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Circling Back to the Summit

The planet-wide turmoil caused by COVID-19 has pushed many important concerns onto the back-burner, and maybe rightfully so. And maybe it’s time to circle back and take a look at a local issue steeping on the summit of Mauna Kea with the Thirty Meter Telescope. Gordon Squires, TMT vice president of external affairs, tells Building Industry Hawaii that telescope-related work continues off-island. “TMT’s preferred site continues to be Mauna Kea,” he says. “The TMT International Observatory (TIO) has diligently worked over many years to engage with the Native Hawaiian community, comply with all legal and procedural requirements and evaluate options for achieving its scientific mission with the least amount of impact to other values and objectives. “TMT continues to assess a number of factors impacting its timeline and schedule. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in TMT’s partnership working from home around the world and it continues to present a public health threat as well as travel and logistical challenges.” Squires adds that the project “will not initiate any on-site activities this year at either Mauna Kea or its back-up site of La Palma (in Spain’s Canary Islands), and will continue to do the work it can safely do in the partner countries.” In short, the work goes on as many various and important components of the Thirty Meter Telescope Workers unload a part of the TMT assembly. are being built elsewhere toward the assembly and planned unveiling of the instrument in July 2027. “Hawaii is the best place in the world to study the universe,” Squires says. “There are endless possibilities this project brings in new scientific discoveries.” He points to Andrea Ghez, a professor of astronomy at UCLA who won a Nobel Prize in physics in October for her work in the study of black holes in space. According to the TMT project, the W.M. Keck telescopes on Mauna Kea played a key role in Ghez’s research to study the motion of thousands of stars around Sagittarius A, 26,000 light-years from Earth in the middle of the galaxy. Squires says among the benefits of having the TMT at Mauna Kea is that it “provides an opportunity to better the future for Hawaii Island’s children through our THINK Fund and Workforce Pipeline Program, by training and grooming the next generation of local astronomers and others who want to get into STEM careers and fields.” TMT also could boost Hawaii Island’s economy with “300 construction jobs during its 10-year construction timeline, and 150 long-term jobs to operate the facility,” he says. So in the midst of a global pandemic, efforts to build an Extremely Large Telescope (ELT) with a wavelength 10 times better than the Hubble telescope continue atop the most sacred mountain in Native Hawaiian culture. And, whether TMT successfully completes the project on Mauna Kea or defers to supporters of Native Hawaiian culture and opts for La Palma, we are witnessing a major piece of scientific history in the making.

Setting It Straight

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Carolyn Aber, NAWIC Honolulu’s immediate past president, was not included in an article published in the September edition that listed the 2021 NAWIC Honolulu officers.

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40 Nan Awarded $75M Veterans Home Project


Q3 Ends with 2nd Straight Month of Declining Awards

Agency contracts total $52.8 million in September

10 Spotlight On Success: Kona Commons

Maryl Group transforms former Sports Authority into six shell areas for new retailers

14 Supplies Flow on the High Seas

Despite uncertain times, shipping and transportation companies maintain steady deliveries to contractors and suppliers

20 Top Choices for Island Pickup Lovers

40 Military Roundup: NAVFAC Awards $99M Waterfront Contract 41 PRP, HHC Help Fund Queen’s Sanctuaries Project 41 Sunspear Tops Hale Kewalo with 117kW Array 41 Unlimited to Start $65M Project in Spring

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29 Solid Gains

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Building Industry Hawaii will take a look at the latest in Heavy Equipment as well as provide an update on Infrastructure. We also look Inside BIA-Hawaii.

Winners Congratulations


The Kobayashi & Kosasa Family Dinning Room OVERALL GRAND AWARD & COMMERCIAL REMODELING

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Mokulua High Performance Builder & Peter Vincent Architects Wai’alae Timeless Modern DETAILS - RESIDENTIAL & NEW RESIDENTIAL

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Guerin Glass Architects The Ritz-Carlton Residences at Waikiki Beach MULTI-FAMILY DEVELOPMENT


Hawaii Modern Architecture & Interior Design Mederios Residence CONDOMINIUM RESIDENTIAL REMODELING


DATEBOOK | Upcoming Classes, Events & More If you’d like your organization’s event to be considered for Datebook, contact brett@tradepublishing.com a minimum of two months prior to your event. Editor’s note: Due to the continuing developments surrounding COVID-19 in Hawaii, some scheduled events and activities have been canceled, postponed or, as of press time, were unconfirmed. NOVEMBER 1

Electrician 240 Class

Presented by the Associated Builders and Contractors Inc. Hawaii Chapter (ABC Hawaii). Meets HRS section 448E-5(b) requirements. The class for the coming year is now open for enrollment. Email Ken@abchawaii. org for an application packet.  NOVEMBER 1

HAPI Shorts (Ongoing)

Virtual sessions by industry professionals presented each week during lunch hour by the Hawaii Asphalt Paving Industry (HAPI). 20to 30-minute sessions are followed by questions and answers. Go to hawaiiasphalt.org/education/hapishorts/ for more information. Free. NOVEMBER 2-5

OSHA 5400 – Trainer Course in OS&H Standards for the Maritime Industry Presented by the Building Industry Association of Hawaii (BIA-Hawaii) and UC-San Diego OSHA Training Institute. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (daily). BIA-Hawaii, 94-487 Akoki St., Waipahu. To register and for more information, including fee: biahawaii.org, osha.ucsd.edu, email oshatraining@ucsd.edu or call (800) 358-9206.


Building Voices: “Foresight is 2020” Design Symposium

The fourth Building Voices Design Symposium is jointly hosted by the American Institute of Architects Honolulu Chapter (AIA Honolulu) and the UH Manoa School of Architecture. Nine virtual presentations on learning, housing, community and other topics by national and local designers. Register at aiahonolulu.org.


NAWIC General Membership Meeting

“Managing People in the COVID World” will be presented by Ku‘ulani Keohokalole of People Strategies Hawaii at this National Association of Women in Construction Honolulu Chapter meeting. 5:30–7 p.m. Register and access meeting link at nawic-honolulu. org. Contact jnacino@lynden.com for more information. NOVEMBER 16-19


Virtual 2020 AIA Honolulu Design Awards Celebration

The first virtual AIA Honolulu Annual Design Awards ceremony features professionally produced videos of 2020 winning projects which will be released throughout the week. More information TBA at aiahonolulu.org

OSHA 500 – Trainer Course in OS&H for the Construction Industry

Presented by BIA-Hawaii and UC-San Diego OSHA Training Institute. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (daily). BIA-Hawaii, 94-487 Akoki St., Waipahu. No online enrollment. To register and for more information: biahawaii.org, osha.ucsd. edu, email oshatraining@ucsd.edu or call (800) 358-9206. Fee: $765.


