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Work is Hopping on Kauai Hawaii is doing its darndest to recover financially from the COVID-19 outbreak. Three months after shutting down the Islands, Hawaii is once again welcoming out-of-state visitors, and they are arriving by the hundreds each day (721 waltzed in on July 7); businesses, ranging from banks to restaurants, have thrown open their doors (with safety protocols); and thousands have lost their jobs (including watchdog journalists trying to report on the COVID-19 pandemic in which we have seen more than 40 cases in a single day). The one economic constant throughout this coronavirus outbreak has been construction. And no island has kept busier than Kauai. According to county records, the value of Kauai building permits through June is up almost 39 percent over the same six-month period last year. Be sure to read our coverage by Associate Editor Brett Alexander-Estes. And take note of our report on government agency awards to contractors through June—the mid-2020 tally is approaching $2 billion. Ever wonder what happens to our aging “state birds,” aka cranes? In her report on demolition and recycling, Associate Editor Priscilla Pérez Billig walks us through the steps of how the massive ship-to-shore cranes are safely dismantled and recycled. No part of Hawaii’s building industry has a heavier workload these days than the concrete and cement sector. Kirk Hashimoto, Cement and Concrete Products Industry of Hawaii (CCPI) executive director, tells us that “producers have been busier than projected at the end of last year.” Honolulu will require that a fourth of a new building’s parking spaces be EV-ready. See our story on how the passage of Bill 25 will impact contractors. Also in this issue, we highlight projects recently completed by general contractors Albert C. Kobayashi Inc., Shioi Construction Inc. and Nordic PCL Construction Inc. A hui hou,

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June Contracts Pick Up Steam Mid-year tally approaches $2B

11 When COVID Meets Construction

Contractors keep jobsites safe for workers

14 Overhauling Guestrooms

Spotlight on Success: Albert C. Kobayashi Inc.

22 Kauai Builds Momentum

New projects mount across the Garden Isle

32 100 Thousand Cubic Yards and Counting

Isle concrete projects set to increase through 2021

44 A Place in the Sun

Spotlight on Success: Nordic PCL Construction Inc.

49 The Iron Giant … and Other Disposal Items

Recoverable construction and demolition materials in high demand in the Islands

52 City Outlines EV-Charging Building Requirements

Most new Honolulu County projects are required to include EV-ready parking spaces

53 Affordable Housing Rises Amid a Pandemic

Concept to Completion: Shioi Construction Inc.

62 Construction Trends: Garrett Sullivan

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56 Isle Contractors, Hawaii Foodbank Partner in Food Relief 56 HDOT Awards New Contract to Statewide Safety Systems 56 RMY Begins Lanakila Water System Project 57 Nan Lands $146M DKI Contract 57 Hawaii Students Compete in First UP Nationals


3 Coffee Break: David Putnam 6 Datebook 8 Contracts Awarded 9 Low Bids 58 World Beat 59 News Makers 61 New Products

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Electrician 240 Class

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AIA Center for Architecture Programs (Tentative)

Until further notice, programs at the American Institute of Architects Honolulu Chapter’s Center for Architecture are restricted. A limited number of programs and events are available online. For information on the latest available programs, visit AUGUST 3-6

AGC Virtual IT Conference

The General Contractors Association of Hawaii (GCA of Hawaii) presents the 12th annual Associated General Contractors (AGC) IT conference. For registration and more information, go to gcahawaii. org, or email Fee: GCA members $549 (two attendees); $739 (three attendees), non-members $619 (two attendees), $869 (three attendees). AUGUST 6

Construction Safety & Injury Prevention Program (CSIP): Manager/Employer/Supervisory Staff Training

Presented by the Building Industry Association of Hawaii (BIA-Hawaii). 8 a.m.-2 p.m. BIA-Hawaii, 94-487 Akoki St., Waipahu. To register and for more information, go to biahawaii. org or contact Barbara Nishikawa at 629-7505. Fee: BIA members $195; non-members $295; ETF $147.50. AUGUST 7, 14, 21, 28; SEPTEMBER 4

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Excavation & Trenching Competent Person Level Course (8-Hour) Online Webinar

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AGC’S PMDP Module 2 - Contract Administration

Presented by GCA of Hawaii. Instructor: Scott I. Batterman. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (daily). GCA Conference Room, 1065 Ahua St. To register and for more information, go to gcahawaii. org or contact Gladys Hagemann at Fee: GCA members $395; non-members $495. AUGUST 17

OSHA Workers Compensation for Safety Professionals

Presented by BIA-Hawaii and UC-San Diego OSHA Training Institute. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. BIA-Hawaii, 94-487 Akoki St., Waipahu. To register and for more information: biahawaii. org,, email or call (800) 358-9206. Fee: $250. No refunds after Aug. 3. AUGUST 17, 19, 21, 24, 26

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

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OSHA 7205—Health Hazard Awareness

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Support & Mobile Scaffolding Competent Person Level Course (8-Hour) - Online Webinar

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OSHA 510 - Occupational Safety & Health Standards for the Construction Industry

Presented by BIA-Hawaii and UC-San Diego OSHA Training Institute. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (daily). BIA-Hawaii, 94-487 Akoki St., Waipahu. To register and for more information:, extension., email or call (800) 358-9206. Fee: $765.

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June Contracts Pick Up Steam Construction had the next biggest job, worth $12,797,022, for utilities improvements at Piers 24-28 at Honolulu Harbor. Isemoto Contracting Co. Ltd. follows with four projects valued at $7,087,810. Now halfway through the year, the total value of 2020 contracts stands at $1,924,714,549, more than three times the value 2019’s year-end tally of $584,071,596. NAVFAC Hawaii in June also added Nan Inc. and HHM Laulima

1,200,000,000 1,000,000,000

Constructors JV to the pool of Hawaii and Mainland contractors initially awarded a $990 million Navy designbuild/design-bid-build MACC contract in January.


JANUARY $1,072,379,035 FEBRUARY $175,816,281 MARCH $94,085,715 APRIL $197,160,199 MAY $180,918,628 JUNE $204,354,691 TOTAL $1,924,714,549











Hawaii contractors, already buoyed by the rising value of 2020 awards, had even more reason to celebrate in June as the value of government contracts rose yet again—from $180,918,628 in May to $204,354,691 in June. Nine government agencies handed out 47 contracts. The largest, valued at $146 million, was won by Nan Inc. for renovations and improvements to the ticket lobby and baggage handling system at Daniel K. Inouye International (DKI) Airport. Mira Image








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

Ridgeway Construction........................... 398,562

HNL Ticket Lobby Renovations And Baggage System Handling Improvements, Phase 2 at Daniel K. Inouye International (DKI) Airport

Hawaii Works Inc...................................1,472,303

Pacific Power Electrical Contracting LLC........................................386,666

Nan Inc. .............................................146,000,000

Mira Image Construction.................. 12,797,022 Piers 24-28 Utilities Improvements at Honolulu Harbor

Paul’s Electrical Contracting LLC...... 6,981,338 Fort Barrette Road Operational Improvements, Roosevelt Avenue to Farrington Highway

Ralph S. Inouye Co. Ltd. ......................4,029,000 Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium, Phase IIB Stadium Work, University of Hawaii at Manoa

PB Construction Corp...........................3,934,999

Army Aviation Support Facility (AASF) Improvements, Department of Defense, Hawaii Army National Guard

Index Builders Inc..................................3,080,000

Request for Proposals, Various Roof Improvements 2020, Phase 1 (Part 1), UH-Manoa

Campus Center Building, Renovations to Outdoor Seating Area and Bookstore, UH West Oahu Les Murakami Stadium, General Repairs, UH-Manoa

Kauikeaouli Hale (Honolulu District Court), Sheriff Station Relocation

Brian’s Contracting Inc........................ 1,465,000

Repair Light Poles and Pedestals at Pier 62,Honolulu Harbor

International Roofing & Building Construction..................... 1,043,000

Maili Elementary School, Bldg. D, Renovate Restrooms

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

Castle Memorial Hall, Reroofing and General Repairs, Phase 1, UH-Manoa

Close Construction Inc.............................374,407 Society Contracting LLC dba Society Painters & Floorcovering ........ 242,700

Fixed Walkway Roof Coating at Gates F1, F2, D1 and D2, DKI Airport

CC Engineering & Construction Inc.......650,800

T-2 Construction Inc.................................206,000

Maui Kupuno Builders LLC dba Manu Builders LLC ................................. .619,550

Society Contracting LLC.......................... 175,000

Kaiser High School, Miscellaneous R&M FY2013

FY20 One-Year Maintenance Contract for Pavement Repairs at Piers 51C, 52 and 53 Container Yard, Honolulu Harbor

CC Engineering & Construction Inc.......565,800 Kinau Hale, Repair Lanais

Moanalua High School, Bldg. N, Replace Existing Entry Doors, Jambs and Glass Panels

Kauikeauoli Hale, 2nd Floor and 3rd Floor Transaction Counter Improvements

CDT Island Construction..........................125,600 Waipahu High School, Various Buildings, Install AC, Phase 2

Power Constructors LLC..........................125,225 Repair Fire Alarm System at Pier 11 Terminal, Honolulu Harbor


T. Iida Contracting Ltd............................ 123,400

Sterling Pacific Construction .................921,267

CDT Island Construction..........................100,100

Isemoto Contracting Co. Ltd. ................. 587,343

Prometheus Construction......................... 94,950

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

Paaluhi Builders LLC.................................. 49,000

Sterling Pacific Construction..................195,643

Modification to ADA Unit Entrances at Hale Laulima Castle High School, Install Large Fans

Waahila Ridge Rockfall Mitigation, Dole Street, UH-Manoa

Castle High School, Portable P-11, Interior Reconstruction Due to Fire Damage


Concrete Deck and Fender Repairs at Pier 2, Kawaihae Harbor Repair Restrooms at Maintenance Shop, Hilo Harbor

Isemoto Contracting Co. Ltd. ................. 171,464 Kealakekua Public Library, Cesspool Closure and Wastewater System Improvements

DWE Inc.....................................................149,950

Old Haleakala Highway, Sidewalk Improvements

Naalehu State Office Building, Electrical Upgrade

F&H Construction................................. 1,280,000

Drainpipe Plumbing & Solar LLC............ 117,500

Kahului Public Library, Replace AC System

Hilo Public Library, Wastewater System Improvements

Betsill Bros................................................ 816,811

Hirayama Bros. Electric Inc....................... 59,500

Elcco Inc....................................................598,200 Lahaina Recreation Center, Ballfield Lights

