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News Beat

10 Leorna: Bridging the Geographical Gap

60 NAVFAC Pacific Awards First Japan Construction Contract 60 CIM Awards Two $15k Scholarships

Building Hawaii: Don Chapman

12 Contracts Top $1.5B for 2020

Builders win jobs in April valued at more than $197 million

14 Nohona Hale: Not Your Typical Affordable Housing

Spotlight on Success: Swinerton Builders

18 Supply Routes Hold Steady

Hawaii’s carriers, ports and transport services maintain deliveries in the wake of COVID-19

23 2020: Virus & Storm Days

Restoration services, contractors adopt extra cleaning strategies along with annual hurricane preparation measures

61 Hensel Phelps Lands $54M Contract at JBPHH 61 Guideway Rises Along the Airport 61 July Award Planned for NEX Touch ‘N Go in Kalaeloa 61 B+K Gives UH Pavements Lab $75k

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40-Hour Safety Hazard Awareness Training for Contractors (5-Day)

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Construction Safety Trenching & Excavation Training

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Bridging the Geographical Gap Jess Leorna shares her plans and goals in new role as CEO of the BIA-Hawaii


n her first day on the job as chief executive officer of the Building Industry Association of Hawaii, Jessica Leorna—she prefers to be called Jess—took time to answer a few questions for Building Industry Hawaii magazine. The former CEO of the Interior Alaska Building Association is bright, accomplished and personJess Leorna able, well-suited to her new position at BIA-Hawaii, as you’ll see in this Q&A.

Where did you grow up, and where did you go to school?

I was raised in San Diego, then attended the University of California at Santa Barbara. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in global peace and security, I worked in public relations and marketing for Expertcity, a start-up that launched software programs GoToMyPC and GoToMeeting. The company was acquired by Citrix Systems during my employ and I worked in several departments including tradeshows, marketing and finance as the company grew exponentially.

Any other family members involved in the building industry?

My mother is a retired Social Security administrator, helping retired and disabled workers, their families and survivors. She always insisted that a woman can never have enough education. My late stepfather was Marine major, a pilot and detective for the San Diego Police Department. My father is a retired elementary school teacher and my stepmother managed several medical offices. All my parents played a significant role in teaching me how to be honorable, compassionate and hard-working. And an aunt and uncle are an 10 | BUILDING INDUSTRY HAWAII | JUNE 2020

accomplished landscape architect and architect, respectively. They played a huge role in developing who I am. For many reasons, I am at BIA-Hawaii today because of them.

How did you hear about the opening at BIA?

I met Gladys Marrone, BIA-Hawaii’s former CEO, at my first National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) conference. We began chatting because my boyfriend (now husband) is partHawaiian and we were planning our wedding. She impressed me with her poise and confidence, and I hoped we would keep in touch. Years later, I’m sitting on the board of directors of the Executive Officers Council (EOC) of NAHB, and the directors received a notice that Gladys submitted her resignation to BIA-Hawaii. I reached out to share with her that I remembered that first meeting and the impression she made on me. I also shared that my husband and I now had a daughter and we hoped to expose her to her Hawaiian heritage. I did not know that comment would catapult me into interviews and meetings that would ultimately lead to a move to Hawaii.

How does your experience in Alaska help prepare you for this position?

I worked at the Home Building Association in Fairbanks for nearly seven years. The operations, programs and challenges might have been smaller in scope than BIA-Hawaii’s, but are similar in many ways. I still sit on the board for the EOC, which also contributes to my understanding and exposure to inner

workings of the federation, lobbying efforts and association management.

Despite obvious differences, there are strong ties between the 49th and 50th states, and now you’re adding to that tradition.

People are shocked when I tell them we’ve moved from Alaska—I get sort of a puzzled look. Unless you’ve lived in both places, it’s difficult to see the similarities—the types of adventures, climates, wildlife, people seem different. But Alaska and Hawaii have much in common, including being so geographically set apart from other states that residents need to “lean in” and rely on one another to cultivate and maintain their businesses, their lifestyles and, in many ways, their happiness. It is neighborly here. It is neighborly there. That geographical separation also creates unique challenges for industry professionals, such as access to and cost of materials, cost to build, climate pressures, labor shortages and much more.

You couldn’t have chosen a more tumultuous time to move.

First, let’s be positive. I was in quarantine after I arrived but luckily did not need to push back my start date. I feel very blessed to be here, and to have a supportive board of directors who understand that a CEO transition does not happen overnight— especially when COVID-19 lurks over everything that makes sense in life. The questions keep coming, and with COVID-19 no one person has all the answers. In that, I am learning something new every day. I have my ear to the ground, more Jess Leorna shows off two salmon freshly caught in Alaska.

than ever before. I’m listening to my board of directors. I’m trying to get up to speed as quickly as possible so that I can make good decisions for my staff. I am trying to figure out the next right thing to do for our members: What do they need? Are they healthy? Are their businesses suffering? What can I do to help? I am watching the markets incessantly. I stay up nights thinking of ways to optimize our operations and create new programs and, and, and ... but let’s be real, doesn’t every CEO?

What are your plans at BIA, both immediate and long-term?

We’ve become painfully aware that we are not as resilient as we thought. We see now that being flexible is key to survival—if you can, on a whim, implement new programs or services or change how you provide services, you have a real chance of survival. Short term, I plan to keep BIA-Hawaii afloat—we cannot help our members if we cannot help ourselves. I plan to identify how we can provide solid member benefits to industry professionals. I plan to optimize our internal operations and our member outreach programs, so that we can do just that. In the long run, our reach will broaden to more small businesses and womenowned and women-run businesses. Our lobbying efforts will continue to grow and enhance housing affordability for Hawaii residents, and our robust education programs will continue to grow and provide even more access to continuing education, STEM and skilled-trades training. I intend to remind everyone that BIA-Hawaii is a real contributor to the community—if you don’t know us yet, you will soon.

So you met your husband at the Taipei airport?

I’ve always been a big traveler. I took a hiatus from work as a financial controller and backpacked through rural China for a month with a group of ladies. Two of us broke away from the group to visit my college roommate, who worked in Taiwan as a travel show host. As the trip progressed, we met her show producers, who asked us to be in their next show, “Fun Taiwan Challenge 2.” A few weeks later they sent us tickets to fly back to Taipei and be in the show, all expenses paid. When I arrived, Scotty was the

Jess, Scotty and daughter Onyxx Wren.

first person I met at the airport. He was dressed head-to-toe in camouflage and looked very scary—he was my competitor! By the end of the day, he exclaimed that he was going to marry me. I thought he was crazy. We were in Taipei for three months filming, and the whole time he never gave up pursuing me. He’s just one of those guys who knows what he wants. Five months later, we drove to Alaska together so that he could finish school and then pursue a graduate degree in wildlife biology. Scotty now works remotely from Oahu as a graduate researcher for the University of Alaska at Fairbanks and

will travel to the North Slope several times a year to collect data for his caribou research. We have a sweet little 2.5-yearold daughter named Onyxx Wren, “Baby Ony.” She just met her many aunties and uncles on the island for the first time at an Easter egg hunt thrown especially for her. We were under quarantine during Easter, so her aunties were concerned that she was deprived of candy and toys. They made up for it. Now that’s ohana!

Do you have a guiding philosophy?

Be kind and go on lots of adventures.

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Contracts Top $1.5B for 2020 Seven government agencies awarded contracts in April valued at $197,160,199, with the Department of Education handing out the lion’s share of jobs totaling $110,920,455. April’s tally increases this year’s awards to $1,539,441,230, an impressive increase over the $186,313,374 during the first four months of 2019. It also was the second-best April in more than a decade for contractors, trailing only 2015’s record $428,928,849. Last year, April brought in contracts totaling $30,073,797. Nordic PCL Construction Inc. landed the month’s largest award of $103,062,140 for Phase 2 of the new Kihei High School on Maui. The next biggest job went to Hensel


Hensel Phelps Construction .........$54,279,000 FY20 MILCON P-463, SOf Undersea Operational Training Facility, Pearl City Peninsula, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH)

Nordic PCL Construction Inc. ............ 6,239,285 Request for Proposals, Design-Build Construction of Demolition and Abatement of Snyder Hall, Part 1, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Elite Pacific Construction Inc. ...........4,058,000 Refresh/Renovate Keller Classrooms

Economy Plumbing & Sheetmetal Inc. ...............................2,245,750 Request for Proposals: Law School/Library Complex, Repair/ Replace Central Plant Equipment, HVAC Equipment and Controls, Part I, UH-Manoa

All Maintenance & Repair ..................1,760,000 7877 Physical Science and 7878 Biological Science Model Classroom, Leeward Community College


DOE ........................$110,920,455 Navy ...........................54,279,000 UH .............................29,646,488 DAGS ...........................1,582,408 DPWHI .........................417,526 DOT .................................214,322 DLNR ...............................100,000 Total .......................$197,160,199


Maui ..................... $106,531,460 Oahu ..........................78,237,278 Hawaii .........................9,596,378 Kauai ...........................2,795,083 Total .......................$197,160,199 12 | BUILDING INDUSTRY HAWAII | JUNE 2020

Phelps Construction for a $54,279,000 project for the U.S. Navy at the Undersea Operational Training Facility at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

After the DOE and Navy, the University of Hawaii handed out jobs valued at $29,646,488.


1. Nordic PCL Construction Inc. (2) ..................................... $109,301,425 2. Hensel Phelps Construction (1) ............................................. 54,279,000 3. Isemoto Contracting Co. Ltd. (2) ............................................ 7,991,552 4. Elite Pacific Construction Inc. (1) ............................................ 4,058,000 5. Economy Plumbing & Sheetmetal Inc. (2) ............................... 3,363,158 6. F&H Construction (1) ............................................................ 2,727,000 7. Ralph S. Inouye Co. Ltd. (2) ................................................... 2,331,500 8. HSI Mechanical Inc. (1) .......................................................... 2,230,083 9. All Maintenance & Repair (1) ................................................. 1,760,000 10. Stan’s Contracting Inc. (1) ..................................................... 1,187,300

Information is summarized from the Contractors Awarded section of BIDService Weekly, compiled by Research Editor Alfonso R. Rivera.

Ralph S. Inouye Co. Ltd. ..................... 1,600,000

Pacific Isles Equipment Rentals Inc. ......74,350

Various Buildings, Mechanical Systems Insulation Upgrades, Part 1

Waianae High School, Concrete Slab and Fencing for Secured Parking for Bus and Driver’s Ed Vehicles

Economy Plumbing & Sheetmetal Inc. ...............................1,117,408

Leeward Roofing & Gen. Contr. Co. ....... 18,782

Halawa Correctional Facility, Special Needs Facility, Chiller Replacement and Associated Repairs and Improvements

Video Warehouse Inc. ............................ 910,850 Stan Sheriff Center Improvements, Replace Sound System, UH-Manoa

Kitsap Construction LLC ........................836,926 6918 Mokihana, 6916 Maile, 6917 Mamane, Repair Portables, Phase 1, Kapiolani Community College

MJ Construction Inc. .............................. 742,000 Kaala Elementary School, Renovate 2 Relocated Trailers

Ralph S. Inouye Co. Ltd. .........................731,500

Waianae Elementary School, Bldg. B, Shingle Roof Repairs


Nordic PCL Construction Inc. ........103,062,140 Kihei High School, New School, Phase 2

F&H Construction .................................2,727,000 Kalama Intermediate School, Covered Playcourt, Makawao

Allied Electric ........................................... 742,320 Maui Waena Intermediate School, Campus Rewire Fire Alarm


Design-Build Construction Project, Sherman Lab Room 207 Interior Renovation, UH-Manoa

Isemoto Contracting Co. Ltd. .............7,012,553

Brian’s Contracting Inc. .........................652,000

Stan’s Contracting Inc. ..................... 1,187,300

Farrington High School, Buildings I and J, Railing Replacement

CC Engineering & Construction Inc. ....650,800 Kaiser High School, Miscellaneous R&M FY2013