AGC’s STP Unit 5 – Improving Productivity and Managing Project Costs (2015 Edition)

Presented by the General Contractors Association of Hawaii (GCA of Hawaii). Instructor: Garrett Sullivan. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (daily). GCA Conference Room, 1065 Ahua St. For more information and to register by Oct. 28: gcahawaii.org, or contact Gladys Hagemann at 833-1681 ext. 12 or gladys@gcahawaii.org. Fee: GCA members $295; non-members $395.


Safety Management Systems vs. Safety Programs (2-Hour) – Online Webinar

Presented by Lawson & Associates. 11 a.m.–1 p.m. via Zoom. Register at zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ oHmsEFTGTfmmTBAvBIS_Nw. For more information, go to info@ lawsonsafety.com, lawsonsafety.com or contact Lawson at 441-5333. Free. NOVEMBER 21

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

Presented by Lawson & Associates via Zoom. 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Register at lawsonassociatesinc.thundertix.com/ events/171235. Email response contains link to webinar. For more information, go to info@lawsonsafety.com, lawsonsafety.com or contact Lawson at 441-5333. Fee: $199 plus tax and registration/online ticketing fee. NOVEMBER 30

CAPS I Marketing Strategies for Aging & Accessibility – Online Class

Presented by BIA-Hawaii. 8 a.m.-4


p.m. Zoom virtual training. To register and for more information: biahawaii. org or contact Barbara Nishikawa at 629-7505 or BLN@biahawaii.org. Fee: BIA-Hawaii members $230; nonmembers $300. Bundle rates on all three NAHB classes available. DECEMBER 1

NAHB CAPS II – Design Concepts for Livable Homes and Aging In Place – Online Class

Presented by BIA-Hawaii. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Zoom virtual training. To register and for more information: biahawaii. org or contact Barbara Nishikawa at 629-7505 or BLN@biahawaii.org. Fee: BIA-Hawaii members $230; nonmembers $300. Bundle rates on all three NAHB classes available. DECEMBER 2

NAHB CAPS III – Details & Solutions for Livable Homes and Aging in Place – Online Class

Presented by BIA-Hawaii. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Zoom virtual training. To register and for more information: biahawaii. org or contact Barbara Nishikawa at 629-7505 or BLN@biahawaii.org. Fee: BIA-Hawaii members $230; nonmembers $300. Bundle rates on all three NAHB classes available. DECEMBER 14, 16, 18, 21, 23

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

Presented by BIA-Hawaii. 7:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. (daily). BIA-Hawaii, 94-487 Akoki St., Waipahu. To register and for more information: biahawaii.org or contact Barbara Nishikawa at 629-7505 or BLN@biahawaii.org. Fee: BIA members $450; non-members $575; ETF $287.50.

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How to Develop and Manage a Training Program (2-Hour) – Online Webinar

Presented by Lawson & Associates via Zoom. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Register at zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ QMIm94TJR5K_08eSoCLTpg. For more information, go to info@lawsonsafety.com, lawsonsafety.com or contact Lawson at 441-5333. Free.

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Q3 Ends with 2nd Straight Month of Declining Awards Government agency contract awards declined for the second month in a row in September with jobs valued at $52,852,545. It was the leanest month since the $22,784,487 in awards in December 2019. For the year, however, agencies have awarded contracts totaling $2,191,242,267. By contrast after the first three quarters of 2019, agency

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

awards totaled $450,902,232. Of the six agencies handing out contracts in September, the Department of Education awarded the lion’s share of $32,447,809. The single-largest job was claimed by Shioi Construction Inc. dba Creative Partition Systems to build a $20,625,000 gymnasium at Kauai High School. The next largest contract, of

$6,300,000, went to Castaway Construction & Restoration, for a mobile airport medical facility, a processing facility and a control room at airports across Oahu. The third biggest job, for $4,272,388 in softball field improvements at Campbell High School, went to MEI Corp.

2020: Busiest to Slowest 1. January............$1,072,379,035 2. June....................$204,354,691 3. April...................$197,160,199 4. May....................$180,918,628 5. February.............$175,816,281 6. July.....................$130,898,435 7. March...................$94,085,715 8. August..................$82,776,738 9. September...........$52,852,545 TOTAL..................$2,191,242,267


1,000,000,000 1,000,000,000 800,000,000 800,000,000 $204,354,691

600,000,000 600,000,000

$197,160,199 $180,918,628

400,000,000 400,000,000

$175,816,281 $130,898,435

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Castaway Construction & Restoration LLC.............................. $6,300,000 Mobile Airport Medical Facility, Processing Facility and Control Room Statewide

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

Index Builders Inc. ................................3,880,000 Kalanimoku Building, Replace Switchgear





Hawaii Works Inc. ................................ 1,120,627

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

MEI Corp. .............................................. 1,022,700

Royal Mechanical & Sheetmetal...........359,525

Waahila Ridge State Recreation Area, Park Improvements

Waiawa Correctional Facility, Mechanical and Electrical System Repairs and Improvements, Phase 1

Titan Industries LLC................................. 823,767

Jarrett Middle School, Miscellaneous R&M FY16

MEI Corp. .................................................. 713,713 Kekauluohi Building, Electrical and Elevator Upgrades

All Maintenance & Repair.......................592,000 Leilehua High School, K-Cyber Security Academy Renovation

LTM Corp. dba Civil-Mechanical Contractor.................................................. 497,512 Animal Quarantine Station, Sewage Pre-Treatment Facility Improvements


DOE............................$32,447,809 DOT................................7,786,450 DAGS ...........................7,676,925 Dept. of Agriculture.......2,073,368 DOFMA..........................1,655,673 DLNR..............................1,212,320 Total...........................$52,852,545

Site Engineering Inc. ...............................386,600 Puuhale Elementary School, Parking Lot Improvements

Rambaud Electric LLC ............................ 227,031

Kaaawa Elementary School, Campus Fire Alarm Upgrade


Castaway Construction & Restoration LLC................................ 1,924,124 Baldwin High School, ADA Transition Plan, Wailuku

F&H Construction................................. 1,563,000 Hoapili Hale, Security Improvements



GP Roadway Solutions Inc. ................ 1,486,450

Waimanalo Irrigation System, Maunawili Valley and Miscellaneous Improvements, Phase 2

Momilani Elementary School, Portable Classroom

Oahu .........................$22,907,994 Kauai...........................22,249,711 Maui..............................6,920,840 Hawaii..............................774,000 Total...........................$52,852,545



Global Specialty Contractors Inc. ......2,073,368

Amethyst Builders LLC............................998,288


$94,085,715 $82,776,738

Furnishing of Highway Traffic Control and Safety Measures at Various Locations Mahalawa Temporary Bridge

Kalana O Maui Building, Fire Sprinkler, Phase II

Royal Mechanical & Sheetmetal...........199,900 Kualapuu Elementary School, Replace Roof, Molokai

PB Sullivan Construction Inc. ................ 177,640 Kenolio Dog Park

PB Sullivan Construction Inc. ................119,620 Lahaina Recreation Center, Dog Park

Sea Engineering Inc. ................................ 91,693 Kaanapali Canoe Beach Swim Zone and Kahului Small Boat Harbor, Buoy Installation


Isemoto Contracting Co. Ltd. ................. 774,000 Konawaena High School, Miscellaneous R&M FY14, Kealakekua


Shioi Construction Inc. dba Creative Partition Systems........ 20,625,000 Kauai High School, Phase 2, New Gymnasium, Lihue

Pacific Blue Construction LLC.............1,017,674 Eleele Elementary School, Miscellaneous R&M FY16

Certified Construction Inc. .................... 607,037 Waimea Canyon Middle School, Miscellaneous R&M FY17

LOW BIDS The companies below submitted the low bids in September 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.


