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COFFEE BREAK

Shields Up?

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The man behind the curtain has been revealed. It’s Andrew Min of Min Plastics and Supply. Min and his team have been making and installing vital plexiglass barriers at places like grocery stores and banks to protect workers, such as cashiers and tellers, and shoppers from one another during the COVID-19 pandemic. Columnist Don Chapman offers readers of Building Industry Hawaii an exclusive look at Min and the work his company is doing to help businesses stay open. Also in this issue, we provide information on hospitality-related construction. It’s a busy sector of the state’s building industry as hotels and resorts take advantage of low occupancy since March to catch up on renovations and other projects. Environmental consultants play a huge role in prepping a site, especially an area which might have been used in the Nan Inc. builds the Waikoloa Elementary School. past to store or distribute toxic fuels and other chemicals. Soil remediation experts tell us how important it is for contractors to make sure environmental consultants are brought in before the first shovelful of dirt is moved. Contractors on Hawaii Island report staying busy amid the coronavirus on diverse projects such as road work, airport facilities and shopping centers. The pandemic also has caused a few new wrinkles in surety bonding, but financial experts tell us GCs still can get pre-qualified by following a few simple steps. On Guam, some are refurbishing cargo containers into affordable housing units. See our report inside.

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SEPTEMBER 2020 VOL. 63 NUMBER 89

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SPECIAL SECTION INSIDE: Hawaii Steel Alliance Resource Guide and Directory

Features

10 Behind the Plexiglass Barriers

Building Hawaii: Don Chapman

12 DOT Steps Up Big for Contractors

Agency awards worth $130.8 million in July

14 Hale Kewalo Rises in Kakaako

Spotlight on Success: Swinerton Builders

18 Fields of Dreams—and Toxins

Consultants boost project outcomes at Hawaii’s 1,000+ contaminated sites

21 Steel Builders

Hawaii contractors, suppliers continue decades-long practice of steel-framed productions

37 Coming Attraction: New Industry Show

PBX20 for contractors, architects and engineers to livestream in October

38 A Conversion to Safeway

Concept to Completion: Maryl Group

40 Expansion Projects Drive Hawaii Island

News Beat

50 NAVFAC Awards $100M ASMD Contract 56 Nacino Elected President of NAWIC Honolulu 56 NAVFAC Pacific Awards $60M Job to Idaho Firm 56 Kennedy to Represent BIA on Building Code Council 57 Servpro of Kailua Wins Silver 57 Mooney Returns as HAPI President

Departments

4 Coffee Break: David Putnam 8 Datebook 12 Contracts Awarded 13 Low Bids 58 News Makers VISITOR

PREPPING

East to west, multiple and diverse jobs are keeping builders busy

Resort renovations advance with expected rise in tourism

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46 Resort Renovations Accelerate

Projects are prepping for an expected rise in visitors

49 The Modular Solution

Popularity of converting shipping containers grows in Guam’s housing market

52 Bonding in the Time of COVID

As president and CEO, Russell Young built the company into one of Hawaii’s largest general contractors

55 Sub Listings Included in DOE Bill

ALLIANCE DIRECTORY

Hawaii Island Construction

On the Cover

COVID & BONDING

Swinerton’s crew preps the site at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel. Design by Ursula A. Silva

How the industry’s legal transfer of paperwork is changing

54 ACK’s Young Retires, Hands Reins to Son

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The new state agency legislation includes Hawaii’s Procurement Code, a longstanding source of disputes

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COMING IN OCTOBER

Building Industry Hawaii reports on what’s happening among the Islands’ Unions and Trade Organizations. Our coverage also will feature many of Hawaii’s Multi-Generational Builders.


Keeping our building community

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The Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) designation program teaches the technical, business management, and customer service skills essential to competing in the fastest growing segment of the residential remodeling industry: home modifications for the aging-in-place. DATE

Sept 4 Construction Safety Trenching & Excavation Training (HST)

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Nov 30 NAHB CAPS I – Marketing & Communication 8:00 am – 4: Strategies for Aging & Accessibility

Sept 11 Construction Safety Trenching & Excavation Training (HST)

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NAHB CAPS II – Design/Build Solutions for Aging & Accessibility

8:00 am – 4:

Dec 2

NAHB CAPS III-Details & Solutions for Livable Homes and Aging in Place

8:00 am – 4:

Who Should Take This Course?

GUAM, SAIPAN, ROTA, & TINIAN (CHST) Sept 11 Construction Safety Trenching & Excavation Training

Builders, remodelers, vendors, manufacturers, architects, designers, real estate professionals, health industry professionals, government personnel and the academic community will all benefit. This course provides six hours of continuing education credits for these NAHB designations: CGA, CGB, CGR, GMB, GMR, CSP, Master CSP, CMP, MIRM.

Registration is now open.

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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. SEPTEMBER 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.  SEPTEMBER 1

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 aiahonolulu.org. SEPTEMBER 1

HAPI Shorts (Ongoing)

Virtual sessions by industry professionals presented each week during lunch hour by the Hawaii Asphalt Paving Industry (HAPI). The free 20- to 30-minute sessions are followed by questions and answers. Go to hawaiiasphalt.org/education/ hapi-shorts/. SEPTEMBER 3, 4, 5

Fall Protection Competent Person Level Course (24-Hour) Construction 3-Day Course - Online Webinar

Presented by Lawson & Associates via Zoom webinar. 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (daily). Register at lawsonassociatesinc.thundertix.com. Email response contains link to webinar. For more information, go to info@lawsonsafety. com, lawsonsafety.com or contact Lawson at 441-5333. $599 plus tax and registration/online ticketing fee. SEPTEMBER 4

Construction Safety Trenching & Excavation: Online Training

One-day webinar presented by the Building Industry Association of Hawaii (BIA-Hawaii). 8 a.m.-noon. 8 | BUILDING INDUSTRY HAWAII | SEPTEMBER 2020

Registration confirmation provides Zoom link to webinar. To register: biahawaii.org or contact Barbara Nishikawa at 629-7505 or bln@ biahawaii.org. Free. SEPTEMBER 8-10

Construction Quality Management Online Training

Online training presented by the General Contractors Association of Hawaii (GCA of Hawaii) via Microsoft Teams. Noon-3:30 p.m. (daily). Register and download Microsoft Teams app beforehand. To register and for more information: gcahawaii.org or contact Judee at 833-1681 ext. 14 or via gca@gcahawaii.org. Fee: GCA members $95; non-members $125. SEPTEMBER 14-17

OSHA 510 - 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: biahawaii.org, extension. ucsd.edu, email oshatraining@ucsd.edu or call (800) 358-9206. Fee: $765. SEPTEMBER 17

NAWIC General Membership Meeting: 2020-2021 Officers and Board of Directors Installation

The National Association of Women in Construction Hawaii Chapter introduces its new 20202021 officers and board of directors via Zoom. 5:30 p.m. Pre-registration required at EventBrite. For more information: nawic-honolulu.org. SEPTEMBER 19, 26

