New Military Awards Top $290M

Aerial of family housing at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam 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:

$27 Million: Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. (Hawaii)

This $27,465,700 firm-fixed-price task order under a previously awarded contract was awarded Sept. 14 to repair roads and erosion control at the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility. 

Expected completion: June 2025

Work includes repairing roads along the north face of the storage facility and installing an erosion control rockfall protection system near the entry control point along Lower Access Road. 

$24 Million: D7 LLC (Hawaii)

This $24,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract was awarded Aug. 22 for construction support services at Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH) and other locations on Oahu.

Expected completion: August 2027

The contract provides for new work, additions, alteration, maintenance and repair. Task orders will include category III/IV work only and no professional architecture or engineering services. 

$21 Million: Nan Inc. (Hawaii)

This $21,831,871 firm-fixed-price task order under a previously awarded contract was awarded Aug. 30 to repair Ammunition Wharf W2 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH).

Expected completion: November 2023

Work includes wharf replacement with a reinforced concrete wharf on concrete piles built to current standards. Also included are reconstruction of wastewater and portable water utility systems, phone lines and grounding system for lightning protection. 

The project will be divided into two phases: Phase 1 will consist of the portion of Wharf 2 closest to Wharf 1; Phase 2 will consist of the portion of Wharf 2 closest to Wharf 3. 

$17 Million: Insight Pacific LLC (Brea, California)

This $17,362,000 firm-fixed-price task order under a previously awarded contract was awarded Sept. 22 for replacement of Station K10, Facility S643 and modification of Building 641 electrical service at JBPHH.

Expected completion: March 2025

Work includes construction of a concrete masonry unit electrical substation K10 facility and extension of electrical feeders via the new facility. Work also includes site work, trenching/backfill, asphalt concrete paving and installation of an automatic transfer switch between the existing generator and Building 641 service main. 

$15 Million: Shimabukuro, Endo and Yoshizaki Inc. (Hawaii)

This $15,000,000 firm-fixed price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity architect-engineering (A-E) contract was awarded Sept. 1 for various civil engineering and related projects at various locations under the NAVFAC Hawaii area of operations (AO).

Expected completion: September 2027

Work includes replacement of a 12-inch waterline near O’Malley Gate, JBPHH. Also included are A-E services for new construction and alteration and repair of roadways/parking pavements, airfields, water treatment and other utilities and infrastructure.

$10 Million: Jacobs/B&V JV (Hawaii)

This $10,161,593 firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded task order was awarded Sept. 12 for the water reclamation facility at MCBH.

Expected completion: December 2025

A-E services include a design-bid-build construction package containing full plans, specifications, cost estimate and other services for a parallel redundant R-1 water reclamation treatment system. Work includes new tanks, equipment, low-rise process buildings and utility infrastructure, as well as tsunami mitigation measures, and cybersecurity and antiterrorism features. 


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

$120 Million: Cape Environmental Management Inc. (Norcross, Georgia); EA Engineering Science and Technology Inc. PBC (Hunt Valley, Maryland); Environmental Chemical Corp. (Burlingame, California); Engineering/Remediation Resources Group Inc. (Honolulu, Hawaii); Insight-ESI LLC (Brea, California); Noreas Dawson Environmental Remediation JV (Irvine, California).

This $120,000,000 firm-fixed price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity, multiple award contract (MAC) was awarded Sept. 15 for environmental services. 

Expected completion: September 2030

AO locations include California (71%), Hawaii (15%), Guam (13%) and Nevada (1%). Work may be performed outside the AO and for other Department of Defense or federal agencies as required. 

$49 Million: Design Partners Inc. (Hawaii)

This $49,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity A-E contract was awarded Sept. 13 for housing and other similar projects. 

Expected completion: September 2027

A-E services include execution and delivery of military construction project documentation, functional analysis concept development/design charrettes and final design construction documents. Also included are related investigations, surveys, analyses, cost estimates, comprehensive interior design, collateral equipment buy packages and post-construction award services. AO locations include, but are not limited to, Guam/Marianas (70%), Hawaii (20%) and Australia (10%).