Maui Kupuno Builders LLC..............$23,237,080

Fine Builders LLC....................................... 49,450 Kaala Elementary School, Interior and Exterior Reconstruction of Storage Room and Various Areas

DY Mikami Construction Inc. ............. 1,924,480

Kamehameha Highway, Kamananui Road and Wilikina Drive Rehabilitation, Vicinity of Weed Circle to H-2

Sterling Pacific Construction...............3,469,915


GP Roadway Solutions Inc. ................ 1,230,636

Maui County Service Center, Tenant Improvements, Kahului

West Maui Construction .........................694,333

Waimano Ridge, Hale C, Convert Former Dormitories Into Office Space

A’s Mechanical & Builders Inc. .............154,500

Arita Poulson General Contracting.....2,399,762

DOA King Street Facility, Human Resources Office, Replace Packaged Air Conditioning Unit


1. Shioi Construction Inc. dba Creative Partition Systems (1) ....... $20,625,000 2. Castaway Construction & Restoration LLC (2) ....................... 8,224,124 3. MEI Corp. (3) .......................................................................... 6,008,801 4. Index Builders Inc. (1) .............................................................. 3,880,000 5. Global Specialty Contractors Inc. (1) ....................................... 2,073,368 6. F&H Construction (1) ............................................................. 1,563,000 7. GP Roadway Solutions Inc. (1) ................................................ 1,486,450 8. Hawaii Works Inc. (1) .............................................................. 1,120,627 9. Pacific Blue Construction LLC (1) ........................................... 1,017,674 10. Goodfellow Bros. Inc. (1) ......................................................... 998,888

Installation and Replacement of Signs at Various Locations, Islands of Maui, Molokai and Lanai Kula Highway and Piilani Highway, Guardrail and Shoulder Improvements, North Kihei Road to Lipoa Parkway Lahaina Aquatic Center, Basin Restoration

Peterson Bros. Construction Inc. ..........319,670 Pavement Repairs at Kaunakakai Harbor, Molokai

Maxum Construction of Hawaii LLC......206,050 Fence Repairs at Pier 1, Kahului Harbor

Maui Kupuno Builders LLC......................198,679 Maui Agricultural Research Center, Waterline Replacement, University of Hawaii, Kula


George M. Oye Inc. ................................... 96,310 Large Capacity Cesspool Closure Comfort Station at Kainaliu Parking Lot, North Kona

Sanborn General Contracting Inc. .......... 69,991 IWS Improvements at Lalamilo, Phase 1, East Subdivision, Lot 29, Kamuela

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

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COMMONS Maryl Group transforms former Sports Authority into six shell areas for new retailers, including Hawaii Island’s first Old Navy BY DAVID PUTNAM


he former Sports Authority at Kona Commons Shopping Center in Kailua-Kona has undergone a major conversion, with the 40,000-square-foot area being divided into six shell spaces for new tenants. “During construction, the global pandemic situation surrounding COVID-19 occurred, which made inter-island travel and procurement of overseas material challenging,” says Tim Choi, project manager for general contractor Maryl Group. “Collaboration between the Maryl Group project team, construction manager and architect was great. “We were able to develop a working relationship between all parties that resulted in a true collaborative project. Any questions and issues were resolved Tim Choi


collectively and timely, resulting in a more efficient team.” Choi says new tenants of “Building A,” constructed in 2008, include Hawaii Island’s first Old Navy. Others are Verizon and Island Naturals’ new grocery store. They were expected to start their build-outs in October. The scope of Maryl’s work, he adds, included exterior and interior demolition, structural steel framing, re-coating of membrane and silicone roofing, new storefront systems, aluminum canopies, framed gypsum board demising walls, EIFS (exterior insulation finishing system), stone veneer tile, a fire sprinkler system, plumbing, electrical and HVAC. Choi says the project for MK Kona Commons LLC—a venture by local developers The MacNaughton Group and Kobayashi Group—broke ground at the end of November 2019 and was completed on July 31, 2020. “As a trusted partner, Maryl did a great job helping us

A new front was added for the new retail spaces at Kona Commons.

The old Sports Authority marquee

Job Tasks

reposition an existing space to expand our retail offerings to the Kailua-Kona community,” says Josh Stinson, vice president of development and construction at MacNaughton. Choi says a major challenge on the project was “the removal of five existing concrete tilt-up panels—approximately 25 feet wide and 29 feet high, weighing over 30 tons each—at the front of the building in order to build-out the six new storefront tenant spaces. “The tilt-up panels were supporting the approximately 200 lineal feet of roof support, so a shoring plan was engineered to support the roof while the tilt-up panels were removed and the new structural system was installed.” He adds that the “sequence of the removal of the five existing tilt-up panels was the subject of many internal meetings as it was a major milestone and posed a significant engineering challenge. There were several different

• full gut/demo of the interior flooring, finishes, electrical fixtures, plumbing • removal of five existing tilt-up panels • slab-on-grade concrete • new sidewalks and landscape planters • structural steel posts/columns • basalt stone veneer tile • silicone roofing: APOC system • AC paving • steel doors and frames / finish hardware • aluminum canopies and awnings: B&C Awnings • welded wire plant screen: Greenscreen • dock leveler: Kelley • overhead coiling door: Cookson • paint: Sherwin Williams • extruded aluminum fins: RDS • storefront / glazing: Old Castle • new plumbing lines, water meters, grease interceptor • fire sprinkler system • new electrical lines, electrical fixtures • EIFS: Sto Corp. • siding and trim: Hardie • HVAC rooftop units (RTUs): York

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The shells for retail spaces begin to take shape.

ways the task could be accomplished and the team worked closely together to develop the final plan. In the end, the task was accomplished safely and several days ahead of schedule. The team also continued to travel in spite of the ongoing pandemic.” In addition to the new front façade of the building for the six new tenant storefronts, Choi says other standout features include both EIFS and siding storefronts as well as exterior stone veneer tile accents and aluminum canopies/awnings. Maryl Group utilized “cloud-based

New exterior walls were installed.

software Plangrid to be able to pull up plans on the fly on the field with iPads, as well as organize new construction plan sheets as we got them throughout construction to ensure we are using the most up-to-date plan sheets,” Choi says. He lauds the work by many of the project team, including Maryl’s Derek Kong as project superintendent for “keeping the job on schedule by