Elcco Inc....................................................591,530

Kalama Intermediate School Campus, Replace Fire Alarm, Makawao

Kaikor Construction Associates Inc......229,900

Oahu........................$187,679,310 Hawaii...........................9,117,810 Maui..............................6,041,277 Kauai.............................1,516,294 Total.........................$204,354,691

Mealani Research Station, Miscellaneous R&M, Kamuela

West Maui Construction...................... 1,962,628

Hoapili Hale, Upgrades to Secure Parking and Perimeter


Honokaa High and Intermediate School, Campus Covered Walkways


DOT............................169,837,260 UH................................17,860,744 DOE................................5,956,947 DOD...............................3,934,999 DAGS..............................2,419,188 DOFKA...........................1,962,628 Judiciary........................1,390,373 DOFMA.............................869,152 HPHA.................................123,400 Total.........................$204,354,691

Ke Kula 0 Ehunuikaimalino, Replace Electrical Panels, Phase 1, Kealakekua


Grace Pacific LLC..................................1,516,294 Maalo Road Resurfacing, Mile Post 1.0 to Mile Post 2.0, Lihue

Remove Crane Rails and Install Removable Bullrails at Kaumalapau Harbor, Lanai

Central Construction Inc........................ 156,782 Repair Fire Sprinkler System at Pier 1 Shed, Kahului Harbor

Betsill Bros. .............................................. 137,031

Wailuku Fire Station, Paia Fire Station and Makawao Fire Station, Exterior Painting

Maui Kupuno Builders LLC...................... 134,474 Speed Tables Humps FY20, Various Locations

R&M Painting LLC..................................... 68,500 Kahului Fire Station, Exterior Painting

Kawika’s Painting & Waterproofing Inc. ................................. 65,421 Kahului Fire Station Administration Building, Exterior Painting


Isemoto Contracting Co. Ltd. ..............3,450,260 Komohana Research & Extension Center, Phase B Repairs, Hilo

Isemoto Contracting Co. Ltd. ..............2,878,743


1. Nan Inc. (1) .......................................................................... 146,000,000 2. Mira Image Construction (1)................................................... 12,797,022 3. Isemoto Contracting Co. Ltd. (4) ............................................. 7,087,810 4. Paul’s Electrical Contracting LLC (1) ...................................... 6,981,338 5. Ralph S. Inouye Co. Ltd. (1) .................................................... 4,029,000 6. APB Construction Corp. (1)...................................................... 3,934,999 7. Index Builders Inc. (1) .............................................................. 3,080,000 8. Summit Construction Inc. (1)................................................... 2,638,888 9. West Maui Construction (1) .................................................... 1,962,628 10. Grace Pacific LLC (1)............................................................. 1,516,294

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

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LOW BIDS The companies below submitted the low bids in June for the work detailed. Submitting the lowest bid is not a guarantee of being awarded the job. However, it is a strong indication of future work, and subcontractors can plan accordingly.


Nan Inc. .............................................$11,820,625 OST ACM Abatement, Ph. 1, Air Conditioning Modifications at Daniel K. Inouye International (DKI) Airport

Triton Marine Construction Corp. .... 10,540,425 Rehabilitation of Pipelines and Tunnels, Moanalua and Quarry Tunnels

Diede Construction Inc........................ 7,248,790 Ala Moana Regional Park, McCoy Pavilion Improvements

MEI Corp. ...............................................7,226,434 Makakilo Water System Improvements, Part III

Oceanic Companies Inc. ......................5,014,502 Waialae West Well

Titan Industries LLC..............................4,356,702 Medical Examiner Building Improvements

MEI Corp. .............................................. 4,272,388 Campbell High School, Softball Field Improvements

Index Builders Inc. ................................3,880,000

MJ Construction Co.............................. 1,400,000

MEI Corp. ............................................. 3,301,332

Hawaii Works Inc. .................................1,348,746

Ted’s Wiring Service Ltd. .....................2,930,425

Maxum Construction of Hawaii LLC........................................ 1,308,866

Kalanimoku Building, Replace Switchgear

State Capitol Building, Renovate Elevators

Kapiolani Boulevard, Street Lighting Replacement, Ward Avenue to Piikoi Street

Sterling Pacific Construction ............. 2,646,432 Maemae Elementary School, Court Expand, Renovate, Cover

HSI Mechanical Inc.............................. 2,276,943 Kapolei Hale, Chiller Plant Replacement

TCG Corp. of Idaho.................................2,237,567 Construction of Parking and Photovoltaic System at B29, Department of Defense, Hawaii Army National Guard, Kalaeloa

Barbers Point Elementary School, Miscelaneous R&M FY14 Anapalau Street Channel, Erosion Control Improvements

Substructure and Waterline Repairs AST Piers 19-20, Honolulu Harbor

Global Specialty Contractors Inc. ..... 1,286,414 Waimanalo Irrigation System, Maunawili Valley and Miscellaneous Improvements, Phase 2

CDT Island Construction.......................1,207,000 Radford High School, Science Facilities Upgrade

Royal Contracting Co. Ltd. .................. 1,174,470

Jack Endo Electric Inc......................... 1,956,850

Waimanalo Reservoir Miscellaneous Improvements

Contech Engineering Inc..................... 1,451,382

Kahuku High and Intermediate School, Drainage Improvements

Traffic Signals at Various Locations, Phase 17

Kaneohe/Kailua Tunnel Influent Facility, Demolition of Unused Facilities, Phase 1

Close Construction Inc. .......................1,047,217 ... continued on page 10 | 9

... Low Bids, continued from page 9

Hawaii Works Inc. .................................1,047,124

Integrated Construction Inc. ..................249,700

Henry’s Equipment Rental & Sales Inc. ............................. 1,040,000

Sterling Pacific Construction.................. 232,572

Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor, Water System Improvements

Pearl City High School, Area 01 Resurface

Ke Nui Construction LLC..................... 1,032,885 Interstate Route H-2, 84-Inch Culvert Restoration at MP 2.10

Landan Construction Inc. ................... 1,023,000

Statewide Water Meter Replacement and Miscellaneous Improvements Salt Lake Elementary School, New Covered Play Area

Sterling Pacific Construction.................. 206,327 Fern Elementary School, New Covered Walkway from Cafeteria to Building B

Waialua Corporation Yard, NPDES Improvements, Phase 3, Vehicle Wash Facility

Miller’s Paving..........................................203,840

Commercial Electric Inc. ........................984,000

Ke Nui Construction LLC.........................201,100

Emergency Power Consolidation at DKI Airport

Dean S.H. Pak Inc. ...................................911,856 Kapaa Reservoir, Microwave Radio Tower Replacement

All Maintenance & Repair ......................863,000 Waipahu Civic Center, Courtyard and Exterior Improvements

Mocon Corp. ............................................. 761,740 Hoomaluhia Botanical Gardens, Phase II, Reconstruction of Existing Sewer Lines (SMH 32 to SMH 48)

Redmont Construction LLC.....................663,900 Ewa Villages Dwelling Facility Improvements

Brian’s Contracting Inc. .......................... 597,000 Hoopono Building A, Floor Remediation

Sea Engineering Inc. .............................. 572,355 Repair Waterline at Piers 51C-53, Honolulu Harbor

Kaikor Construction Associates Inc. ....524,525 Kapaa Restoration and Management Improvements

Salt Lake/Moanalua Public Library, Parking Lot Improvements Rehabilitation of Olai Street Box Culvert No. 926

Peterson Bros. Construction Inc. ..........186,981 Makaha Elementary School, Campus Ground Stabilization

A’s Mechanical & Builders Inc. ............. 172,800

Sea Engineering Inc. ...............................465,550 Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor, 600 Row Finger Pier Repair

Integrated Construction Inc. ..................391,700 Npdes Erosional Area Improvements at Honowai Ditch, Phase 3

International Roofing & Building Construction ........................ 387,200 Roof Repairs at Pier 2 Terminal, Honolulu Harbor


Nan Inc. ............................................... 15,752,000 Hawaii Community Correctional Center, New Medium Security Housing, Hilo

Metzler Contracting Co. Inc. .............. 2,398,920 Kohala Middle School, Covered Playcourt

Certified Construction Inc. ................. 1,860,143 Hilo State Office Building Reroof

Isemoto Contracting Co. Ltd. ............. 1,783,426 Site Engineering Inc. ........................... 1,526,000

Kaimuki Middle School, Covered Walkways

Titan Industries, LLC................................144,735 Na Pueo Mini Park, Demolish Former Respite Center

Haron Construction Inc. .........................140,000 Salt Lake Elementary School, Repair Mall Walkways, Phase 1

Site Engineering Inc................................ 137,700 Lunalilo Elementary School, Field Irrigation System

Kaikor Construction Associates Inc. ....114,070 Rehabilitation of Paakai Street Box Culvert

Peterson Bros. Construction Inc. ........... 81,000

F&H Construction..................................9,954,000

Animal Quarantine Station, Sewage Pre-Treatment Facility Improvements

Kualapuu Elementary School, Replace Roof, Molokai

Ke Nui Construction LLC.........................168,890

Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. Inc. ............................. 499,475 Civil-Mechanical Contractor.................. 497,512

Dandy Velasco...........................................199,900

Statewide Water Meter Replacement and Miscellaneous Improvements, Island of Hawaii

Mililani Public Library, Repave Parking Lot

Substructure Repairs at Pier 40D, Honolulu Harbor

Repair Roll-Up Door and Entrance at Pier 1 Shed, Kahului Harbor

Lunalilo Elementary School, Install Chilled Water Fountains

Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. Inc. ............................. 514,900 Substructure Repairs at Pier 36, Honolulu Harbor

Central Construction Inc. .......................223,165


Pier 2 Drainage and Paving Improvements, Kawaihae Harbor

Site Engineering Inc. ............................1,255,572 North Kawaihae Small Boat Harbor, Infrastructure Improvements

Site Engineering Inc. .............................. 808,000 Keaau Middle School, Area 01, Resurface Parking Lot

Close Construction Inc. ..........................679,221 Demolition of Buildings 509 and 522, Removal and Disposal of Hazardous Material at Keaukaha Military Reservation, Hilo

