," said Edie Evans, NAVFAC Pacific energy manager.
The U.S. Pacific Fleet Command and Commander, Navy Region Hawaii teamed with industry partners, including Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO), Solar City and Forest City, to provide hands-on displays and interactive booths. HECO representatives provided bags filled with energy pamphlets and an informational handbook for emergency preparedness.
Solar City displayed their photo-voltaic panels and equipment, while Forest City shared their company vision and focus through poster board presentations.
"A primary initiative is to focus on behavioral changes, like turning off the lights, computers, printers, etc. at the end of the day," said NAVFAC Pacific Vice Commander Capt. Pete Lynch. "Although we are highlighting these conservation ideas in the month of October during Energy Awareness Month, we need to reinforce these good habits throughout the year."
For Sale: Waikiki Icon
Kamehameha Schools, Hawaii's largest private landowner, intends to put the Royal Hawaiian Center on the market in a leasehold sale, which includes a ground lease of up to 60 years. The sale of the Waikiki's largest shopping center on a 6.3-acre parcel along a three-block stretch of Kalakaua Avenue, totaling more than 322,000 square feet of leasable space, is expected to raise hundreds of millions of dollars.
"The transition of the Royal Hawaiian Center from a fully owned Kamehameha Schools property to one where Kamehameha Schools retains our lands but sells its improvements greatly strengthens and diversifies our perpetual endowment," said CEO Dee Jay Mailer. "This is aligned with our 2000-2015 Strategic Plan, which calls for active stewardship of our lands while optimizing the value and use of current financial and nonfinancial resources in support of our educational mission. With this decision, we are able to keep and care for our lands while using the funds from its improvements to benefit our children's futures in perpetuity."
Royal Hawaiian Center, the single largest asset in Kamehameha Schools' $3 billion Hawaii commercial real estate portfolio, was built in 1979 and underwent an extensive renovation in 2005. It commands some of the highest per-square-foot retail rents in the U.S. The property includes a unique 30,000-square-foot cultural venue, The Royal Grove, reminiscent of Waikiki's historic Helumoa coconut grove.
"Should this transition take place, it will in no way diminish our commitment to the stewardship of Helumoa, an ancestral home of our beloved founder, Bernice Pauahi Bishop," Mailer said. "Helumoa is a special place for us—a wahi pana that we cherish. This aina sustained our ancestors as a place of peace, friendship, relaxation and healing. Today and for generations to come, under Kamehameha's care, Helumoa will remain that place of peace and aloha for our people, as it provides the gifts of educational funding and rich cultural experiences that fulfill the vision of our benefactor."
Mailer emphasized that Kameha-meha Schools will still own and steward the lands of Helumoa. As Kamehameha Schools considers potential buyers for the buildings of the Royal Hawaiian Center, the organization will seek those who understand and value the historic and cultural importance of this place. Their commitment to the vision for Helumoa will be an important factor in the decision-making process.
AIA Honolulu's CANstruction Competition Wins Big
The American Institute of Architects, Honolulu Chapter held its eighth annual CANstruction® Competition in October at Pearlridge Center (Uptown). For six hours, 13 teams of local architects, builders and allied design and engineering professionals "canstructed" giant structures made entirely out of thousands of cans of food.
Sponsored by C & S Wholesale Grocers, HONBLUE/Jet Graphics, Makana Communication, Pearlridge Center and SMPS Hawaii, AIA Honolulu's CANstruction® competition is a benefit for the Hawaii Foodbank. Over the past eight years, the CANstruction® competition at Pearlridge Center has raised 286,404 pounds of canned food for the Hawaii Foodbank—enough for over 250,000 meals to support Hawaii's hungry families.
The 2013 People's Choice Award winner and the 2013 Jurors' Favorite winner was "The Moa-i-CAN, the Moa-We-CAN" by Richard Matsunaga and Associates Architects. The People's Choice Award is the only non-jury award. Included in juried winning categories are:
Best Use of Labels: WATG, "VolCANo: Hawaii's own natural wonder"
Best Meal: SSFM International, "Bridging the Hunger Gap from "CAN" Francisco to Honolulu"
Structural Ingenuity: Ferraro Choi and Associates + WSP Hawai'i, "You Don't have to be a Gladiator to Fight Hunger"
NAWIC Installs New Officers
The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) hosted its Installation of Officers for the 2013-2014 term in September at the Honolulu Country Club.
President – Patty Suniga, area sales manager, Hawaii Air Cargo, Inc. Vice-President – Maegan Best, project coordinator, Ceco Concrete Construction LLC President-Elect – June Keaton, CIT, office manager, American
Treasurer – Lili Shintani, CAPS, CGP, office manager, Alan Shintani, Inc. Recording Secretary – Catherine Nakamura, senior administrative assistant, Kamehameha Schools
Corresponding Secretary – Evelyn Toyama, operations manager, Bose Corporation Directors: Ashlyn Asato, PHR, Harry Asato Painting, Inc. Stephanie Dost, LEED AP,> Charles Pankow Builders, Ltd.
Fale Esekia, project assistant, > CC Engineering and Construction, Inc.
Angela Wethered, CPE, MPM, LEED GA, Makakilo Consulting & Research Parliamentarian Darlean Kiyokane, operations manager, BF Tile, Inc. Immediate Past President – Shannon Gascon, CIT, LEED, Haseko Development, Inc.
NAWIC of the Year – Michelle Taketa, project coordinator, StarCom Builders, Inc.
HART Hosts Industry Day
The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit (HART) hosted Industry Day Oct. 16 at the Honolulu Country Club. The all-day event brought together more than 200 local building industry professionals representing local contractors, construction-related organizations, trade unions, small businesses and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) companies interested in potential partnerships and job opportunities with the largest capital improvement project in the state's history.