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adjusting to existing site conditions and re-sequencing work to accommodate overseas material delivery challenges. And Eric Wong (project engineer) did an amazing job keeping up with RFIs and ensuring material was fabricated correctly. He was involved in the estimate as well, so he was involved from start to finish.” Along with Stinson, Kong and Wong, Choi says key members of the project team were Dio Pilar of MC Architects and Garon Nobriga of P3 Management as construction manager. Among the subcontractors, Choi praised the efforts of JD Painting & Decorating and IG Steel. “JD Painting & Decorating was able to mobilize within a couple of weeks, and produced a quality finish. They were very easy to work with, as always, from start to finish,” he says. “IG Steel was another team player that worked diligently and collaboratively with us as we worked through finalizing the steel dimensions with various existing site conditions.” And, Choi adds, “special thanks also goes out to Nancy Sakamoto, the property manager at Kona Commons Shopping Center who was always available to answer any questions and was able to accommodate our utility outage requests with the existing tenants with no issues on top of various other needs we had throughout construction,” Choi says. “The owner (MK Kona Commons) also supported us through material procurement issues due to the ongoing pandemic. They were very understanding and supportive of the situation.”

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Supplies Flow on the High Seas

Despite uncertain times, shipping and transportation companies maintain steady deliveries of materials to Hawaii’s contractors and suppliers BY DAVID PUTNAM


uilding material shipping delays caused by the coronavirus—and wildfires on the West Coast—have forced suppliers to find ways to keep their warehouses stocked to meet contractors’ needs. The Aloha State, however, has been luckier than most, as transportation companies Pasha Hawaii, Matson Inc. and Young Brothers LLC have maintained steady routes to the Islands’ ports. “Throughout the spring and summer of 2020,” says Adrian Murphy, Adrian Murphy vice president of products and logistics at HPM Building Supply, “there has been strong demand for building and home improvement products. We have been in close communication with our suppliers so that we can maintain our inventory and ensure that the materials our customers 14 | BUILDING INDUSTRY HAWAII | NOVEMBER 2020

need are readily available. “The situation with every supplier is different, as the effects of the pandemic and the details of stay-at-home orders vary by state and are constantly changing. We have proactively taken steps to increase our stock levels on key items in order to safeguard against extended lead times, and we have sought out additional suppliers for products with limited availability.” Making sure those materials are readily available to Hawaii builders and suppliers are the ocean freighters. “One industry, in particular, that has remained steady is the construction industry. Construction materials and equipment continue to flow on a steady George Pasha IV basis, as compared to the first half of 2019,” says George Pasha IV, president and CEO of Pasha

Hawaii. “The state and federal governments have been prudent in their efforts to continue providing funding for public-awarded contracts as a way of supporting our economy. “Once the state implements its COVID-19 pre-travel testing program for visitors arriving in Hawaii, and the new leadership is able to effectively manage Hawaii’s COVID-19 cases,” Pasha adds, “we will see the economy start to stabilize, easing a lot of the uncertainties that currently exist.” Vic Angoco, Matson’s senior vice president, Pacific, says “it’s safe to say that we’re all feelVic Angoco ing the effects of a slowing economy and the added challenges presented by the pandemic, but we all know how important the supply chain is to our communities and, as an industry, we are focused on maintain-

ing the safety of our operations and continuity of services.” For Young Brothers, the pandemic caused an immediate and sharp downturn. “Following the first stay-at-homeorder in March, we experienced a drastic 30 percent drop in cargo volume, with our barges sailing well below full capacity,” says Jay Ana, president of Young Brothers. “We know the pandemic has hit our customers hard, which is why we are working Jay Ana diligently to streamline our customer communications and website to enhance the customer experience and help them find the best shipping solution for their needs.” The interisland cargo transportation firm was granted an emergency rate increase in August by the state Public Utilities Commission. According to reports, the increase would cost customers 46 percent more to ship goods. Ana adds that “demand for Young Brothers’ services is driven mainly by

the small- and medium-sized businesses that depend on us to move cargo between our Island communities. We are hopeful that economic activity—and our cargo volumes—will pick up as we welcome back visitors and more businesses recover from the sustained and repeated closures. “Ultimately, when Hawaii prospers, Young Brothers can, too.” Angoco says that “after initially seeing a double-digit decline in cargo volume, we’ve seen a very gradual and modest improvement in Hawaii volume since federal funds for unemployment and stimulus funds for small businesses became available. “It’s clear that there is still a long way to recovery, but we are optimistic that knowledge about the virus is improving all the time. We are hopeful that Hawaii will continue to see improvement in virus infection rates and that the state’s pre-travel testing program will allow a successful restart of tourism.”

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Rising Premiums Challenge Transportation Industry Hawaii’s commercial trucking and transportation businesses may have noticed their insurance premiums “creeping—or in some cases jumping—up in recent years,” says Sandra Ferreira, vice president–client consulting at Atlas Insurance Agency. “The commercial trucking and transportation industry has seen rate hikes over the past few years in both the truckers and excess/umbrella lines of coverage,” she says. “While distracted driving and a shortage of experienced drivers contribute to higher frequency and severity of losses, large jury awards or nuclear verdicts are playing a larger role. It is common to see these nuclear verdicts settled over $10 million.” Ferreira says “premiums for the commercial auto risk with large fleets have steadily increased over the past five years, with the most significant changes in the past two years. This is driven by less carriers willing to write the risk and a significant reduction in reinsurance capacity. “This affects the limits the insurance carriers can provide on their policy tower, which means building additional policy layers to match limits of the expiring program." She cites, for example, how lead umbrella carriers that were providing $25 million in limits are reducing limits to $10 million while rates continue to rise. “Primary commer-

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“We are grateful that construction has been deemed essential and allowed to continue, as these projects provide much-needed jobs, homes and hope for our community. HPM Building Supply has been fortunate in that we have not experienced any significant shipping issues so far due to COVID-19,” he says. “The massive wildfires on the West Coast have caused some brief shipping delays, but as wildfires have been contained or extinguished, shipping schedules have quickly returned to normal.” Adds Ana: “We know essential businesses across the state are counting on us to keep local markets connected with consumers, and we understand the vital importance of keeping Hawaii’s construction industry, as a primary driver of our economy, moving forward. You can rest assured that we will continue to move what matters most to you—whether it’s lumber, specialized equipment, cement or more—safely and efficiently." Soon, two new liquefied natural gas-fueled (LNG) containerships will begin arriving in Hawaii. Pasha Hawaii reports completion of M/V George III is expected in late 2020,






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take delivery of the vessel and put it into service later this quarter.” Murphy of HPM, which turns 100 next year, remains optimistic for Hawaii’s construction industry. “While we cannot predict the future of the pandemic, we are hopeful that Hawaii will be able to see the first signs of economic recovery in 2021,” he says. “As we have for the past 99 years, HPM Building Supply will continue to adapt and innovate as the market changes in order to help


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Kaumatule adds that while operations of various businesses re-open, inquiries into the new Frontier and Titan have seen an increase of 30 percent compared to the same time last year. “We attribute the increase in interest, even through the pandemic, to the buzz around the new transmission and great buying opportunities like special rate 72-month (Frontier) and 84-month (Titan) financing. As of today, 0 percent APR financing is available for those two models at the mentioned maximum term.”

