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Hawaiian Cement warns contractors of 2023 price jumps

Hawaiian Cement and HC&D have alerted customers to prepare for a potential price increase in
2023 of anywhere from 20% to 35% per cubic yard for ready-mix concrete. Talk about supply
chain challenges!
“This will adversely impact everyone in the construction industry, particularly those contractors
who have already bid on projects starting in 2023 using the current pricing of concrete,” says
Cheryl Walthall, executive director at General Contractors Association (GCA) of Hawaii.
Darren Orr, cement sales manager at Hawaiian Cement, says that the brokers in the Asia
cement industry attribute it to the price and availability of coal.
“About 95% of cement produced in Asia are from kilns fueled by coal,” Orr says. “In the U.S.,
the cement industry mostly uses natural gas or other fuels for production. Asia doesn’t have that

Orr says Hawaiian Cement purchases its cement from Taiwan. “We are looking for other sources with independent coal resources, and we are looking at alternatives for purchasing cement. Everyone is feeling the pain down there.” Taiwan imports its coal from Australia. In 2016, Australia supplied 64 percent of thermal coal and 75% coking coal to Taiwan. Of Taiwan’s energy import portfolio, coal leads at 45%, compared to 31% for liquid natural gas, 14% for nuclear energy, 5% for oil, 4% for renewals and 1% for pumped hydro energy. That’s according to the Australian Trade and Investment Commission.
The five biggest exporters of coal are Australia, Indonesia, Russia, United States and South Africa. Combined, those five countries shipped 84.5% of the total value of coal sold on international markets during 2021. In 2021, coal exported from Oceania (mostly Australia but also from New Zealand) amounted to $32.7 billion, or 39.7% of worldwide coal sales. Asian exporters generated 22%, trailed by European suppliers at 17% and North American suppliers at 11%, according to World Stop Exports. “Hawaii is a really interesting market,” Orr says. “Fortunately, or unfortunately, we are the only suppliers of cement to a wide range of concrete producers here, who all have to produce concrete that meets American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards.” In other words, concrete for buildings and infrastructure needs to be safe and sturdy for a long time. On the GCA of Hawaii website, Walthall posted, “GCA committees that involve government agencies will be having discussions with our agency partners to try to navigate these unanticipated price escalations. You are welcome and encouraged to get involved and share your concerns at any of our committee meetings.” Please contact Gladys Hagemann if you’re interested. “In the meantime, we encourage you to start having discussions with clients on projects that will be affected,” Walthall says.

Great news: Building Industry Hawaii's new Top 25 Contractors logo is ready to be revealed!

Here it is! Our exclusive Top 25 awards logo. When you see this on display, you’ll know they’re one of Hawaii’s Top 25 Contractor winners. Congratulations to all Building Industry Hawaii magazine’s Top 25 Contractors and Noteworthy Contenders. Meet them all here in our July issue. 

Military Awards

CAPTION: Bachelor enlisted quarters by Caddell-Nan JV at Guam’s Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz PHOTO COURTESY OICC MARINE CORPS MARIANAS


Upcoming Hawaii projects by Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) Hawaii include these latest awards to contractors based in Hawaii and elsewhere:

$995 Million: Hawaii Harbors Constructors JV (Hawaii); Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. (Hawaii); Manson Construction Co. (Seattle, Washington); Nan Inc. (Hawaii); Nova Group Inc. (Napa, California); and The Dutra Group (San Rafael, California) This combined $995,000,000 indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity design- build/design-bid-build multiple award construction contract (MACC) was awarded June 2 to six businesses for construction within the state of Hawaii and Wake Island. The work to be performed provides for, but is not limited to, labor, supervision, tools, materials and equipment necessary to perform new construction, repair, alteration and related demolition of existing infrastructure. The projects include work on piers/wharves/caissons and waterfront facilities, such as warehouses and drydocks, bridges, site improvements, utilities, and maintenance and construction dredging. Ninety-five percent of the work will be performed in Hawaii with the remaining 5 percent in Wake Island. Expected completion: June 2027.

$98 Million: DSQ-API JV LLP (Hawaii); Hawk-Niking LLC (Hawaii); Tokunaga-Elite JV LLC (Hawaii); AN41-AAK JV LLC (Visalia, California); Warfeather-GM JV LLC (Coweta, Oklahoma) This $98,000,000 combined indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity multiple award design-build/design-bid-build construction contract was awarded June 1 to five Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses for work at various U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and miscellaneous federal and other facilities within the NAVFAC Hawaii area of operations (AO). Work includes labor, supervision, tools, materials and equipment necessary to perform new construction, repair, alteration and related demolition of existing infrastructure. Expected completion: May 2027.