Maxum Construction of Hawaii LLC ..... 578,763 Wahiawa Middle School, Renovate Relocated Trailer

Maxum Construction of Hawaii LLC .....544,667 5979 Manaopono Exterior ADA and Miscellaneous Improvements, Windward Community College

Site Engineering Inc. ..............................485,000 Waialua High and Intermediate School, Renovate Relocated Trailer

College of Pharmacy, UH-Hilo, Modular Building Renovation

Various (Honokaa High and Intermediate, Elementary Schools), Miscellaneous R&M FY16

Isemoto Contracting Co. Ltd. ................ 978,999 3396A and 3396B Stem Center Interior Renovation , Hawaii Community College, Hilo

Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. ............. 417,526

West Hawaii Sanitary Landfill, Gas Collection and Control System Expansion at Cells 9, 10 and 11, North Kona


HSI Mechanical Inc. ............................2,230,083

Seal Pros LLC .......................................... 394,775

Upgrade Chiller Plant Campus Wide, Kauai Community College, UH, Lihue

Allied Security Fence ..............................214,322

Kauai DOH Vector Control Building, Repair Roof/Gutters and Paint Exterior, Lihue

Correa Road Paving and Miscellaneous Improvements, UH-Manoa

Chain Link Fence Maintenance and Repair at Various Oahu District Airports

Commercial Electric Inc. .......................103,100

Various Electrical Upgrades, Campus Wide, Windward Community College, UH

Society Contracting LLC .........................465,000

Earthworks Pacific Inc. ..........................100,000 Wailua Irrigation Ditch Improvements, Weir Package

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57 Engineering Inc. ........................$24,180,000 Waipahu High School, New Classroom Building

Diede Construction Inc. . .................. 12,938,775 Product Development Center Renovation, Leeward Community College, University of Hawaii

F&H Construction ................................4,844,000 Bilger Hall and Bilger Addition Reroof, UH-Manoa

Index Builders Inc. .............................. 3,981,900 Women’s Community Correctional Center, Hookipa Makai Cottage Renovation

Paul’s Electrical Contracting LLC ......3,277,700

F&H Construction ...................................448,000

Isemoto Contracting Co. Ltd. ............... 494,485

Triton Marine Construction Corp. ........ 212,718

Society Contracting LLC .........................220,000

Wailuku State Office Building No. 2, Replace Air Conditioning Units Remove Crane Rails and Install Removable Bullrails at Kaumalapau Harbor, Lanai

Maintenance Building Renovations, UH West Oahu

Kitsap Construction LLC..................... 1,336,868

DWE Inc. ..................................................149,950 Naalehu State Office Building, Electrical Upgrade

Central Maui Sports Regional Complex, Traffic Barriers Installation, Kahului

Kawika’s Painting & Waterproofing ...... 65,421

Brian’s Contracting Inc. ..................... 1,997,000

Haaheo Elementary School, Replace Fire Alarm System, Hilo

Global Specialty Contractors Inc. ........181,616

Summit Construction Inc. ..................2,638,888

Kaneohe Bay Wastewater Pump Station No. 3 and Paokano Loop Sewer Improvements, Sewer I/1 Windward Area

Able Electric Inc. .....................................193,545

Fence Repairs at Pier 1, Kahului Harbor

Central Construction Inc. ......................156,782

Mira Image Construction ................... 2,611,000

Kohala Middle School, Building A, Repair Walkway Floor/Decking

Maxum Construction of Hawaii LLC .....199,690

Kalihi-Palama Bus Facility, Installation of Electric Bus Charging System at the Ready Line

Campus Center Building, Renovations to Outdoor Seating Area and Bookstore, UH West Oahu

Paauilo Elementary and Intermediate School, Miscellaneous R&M FY16


JBH Ltd. ....................................................679,906

Repair Fire Sprinkler System at Pier 1 Shed, Kahului Harbor

Fence Installation at Na Pali Kona Forest Reserve and Kokee State Park, Lihue

Kahului Fire Station Administration Building, Exterior Painting

Dandy Velasco.......................................... 462,010


4452 One Stop Center, Various Exterior Repairs, Kauai Community College, UH, Lihue

Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Elementary and Intermediate School, Miscellaneous R&M FY13, Papaikou

Eleele Elementary School, Miscellaneous R&M FY16

Heartwood Pacific LLC ....................... 1,159,000

Pacific Concrete Cutting & Coring Inc. . ............................146,500 Cushnie Construction Co. Inc. ................ 85,440

Sea Engineering Inc. ..............................586,140

Koloa Elementary School, Miscellaneous R&M FY17, Drainage Improvements at Building C, J and D

Concrete Deck and Fender Repairs at Pier 2, Kawaihae Harbor

Les Murakami Stadium, General Repairs, UH-Manoa

DYC Electric Service LLC .................... 1,288,843 HPER and Stan Sheriff Center, Exterior Lighting Replacement, UH-Manoa

MJ Construction Co. ........................... 1,200,000 Waimano Ridge, Kitchen/Dining Building, Emergency Generator

Brian’s Contracting Inc. ..................... 1,011,000 Kekuanaoa Building, Upgrade Electrical Mains

Sterling Pacific Construction.................991,465

Dean Hall, Room 102, Room 104 and Primary Power, UH-Manoa

Paul’s Electrical Contracting LLC .........821,700 Waikiki Elementary School, Electrical Upgrade

Su-Mo Builders Inc. ............................... 614,284 Kekauluohi Building, Electrical and Elevator Upgrades

Hawaii Works Inc. ...................................548,892

Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex, Pool Stands Partial Coating Replacement, UH-Manoa

Paul’s Electrical Contracting LLC .........542,700 Patsy T. Mink Central Oahu Regional Park, Softball Field Lighting LED Retrofit

Integrated Construction Inc. .................419,700 Waihee Road Water System Improvements

Close Construction Inc. .........................391,298 Hawaii School for the Deaf and Blind, Miscellaneous R&M FY2013

Society Contracting LLC .........................242,700 Fixed Walkway Roof Coating at Gates F1, F2, D1 and D2, Daniel K. Inouye International Airport

Kaikor Construction Associates Inc. ... 227,500 Removal and Installation of Security Facilities at Honolulu Harbor

Maxum Construction of Hawaii LLC ..... 177,491 Nimitz Elementary School, Building D, Renovate Restroom

Tri-Poly Electric LLC.................................. 87,115 Kahuku Police Station, Replacement of Fire Alarm System


F&H Construction ............................... 1,280,000 Kahului Public Library, Replace Air Conditioning System

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MEI Corp. ................................................. 752,578 Kaunakakai Elementary School, Miscellaneous R&M FY16, Molokai


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Nohona Hale: Not Your Typical Affordable Housing Swinerton finishes work on 110micro-unit high-rise in Kakaako BY DAVID PUTNAM


Nohona Hale in Kakaako


passerby might assume that the new highrise on Cooke Street in the tony Kakaako neighborhood is another high-end condo building. The 16-story Nohona Hale, however, is an affordable housing structure completed by Swinerton Builders in February. “One of the most common comments we receive is that the building does not look like a typical affordable housing project, and looks more like a regular condo project,” says Edwin Arnobit, project manager for Swinerton on the approximately $30 million Edwin Arnobit job. “The different architectural components and the configuration of the building provide the project a non-box-like-looking structure, which is typical of affordable housing projects.” Nohona Hale includes 110 low-income, energy-efficient 300-square-foot micro-units set upon a two-level podium that houses the lobby, living room, community spaces and management offices, says Amy Hisaoka, Swinerton’s marketing manager. Amy Hisaoka Myriad architectural designs set Nohona Hale’s appearance apart from the usual affordable housing developments. “It’s hard to choose just one” of the building’s standout features, says David Berry, assistant project manager. “Nohona Hale’s core wall decorative feature is an expressive illustration that portrays and pays respect to the mauka rains,” he says. David Berry “Finish features include maps with impressive consolidations of historical landmarks and shorelines. Nohona Hale’s makai face boldly displays Honolulu’s

first vertically installed photovoltaic collector system.” Arnobit points to the “continuous vertical aluminum panels adjacent to the glass railings—this is not commonly seen in residential buildings. It is one of the features that sets it apart.” Swinerton broke ground on the high-rise in July 2018 for the Bronx Pro Group. The New York-based developer was selected by the Hawaii Community Development Authority, the Hawaii agency regulating development in the Kakaako neighborhood. EAH Housing partnered with Bronx Pro Group and Swinerton to turn the approximately 10,000-square-foot parcel that previously was a surface parking lot into a towering housing structure. The building has a secured entry, and each of the units has its own private lanai. Green features include LED lighting, low-flow water fixtures, solar photovoltaic panels and solar thermal water heating.

“Nohona Hale’s makai face boldly displays Honolulu’s first vertically installed photovoltaic collector system.” —David Berry The project posed several challenges, say Arnobit and Berry, including: • Coordinating multiple finish trades to perform work simultaneously inside a 300-square-foot unit without bumping into each other. • Trenching 25 feet beneath and across Cooke Street while working with the water table about three feet below street level. • Accommodating neighbors to minimize disruption to their business during construction. • Restricted construction space because of the zero-lot line on three sides of the property. Berry says Swinerton and the subcontractors also handled such tasks as: • Utilities: tie-in building utilities to utility mains. • Structural concrete: cast-in-place, post-tension and steel-reinforced concrete. • Mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection. • Murphy beds: install built-in vertical sofa wall bed. • Guardrail: install reinforced aluminum frame with glazing and decorative aluminum panels which are mounted to the edge of the slab. Additionally, Berry says, “noise and street-use permits provided criteria for working hours and special street usage.” “The road-usage restriction on Cooke Street didn’t allow us to close any lanes before 8:30 a.m. and after 3:30 p.m. We had to work around this for material deliveries and days when there were concrete pours,” Arnobit says. He adds that “off-site utility work required shutting down two lanes of Cooke Street. The work could only be done at night because the city did not allow for multiple lane closures of Cooke Street during the day.” Berry notes that the “zero-lot line project limits the

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The Swinerton team completed Nohona Hale in Fenruary.






amount of space for work to be performed and material to be stored. We used local off-site storage facilities to ease the logistic issues.” Hisaoka says “the clients were happy with the project’s outcome. Not only was the goal of building an affordable housing structure completed, but (it) also opened a gateway for young leadership groups to study, enabled a sense of community in the area and helped lower the carbon footprint by utilizing green practices throughout the project.” The project managers lauded their team for their work, especially on certain difficult jobs. “Building the elevator pit and stair foundations inches away from the property line posed a challenge that our team conquered with excellence,” Berry says, adding, “we’d like to thank all of the subcontractors, vendors and consultants for providing their expert services. We’d like to thank Bronx Pro Group for giving us the opportunity to participate in helping provide affordable housing to our local community, and extend specials thanks to CM&D (construction project management consultant) and WCIT (project architect) for their professional contribution to the project’s success.” Arnobit agrees. “The subcontractors did their part in following Swinerton’s lead on prioritizing things that needed to be completed,” he says. “Most of the staff on the project were new to multi-story construction. Two of the engineers came straight out of college. “It is a testament to the individual team members, as well as the whole team, to be able to work together and complete the project successfully, in spite of being new to this type of construction.”