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According to the “Edmunds Truck Report 2020,” the market share for full-size trucks soared to a 14-year high in 2019 to 14.5 percent of the new vehicle market. That was amid the staggering rise of the mid-size truck market, which has grown 124 percent in sales over the past 10 years. While the Tacoma is offered in six trim levels: SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, Limited and TRD Pro, Edmunds calls the entry-level SR “the work truck of the bunch.”

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“Casements, awnings, direct set and corner units, as well as sliding patio and multislide doors from our Jim Hay Marvin Signature Ultimate Collection have been our leading products in Hawaii this year,” says Jim Hay, Marvin senior territory manager-Hawaii/Washington. “Most Ultimate Collection products,” Hay says, “are rated up to PG50”—a top rating for air, water and forced-entry resistance— “and tested rigorously to withstand even the harshest conditions.” Hay says Ultimate aluminum-clad exteriors are certified to the highest AAMA 2605 standard, backed by a 20-year warranty and maintain their color with little or no maintenance. Ultimate’s wide range of certified assemblies, mulls and mulling accessories also make it easier to “specify, plan and install challenging designs like dramatic window walls and large expanses of glass.” At Wailea Point Condominiums’ replacement project on Maui, Marvin installed Ultimate products “including StormPlus and standard-performance casement and direct-glaze windows, and sliding patio doors,” Hay says. “Marvin also can supply hurricaneperformance products as codes change and evolve on the Islands.” For 2021, Hay says, “we’re very excited about our Marvin Signature Modern Collection.” All Modern

Marvin Signature Modern multi-slide door and direct glaze picture windows in Stone White. PHOTO COURTESY MARVIN

windows and doors, he says, are made from Marvin’s High-Density Fiberglass and standard, dual-pane insulated glass, offering better thermal performance than all-aluminum products and allowing “huge” sizes. The fiberglass is made “with a high concentration of fiberglass and strong resin,” Hay says. “It expands and contracts at a rate comparable to that of glass to help maintain performance, shape and thermal performance” while providing a non-corrosive exterior.

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Coastal Windows Inc. is replacing windows and lanai doors at The Contessa, a 37-story Honolulu condominium, where some original aluminum fixtures are inoperable due to corrosion, leaking and spalling. Coastal is contracting with unit owners, and replacing fixtures one unit at a time. “The current window configuration consists of two picture windows with a 4-stack of awning windows in the center,” says Pam Barrett, Coastal marketing director. “The new configuration replaces the center 4-stack of awning windows with a 2-stack.” Coastal’s replacement silver vinyl windows and doors match The Contessa’s existing aluminum fixtures.


AP200 colors (that match) wood tones, with vertical satin tempered glass, give a home a contemporary look and have caught on Island-wide,” says Peter Eldridge, Raynor Hawaii president. “Although all Raynor doors come with a lifetime warranty against rust,” Eldridge says, “the Styleview with its aluminum frame and satin glass gives the highest possible corrosion resistance. On the Peter Eldridge commercial side, Raynor Manufacturing worked closely with Marine Corps Base Hawaii and our salesperson to design a ‘Coastal Package’ door that is lasting five times as long as the normal rollup doors.”

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Coastal Package doors are holding up well at numerous Oahu military installations, Eldridge says, and are being used by the National Weather Service on outlying Pacific islands and at several fire stations on Kauai, including the oceanfront Kaiakea station. Raynor also offers a “Hurricane Ready” system engineered specifically for potential high-wind areas. “Raynor’s experience in Florida and Texas means our customers get the benefit of many years’ experience designing and installing doors for potential wind events,” Eldridge says. “The ‘Hurricane Post’ system can be added to any door, and for less than $1,000 helps to strengthen the door you have now.” Engineered for buildings ranging from Maui condos to Kauai fire stations, today’s new doors and windows meet a wide variety of project needs—and are a solid defense against Hawaii’s weather.


Hawaii builders add project value with 2020 flooring and foundation materials


hese days, the best floors and foundations don’t just support Hawaii structures— they support solid profit margins as well. The Straub Pearlridge Expansion, for example, is expediting build-out by installing 5,000 square feet of CEMCO’s 200S SureBoard floor panels. “By using a dense cementitious floor sheathing product on an existing floor slab, this creates an extremely durable surface where poured floors are not an option,” says Akira Usami, CEMCO field sales manager for the Hawaii/Pacific region. “The framing space underneath the 200S panels


allows for data cables and other MEP conduits to feed under the floor. With no curing time, the project can move forward by allowing other trades to work on the floor immediately after installation.” Wood is adding luster to 2020 flooring, too, says Scott Loomer, president Akira Usami of Truss Systems Hawaii Inc. on Maui and former two-term (2017-2018) president of the Hawaii Lumber and Products Association (HLPA). Currently, the

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most efficient wood foundation and floor and deck framing in Hawaii, Loomer says, is done with dimensional lumber, engineered solutions, floor trusses Scott Loomer and I-joists. At the Kulamalu Commercial project on Maui, he says, Truss Systems’ pre-engineered wood floor trusses provide “many benefits including design flexibility, a reduced construction time period (and) superior strength.”

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Truss Systems Hawaii is installing preengineered wood floor trusses at the Kulamalu Commercial project on Maui. PHOTO COURTESY TRUSS SYSTEMS HAWAII INC.

Moss, general contractor for The Element, a new 318-unit West Oahu residential project, is adding value and saving time by installing 128,000 square feet of Metroflor and Gibralter vinyl plank. “Gibralter Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring provides an extremely durable finished product with a 30-year residential warranty,” says Anthony Musielak, Moss senior project manager. “This floating floor system can be installed quickly over cementi-

tious surfaces (gypcrete and slabs), making it perfect for multistory apartment complexes.” Other residential projects are using vinyl tiles. At HPM Anthony Musielak Building Supply, XL’s laminate vinyl tiles “are a hit with our customers,” says Bill Brooks, HPM purchasing director-commodities. HPM Homes also feature these luxury vinyl floor coverings, he says. Brooks says HPM is introducing

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Stairs can do more than link floors. At Keali‘i, Gentry’s new luxury single-family community in Kapolei, “the entry is dramatic,” says Rick Hobson, Gentry Homes’ vice president of sales and marketing. A crisp white staircase is the star. Black iron inserts flank the stairs and fixed windows highlight each change in elevation. “As you walk into this home, the staircase creates the ‘wow’ factor, and is accented by two unique lighting fixtures,” Hobson says. “Your eyes go up immediately, trying to figure out where it all ends up.” From this point on, he says, most prospective buyers “are hooked.”