AGC’S STP Unit 3 - Planning and Scheduling (2015 Edition)

Presented by GCA of Hawaii. Instructor: Clyde Wachi. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (daily). GCA Conference Room, 1065 Ahua St. To register by Sept. 9 and for more information: gcahawaii. org, or contact Gladys Hagemann at

833-1681 or gladys@gcahawaii.org. GCA members $295; non-members $395. SEPTEMBER 21-25

OSHA 5410 - Standards for the Maritime 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. To register and for more information: biahawaii.org, extension. ucsd.edu, email oshatraining@ucsd.edu or call (800) 358-9206. Fee: $995. SEPTEMBER 23

Identifying Trouble Areas in Residential Buildings & Permitting

Presented by BIA-Hawaii. Instructors: Evan Fujimoto, Michael Watanabe. 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. BIA-Hawaii, 94-487 Akoki St., Waipahu. To register and for more information: biahawaii.org or contact Barbara Nishikawa at 629-7505. Fee: BIA-Hawaii members $100; nonmembers $150; ETF $75. SEPTEMBER 25

The Role of the Qualified, Competent and Authorized Person (2-Hour) Online Webinar Presented by Lawson & Associates via Zoom webinar. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Register at lawsonsafety.com. For more information, go to info@lawsonsafety.com, lawsonsafety.com or contact Lawson at 441-5333. Free. SEPTEMBER 26

Respirable Crystalline Silica Competent Person Level Course (4-Hour) - General Industry/ Construction - Online Webinar

Presented by Lawson & Associates via Zoom, 7-11 a.m. Register at lawsonassociatesinc.thundertix.com. Email response contains link to webinar. For more information, go to info@ lawsonsafety.com, lawsonsafety.com or contact Lawson at 441-5333. Fee: $99 plus tax and registration/online ticketing fee.


OCTOBER 6

NAHB Estimating and Scheduling for Profitable Business Operations

Presented by BIA-Hawaii. Instructor: Michael Strong. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. BIA-Hawaii, 94-487 Akoki St., Waipahu. To register and for more information: biahawaii.org or contact Barbara Nishikawa at 629-7505. Fee: BIA-Hawaii members $250; nonmembers $350; ETF $175.

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OCTOBER 7

NAHB Project Management

Presented by BIA-Hawaii. Instructor: Michael Strong. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. BIA-Hawaii, 94-487 Akoki St., Waipahu. To register and for more information: biahawaii.org or contact Barbara Nishikawa at 629-7505. Fee: BIA-Hawaii members $300; nonmembers $400; ETF $200. OCTOBER 8

NAHB Basics of Building

Presented by BIA-Hawaii. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. BIA-Hawaii, 94-487 Akoki St., Waipahu. To register and for more information: biahawaii.org or contact Barbara Nishikawa at 629-7505. Fee: BIA-Hawaii members $300; nonmembers $400; ETF $200. OCTOBER 10

Confined Space for Construction - 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. 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.

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OCTOBER 17, 24

AGC’s PMDP Module 3 | Project Administration

Presented by GCA of Hawaii. Instructor: James Abeshima. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (daily). GCA Conference Room, 1065 Ahua St. For more information and to register by Oct. 7: gcahawaii. org, or contact Gladys Hagemann at 833-1681 ext. 12 or gladys@ gcahawaii.org. Fee: GCA members $395; non-members $495.

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BUILDING HAWAII | DON CHAPMAN

Behind the Plexiglass Barriers Min Plastics answers the call and installs protective shields against the coronavirus

I

n one of the all-time iconic movie lines, Dustin Hoffman’s namesake character in “The Graduate” receives the-future-is-here career advice from one of his father’s businessman friends: “Just one word … plastics.” Fred Min was way ahead of the 1967 film that won an Oscar for director Mike Nichols. Back in 1950, Fred, the Paia plantation boy who’d moved to Honolulu following service with the Army in the Pacific during WWII, founded Min Plastics, thus setting up the third generation of his family business with the opportunity to be on the front lines of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic 70 years later. Not only did Min Plastics and Supply, now led by Fred’s grandson Andrew, install plexiglass safety barriers at every Foodland and Sack N Save store in Hawaii, Min did similar work for Central Pacific Bank, Bank of Hawaii, Hawaii State Credit Andrew Min Union, Costco, the state Department of Education and the City and County of Honolulu. “When we decided to put up plexiglass barriers in 76 of our Foodland and Sullivan Family of Companies stores, we reached out to locally owned Min Plastics and Supply,” says Foodland spokesperson Sheryl Toda. “That they’re a local company made it easy for us because instead of having to go online to place an order, we went straight to their office with our request. They responded immediately and worked closely with us to create exactly what we needed to help keep our employees and customers safe.”

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And after “a cousin who works in the respiratory unit at Queen’s mentioned the difficulty medical workers were having in finding protective plastic face shields during the early days of the pandemic, Min started making those, too.

Min Plastics has been installing shields at many Hawaii businesses, including Foodland at Ala Moana Shopping Center.

“We ended up making and giving away about 4,000 face shields,” he says. Suddenly, a company whose business had been split fairly evenly between commercial clients (signs, retail displays, safety shields for salad bars and ice cream shops) and retail customers (trophies, display cases) was devoted to fighting the coronavirus. “We had to hire three new staff just to help keep up with the production, but also the phones,” Min says. “We’ve been getting between 200 and 400 calls a day, and it’s not letting up. We have some tired people.” And it all goes back to the Battle of Guadalcanal, the momentum-changing U.S. victory over Japanese forces that lasted six months and ended in February 1943. “After the kamikaze planes crashed, my grandfather went to check out the

wreckage and noticed that the pilots’ watch crystals cracked but the plastic canopies didn’t,” Min says. “He found that he could polish up the plastic’s scratches with toothpaste, and you could cut it and file it down. It was his introduction to this material. After the war, he came home and told my grandmother that there’s this cool material and he wanted to learn more about it.” Which led Fred to New York University to study industrial arts. “My grandmother Elaine had four brothers, and they followed my grandfather to New York for school,” Min says. “They all crammed into one apartment and shared a Jeep.” Back in Hawaii, Fred started Min’s Workshop to work with plastics, an early form of tech incubator. That led to Min’s Plastics, with Elaine in charge of procuring franchise agreements with various Mainland plastic manufacturers. As technology improved, they found more and more uses for plexiglass. That included Fred creating what is believed to be the first underwater camera housing, for a surfer friend. It ended up, says Andrew, on the cover of Time magazine. Andrew’s father Dwight would later lead the company, coaxed out of a teaching career by his parents. Andrew, a Mid Pacific and University of Colorado business grad, was likewise happy running his own general contracting company for seven years, focusing on “remodels and rebuilds,” when Dwight talked him into taking over. That was two years ago. And now, three generations in, his family business is in the middle of “a whole new world,” Min says. “The inventory we have now was ordered four months ago. It may take that long to fill orders we place today. I’m already looking at 2021.” As for a fourth generation in the business? Says Min: “My son is 1, so …” don@tradepublishing.com


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CONTRACTS AWARDED

DOT Steps Up Big for Contractors

100,000,000

$638,460,565

$116,249,766

$142,522,427

200,000,000

$71,742,606

300,000,000

$16,425,618

400,000,000

$64,072,998

500,000,000

$150,327,566

600,000,000

2010 $64,072,998 2011 $16,425,618 2012 $71,742,606 2013 $150,327,566 2014 $142,522,427 2015 $116,249,766 2016 $638,460,565 2017 $30,400,853 2018 $176,868,722 2019 $39,566,092 2020 $130,898,435

$130,898,435

700,000,000

A LOOK AT JULY

$39,566,092

800,000,000

$324,892,390 during the same period last year.