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Supply Routes Hold Steady Hawaii’s carriers, ports and transport services maintain deliveries in the wake of COVID-19 BY BRETT ALEXANDER-ESTES


ollowing a three-day flight, Hawaiian Airlines in April delivered 1.6 million face masks from China to Hawaii, confirming that air and ocean carriers are Hawaii’s lifeline—especially now. Luckily, beyond Young Bros.’ proposed adjustments to some of its interisland routes, COVID-19 hasn’t forced cuts to Hawaii’s established shipping schedules, say industry leaders. “Matson continues to operate its full schedule to Hawaii,” says Vic Angoco, Pacific Division senior vice Vic Angoco president of Matson Inc., Hawaii’s largest carrier. Likewise, “Pasha Hawaii has remained 100 percent fully operational,” says Pasha Group CEO and President George W. Pasha IV, who heads Pasha Hawaii, the state’s 18 | BUILDING INDUSTRY HAWAII | JUNE 2020

second-largest carrier. “Hundreds of our employees, both here and on the West Coast, have been working around the clock to make sure our George W. Pasha IV supply chain to and from Hawaii remains uninterrupted.” Dana Knight, Hawaiian Air Cargo director, says the carrier’s 2020 air freight rates for building materials “have not changed. We continue to transport personal tools and small equipment within the Islands, and equipment parts from the U.S. mainland.” Hawaiian has also added Maui and Big Island routes to its all-cargo service launched in 2018, she says. Alvin Haslim, vice president of Project Transport, which provides shipping service to Hawaii and the Pacific Rim, says the carrier’s 2020 schedules “have not been affected as a result of the current pandemic. We still

have numerous jobs and projects with deadlines to target.” Shippers say upcoming deliveries of new vessels and new routes are expected to reinAlvin Haslim force operations. “Matsonia is scheduled to enter service in the fourth quarter of this year,” says Angoco. The new ship will join the Lurline, another new combination container and roll-on/roll-off (ConRo) Kanaloa Class vessel which arrived in Hawaii in the fourth quarter of 2019. “The new vessels are Matson’s largest, so they offer more capacity,” Angoco says. “They are also faster than our other vessels, which helps ensure on-time arrivals. The garage space on our Kanaloa Class vessels is designed for maximum efficiency in loading and discharging autos, and they have built-in ramps for loading autos and other rolling stock, all of which makes our vessel loading and discharge operations more efficient.” Pasha says delivery of Ohana Class vessels M/V George III and M/V Janet Marie is expected in late 2020 and

early 2021, respectively. “Adding these vessels to the Pasha Hawaii fleet will help solidify our versatile offerings and ability to meet our customers’ needs, regardless of the shape, size or type of cargo they need shipped. “Overall, these vessels will also be better for our environment, as they will operate on liquified natural gas from day one, resulting in zero sulfur emissions, 90 percent reduced nitrogen oxide and 25 percent reduced carbon dioxide.” Hawaiian Air Cargo on March 3 “began using our fleet of all-cargo ATR 72 aircraft operated by Ohana by Hawaiian to offer flights five days a week between Honolulu and Kahului and Kona,” says Knight. “These new routes add to all-cargo service we launched in the summer of 2018 between Honolulu and Lihue on Kauai and Hilo.” Over the past few years, Project Transport has been branching out to more international shipping lanes, says Haslim. “We are committed to exploring avenues to further our scope of service.”

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improvements to compromised pavement surfaces (e.g., asphalt quality and spalling) for areas leading to the adjacent existing interisland cargo facility. Nakamura says Kiewit’s major project challenges are “soft soil conditions which required significant increase in excavation and shoring, as well as replacement of soft soils with imported aggregates.” In addition to approximately 105,000 cubic yards of concrete pavement and area lighting, he says, “there is approximately 23,000 linear feet of utilities (sewer, water and drain) installed.” Phase 1 work is slated to wrap on November 27 and will likely overlap with Phase 2, Wharf & Dredging. Also at KCT, a new Hawaii Stevedores facility is targeted for completion in 2022, says Pasha. At present, “for construction materials via Ro-Ro, we maintain a fleet of semi-trailers,” he says. “There are 60 trailers currently, from standard to low-profile, multi-axle and stretch-style for building materials and other equipment without wheels. “The demand for these trailers has ramped up in recent weeks and we see that trend continuing. Our 48-foot and 53-foot trailers are a more flexible alternative to barge platforms or container flat racks capable of accommodating more weight, height and cargo width.” Across the channel, Phase 1 of Matson’s $60 million upgrades to its Sand Island facility are progressing on schedule, says Angoco. “The three new (gantry) cranes have been installed and are in use. Work to upgrade the three existing cranes has begun, and will be completed later this year. We expect to complete Phase 1 and begin Phase 2 next year.” KCT’s modernization, which consolidates carriers’ operations, will also streamline deliveries in and out of the terminal. Currently, says Kane McEwen, DHX/DGX vice president of operations, there is no change to overland delivery in and out of KCT “as no change has occurred with the ocean carriers’ vessel operations. Once the Kane McEwen new container yard is open and ocean carriers move, it will free up space in these areas.” 22 | BUILDING INDUSTRY HAWAII | JUNE 2020

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the end of WWII, Hawaiian Airlines in April delivered 1.6 million face masks Loading face masks in Shenzhen on a from China to Every1ne Hawaii, a Hawaiian Airlines Airbus A330 COVID-19 response group. PHOTO COURTESY HAWAIIAN AIRLINES “We used one of our Airbus A330 aircraft that underwent a special modification to remove the lower-deck crew rest module—a compartment located underneath the passenger cabin—to maximize cargo space to accommodate some 800 boxes of face masks,” says Brad Matheny, Hawaiian Airlines managing director of cargo. Also in April, he says, Hawaiian Airlines “established a complimentary grocery transportation program to assist residents of Molokai and Lanai during the COVID-19 pandemic. As Hawaii’s carrier, Brad Matheny we take pride in utilizing our fleet and Hawaii-centric network to support humanitarian missions in the state and the communities we serve.”

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Kapalama Container Terminal’s Phase 2 “was advertised for bids on December 2, 2019,” says Carter W.S. Luke, Hawaii Department of Transportation Harbors Carter W.S. Luke Division engineering program manager. Two Phase 2 bids were opened on May 6. The lower bid—$390,134,881—was submitted by Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. “DOT Harbors anticipates issuance of NTP in the fall of 2020 and the three-year construction period to be completed in the fall of 2023. “Regular coordination meetings conducted by the Harbors Division between Pasha Hawaii, Young Brothers, the Phase I designer (R.M. Towill) and contractor Kiewit Infrastructure West have allowed for an open communication channel that has allowed operations to run smoothly around the ongoing construction,” Luke says. “We will follow that same model for KCT Phase 2, and have similar meetings with designer (Moffat & Nichols) and the winning contractor to ensure KCT’s Phase 1 yard modernization will likely overlap with Phase 2 operations continue smoothly GRAPHIC COURTESY HAWAII DEPARTMENT OF during construction.” TRANSPORTATION HARBORS DIVISION

Staying the Course “The pandemic is a concern,” says Pasha, “particularly if it worsens to the point of construction projects being shut down. However, the state and counties have deemed construction an essential

business, and continue to fund projects as a way of supporting the economy. “I’m remaining confident the State of Hawaii’s strong measures to battle this crisis will ensure a return to business sooner than later.”


VIRUS & STORM DAYS Restoration services, contractors adopt extra cleaning strategies along with annual hurricane preparation measures BY DAVID PUTNAM


ost years, the Hawaiian Islands by now have made preparations for hurricane season, which began on June 1 in the Pacific region. Adding to the urgency this year, however, Islanders are in the midst of another crisis of nature: the coronavirus pandemic. Experts in the field of restoration and remediation say in addition to gearing up to handle storm flooding, for example, they also have ramped up their processes to disinfect during COVID-19-related clean-up operations. “We’re doing weekly COVID19-specific safety training in addition to normal safety Anthony Nelson trainings,” says

Anthony Nelson, chief commercial office at Premier Restoration Hawaii (PMH). “Prior to COVID-19, a majority of our staff had the ability to work remotely, and did so often.” Kaylin Yoshida of Belfor Property Restoration says “safety is our number-one priority. Protecting our clients, their facility and staff by creating a safe environment Kaylin Yoshida is the essence of what we do. Our protocols and guidelines have been formulated and vetted by the best in the business. “There are a lot of variables to consider, so our recommendation would be to contact a competent and qualified restoration company and

form a plan that works for you.” Noting Aiea-based Belfor’s more than 50 years of experience working with hazardous materials, including chemical and biological, she says her company has “the confidence to perform tasks safely and effectively, including the new COVID-19 risks. Working closely with our IH (industrial hygienist) partners, we prepare cautious protocols and safety methods for handling this virus clean-up, and carry out a strategic plan of action for any disaster.” Contractors also have expanded their safety services due to the coronavirus outbreak. Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Manager Mardi Miyamoto of Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. Inc. says her company has “revamped our operations to allow more employees to work from home. Site meetings are broken into small groups to

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allow space for social distancing. Projects have done a variety of things including limiting site personnel, staggering breaks and start times and making social Mardi Miyamoto distancing a priority. “Some tasks do not allow for social distancing, so we have required additional PPE (personal protection equipment)—face shields, face coverings, etc.—as necessary,” she adds. “Our bigger projects have teams assigned to disinfecting jobsites daily. Subcontractors are required to clean and disinfect their work areas daily as well. We require a daily assessment form to be completed by any person entering the site office.” Hovering in the background is the need to prepare for storm season, which annually runs through the end of November. The National Weather Service advises to “start thinking about how you will prepare (and) if you live in hurricane-prone areas … keep in mind, you may need to adjust any preparedness actions based on the

latest health and safety guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local officials.” At Hawaiian Dredging, “we keep close tabs on the weather reports and communicate our hurricane preparedness procedures to our projects more

frequently,” Miyamoto says. “This is typically done in steps based on the weather reports. “We have hurricane watch procedures, which is where we start implementation of the site-specific preparedness plans to secure jobsites,

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reviewing evacuation plans, ensuring routes are clear, etc. As the impending storm information increases, i.e., “watch” to “warning,” we add more protective measures including sealing doors, windows, roof openings and clearing drain inlets. Post-storm recovery efforts will vary depending on the site. Since we have a lot of our own equipment, it is easier for us to manage our own clean-up. “Ultimately,” she adds, “it boils

down to following our communication chart, assigning specific responsibilities and practicing these measures throughout the year.” The coronavirus has led to additional safety steps, Miyamoto says. “We have developed specific guidelines to include work from home, social distancing, travel and meetings. These are definitely developed in conjunction with recommendations or requirements from various agencies, state and federal. Needless to say, our plan is fluid as we try to keep

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Construction Site Hurricane Preparedness Hawaii contractors are encouraged to be prepared for this year’s hurricane season, which began June 1 and runs through Nov. 30. Builders are urged to be prepared in advance of a storm to secure their construction sites, which are at high risk of catastrophic damage. Building materials can become projectiles, expensive equipment may be damaged and water can flood the building structure. Developing an inclement weather policy for your construction sites will help keep your team and your work safe. The National Weather Service recommends having a severe weather plan for your construction site, and suggests taking these steps:

1. Prepare Before Severe Weather Strikes

Have the right gear on hand to secure equipment and cover incomplete structures before the hurricane or storm hits. Ensure that each member of your team knows where they’re stored. These materials could include concrete anchors, duct tape, garbage bags, generators, ground anchors, fuel, fasteners, netting, plastic sheeting, plywood, pumps, rope, sand bags, shoring and bracing, water and wire. Consider keeping hard copies of contact lists, plans and other important documents in a safe place. These documents should include: • An emergency evacuation plan. • Emergency contact information for employees. • List of hurricane preparation materials, equipment and their sources. • Vendors and contractors who can provide recovery services and replacement supplies. • Procedures to follow in the event of exposed electrical wires, hazardous material leaks or structural damage. • A contact list of back-up personnel to call if recovery teams are unable to return to work.

2. Monitor the Weather Closely

Designate a team member to keep an eye on the

cleaning every bit of air they breathe. The social distancing would only apply for activities off the job site.” (The term OV stands for “organic vapor;” P100 refers to a particulate filter efficiency of 99.97 percent.) At Belfor Property Restoration, Yoshida says, “we have collaborated with CTEH, an environmental consulting firm with expertise in epidemiology and infectious diseases, to institute safeguards in our recovery response. Together we created protocols and guidelines specific to COVID-19, for us as well as our clients, to help neutral26 | BUILDING INDUSTRY HAWAII | JUNE 2020

weather once a storm watch is issued. Check sites like The Weather Channel and Accuweather for the latest severe weather alerts. Invest in a weather radio powered by batteries, solar or a hand crank to receive weather information during power outages.