$7.5 Million: AECOM Technical Services Inc. (Los Angeles, California) 

This $7,520,610 cost-plus-award-fee-modification to a previously awarded task order was awarded Sept. 29 for work on the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility at JBPHH.

Expected completion: 2024

Work to be performed provides for additional groundwater modeling in support of environmental technical services to address petroleum contamination at the facility.

New Clinic Breaks Ground in Mililani

Hawaii Pacific Health and Town Center of Mililani leaders broke ground Sept. 27 on a new, 24,000-square-foot medical facility located across from Straub’s existing clinic at the Town Center. Constructors Hawaii Inc. is the general contractor for the project set to open in 2024. 

From left: Denis Dyson, Metlife director; Mike Daniszewski, Metlife director; John Wiechart, M&J Wilkow senior vice president; Dr. Leslie Chun, CEO Hawaii Pacific Health Medical Group; Shelley Morisaki, Town Center of Mililani general manager; and David Thom, Constructors Hawaii executive vice president PHOTOS COURTESY: STRAUB MEDICAL CENTER

Savio Launches Koa Waena

Koa Waena in Kihei, Maui, is a Savio Group affordable housing project breaking ground later in 2022. The large, new rural subdivision of approximately 500 single-family homes on 5,000-square-foot lots for approximately $200,000 will be available to current Maui residents and not outside investors. Realtor and developer Peter Savio is working with Maui County to finalize the price per 5,000-square-foot lot. 

“We are not building homes, so the price … includes only a 5% profit to the developer, which reduces the overall price to the buyer,” Savio says. 

Only Maui contractors will be hired for this project to create jobs and keep the profits in the community. Savio is working with the Carpenters Union to see this project come to fruition in the fairest way possible for buyers and workers. Plans involve the buyers meeting with developers to build a home on their own lot.

Apartment Wins Best Practice Award

The American Planners Association (APA) Hawaii Chapter chose for its Best Practice Award the $91 million Hale Kalele project, developed by The Kobayashi Group with low-income housing tax credits, tax-exempt revenue bonds and a low-interest loan and support from the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corp. The project was delivered ahead of schedule and within budget—despite the pandemic, supply-chain shortages and inflation. 

APA Hawaii’s Best Practice Award recognizes a specific planning tool, practice, program, project or process. It emphasizes results and demonstrates how innovative and state-of-the art planning methods and practices help to create communities of lasting value. 

The new tower replaces the Hawaii State Judiciary’s Lower Makiki property that housed a juvenile detention and services center. It features 30,000 square feet on the first two levels dedicated to the Hale Hilinai juvenile services center and shelter. The rest of the building houses Hale Kalele’s 200 rental units and a unit for a general manager. By law, residents cannot earn more than 60% of area median gross income to rent. 

“The jury was impressed by the project’s mix of affordable housing and civic uses, its timely completion despite the all-too-familiar implementation challenges that accompany such projects,” the APA cites as reasons for the award. 

 “The opportunity to participate in a novel cross-government agency partnership, address the needs of our juvenile justice system and provide affordable housing residences for the community was an honor,” says Matthew Pennaz, Kobayashi Group chief operating officer. 

The Hale Kalele/Hale Hilinai complex blends an environmentally conscious 200-unit, all-affordable rental tower with a juvenile services facility. PHOTO COURTESY: THE KOBAYASHI GROUP
A blessing by Kumu Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu at Koula condominium, a new 41-story tower at Ward Village PHOTOS COURTESY: Ward Village

New Luxury Condominium Opens at Ward Village

Koula, the sixth condominium at Ward Village, opened on Sept. 14 to new homeowners who settled into the 565-unit building overlooking Victoria Ward Park. The upscale building has amenities, including poolside cabanas, landscapes with native plants, a playground, swimming pool, and a spa with fitness center. 

Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. Inc. was the general contractor for the $400 million project, and Studio Gang was the architect, which designed the building’s exterior columns to resemble red sugar cane (Hawaiian translation, “koula”).

“At the core of our neighborhood, Koula is deeply rooted in authentic placemaking,” says Doug Johnstone, president, Hawaii, at The Howard Hughes Corp., in an announcement. “Koula’s culturally infused architecture and dynamic, iconic designs        celebrate Hawaii.”

Koula is part of Ward Village’s 60-acre master-planned community by developer The Howard Hughes Corp. Once completed, the village will encompass a mix of retail, residential and entertainment venues. Waiea condominium was completed in 2016, followed by Anaha in 2017 and Aeo in 2018. The following year, Ke Kilohana welcomed residents, primarily working families. Aalii finished in 2021. More residences are planned for the neighborhood, including Kalae, The Park Ward Village, Victoria Place and Ulana.

Residential and Rail Next for Nan Inc.

Twin High-Rises 

The Park on Keeaumoku, designed to be one of the largest residential condominiums in Hawaii, broke ground on Aug. 5 to great fanfare by general contractor Nan Inc. The $600 million condo will be the first high-rise for Nan, which specializes in military projects and major infrastructure developments. Construction is expected to employ more than 900 workers and be completed in 2025. 

Located at 825 Keeaumoku St., the 42-story condo comprises the Liona and Rycroft towers with commercial space on the ground floors. Unit sizes—more than 900 in total—range from studios to three bedrooms. Amenities will include co-working spaces, a sauna and infinity pool, theater, yoga and gym, and club rooms. A unique feature will be The Grove, a commercial and dining complex overlooking a half-acre plot featuring tropical landscaping, picnic sites and playgrounds for children.  

“Groundbreaking was a breaking into the realm of high-rise construction,” says Wyeth M. Matsubara, vice president of Nan Inc. “This project will be the foundation of Nan Inc.’s foothold in high-rise work in the future for generations to come.” 

The Park on Keeaumoku joins the ranks of major residential towers in Honolulu and would be the second largest in the state after 801 South Street, a Kakaako project with 1,045 units.

Rail Infrastructure 

A $496.3 million contract was awarded to Nan Inc. to relocate utilities along Dillingham Boulevard to prepare for a critical component of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation’s rail project along the Kalihi-Palama area. The project is scheduled to launch in the first quarter of 2023 through 2026. 

Construction crews will relocate utilities overhead and above the ground, where the rail is expected to run. This will include electricity, fuel, sewer, communications, storm drain and water systems. Daytime and nighttime work is scheduled, with periods of 24/7 construction in select areas on an as-needed basis. There also will be temporary closures of traffic lanes, sidewalks and on-street parking.   

Nan Inc. expects to employ up to 150 workers on the project.

“This bid was lower than our independent cost estimate by approximately 3%,” says HART Executive Director and CEO Lori Kahikina. “We look forward to working with Nan Inc. on this important project and are committed to its success.”


Keeaumoku Development LLC and industry members turn the dirt on a new high-rise in Honolulu


Caption 2:

Nan Inc.’s relocation contract will affect neighborhoods bordered by Laumaka Street and Kamehameha Highway, to the corner of Kaaahi Street and Dillingham.

photo COURTESY HART utilities

Pasha Hawaii Begins LNG Service

MV George III, Pasha Hawaii’s newest containership, arrived in Honolulu Aug. 24 after completing the first leg of its maiden voyage to Hawaii from Long Beach, California. The vessel homeports in Honolulu and provides bi-weekly service to Long Beach and Oakland.

The arrival of MV George III, the first fully liquified natural gas (LNG) -powered vessel to serve Hawaii and fuel on the West Coast, marks the beginning of LNG service in the Hawaii-Mainland trade lane. The new Jones Act containership surpasses the International Maritime Organization 2030 emission standards for ocean vessels, representing the most technologically advanced and environmentally friendly vessel to serve Hawaii.