Maxum Construction of Hawaii LLC...... 423,327 Hilo Intermediate School, Building H, Gym Structural Repairs

Sakoda Construction LLC........................305,000 Chiefess Kapiolani Elementary School, H39 EOEL Pre-K Renovation, Hilo

Site Engineering Inc. ...............................305,000

Maui Community Correctional Center, New Medium Security Housing, Wailuku

Keaukaha Elementary School, Covered Walkway, Hilo


Naalehu Elementary School, Campus Repaving, Kau

Arita Poulson General Contracting.....5,826,726

Install a New Water Service Lateral, Water Meter and Fill Station at the LSA for the Department of Public Safety, Kulani Correctional Facility, Hilo

Inbound Baggage Handling System Improvements Phase 1 at Kahului Airport Kalama Intermediate School, Music Building Improvement/ Expansion

Tom’s Backhoe & Excavation Inc. ......4,689,245 East Maui Water System Improvements at Wailuanui

MEI Corp. .............................................. 2,089,138

Site Engineering Inc. .............................. 386,600

Kualapuu Elementary School, ADA Transition, Molokai

Sea Engineering Inc. ...............................358,283

Old Haleakala Highway, Sidewalk Improvements

Society Contracting LLC..........................329,000

Lahaina Small Boat Harbor, Inner Marginal Wharf Repair

HI Built LLC................................................303,000 Site Engineering Inc. ...............................129,300

Sterling Pacific Construction..................118,953 Repairs to District Office, Hilo Harbor


Nan Inc. ............................................... 18,573,000

West Maui Construction...................... 1,962,628

Kauai Community Correctional Center, New Medium Security Housing, Lihue

Sea Engineering Inc. ........................... 1,535,435

MEI Corp. ...............................................3,400,547

Holomua Elementary School, Bldg. E, Coat Roof with Acrylic Fluid Applied Roof Coating

MEI Corp. .............................................. 1,435,292

MEI Corp. .............................................. 3,318,375

Ron D Electrical LLC................................ 301,475

Arita Poulson General Contracting.... 1,423,235

Sterling Pacific Construction.............. 1,934,952

Goodfellow Bros. Inc. .......................... 1,054,500

Earthworks Pacific Inc. ....................... 1,779,140

Goodfellow Bros. Inc. ..............................998,888

Pacific Blue Construction LLC............ 1,282,846

Puuhale Elementary School, Parking Lot Improvements Repair Water Laterals at Pier 1, Honolulu Harbor

Hoapili Hale, Security Improvements

Honolulu Police Department Headquarters, Parking Structure Upgrade of Security Cameras

Lokelani Intermediate School, Architectural Barrier Removal, Kihei

Miller’s Paving.......................................... 297,033

Statewide Water Meter Replacement and Miscellaneous Improvements, Molokai

FY20 One-Year Maintenance Contract for Pavement Repairs at Fort Armstrong, Honolulu Harbor

Global Specialty Contractors Inc. .........282,543 Drainage Improvements at Maunakea Street,

Kitsap Construction LLC.......................... 274,354 Kahuku Elementary School, Building C Cafeteria, Shelter Hardening

Hawaii Works Inc. ................................... 254,569 Repair Railings at Pier 10 Shed, Honolulu Harbor

Kaikor Construction Associates Inc. ....253,420 Rehabilitation of Helelua Street, Bridge No. 822

Mahalawa Temporary Bridge

American Marine Corp. .......................... 686,699 Remove Sediment Build Up at Pier 2, Kahului Harbor

Betsill Bros. ...............................................417,741

Maui High School, Weight Training and Wrestling Facilities, Phase 2, Kahului

Prometheus Construction ......................328,322 East Maui Water System Improvements at Honopou and Keanae

Royal Mechanical & Sheetmetal ..........225,400 Maui Community Correctional Center, Dormitories 1, 2 and 3 Roofing System Renovations and Other Improvements, Wailuku


Kauai High School, Girls’ Athletic Locker Room, Lihue Kauai High School, Science Facilities Upgrade, Lihue

Kikiaola Small Boat Harbor Site Improvements, Kekaha

Kaumualii Highway, Intersection Improvements at Waimea Canyon Drive and Menehune Road/Halepule Road, Waimea

ICSD Kukuilono Radio Facility Kauai, Renovate Former Hawaiian Tel Building and Demolish Former HIANG Facility, Kalaheo

Site Engineering Inc. ...............................758,900

Waimea Public Library, Replace Exterior Doors and Miscellaneous Repairs

Tomco Corp. ............................................. 624,155 ICSD Kukui Communication Facility Kauai, Communication Equipment Building Replacement, Waimea

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The Right to Privacy

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy regulations do not apply to most employers. Even where such information might be subject to HIPAA, it does allow disclosure in emergencies —such as the COVID-19 emergency—to public health officials. The Americans with Disabilities Act requires that you keep all medical information confidential, including information related to symptoms of COVID-19 or a diagnosis of COVID-19. This includes all test results, temperature screening logs, questionnaires and other medical information being solicited from employees. One should ensure employees understand that such information must and will be kept confidential and that only people with a “need-to-know” will have access to the medical information. In addition to limiting the people with access, it is recommended to collect the minimum amount of information necessary.

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Self-reporting of COVID-19 symptoms, identified by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance, may feel like a self-inflicting wound, but as the illness intensifies it will not go unnoticed for long. Companies have the right to test employees for the coronavirus. The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) encourages all contractors to have a COVID-19 Exposure Control Plan & Policy. One precaution that has spurred a national polarized debate is the wearing of face masks in public. “As far as masks go … if you develop the virus you’re not going to be able to work and you’re not going to be able to feed your families,” says Jeff Forbes, regional director, The Beck Group and an AGC member. “I think as leaders we really need to set the example and Jeff Forbes wear masks when we are outside of our offices, when we’re on the jobsites. That really sets it into motion with everyone seeing what you’re doing.” According to attorney Scott I. Batterman, a partner with Clay Chapman Iwamura Pulice & Nervell, the company should explain to its Scott I. Batterman employee: • the screening process being used; • any benchmarks for passing the screenings (i.e., temperature below


Recent news that an Oahu construction worker tested positive for COVID-19 while wearing a mask at all times shows just how sneaky this virus can be. It’s not known if the worker was infected on the job. Construction job sites, which are typically open to the air and place workers at a distance, don’t give the virus much opportu- William P. Bahnfleth nity to spread. “Until (a job site) is enclosed, there’s nothing really to worry about,” says William P. Bahnfleth, professor of architectural engineering at Pennsylvania State University. “When it is, then there’s some possibility of concentrating infectious aerosols”— tiny airborne particles that travel more than six feet when people breathe or talk. The virus is also infectious for a few days when it lands on surfaces like tools and tablets and gearshifts. Bahnfleth is testing the power of UV-C light to kill the coronavirus in the air and on surfaces. UV-C light, part of the ultraviolet light spectrum like UV-A and UV-B rays, has been used for more than a century to kill other viruses and bacteria in hospital settings and, more recently, in water purification facilities. Bahnfleth says coronaviruses (like the common cold) have “good susceptibility” to 254 nanometers of UV-C. “We are currently doing testing with a surrogate—a human coronavirus other than SARS-CoV-2 (the COVID-19 virus)—and will be moving to testing with SARS-CoV-2 when our preliminary studies are done,” he says. New York City’s subway authority is already using pulsed bursts of UV-C light to kill the coronavirus in subway cars. Major hotel chains like Hilton and Marriott are also reportedly considering using UV-C light to disinfect hotel guest rooms and common areas. Currently, UV-C disinfection devices include special lamps, mobile robots and wands. Mobile robots, which disinfect an enclosed area in about half an hour, can cost up to $10,000.

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• result of a positive screening (i.e., being sent home from the workplace). It is crucial that the person administering the screening is properly trained and that they obtain appropriate acknowledgments from employees. Batterman adds that companies may use questionnaires that ask if the employee has symptoms related to COVID-19, whether they have come into contact with anyone who tested positive for the coronavirus, has symptoms or who has traveled to a known COVID-19 hotspot. Questionnaires should be brief and designed to elicit only “yes” or “no” responses, with a “yes” response triggering follow-up questions. “Any individual who ‘fails’ a screening procedure (whether prior to entry

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or by exhibiting symptoms during the workday) should be discreetly directed to an isolated, private area for further inquiry by designated personnel,” Batterman says. “This step requires an

‘isolation plan,’ complete with a physical location for the isolated individual to wait that is an isolation room, transportation options and PPE to issue to the infected individual.

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Albert C. Kobayashi Inc. refurbished 1,649 guestrooms at the Sheraton Waikiki. PHOTO COURTESY ACK


ACK renovates 1,649 rooms at the Sheraton Waikiki BY DAVID PUTNAM PHOTOS COURTESY ACK


o perform a “complete gut rehabilitation” of the Sheraton Waikiki, the second-largest hotel in Hawaii, Albert C. Kobayashi Inc. (ACK) set a goal of turning over 30 to 35 guestrooms for immediate occupancy each week. | 15

SPOTLIGHT ON SUCCESS The work, which began in January 2019, required ACK to renovate 1,649 rooms along with adjacent corridors and elevator lobbies on floors four through 31 at the massive hotel overlooking Waikiki Beach on Kalakaua Avenue. ACK was scheduled to complete the $140 million job in July for the client, Kyo-ya Hotels and Resorts LP, says Brian Niitani Brian Niitani, project executive for the general contractor. “Our scope of work was a complete demolition of all existing rooms and lanai, followed by a full bathroom renovation, lanai tile flooring, lanai sliding glass doors, MEP (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) system upgrades, installation of built-in hotel furniture and all associated finishes,” Niitani says. The Sheraton Waikiki first opened in 1971, and Niitani notes that the previous major renovation at the prop-

Each guestroom was completely renovated.