3. Secure Structures and Equipment

Once the National Weather Service issues a hurricane watch, it’s time to prepare your job site for the storm ahead. Anchor and cover items that could easily fly away.

4. Remove Materials and Equipment When Possible If you’re able, remove expensive equipment or loose items, including hazardous materials.

5. Safeguard the Building Structure

Defend the structure. Board or tarp up door and window openings and other large openings. Place sandbags around the perimeter of the structure as reinforcement.

6. Evacuate the Work Site

It’s important to have an evacuation plan in place for your construction site and understand the warning terms: • Hurricane/Tropical Storm watches mean that a hurricane or tropical storm is possible in the specified area. • Hurricane/Tropical Storm warnings mean that a hurricane or tropical storm is expected to reach the area, typically within 24 hours.

7. After the Storm, Carefully Assess Damage

Once you get the announcement that it’s safe to return to the area, it’s time to assess damage and start cleaning up. Take care when walking in standing water, which may contain sharp or jagged objects. Use caution when entering the building because structural elements may be weakened.

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ize the impact on their operations.” She says “each job will require a specific strategy depending on the contamination level and facility type. “Being an essential business in responding to COVID-19 contamination, we are continuing operations with staff members practicing social distancing, working from home and following CDC guidelines. PPE is an essential part of our business and we continue to set the bar for safe practices.” Nelson says PRH’s “guidelines were assembled with the assistance of CDC, OSHA, the Hawaii General Contractors

Association and Restoration Industry Association guidelines,” and he encourages businesses and individuals to follow similar protective actions for COVID-19 issues as well as in the aftermath of a storm or hurricane. “Absolutely, for us safety has always been paramount,” he says. “A great number of our procedures and processes already protect against COVID-19 during normal operations. For us, the challenge was educating and illustrating to our staff exactly how the knowledge they already had applied to the new world of COVID-19.”

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Sustainability in Hawaii

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ore and more Hawaii is moving toward more sustainable and ecofriendly practices in virtually every industry and remains a clear leader in moving toward sustainability across many industries. With limited space and an ingrained respect for the Earth, Hawaii is poised to be an example for the rest of the U.S. and the world in the construction industry. For all construction industries, in the coming age of even more sustainability, the questions around how we build, and what we choose to build with, will dramatically affect what impact our industry will have on our goals as inhabitants of our aina, in Hawaii and beyond. Coming into 2020, Hawaii improved its standing in the national ranking of LEED Certified buildings, going from seventh in the nation, to fifth. Green building has been a strong force in Hawaii, and with ever-improving technologies and building practices, we will see the continuation and growth of that trend. The increase in efficiency of construction with prefabricated parts is just one way that time on the construction site is diminishing, and waste is being minimized.

President of the HLPA, Mark Schwinn shared, “It is our responsibility to embrace the coming challenges of making buildings and construction ‘greener,’ and the clearest path is to use sustainably sourced wood. In recent years the wood industry has seen new technologies and procedures that allow for wood to be utilized where steel and concrete were previously the only viable options.” With the precious nature of Hawaiian land, and the reality of population growth, innovation and new strategies are necessary for long-term solutions. The culture surrounding building taller with wood is changing as the public perception of the safety of wood strengthens. Crosslaminated timber (CLT) is still relatively new on the scene, and carries with it the possibility of changing people’s perceptions because of it’s safety, versatility, and beauty. Bigger buildings are now able to be safely built with wood, which is less destructive to the environment from start to finish, and also brings with it various other benefits. In March of 2019, the tallest wooden building was erected in Norway, rising to eighteen stories, and utilizing CLT as we have yet to see surpassed. Various other structures continue to be built across the world, including in the U.S., showing the drive back toward wood as a primary building material source. Wood is the clear choice if the goal is to build in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner. Not only is wood one of the least environmentally impactful building materials in its production, it also contains and stores CO2 internally for the life of the building and beyond. In a study on the life cycle, energy, and envi-

ronmental impact of CLT in Oregon, it was noted that in buildings made primarily with wood, the carbon footprint could even be negative, meaning the building stored more CO2 within its own structure than would be emitted throughout the production and use of the building. In conclusion, one of the best ways to build while being environmentally conscious, is to use sustainably grown lumber products. The future requires transparency and responsibility in our industry from start to finish. Wood is the only large-building material that is produced by mother nature itself. It gives back to the environment as it grows, and can return right back to nature at the end of its use. As an industry, we need to recognize the future as it rapidly approaches, and do everything we can to make sure it is a positive change. Hawaii grows with wood!

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Creative wood construction solutions are also on the rise. Recently, University of Hawaii architecture student, Joey Valenti, was able to prove his concept that albizia trees, previously thought of as invasive and relatively useless, could be used as a Hawaii-based, strong building material. His incorporation of traditional Pacific Islander architecture and the overall beauty of the building he created serves as inspiration for future products and projects. While there is still currently a small market for albizia wood, Valenti’s project opened the door wider for the possibility of turning the nuisance into a resource. Clever solutions such as these will be popping up more and more as the pressure to be eco-friendly rises.



Volunteers and Truss Systems Hawaii Make Habitat for Humanity Project a Reality!


olunteers are always helpful, but volunteers with the right materials and tools can make an incredible impact. Currently Habitat for Humanity Maui (Habitat) is working on a 10-single family home project in the Kahoma Residential Subdivision in Lahaina. Habitat’s project is entirely focused on affordable housing and serves Maui residents who are between 25% and 80% of the median income for Maui County. “We are closely approaching completion of this project and Truss Systems Hawaii has played a great part in this development over the last several of years. Most recently, they generously donated wall panels and roof trusses for one of our larger fundraising events,” explained Yvonne McClean of Habitat for Humanity Maui. Truss Systems Hawaii, a Mauibased construction building component manufacturer, provided all of the wall panels and roof trusses prefabricated for the 10 houses. Yvonne continued, “Working with Truss System’s materials not only helps speed up construction, but is easy to work with which is important for our volunteers who may not have a lot

of construction experience. Lastly, it’s another way for us to reduce costs for our builds [which is extremely important for a non-profit organization like ours] and allows us to continue with our mission in helping the Maui community with decent housing.” With so many of the components already put together, the volunteers


were able to stand all of the walls and install the trusses for two houses in a single weekend. Time spent cleaning the job site was also minimized. Scott Loomer, president of Truss Systems, elaborated, “By utilizing pre manufactured components, i.e. wall panels and roof trusses, it virtually eliminates all waste at the job site. Any waste generated in the production of the components stays in the plant and is reclaimed for use in other manufactured products.” Products like these are set to make an impact on affordable housing and the effectiveness of volunteers for future projects with Habitat and others!



Local Prefabricated Lumber Products Support Affordable Development and Building Industry Resilience By Jason Fujimoto, President and CEO, HPM Building Supply


s our community emerges from the COVID-19 crisis, we are fortunate that construction projects have been able to continue during the stay-at-home order. During the economic recovery, all of us in the building industry will be looking for ways to respond swiftly to community needs and market demand, control costs, satisfy codes and regulations, enhance sustainability and support local where possible. At HPM Building Supply, we believe that locally manufactured prefabricated wood panels, trusses and modular units are part of the solution.

The Advantages of Factory Construction

HPM has been designing and manufacturing custom wood wall systems for more than a decade and has also manufactured wood trusses since the 1960s for both commercial and residential projects. We have seen time and again that custom wall panels reduce framing time (often by more than half), minimize material waste and job site theft, and are manufactured locally at our factory on Hawaii Island using hand-selected lumber and advanced technology. HPM collaborates with the framing contractor and project engineer to produce wall panels and trusses to specification, on time and within budget.

Prefabrication to Support Community Needs

In times of crisis, all of us are challenged to rise to the occasion, adapt to changing circumstances, and forge a new path forward. Before COVID-19, one of the most recent significant crises on Hawaii Island was the 2018 Kilauea lava event that left many residents displaced and in need of housing. Through an innovative public-private partnership with the County of Hawaii and nonprofit organization HOPE Services, HPM constructed 20 micro-units for lava exacuees, providing critical shelter. From that project, the idea arose to develop HalePlus, a new line of modu-

lar homes constructed from factorybuilt modules. The one-bedroom, one-bathroom base model of a HalePlus home is being prototyped and finalized for release on Hawaii Island later this year. We are targeting a price of approximately $100,000, including all basic home construction costs—saving a homeowner up to 40% compared with the traditional building process.

Moving Forward with Modular, Flexible Housing and Shelter Projects

In April 2020, HPM was again able to demonstrate the agility of the factorybuilding process in another joint project with the County of Hawaii to provide micro-shelters for the vulnerable homeless population during the COVID-19 crisis. Drawing upon our experience with

design and prefabrication, we completed the design and plans for 8’ x 10’ COVID19 micro-shelters and started production within a week. Just two-and-a-half weeks after initial discussions, HPM was able to deliver the components for all 50 microshelters, and the first 32 structures were assembled within a single day. What is unique about the COVID19 micro-shelters is that they are designed to be easily disassembled and stored flat after the crisis passes, equipping the County with the means to quickly respond to shelter needs in future emergencies. As Hawaii moves to rebuild the future that we desire, fast and efficient construction with prefabricated lumber will enable the building industry to be resilient and meet the needs of our community.

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HARDWARE HAWAII Hardware Hawaii has the largest selection of lumber in the state. “Get a quote from us!” Specializing in Simpson Strong Ties for your project.

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KOPPERS PERFORMANCE CHEMICALS Koppers Performance Chemicals develops innovative wood preservatives including Hibor®, engineered to meet the special durability and termite protection needs of Hawaii.

Mark P. Blattie Regional Manager, Western Div. 303-355-2709


ALASKA MARINE LINES, INC. (DBA. ALOHA MARINE LINES) Darren Kai, Sales Manager 808-479-3866


HONSADOR HOLDING LLC Brian Halverson Vice President 808-781-9370



Greg Thelen, Owner/Sales 800-547-0230

Armstrong Builders offers a range of services including the construction of new custom homes, commercial and residential renovation projects, and luxury resort and condominium development.

Lindsay Fukata BIM Designer 808-628-6460


KUZMAN FOREST PRODUCTS Kuzman Forest Products is a wholesale distribution yard located in Hillsboro, Oregon. We specialize in Western Red Cedar and other softwoods.

kuzmanforestproducts.com HAWAII PLANING MILL LTD. HPM Building Supply is a 97-years-young local, 100% employee-owned company providing quality materials to help contractors “Build Better” on Oahu, Kauai, Maui and Hawaii Island.

Adam Bauer, CFO 808-966-5636

MATSON NAVIGATION COMPANY Len Isotoff Vice President, Hawaii Sales 808-848-1255


hpmhawaii.com GENTRY BUILDERS, LLC Gentry Homes provides value to every customer through innovative design and technology, quality construction, competitive pricing and superior customer attention.

Robert Kayser, Jr. Vice President, Director of Construction 808-447-8580


MCCABE HAMILTON & RENNY CO., LTD. KELLEHER CORPORATION We are a wholesale lumber and moulding company representing some of the finest wood moulding mills in the U.S., providing a diverse range of products at affordable prices.

Chris Shively, General Manager 808-833-1802


Matt Guard, President 808-524-3255


McGriff Lumber MCGRIFF LUMBER COMPANY Doug McGriff, President 503-663-6330

HARDEL PLYWOOD Hardel Mutual Plywood Corporation has expanded by adding the most technologically advanced Overlay Press currently available to their mill in Chehalis Washington. Hardel has been producing some of the Pacific Northwest’s best plywood panels since 1953.

Kitty Loveland 360-740-0232


KOP-COAT, INC. Kop-Coat Protection Products provides leading protection programs for wood products used in Hawaii and around the world from termites, decay, rot, mold, mildew and weathering.

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MENDOCINO FOREST PRODUCTS Mendocino Forest Products is a leading manufacturer and distributor of redwood, Douglas-fir, and preservative treated lumber; products are available in Hawaii at The Home Depot.