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, HART Executive Director and CEO Dan Grabauskas, HART Deputy Executive Director Brennon Morioka and HART Board member Damien Kim provided opening remarks. The event was a partnership among HART, the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii, the State Department of Transportation and Move Oahu Forward.
"This is about connecting with local companies to create local job opportunities with our project," Grabauskas said.
Prime contractor presentations, one-on-one contractor appointments and more than a dozen exhibits were available for attendees. HART, Kiewit, Skanska/PCL/Hawaiian Dredging Joint Venture, Nordic PCL and Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company, Inc., delivered PowerPoint presentations.
Exhibitors included Ansaldo Honolulu, a Joint Venture; Building Industry Association of Hawaii; The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii; City & County of Honolulu DBE Office; General Contractors Association of Hawaii; Hawaii Building & Construction Trades Council; Hawaii Construction Alliance; Hawaii Department of Transportation; Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company, Inc.; Kiewit; Nordic PCL; and Skanska/PCL/Hawaiian Dredging, a Joint Venture.
Construction of the rail transit project, which resumed in September on the East Kapolei site with work in progress throughout the 20-mile alignment, is expected to create approximately 10,000 jobs each year. More than half of the $5.26 billion elevated transit rail project's contracts have been awarded. HART reports that the interim opening of the first 10 miles is scheduled for 2017. The entire 20-mile system is expected to be operational in 2019.
HART's updated list of upcoming construction contracts include:
West Construction Contracts
> West Oahu/Farrington Highway/Kamehameha Highway Stations (9) – $150 million: February 2014
> Pearl Highlands Parking Structure & Ramps (Design-Build) – $175 million: March 2014
> University of Hawaii-West Oahu Park-and-Ride – $10 million: March 2016
East Construction Contracts
> Airport Section Utilities – $25 million: December 2013
> Airport & City Center Guideway, including City Center Utilities – $745 million: July 2014
> Airport Stations (4) – $60 million: November 2014
> Dillingham and Kakaako Stations (8) – $125 million: August 2015
HART Back on Track
The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) restarted construction September 16 on the East Kapolei construction site. City officials and construction workers from contractor Kiewit Infrastructure West Company set out at dawn to mark the event with a traditional Hawaiian blessing and begin drill work on the $5.26 billion elevated transit rail project.
The 13-month halt followed a Hawaii Supreme Court ruling that the city should have finished archaeological survey work along the entire 20-mile route before construction began. The State Historic Preservation Division has approved completed archaeological plans and the City Council has approved a special management area use permit authorizing the restart of rail transit project construction.
"Getting back to work now will help ensure we deliver the rail project on time and on budget," said Daniel Grabauskas, HART's executive director and CEO. "That's our responsibility to taxpayers. Safety is a top priority for us, and in the months ahead, HART will work closely with the community to keep motorists informed and aware of our construction work and any impacts on traffic."
Kiewit plans to complete its work in the area next spring. For now, crews are drilling, pouring concrete and grading for the first portion of the rail route. In the coming months, about 1,600 more jobs will be added to the mix, HART officials said in their weekly email newsletter.
"We're moving forward, and we're happy about that," said Grabauskas. "We look forward to getting people back to work and getting this project done."
In addition to column construction work in East Kapolei, workers have also returned to jobs at the future home of the rail system's operations and control center in Waipahu near Leeward Community College, and along Farrington Highway, where they will relocate utility lines and conduct soil tests.
Upon completion of utility relocation work, West Oahu road closures are expected to affect traffic in both directions of Old Farrington Highway between Kualakai Parkway (formerly North-South Road) and Old Fort Weaver Road Loop while drill shaft and column construction are in progress as part of the planned rail guideway. As a result of the rail transit construction, the closure of that section of Farrington Highway is expected to last through spring 2014.
Southland Mole JV Wins Largest Contract
Winning one of the largest construction contracts ever awarded by the City and County of Honolulu, Texas-based Southland Mole JV is the general contractor for Oahu's Kaneohe-Kailua Wastewater Conveyance Tunnel project with the low bid award of $173,114,296. The project entails the construction of an approximately three-mile-long gravity sewer tunnel to carry wastewater from Kaneohe's Waste Water Pre-treatment Facility (WWPTF) to Kailua's Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP).
In a project by the Honolulu's Department of Environmental Services, Southland Mole will drill a 15-foot diameter tunnel into which will be installed a 10-foot diameter interior pipe—large enough to store peak wet-weather flows, which eliminates the need for aboveground sewage tanks, avoids unsightly visual impacts and prevents overflows and spills. Odor control systems will be installed at each end of the tunnel. Estimated completion date for the entire project, involving three phases, is June 2018.
Subcontractors, as listed by the general contractor Southland Mole JV, include: Layne Christensen Co., Consolidated Engineering, Hawaii Engineering Group, JW Fowler, Island Hauling, Lewis Electric, Kauai Drilling & Shoring, Brierley Associates, Paul's Electrical Contracting and Harris Trucking.
Demolition of unused
facilities at the Kailua Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant to clear the way for tunneling production and accommodation of influent pump station: Jan. 2013-Sept. 2013
including related improvements at Kaneohe Wastewater Pre-Treatment Facility (WWPTF) and Kailua Regional: Oct. 2013-Nov. 2016
influent pump station and headworks at Kailua Regional WWTP: Apr. 2015-June 2018
Late Senator Honored for Work
on Rail Transit Project
The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) honored the late U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye in October with the APTA 2013 Distinguished Service Award for his efforts in championing the Honolulu rail transit project. APTA selected Inouye for his tireless efforts "to improve mobility and seek transportation solutions for Hawaii's residents and visitors." Inouye was influential in securing federal funding for the Honolulu rail project.