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SPOTLIGHT ON SUCCESS Aerial view of Swinerton’s expansion project at James Campbell High School.

School Expansion Swinerton completes $34M interconnected five-building expansion at James Campbell High School BY DAVID PUTNAM


or years, James Campbell High School in Ewa Beach has dealt with an overcrowded campus. To ease congestion at Hawaii’s largest high school, Swinerton recently completed the construction of five interconnecting structures. The new jaw-dropping features at Campbell HS include space dedicated to Hawaiian studies, with floor-toceiling mirrors and foldable Nanawall 34 | BUILDING INDUSTRY HAWAII | NOVEMBER 2020


doors opening up to an outdoor performance space with synthetic turf. Another standout addition is the stateof-the-art culinary space with professional-grade kitchen equipment. The five structures at Campbell HS, which has more than 3,000 students in grades 9-12, are interconnected by pedestrian walkways. Completing the $34 million expansion for the state Department of

Education was no easy feat when work began in 2018 and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic as Hawaii public schools closed and then reopened. Subburaman Subburaman Venkataraman Venkataraman, Swinerton’s project executive, says a

key challenge was “coordination. This project is an expansion of a currently existing and operational school. To work around an existing operational facility, in terms of school schedule, student access, faculty and student safety, etc., posed a challenge.”

Most impacts on the work due to the pandemic were outside the project, says Venkataraman, citing “supply chain delay in delivery of materials on-site due to shutdowns in various parts of the country, travel restrictions as key personnel and agents were

“In addition to having the traditional in-person meetings, we utilized virtual meeting technologies such as Microsoft Teams to keep connected and progress the project forward.”

The open study outdoor areas for students and faculty

—Subburaman Venkataraman Venkataraman also noted challenges arising from “unforeseen conditions. Lack of skilled workers—this is a problem facing our industry. There are not enough skilled workers to fill a growing demand. And COVID-19— the pandemic did impact the work and project completion.”

unable to travel as previously planned and the availability of governmental personnel for final inspections and clearances.” Internally, he adds, “social distancing requirements caused inefficiencies and reduced production rates. This results in delays and increased costs.

Ground level at the completed five-building facility at Hawaii’s largest high school

BUILDING A BETTER HAWAII TOGETHER James Campbell High School campus expansion creates 21st century learning environments for students and teachers.


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SPOTLIGHT ON SUCCESS Workforce disruptions due to quarantine restrictions due to potential exposure” also had to be overcome. The project’s five different structures connect together “to create a 21st century learning environment,” Venkataraman says. “The construction of the new structures provides for 27 classrooms that will include general education classes, five science labs, a culinary arts lab and herb garden, Hawaiian studies classroom, two faculty centers and an outdoor performing space, as well as additional meeting spaces and faculty offices.” Construction tasks included selective demolition, cast-in-place concrete, precast structural concrete, masonry, structural steel, architectural and laboratory casework, TPO membrane roofing, pedestrian deck coating, exterior Gypsum sheathing, Gypsum board assemblies and cement plaster, glazing, acoustical ceilings, tile, operable partitions, painting, fire suppression sprinkler system, electric traction elevators, HVAC, plumbing and electrical and communication systems. The key to the success of the project, Venkataraman says, was “collaboration and effective communication. In addition to having the traditional in-person meetings, we utilized virtual meeting technologies such as Microsoft Teams to keep connected and progress the project forward. Virtual meetings

The open courtyard and herb garden begin to take shape.

are more common now considering our COVID-19 pandemic. “Building Information Modeling (BIM) allowed our team to share the blueprint of the structures collaboratively with our project partners,” he adds. “We utilized BIM 360 Field and Docs as our document management platform to connect the office to the field.” He says Swinerton is “committed to continuously optimizing our construction processes. At the Campbell HS project, we utilized 3D modeling and laser scanning. Our in-house VDC

Along with meeting space in the courtyard, Campbell HS has added 27 new classrooms for its more than 3,000 students in grades 9-12. 36 | BUILDING INDUSTRY HAWAII | NOVEMBER 2020

experts help create, adapt and manage detailed 3D building models to provide a rich visual display of all building components and systems. “These models detected any existing systems clashes, assisted with site logistics and scheduling and identified potential problems well before they arose.” Along with Swinerton’s crew, the project team included TM Designers Inc. as construction managers, G70 International Inc. as architects and “all our subcontractors and vendors,” Venkataraman says. The project cleared partial acceptance in June. “The COVID-19 pandemic and government shutdowns really threatened the opening of the new campus by the upcoming school year,” Venkataraman says. “The team worked together extremely hard with our subcontractors to get the remaining work completed while following the government and our company guidelines and established protocols.   “Our team kept clear and constant communication with city and state officials to coordinate the necessary inspections and obtain the Certificate of Occupancy. “We were able to accomplish this goal and to turn over the facility for their intended use. We also assisted with coordinating the furniture deliveries for the school and with the teachers to move into the new classrooms.”

THE PAINTER’S APPRENTICE A demanding industry offers big-time perks BY PRISCILLA PÉREZ BILLIG

A worker paints a shower stall. PHOTO COURTESY THE ZELINSKY CO.


ecoming a professional painter means more than picking up a brush and a can of paint. The painting industry requires its professionals to learn their craft through the rigors of an apprenticeship, with the payoffs coming back as a good salary and steady work. “Even during these times of uncertainty, most of our members have been very fortunate to be able to continue working,” says Sean Cordero, director of training for the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 50 Painters Local Union 1791. “Throughout this COVID-19 pandemic the Painters Union has been, and is currently, attracting new appliSean Cordero

cants into the apprenticeship program. As an apprentice in the Painters Union, individuals are required to complete 576 hours of related training instruction usually held on Saturdays and 8,000 hours of on-the-job training.” Cordero adds that related training instruction is delivered several ways to the apprentices: Face-to-face in a classroom and workshop setting, online lessons using the union’s learning management system and virtual classrooms via Zoom. On-the-job training allows the apprentice to learn while working under the supervision of a journey worker while earning fair wages. “Once an apprentice successfully completes the requirements of the apprenticeship program, the apprentice becomes a certified journey worker painter,” Cordero says. “Even as a journey worker, members are still required to attend classes, www.tradepublishing.com/building-industry-hawaii | 37

whether it is recurring safety compliance training or upgrade training.” Victor Wyman, president of Jade Painting Inc., says that one of the keys to the success of his business over the years has been the company’s apprentices. “Many of them have been with us throughout their tenures as painters,” he says. “This has given us the opportunity to Victor Wyman get to know them as people first since most arrive in their early twenties. Their time dedicated to helping us build a strong nucleus provides one of the strengths to our success in the industry as they go from apprenticeship to journeyman status. “There is a sense of satisfaction for our management to participate in their development both in character, professionalism and skill. Whether they remain long-term or move on. It is a privilege as an owner to have provided a place of employment along the way and an opportunity to develop a skill set that will be theirs for a lifetime.” For painting apprentice Sean Ho, who is on the cusp of becoming a journeyman, his career began with Harry Asato Painting in 2016, where he still works today. “Getting to where I am today took Sean Ho lots of learning, listening and also learning from mistakes,” Ho says. “Mistakes are expected. Learning from them is where you, as an apprentice, gain the knowledge. Like any job, it takes time to learn what to do.