$176,868,722

for work on Oahu ($59,952,126) and Maui ($46,208,238). Maryl Group Construction Inc. landed the largest contract, worth $37,887,333 for holdroom and gate improvements at Kahului Airport on Maui. Nan Inc. had two contracts worth a combined $34,030,072, with the biggest being a $22,092,200 award for restroom improvements at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. Agency awards after seven months total $2,055,612,984, compared to

$30,400,853

Eight government agencies granted awards of $130,898,435 during July, paced by the Department of Transportation, which issued $90,168,930 in jobs. The month’s tally is an increase of more than 230 percent over the $39,566,092 in contracts handed out during the same month last year. The Department of Education awarded the second highest amount of awards at $24,484,378. The lion’s share of the awards went

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Oahu

United General Contracting Inc. ....... 1,133,833

Road Builders Corp. ................................353,500

HNL Restroom Improvements Phase I at Daniel K. Inouye International (DKI) Airport

Close Construction Inc. .......................1,047,217

Maxum Construction of Hawaii LLC...... 338,073

Nan Inc. ............................................... 11,937,872

Ke Nui Construction LLC..................... 1,032,885

Sea Engineering Inc. ...............................332,060

Ted’s Wiring Service Ltd. ........................921,334

Hawaii Works Inc. ....................................254,569

Nan Inc. .............................................$22,092,200

OST ACM Abatement, Ph. 1, Air Conditioning Modifications at DKI

Pave-Tech Inc. ...................................... 4,542,101 Runway Rubber Removal and Pavement Markings Maintenance Statewide

Shah & Associates................................1,736,051 Furnishing Uninterruptible Power Supply and Battery Backup Systems for Traffic Signals Statewide

Island Pacific Installers LLC............... 1,599,750

Olomana School, P1-P2 Culinary Arts

Kahuku High and Intermediate School, Drainage Improvements Interstate Route H-2, 84-Inch Culvert Restoration at MP 2.10

Modernize Electric Meters, Panels and Service Boxes at Mayor Wright Homes, HA 1003

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

Paul’s Electrical Contracting LLC..........793,700

Kaimuki High School, Area 07 Resurface

Nimitz Elementary School, Building D, Renovate Restroom Maunalua Bay Boat Ramp, Loading Dock Repair

Repair Railings at Pier 10 Shed, Honolulu Harbor

Island Wide AC Service LLC....................249,956 Repair/Replace Chiller at Building 30, Kalaeloa

Site Engineering Inc. ...............................245,500 Puohala Elementary School, Slope Stabilization

DGS Building Oahu, Rekey Building and Entrance Doors

Diamond Head Crater Operation Center, Emergency Fiber Optic Cable System

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

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

Brian’s Contracting Inc. .......................... 741,000

Hawaii Works Inc. .................................... 147,853

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

A’s Mechanical & Builders Inc. ......... 1,440,000 Aiea High School, Building A & B, Shelter Hardening

MJ Construction Co. ............................ 1,400,000 Barbers Point Elementary School, Miscelaneous R&M FY14

Site Engineering Inc. ........................... 1,266,000 Foster Botanical Gardens, ADA Improvements

Road Builders Corp. ............................ 1,263,954 Pearl City High School, Area 01 Resurface

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Kaimuki High School, AC for Buildings A & H, Phase I

Rambaud Electric LLC.............................719,144 Holomua Elementary School, Replace Fire Alarm System

All Maintenance & Repair...................... 527,000

Lunalilo Elementary School, Install Chilled Water Fountains Repair Sidewalk at Pier 2 - Honolulu Harbor

Henry’s Equipment Rental & Sales Inc. .................................138,000

Kailua Intermediate School, Building F, Stream Academy

Waialua Public Library, Cesspool Closure and Wastewater System Improvements

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

Site Engineering Inc. ............................... 137,700

Puuhale Elementary School, Parking Lot Improvements

Lunalilo Elementary School, Field Irrigation System

Central Construction Inc. .......................368,234

Hawaii Pacific Solar.................................126,670

Renovation to Burnt Unit at Kahekili Terrace HA 1017 and ADA Accessibility Compliance at David Malo Circle, HA 1016

Fern Elementary School, Bldg. B, Reroof Entire Building


JULY'S TOP 10 CONTRACTORS Haron Construction Inc. ........................... 91,500 Repair Concrete Pavement at Pier 39, Honolulu Harbor

Rons Construction Corp. .......................... 70,309 Moanalua High School, Basketball Court Improvements

GP Roadway Solutions Inc. .......................30,379 Furnishing Light Towers at DKI

Maui

Maryl Group Construction Inc. ........ 37,887,333 Holdroom and Gate Improvements at Kahului Airport

Prometheus Construction ...................3,598,091 Iao Valley State Monument, Flood Repairs and Improvements, Wailuku

Maui Kupuno Builders LLC.................. 2,016,190 King Kekaulike High School, Softball Facility Improvements, Makawao

Maxum Construction of Hawaii LLC......699,969 Restroom Expansion at Lanai Airport, Lanai City

American Marine Corp. ...........................686,699

Maryl Group Construction Inc. (1) .......................................... $37,887,333 Nan Inc. (2) ................................................................................ 34,030,072 Paul’s Electrical Contracting LLC (3) ........................................... 6,134,039 Pave-Tech Inc. (1) ......................................................................... 4,542,101 MEI Corp. (1) .............................................................................. 4,198,591 Stan’s Contracting Inc. (2) ............................................................ 4,060,600 Close Construction Inc. (3) .......................................................... 3,981,030 Prometheus Construction (1) ........................................................ 3,598,091 Maxum Construction of Hawaii LLC (3) ..................................... 3,010,790 Site Engineering Inc. (6) ............................................................... 2,940,500

Information is summarized from the Contractors Awarded section of BIDService Weekly, compiled by Research Editor Alfonso R. Rivera. Maxum Construction of Hawaii LLC...1,972,748 Konawaena High School, Various Buildings, Replace Gutters and Renovate Restrooms, Kealakekua