The Senator passed away on December 17, 2012, two days before the City and County of Honolulu and the Federal Transit Administration signed an historic Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA). The FFGA secures $1.55 billion in federal funding for the construction of Honolulu's rail transit system.
"He worked to build critical roads, modernized airports, expanded bus service, obtained infrastructure funding and most recently with the Obama administration and Federal Transit Administration to secure federal funding for the Honolulu rail transit project," said the APTA awards committee in nominating Senator Inouye for the prestigious award.
Grabauskas said it was Senator Inouye's persistence and visionary leadership that kept the promise of rail moving forward.
"Senator Inouye was one of the greatest champions of public transit and would be gratified by this Distinguished Service Award," Grabauskas said. "Because of his tireless efforts as Hawaii's senior senator, the Honolulu rail transit project will bring transit options and relief to thousands of Oahu commuters and create a state-of-the-art transportation system that future generations can benefit from."
The 20-mile Honolulu rail transit system will be the first driverless light metro rail system in the U.S., running from East Kapolei to Ala Moana Center. Mayor Caldwell said it was Senator Inouye's long-term vision for Oahu that made construction of the rail project possible.
"I have worked with Senator Inouye for many years and can attest to his tenacity, vision, dedication and commitment in ensuring that Oahu builds the best, safest and most reliable public transportation system," Caldwell said. "For decades, Senator Inouye was a staunch and compassionate advocate of public transportation on behalf of the people of Hawaii. He was a man of vision, believing in our future, and was a true public servant, giving his time, energy and goodwill to delivering transportation benefits that have benefited generations of our island residents."
In addition to his invaluable contributions to the Honolulu rail project, Inouye, as a ranking member of the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation committees, helped introduce an authorization bill (2006 Maritime, Rail and Public Transportation Security Act) that provided $3.5 billion for transit security, and combined transit, port, cargo and rail security provisions. He also co-sponsored several important rail-related measures, including the 2008 Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act.
Allied Builders Oversees Haleiwa Store Lots
From left: Reed Matsuura (Council Chair Ernest Martin's senior community liaison), Pat Vegas (North Shore Neighborhood Board), Betty Jenkins (North Shore resident), Elizabeth Hokada (V.P. of Kamehameha Schools' Endowment), Justin Izumi (V.P. of Allied Builders System), Jim Stone (Architect, Group 70 International, Inc.), Stan and Noriko Matsumoto (Matsumoto Shave Ice) and Kalani Fronda (KS Senior Land Asset Manager) dig their o'o in the dirt to commence the start of construction.
Locally owned and operated general contractor Allied Builders System has broken ground and will oversee construction of Haleiwa Store Lots, Kamehameha Schools (KS) has announced. Matsumoto Shave Ice and Whaler's General Store will anchor the 27,000-square-foot commercial center.
Construction started in September and will last through August 2014, merging old and new to create a plantation-style gathering place in Haleiwa. Nearly 100 construction jobs will bring to life the design of architect firm Group 70 International, Inc.
"We're proud to partner with Kamehameha Schools on the revitalization of historic Haleiwa Town," said Allied Builders System Vice President Justin Izumi. "We look forward to building a destination that locals and visitors can all enjoy."
Upon completion, the project will feature reuse of five historic buildings; a central gathering place; public restrooms; 95 parking stalls at the rear of the project; and walkways and landscaping that separate pedestrians from vehicles and assist drainage. Total investment in this community revitalization project is $16.1 million. Currently, 77 percent of the project is leased. Other tenants include: Rajanee Thai Cuisine, Global Creations, T&C Surf, Fatboy's, Splash! Hawaii, Island Vintage Coffee, Kahala Sportswear, Mahina and Uncle Bo's.
"Having worked with them recently in the redevelopment of Our Kakaako, we are familiar with their ability to integrate new improvements with older structures, build partnerships with owners, designers and subcontractors and deliver the project as planned," said KS Senior Land Manager Kalani Fronda. "They know our vision, which is driven by the community, and we are excited to commence construction and bring this vision to life."
Haleiwa Store Lots will retain this North Shore community's historic country character through plantation-era buildings and Hawaii-owned retail and dining businesses. Approximately 55 percent will be retail tenants, 40 percent eateries and five percent office space.
Haleiwa Store Lots is part of Kamehameha's North Shore Plan, developed in 2008 with an extensive community planning process.
Solar Power World names Hawaii's 10 Best
Solar Power World, a source for the industry's technology, development and installation news, has ranked 10 Hawaii solar voltaic companies among their 2013 Top 250 Solar Contractors. The list ranks U.S. applicants according to their influence in the residential, commercial and utility solar-installation markets.
The Top 250 Solar Contractors, including those based in the Islands, are part of an $11 billion industry. Hawaii's top-ranked solar businesses, along with other companies, were honored at the Solar Power International exhibition Oct. 21 in Chicago.
Here's how the Hawaii companies ranked:
No. 30: Kailua-based Sunetric
No. 47: Maui's Haleakala Solar
No. 50: Honolulu's Alternate Energy
No. 52: Aiea's Hawaii Energy Connection
No. 57: Honolulu's American Electric
No. 75: Kailua-Kona's Island Wide Solar
No. 109: Honolulu's Bonterra Solar
No. 126: Honolulu's PhotonWorks Engineering
No. 140: Honolulu's Mercury Mo-Dyne
No. 227: Wahiawa's Affordable Solar Contracting
DPP Wins Innovation Award for Online ePlans
The City and County of Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP) received the 2013 Computronix Customer Innovation Award in the "Best Use of Technology" category for the implementation of its "ePlans" online permitting system on September 18 in Edmonton, Canada. DPP provides services and information on building permits, development projects and planning activities for the City and County of Honolulu. Ken Schmidt, DPP's GIS administrator, accepted the award.