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It’s also important to ask questions if you don’t understand things. Not everyone learns the same way.” Ho adds that being at a jobsite, working and making the hours to get to that journeyman status should be any apprentice’s goal. “Having an employer see that you’re making the effort to learn, work hard and go the extra mile to be successful is what separates you from the ones that get sent home.” Ho’s advice for all apprentices comes down to this: “Learn all that you can from whoever is willing to teach you, whether it be an instructor from the apprenticeship program or your journeyman. Just learn what they have to offer. There’s more than one way to do the job. Even though you learned it one way, be open-minded and learn it other ways. You never know, the second way might be faster or feel more comfortable to you. Be a sponge.”

Compliance Courses Online

District Council 50 offers its members from all islands online virtual courses using a desktop computer, laptop, tablet or Dean Nagatoshi smartphone, according to Dean M. Nagatoshi, executive director of the Painting and Decorating Contractors Association (PDCA) of Hawaii. Courses available online via Zoom, an online virtual meeting room, include: • Fall Protection • Hazard Communication (HazCom) • American Red Cross First Aid/CPR Participants must have an email address. The device used must have a camera so that visual confirmation can be noted for attendance and interactive participation.

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District Council 50 has recently reopened rooms for face-to-face compliance training. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, class sizes were decreased, tables and chairs are arranged for social distancing and new policies ensure the wellbeing of everyone attending. A copy of the “COVID-19 Education Plan” policy is provided to all members at registration. On the Neighbor Islands, face-to-face sessions begin again as soon as community colleges reopen. “Addressing all safety concerns for COVID-19 will keep our workers and their jobsites safe,” says Nagatoshi. “The PDCA of Hawaii’s website, pdcahawaii.org, contains a directory of Hawaii painting contractors that are licensed and insured, and have completed extensive training and education on up-to-date safety and craftsmanship standards.”

A Jade Painting worker adjusts his sprayer. PHOTO COURTESY JADE PAINTING INC.

At The Zelinsky Company, CEO Lari Zelinsky-Bloom says her company likes to hire workers with a good attitude and work ethic. “Typically, they are referred to us by other field workers,” Zelinsky-Bloom says. “We try them out as helpers to determine if they are the right fit for our company. If they pass muster, we will sponsor them into the Painters Union Apprenticeship program to further their training.” Zelinsky-Bloom says the Painters Apprenticeship program is the primary source of Zelinsky’s skilled labor and critical for the industry. Each year the company spon-

sors at least eight to 10 apprentices into the program. “It’s a four-year program which, in addition to full-time work, includes unpaid four-hour training classes every Saturday during the semester,” she says. “The program is rigorous and takes real commitment. The program is a Lari Zelinsky-Bloom great opportunity for a young person to emerge with a well-paying job and no debt.” Zelinsky-Bloom admits to being surprised about the number of “diamonds in the rough” that have come through the apprentice program and are still with Zelinsky today. “While the apprentice program has a formal structure to become a journeyman based on completion of classes and the number of hours worked, we really push our apprentices,” Zelinsky-Bloom says. “If they show the initiative, desire and ability we will allow those apprentices to excel by working more hours and gaining more experience in all facets of the trade as quickly as they desire.” Zelinsky-Bloom sits on the Unions Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee that oversees the training program to ensure cohesion in the apprentice training they need for the success of the apprentice and the employers. “The relationship Zelinsky Company has with the Painters Union Apprenticeship program has been one of the keys to our success,” Zelinsky-Bloom says. “It’s really a win-win for both the apprentices and employers such as The Zelinsky Company.”

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MILITARY ROUNDUP NAVFAC Awards $99M Waterfront Contract

Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Hawaii in September awarded the Honolulu team of Moffatt & Nichol – Burns & McDonnell Hawaii (large business), an indefinite-delivery, indefinitequantity architect-engineering services contract with a maximum amount of $99 million for various waterfront and other projects in Hawaii. The term of the entire contract is not to exceed 60 months, with an expected completion date of September 2025. The initial task order of $9,277,279 was awarded for the design of FY22 Special Project RM17-1007 Repair Wharves B20 & B21 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Work for this task order is expected to be completed by February 2022. “We are very excited to get this engineering services contract in place,” said NAVFAC Hawaii Chief Engineer Aaron Darley. “Our piers, wharves and docks must be repaired and maintained to ensure mission capability. This tool will play a significant role in achieving

Nan Awarded $75M Veterans Home Project Nan Inc. in October was awarded a contract to build the state’s new $75.5 million Hawaii State Veterans Home. The award follows Nan’s bid protest of the contract in 2019. Construction is expected to take two years. The three-building, 120-bed facility will be built on a sevenacre portion of state-owned land in Kapolei along Farrington Highway, Fort Barrette Road and Kealanani Avenue. The facility will feature three two-story buildings—two residential structures and a skilled nursing/community center. Also included are interior finishes, a parking lot and related sitework. The U.S. Veterans Administration is partially funding the project through a $44.7 million grant. 40 | BUILDING INDUSTRY HAWAII | NOVEMBER 2020

and maintaining that capability.” The contract provides for new construction and/or repair/renovation of piers/wharves, bulkheads, drydocks and caissons, waterfront facilities such as warehouses or waterfront operations buildings, and bridges. All work will be performed at various Navy, Marine Corps and other government facilities in Hawaii. The contract was competitively procured via the Navy Electronic Commerce Online website with three proposals received.

Core Tech-Hawaiian Dredging to Build Guam Storage Units

Core Tech-Hawaiian Dredging LLC of Tamuning, Guam, landed a $43 million firm-fixed-price contract from NAVFAC Pacific for the design and construction of Munitions Storage Igloos Phase 3 at Andersen Air Force Base. The contract, awarded on Sept. 16, includes construction of 20 munitions storage igloos required to support forward-positioned munitions at Andersen AFB. The work will be performed in Yigo, with an expected completion date of June 2023. “The project will provide munitions storage capability that is vital to enabling national defense missions within the Indo-Pacific area of responsibility,” said Capt. Tim Liberatore, NAVFAC Marianas commanding officer.