erty was done about 10 years ago to upgrade public and back-of-house areas, the main lobby, ballrooms, common amenities and food service infrastructure. Updating the guestrooms was the logical next step. Much of the work was done during a time of low occupancy at hotels across the Islands due to the coronavirus outbreak, but when the project launched in January the prop-






erty was packed with tourists. “As with any construction project, coordination was the key to success,” Niitani says. “The unique challenge for coordination on this project was that all work had to be coordinated and agreed upon a week prior to starting anything on-site. This pre-coordination allowed the hotel to plan and coordinate their hotel occupancy, which would average 98 percent.” A few weeks before the project was completed, the COVID-19 pandemic prompted a government-ordered shutdown of visitors to Hawaii, resulting in low occupancy among all Hawaii hotels. Still, “communication and scheduling amongst team members were of the utmost importance on this project,” Niitani says. “Due to this priority, we conducted daily in-house meetings and bi-weekly owner meetings to review the schedule, coordinate shutdowns and discuss unforeseen conditions. Most of our meetings were conducted on-site to review and resolve issues as they arose.” ACK’s main construction tasks included: • abatement and demolition, • framing and drywall, • installing exterior sliding doors and exterior lanai divider panels, • plumbing, • fire sprinklers, • electrical, • HVAC, • finish carpentry on new doors, casework and fixed furniture such as wardrobes and divider panels, and • other finishes (paint, carpet and tile). “Because this project was a renovation of an almost 50-year-old building which had gone through some

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SPOTLIGHT ON SUCCESS upgrades over the years, it was difficult to utilize any as-built drawings for design or construction coordination,” Niitani says. “Once demolition was completed on each floor, there were always new and unique unforeseen conditions that arose. This required the team to do many on-site collaborations so that we could address and resolve the issues immediately and keep the project moving forward.” The project team, he adds, “utilized Procore for project documentation, and especially for ensuring our field coordination was captured in RFIs.” Staying on schedule on such a large project brought special challenges. “A key factor to the project’s success, and our most challenging aspect, was the weekly cycle and overall project schedule,” Niitani notes. “Due to the high occupancy of the hotel, any slip in schedule would result in lost revenue for the hotel and potential liquidated damages for ourselves.” To ensure ACK met its goal of finishing up to 35 guestrooms each

week, “the entire project team, inclusive of the owner, construction manager, subcontractors, vendors and

ACK, worked on holidays, weekends and made numerous sacrifices to bring this project home on schedule.”

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army of skilled workers and adept suppliers. Brian Niitani, project executive for general contractor Albert C. Kobayashi Inc., praised the team for its work at the Sheration Waikiki. “All of our subcontractors and suppliers put in countless hours, and the completion of this renovation was a joint effort by everyone involved,” Niitani says. “No one can be singled out as the dedication and commitment shown by this team is what led to the completion and success of the project. Because of that, we would like to recognize them all.”

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Along with Niitani, the project team included Cyrus Oda, Nobutada Nagai and Yasuhiko Ishikawa of Kyo-ya; Tom Calame and Harzali Hashim of hotel operator Marriott International Inc.; Cassie Idehara, Jared Wakayama and James Lewis of construction manager Rider Levett Bucknall; and Benjamin Woo, Masato Tochika, Melvin Nakaoka, Nicole Ford and Brandon Fujimura of Benjamin Woo Architects. “As we wrap up the project,”

Niitani says, “the client has relayed only positive feedback from themselves, guests and travel agencies.” The project’s outstanding feature, according to Niitani: “The sheer quantity of rooms that were renovated. “Sheraton Waikiki has the most hotel rooms in one building of any hotel in the state,” he adds, “and a complete renovation of 1,649 rooms over 19 months is an amazing feat in and of itself that we attribute to a

cohesive project team. “ACK would like to acknowledge the entire project team staff from the owners, hotel staff, subcontractors, vendors and our employees for a successful project. We acknowledge the countless hours and hard work that was contributed by all. “Their determination and outstanding work ethic made this project a success for ACK and all those involved.” | 19

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Hotel Hanalei Bay, a sustainable-luxury renovation of the former Princeville Resort, is slated to start later this summer, according to general contractor Layton Construction Co. “The project includes the creation of a new wellness center and a full renovation of the lobby, all 252 guest rooms and the pool area,” says Will Summerhays, 22 | BUILDING INDUSTRY HAWAII | AUGUST 2020

Layton’s executive vice president. The multimillion-dollar project arrives as Kauai’s building permits also show promise. According to Kauai Will Summerhays Mayor Derek S. K. Kawakami, Kauai building permits

issued through the end of June are valued at $162.6 million, a nearly 39 percent gain over last year’s six-month tally of $117 million. Ryan Ouye, Mayor Kawakami president of Service Rentals and Supplies Inc., says that

(left): Members of the County of Kauai, state officials, Ahe Group, Layton Construction and Kai‘wa Construction celebrate groundbreaking and blessing for Pua Loke Housing in May. PHOTO COURTESY LAYTON CONSTRUCTION CO.

while Kauai construction took a downturn from March through part of May, “ever since the county of Kauai started to open up, we are starting to see more projects move forward toward completion.” Koa‘e Makana Workforce Housing

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“We are starting to see more projects move forward toward completion.” —Ryan Ouye Layton Construction broke ground in May on Pua Loke’s Lihue site. Plans call for 54 one-to-three-bedroom units in three four-story residential buildings adjoining a community center— all wood-framed with cement board siding. Layton will also provide parking and site work. When Pua Loke wraps in August next year,
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Shioi Construction Inc. is GC on Kealaula on Pua Loke, Ahe Group’s affordable housing project across the street from the Layton site. After breaking ground in March, Shioi is raising 12 structures—11 duplexes and one administration building—and is targeting a November wrap. “Specific scope includes slab-ongrade, post-and-pier, rough and finish carpentry, drywall and insulation, roofing, gravel sidewalks and concrete curbing,” says Roy Y. Shioi, company

president. JD Painting & Decorating is handling interior and exterior painting. Shioi is also finishing up on $30.5 million Koa‘e Workforce Housing, and as of August, Shioi says, the contractor is “replicating that ‘Old Koloa Town’ feeling” at brand-new Koloa Village, a $14.5 million project. The project includes “shell building construction of one single-story and seven two-story buildings, wood frame with connecting upper walkways and two elevators and six restrooms,”

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Waimea Huakai, says Jason Thon, the firm’s executive vice president. Ahe Group’s $19.6 million affordable rental housing project features three two-story garden-style build-



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“Kauai is one of our islands that is the busiest right now.” —Bobby Whitworth “The scope of work includes abatement, demolition, removal and replacing finishes, fixtures and equipment with new,” Shioi says. “Within the unit, finish hardware, toilet accessories, plumbing fixtures, electrical fixtures and equipment enclosures are required to be anti-ligature-approved. The wood-clad doors, wall coverings and flooring are manufactured to be tamper- and pick-resistant.” Shioi expects to wrap next May.

Community Centers

Nan Inc. has submitted the low bid—$18.5 million—on the Kauai Community Correctional Center— New Medium Security Housing project in Lihue. Shioi expects to wrap in October on the $3.2 million Waimea Canyon Playcourt. Shioi is installing metal building flooring in a 14,000-squarefoot enclosure, which is fully fenced with basketball courts that transition to a volleyball court. Unlimited plans to start construction this summer on the Wainiha Community Resilience Facility, Hanalei’s new emergency response staging area with a reported value of $2.2 million.

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“The one Engineering Division project on the Capital Improvement

Project that recently broke ground is the Improvements to Maluhia Road and Koloa Road project,” Kawakami says. “The total construction cost is about $20 million.” Kawakami says the county’s Island Wide Road Resurfacing project “is currently in progress and consists of reconstruction and resurfacing of 107 roads, or 25.02 miles.” Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. Inc. is currently repairing two county bridges: the Kapaa Stream Bridge and the Opaekaa Bridge. The new Kapaa Stream Bridge, an approximately $24 million Federal Highway Administration project, replaces the existing Kealia Stream Bridge with a new single-span precast girder bridge, and is scheduled for a December wrap. The Opaekaa Bridge Repair/ Rehabilitation, an approximately $3.8 million Kauai County project, replaces the existing bridge with a new singlelane, single-span bridge using steel girders to support a concrete deck. Pieces of steel members were recycled and incorporated into new decorative

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trusses to preserve some of the bridge’s history. The project is scheduled for a September wrap. In Koloa, Unlimited’s improvements to area wells are proceeding apace, and provide “significant improvements to the Koloa Well 16 site, which consists

of three wells that support the current and future developments in the area,” says Thon. “Unlimited Construction replaced the deep well pump and motor in Well 16B that was out of service for over a decade. New discharge piping, along


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Construction on Kauai’s new Hawthorne Cat facility in Lihue has been completed, says Bobby Whitworth, the dealer’s Hawaii general manager. “With our new facility, we’ll have overhead crane capability. We’ll also have a hydraulic bench to perform hydraulic cylinder work on-island.” Previously, he says, hydraulic cylinders were sent to Oahu to be repaired or resealed. Kauai builders, Whitworth says, will enjoy “a lot quicker up-time due to the new facility.”

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“We are excited for 2020 as we are launching two services that will enable us to stay in better touch with our customers,” says Bill Butner, Honsador Lumber–Lihue general manager. “Honsador now has a texting service that allows us yet one more way to communicate with our customers. You can either call or text our main line: (808) 246-2412. No need Bill Butner to keep multiple contacts in your phone. “We have also launched a delivery confirmation system. This will give us real-time visibility to the location of our delivery fleet throughout the day. This will allow us to give more accurate ETAs on jobsite deliveries along

with several valves, was installed to discharge water from Well B, and a new control building was constructed. New motor control centers for wells and a disinfection system were installed in the control building for both Wells 16A and 16B.” Well 16B is now connected to the Department of Water’s data system, Thon says. “This allows them to monitor and control the system remotely along with the other two wells in the same site.” 30 | BUILDING INDUSTRY HAWAII | AUGUST 2020

with notifications sent by text when the load has arrived.” Butner says lumber is holding Honsador’s steady spot in 2020 as its number-one category. Siding, siding trims, drywall and cabinets, and Honsador’s “Island Homes Collection” packages are also “doing well. 2020 has been a breakout year for these house packages,” he says.

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“Wood framing is our top seller on Kauai,” says Joe McEvoy, HPM’s Kauai regional manager. “As a lumber supplier, we pride ourselves on top quality lumber material and products that our customers can rely on and trust. “Plywood siding is also very frequently used for Joe McEvoy homes here. One of our most popular products for residential projects is our T1-11 plywood siding. This plywood siding is an all-wood exterior-grade panel, which can be used in any number of home projects … (and) features a rough-sawn textured face for a beautiful rustic appearance.” McEvoy says HPM also carries full product lines for Kauai’s busy residential market— “wire mesh, rebar, and our curation of concrete and cement products.” Currently, McEvoy says, “we

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encourage our customers to place phone orders for no-contact purchases to have their items be collected and brought out to their vehicle for them. As a result, our customers spend less time in our lumberyards and more time on the jobsite.”