"We are honored to be selected for this award and to be recognized for the City's commitment to improving service to the people of Honolulu through the use of technology," said DPP Director George Atta.
The award recognizes DPP for using complementary software to expand Computronix's POSSE permit-tracking system. In July 2012, the DPP implemented the online application "ePlans," which provides a seamless integration between POSSE and Avolve Software Corporation's "ProjectDox" electronic plans review program.
The ePlans system eliminates the practice of going to DPP's permit counter to submit building plans because applicants now are able to file plans online. The system also eliminates the need to provide multiple sets of plans, and reduces the cost of producing and storing large rolls of paper.
"DPP's ePlans system has further streamlined the planning process in Honolulu, simplifying the application and review process for applicants and planning staff alike, eliminating wasteful and expensive paper-based processes and requirements, and adding to the City and County's significant online digital footprint," said Jim den Otter, Computronix chief technology officer.
Learn more about ePlans online at www.honoluludpp.org.
Hawaii Pacific Solar Wins Multi-Facility Project
The County of Maui has awarded a contract to a group of companies led by Hawaii Pacific Solar LLC of Lahaina to install more multi-facility solar rooftop photovoltaic panels on community facilities. The project includes 18 sites on Molokai and Maui, including fire and police stations, water treatment plants, aquatic centers, community centers and other County facilities. Currently, the County is the largest generator of solar power on Maui, with installed systems at a present net value of more than $10 million in savings.
"We will save taxpayer dollars because our starting price is lower than the MECO rate," said Mayor Alan Arakawa. "But just as important is the fact that the County demonstrate to the community how renewable energy can be used in ways that traditional fossil sources cannot."
The project is the latest phase of the ongoing County solar rooftop PV project. Under the County solar program, the winning bidder pays for the cost of installing the PV and sells the power to the County under a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). This arrangement allows a private party to take advantage of available tax credits for solar PV that the County could not use if it purchased panels directly.
Hawaii Pacific offered the County a proposal with declining pricing, or price de-escalation. The price the County will pay for the power will drop every year for 20 years by 2.75 percent (from 23.4 cents kWh in the first year to 13.8 cents kWh in year 20).
"Our first block of renewable energy was purchased using prices that rise by 2.5 percent annually," said Doug McLeod, Maui County Energy Commissioner. "Combining a block of power with inclining prices with a similarly sized block of power with declining prices creates a financial hedge. The County can be sure that for 20 years it will not face rising prices for the solar power it purchases."
PAMCA Installs New Board
The Plumbing and Mechanical Contractors Association of Hawaii recently installed the officers and directors for the 2013-2015 term as follows:
President – Tyrus Kagawa, vice president of Oahu Plumbing and Sheet-metal Ltd.
Vice President – Barry Lai, vice president of Air Central Inc.
Treasurer – Jackson Cheng, general
manager of Sales and Service,
Alakai Mechanical Corp.
Secretary – Samuel Fujikawa, CEO,Continental Mechanical of the Pacific
Kent Matsuzaki, president of Economy Plumbing & Air Conditioning
Mark Suzuki, vice president of Commercial Plumbing, Inc.
Glenn Tango, president of Honolulu Plumbing, Ltd.
Patrick Miura, vice president of Elite Mechanical Inc.
Kenneth Richardson, president of Island Controls Inc.
Gregg Serikaku serves as the executive director of the Association. The Plumbing and Mechanical Contractors Association of Hawaii is presently comprised of 41 member firms.
Kinsella Heads Pacific Region
Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company has announced the opening of an office in Honolulu at 735 Bishop St. The new office will be headed by Pacific Region Director Eamonn P. Kinsella, a senior A/E/C industry executive with more than 27 years of experience providing engineering and technical professional services to the U.S. defense industry and other clients throughout Hawaii and the Pacific Rim.
"Burns & McDonnell has a proud 30-year history of serving our clients in Hawaii and throughout the Pacific," Kinsella said. "The opening of our new office reinforces that responsibility and commitment to our clients and regional teaming partners. We recognize the need for a physical location that will provide local technical expertise, responsiveness and overall project management efficiency in meeting our clients' expectations. Our Honolulu office will continue to build on our vision, core business capabilities and pledge to make our clients successful."
Burns & McDonnell provides a comprehensive range of engineering, architecture, construction and technical consulting services in the Asia-Pacific Region for the U.S. Department of Defense and a number of private-sector industrial clients. The company maintains more than 4,000 full-time employee-owners.
Founded in 1898, Burns & McDonnell is a 100 percent employee-owned, full-service engineering, architecture, construction, and environmental and consulting solutions firm. In 2013, Burns & McDonnell ranked No. 20 on the Engineering News-Record Top 500 Design Firms and is ranked among the top 20 leaders in nearly 30 A/E/C service categories. For three of the past five years, Burns & McDonnell has been named by Fortune magazine as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, finishing as the 18th ranked company in 2013.
CRW Hawaii Celebrates 20 Years
Commercial Roofing & Water-proofing Hawaii (CRW) is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Headquartered in Waipahu, CRW has additional branches in Honolulu, Guam and the Philippines, and plans to continue its company growth in Asia.
"2013 has been fortunate to the company as a whole, as it brought forth business opportunities locally with long-standing relationships and a continual growing reach internationally spanning Asia-Pacific cities, including Bangkok, China and Vietnam," said CRW President Guy Akasaki.