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

Remove Sediment Build Up at Pier 2, Kahului Harbor

Kalanianaole Elementary and Intermediate School, Miscellaneous R&M FY13

West Maui Construction......................... 675,412

Stan’s Contracting Inc. ........................1,107,300

Makawao Elementary School, Covered Walkway

Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. Inc................................ 587,000 Substructure and Subsidence Repairs at Pier 2, Kahului Harbor

Commercial Electric Inc. .......................... 57,544 Maui County Siren Modernization and Upgrades, 4 Sites (Puamana, Maalaea, Hamoa, Wailua Valley)

Hawaii

Paul’s Electrical Contracting LLC.......4,737,639 Airfield Lighting Improvements, Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole, Kailua-Kona

Stan’s Contracting Inc. ....................... 2,953,300 Konawaena High School, Science Facilities Upgrade

Close Construction Inc. .......................2,542,515 Demolition of Quonset Hut at Hilo Harbor

Honaunau Elementary School, P3 EOEL Pre-K Renovation

Jas. W. Glover Ltd. ................................1,070,000

Site Engineering Inc. ...............................305,000 Keaukaha Elementary School, Covered Walkway, Hilo

Broderson Landscape Inc.......................193,700 Maintenance of Trees and Landscaping, Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole

Able Electric Inc. .....................................193,545 Haaheo Elementary School, Campus Replace Fire Alarm System

Henry’s Equipment Rental & Sales Inc. .................................184,881

Plumeria/Lehua Street Rehabilitation, Honokaa

Mooheau Park, Accessibility Improvements II, South Hilo

Able Electric Inc. .....................................954,995

Kauai

Kulani Correctional Facility, Mechanical and Electrical Systems Repairs and Improvements, Phase 1, Hilo

Paul’s Electrical Contracting LLC..........602,700

MEI Corp. .............................................. 4,198,591 Kauai High School, Girls Athletic Locker Room, Lihue

Exterior Lighting and Security Improvements at Lanakila Homes, HA 1013, Hilo

Earthworks Pacific Inc. ...........................711,800

Site Engineering Inc. ...............................599,700

Castaway Construction & Restoration LLC....................................294,594

Kohala High School, Faculty Center Building D Renovation

Emergency Staging and Storage Facility at Lihue Airport

Close Construction Inc. ..........................391,298

Waimea High School, Library Renovation

Isemoto Contracting Co. Ltd. ................. 307,900

Fender Repairs at Port Allen

Hawaii School for the Deaf and Blind, Miscellaneous R&M FY13

American Marine Corp. ...........................256,865

Hilo Union Elementary School, P1 EOEL Pre-K Renovation

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

Oahu

P.B. Sullivan Construction Inc. ..............119,620

Various Buildings, Elevator Modernization, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Hawaii

All Maintenance & Repair................. $9,895,200 Sapigao Construction.......................... 1,890,000 Wahiawa Botanical Gardens, Pedestrian Bridge Restoration

Island Wide AC Service LLC.................... 274,990 Repair/Replace Chiller at Building 30, Kalaeloa

Pacific Isles Equipment Rentals Inc. ...... 88,474 Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility, Observation and Assessment Cottage Perimeter Fence

Vet’s Termite ............................................. 45,750 Demolition of Structures at Leahi Fire Control Station

Lahaina Recreation Center, Dog Park

Jas. W. Glover Ltd..................................7,446,000

Kilauea Avenue Rehabilitation, Wailoa Bridge to Puainako Street, South Hilo

Isemoto Contracting Co. Ltd. .................491,700

Haaheo Elementary School, Miscellaneous R&M FY16, South Hilo

Site Engineering Inc. .............................. 366,000 Pahala Ballfield Facility, Accessibility Improvements, Kau

Kauai

Maui

Earthworks Pacific Inc. ..................... 15,629,759

Kuau No. 4 Force Main Replacement, Paia

American Marine Corp. ....................... 6,658,750

Maui Kupuno Builders LLC......................354,812 HI Built LLC................................................ 325,274 Guardrail and Shoulder Improvements, Phase 1, Haliimaile Road (Route 371), Haleakala Highway to Baldwin Avenue, Makawao

Sea Engineering Inc. ...............................139,853

AWARDS BY AREA

Oahu .........................$59,952,126 Maui ..........................46,208,238 Hawaii ........................19,276,221 Kauai ............................5,461,850 Total ........................$130,898,435

Lima Ola Workforce Housing Development, Phase I Infrastructure Construction, Lihue Port Allen Deep Draft Maintenance Dredging

Econolite Systems Inc. ....................... 1,796,155 Traffic Management Center, Island of Kauai

AWARDS BY AGENCY

DOT ...........................$90,168,930 DOE .............................24,484,378 DAGS ............................6,142,945 DLNR .............................3,930,151 C&C Honolulu................2,717,382 HPHA ...........................1,892,268 DPWHI ..........................1,254,881 DOD .................................307,500 Total ........................$130,898,435

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SPOTLIGHT ON SUCCESS

Hale Kewalo Rises in Kakaako Swinerton delivers 128 affordable housing apartments to popular Ala Moana neighborhood BY DAVID PUTNAM PHOTOS COURTESY SWINERTON BUILDERS

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usinesses and residents continue to flock to Kakaako, an Ala Moana area once populated by fish ponds and agricultural lands. Its skyline now includes residential high-rises and the trendy neighborhood offers top-scale restaurants, bars and boutiques. Last May, Kakaako welcomed another stylish neighbor: Hale Kewalo. Constructed by Swinerton Builders for Stanford Carr Development (SCD),

the 11-story, 128-unit building took first place in the General Contractors Association of Hawaii’s 2020 Build Hawaii Awards in April. Aaron Yamasaki, division manager of Swinerton’s Hawaii operations, says his team’s “collaboration with Stanford Aaron Yamasaki

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Carr and the project’s design consultants established a new higher benchmark for quality affordable housing within metropolitan Honolulu. “This is the first development of its kind located so close to the highly desired urban core with high-level contemporary finishes available to locals earning below the median income.” The 170,000-square-foot Hale Kewalo offers housing for people earning between 30 and 60 percent of the area median income and is “catered to giving young families an option to remain in Hawaii despite the rise in cost of living,” Yamasaki says. “More and more residents of Hawaii are forced to move to the Mainland in search of more affordable living arrangements. Hawaii


is just becoming too expensive to live. “We felt that this was a project that would not only employ over 300 trade workers and Swinerton employees, but also help alleviate the housing crisis that is happening in Hawaii. As a commu-

nity builder, we took on this project because we felt it is an important step in helping the locals of Hawaii.” Swinerton broke ground on the $52 million project in January 2018. Each of the one-, two- and three-bedroom units