John Heideman, General Manager Hawaii 808-284-6846


MITEK USA, INC MiTek is a global supplier of software, engineered products, services and automated manufacturing equipment to the building industry. Steve Duddles, District Sales Manager Hawaii 808-855-8470




Rosboro, headquartered in Springfield, Oregon, manufactures studs and dimension lumber as well as X-Beam, the industry’s first full framing-width glulam, and BigBeam-DF, a high-strength 30fb, 2.1 E glulam.

Structural Pest Control, Inc., is a locally owned, family run business established in 1983. We are specialists in the control and prevention of ground termites.

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PACIFIC WOOD LAMINATES 68 years young! Your “Smartest” building products option. From Concrete form to all your plywood needs for home construction. What do you need? “We Can Do That.”

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PENTHOUSE PACIFIC CONSTRUCTION LTD. Pete Hudson, President 808-870-5044

Michael K. Von Pinnon, President 503-434-5450

At Weyerhaueser we grow trees and make wood products that improve lives in fundamental ways.

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PLYWOOD HAWAII, INC. Hawaii’s leading plywood supplier for more than two decades, Plywood Hawaii continues to be successful thanks to knowledgeable specialists, high-quality products and competitive pricing.

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Redwood Timbers Stand the Test of Time


s distributors and retailers of quality building materials throughout the West, one of your primary goals is to keep your customers up to speed on current trends and products. When customers are planning outdoor living spaces, they will need both the design and materials to stand the test of time. It only makes sense that the “bones” of the space have a durability and harmony with their surroundings. Natural products such as stone and wood create an effortless transition outdoors from the ground to the planned space, but of all the products available, redwood timbers should be at the top of the building materials list. Redwood timbers, beams, and posts are a great choice for any outdoor landscaping plan. Larger in size than traditional dimension lumber (at least 6-inch by 6-inch for a post). redwood is the ideal wood to use in a wide range of projects where large structural components are required. But what’s even better: It has excellent strength and durability, shrinks and swells less than other woods, and is less likely to warp or split.

The courtyard of a 95-year-old home in Hollywood received a major facelift when a failing Douglas fir timber pergola was replaced with an expansive redwood one.

And each redwood timber is naturally unique, with its own grain, color, and texture. Redwood timbers are available in dimensions of 4-inches by 6-inches up through 12-inches by 12-inches and lengths up to 20 feet. Larger dimensions can be special ordered. Tried and true Construction Heart grade (RIS para.125) is the workhorse grade while the architectural grade of Heart B (RIS para. 106) is available for those jobs that demand a clearer

Palomar Builders' Dual Redwood timber pergolas offer shaded areas for dining and relaxing near the backyard pool of a home in the Salt Creek Heights development.

appearance with limited tight knots. Most redwood timbers are delivered FOHC and can be specified roughsawn or S4S. The following case studies are just some examples illustrating the versatility of redwood timbers. Palomar Builders, the largest homebuilder in Redding, Calif., has installed redwood pergolas on some of its model homes in the Salt Creek Heights development. These structures built using redwood timbers underscore the sustainable features promoted within this community. After all, modern forestry practices ensure that more redwood trees are grown each year than are harvested. The builder expects to use more redwood throughout the development as home buyers tour the models and appreciate how well the pergolas connect with the natural surroundings and beckon people from indoors to enjoy the outdoor space. To pay homage to what was once the world’s longest wisteria-covered pergola, the 800-foot pergola at Totos Santos Plaza in Concord, Calif., a redwood arbor was recently constructed for an eagle scout project at the Galindo House in downtown Concord. The unique character and natural durability of the arbor’s redwood timbers will make an ideal pairing with the soon-to-blossom wisteria. Incorporating redwood timbers into landscape design is the expertise of San Francisco peninsulabased Metamorphosis Landscaping. Redwood timbers utilized as structural elements for trellis and pergolas


provides the beauty and longevity to match the plantings which are designed to endure for many decades. In the Hollywood Hills of southern California is another dramatic example of incorporating redwood timbers with landscaping. A large trumpet vine draped pergola on a historic residence was originally built using Douglas fir. Suffering from decay and termite attack, the homeowners decided to replace the pergola with the right material, decay and termite resistant redwood timbers. Doing research, the homeowner determined that Redwood Construction Heart 3x12, 8x8 and 8x12 timbers, some cut to lengths of 20 feet, would be the best structural support for those tree-like trumpet vines. The natural strength of redwood makes it the perfect material for structural yet visually interesting jobs. And it’s not limited to California-area projects, either. A number of lumber yards and home improvement retailers throughout the West offer redwood lumber and timbers’ products that are renewable, recyclable, and biodegradable, providing environmental advantages over alternative building materials. As more homeowners and contractors learn that redwood is sustainably managed and readily available, demand for redwood timbers is growing. From shade structures to gazebos, arbors that transition from one point in the yard to another, exposed framing or rafters, more and more homeowners are coming to appreciate the natural beauty of redwood that makes their own space all the more breathtaking.


Build Faster and Reduce Waste with Prefabricated Walls and Floors


he construction industry demands faster, more affordable and higher quality construction. Off-site prefabrication of wall and floor panels can greatly reduce construction time, jobsite hazards that lead to injuries, and waste. The process speeds up the construction cycle and creates a consistent product leading to fewer callbacks and back charges. Many mainland companies, especially those building multifamily housing, are finding off-site prefabrication leads to greater precision and an accelerated construction pace.



Install Floors Faster with Floor Cassettes

Many in Hawaii are familiar with wall panels, often manufactured on a table at the jobsite. Another method of prefabrication is a floor cassette, which is a floor system manufactured in a controlled environment and then lifted into place. The off-site assembly means

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fewer weather-related construction issues, fewer instances of theft, and fewer workers spending less time working at heights. Instead of working at a height of 10 feet, crews build the floors 18 inches off the ground. The average floor cassette is about eight feet by 20 feet, and the systems arrive bundled and stacked demanding less space on the jobsite. Some mainland builders include HVAC, electrical, plumbing, and insula-

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HAWAII GROWS WITH WOOD tion into the panels before they are sent to the jobsite. Drilling holes and installing services is much faster and safer on the ground than on a ladder.

Smaller Crews Frame Faster with Wall Panels

Framers also benefit by using prefabricated wall panels. Installing wall panels requires fewer people, a benefit during any labor shortage. The smaller crew can frame twice as many houses in the same amount of time. Hawaii has a history of building wall panels on-site. Just like buying manufactured trusses, builders are looking for other ways to speed up the construction process and offer a quality product.

The project in this picture, completed by Blenker Companies Inc. in Wisconsin, uses both wall panels and floor cassettes. They built a 70,000-square-foot building in less than 30 days in winter. The walls arrived with a vapor barrier, windows, and doors installed. The floor system shown here is an engineered floor truss designed using MiTek® Structure software. By using wall panels, floor cassettes, and trusses, Blenker estimates they use 10% less material, complete their work in half the time, and have an 85% reduction in re-work.

Better Building Across the Supply Chain

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ing to optimize the workflow of the supply chain, improving accuracy and reducing waste with software solutions. MiTek engineered products help provide code compliant, affordable, and durable homes. MiTek’s investment in automation and prefabricated construction is changing the building industry by increasing productivity and efficiency. If you want to grow your business, MiTek can offer highly skilled resources to complete designs, take-offs, estimating and more to help you succeed. Visit MiTek-us.com to learn more. Let’s talk about your business and work together to find the solutions to help you succeed.

KEALI‘I by Gentry Homes By Bob Kayser, Vice President, Gentry Builders LLC


EALI‘I is Gentry’s newest luxury home community in Kapolei. Fronting the 17th and 18th fairway of Kapolei Golf Club, KEALI‘I features 66 singlefamily condominium homes up to 2,154 square feet. There are three model designs at KEALI‘I. The Luana Plan 2 is a spacious two story single-family condominium home fronting the 17th fairway at Kapolei Golf Club. This four-bedroom, three-bath design showcases a dramatic two-story entry with a wrap-around engineered hardwood staircase and postmodern finishes and an oversized front entry wood door with glass panel insets. With outstanding golf course views, the home has been designed to reduce energy consumption with open cell foam insulation in exterior wall and attic space, 20 SEER air conditioning, digital thermostat, LED lighting, dual pane low-E windows and a custom smart home control system that lets buyers control everything from their cell phone. The use of Borate-treated wood framing with a 30-year warranty and a Truss-Joist system created the home’s sound structural core. The center piece of the home is the open-concept kitchen and family room with complimenting elements including stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, a kitchen island large enough

for the whole family to gather around, and espresso stained wood cabinetry that lends a fresh, polished look. Access from the kitchen to the dining, casual family living area and wood-trellis covered lanai and fenced yard area make it ideal for entertaining. An architectural design was routed into the MDF wainscot creating an eyecatching trendy look throughout the home. Accenting the 9-foot ceilings are crown wood moldings which present a stately finished look. Adjacent to the entry is a large private bedroom with full bath, perfect for extended ‘ohana living, and interior laundry room with easy access to the enclosed garage. The second floor provides an additional three bedrooms, with a large master suite, dual vanities in the bath, Corian shower surrounds, his/hers wardroom/walk-in closets, custom height cabinets and undermount sinks. The private master lanai using Trex wood railings is the perfect place to share early morning coffee with golf course and mountain views. An expansive loft area separates the master suite from the two large bedrooms, and is great flex space for enjoying a book or your favorite TV show. A double wood door entry leads to one of the bedrooms which was transformed to a home office which is popular today. Both secondary bedrooms are big

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Espresso-stained wood cabinetry compliments the open-concept kitchen.

and offer plenty of wardrobe space with access to the open loft area and immense two- story volume. All KEALI‘I homesites are “single loaded” which means there are no homes directly behind and only golf course in the front. Large two-car garages and ample-sized driveways ensure parking for four vehicles. Raised panel garage doors with post-modern glazing and insulation and two remotes with keypad entry, dual coachman lamps, contemporary exterior colorization and brass-like address plate work together to create a custom street scene and attractive curb appeal. Superior exterior and structural appointments include Hardiplank siding with a 30-year warranty, covered front entry and back lanai, front and rear yard landscaping, fiber optic cable throughout, seemless rain gutter, gravel edging and composition shingle roofing. With an average lot size of 5,000 square feet, KEALI‘I offers a superb golf course location and is also within walking distance to Oahu’s newest outdoor shopping center, Ka Makana Ali’i with a large array of retail and restaurants establishments, schools and the Kroc Center, Hawaii’s largest community center.



Simpson Strong-Tie adds New Avant Collection™ to Comprehensive Line of Outdoor Accents® Structural Connectors and Fasteners


impson Strong-Tie has introduced the Avant Collection™ as the newest addition to its Outdoor Accents® line of codelisted decorative wood connectors and fasteners designed to provide contractors, homebuilders and DIYers with the essential hardware for incorporating both timeless beauty and tested strength into any outdoor living space. The Avant Collection offers a new design featuring straight edges and chamfered corners for a clean, contemporary look that complements nearly any architectural style. Like the Outdoor Accents Mission Collection®, this new design also accommodates both nominal and rough lumber, providing additional flexibility for building a wide range of custom outdoor spaces. Avant Collection additions to the

Outdoor Accents line include new angles, joist ties, gable plates, post bases, decorative side plates, and more. All Outdoor Accents connectors and fasteners are made from exterior-rated galvanized steel with a black powder-coat finish for optimal corrosion protection. The patented design of the hex-head washer and structural screw combination offers the look of a bolted connection with significantly faster and easier installation than through-bolting, and can be used with Outdoor Accents post bases, T and L straps, and angles. “We’re excited to introduce this new collection to give contractors and builders another great design option to choose from when they’re building beautiful custom outdoor living structures,” said Sam Hensen, Simpson Strong-Tie vice president and general manager for Connectors and Lateral Systems. Key features of the

Outdoor Accents Avant Collection include: • Clean, simple lines to enhance the beauty of outdoor living spaces • Structural strength tested and approved to meet stringent building codes for high-wind or seismic conditions • ZMAX® galvanized steel with a black powder coat for enhanced corrosion protection • Fastener and patented hex-head washer combo for decorative bolt-like connections that install with the ease of a screw and without the need for predrilling To learn more visit strongtie.com/ outdooraccents.