"The Asia-Pacific region is connected through trade and commerce and is rapidly expanding its industries. With our established presence throughout the Pacific, opening our doors to Asia has become a natural evolution and an opportunity for further growth and extension of our international footprint. We anticipate company strength through our basic foundation of roofing and increasing our services to include sustainable energy solutions for the commercial markets abroad.
"I'm especially pleased that our employees have willingly shared a core commitment to integrity, honesty and a drive to aspire to provide the best full service roofing solutions and integrated applications for our customers. As I reflect on the past few years, I see a continual transition taking place in the company culture as the core values that established us 20 years ago hold firm through the ups and downs. The growth in our core team of talented individuals, as well as the inclusion of my daughters—Dana, chief corporate marketing director and Candace, assistant controller—have also brought a fresh outlook and positive attitude. The combination and synergy has brought us the good fortune to expand our reach in other countries.
"I would have never dreamed of the success we have enjoyed throughout the years and I am humbled by the fortunate encounters and relationships we have built," Akasaki said. "Having come from a three-man team to 80 employees today, our presence now with years of experience in the industry is vital to our success. As we further expand into the Asia-Pacific region, all of our clients will benefit from the expertise, knowledge and the core values we bring."
dck Presents Capital Solutions
dck worldwide, parent company of dck pacific construction—one of Hawaii's largest full-service general contractors—announced the launch of dck Capital Solutions, offering an additional option to its clients in the form of P3 (public-private partnership) development and construction. Creating opportunities to use creative sources for funding, equity and expertise provides another way dck can help its clients solve construction challenges.
This group within dck worldwide brings construction expertise, as well as a background in creative investment-based financing. Utilizing these skills and capabilities will allow dck to expand its ability to provide total solutions to its clients, now and in the future. Leading dck Capital Solutions will be Lee Ploszaj as president and managing director, and Larry Allen as vice president of development.
"dck worldwide would like to welcome Lee and Larry to our team," said dck CEO and President Stephen D'Angelo. "We are very pleased and excited to have them join our organization and provide additional expertise that can be delivered to our clients to serve their needs. We look forward to dck Capital Solutions playing a significant role in the strategic growth of dck worldwide."
Rebuilding Island Icon
Honolulu-based Agor Architects will help rebuild Kauai's famed Coco Palms Resort, shuttered since Hurricane Iniki pounded the near-shore hotel in 1992. Developers Chad Waters and Tyler Greene, managers of the Coco Palms Hui LLC, plan to restore the resort to its original style with as many as 390 units.
"Over the years I have heard many plans for the Coco Palms property, but this is the first time I have seen real action," said Ron Agor, principal architect for Agor Architecture. "I am working hard to ensure that Coco Palm's historical and cultural significance will be preserved.
The Coco Palms Hui reports it plans to break ground on the renovation project in early 2014. According to Greene, the goal is to open the newly renovated resort in late 2015 or early 2016.
The Coco Palms Resort gained worldwide fame with the premiere of the movie, "Blue Hawaii," in 1961, starring Elvis Presley. In a final scene, Presley croons "The Hawaiian Wedding Song" as he and his leading lady ride a flower bedecked outrigger canoe through the lagoon.
New Fuel Pier at Kalaeloa
The Hawaii Department of Transportation (DOT) Harbors Division plans a dedicated fuel pier development at Piers 3 and 4 at Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor. An environmental impact study will be part of the Statewide Fuel Facilities Development Plan, which recommends improvements in pier infrastructure in anticipation of increasing need for various fuel products and part of Gov. Neil Abercrombie's "New Day" initiatives.
DOT's Harbors Division seeks to address expected increases in fuel imports and exports, and to accommodate various types of fuel and feedstock shipments to serve the state's fuel and energy markets.
True Life Cos. Buys 810 Acres on Big Isle
The California-based True Life Cos., a group of real estate companies, has purchased an 810-acre development property in Puako on the South Kohala Coast of Hawaii Island in a sealed-bid auction.
Currently, the property approvals call for 142 five-acre residential lots, but the True Life Cos. plans to change the tentative map after input from neighboring communities and resorts during an estimated 12-18 month period.
"The broadening recovery of the real estate market, together with modest inflation, has poised the Islands for several years of sustained growth resulting in a steady increase in property values," CEO Scott Clark said. "In addition, the Puako property offers an ideal location. There are few large-lot residential parcels located in the competitive market and none with comparable proximity and access to world-class beaches, resorts and restaurants."
Opportunity Knocks at
Pacific Building Trade Expo
The 14th Annual Honblue Pacific Building Trade Expo is set for November 13 at the Hawaii Convention Center. Complementing the all-day trade show is a seminar offering continuing education opportunities, from trends in signage programs to advances in sustainable design, for seasoned professionals or those just starting out in the design and construction fields.
Each seminar qualifies for one AIA CES learning unit. The sessions cover current trends and issues in six distinct seminar tracks: Sustainability, Design, Practice, Building Technology, Exhibitor-sponsored Seminars and, new this year, NAVFAC. The four NAVFAC seminars take the place of the annual NAVFAC symposium, which is not being held this year. These seminars will cover such topics as new anti-terrorism design criteria and construction contracting with NAVFAC Pacific.
Chris Baze, AIA, CSI and building industry modeling manager for Hawaiian Dredging & Construction, will present "It's a 3D World–Laser Scanning & BIM" with a live demonstration of laser scanning. The presentation's learning objectives include: understanding how laser scanners work and what a point cloud is; knowing possible uses of laser scanning data and the limitations of the technology; and, learning how to specify scanning services that maximize ROI in a BIM workflow.