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has a full kitchen with quartz countertops, a stainless-steel sink and energysaving appliances. Yamasaki also points out that the kitchen floors “achieve a hardwood look” by utilizing vinyl planks, while living areas and bedrooms have Berber carpet, “offering residents modern-style accommodations.” Project scope includes air-conditioning and solar water heating for all units, and a 77-stall parking garage. “Swinerton did a great job for us in the construction of Hale Kewalo,” developer Stanford Carr says. “They provided a strong, innovative and collaborative team that was integral in overcoming site logistic challenges to deliver a quality affordable residential rental project that we’re proud of. “I just want to thank and congratulate Swinerton and their project team—Nick Wachi, James Bui, Brandt Haapala, Patrick Nakamura and Sheldon Shimoda—on a terrific job.” A special feature, Yamasaki says, is that Hale Kewalo “is home to a 10-story mural by Hawaiian artist

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SPOTLIGHT ON SUCCESS Kamea Hadar, depicting a Hawaiian father dressed in a traditional malo, holding his toddler daughter, who is dressed in contemporary clothing.” The proximity of the jobsite to Ala Moana Center led to special challenges which Swinerton found ways to overcome. The GC “used innovative forming methods to construct castin-place concrete walls in extremely close proximity to sensitive neighboring properties along property lines,” Yamasaki says. “Our team innovatively devised custom-made gang forms that mimicked a tunnel form system allowing concrete walls and slabs to be constructed without costly redesign by the owner.” Other challenges, he says, include: • “The high volume of tourists and pedestrians in the area were carefully protected with well-planned controlled access zones, safety barricades and wayfinding signage. • “Mitigating adverse impacts to adjacent businesses. Buildings in the vicinity were older, deteriorated structures with existing age-related defects. The project pre-planned its construction methods to avoid undue impacts, including vibration, noise and dust. • “When repair work was necessary outside the limits of the site, Swinerton’s project team was continuously cognizant of how its deliveries would potentially affect vehicular traffic and closely coordinated its plans with the City and County in the interest of the neighbors and general public. • “Monitoring noise levels throughout the project duration to be proactive in addressing the needs of the neighbor-

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Kahu Kaleo Patterson blessed the property.

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ing businesses and residents.” Swinerton implemented BIM coordination “to manage extremely tight and unforgiving building tolerances,” Yamasaki says. “The design’s ceiling space did not provide much room to install required utilities and fixtures. Through its use of BIM, Swinerton was able to identify conflicts early before the installation started, saving the owner time and money. “The designed floor plans for the bathrooms were also very tight. Countertop edges, doors, hardware, walls were all modeled and coordinated with only 1/4-inch clearances at certain locations.” During construction, Swinerton partnered with community organizations external to the development, including the Urban Land Institute – Hawaii Young Leaders. “Our project staff hosted a residential tour with Stanford Carr for young professionals in the investing, development, architecture and contracting fields,” Yamasaki says. In Hale Kewalo, he adds, Swinerton built “a project that will contribute to the community by providing muchneeded affordable housing to the people of Hawaii within the urban core of Honolulu for years to come. “Swinerton is continuing to collaborate with clients in building essential housing and facilities that will help our local community thrive. We are proud to be part of an industry that provides our community with means to live— jobs and housing will both be essential as we begin to work our way out of this health and economic crisis.”


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racked concrete, broken pipes, rusted-out trailers and feral cats. That’s what Brad Dechter, president of DHX-Dependable Hawaiian Express, saw a couple of years ago on the Iwilei lot where he wanted to build his new warehouse. Then he looked around. “The neighbors were all big companies who had built at some point under similar circumstances,” he says. Brad Dechter Factoring in the lot’s ample size and ideal location, Dechter decided to move ahead. Luckily, as his new warehouse got underway, Dechter had more than his business sense going for him—he had a skilled team of environmental consultants. Consultants are often required by the state Department of Health (DOH) agency that oversees contaminated sites. “Developers and contractors should ensure they hire an environmental consultant with experience directly relevant for their property needs,” says Fenix Grange, DOH Hazard Evaluation Fenix Grange and Emergency Response (HEER) program manager. Dechter’s consultants—Ensolum LLC Environmental Contamination Consultant Jacob Colson and Weston Solutions Inc. Senior Project Manager Tracy Lestochi— needed all their experience as planning began at Dechter’s site in Iwilei. According to a technical summary, Tracy Lestochi “between 1905 and 1977, Gasco was operating an active manufactured gas plant (MGP) at the site. … Soil and groundwater at the site and the surrounding area are contaminated with hydrocarbons as a result of MGP operations …” Dechter was undeterred. “We had to

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determine if there was a way we could use the property economically and make it work for us,” he says. His consultants advised developing a remediation plan before starting construction. So does Dennis Poma, principal at Integral Consulting Inc., an international provider of environDennis Poma mental services. “We recommend contractors get the consultants involved before construction begins, and as early as possible during the planning stages,” he says. Grange, at the state’s HEER agency, agrees: “Discovering contamination during construction can stop a project in its tracks,” she says, “as sampling, contract and design modifications and additional resources may be required to proceed.” It happens often these days. Since 2018, Grange says, “the HEER Office was overseeing 1,046 active military and non-military sites with contamination across the state of Hawaii.”

Digging In

Even though many remedial actions already had been completed at the Iwilei site, the soil was still contaminated with benzene, a carcinogen. Dechter and his consultants decided that “because of our unique need for a big parking area, and the fact that we could erect a metal building where the footings would be a bit more shallow than a concrete tilt-up, and the floor of our building could be thick concrete to help keep the contamination underground, we were in a unique position to actually make the property work for us.” But “the site is close to the ocean,” Dechter says. “Remediation efforts had to take into account that … the underground water was also compromised and contaminated with benzene. “We set up a dewatering pit,” he says. “All the water underground that appeared as we were digging had to be pumped into this pit, treated with chemicals and then allowed to leach back into the ground. “As we worked the site for grading and construction, the dewatering pit had to be moved, causing delays … We also then had to ensure that when we moved the pit, the soil underneath the used pit


PVT Soil Processing to End?

Installation and smoke test of the DHX sub-slab vapor barrier PHOTO COURTESY WESTON SOLUTIONS INC.

had the density required so we could continue to build.”