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Ryan Ouye, Service Rentals president, says the “most popular equipment rentals on Kauai are our aerial and compaction equipment. We have been specialists in these types of equipment for over 25 years. “Our company on a statewide scale has started to integrate more eco-friendly equipment into the market. We see a massive potential for battery-powered machinery in the lawn and garden industry due to the quiet nature of the equipment. We will be trying to expand our fleet with more machinery that focuses on renewable types of energy like solar. “Our focus for the Kauai market is new types of light towers. We are particularly interested in LED models to replace our current fleet.”

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Julie Simonton, Pacific Concrete Cutting & Coring Inc. vice president, says Kauai hotels and commercial establishments “have been taking advantage of the reduction in tourism to perform improvements at their properties.” PCCC, she says, is currently Julie Simonton

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hen Kapalama Container Terminal’s Phase 1 improvements are complete, says Carter W.S. Luke, Hawaii Department of Transportation Harbors Division engineering program manager, the new KCT Yard will contain 113,000 cubic yards of concrete. “Kapalama Container Terminal, Phase II,” he says, “is presently programmed to place an additional 48,950 cubic yards for the new wharf improvements.” Currently valued at about $448 million, the terminal and its huge new hardscape underscore concrete’s role in leading Hawaii projects and the state’s economic recovery.

“We continue to see projects that demand longevity such as infrastructure projects (roads, bridges, water handling, transportation—highways, harbors, airports) use high volumes of concrete, and we have quite a few projected for the coming year,” says Kirk Hashimoto, Cement and Concrete Products Industry of Hawaii executive director. New military facility and infrastructure projects are also expected to use high volumes of concrete. With the state economy currently focused on construction, Hashimoto says, “producers have been busier than projected at the end of last year.” Local cement and concrete producers agree.

Gavin J. Shiraki, Hawaiian Cement sales and marketing general manager, says “the balance of 2020 looks good for the concrete industry, tracking approximately 22 Gavin J. Shiraki percent higher than last year’s volumes to date.” Shorty Kuhn, Island ReadyMix Concrete Inc. vice president and general manager, says “government agencies along with developers continue to show a strong interest in using our product in their projects.” Other concrete forecasts are equally upbeat. | 33

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auger-pile concrete for the foundations, to high-strength and high-early-strength concrete for walls and slabs. The utility project will primarily procure CLSM (controlled low-strength mix) for duct banks and trenches and haul-in aggregate backfill material.” At the city’s 66,000-square-foot Halawa Corporation Yard parking deck project, says Scott, RLP is the approved applicator for Arisfor, a concrete coating/sealant available at OK Hardware. WJE, an international specialist in concrete repair and restoration, is busy at 12 hotels on various islands and 13 residential and commercial projects on Oahu. Two additional multi-family residential projects started this year include The Mahana at Kaanapali (Maui) and Cathedral

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“We expect the redevelopment of Aloha Stadium and the surrounding area to use a significant amount of concrete.”

not need additional finishes such as veneers, plaster or paints.” Kane says Aloha Marketing’s leading projects this year include “rail with Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. Inc., Nan Inc. and Shimmick Traylor Granite, Wai Kai Resort with Layton, Foundations Hawaii and BMK Construction.” Aloha Marketing, Kane says, is providing “GatorBar FRP rebar, GFRC shapes, expansion joints, some consulting on concrete repair and building envelope waterproofing and weather sealing.”

HPM’s McEvoy says with COVID19, “people are spending more time in their houses, and so they are starting DIY projects.” HPM carries Hawaiian Cement products, and “we also carry Amerimix, a high-grade mortar mix that goes hand-in-hand with the Tileco hollow tile blocks we sell, and are common for both residential and commercial use.” Akira Usami, Hawaii/Pacific field sales manager for CEMCO, a national manufacturer of steel construction products, says the Straub Pearlridge

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is added into the concrete at the batch plant and enhances the hardness and wear-resistance of concrete and extends the service life,” says Kimo Scott, the firm’s president. “This technology eliminates the surface hardeners that provide extra hardness to concrete in heavy-duty areas such as docks, distribution warehouses and bus facilities.” Tileco Inc.: “We are promoting and selling specific cleaners and sealers to support the promotion of our architectural masonry units,” says Keith Kido, the firm’s sales manager. Wiss Janney Elstner Associates Inc.: “Designing concrete for both new and remediation projects that intentionally reduces shrinkage properties and permeability … is key to obtaining a high-performing concrete product in Hawaii,” says Tracy Naso, associate principal at WJE’s Honolulu office. “Some frequently used additives include water-reducing admixtures to lower the water content, shrinkage-compensating admixtures, retarding admixtures to improve placement practices and corrosion-mitigating admixtures.

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“Tilt-up construction has proven to be a very affordable structural system for warehouses over 25,000 square feet,” Jordan says. “The economies begin to be seen at this size structure, and they increase linearly as the project size increases.”

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A Place in the Sun Nordic PCL builds the new Sidney and Minnie Kosasa Community at Punahou School BY BRETT ALEXANDER-ESTES


fter successfully delivering a project to client Punahou School in 2016, Nordic PCL Construction Inc. did not pop the champagne. Instead, “the team asked to meet with Punahou School and the design team to analyze all aspects of the completed phase,” says Eric Ballew, Nordic PCL project manager. “Excellence in project management is always possible when one can expect and deliver more then what others think is possible.”

Kosasa Community Phase 1B by Nordic PCL is part of Punahou School’s long-term master plan for the entire campus. PHOTO COURTESY PUNAHOU SCHOOL



A pond, stream and waterfalls by Pacific Aquascapes are unique features of Punahou School’s Kosasa Community. PHOTO COURTESY PUNAHOU SCHOOL

Phase 1B by Nordic PCL includes a library, two commons buildings, three classroom buildings and many other facilities. PHOTO COURTESY PUNAHOU SCHOOL

The Sidney and Minnie Kosasa Community for Grades 2-5, he says, was planned in two phases—Phase 1A, completed by Nordic PCL in 2016, and the upcoming Phase 1B. Both projects, Ballew says, are “part of Punahou’s long-term strategic master plan to upgrade their entire campus to meet the Eric Ballew growing needs of their staff and students.” Phase 1B would consist of five new buildings—three two-story classrooms and two two-story commons buildings. Each classroom building had two classrooms on each level. The two

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Kalo, u‘ala and ulu are grown and harvested on the Community’s ahupua‘a terraces.



commons buildings included specialty classrooms, offices, a library, a kiln, a lounge, a student kitchen and production rooms. There were also two play structures, two custom slides, a sixhoop basketball court, open green space, a large water feature and a hale. “The meeting resulted in a list of items that could be modified or improved upon in Phase 1B,” says Ballew. Nordic and Kendall Ellingwood III, Design Partners Inc. senior principal and project architect, drew up a value engineering list and presented it to Punahou “with the intention to

bring more value to the school based on these lessons learned. “Areas of improvement included, but were not limited to, the hale design, the trench drains and the CRM Kendall Ellingwood III walls,” Ballew says. “Nordic PCL implemented lean construction tools, including the Last Planner System, which optimized the project schedule and assisted in maintaining budget.” Nordic then broke ground on Phase 1B in August 2016. During demolition of existing buildings, Ballew says, “chlordane, a termite treatment banned by the EPA in the 1980s, was found at levels exceeding state allowable levels.” Working with the site work contractor and civil engineer, Nordic located multiple areas within the project perimeter that could contain the contaminated soil and comply with Department of Health requirements. “The soil was successfully re-entombed into a designated approved ‘pit’ location(s) on the site,” Ballew says. “These pits were identified with a layer

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of Mirafi geotextile fabric and orange fencing below two feet of clean soil cover. Because the team was able to work closely with the Department of Health, the project overcame the unforeseen condition in the safest and most cost-effective way possible.” Next, Nordic and Design Partners brought Punahou’s vision for the project into focus. “Kosasa Community is inspired by the latest research in learning and childhood development, underscoring how physical environments affect a child’s ability to learn and grow,” Ballew says. “The indoor and outdoor spaces allow for collaboration among students of different age groups, and for teachThe “oculus” skylight in the ers to implement a variety Commons’ breezeway of instructional techniques. PHOTO COURTESY DESIGN PARTNERS INC. The outdoor landscapes are





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inspired by Hawaiian ahupua‘a to support a curriculum grounded in our unique Island culture and history.” Conducting large-scale projects on an active school campus, Ballew says, is “always a delicate process,” and the Nordic PCL project team reviewed the safety of each student, faculty member and visitor from every angle. Nordic also had to work around and protect the native trees, nesting birds and turtles on campus. During vertical and interior construction, Nordic PCL selfperformed the concrete work—form/ strip, pour and finishing the concrete (including the sack and patch/dry finish of the concrete)—and also selfperformed select cabinetry, door, doorframe, hardware and countertops. When the project wrapped in August 2019, incoming Fall students discovered an intimate cluster of state-of-the-art classrooms that created a “neighborhood between the grades,” Ballew says. “Eco-friendly materials were incorporated in the design, which strived for both LEED Platinum certification and HI-CHPS (standards),” he says. “Learning areas are flexible and can be expanded as use requires. … walls are tackable or for writing, each adhering to a system of varied uses. Some areas are open to outdoor spaces and lanais, tying interior education with outdoor experiences.” The lily pond, stream and hale designed by Pacific Aquasacapes are unique outdoor features. Water flows through agricultural terraces planted

with kalo, u‘ala and ulu, Ellingwood says, which allow students “to understand and experience how ancient Hawaiians would harvest food within their ahupua‘a. “Above the agricultural terraces is a Hawaiian hale with large ohia posts that hold up the roof and a wayfinding compass mosaic located in the center,” he says. The mosaic shows students “how Polynesian navigators keep track of direction by the canoe’s relationship to the rising stars.” When the Community opened, “the project was very well-received and has gotten a lot of praise for its aesthetics,” Ballew says. “The Kosasa Community has been hailed by Punahou and the Punahou families and alumni as a wonderful addition to the campus. Punahou has received many compliments on the completed project, and


Phase 1A received a NAIOP Award for the Best Sustainable Project in 2018.” Ballew says subcontractors that stand out are A-1 A-lectricians Inc. and Creative Partition Systems. “Their team foresaw issues and brought them up early in the project,” he says. “Their ability to masterfully use CAD to help expedite their work not only insured for proper coordination with our other trades, but also made them extremely self-sufficient in designing and solving any on-site issues. “The entire team—Nordic PCL, Punahou School, Design Partners Inc. and their consultants—deserves recognition for this beautiful project. It was the collaboration and team approach that successfully delivered the new Kosasa Community. “It hits every checkmark they were striving for.”