The Pacific Building Trade Expo is presented by Honblue and jointly produced by the Honolulu chapters of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI). Admission to the Expo, including the seminars, buffet lunch, pau hana reception and prize drawings, is free and open to all AEC industry professionals as well as building managers, military and government officials.
Information and online registration is now available at www.pbtexpo.com.
CSI Honolulu Chapter Endows UH Scholarship
The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), Honolulu Chapter has endowed the Gilman Hu/CSI School of Architecture Scholarship for the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The endowment provides perpetual funding of scholarships for enrolled architecture students.
This year's donation of $50,000 honors Gilman Hu, FCSI, AIA, a retired Honolulu architect, a former president of the Construction Specifications Institute, and a charter member since 1967 and past president of the CSI Honolulu Chapter.
Born in China, Hu earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1994, CSI presented Hu with the President's Plaque for his exceptional work on behalf of the Institute and a year later honored him with fellowship status. Hu founded and published The Fellows newsletter, lauded for improving CSI membership experience. He is a Member Emeritus of the American Institute of Architects.
Since 1987 the CSI Honolulu Chapter has donated more than $95,000 in scholarship monies to the University of Hawaii at Manoa's School of Architecture. CSI is an industry-wide organization with 150 members made up of diversified construction professionals in Hawaii. Its mission is to advance building information management and education to promote quality construction, with a focus on architecture, engineering, construction management and product representation.
GCA Hawaii Hosts Construction Update
The General Contractors Association (GCA) of Hawaii recently hosted its annual Construction Update, with presentations by the City & County of Honolulu, the State of Hawaii Department of Accounting and General Services (DAGS), the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Department of Education (DOE). A presentation by the Honolulu Rail Transit Project (HART) titled "Project Update and Contracting Opportunities" was given by Lorenzo Garrido, director of engineering and construction, who discussed plans for the 20-mile, 21-station project. He also explained how "construction packaging" of the various HART projects works.
Dean Seki, state comptroller and DAGS director, offered information on upcoming projects, including the maintenance of state prison facilities, which he referred to as a major project potential.
Jadine Urasaki, deputy director of capital projects, state DOT, emphasized the many upcoming changes at Honolulu Airport with "several bids opening over the next two to three months."
She also spoke in detail of major roadwork projects on all islands.
Mark Yonamine, deputy director of the Department of Design and Construction (DDC) of the City and County of Honolulu, discussed current and upcoming projects in the various divisions under the DDC's jurisdiction.
Robert Purdie, Jr., acting public works manager of the construction management section of the Department of Education, spoke of the current and upcoming projects at Hawaii-wide schools.
Be sure to read the Infrastructure report in this issue of Building Industry magazine for more information on projects and bid dates. Hawthorne Hosts Demo Day
Hawthorne Cat hosted more than 150 construction industry leaders and operators recently at its fifth all-day Demo Day called "Get In, Get Real." The event gave attendees the opportunity to test and compare the newest Caterpillar equipment, as well as an opportunity to win a free 3-month use of rental equipment.
The 950K wheel loader was featured, with a "load-sensing sensor" that allows the engine to work on full capacity (HP) only when necessary, saving fuel and requiring fewer repairs.
Also featured was the new Caterpillar D-Series Skid Steers Loader and 320E RR (reduced radius) Hydraulic Excavator as well as the all-new Auto Hydraulic Coupler, which makes it unnecessary for the operator to leave the machine to change a tool on the machine.
"Demo Day also gives Hawaii's construction customers a chance to get into the operator's seat of the newest machines in Hawaii," said Bobby Whitworth, general manager of Hawthorne Cat.
Coffman Engineers Ranks 58th
Coffman Engineers now ranks 58th among the top 100 mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP) and fire protection engineering firms in the United States, according to Consulting-Specifying Engineer.
"I am proud that Coffman Engineers ranks among such distinguished engineering firms, as it is a reflection of our team's continued focus on expanding our multidiscipline engineering capabilities into new markets and regions," said Dave Coffman, founder, CEO and chairman of Coffman Engineers. "Ranking on this list solidifies Coffman Engineers' place in the national MEP engineering marketplace."
Consulting-Specifying Engineer publishes the MEP Giants program annually. The program provides an in-depth analysis of the nation's top-ranking MEP firms that reveals developments in the industry and how it has changed over the past few years. Collectively, the 2013 MEP Giants generated $39.5 billion in total revenue during the previous fiscal year and slightly more than $6 billion in MEP and fire protection engineering design revenue.
While new to the MEP Giants list, Coffman Engineers is regularly featured on the "ENR Top 500 Design Firms" list and recently made the "ZweigWhite Hot List," both of which rank architecture and engineering firms at a national level. Coffman Engineers marked a record year in 2012 with gross revenue increasing 5 percent to more than $39 million and MEP design revenue accounting for more than $16 million. The firm also experienced a 7.6 percent employment growth in 2012 and opened their sixth office.
Coffman Engineers, operating for more than 34 years, has offices in Honolulu, Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, California and Washington State.
Graham Builders to Build 8 New Homes at Lilikoi Park Place
Design-build company Graham Builders began the groundwork for Lilikoi Park Place in Aiea in July. The single-family, custom-designed- and-built condominium project will include three single-story and five two-story homes.
With prices starting at $795,000, sales of the fee- simple, single-family condominium homes located at Moanalua Road and Lilikoi Place will be handled by Graham Properties, Inc.
"We are delighted to partner with Graham Properties on this exciting new housing project," said Evan Fujimoto, Graham Builders' president. "Demolition of the existing seven homes formerly owned by Lilikoi Gardens is complete. We are currently focusing on infrastructure, which includes retaining walls, installing water and sewer lines, underground electrical, cable and telephone wires. We also will install a roadway with a new fire hydrant and two new power poles on Lilikoi Place. This
phase of the project is estimated to take about four months to complete."