$8 Million: Jas. W. Glover Ltd. (Hawaii) This $8,257,700 firm-fixed-price task order was awarded May 6 to repair the airfield pavement for helicopter landings at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Work includes removal of deteriorated airfield pavement, tie-downs, grounding points, pavement striping and construction of new pavement. Expected completion: February 2023.

$8 Million: Insight Pacific LLC (Brea, California) This $8,858,111 contract, procured under a previously awarded MACC, was awarded May 4 to improve the safety of Dry Docks 1 through 4 at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, including pump well facilities. Expected completion: February 2024.


Upcoming NAVFAC Pacific projects conducted in the Pacific area of operation (AO) and/or Hawaii include these latest awards to contractors based in Hawaii and elsewhere:

$98 Million: AECOM Technical Services Inc. (Los Angeles, California) This $98,000,000 cost-plus-award-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity modification contract was awarded May 16 for environmental services primarily within the Pacific AO, including Hawaii. Expected completion: February 2023.

$50 Million: InSynergy and Robert JV LLC (Hawaii) This $50,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, architect-engineer contract was awarded May 16 for various petroleum, oil and lubricants, and mechanical engineering projects and related services at various locations within the Pacific AO, including Hawaii. Expected completion: May 2027.

$12 Million: CAPE Environmental Management Inc. (Hawaii) This $12,000,000 task order was awarded May 16 for site preparation in support of construction for tactical mobile over-the-horizon radar receive site within the Pacific AO. Expected completion: May 2023.


Upcoming Guam projects by NAVFAC Pacific include these latest awards to offshore and Hawaii contractors:

$83 Million: Black Construction Corp. (Harmon, Guam) Firm-fixed price contract awarded May 13 for the design and construction of wharf improvements at Naval Base Guam. Expected completion: September 2024.

$75 Million: Gilbane SMCC ECC LLC (Concord, California) Firm-fixed price task order under a MACC awarded May 4 for construction of various facilities at Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz (MCBCB). Expected completion: September 2024.

$62 Million: Gilbane SMCC ECC LLC (Concord, California) Firm-fixed price task order under a MACC awarded April 28 for the Expeditionary Brigade Enablers facility at MCBCB. Expected completion: September 2024.

$48 Million: Black Construction-Tutor Perini JV (Harmon, Guam) Firm-fixed price task order under a MACC awarded May 4 for the construction of an aviation building at Andersen Air Force Base (AAFB), Guam. Expected completion: August 2024.

$43 Million: Reliable Builders Inc. (Tamuning, Guam) Firm-fixed price contract awarded May 4 for the construction of munitions storage igloos at AAFB, Guam. Expected completion: July 2025.

$40 Million: Gilbane SMCC ECC LLC (Concord, California) Firm-fixed price task order under a MACC awarded April 27 for construction of a two-story infantry battalion company headquarters at Naval Support Activity, MCBCB. Expected completion: August 2024.

$35 Million: Granite Construction Company Guam (Watsonville, California)  Firm-fixed price contract awarded April 21 for construction of roof structures at Joint Region Marianas, Guam. Expected completion: July 2024.

$27 Million: Caddell-Nan A Joint Venture (Montgomery, Alabama) Firm-fixed price contract awarded May 12 for the construction of an airfield damage repair storage facility at AAFB, Guam. Provides for a new one-story warehouse facility required to preposition airfield repair equipment. Expected completion: November 2023.

Hawaii and the CNMI To Train in Residential Construction Safety

The Building Industry Association of Hawaii received an award of $158,468 to conduct residential construction safety training in Hawaii, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The grant is from the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Susan Harwood Training Grant Program.

The four-hour training includes residential construction safety and injury prevention training for youth, newly employed and other hard-to-reach workers. Topics include fall protection, electrical, tool safety, respiratory protection, PPE, struck-by, caught-in/between and drywall dust hazards. “BIA is committed to providing educational and training opportunities to support safe working conditions at job sites throughout Hawaii and the Pacific,” says Jessica Leorna, CEO of BIA Hawaii.  Sessions run from June to August and comprise Maui, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Oahu, Guam, Saipan, Tinian and Rota. Enrollment is free for up to 335 workers and employers in these regions.

To register, call (808) 629-7505 or visit

High-Priced Honolulu Tops Home Repairs

Home-improvement prices are skyrocketing across the nation, and Honolulu is in the top 10. That’s according to “2022’s Most Expensive Cities for Home Improvement,” a report by Mainland group Lawn Love. The report ranked 200 cities and used 16 key indicators, including labor and supplies access, average home prices and hourly wages for professionals. The median price of home improvement spending increased by 50 percent over the past three years, according to the report.

Home Show Site Wins Award

BIA-Hawaii won an award for its website from the Executive Officers Council of the National Association of Homebuilders.