Value Engineering

The value engineering list presented to Punahou School by Eric Ballew, Nordic PCL Construction Inc. project manager, and Kendell Ellingwood III, Design Partners Inc. senior principal and project architect, included: • Utilizing a KIM mix to prevent water infiltration for a storage room under the exterior stairs. • Changing the perforated gutters to non-perforated to reduce the amount of water splashing on the adjacent exterior stairs. • Adding numerous trench drains to keep water off the stairs (safety item for students). • Changing light fixtures that resulted in additional savings to the owner of about $88,000. • Changing the grit for the traffic coating to reduce potential slips. • Implementing the Last Planner System.

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hether it’s pier-side heavy equipment, scrap ordinance or a beleagured iconic resort, what’s run down, must come down. When Matson accepted the delivery of three new gantry cranes last year, some of the older cranes on Sand Island had to go. O’Brien Specialist Crane Services, specializing in the crane dismantling, demolition and relocation industry, brought down a ship-to-shore (STS) crane using a method called “controlled collapse.” “Matson is investing $60 million in a multi-year terminal expansion and modernization project for its Sand Island hub,” says Callum O’Brien, contracts director. “The project involved the delivery of three brand new STS cranes, the upgrade and overhaul of three exist-

A worker organizes scrap metal at the Lenox facility in Kapolei. PHOTO COURTESY LENOX METALS

ing STS cranes and the demolition and removal of four redundant STS cranes.” Key requirements included an environmentally friendly and sustainable component; no disruption to port operations; and meeting the approval of Hawaii Department of Transportation, Harbors Division. According to a Matson representative, O’Brien Specialist Crane Services is the only contractor to receive approval from both the HDOT and the Department of Health for a demolition method of STS cranes. “The O’Brien Specialist Crane Services proposal centered on the demolition method of controlled collapse which involves weakening the crane structure at specific locations to induce pin/hinge joint points about which the structure can fold and collapse to the ground in a controlled manner,” O’Brien says. “This method was chosen as it meets and exceeds the key requirements of the project.” To accomplish this, O’Brien workers used cutting torches to weaken key parts of the crane’s structure. Once that was done, the crane was pulled down using cables attached to its frame. “From the impact survey, a comprehensive environmental protection plan was developed which set out the strict control measures required to ensure our operation had no adverse impact on the environment,” O’Brien says.

(from l-r) Cutting continues on the ‘Ewa side of the crane; view of the area on the pier around the crane scheduled for disposal using a method called “controlled collapse.” PHOTO COURTESY SUSAN YAMAMOTO/MARITIME HAWAII

“These included lead abatement of the structural steel in the locations where cuts would be made as part of the controlled collapse and the total removal of hazardous materials such as oils, lubricants, fuels, PCBs and fluorescent tubes, prior to the demolition of the cranes. To further aid the sustainability of the project all recyclable materials were shipped to the Mainland for treatment so they can be reused and repurposed.” Due to the age and condition of the quay structure, O’Brien Specialist Crane Services developed a quay deck protection mat which would absorb the impact of the controlled collapse of the 246-foot-tall structure. O’Brien says timing was also critical to avoid interfering with port operations.

Money for Metal

Lenox Metals LLC, whose business is the collection, transportation and recycling of scrap metals, recovered five million pounds of ferrous and nonferrous scrap metals from the island of Kahoolawe. With the U.S. Navy as its client, Parsons Engineering located, collected and processed much of the | 49

ordinance onsite, allowing Lenox to ship the scrap metal for export. “Our largest clients are Hawaiibased utilities, government agenAlan Hornstein cies, military bases and the top 25 building contractors in the state of Hawaii,” says Alan Hornstein, founder and president. “Lenox also services subcontractors at all levels who have been contracted to perform all types of construction management such as demolition and build-back projects.” Lenox recycles commercial/industrial type metals, non-ferrous (copper, brass, aluminum, insulated cable, stainless steel, electronics) and ferrous metals (iron and steel). According to Hornstein, Watts Constructors and Healy Tibbitts contracted Lenox to collect, sort, transport and recycle more than 1.5 million pounds of undersea transmission power cable from the Navy’s Pearl Harbor location. Clean-up of this site was necessary to start up construction of the new

nuclear submarine base docking center at Beckoning Point, which ports the new Virginia-class nuclear submarines. “General contractor Parsons Engineering chose Lenox to collect and recycle all its non-ferrous and ferrous steel, pumps, piping, motors and valves at its primary sewage treatment center demolition and build-back off Sand Island Access Road,” Hornstein says. “Lenox fabricated special collection and loading bins for Parsons Engineering’s use onsite. This project is ongoing and planned out over a 10-year period.” At the iconic International Market Place in Waikiki, Lenox recycled nearly 5,000 tons of structural steel (I-beams, plate, pipe, etc.) and inside finished scrap metals, including insulated copper wire, water pipe, bath fixtures and aluminum roofing, etc. All work was performed during evening hours. Lenox Metals, based at Campbell Industrial Park in Kapolei, was awarded the city’s Exporter of the Year award in 2008.

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A Re-use worker removes siding from a hale rooftop. PHOTO COURTESY RE-USE HAWAII

sent to the landfill. This material we recovered is now being distributed at our Redistribution Yard in the Koloko Industrial area in Kailua-Kona.” Scheduled to complete work in 2022, Nordic PCL Construction Inc. is the primary general contractor for the 81-acre resort improvements. Goodfellow Brothers Inc. is contracted for the underground infrastructure and Ali‘i Builders will construct the suites and repair units of what today is known as the Kona Village, a Rosewood Resort. “There are some existing units along the shoreline that will be repaired in place and brought up to today’s applicable codes alongside improvements for building performance, occupation and safety,” says Eadie. “These

A Re-use workman removes a reusable plank of wood. PHOTO COURTESY RE-USE HAWAII

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City Outlines EV-Charging Building Requirements Most new Honolulu County projects are required to include EV-ready parking spaces BY BRETT ALEXANDER-ESTES


ith the passage of Bill 25 in June, says Hawaii Energy Executive Director Brian Kealoha, “most new (City and County of Honolulu) construction will be required to make 25 percent of parking spaces EV-ready, which means building the necessary wiring and infrastructure to be ready to install electric vehicle charging stations at a later date. The new energy code also includes a point system to provide more flexibility for developers to meet this requirement.” The city’s EV-readiness requirements were presented via webinar in June, says Rocky Mould, energy program manager at the City and County of Honolulu’s Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency. The presentation outlined the city’s two paths to compliance: a baseline percentage pathway and a points-based pathway.

stalls, and to new commercial buildings that add 12 or more parking stalls. The city allows the following discounts: Brian Kealoha Rocky Mould • For new affordable residential multi-unit buildings for households earn- stalls must be equipped to achieve no less ing 100 percent to 140 percent of Area than one point for every four parking Median Income, 20 percent of spaces stalls based on the capacity requirements must be EV-ready. and values listed in Table C406.8.2. • No EV-ready spaces are required for households earning 100 percent and Incentives and Rebates below AMI. Hawaii Energy, says Kealoha, “has a • For new commercial retail buildings couple of rebate programs that run through that add 12 or more parking spaces, 20 June 30 2021, or until funds run out, to percent of new spaces must be EV-ready. help contractors meet these requirements. “For first-time installations, Hawaii EV Points-Based Pathway Energy offers a $4,500 rebate for a Points-based compliance, says Mould, networked Level 2 EV charging station. We also provide a $3,000 rebate for is gauged by referencing the city’s Table swapping out your old station with a new C406.8.2. networked Level 2 EV charging station. Newly constructed parking stalls for “In order to qualify for the rebates, newly constructed residential multi-unit stations must be multi-port and serve buildings that add eight or more newly multiple tenants, employees and/or customadded parking stalls must be equipped EV Baseline Percentage ers. These rebates cover the majority—if to achieve no less than one point for Pathway every four parking stalls based on the EV not the full cost—of installing a charging New residential multi-unit and charger capacity requirements and values station. We also have rebates for Level 3 charging stations which are typically used commercial buildings must make 25 listed in Table C406.8.2. for fleet charging. At this time, singlepercent of new parking spaces EV-ready. Newly constructed parking stalls for family residences and individually owned This applies to new residential multi-unit newly-constructed commercial buildings buildings that add eight or more parking that add 12 or more newly-added parking parking stalls are not eligible for the rebate. “Additionally, for affordable housing developments serving households making no Electric Vehicle Readiness — Points Table more than 100 percent of the AMI, Hawaii Table C406.8.2 Energy provides additional funding to cover ELECTRIC VEHICLE READINESS POINTS-BASED COMPLIANCE VALUES the cost, which usually covers the EV-ready cost as well. For qualifying affordable housCompliance Points ing developments, Hawaii Energy will pay Common Time to Common an additional $5,000 incentive on top of Electric Vehicle Charging Dedicated Area Stall w/ charge 50 Area EV the $4,500 incentive for the installation of a Charger Rate (kW) EV Ready EV Charging kW battery Ready new networked Level 2 charging station or a Capacity Level at 208 Vac Stalls Equipment (hrs) Stalls $1,500 bonus incentive for retrofits. Installed “So far we have paid out over $50,000 1 (in in rebates during the first six months of the Level 2, enclosed N/A N/A 3.4 15 current program, and have received interest Minimum 16A attached from other projects that are currently being garage) planned or under construction.” Level 2, Go to 6.7 7.5 1 4 7 Minimum 32A evcharging for more information on Hawaii Energy’s program, including the application Level 2, 64A TO 13.3 3.8 1 7 14 80A and the remaining available funds. DCFC 50 kW (480/277 Vac 3-phase)