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TOUCH Moss aims for LEED Gold with Kaiwahine Village, Kihei’s new affordable rental complex BY BRETT ALEXANDER-ESTES ALL PHOTOS COURTESY MOSS


Kaiwahine Village, Moss’ new 120-unit affordable rental complex in Kihei

aiwahine Village, another well-timed Moss residential project, wrapped in April. Kihei’s new 120-unit rental complex comes on the heels of Kapolei Lofts, a 2018 Moss project that was Oahu’s first new rental apartment development in decades. Serving as a haven in Maui’s tight housing market, the Village’s two- and three-bedroom homes are designed for families earning up to 30 percent through 60 percent of area median income, says Moss Project Manager Anthony Musielak. The project, valued at $45.4 million, is also designed Anthony Musielak to achieve LEED Gold, with certification expected later this year. It will be Moss’ second LEED-certified project in Hawaii.

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water system at Kaiwahine Village that includes: • An irrigation well • A 10,000-gallon irrigation storage tank • A transfer pump building • A 6,000-gallon break tank • A 150,000-gallon water storage tank • A 1,000-gallon diesel storage tank • A water booster pump • A generator building

Kaiwahine Village is expected to receive LEED Gold certification later this year.

Flushing hydrants at the Village

Village homes are in 19 two-story apartment buildings. “Units range from 937 to 1,362 square feet, and have Energy Star appliances, hard-surface flooring, solar water heating, waterwise plumbing fixtures and ceiling fans throughout,” Musielak says. Totaling 70,182 square feet, the Village also has two laundry buildings, two tot lot playgrounds, one community center, an irrigation well and many other water transport and storage facilities. It also has two on-site employees and will have on-site management.

For Musielak, the 4,178-squarefoot community center with its abundant natural light and amenities is the Village’s standout feature. “There’s a full kitchen and bar,” he says. “It’s a good focal point for (residents’) parties.” But fun was in short supply when Moss, Design Partners Inc. (project architect) and Otomo Engineering Inc. (project engineer) broke ground in September 2018. “The soil is primarily rock,” says Musielak, and Moss was performing all site prep and infrastructure—“all water lines, site electrical, drainage, fire lines, roadways and hardscape,” he says. Extensive excavation was assigned to civil subcontractor TJ


Gomes. “They were actually responsible for all the utility work on the project,” sometimes digging infrastructure trenches 20 feet deep, Musielak says. “We pump off of Maui County,” he says, but local water pressure was insufficient. So “we also installed three water storage tanks and a pump building that feeds the entire project. Additional infrastructure and storage tanks were required to provide adequate pressure and fire protection. “Kihei doesn’t receive a lot of rain,” he notes, “but when it does, it floods almost immediately. You have to be able to hold all the water on-site. There’s a lot of retention basins in the project to hold the water. “That’s another one for TJ Gomes.

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Behind the community center where the great lawn is, there’s an underground retention basin” equipped with StormTech chambers. “The chambers are about seven feet deep,” he says. “So instead of the big retention basins that you see in other areas, these chambers are put in under the ground so you can still use that area above for activities.”

Moss installed three water storage tanks and a pump building.

Once the great lawn and other tropical landscaping by Green Thumb grows in, the Village will have a lush “resort” feel, Musielak says. “It looks good.” Other outstanding subs include Hi Tech Plumbing, which performed interior installation, and Du-Watts, which handled electrical. “They played a large part in self-performing and designing the actual controls for the

The 4,178-square-foot Community Center has a full kitchen and bar.

pump and water distribution system,” he says. While the project wrapped as scheduled on April 22, “the Grand Opening will not be held until the end of the summer or early fall due to COVID19,” Musielak says. But some new residents of Kaiwahine Village are already celebrating: they started moving in on April 18.




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The New Normal? Coronavirus wreaks havoc on Hawaii’s economy and lifestyles BY PRISCILLA PÉREZ BILLIG


he old saying, “Lucky you live Hawaii,” has taken on a very different meaning these days when we are told to practice social distancing, wash your hands, wear a face mask and, worst of all, stay at home. We are being kept from all the pleasures we love about the Islands … but then, victims of the coronavirus pandemic would most likely disparage the grumbling. And they would probably be right. “Despite the crippling financial and public health challenges COVID-19 has forced upon Hawaii, the construction industry is continuing to operate and has emerged as the driving force of our state’s economy,” says Cheryl Walthall, executive vice president of the General Contractors Association of Hawaii. Walthall adds that construction is helping to soften the COVID-19 blow that Hawaii is enduring as the hospitality industry came to a virtual halt. Cheryl Walthall “We encourage government to move forward with as many shovel-ready projects as possible, including renovations at our public schools and the University of Hawaii System campuses,” she says. “Also, with far fewer people on the roadways, this presents a great opportunity to repave heavily used streets and highways in need of repair. Taking advantage of this time to get the most disruptive and difficult projects done will keep people working and better prepare our communities for the time life starts getting back to normal.” 42 | BUILDING INDUSTRY HAWAII | JUNE 2020

Hawaii builders are lucky to proceed at their work, but new emphasis has been placed on the importance of health, especially when personal attention is the strongest defender. To this end, GCA of Hawaii reached out to contractors requesting they sign on to a pledge that would compel them to follow safeguards to protect the health, and life, of its workers from the onslaught of COVID-19. “The construction industry has historically been one of the three pillars of our local economy alongside tourism and military spending,” says Lance Wilhelm, chair of GCA’s new coronavirus task force. “Our Lance Wilhelm ability to continue to operate is more critical than ever given the current state of tourism and the inability to rapidly and efficiently inject money into our economy through the military. We asked the industry as a whole to come together— to work together to ensure not just the health of our industry, but more importantly the health of our communities. We were thrilled at the overwhelming response.” Layton Construction Executive Vice President Tyler Dillon says his company, which signed on to the pledge, has been building in Hawaii for 15 years and understands its responsibility to serve the community while also working to prevent the spread of the virus. “We are not only committed to buildTyler Dillon

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COVID-19 training webinar, available at lawsonsafety.com/ covid19. Lawson points out that an efficient safety management system, that also applies to COVID-19, includes having: • a written policy and procedure, • identifying the risks and analyzing them, • evaluation and mitigation of the identified risk, • performance monitoring and measurements of the mitigations, • continuous improvements, and • communication and training. “We teach all levels of management, supervision and employees how to do the job right, safe, the first time,” Lawson says. “This knowledge establishes a safety culture and can be the most significant impact on both the worker and the company’s success. A quality training program that equips workers and companies with the knowledge, skills and safety culture to sustain human capital within organizations will result in a tangible return on investment." “As construction presses on during these most trying of times, it seems that the topic of worker safety and the use and underlying importance of personal protective equipment has become paramount,” says Rex Nepomuceno, account manager with Statewide Safety Systems, Hawaii. “Construction workers should value the use of PPE, not because of current scarcity, but because the proper use of this equipment keeps us safe and gets us home to our families at the end of the workday. We don’t need a global pandemic to teach us that.”

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Valley Isle builders blaze a trail through the current crisis BY BRETT ALEXANDER-ESTES


he coronavirus has blocked visitors to the Valley Isle, so Maui hotels and resorts are booking repairs, renovations and new builds instead. Residential and other building sectors are busy, too. But it’s definitely not business as usual. “In February, when we looked at the ongoing and future of the construction climate on Maui, we saw a robust and promising outlook,” says Stephen T. Leis Stephen T. Leis, president and CEO of Dorvin D. Leis Co. Inc. “Then in March, both the construction outlook and our lives changed with COVID-19.” Maui’s marketplace, Leis says, is now “full of uncertainty. Projects that were scheduled to start are now subject to wait-and-see, ongoing projects are extended over a longer period of time, and some are reduced in scope or perhaps on hold.” Halted projects, reports Joshua Berlien, Construction Industry of Maui board chair, “were not just in-progress construction, but also upcoming work in the planning stages, which will Joshua Berlien create an inevitable impact toward the end of 2020.” Impacts could be devastating—or not. “The state has published reports outlining $140 million in funded shovel-ready Maui projects,” says Berlien, “and many on the private side continue on course.” Leis “would expect the state to accelerate bidding and awarding of shovel-ready projects,” and recommends “that these projects are supported by an accelerated permitting process to bring them to the market at a pace yielding the most economic benefit.”

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Even in the current crisis, some Maui contractors aren’t breaking stride. “Maui is seeing a very positive outlook for 2020, and business is going very well,” says Scott Loomer, owner of Truss Systems Hawaii Inc.


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The firm, which supplies and installs trusses and wall panels, currently has at least six sizable Maui projects. These include the new 110-room Scott Loomer AC Hotel Wailea by Marriott and Kihei’s new 186-unit Kenolio Apartments. Loomer says his firm is “experiencing an increase well above 2019 numbers. We’re happy to see an increase in both commercial construction and residential construction.” Truss Systems is installing floor and roof trusses in two commercial buildings at Kulamalu Plaza in Kula. Additional residential projects include Heritage at Maui Lani and custom-built homes in the Kaulono and Sandhills developments. Other elite Maui residential projects are humming. Goodfellow Bros. Inc. completed site prep at Makalii at Wailea in January, and Armstrong Development’s 68 luxury two- and three-bedroom townhomes are sold out.

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“Some of the unique finishes include a copper roof, ipe courtyard deck, a ceramic tile lanai, Breezeway windows and coral exterior accents,” says Wayne Muraoka, the firm’s vice president and Makalii project manager. “A very special feature will be a sculpture installed at the Wayne Muraoka entry to the private Makalii Residents Club. The final piece will be a surprise until it is unveiled to our residents”—likely after Makalii’s scheduled wrap in late 2021. Luana Garden Villas, a luxury enclave on Kaanapali’s North Beach currently underway by Arita Poulson General Contracting, is also proceeding apace. In Maui’s affordable rental and senior markets, many residential projects are in their final stages or launching new ones. Moss recently wrapped on the $45.4 million Kaiwahine Village rental complex. Arisumi Brothers Inc., who finished Hale Mahaolu Phase 1, is poised to begin the $9 million Architects, Engineers, and Contractors are choosing the Anchor Line to create


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senior rental project’s Phase 2. And Mitsunaga Construction Inc. has completed Kahului Lani’s six-story Building A, its first phase. “We are also in the process of obtaining a building permit for a second building (Building B) on the same property, which is a mirror image of the first,” says Glenn Okino, the firm’s president. “Construction is anticipated to start in the next couple of months and continue into 2021.” The state’s leading roofers— Beachside Roofing LLC, Commercial Roofing & Waterproofing Hawaii Inc. (CRW) and National Coatings—are atop many 2020 Maui residential and hospitality job sites. “Residential construction of all types is very strong, from affordable to luxury,” says Scott Ai, Beachside vice president. Likewise, for CRW, “Maui’s Tom Holland roofing industry looks promising through 2020,” says Tom Holland, the firm’s project

Beachside Roofing is installing a shingle roof at Kenalilo Apartments. PHOTO COURTESY BEACHSIDE ROOFING LLC

managing estimator. Jason Simms, National Coatings Corp. technical sales manager for Hawaii and Guam, says “a lot of the hotels are taking advantage of the Jason Simms low occupancy due to COVID-19 to maximize their needed projects and complete them with the least impact to their guests.”