Pasha Hawaii in August was rated the No. 1 ocean carrier and recognized with the top Quest for Quality Award by Logistics Management magazine and Peerless Research Group, whose annual survey has been regarded in the transportation and logistics industry as the most important measure of customer satisfaction and performance excellence. 

“We are truly honored to be chosen for this prestigious award and thankful to our customers for their partnership and for recognizing our team’s commitment to service excellence,” says George Pasha IV, Pasha Hawaii president and CEO.


MV George III, Pasha Hawaii’s first fully LNG-powered containership, on Aug. 24 arrives in Honolulu on its maiden voyage to Hawaii. 


Seeking Applicants: 2022 HAPI Scholarships

The deadline to apply for Hawaii Asphalt Paving Industry (HAPI) annual scholarships is Oct. 31. “The goal of this scholarship,” says HAPI Executive Director Jon M. Young, “is to assist college students pursuing a degree in civil engineering, construction management, construction engineering and other degrees related to the design and construction of infrastructure improvements.” 

Two $1,000 scholarships are offered to four-year university students, and two $500 scholarships are offered to community college students. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and Hawaii residents.

HAPI established its scholarship program in 2018 and has awarded 15 scholarships worth $12,500 to date. To apply:


Jon M. Young

PM Building Supply Expands on Maui

A-O Raingutters & Supplies, a leading Maui vendor and installer established in 1997, was acquired on June 30 by HPM Building Supply.

“Providing quality raingutters and gutter installation is a natural complement to our custom metal roofing and gives our Maui customers an even smoother and more convenient one-stop shop,” says Adam Bauer, HPM chief operating officer. “We’ve partnered with A-O Raingutters & Supplies for more than a decade, and their knowledge, customer service and execution are outstanding. We’re excited to welcome the entire A-O team as part of our HPM Maui ohana.” 

HPM’s raingutter products and installation services are available for residential, commercial and warehouse projects on Maui, Molokai and Lanai and include stocked products, special orders and installation for continuous rain gutters made from copper and aluminum, gutter guard screens and downspouts.

All A-O Raingutters staff have stayed on as HPM owner-employees, including A-O founder Kelly Scofield, who is now HPM’s custom metal roofing production supervisor. 

The acquisition of A-O Raingutters expands HPM’s presence on Maui, which includes four Miyake-HPM Building Supply stores and one truss manufacturing plant.


From left: Adam Bauer, HPM COO; Landon Kahalehau-Tonga; Haaheo Konohia; Kelly Scofield, A-O Raingutters & Supplies founder and new HPM custom metal roofing production supervisor; Tyrone Nakooka; Gary Danzl, Miyake-HPM Regional Manager–Maui; Jason Fujimoto, HPM president and CEO


Industry Experts to Meet at PBX22

PBX22, the annual trade show in Honolulu for architects, engineers, contractors and owners, returns to the Hawaii Convention Center for one day on Friday, Nov. 18. 

On the schedule are two dozen seminars, networking opportunities and more than 200 vendor booths. This year’s program features local and national experts on the following topics: the 2018 International Building Code and local code amendment update; the New Orleans Hard Rock Café construction wreck; successful public-private partnership ventures; updates from the State Historic Preservation Office; cybersecurity and risk management; NAVFAC and Army Corps of Engineers construction opportunities; and product advancements and technology. Also planned is a housing development panel with the state’s three largest home developers. 

Virtual seminars, predicting the economic outlook for commercial and residential construction and contract management, feature panelists from Hawaii and the Mainland, and they are: Kenneth D. Simonson, chief economist with the Associated General Contractors of America; Robert Dietz, chief economist and senior VP for economics and housing policy at the National Association of Home Builders; and Hawaii economist Paul Brewbaker of TZ Economics.

PBX’s all-inclusive $20 registration fee includes all-day validated parking at the Convention Center, a hosted industry luncheon, a dessert station and pau hana. 