In 2021, the website drew more than 3,000 attendees to the BIG Home Building and Remodeling Show, held virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions, to allow exhibitors and vendors to meet online and engage via direct messaging. Traditionally, the home show takes place every year in the Neal S. Blaisdell Center with in-person workshops and exhibits. “Our event website provided additional marketing exposure for exhibitors at a time when meeting with consumers in-person was simply unattainable,” says Jess Leorna, CEO of BIA-Hawaii. In addition to the 2021 home show, the website featured a “Sneak Peak” marketing campaign for the 2022 show held this past April and May.

Alaska-based developed the website. NAHB’s annual awards program recognizes the accomplishments of state and local home builders’ associations, including NAHB-affiliated groups representing more than 140,000 home builders across the nation.

BWS Says No Mandatory Water Restrictions Ahead

In a May 23 interview with Building Industry Hawaii, Ernest Y.W. Lau, Honolulu Board of Water Supply  manager and chief engineer, says latest evaluations of BWS’ water system indicate that Honolulu will be able to stay in voluntary conservation this summer. BWS recently cut water supplied by Honolulu’s primary sources—Halawa Shaft and two nearby wells—as a precaution following last year’s jet fuel leak from the Navy’s Red Hill facility. This, combined with 2022’s very dry weather, have raised concerns that mandatory restrictions are ahead. Lau says BWS is redirecting water from a nearby well and other systems and is using other strategies that are providing a cushion “to keep us in voluntary conservation only.”

NAVFAC Completes 
Thai Training Facility

Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) Pacific Resident Officer in Charge of Construction (ROICC) Thailand held an unveiling ceremony in January marking completed construction of a new Border Patrol Police (BPP) Training Facility in Mae Taeng, Thailand.

U.S. Indo-Pacific Command’s (INDOPACOM) Joint Interagency Task Force West (JIATF West) funded the $600,000 facility, which includes ranges, a mock village, a three-story tactical training building and equipment.

“U.S. support for this facility, which will enhance the BPP’s ability to counter illicit transborder activity, demonstrates our commitment to our partner and ally Thailand,” says INDOPACOM JIATF West Director Rear Adm. Charles Fosse.

ROICC Thailand is supported by the NAVFAC Pacific Contingency Engineering Business Line. NAVFAC Pacific CEBL, headquartered at Pearl Harbor, has offices and operating capacities in Southeast Asia and Australia.

HAPI Inducts ‘Mr. Smooth’

The Hawaii Asphalt Paving Industry (HAPI) inducted Garret Okada into its 2022 HAPI Hall of Fame in February at a luncheon at the Pearl Country Club.

Okada served as the Bituminous Materials Engineer for the Hawaii Department of Transportation for 22 years. He raised the bar for the paving industry by performing pilot projects designed to introduce new technologies and methods for paving and by developing a smoothness specification.

Upon his retirement, HAPI awarded Okada the title of “Mr. Smooth.”

NAVFAC Awards $44M for Guam Water Project

Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) Pacific in January awarded a $44 million firm-fixed price contract to Environmental Chemical Corp. of Burlingame, Calif., for the construction of a water well field at Andersen Air Force Base on Guam.

The work, to performed in Yigo with an expected completion date of March 2024, provides for the construction of a water well system that will provide continuous domestic, industrial and fire protection water supply to Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz.

“This contract is the fourth of 13 Defense Policy Review Initiative military construction projects planned to be awarded by NAVFAC Pacific in fiscal year 2022,” says Will Boudra, NAVFAC Pacific Guam program management office director. “The completion of this water development and water supply infrastructure is critical to the operations of the new marine corps base.”

$17M Earmarked for Hawaii EV Infrastructure

The new National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program from the U.S. Departments of Transportation and Energy provides more than $17 million for infrastructure supporting Hawaii electric vehicle charging stations over the next five years.

Hawaii is slated to receive approximately $2.62 million in fiscal year 2022 per the government’s funding formula and pending submittal of Hawaii’s EV infrastructure deployment plan.

“Hawaii has some of the most aggressive clean energy and carbon reduction goals in the nation,” says Scott Glenn, Hawaii chief energy officer. “We appreciate the federal government’s recognition that we need to move swiftly to build the infrastructure needed to support the adoption of clean transportation in Hawaii which will help us achieve our carbon net-negative goal as soon as practicable and no later than 2045.”

Included in the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, NEVI provides nearly $5 billion over five years to help states create a network of electric vehicle charging stations along designated alternative fuel corridors.

“Just as our national partners are working together to make these funds available,” says Ed Sniffen, Hawaii Department of Transportation deputy director for highways, “HDOT and the Hawaii State Energy Office will be working together with our state and county partners to submit an EV infrastructure deployment plan which is required to access these funds.”

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