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As Leis points out, public sector projects have the potential to carry Maui construction in 2020. Site prep for New Kihei High School, valued at approximately $28 million, was completed by Goodfellow Bros. in January. “The next step for Hawaii’s first netzero public school is construction of the first set of buildings,” says Charles Kaneshiro, president and COO of G70, Charles Kaneshiro the project designer. Phase 2, valued at approximately $103 million, is “imminent,” Kaneshiro says, and includes an administration building, a conjoined library and cafeteria building, two classroom buildings, a physical education building, two parking lots, a play court and a temporary playing field. “Phase 2 was bid in 2018,” Kaneshiro says. Nordic PCL Construction Inc. is the low bidder and, as of publication, is waiting for the official word from the state Department of Education on contract award. The Hoolehua Water System Improvements Package 1 & 2, Molokai, valued at approximately $23 Bo McKuin million, is slated to break ground in Q3 2020, says Bo McKuin, Goodfellow Bros. region manager, Maui. The package covers “improvements, repairs and maintenance to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands’ water system—including a new baseyard shop and office, a new CIP 200,000-gallon water tank, 19,000 linear feet of new water mains and 13,300 linear feet of new access roads,” McKuin says. The project is expected to wrap in mid-2022. Kahikinui Driveway Repairs Phase 1, Goodfellow’s second DHHL project, is expected to receive NTP in June 2020 and begin construction in July, McKuin says. The $964,000 project will install 2,200 linear feet of reinforced concrete driveway in mountainous and remote areas, McKuin says, 52 | BUILDING INDUSTRY HAWAII | JUNE 2020

and is slated to wrap in November. Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. Inc. has two sizeable 2020 public sector Maui projects—Kahului Airport Holdrooms A, B & E Restroom Improvements, and the Kahului Drainline Replacement. Arisumi Bros. in April started the $1.7 million Kahului Airport Baseyard project.

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“The future roadway projects the Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) is planning for Maui County will benefit Maui communities by improving or maintaining the routes that connect these communities to

jobs, needed goods and each other,” says Ed Sniffen, deputy director of HDOT’s Highways Division. “At a time when the statewide unemployment rate is at a record high due to COVID-19, these projects will also provide financial stimulus and jobs in Maui County.” Ed Sniffen As part of its economic stimulus projects, Sniffen says, HDOT will be requesting a design-build contract for the Lahaina Bypass Phase 1C project, which has a

Phase 2 vertical construction at New Kihei High School is valued at approximately $103 million. RENDERING COURTESY G70

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reported value of $70 million. “This project will include specifications for use of carbon-injected (mineralized) concrete per HDOT policies,” he says. As of publication, HDOT is planning approximately 19 projects over the next two years involving pavement or roadway work in Maui County. Fifteen projects have been awarded. Of these, six are for “Installation of Pavement Preservation Strategies.” “The ‘Installation of Pavement Preservation Strategies and Surface Treatments at Various Locations’ is a road maintenance contract for HDOT that services Maui, Molokai and Lanai,” says Daniel Denton, Maui Paving LLC project manager on Maui. On Maui, Grace Daniel Denton Pacific LLC operates as Maui Paving (MP), a joint venture with Goodfellow Bros. “Maui Paving has the (pavement preservation strategies) contract for Central Maui and Molokai,” Denton says. In all, he says, “MP has a steady workload for 2020.” Hopefully, remaining HDOT Maui projects will be put out for bid immediately. Regardless, says Leis, “we intend to make it to the other side of this crisis, and to rebuild to pre-coronavirus levels of activity.”

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or the 4,100 residents of Hauula, the blessing ceremony last July of the Koolauloa District’s new fire station brought an end to a 20-year effort by the East Oahu community to replace its old firehouse. Honolulu Fire Department Station 15—at the intersection of Kamehameha Highway and Kawaipuna Street less than a mile from the former station—is the new home for a tanker truck and a fire engine along with about 18 firefighters. The original fire station, built in 1964, constantly required repairs. At one point, HFD had reassigned the firefighters to other stations while repairs were made. General contractor Ralph S. Inouye Co. Ltd. (RSI) broke ground on the $8,036,900

project for a new Station 15 for the City and County of Honolulu in November 2017, and completed the job last June. The facility is LEED Silver certified, says Travis Satsuma, RSI’s project manager. The fire station includes bays for the trucks and separate areas where the firefighters can clean up their gear, and themselves, after returning from a call. RSI’s task, Satsuma says, was to construct “a brand-new fire station specifically designed to replace the outdated and deteriorated station serving the Hauula District.” The job, he adds, came with a special set of challenges, ranging from scheduling to working around an area where Hawaiian archaeological artifacts were unearthed during site grading.

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“Schedule was a concern from the beginning of the project as a three-month settlement monitoring period was required before any onsite construction could start,” he says. “RSI worked with the Travis Satsuma design team and was able to get approval to start the wall footings during this time to help expedite the schedule. “During site grading,” Satsuma adds, “an iwi was discovered within the property. RSI worked closely with the State Historic Preservation Department and was able to postpone any work in that area for three months to allow SHPD to determine what was found and perform the proper reburial.” Near the work site is a preschool, and Satsuma says the RSI crew “worked closely” with school officials to avoid “any disruptions to their day-

The original Hauula Station 15 was constructed in 1964.

to-day activities, which included revising work times to take lunch during the school’s naptime. All concrete pours, material deliveries and anything that affected the school’s drop-off were coordinated with the owner.” RSI also had to plan carefully when scheduling concrete pours due to the remote location of the site. “Hauula is roughly a 75-minute drive from Honolulu with no traffic,” Satsuma says. “This not only posed a challenge in scheduling manpower and other contractors, but also created a challenge of the concrete not meeting the specifications for working time according to temperature. In order to avoid this problem, RSI worked directly with the concrete supplier to add a plasticizer to the mix to extend the working time.”


“One innovation that RSI implemented to save time was installing concrete-strength sensors in critical concrete pours.” —Travis Satsuma RSI’s main construction tasks included: • Constructing a new 9,226-squarefoot fire station and apparatus bay with a 647-square-foot covered lanai. • Furnishing and installing a 50 kW emergency generator and transfer switch. • Furnishing and installing basketball rim/backboard/stanchion, volleyball post sleeves and striping. • Furnishing and installing a complete master alarm system. • Furnishing and installing a stain concrete finish. • Furnishing and installing an extractor at the decon/extractor room, including all electrical and plumbing hook-ups. Satsuma says the “tall 12-inch-thick walls with congested reinforcing steel, along with an extensive network of electrical conduits, created a concern about whether the concrete could be consolidated using traditional methods. Knowing that the congestion would cause difficulty with a high likelihood for honeycombing

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SPOTLIGHT ON SUCCESS or voids in the concrete, we switched to a self-consolidating concrete mix that eliminated the need for vibration to get rid of air pockets.” “Self-consolidating” concrete, he explains, is “a highly flowable, non-segregating concrete that can flow around any obstacles without mechanical vibration.” Additionally, RSI was urged to expedite the work schedule, which “meant getting other trades onsite sooner,” Satsuma says. “One innovation that RSI implemented to save time was installing concrete-strength sensors in critical concrete pours. Normally after concrete pours, there is a curing time to achieve design strength. Instead of wait-

RSI prepares the fire station’s foundation.

Workers pour the concrete for the foundation.

ing for concrete cylinder breaks from a testing agency, concrete sensors were installed prior to pouring, and remained in the concrete to track strength gains. “Once the pour was complete, the sensors began transmitting concrete temperature and strength, which allowed us to get on the slab sooner. This in turn meant stripping forms sooner and getting subcontractors onsite earlier.” A standout feature of the fire station, he says, is the “metal plate-connected wood truss system, which involved intensive coordination with all trades and was an integral structural system for the high roof for the apparatus bay and low roof for the station. Our carpenters were able to safely

and efficiently install this to get the building watertight and start interior work.” He said the project team included construction engineers Ivan T. Nakasone and Rylan Ikehara of SSFM International, Edmund Chang of Anbe, Aruga & Ishizu Architects Inc., Don Mahi Jr. of the Honolulu Department of Design and Construction and, from RSI, project engineer Geraldine Magsano, foremen Mark Villoso and Gilbert Butin and vice presidents Mark Tagami and Michael Inouye. “We had a good team of subcontractors who all contributed to the success of this project,” Satsuma says. “If we had to name one, it would be Jayar Construction.”

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Construction Interruption Guam contractors adjust to COVID-19 lockdown and lack of workforce and supplies BY MAR-VIC CAGURANGAN

I The Tsubaki Tower is hoping to have its grand opening once the coronavirus pandemic has passed. PHOTO COURTESY THE TSUBAKI TOWER

n mid-April, the U.S. Air Force’s 36th Wing hastily built the Expeditionary Medical Support System, or EMEDS, on the grounds of U.S. Naval Hospital Guam to serve as a treatment facility for USS Theodore Roosevelt sailors who were stranded on Guam. As of the first week of May, the warship had over 1,100 active COVID-19 cases. The emergency facility, which consists of 11 medical units with 25 beds and six warehouse units for medical supply and equipment, was built by 30 airmen from the 554th Red Horse Squadron, with support from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (Alaska) and Hickam Air Force Base (Hawaii). The project was completed

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Airmen from the 554th Red Horse Squadron assemble a temporary warehouse unit as part of the construction of an Expeditionary Medical Support System facility. PHOTO COURTESY SENIOR AIRMAN ZACHARY HEAL/AIR FORCE

“within the span of just a couple days,” according to the Navy. The EMEDS installation was the only active major construction activity on Guam at the peak of the COVID19 pandemic that prompted Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero to declare a public health emergency on March 14. The directive mandates social isolation, prohibits social gatherings and requires the closure of most businesses on the island. Lt. Col. David Johnson, troop commander for the EMEDS operation, says building the facility was “a culminated effort of many different units from multiple bases to pull off the logistics of getting all the supplies here for this operation. This is a huge operation that took a lot of work to complete, but in this instance, it was incredibly smooth.” USS Theodore Roosevelt pulled into Guam on March 27 after a port visit in Vietnam. “Our mission here is to help support the Navy operations with the USS Roosevelt,” Lt. Col. Damian Pardue, 36th Medical Group administrator, says in an Air Force statement. “The intent is that we are ready for whatever we are needed for during this unprecedented time.” Falling under the “essential infrastructure category,” constructionrelated businesses are exempt from the governor’s shutdown order. Just the same, construction companies are required to adopt proper protocols. “The industry is still cognizant of the spread of this COVID-19 and have placed stricter safety and health measures to maintain the safety of their working crews,” says James Martinez, president of the Guam Contractors Association. 58 | BUILDING INDUSTRY HAWAII | JUNE 2020

“Social distancing is activated at the jobsites as well as other guidance from OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and James Martinez CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).” But while projects are allowed to proceed, current circumstances make it difficult for construction companies. Martinez says several contractors have paused their work in consideration of their employees’ safety. “Most non-essential personnel, like administrative and office staff, are staying at home or working at home,” he says. “Some essential personnel like the trades and supervisors continue work under a much stricter safety regimen to meet or exceed the social distancing criteria. Much of this depends on a percompany basis and any new mandates/ laws that would restrict these activities.” Employment-wise, Black Construction Corp.’s workforce has not been affected by layoffs or reduction in hours, says Leonard Kaae, the company’s vice president and general manager. “We are fortunate to have the opportunity to continue to work and keep our workLeonard Kaae force gainfully employed,” he says. “Subsequently, no major recovery measures are required at this time.” However, Black Construction did

not completely dodge the impact of the global pandemic. “Black Construction has experienced both financial and schedule impacts to our operations as a result of the COVID-19 crisis,” Kaae says. “Some of these impacts are costrelated in complying with standing protocols to ensure our entire workforce remains safe and healthy.” Black Construction, a subsidiary of Tutor Perini Corp., currently has three major contracts with the Navy: the P-715 Live Firing Range ($75 million), P-250 MALS & P-260 Corrosion Control Hangar ($82 million) and Andersen Replace Housing Project ($178 million). “Although we were fortunate to keep our business operating, there are other factors that have affected our ability to execute work due to the lack of offshore manpower and critical material deliveries,” Kaae says. “Guam is currently on lockdown with limited to no available air transportation.” General contractor Vertex Guam remains open throughout the public emergency period, but it has been unable to continue its work, says company President Soraya Vongjalorn. “Some of the impact that we see is the shortage Soraya Vongjalorn of materials,” she says. “Finding supplies and materials is much more difficult because the stores are either closed or their operation hours are cut down.” Vertex Guam’s projects include the construction of a 9,600-square-foot metal warehouse for the SET Pacific Warehouse ($350,000), the installation of a 7,500-linear-foot curb at the Pacific Industrial Park ($36,000) and building a new lift station, catch basin and a generator building at the Pacific Industrial Park ($88,000). “Many of our employees are scared of the coronavirus and they’d rather take leave,” Vongjalorn says. Vertex Guam’s renovation work at Westin Resort also had to take a pause. “Our project site shut down due to sailor occupancy,” Vongjalorn says. Westin is one of the several hotels in Tumon where sailors are quarantined ...continued on page 62