Register at


Attendees at PBX 21 were (from left): Karen Sakamoto, principal of Next Design LLC; Larry Heim, president of HONBLUE; Cheryl Walthall, executive director of the General Contractors Association of Hawaii; Jaz Nijjar, strategic alliance manager of HONBLUE; and Fred White, business development manager of HONBLUE

New Vessel Runs On Natural Gas

Pasha Hawaii and Keppel AmFELS of Texas have delivered a liquified natural gas vessel, the MV George III, the first of its kind to serve Hawaii and fuel on the West Coast. 

The 774-foot-long MV George III is a Jones Act vessel and exceeds the International Maritime Organization 2030 emission standards for ocean vessels, featuring an optimized hull form, underwater propulsion system with a high-efficiency rudder and propeller, and a state-of-the-art engine. 

It began operating in August and is the first ohana-class vessel to join Pasha Hawaii’s fleet serving the Mainland-to-Hawaii trade lane. Its maiden voyage precedes the late 2022 delivery of the second ohana-class vessel, the MV Janet Marie, sometime in late 2022. 

Both vessels are named after George Pasha III and Janet Marie, the late parents of George Pasha IV, president and CEO of The Pasha Group, marking three generations of business in Hawaii. 

“As we welcome the new MV George III to Pasha Hawaii’s fleet, we stand incredibly proud of the perseverance and commitment of our partners at Keppel AmFELS, and the skilled men and women at the shipyard on this tremendous accomplishment,” Pasha IV says.


Grateful for Hawaii’s Construction Crews

Building Industry Hawaii editor Paula Bender recently did a Google search and discovered that National Construction Appreciation Week is held the third week in September.
Who knew?

After more than two years of COVID-19 that practically stopped commerce in the Islands, who wouldn’t agree that seeing these hard-working men and women—easily recognized in hard hats and neon UV-rated cooling shirts—are an encouraging sight for the rest of us?

Building Industry Hawaii put in a request to Gov. David Ige for a state proclamation to make Construction Appreciation Week official. Our message to Hawaii’s construction workers? Work safely and prosper!

Smile at a construction worker today!

Long Lead Times (2nd Quarter 2022)

Construction materials continued to experience delayed deliveries in the second quarter of this year. The reasons? Low inventory of raw materials, limited production, worker shortages and severe weather, to name a few. Below is a list of construction supplies and their delayed lead times, according to the Gilbane Market Conditions Report, 2nd Quarter.   

NAVFAC Pacific Increases 2019 MACC Award

Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) Pacific in July awarded contract modifications to existing Multiple Award Construction Contracts (MACCs) to increase the maximum capacity from a combined total of $990,000,000 to $1,088,500,000 for work on projects located within the Pacific area of operation. 

The MACC contractors are Black Construction – Tutor Perini JV of Harmon, Guam; Caddell-Nan JV of Montgomery, Alabama; Core Tech-HDCC-Kajima LLC of Tamuning, Guam; Gilbane SMCC ECC LLC of Concord, California; and Hensel Phelps Construction Co. of Honolulu, Hawaii. 

The term of the contracts is not to exceed 60 months, with an expected completion date of September 2024. The MACC was first awarded on Sept. 12, 2019.

Scope of work under the MACC remains unchanged and includes: new construction, renovation and minor construction to barracks/dormitories; administrative, communication and educational facilities; medical, dental and hospital facilities; dining facilities; industrial and warehouse facilities; operational and training facilities; ranges, roads, streets, bridges, site utilities/infrastructure, dredging, aviation facilities (including hangars and aprons) and other base development facilities.

Guam Construction Officer Wins Secretary of the Navy Safety Award

The Officer in Charge of Construction, Marine Corps Marianas (OICC MCM) ), recently won the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Safety Award in the ashore category for Fiscal Year 2021. The annual award recognizes Navy and Marine Corps units for unparalleled safety achievements and occupational program performance. 

“The SECNAV Safety Excellence Award is the biggest annual award for safety in the Department of the Navy, recognizing great strides in continuous process improvement in our Safety Management System, protecting our teammates and resources, while working to fulfill the Department’s readiness missions,” says Rear Adm. John Korka, commander, Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC). “To be recognized as the top among all shore and expeditionary commands is a tremendous honor.” 