InSynergy Lands $20M Contract

NAVFAC Pacific in September awarded a $20 million indefinitedelivery indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract for architectural and engineering services to InSynergy Engineering Inc. of Honolulu for utility systems studies at various locations within the NAVFAC Pacific area of operations. The term of the contract is not to exceed 60 months with an expected completion date of September 2025. Work will be performed at various Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and other government facilities in Hawaii, Japan, northwest and southwest U.S. states, Guam and Diego Garcia. “We are eagerly looking forward to our contract partnership with InSynergy Engineering Inc. to enhance

the resilience, reliability and integrity of the Navy’s critical utilities infrastructure that supports mission readiness and operational capability in the Indo-Pacific theater,” said NAVFAC Pacific Public Works Business Line (PWBL) Director Christopher Floro. The NAVFAC Pacific PWBL Utilities Management Division will be the contract technical coordinator and point of contact for delivery order awards and execution in support of utilities infrastructure management services, technical investigations and system studies over the next five years in the NAVFAC Pacific area of operations.

Niking to Erect $16M MCBH Gate NAVFAC Pacific in September awarded a $16 million firm-fixed price contract to Niking Corp. of Wahiawa for construction of a new entry control point (ECP) facility at Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH) in Kaneohe to meet anti-terrorism and force protection requirements. Work will be performed at the MCBH perimeter gate on Mokapu Road with an expected completion date of January 2022. Work includes construction of a new gatehouse, covered entrance lanes, search and entry inspection areas for privately owned vehicles and large commercial trucks, raised arm sentry over watchtowers and guard stations, and mechanical security barriers. The ECP project will also include the installation of passive and active vehicle barriers, security fencing, lighting, concrete paving site improvements and striping. Site preparation will include excavation and grading of pavement and curbs gutters.

$14M Energy Project Awarded

NAVFAC Hawaii in September awarded Ameresco Inc., of Framingham, Mass., a $14,375,273 firm-fixed-price contract to install a solar photovoltaic system (PV), a solar thermal system, HVAC improvements and lighting improvements at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Work is expected to be completed by October 2022.   “To fulfill our mission here

in Hawaii and provide JBPHH Department of Defense personnel at the Wahiawa Annex with facility support, we need substantial energy, hot water and air conditioning,” said Capt. Randall Harmeyer, JBPHH public works officer. “Securing these in an efficient and renewable manner is key to long-term, cost-effective mission

success. The Navy is a leader in Hawaii for using technology to power our facilities sustainably.” Work to be performed includes a solar PV system with a capacity of 1,000 kW, mounted on a canopy over a portion of an existing base parking lot. The array will supply power to the site via an existing medium volt-

Sunspear Tops Hale Kewalo with 117kW Array Sunspear Energy, a Honolulu company, recently installed a 117 kW rooftop solar array and solar carport at Hale Kewalo, a Stanford Carr affordable housing project near Ala Moana Center. The system’s 166 SunPower highefficiency solar modules are estimated to save the project more than $1.5 million in electricity over 25 years.  “Sunspear Energy was charged

The new 117kW Sunspear solar system at Hale Kewalo PHOTO COURTESY SUNSPEAR ENERGY

with developing a system that would maximize clean energy production,” says Peter Fletter, Sunspear co-founder and vice president. “We were able to achieve this with a state-of-the-art rooftop solar array with a dual-tilt racking system, and added solar on the building’s parking structure.” The system will provide 177,746 kilowatt hours of clean energy annually, and will offset 30 percent of the energy used for common areas, including the parking garage, corridors, community room elevators and laundry facility. “Generating our own renewable power furthered the goals of the Hale Kewalo affordable housing project by reducing ongoing electricity costs,” says developer Stanford Carr. The system is projected to save $40,255 in electricity costs in its first year.

age switchgear; a solar thermal system with ~200 gal/day capacity; HVAC retro-commissioning; and lighting controls upgrade, consisting of new occupancy sensor controls. The contract was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website with eight proposals received.

PRP, HHC Help Fund Queen’s Sanctuaries Project

Pacific Resource Partnership (PRP), a Hawaii construction industry advocacy group, is joining The Howard Hughes Corporation (HHC) and AlohaCare in providing $80,000 for the construction of The Queen’s Medical Center’s new Caregiver Sanctuaries. PRP is donating $25,000 and HHC-Ward Village is donating $50,000 to fund indoor and outdoor respite spaces for the center’s more than 3,500 healthcare workers. The facility will be the first of its kind in Hawaii, and is expected to break ground in December.

Unlimited to Start $65M Project in Spring Unlimited Construction Services Inc. is anticipating a Spring 2021 start date for Halewai‘olu Senior Residences, a $65 million high-rise in downtown Honolulu. The project at 1333 River Street is expected to wrap at the end of 2022. Plans call for a 17-story reinforced concrete/post-tensioned deck building consisting of 156 units of affordable senior rental housing. An attached ground-level residents’ multipurpose community center contains conference

Unlimited will soon start construction on the new 17-story Halewai‘olu Senior Residences.

and activity rooms, podium parking is provided on the first three levels, and a spacious recreation deck will feature exercise activities, gardening and a doggie park. Building security includes restricted access to parking, lobby and elevators. Units will have Energy Star kitchen appliances, low-flow fixtures, individual air conditioning and operable windows for natural ventilation. The design-assist project aims to achieve LEED Silver certification.

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Nan Lures Physician into an Engineering Career MD takes a giant leap from internal medicine to senior design manager BY PRISCILLA PÉREZ BILLIG


hen Dr. Kyoko Sobue left her home and internal medicine practice in the prefecture of Niigata, Japan, she had no idea what awaited her in Hawaii. “In Japan, I worked mostly in hospitals where we cared for chronic illnesses and long-term conditions,” she says. The 48-year-old physician came to the Islands to pursue a dual medical license to practice in Japan and the U.S., and did so in 2001. In 2006, Nan Inc. lured Sobue away from medicine and into engineering. “Nan Chul Shin, owner of Nan Inc., believed in me and strongly encouraged that I take a different career path,” she says. “He always said one could do

different things and be successful as long as he or she set their mind to it. “The company took me in knowing I had zero experience in construction. Kyoko TrancherNan Inc. trained Sobue me and gave me an opportunity to expand my horizon.” While in Hawaii, Sobue met and married Alexandre Trancher, the chef at La Mer, Halekulani in 2013 and became Dr. Kyoko Trancher-Sobue. She took a maternity leave in July 2013, and returned to Nan Inc. in September 2016. Trancher-Sobue says her initial project was Nan’s first ground-up, multistory, multiple building project. She was assigned as a part of a large project team and stayed from the beginning till the end, learning

every aspect of the construction from the team and the project. She later managed smaller construction projects and also managed design projects. Trancher-Sobue says she was given a versatile position and responsibilities that made her experience unique. “Kyoko has been a long-time dedicated employee, is very smart and outgoing, and has a great can-do attitude toward every project and challenge,” says Ryan Nakaima, Nan Inc. vice president. “She is also one of the multi-tasked individuals who the company dispatches when an outstanding issue needs investigating and resolution. “Although she has been multi-tasking, one of her main duties is managing the designs from our design-build projects. Her title was design manager, but we have recently promoted her to senior design manager.”

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