Trapping Toxins

Poma notes that getting consultants involved early “may help the project save money by developing cost-effective solutions that do not entail expensive off-site (soil) disposal.” At the Iwilei site, soil remediation continued as the new warehouse went up. “We built our parking lot (approximately two acres) with nine-inch solid concrete so the possibility of contamination escaping from the ground was virtually nonexistent,” Dechter says. Lestochi of Weston Solutions says “one of the engineering controls used at the site to protect future site users from residual contamination in the ground was

The PVT Land Co. Ltd. facility in West Oahu processes petroleumcontaminated soil from Hawaii construction projects. But if SB 2386—which aims to limit PVT’s expansion and is now on Gov. Ige’s desk—becomes law, “contaminated soil might have to be shipped to the Mainland,” says Steve Joseph, PVT vice president, operations. “PVT processes about 15,000 tons of contaminated soil (above industrial levels) annually,” Joseph says. “It amounts to nearly half of the special waste that is processed at PVT every year.” PVT also operates the only landfill on Oahu approved for disposal of CERCLA (federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, aka Superfund) and other special waste, Joseph says, which includes Steve Joseph contaminated soil. “The CERCLA designation,” he says, “is given only to a facility approved by the EPA and operating in compliance with applicable federal or state requirements. “If there were no CERCLA-approved landfill,” Joseph says, “special waste would have to be shipped to the Mainland for disposal at a cost in excess of $400 per ton. Having to ship to the Mainland could make many projects cost prohibitive. “Having PVT able to accept the waste has not only saved the state of Hawaii millions of dollars over the years,” he says, “but also kept the unspent money circulating in Hawaii, working to support the economy.” the installation of a sub-slab vapor barrier and vapor extraction system. “The vapor barrier is a three-ply

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GBI Asbestos Protocols

The new 76,000-square-foot DHX-Dependable Hawaiian Express warehouse in Iwilei PHOTO COURTESY KANE MCEWEN/DHX-DEPENDABLE HAWAIIAN EXPRESS

says. “Directly beneath the vapor barrier, a sub-slab vapor collection system was installed to extract any vapors from the soil under the slab. Vapors are collected in a series of pipes that lead to a thermal oxidizer which burns off any contamination.” Integral specializes in on-site management of contaminated soil. On one Integral project where on-site management was an option, “we helped the landowner develop a programmatic Environmental Hazard Management Plan to manage the soils in question in-place and for future construction projects that may occur at the property,” Poma says. “Our on-site management of the soils—instead of disposing them in the landfill—helped save the client tens of thousands of dollars. We have developed solutions for other clients that have also potentially saved hundreds of thousands of dollars in construction costs as a result of getting us involved early in the construction process.”

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“When you have the level of known contamination we had on-site, knowing we had experts in the field every day … was critical to doing things right,” Dechter says.

Goodfellow Bros. Inc. is replacing 10,000 linear feet of four-inch and eight-inch asbestos concrete pipe with 12-inch ductile iron pipe at the $12.8 million Hala‘ula Well Development–Phase II project at Kapa‘au, says GBI Big Island Project Engineer Justin McCutcheon. “Upon completion and certification, the new well and Justin McCutcheon storage facility we are building will add much-needed redundancy and capacity to the North Kohala community water system,” McCutcheon says. Once the new water system has been certified and approved to put into service, McCutcheon says, GBI and their subcontractor, Unitek, will begin removing the existing asbestos concrete piping (ACP) from the state right-of-way. “With their extensive experience in this arena,” he says, “Unitek will take the lead and GBI will be providing equipment support and traffic control manpower. “The process is simple,” he says: • Carefully expose the pipe and joints, • Separate the segments, • Bag-and-tag appropriately, • Stockpile in a sealed transport can. “Once the removal process is complete,” McCutcheon says, “the transport can be delivered to the West Hawaii GBI crew swinging Sanitary Landfill for disposal per their hazardous waste pipe on new waterline protocols. Although the new system is over 10,000 feet of PHOTO COURTESY ductile iron pipe, the stakeholders in the project elected GOODFELLOW BROS./COH DEPT. OF WATER SUPPLY to abandon the majority of the ACP in place to limit the amount of disturbance, and therefore exposure, for the workers and the community.” GBI expects to wrap in May 2021. “Goodfellow Bros. is proud to be a part of this project,” McCutcheon says. “It has been many years in the making, and will be of great benefit to the residents of North Kohala for years to come.” Ensolum LLC and Weston Solutions “were observing daily all activity that was taking place, and ensuring that the work was being performed in accord with our Health and Safety Plan,” he says. “Taking action when they saw an issue, with either the work crews or the physical site itself, was extremely impor-

DOH Remediation Protocols

According to the state Department of Health (DOH) Hazard Evaluation and Emergency Response (HEER) agency, remediation of contaminated construction sites should follow these basic steps: 1. Contractor/developer requests to see owner’s Phase I and any additional investigation reports, especially any current Environmental Hazard Management Plans (EHMP) that describe current contamination conditions on-site. 2. If this information is unavailable, check iHEER (HEER’s online public records system) about a site, and how to conduct a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment for any recognized environmental conditions (RECs).

3. Developer/landowner conducts a thorough site investigation (also called a Phase II Environmental Site Assessment) to determine whether any recognized environmental conditions impact the environmental integrity of the site. If contamination is detected, additional investigation may be needed. Consultation with HEER at this time is helpful. 4. Once the extent of contamination has been determined, appropriate response actions to address the contamination are determined by the DOH in consultation with the landowner/ developer. 5. Implementation of the chosen

tant to ensure we successfully protected everyone involved in the site and continued to progress in the construction.” The result? Dechter’s new 76,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art DHX-Dependable Hawaiian Express warehouse in Iwilei opened in April 2019.

response action. 6. Notify the HEER office in writing of major construction activities at the site, ideally 90 days ahead of construction, through its e-permitting portal at ehacloud.doh.hawaii.gov/epermit/. (Steps 1-3 and 5 should be completed during the design phase of a project to prevent any delay in construction due to unanticipated contamination.) For Fact Sheets: health.hawaii.gov/ heer/environmental-health/fact-sheets/ For more information on Environmental Hazard Management Plans: health.hawaii.gov/heer/guidance/ environmental-hazard-managementplans/


STEEL

Builders Hawaii contractors, suppliers continue decades-long practice of steel-framed productions

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lthough steel construction is most often associated with commercial buildings, in conjunction with concrete, Hawaii actually leads the nation in the use of steel framing in residential projects. “Steel is stronger, lighter and not susceptible to warping, twisting or splitting like dimensional lumber,” says Daryl Daryl Takamiya Takamiya, senior project engineer for Castle & Cooke Homes Hawaii Inc. The developer is considered one of the earliest to adopt steel-framed production in Hawaii. “Steel is also more durable and non-flammable and therefore does not add fuel to a fire,” says Takamiya, who adds that “the higher strength-toweight ratio allows for longer spans, enabling architects and engineers to design more open space and/or allowable building heights compared to conventional wood framing.” Takamiya points out that steel’s strength-to-weight ratio is highest of all framing materials, allowing it to withstand higher wind loads. “Steel is also mold-resistant and not susceptible to termites,” he says. “Steel is considered a green building product, as it is 100 percent recyclable. On average, steel framing contains 69 percent recycled steel.” Steel studs come with pre-punched

First-floor steel walls and balloon framing are in place on the first Castle & Cooke homes under construction at Koa Ridge in mid-July.

holes to run conduit and piping through, eliminating the need to drill through studs, so it makes rough-in easier for electricians and plumbers, according to Takamiya. Additionally, steel studs are about 50 percent lighter

than their wood counterparts, reducing fatigue and worker injury. “Steel framing was introduced in Hawaii back in the 1970s, but it really did not get traction until years later,” says Alan Labbe, president of the Hawaii Steel Alliance and vice presi-