Affordable Housing Rises Amid a Pandemic Shioi Construction completes 134-unit Koa‘e Makana community on Kauai BY DAVID PUTNAM


elito Caraang of Shioi Construction Inc. (SCI), had plenty to offer in his praise of the SCI project team’s performance in the construction of Koa‘e Makana, a workforce housing rental community in Koloa, Kauai. The comments lavished on the crew by Caraang, senior project manager for SCI, covered four critical areas: • “Understanding my optimistic can-do attitude, and sometimes very demanding demeanor.” • “The teamwork and camaraderie that everyone afforded each other throughout the duration of the project.” • “Watching each other’s back, and for the safe working relationships among all team members, including our workers.” • “Showcasing a proud and impressive construction site as the public views us every day from Poipu Road, a major highway.” Caraang oversaw the construction

of “a total of 134 apartment units, a much-needed housing for Hawaii, and for Kauai in particular.” At a cost of $30,538,905, Koa‘e Makana is Helito Caraang comprised of 23 low-rise apartment buildings—two four-plexes, 21 six-plexes—and a community center. The project, which broke ground in November 2018, offers 134 apartment units, including one reserved for the resident manager. Caraang says Shioi Construction also built seven trash enclosures, a mail center and a facility entrance logo and signage. Shioi, he adds, “is currently negotiating a change order to add a playground and a gazebo right next to the community center.” SCI began its work on the housing project in January for the client, Mark Development Inc., which was work-

ing in partnership with the County of Kauai. The buildings offer a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom units. To reside at Koa‘e Makana, tenants are required to have a household income that does not exceed 60 percent of Kauai’s Area Median Income. Caraang says SCI utilized various products and techniques in constructing the 23 apartment buildings. “All wall framing and floor framing are fabricated and assembled on the ground,” he says. “The prefabricated units are erected into place by our framing crew with help from our mobile crane. With this method, it only takes two to three weeks to frame a two-story, six-plex building, complete.” Additionally, he says “installation and shop drawings are prepared and reviewed thoroughly to make sure all building components will fit.” These steps include: “Stair treads and landings are factory precast to exact size. Field | 53


WORK ASSIGNMENTS Shioi Construction Inc. selfperformed much of the tasks required to complete Koa‘e Makana, and SCI utilized skills of many subcontractors. “We coordinated closely with our subcontractors,” says Helito Caraang, SCI’s senior project manager, “and agreed to be flexible while we tweak our construction schedule. We had to change our building construction sequencing a few times just so we can keep working and avoid unnecessary down times.” The workload includes:

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are factory-fabricated and cut to exact size; field installations are made easy, no cutting and no finishing in the field is required.” Caraang says there were several major hurdles to clear to stay on schedule. “Our scope of work is huge and our contract time is tight,” he says. “In addition, site work, which is a separate contract, was obstructed by

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road construction were on-going while buildings were being erected.” Caraang says the crew did its “work by phase to allow site work and build-

ing construction to progress simultaneously.” Other obstacles included “existing high voltage power lines that traversed the project site and prevented us from working within 25 feet until it was removed at almost the end of the project.” SCI, he says, refrained “from using our telescopic reach forklifts, as well as our mobile crane where the overhead power lines posed danger to our operations.” He says the new water main and sewer main extensions to the facility “did not come until almost the end of the project. Likewise, new power lines to service the new facility did not come until the new roads inside the facility were completed a month ago.” He also notes that SCI adopted safety guidelines to handle coronavirus-related shutdowns and restrictions. “When COVID-19 broke out, we had to abide by government guidelines and be established as safe a working construction site as possible, just so we ... continued on page 59

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Isle Contractors, Hawaii Foodbank Partner in Food Relief

Hawaii’s construction, development and other industries came together in July to help feed Hawaii’s hungry through a private sector partnership with the Hawaii Foodbank. One-day food distributions were held at Windward Community College, Waianae Mall and the Polynesian Cultural Center, with the goal of serving 3,250 area households. Participating funding and building industry partners include Commercial Plumbing Inc., Bowers + Kubota, Kobayashi Group, Black Sand Capital, Albert C. Kobayashi Inc., J. Kadowaki Inc., Moss Construction–Hawaii, JL

Capital, Ferguson Enterprises–Hawaii, Great Aloha Run, Design Partners Inc., RMY Construction Inc., Nagamine Okawa Engineers Inc., Okahara and Associates Inc., Brookfield Properties and the Hawaii Executive Collaborative. Food items were provided by the Hawaii Farm Bureau, Hawaii Foodservice Alliance, H&W Foodservice and Sysco Hawaii. Hawaii’s building sector and other industries provided more than $250,000 in funding as well as food distribution volunteers. “The demand for food assistance

HDOT Awards New Contract to Statewide Safety Systems

The state of Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) recently awarded a new State Maintenance Division contract to Statewide Safety Systems, a 25-year HDOT service provider. The new contract for maintenance work on Oahu replaces an expiring three-year service agreement. The new contract for Project No. HWY-C-4519 runs through April 2021. Statewide Safety Systems provides 48-50 traffic control technicians to support various state crews working on structures (bridge repair), electrical (light poles), landscaping, roadway striping and pothole patches as well as other maintenance projects. “Statewide Safety Systems continues to provide quality and costeffective work zone services to our customers,” says Don Nicholas, CEO of Statewide Safety Systems. “We are thankful for the confidence the Department of Transportation Highways Division has shown in us over the years. Statewide Safety Systems will continue to grow and bring innovative solutions to Hawaii, with the focus of being the preferred 56 | BUILDING INDUSTRY HAWAII | AUGUST 2020

provider of choice.” Says Dana Shaffer, Statewide Safety System’s Hawaii operations president, “I am very proud of the team here in Hawaii, and their focus on the safety of the customer, community and each other. I’m appreciative to be able to

remains extremely high,” says Hawaii Foodbank President and CEO Ron Ron Mizutani Mizutani. “We’re grateful for this private sector partnership between the construction, development and other industries that will help feed Hawaii’s families during this unprecedented time.” The July distributions are in addition to Hawaii Foodbank’s existing food distributions through its 200 partner agencies on Oahu. For more information, go to hawaiifoodbank. org/member-agencies.

continue our efforts to keep the motoring public and dedicated employees of the state of Hawaii safe.” Statewide Safety Systems is a national provider of traffic control and roadway project support with 32 locations in 10 states.

RMY Begins Lanakila Water System Project General contractor RMY Construction Inc. launched construction on the Board of Water Supply’s Lanakila Water System Improvement project in June, with the job expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2021. According to BWS, the project will replace approximately 3,600 feet of 4-inch and 8-inch water mains installed in the 1930s. The work by Honolulu-based RMY is in the areas of Lanakila Avenue from N. Kuakini Street to Kunawai Lane, along N. Judd Street from Kunawai Lane to Liliha Street, on Kamaka Lane and Alaneo Street from N. School Street to 1627 Alaneo St.

Nan Lands $146M DKI Contract

Nan Inc. in June was awarded a $146 million contract from the Hawaii Department of Transportation for renovations at Honolulu’s Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. The Phase 2 contract covers renovations to the Terminal 2 ticket lobby and improvements to the Terminal 1 baggage handling system. The project is expected to require about 100 local construction workers. “We recognize that airport modernization is vital to helping Hawaii’s visi-

tor industry and the overall economy rebound,” says Fooney Freestone, Nan Inc. president. “We are eager to get to work on this important project.” Terminal 2 work at the lobby level includes new ticketing counters and canopies, take-away conveyer belts and high-volume low-speed ceiling fans. On the apron and basement levels, work includes new and modified Transportation Security Administration (TSA) baggage screening spaces, a new baggage

handling system and other related construction. Terminal 1 work includes construction of new TSA baggage screening spaces and equipment, six baggage makeup carousels and new U.S. Department of Agriculture spaces. There will also be demolition and reconstruction of existing spaces and other related improvements. The project is slated to start this summer, and is expected to wrap in the first quarter of 2023.

Student teams from Kalani High and ‘Iolani School studied urban planning in Kakaako for the June UP national championships. PHOTO COURTESY URBANPLAN

Hawaii Students Compete in First UP Nationals

Two Hawaii high school teams in June competed in the first UrbanPlan (UP) National Championships via Zoom conferencing. Kalani High School and ‘Iolani School were each represented by a team of five high school seniors, who competed against 10 student teams from the U.S. Mainland. Organized by the Urban Land Institute, a national professional nonprofit organization, the competition required teams to present a complex urban planning scenario to members of a mock city council, followed by a question and answer session. A team from Mill Valley,

Calif., won the overall competition. “The UrbanPlan program has supported the dreams of future urban planners and industry professionals in Hawaii for the past two decades, and we are pleased to recently launch the state and national competitions, as well as the Bernice Glenn Scholars Program, to help the next generation tackle new issues and create even better communities,” says Jon Wallenstrom, a principal with Alaka‘i Development who serves as a student mentor and Hawaii UP competition organizer. “All of our Hawaii teams shined on the national stage this year

with innovative ideas to address difficult issues.” More than 175 Hawaii high school and University of Hawaii students participated in the statewide UP program this year, which incorporates 15 hours of in-school instruction by specially trained Hawaii urban planning professionals. In addition to Kalani High School and ‘Iolani School, this included students from Punahou School and Mid-Pacific Institute. Currently, organizers are working to expand the program next year, as well as integrate new planning technologies into the curriculum. | 57


McCarthy to Build $233M CDC Lab

McCarthy Building Cos. has been selected as construction manager and contractor on a $233 million highcontainment laboratory facility for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) near its headquarters in Atlanta. The new lab, classified as BSL-4 (biosafety level 4), will replace one built in 2005 on the agency’s main campus in Atlanta, according to constructiondive. com. Despite the anticipated 50-year life of the existing lab, the CDC says the building will be obsolete before then and the agency would have to shut down the lab for years to perform the renovations.  BSL-4 labs are designed for research on the most dangerous health threats. The new 160,000-foot, multistory High Containment Continuity Laboratory will be on the CDC’s Roybal Campus, with space for 80 researchers. The CDC has chosen Flad Architects, Page Southerland Page and WSP to plan, program and design the new facility.

FINANCE Banks Hit with Rise in Delinquent Construction Loans

Banks that make loans for offices and stores say their portfolios were “structured to withstand a downturn” before the COVID-19 pandemic hit in the first quarter of 2020, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence. However, according to the report by S&P Global, the total volume of delinquent construction loans on bank balance sheets in the quarter climbed to


$3.67 billion, up 23.8 percent from the fourth quarter of 2019, and 24.6 percent higher on a year-over-year basis. The report notes that Wells Fargo & Co. had the greatest nominal exposure to construction among U.S. banks in the first quarter, with $19.42 billion in loans, mostly in commercial real estate. Banks had already been backing away from real estate construction lending, S&P reports. Construction loans represented only 3.37 percent of total loans and leases, down from 3.44 percent in the previous quarter and 3.49 percent a year earlier.