OICC MCM is the construction manager for Defense Policy Review Initiative projects on Guam as part of the Marine Corps relocation to the island. In Fiscal Year 2021, more than 80 command personnel executed 26 military construction projects with no safety mishaps. 

CAPTION: On July 26, OICC MCM team members conduct a site visit of the enlisted dining facility at Guam’s Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz.


New Military Awards


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

$11 Million: Opportunities and Resources Inc. (Hawaii)

This $11,982,549 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity modification to a previous contract was awarded June 17 and provides for custodial services at various locations in the NAVFAC Hawaii area of operations (AO) on Oahu. After award of this option, the total cumulative contract value will be $21,313,061.

Expected completion: June 30, 2023.

Services begin July 1, 2022, and include emptying waste containers, low-area cleaning, high-area cleaning, interior and exterior window cleaning, window blinds cleaning, entrance cleaning, drinking fountains cleaning, floor care, restroom cleaning services and building perimeter services for approximately 585 buildings.

$9 Million: Belt Collins Hawaii LLC (Hawaii)

Awarded June 21, this $9,000,000 firm-fixed-price modification to a previously awarded contract provides for increasing the maximum dollar value of an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity architect-engineer contract for various civil engineering and related projects at various locations within the NAVFAC Hawaii AO. This award brings the total cumulative contract value to $24,000,000.

Expected completion: March 2023.

The contract calls for design and engineering services for multi-disciplined, primarily civil projects including new construction or repair/alteration of roadway/parking pavement, airfields, water treatment and distribution systems, sewage collection and treatment systems, and drainage systems including erosion control and slope stabilization in Hawaii and similar tropical environments. Some special work may also be required in areas outside of Hawaii.


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

$20.9 Million: Nan Inc. (Hawaii)

This firm-fixed price contract was awarded June 7 for construction of a new veterinary treatment facility for Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

Expected completion: February 2024.

Construction includes a new facility providing full-service preventive, diagnostic, surgical and dental care to government-owned animals; preventive and diagnostic services to privately-owned animals of service members; and spaces for military veterinarians’ public health services and food inspection responsibilities.


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

$9 Million: Granite-Obayashi JV (Watsonville, California)

This $9,993,423 firm-fixed price contract was awarded May 26 for the design and construction of Hayman munitions storage igloos at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.

Expected completion: January 2024.

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Lt. Mark Bush and a contractor discuss construction progress on the Low-Observable, Corrosion Control, Repair Shop at Andersen Air Force Base.


Hiilawe Lands $2.6B Paving Contract

The Hawaii Department of Transportation on June 22 announced the award of a $2,645,511,801 contract to Hiilawe Construction LLC for a federal aid asphalt pavement preservation, resurfacing and reconstruction project at various locations on the Island of Hawaii.

The initial contract term is for 12 months commencing from the start work date. As of publication, the state’s notice to proceed has not yet been issued.

Four areas on Hawaii Island are included in the contract. Work furnished will be on an “as-needed” basis as called for in the specifications at the applicable unit price bid and in such numbers as may be required by the state.

HART Relocates Downtown Utilities

Utility relocation work is underway in downtown Honolulu for The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART). Frank V. Coluccio Construction Co. Inc. was awarded a $217.8 million contract to relocate utilities along Nimitz Highway from Kaaahi Street in Iwilei to Cooke Street in Kakaako.

The scope of work includes utility relocations for sanitary sewer, storm drainage, water main, electrical and communications infrastructure, gas, fuel and roadway improvements. Also involved are traffic signals and street lighting reconnections. Temporary traffic-lane closures, sidewalks and on-street parking will be affected, as simultaneous construction crews work both day and night, with periods of 24/7 construction when necessary.

“Thanks to strong relationships and strategic partnerships with key stakeholders, City administration and third-party utilities, we were able to finalize the designs and obtain permits for this utility relocation work within six months,” says HART Executive Director and CEO Lori Kahikina, P.E. She adds that the relocation of downtown utilities is a major step in HART’s goal of a functioning rail system.