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dent of construction at D.R. Horton Hawaii. “In the 1980s, Hawaii responded to property damage from ground termites with the impleAlan Labbe mentation of new standards in the building code and the introduction of termite-resistant construction materials” such as steel. Today on Oahu, Labbe says, about three out of every four homes built use some kind of steel framing. Another factor that influences the use of steel in homes in Hawaii is environmental protection, says Kenneth Sakurai, president of Coastal Construction Co. Inc. “In the 1990s, the building industry was faced with a dilemma because the northern spotted owl in the Pacific Northwest became an endangered species, and lumber mills were not able Kenneth Sakurai

to produce lumber because cutting the trees threatened the owls’ habitats,” Sakurai says. “My guys thought I was crazy—and the transition was very difficult—but I decided then to switch from wood to steel framing.” Castle & Cooke Homes Hawaii and Coastal Construction became the pioneers of light-gauge steel construction in 1992 when they collaborated in building a group of three light-gauge steel-framed homes in Whitmore Village, known as the “Spotted Owl Homes.” Their more well-known partnership came a year later when the two companies built 212 single-family homes in Mililani Mauka, using light-gauge steel framing. Since then, Coastal Construction says it has built over 16,000 light-gauge steel homes for not only Castle & Cooke, but also for such developers as Haseko, Forest City, A&B, D.R. Horton, Centex and Stanford Carr Development.

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But what about concerns over steel’s possible corrosion in the midst of the

Castle & Cooke homes under construction at Koa Ridge in mid-July are framed with prefabricated steel walls. The house In the foreground is the first home at Koa Ridge. PHOTO COURTESY CLINT SARAE

Islands’ marine environment? Sakurai says Coastal uses G60 or G90 galvanized steel, with a zinc coating, to protect against corrosion. “The data have shown that lightgauge steel, when used in a concealed area (with no direct contact with water), can withstand corrosion for a minimum of 100 years,” he says. Takamiya of Castle & Cooke adds that the structural engineer can specify a higher grade of galvanizing than normal, if the building is near the ocean. Additionally, the way the steel is incorporated into the structure

Steel framing is commonly used for curtain wall framing for the exterior of a commercial high-rise building. PHOTO COURTESY HSA

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A slotted and a FAS track are installed on the ceiling slab as the drywall contractor lays out the walls. PHOTO COURTESY CEMCO

prevents corrosion. “We use Vycor, a self-adhesive flashing made of HDPE and rubberized asphalt between the bottom tracks and the concrete,” Takamiya says. “A capillary break and vapor barrier under the concrete slab prevents moisture from wicking up through the concrete. “Further, the steel framing is never exposed to the elements, but covered by building wrap and siding.” Brian Ide, principal structural engi-

Steel framing provides strong, straight, durable and non-combustible wall framing. PHOTO COURTESY HSA

neer of Allison-Ide Structural Engineers LLC, says popular cold-formed steel (CFS) products include “floor joists with large penetrations to allow for Brian Ide plumbing and electrical lines; wider flange studs used as jamb or king studs adjacent to window and door openings, as well as elements to be used for boundary elements of

shear walls; specialty connectors for CFS curtain wall construction; and special deep-track slotted head tracks for vertical slip connections at the top of partition wall construction.” HSA’s Labbe says CFS framing is mostly used for wall construction in residential and commercial construction. “Steel framing provides straighter walls, with little to no deflection, and no nail pops,” Labbe says. “For commercial construction, steel is used for curtain walls on the skin of a mid-

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Coastal Construction completed the Kamalani project in Kihei, Maui in 2019. The scope of the work included 26 townhouse and multifamily buildings, for a total of 170 units. PHOTO COURTESY COASTAL CONSTRUCTION.

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or high-rise structure, or for the demising walls separating rooms inside. “Some projects use CFS floor joists for greater spans and sturdy floors. Other projects use CFS trusses for long spans and a straight roof line. The most popular shape is the ‘C’ shape stud or joist. Other proprietary shapes are also manufactured.”

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As for new trends, Akira Usami, field sales manager for Hawaii region, California Expanded Metal Products Co. (CEMCO), says the industry is moving toward more engineered, labor-saving products. “Savvy contracAkira Usami tors and designers are turning to specialty products to reduce the time and effort it takes to 24 | BUILDING INDUSTRY HAWAII | SEPTEMBER 2020

Nani Ulupau was a steel-framing project by Coastal Construction for 40 single-family homes on Kaneohe Marine Corps Base and completed in June. PHOTO COURTESY COASTAL CONSTRUCTION

complete the job,” Usami says, with a nod to CEMCO’s Pro X Header. “A single Pro X Header and Pro X Header Clips can replace a built-up section of studs, tracks and field-fabricated connectors. Not only does this reduce the time to install the component, but it is a much lighter section to handle.” Also, Usami notes that perimeter wall joints are requiring more movement, independent of the support structure. He says that’s a tough combination—to allow for more wall movement, while avoiding cracking, and to meet stringent fire/sound/smoke requirements. To meet the challenge, the company has “launched our latest generation of fire, air and sound (FAS) products in 2020,” he says. “CEMCO has incorporated intumescent fire products into vinyl trims for drywall joints that are exposed and viewable. The wall joints where the drywall terminates have been aesthetically challenging

for decades,” and now CEMCO has a solution. Finally, Tim Waite, professional engineer and senior territory manager for Simpson StrongTie Co., says that Tim Waite CFS manufacturing companies, as well as ancillary companies, continue to provide new steel products to support the commercial and residential steel-framing industries. “Tool manufacturers have been improving on their power tools,” Waite says. “Hardware manufacturers are making new connectors, clips and fasteners to make it easier to attach CFS framing. Steel manufacturers are making innovative steel sections that save labor in the field. Steel framing lends itself easily to making architecturally attractive curved arches and ceilings.”


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PRESIDENT’S WELCOME Aloha! Welcome to the 23rd edition of our Resource Directory. The enclosed information will be helpful for your next steel framing, metal building or metal roofing project. Our sincere thoughts and prayers go out to all those who have lost loved ones to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to those who have suffered due to the illness—physically, emotionally and economically. We will get through this by helping each other and staying safe. Our sacrifices today will make us stronger tomorrow. Despite all the hardships, we are very fortunate that construction to date has been classified as an essential business. Steel framing continues to be the expected framing material for a clear majority of homes built in Hawaii. The state’s two largest subdivisions, Ho‘opili and Koa Ridge, are currently being framed in cold formed steel. The advantages of steel such as being termite proof, non-combustible and energy efficient have all been contributing factors in the sustained growth in steel construction over the past two decades, resulting in Hawaii being the world leader in steel frame construction. We are proud of our members, many of whom have been here since our founding in 1997. Our members are true pioneers in the steel framing and metal roofing industries. We encourage you to do business with them.