Former CEO of HPM Building Supply Passes

Robert “Bobby” Fujimoto, retired chairman and CEO of HPM Building Supply, died on April 23 in Hilo surrounded by family. He was 93. Fujimoto, the grandson of HPM founder Kametaro Fujimoto, joined the Hilo-based company in 1951—a business that was established in 1921 as Hawaii Planing Mill Ltd. According to reports, Bobby Fujimoto became HPM’s president in 1954 and retired in 1992 as president and CEO. Overall, he served as a director and chairman emeritus of the HPM board for 66 years until 2017. His son Mike Fujimoto currently serves as executive chairman at HPM after many years as president and CEO, a position now held by Jason Fujimoto. “Bobby’s heart was in HPM and his community,” Jason Fujimoto said in the

company’s announcement of his grandfather’s death. “He lived his life with honor, generosity and was always thinking of helping others. He cared so deeply for people and will be missed by many.” Bobby Fujimoto led HPM to become one of Hawaii’s first businesses to establish an employee profit-sharing plan in 1959. In 1977, HPM became one of the first employee-owned firms in the state. HPM opened its Kona branch in 1959 and Waimea branch in 1983, and rebuilt the company’s entire Hilo operation after it was decimated by a tsunami in 1960. He also added new services to HPM’s offerings, including custom metal roofing in 1963, the reestablishment of the lumber department in 1965 after its closure during World War II and the

wood protection treatment service in 1978. Fujimoto was involved in helping the commuRobert “Bobby” Fujimoto nity. He served on many committees and foundations, including the Aloha Council Boy Scouts of America and as chair of the University of Hawaii Board of Regents. He was a past director of the Blood Bank of Hawaii, C. Brewer, First Insurance, Grand Pacific Life and American Security Bank. In addition to his son and grandson, he is survived by his wife of 69 years, Alice (Kurohara) Fujimoto; daughters Joan Fujimoto, Roberta Chu and Wendy Matsuura; and four grandchildren.

NAVFAC Pacific Awards 1st Japan Contract

Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific in April awarded a $128 million firm-fixed price contract to Penta-Ocean Construction Co. Ltd. of Yokohama City, Kanagawa, Japan for construction of a concrete fixed single pier at Command Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan. “We are pleased to announce the first military construction contract (MILCON) award in Japan for NAVFAC Pacific and Far East,” says Capt. Tres Meek, NAVFAC Pacific

operations officer. Due to the project’s significance and technical nature, the Army Corps of Engineers, which normally services this region, reached out to NAVFAC for project execution. Since the existing Pier 5 has exceeded its service life, “this new pier will provide the Navy with the capability needed to support current and future operational requirements within a region that holds high interest for our country,” says Aaron Kam, NAVFAC

Pacific senior project manager. Work to be performed includes, but is not limited to, a concrete fixed singledeck pier that includes concrete deck and utility trench, pile foundations, fender system, mooring hardware, deck ramp and utility support crossing, mechanical utility piping, electrical distribution system, lighting, transformer substations, power mounds, a communication distribution system and communication risers. The project’s expected completion date is September 2022.

CIM Names Two $15k Scholarship Recipients

Two $15,000 Bob Poulson scholarships from the Construction Industry of Maui were recently awarded to two Hawaii high school seniors, Sarah Sakakihara and Dylan Nakagawa. “The CIM received several qualified applicants for our Annual Bob Poulson Joshua Berlien Scholarships,” says 60 | BUILDING INDUSTRY HAWAII | JUNE 2020

Joshua Berlien, CIM board chair. “The top four vote recipients in this year’s review are all entering into civil engineering programs this coming fall. As always, the (CIM) annual fund wholly is split for only two recipients of this exclusive award.” Sarah Sakakihara holds a 4.14 GPA at Maui High, and is the president of the school’s marching band, a volunteer at Iao Intermediate School, a member of the Maui Interscholastic League tennis team and a three-time state

qualifier for state and national History Day projects. She has been accepted at the University of Washington, Cal Poly, UC Irvine, UC Davis and Santa Clara schools of engineering. Dylan Nakagawa holds a 3.91 GPA at Kamehameha Schools, volunteers with the Maui Humane Society, was captain of the school soccer team and has interned with Goodfellow Bros. Inc. He will attend the Oregon Institute of Technology’s civil engineering program.

Hensel Phelps Lands $54M Contract at JBPHH

Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Hawaii in April awarded Hensel Phelps’ Hawaii division a $54,279,000 firm-fixed-price contract for design and construction of an Undersea Operational Training Facility (UOTC) at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The contract calls for Hensel Phelps Construction Co. to build a UOTC that will support a variety of functions including operator and undersea vehicle training via the use of a combat training tank, and applied instruction in topicdedicated classrooms, laboratories and computer laboratories. Also included

are diver support spaces, administrative spaces, maintenance and repair spaces, operator’s gear storage lockers and maintenance/support spaces. The contract also contains one furniture, fixtures and equipment line item and one unexercised option, which if awarded will increase the cumulative contract value to $57,494,949. Work will be performed at Pearl City Peninsula and is expected to be completed by April 2022. The contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website with two proposals received.

July Award Planned for NEX Touch ‘N Go in Kalaeloa

Fuel tank replacement, parking lot repaving and an internal refresh to the NEX Touch ‘N Go in Kalaeloa are expected to begin soon. The planned improvements to the 9,100-square-foot full-service Navy Exchange gas station and mini-mart on Saratoga Avenue follow the April signing of a new longterm lease between Hunt Companies and Navy Exchange Service Command. Award for removal of underground storage tanks, installing new aboveground storage tanks and repaving the parking lot is expected in late July. The contracting authority is Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Hawaii, which is working with NEX to make the site more compliant with modern environmental standards. Internal refresh is expected to begin

in late fall, and will be completed by in-house NEXCOM facilities teams. The new lease allows active duty and retired members of the military community to continue patronizing the facility, which is within Hunt’s 550 acres in Kalaeloa slated for redevelopment. “The NEX Touch ‘N Go has been an important service for active duty military, retirees and their dependents in the West Oahu community for many years,” says Steve Colón, president of Hunt Development Group’s Hawaii Division. “As we continue to invest in Kalaeloa, we look forward to having the Navy with us as a trusted partner. We consider it a valuable tenant and a critical amenity as Kalaeloa continues to evolve in the future.”

Guideway Rises Along the Airport

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation’s guideway construction continues at the Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, and includes contraflow traffic along Ualena Street. The blue and yellow articulated gantry (top photo) uses large cables to bring up segments that are pulled together to connect the spans for the 20-mile guideway for the train. The columns (below) make up what will be HART’s Lelepaua (Airport) Station.


B+K Donates $75K to UH Pavements Lab

Bowers + Kubota, a Hawaii architectural, engineering and construction management firm, in March donated $75,000 to support the College of Engineering Asphalt and Pavements Lab Fund at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. “Asphalt and pavements are key

components in our infrastructure,” says College of Engineering Dean Brennon Morioka. “Our students ask the questions, and find solutions to issues like how we evaluate the condition and extend the life of roadways and pavements so that we can keep roads in better condition over longer periods of

time at a reduced cost. “We are so grateful to Bowers + Kubota for their generosity and longstanding support of the college.” In recognition of the gift, classroom 244 at the college will be named after Bowers + Kubota.

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Tactical Steps to Increase Revenue Post-COVID-19


mid multiple industry shutdowns, the Hawaii construction industry was fortunate to be designated as an “essential business” and continued working in the face of an economic shutdown. Currently, most contractors are working off backlog and are apprehensive about their ability to obtain new work once the full impact of a recovering economy occurs in the coming months. This public health crisis has significantly impacted the nation and local economy. A recent national survey of construction company owners found fewer than 30 percent expect their revenue to increase over the next six months and 80 percent expect profit margins to decrease. Further, 25 percent expect a significant decline in sales volume in 2020. Most owners are taking a cautious approach given the uncertainty of the economy. As a result, many projects are being put on hold or cancelled outright. Clearly, revising traditional methods of increasing revenue will pay dividends in an evolving economy. Consider the following questions to determine which areas of the company need an update for a fresh start on increasing sales. As you answer, rate each with a “yes” or “no.” • Do we have a revised strategic vision that is driving us toward future success in spite of the COVID-19 challenges? It is imperative everyone is committed to moving the organization

forward given the recent upheaval. • Do we have a revised one-year business plan which supports the strategic plan? • Have we reworked the annual budget to reflect revised projected revenue and profit and know our new break-even point? This is the point at which total revenue exceeds total costs. The budget should ensure that key employees are retained. • Have we updated or created a system for actively generating, receiving and thanking for referrals? Referrals are the life-blood as a systematic way to grow the company. • Do we have systems in place to show our appreciation to owners, general contractors, subcontractors, vendors and everyone else who contributes to our success? • Is our website updated, easy to navigate, mobile-friendly and does it capture customer contact information? Consistently populate your website with fresh content and link it to various social media to keep it fresh and at the top of search sites. • Do we continuously devote resources for professional training in the area of sales and networking? Training does not need to be expensive as there is unlimited content on the internet. • Is everyone on the team prepared to take great care of every customer with each contact? • Do we promptly followup on calls and emails on the same day? Timely

acknowledgement of a customer’s message is important. Even if it is only to say, “I received your message and will be in touch tomorrow with followup information.” • Do we follow up aggressively to Request for Proposals and provide pricing on the day promised? • Do we have trusted advisors to keep us on track such as a corporate advisor, board of directors or a mentor? Schedule regular times to speak to someone you trust to collaboratively exchange ideas. If you are like every contractor trying to win more work at higher margins and have not answered a solid “yes” to every question, allocate time on your calendar each week to work on the list until you can answer “yes” to every question. Don’t allow yourself to fall into the trap of focusing on the daily activity of building projects without giving a second thought to increasing revenue. No one truly knows how the economy will evolve in the coming months. The contractors who take time to review and implement these tactical recommendations will have a much higher probability of increased revenue and higher profits.

Owned by PHR Ken Micronesia, The Tsubaki Tower was touted to draw big spenders to Guam. Local economists have factored the five-star hotel into its forecast for 2020. “The Tsubaki Tower aims to fill 340 positions before its grand opening to provide a service standard that meets the needs of the 340 all-oceanfront rooms and suites hotel,” the hotel’s management announced in November as it

planned its grand opening. However, there have been few visitors as the global pandemic has resulted in mass flight cancellations that brought the world’s travel industry to a standstill. Mizuki Iwano, planning manager for the hotel, says once The Tsubaki Tower becomes fully operational, “we will have a full workforce, estimating over 300, and hope that to come soon with coronavirus recovery.”

Garrett Sullivan is president of Sullivan & Associates Inc., a management coach who helps contractors clarify, simplify and achieve their goals and vision. Contact him at GSullivan@SullivanHi. com or 478-2564.

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after being evacuated from the USS Theodore Roosevelt. The ship has a crew of approximately 4,800. While most Tumon hotels have temporarily become quarantine facilities, The Tsubaki Tower, however, is waiting for Guam’s recovery. The $180 million luxury hotel has been fully completed, but the COVID-19 outbreak has forced the cancellation of its grand opening, which was originally scheduled for April 25. 62 | BUILDING INDUSTRY HAWAII | JUNE 2020

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