Construction on the homes is to begin as soon as October, with the earliest occupancy during the first quarter of 2014.
Home sites average 5,000 square feet. All of the new homes are custom designed and will have an island-style design with dual-pitched roofs, large open floor plans and living areas ranging in size from 1,700 square feet to 2,400 square feet. The homes will either be three or four bedrooms with two full baths, plus a powder room. Each home will have a two-car carport or garage and concrete driveways with enough space to park two additional cars.
Companies Lend a Hand
Hawaii's construction industry has long been a strong supporter of finding ways to give back to the community. Two local firms, Kiewit Building Group Inc. and RevoluSun, are involved in two community service projects.
Kiewit is conducting its annual summer intern community service project and helping Honolulu Habitat for Humanity (HHH) in the process. A volunteer construction crew from Kiewit, comprised of college students, is assisting HHH with Kumuhau, a project in Waimanalo that recently broke ground and will include homes for six families.
During two weekends in July, Kiewit's team prepared and poured the foundation for one of the Kumuhau homes. This included forming the footing and piers of the foundation, installing rebar and pouring concrete.
"Kiewit Building Group is excited to be part of Habitat for Humanity's Kumuhau project," says Bronson Pai, project manager for Kiewit. "One of Kiewit's core values is stewardship of our surrounding community. We sincerely want to make a positive impact on our communities, so we set aside time, talent and treasure each year to help make a difference. Plus, we have fun doing these volunteer projects, and they provide great training opportunities for our interns."
Each summer, Kiewit Building Group hires five to eight college-level interns as part of its workforce development training. In addition to on-the-job experience, the interns take on a community service project that will allow them to both develop valuable construction skills and serve a nonprofit organization that provides enriching programs to the surrounding community.
Through its outreach program, "Project Empower," RevoluSun provides resources, support and education to nonprofit and community groups.
"We are committed to cleaning up the community through beach cleanups and other environmental contributions and also seek to educate the community about renewable energy," says Marian Kang, RevoluSun community relations coordinator.
"We want to empower the next generation with solar knowledge by going to schools," she says. "Our presentation curriculum reinforces math, sciences and critical-thinking skills in order to encourage kids to be the innovative leaders of our future. The overall goal of Project Empower is to strengthen our community through capability and collaboration."
RevoluSun also participated in Bisop Museum's "Science Alive!" this year.
PatchMaster Lowers Cost of Asphalt
To better meet Hawaii's need for a quality and affordable asphalt, SealMaster Hawaii is manufacturing PatchMaster, a high-performance pothole mix, on Oahu.
"We use Hawaiian cement, 3/8 grade A rock. The oil percent and mix design are proprietary," says John Moody, vice president of Walker-Moody Asphalt Maintenance Ltd. and SealMaster Hawaii.
Moody says the oil is warmed in a heated tank and mixed with a local basaltic rock that won't turn white after it cures. The base asphalt is supplied by Hawaii Cement, and special additives are included in the final mix. The material is bagged by SealMaster and is available in 50-pound weather-proof bags, 400/1,100-pound bulk bags or in bulk (1-ton minimum).
"The product qualifies for Hawaii product preference, and we have filed paperwork that is being processed now. That is PatchMaster," Moody says.
"Because no one made a quality mix on the Islands, it was always shipped from the Mainland. … We saw that no one was producing this high-end product so we had a plant designed to manufacture it and have reduced bag price by 40 percent," he says.
Since PatchMaster is designed for Hawaii, it will work in wet weather and can be installed in dry or wet potholes, he adds.
New Officers and Directors for HICA
Hawaii Island Contractors' Association (HICA) has elected its 2013-2014 officers and directors.
Officers: President—Brian Ninomoto, Hawaii Sheet Metal & Mechanical, Inc.; 1st Vice President—Carolyn Loeffler, William C. Loeffler Construction; Secretary—Linda Iwata, Sanford's Service Center; Treasurer—Tom Raffiply, T&T Electric; Immediate Past President—Craig Takamine, Takamine Construction
Directors, two-year term: Ed Brown, Goodfellow Bros.; Alden Chai, Aircond Hawaii Inc.; Byron Fujimoto, Jas. W. Glover, Ltd.; Leslie Isemoto, Isemoto Contracting Co., Ltd.; Tyler Kaneshiro, C&S Construction; Tani Matsubara, Alert Alarm Hawaii
Associate Directors, two-year term: Ruth Binyan, Allied Machinery; John Dill, Rider Levett Bucknall
Hold-over Directors: Doug Oki, 808 Electric & Telcom; Hugh Willocks, Willocks Construction Corp.; Gerald Yamada, G.W. Construction; Earl Yempuku, Honua Landscaping
Hold-over Associate Directors: Amy Honda, Bank of Hawaii; Russell Kuwaye, Puna Rock
Armstrong Pacific Completes PS2 Telescope Project
Armstrong Pacific recently completed the renovation of the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS) atop Mount Haleakala on Maui.
The company retrofitted the interior of the existing observatory by installing a new mezzanine, a new hydraulic lift, reinforcing the structural steel and framework to meet recent earthquake building code standards, applying new insulated exterior skin to the reinforced steel structure and upgrading mechanical and electrical systems that support the new telescope.
"We took our company to new limits in renovating the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy's observatory. This project had extremely tight tolerances and an aggressive schedule," says Kevin Keller, senior project manager with Armstrong Builders, LLC. "Through innovative solutions, we completed the project on time and under budget."