5 Ways to Make Trenches Safer

From June 20-24, construction companies in Hawaii participated in the sixth annual Trench Safety Stand Down Week (TSSD), a nationwide program to curb the number of fatalities and serious injuries in trenches and excavation sites. The local program was led by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Utility Contractors Association of Hawaii. More than 21,000 people participated on 2,100 jobsites, six years after TSSD first was introduced.

As of June 21 this year, a total of 13 people died in trench collapses in the United States, according to OSHA. In Hawaii, Trevor Alvarado, 23, died in the hospital on Jan. 29 after becoming trapped in a sewer project trench on Sand Island. It was the first trench-related death in Hawaii in a decade.

Trench Safety Tips

• Provide safe entries and exits 

• Ensure trenches have cave-in protection 

• Keep materials away from the edges of the trench

• Look for standing water or other hazards 

• Never enter a trench unless it’s been inspected 

To report dangerous open trench or excavation sites, call the HIOSH Safety Complaint Line at 808-586-9092. Or email

For safety tips visit: and

SOURCE: Occupational Safety and Health Administration and National Utility Contractors Association of Hawaii

GCA hosts Blangiardi and DPP Chief Uchida at July luncheon

At the General Contractors Association (GCA) July lunch meeting at the Ala Moana Hotel by Mana, Mayor Rick Blangiardi took the liberty to go off-script to lay the groundwork about City & County of Honolulu issues that are on a lot of minds. His fellow panelist was Dean Ushida, director of the City & County of Honolulu’s Department of Planning and Permitting (DPP). Moderating the program was Ken Kaneshige, president of Nordic PCL Construction Inc.

“First of all, fixing DPP is our priority,” Blangiardi says. “It’s key to economic recovery for us. We are now in fiscal year 2023, and now we can work with our own budget, which has received unanimous approval from the City Council.”

After at least 20 years of mismanagement, an audit of the DPP discovered red flags amid an in-house white-crime cartel to dismantle—resulting in the loss of jobs and benefits—and jail time. “Which, by the way, is an ongoing process,” says Blangiardi, indicating the investigations continue. 

“The DPP is undergoing a transformation. It controls the economy, and people want to be part of the change,” Uchida says. “The system should be customer-service based. [Artificial Intelligence] AI and bots could pre-screen applications.” Uchida added that he wanted a system out of the box, one that doesn’t get personalized by people within a department, creating roadblocks and silos of domain.

For contractors in Hawaii, the planning and permitting process has for years been the murky repository for documents that may never surface again, Uchida says, adding that forms with missing information would be tossed into a bin, and no contractor would have any indication that something was amiss. Third-party contractors working on behalf of busy construction contractors often failed to submit forms that met department requirements, unbeknownst to the contractors they represented.

With what the mayor describes as such an archaic system, a corrupt culture and an attitude of, “We be here before you. We be here after you,” the Blangiardi administration is giving the DPP an overdue overhaul. “Young hires don’t have that sentiment,” Blangiardi says. “They are excited to affect changes.”

Other issues Blangiardi addressed at the luncheon included the Red Hill petroleum leak into the groundwater table, private activity bonds, B-1 and B2 zoning, affordable housing, short-term rentals, Aloha Stadium and working for the City.

“It’s hard to get a job with the city,” Blangiardi says. “There are more than 3,000 vacancies across five departments. As a result, we are overhauling the City’s HR department. We are thinking pay-scale adjustments.” He also mentioned that job descriptions should reflect the actual jobs and not contain requirements that stop job seekers from even trying.

CAPTION: GCA.jpg From left: Moderator Glen Kaneshige, president, Nordic PCL Construction Inc.; Dean Uchida, director, Honolulu Department of Planning and Permitting; Cheryl Walthall, executive director, GCA; and Rick Blangiardi, mayor, City & County of Honolulu PHOTO and story BY PAULA BENDER

GCA celebrates 90 years!

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.

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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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