CANADA Calgary Plans Flames’ New Arena

Calgary has selected two contractors to build the new $550 million home of the NHL’s Flames, with construction to begin in August 2021. The Canadian Press reports that the new facility is

Calgary’s new arena will replace the Saddledome (above). PHOTO COURTESY THE CANADIAN PRESS 58 | BUILDING INDUSTRY HAWAII | AUGUST 2020

scheduled for completion in May 2024 to replace the 37-year-old Saddledome. The contractors are Calgary’s CANA, which built the original Saddledome, and U.S.-based Mortenson Construction. Mortenson also built the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn., the Chase Center in San Francisco, Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas and the Seattle Center Arena. The arena’s look will be done by a partnership between Calgary design company Dialogue and the American international architectural and engineering firm HOK, according to the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation. The city and Calgary Sports and Entertainment agreed in 2019 to split the cost of the new building on land north of the Saddledome on the downtown’s east side.

AUSTRALIA Lendlease Reports FY Loss

Developer and contractor Lendlease, citing the impact of the coronavirus on its global operations, has announced an after-tax loss of up to $236 million this fiscal year following a $467 million profit last year. Lendlease, which is headquartered in Sydney, develops communities for the military for the U.S. Department of Defense, including Schofield Barracks. According to reports, the company’s profit after tax and before pandemicrelated costs will be between $50 million and $150 million, a sharp decline from the $497 million last year.


Armstrong Builders Names Schmelz Armstrong Builders has named Cody Schmelz as project engineer. He will be responsible for material procurement, quality control and document control. Previously, Schmelz served as project engineer for F&H Construction, Cody Schmelz and has held project engineering positions with Level 10 Construction in Sunnyvale, Calif. Schmelz holds a bachelor’s in construction engineering management from Oregon State University.

B+K Adds Five

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architectural/engineering firm that specializes in architecture, construction management, program management and project development, has added five new staff members. Nickolas Cody Nickolas Cody joins as airfield radio operator on the firm’s Statewide Airport Pavement Management Service project. Brant Yamamoto joins as project manager with the firm’s Statewide Airport Program Management Brant Yamamoto support.

Michael Frei joins as project inspector on the firm’s various Kauai projects.

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Armand Baclig joins as project engineer on the firm’s various DOT Highways projects.

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can keep working and minimize delays.” Caraang says key members of the project team include Coralyn Murayama, project assistant; Alicia Vea, safety coordinator; Arnold Bunao, superintendent; Jessie Semana, concrete foreman; George Gray, framing foreman; Twayne Cole, finish carpentry foreman; Eric Nagao, drywall superintendent; and Jason Nagahisa, drywall foreman. The newly landscaped Koa‘e Makana

Koa‘e Makana’s standout features, Caraang says, include “Shurlock standing seam metal roofing and eyebrows for all apartment buildings, Milgard double-hung vinyl windows, StepStone precast stair treads and landings, granite countertops, Knotwood aluminum stairs guardrail and handrail, trash enclosure gate and trellises and the mail center trellis and community center canopy.”

GBI is proud to be a key partner in bringing affordable housing opportunities to Garden Isle residents with the completion of the Koa‘e Workforce Housing Development project on Kaua‘i.

We are more than a general contractor, we are family. | 59


SERVICE DRONE UNVEILED TyBot offers contractors a rebar-tying robot BY PRISCILLA PÉREZ BILLIG

SkyMul, a startup from the Georgia Tech Robotics Institute, introduces the autonomous rebar-tying robot TyBot. The drone flies down to a rebar mat, identifies each rebar intersection, ties it off in about 10 seconds and moves on to the next. This year, SkyMul plans to subcontract the rebar-tying drone as a service to contractors; next year, the goal is to sell the drone to companies in the concrete business. Stefan Posey, co-founder and chief technology officer, says the drone can identify rebar intersections without CAD files, site plans or manual programming. Instead, it uses 60 | BUILDING INDUSTRY HAWAII | AUGUST 2020

computer vision and machine learning to map the work area and locate the intersections autonomously. A main advantage is to redeploy workers to more productive Stefan Posey work. One worker would be needed to manage battery charging and wire refills. Each drone can land, tie and take off regardless of any other drone in use as multiple and smaller drones can be used at once. If a drone or its tie tool breaks, it can be swapped out for a

spare, forming a modular, flexible and robust system. The TyBot combines the tenets of flexible automation and smart tools from the manufacturing industry for the construction field. Compared to manual tying, SkyMul claims its TyBot requires 84 percent less labor, operates 1.9 times faster and is 13 percent cheaper. SkyMul Rebar Tying Drone ranked among the top 10 new innovations at the World of Concrete 2020. This one is in the prototype stage and SkyMul expects retail prices to run around $35,000 when ready to hit the market.


Love Your Lungs

Montabert introduces a new water mist system for its hydraulic rock-breakers to reduce silica dust on jobsites. The system is available for the company’s smaller breakers, such as the SC-22 and SC-28. The spray feature includes an integrated hose-protection design with a water inlet port. Breakers equipped with the system have two lifting points for improved safety and a water nozzle that provides a wide-angle spray. The new mist system is designed to help meet OSHA requirements to reduce workers’ exposure to airborne crystalline silica.

Watching Concrete Harden

Attachment Aid

Geith offers a new G4 excavator quick coupler to prevent attachments from falling off, and for changing attachments from the cab. The front safety lock is forced on by a spring which retains the attachment in case of misconnection. The rear safety lock is the secondary safety feature backed up by two springs which retains the attachment rear pin in case of cylinder failure. Geith’s “Curl To Release” control system guarantees the attachment is only released in a safe position.

Maturix Smart Concrete Sensors wirelessly transmit real-time data on temperature and strength development to your device. It records, monitors and alerts users on the actual status of the concrete which reduces risk and increases efficiency. The sensors are reusable. Sacrificial thermocouple wires are placed in the concrete and temperature is transmitted wirelessly to the Maturix Monitoring & Reporting Service. The service is accessible on any internet-connected device and shows real-time temperatures and calculated strengths of the actual, in-place concrete.

Clean Living

The design has no greasing requirements, less maintenance and replacement parts which guarantee a hassle-free coupler. Ability to reverse buckets allow the operator to excavate against walls and under pipes. The operator can change attachments from the comfort and security of the cab.

GTech Clean, an EPA-approved surface sanitizer and deodorizer that kills 99.9 percent of viruses, bacteria and fungi for up to five days and protects against mold and mildew growth at building sites, particularly in humid areas. This product binds to anything, despite the material—concrete, wood, plastic, composites, cement, grout, paint, carpets, counter tops or other materials. GTech leaves a microscopic layer that is ready for painting within 24 hours. GTech reduces dust and odors in air filters and ducts. Keeping work boots and equipment clean with GTech Clean can get rid of the worst germs and odors on clothes and equipment. | 61


Establish Accountability to Achieve Results


re you a contractor who others view as, “You say what you mean and mean what you say?” Can you be counted on 100 percent to fulfill your promises, or do you sometimes slide? If you are the owner of a privately-held construction company, you are accountable to very few people. Most owners of construction companies believe this is a good thing. However, that’s a serious mistake. Very often, owners will tell me in the same breath they enjoy the lack of accountability but, are unhappy with the way their companies are performing. I point out their employees are simply mirroring the lack of strict accountability they see from the top. Turning around this culture is not easy. The only place to start is with you—the person at the top. As Ghandi said: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Never underestimate how closely your employees watch you. They mimic your mode of operation. If you are unaccountable to others, they notice. The dictionary defines accountability as the state of being liable and answerable for one’s actions. It’s typical for people—and especially leaders—to think of accountability in a negative sense. Many believe it’s squelching, or even intimidating. However, the opposite is true. When accountability is a major focus in a company, results happen on time and with predictability. Employee performance increases, job satisfaction improves and relationships are strengthened. It is a formula for success. Accountability is for fearless individuals who are not content with the status quo. It is for individuals who want to be true change agents. With accountability, you and your company will be more productive, reach higher levels of performance as well as 62 | BUILDING INDUSTRY HAWAII | AUGUST 2020

achieve richer personal and professional relationships. As the leader, it is your responsibility to ensure that you or those in management positions have set clear goals, established roles in achieving the goal and set the deadline in an atmosphere of trust and respect.

This is particularly difficult due to the COVID-19 pandemic and ever-changing working conditions, with some employees working from home, virtual meetings becoming the norm, handling unexpected problems while trying to lead teams. To improve accountability with your employees, begin by reviewing the company’s core values. Can you and everyone in the company quickly recite them and are you living them out every day, no matter how unpleasant or costly? If yes, rank (on a scale of 1 to 5) all the employees on their level of accountability and identify those who fall short, which is usually identified by those who consistently fail to achieve deadlines. Consider the following questions in the quest for improvement: • What part/role do I play in this shortfall of accountability? • Does the employee understand there is an issue? • Is this person coachable?

• Is there anything that is an obstacle for this person? • How much is this costing the company in lost customers, overtime, reputational cost, etc.? • What is the deadline for fixing the problem? • What is the ideal outcome? For those contractors who manage remote workers, a simple technique for creating accountability metrics asks three questions: “What will you do?” This gives the employee the responsibility to express how they plan to successfully work in a remote environment and make their own decisions on what works best. “When will you do it?” This ensures clarity around expectations. There’s less opportunity for confusion when timing and deadlines are made clear. These two questions can be documented in meeting minutes and then shared virtually. “How will we know that you’ve completed the assignment?” The direct report should send a note to confirm the task is completed. Measuring employee accountability in person or virtually is the key step to ensure active participation and positive outcomes. Why not make today the day that you begin to choose your words and actions carefully? Speak and act intentionally to influence the kind of change you wish to see in your company and build a high performing culture of accountability. Garrett Sullivan is president of Sullivan & Associates Inc., a management coach who helps contractors clarify, simplify to achieve their goals and vision with reduced stress and great profitability. Contact him at GSullivan@SullivanHi. com or 478-2564.


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