The new telescope (PS2) was to collect its first test images in July and achieve full operational capability in early 2014. It will join the PS1 to make Pan-STARRS the world's most powerful astronomical survey system. One of its main purposes is to search for asteroids or near earth objects (NEO) using the world's largest digital cameras. The PS1, the original Pan-STARRS telescope, has been operational since 2006.
Capt. Bret Muilenburg provides his opening remarks as new NAVFAC Pacific commander during a change of command ceremony May 14 at NAVFAC Pacific headquarters while NAVFAC Commander and Chief of Civil Engineers Rear Adm. Kate Gregory and Rear Adm. Scott Weikert listen. Photo by Krista K. Catian, NAVFAC Pacific Public Affairs
NAVFAC Pacific Welcomes New Commander
Capt. Bret Muilenburg relieved Rear Adm. Scott Weikert as commander of Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific during a change of command ceremony on May 14 at NAVFAC Pacific headquarters.
NAVFAC Commander and Chief of Civil Engineers Rear Adm. Kate Gregory delivered the keynote address. "We are lucky to have Bret Muilenburg take on this position, there's nobody better suited for this job," she said. "He really understands what we, the NAVFAC team, does out in the Pacific. We welcome and thank you for all that you've done to prepare and be here for this."
Muilenburg most recently served with Commander, Pacific Fleet (COMPACFLT) as a staff member; chief of staff for Commander, Navy Region Hawaii (CNRH), and commanding officer of NAVFAC Hawaii. He was nominated in March for appointment to the rank of rear admiral, and assumes command of approximately 4,000 military and civilian men and women who work for NAVFAC Pacific and its three Facilities Engineering Commands in Hawaii, Guam and Japan and will also serve as the PACFLT Civil Engineer.
Graham Builders Gives Library a Boost
When Manoa Elementary School's library underwent changes that necessitated the use of upper shelves, librarian Imelda Amano engaged students in a contest to build stepstools. She consulted with Evan Fujimoto, president of Graham Builders, who gave the students guidelines for developing their designs.
Nearly 40 sixth-graders took part in the project and submitted a total of 25 drawings. Graham Builders then scored the designs and carpenter James Jonas spent about six hours hand-crafting the top two stools.
In May, Amano got two new stepstools without touching her library budget, the kids got to see their ideas become reality and Graham Builders was able to use its skills and resources to contribute to the community
Laie Hotel Developer Selected
Laie Ventures LLC has been selected as the developer for a new hotel adjacent to the Polynesian Cultural Center on the site of what was the Laie Inn. Construction is expected to begin later this year.
Though approved for four stories and 222 rooms, plans have been scaled back to three stories and, for the first phase of the project, 144 rooms. An upscale pool, bistro and meeting space in the entry building are planned. The redevelopment is being facilitated through a ground lease by Hawaii Reserves, Inc. (HRI), which manages and owns property affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Laie Ventures is a partnership formed by Dan Gifford and Brent Wood, who have more than 25 years of development experience in commercial, residential, hospitality and high-tech construction.
"We are pleased to enter a development agreement with Laie Ventures, a welcomed next step for reinstating this important economic driver and community resource in Koolau Loa," says R. Eric Beaver, HRI president, adding that the hotel is expected to be a Marriott. "The entire region will benefit from this long-awaited, much-needed lodging facility."
The Laie McDonald's and Chevron gas station currently on the new hotel site will be relocated. Plans call for Chevron to move to the Laie Shopping Center, while McDonald's is expected to move further north on the property.
Marian Kang and Griffith Jurgens
Two From Hawaii Win RevoluSun Challenge
Marian Kang and Griffith Jurgens, both of Hawaii, were among the winners of RevoluSun's "Earth Day Challenge" in May.
Jurgens, a sixth-grade teacher at Sacred Hearts Academy, taught students about sustainability on Earth Day and was the public winner based on the amount of Facebook "likes" on his posting of images on Earth Day.
Kang, a paralegal, received a solar briefcase for winning the in-house challenge.
"Doing this contest each year allows us to walk the walk and bring our values of renewable energy into the bigger picture for daily, individual acts of sustainability," said Eric Carlson, RevoluSun principal. "We get to inspire each other to refresh and expand our earth-focused initiatives at home and at the work place."
Trade Publishing Takes Home Four Pai Awards
Trade Publishing Company won four awards at the 2013 Hawaii Publishers Association's 28th annual Pai Awards.
The Pai Awards, which are held each year to honor outstanding achievements in Hawaii journalism and publications, were held May 9 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. The entries for the awards were sent to the Mainland to be judged by working journalists, photographers, editors and professors.
In the category for "Best Trade Magazine," Trade Publishing Co. took home both first and second place for two of its magazines.
First place went to the August/September issue of Building Management Hawaii (BMH).
Trade Publishing's graphic manager, Kim Martin designed the cover, which judges praised, "My favorite part of the magazine is the cover. The designer chose to keep it understated yet bold. The interior pages are also cleanly designed, and the use of just a few fonts keeps things elegant. I like the consistency of typography throughout the publication."
Second place for "Best Trade Magazine" went to the July issue of Building Industry magazine. The issue provided coverage on "Hawaii's Top 25 Contractors" and celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Top 25 section.
Building Industry's "Top 25 Contractors" issue is one of the most highly anticipated and read issues for the construction industry. It provides detailed profiles and information about Hawaii's top construction companies.
The July issue also won a second place Pai award for the category "Excellence in a Special Section."
Ursula Silva designed the insert's anniversary logo and the issue's cover design was by Trade's Susan Whitney. The judges praised the work by saying the issue has "nice photography and inviting graphics. The colorful, bold cover commands attention."
For the category of "Best Directory," Trade took first place for its Maui Wedding Planner. Silva designed the special planner, which was published for the Maui Wedding Association.