Use this Resource Directory as a valuable reference when sourcing your next project. We extend our appreciation to our advertisers and supporters who continue to contribute to make this publication available to you. Thank you to my fellow Board Members past and present who have volunteered effortlessly to ensure that the Hawaii Steel Alliance and the growth of steel construction continues in the years to come. Feel free to contact the Hawaii Steel Alliance info@hawaiisteel. com with any questions you may have regarding steel framing as we continue to be the go-to resource. Mahalo nui loa,

Alan Labbe

Alan Labbe 2020/2021 HSA President

2020/2021 HSA BOARD OF DIRECTORS PRESIDENT Alan Labbe, D.R. Horton Hawaii VICE PRESIDENT Pat Gill, Gill Development SECRETARY Kelly Miller, Honsador TREASURER Tim Waite, Simpson Strong-Tie IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT Deborah Kim-Ito, J&B Materials Hawaii DIRECTORS: Eric Bass, DR Horton Hawaii Andrea Benitez, Group Builders Scott Coulter, Coulter Construction Emet Domingo, Castle & Cooke Hawaii Colleen Mizuno, Unlimited Construction Bruce Place, Pacific Steel Structures Charles Rania, Stanley Black & Decker Scott Tajima, GW Killebrew/Allied Jason Thon, Unlimited Construction Akira Usami, CEMCO

The Hawaii Steel Alliance (HSA) was established in May 1997 to encourage and promote the widespread, practical and economic use of cold-formed steel framing and metal roofing for residential and commercial construction in the Pacific Rim. The HSA strives to be the pre-eminent worldwide steel framing resource for developers, contractors, engineers, architects, building officials, suppliers and homebuyers. The HSA has regular membership meetings and provides educational opportunities and training for its members. Hawaii Steel Alliance Inc. P.O. Box 2880 Aiea, HI 96701, USA PH: (808) 485-1400 FX: (808) 748-0681 Email: info@hawaiisteeel.com www.hawaiisteel.com

HSA PAST PRESIDENTS TERM PRESIDENT 1997-1999 1999-2000 2000-2001 2001-2002 2002-2003 2003-2004 2004-2005 2005-2006 2006-2007 2007-2008 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2013 2013-2015 2015-2017 2017-2019

Wayne Lincoln Mike Fernandez Robert Lazo Art Linn Doug Pearson Ralph Valentino Sam Galante Craig Baldwin Adam Sutton Akira Usami Bobbie Kane Scott Underwood Tim Waite Keith Oda Colleen Mizuno Bruce Place Deborah Kim-Ito

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COLD-FORMED STEEL AND RESILIENCE By the Steel Framing Industry Association

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here has been an emerging awareness of the term “resilience” and its importance to the built environment. This has resulted in changes in our thinking on sustainability, building design, and preparedness protocol to natural or man-made disasters. It is important to understand the inherent properties of cold-formed steel framing, especially because no building material better exemplifies resiliency.

RESILIENCY

There have been many published definitions of resiliency. The most comprehensive definition was developed in 2011 by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the National Institute of Building Science (NIBS). Their document, "High Performance Based Design for the Building Enclosure – A Resilience Application Project Report," provides specific guidelines to follow in the design of resilience in exterior envelopes. It states resilience as “a function of Robustness, Resourcefulness and Recovery is a product of quality of function loss and the time to recover.” This same source clarifies “attributes” as “high-level properties that define a building in terms of the performance the building is to deliver.” These attributes fall into five categories: safety, security, energy conservation, environment and durability. Following the direction provided by DHS and NIBS, cold-formed steel framing can be seen exhibiting inherent resiliency.

1. SAFETY and Cold-formed Steel

Cold-formed steel structures withstand the demands identified in the DHS/NIBS document, and then continue in operation after a major event. Characteristics such as lateral load resistance, strength-to-weight

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ratio, non-combustibility, and connection strength enable cold-formed steel to provide the needed resilience when subjected to the hazards identified in the DHS/NIBS definition of Safety. The hazards include fire, high wind, seismic and the deleterious effects of a flood. As it relates to fire, the building codes recognize cold-formed steel as “non-combustible� and therefore make it eligible for use in Type I buildings where the fire-resistance standards are

the most stringent. There are hundreds of fire resistive wall, floor-ceiling and roof-ceiling assemblies that use coldformed steel members as the primary framing member. The performance of a building during a high wind or seismic event starts with strong design. The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) has established a set of ANSI-accredited design standards

for cold-formed steel that address all of the seismic categories and wind speeds up to 150 miles per hour. Steel is considered a ductile material because it has the ability to bend or stretch without breaking when a force is applied. Brittle materials like concrete or masonry units

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will fracture. Full-scale shake table tests sponsored by the steel industry were run at the State University of New York in Buffalo. A shake table is a platform that is used to simulate ground motion such as an earthquake. The results of these tests exceeded expectations.

2. SECURITY and Cold-formed Steel

DHS and NIBS look at blast resistance and ballistics as metrics for security. Cold-formed steel framing is one framing component in systems that perform well in both categories. Recent research demonstrate that the overall stiffness and strength of steel stud walls can be significantly greater than the values currently indicated in available design guidelines and that steel stud walls can be utilized to resist blast threats using conventional construction methods that add little cost to traditional designs. (http://ascelibrary.org/doi/abs/10.1061/ (ASCE)ST.1943-541X.0000760) The DHS and NIBS definition of Security connects “ballistics” with a man-made event, such as a bomb or

bullet, but the missile could also be a roof tile or a 2x4 wood stud turned into a projectile by a high wind event. Steel studs and steel sheathing products have been proven to provide a high level of resistance to penetration from large, blunt objects. Proprietary solutions have been developed using cold-formed steel to reduce threat from ballistics.

3. ENERGY CONSERVATION and Cold-formed Steel

The stringent requirements of the

International Energy Conservation Code, IECC are met by four exterior wall systems that use cold-formed steel. The final exterior finishes are cement plaster, brick veneer, exterior Insulation Finish System, EIFS and rain screen systems.

4. Cold-formed Steel and the ENVIRONMENT

This attribute for resilience explores a material’s impact on the environment and sustainability, an area where

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the steel industry has clear benefits. The Steel Recycling Institute (SRI) reports that steel is recycled more than paper, plastic, glass, copper, lead and aluminum combined. The World Steel Association states that world-wide, the steel industry has reduced energy consumption since the 1970s in the manufacture of steel by 50 percent. This directly relates to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, (EPA) documents that the North American Steel industry has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 47 percent.

5. DURABILITY and Cold-formed steel

Long life is a primary attribute and a key component of resilience. It is important for structural materials to function where moisture from atmospheric conditions is present. Material that won’t sustain significant damage from moisture or pests is essential. Cold-formed steel has a corrosion resistant coating that effectively protects steel from water. With the proper coating, cold-formed steel will

last hundreds of years, even under extreme conditions such as being near aggressive salt-laden waters. To download a free copy of this publication, see www. steelframingassociation.org, and search for RESILIENCE. Some materials absorb water in a flood situation. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has stated there is a window of 24-48 hours to effectively reduce the potential for mold propagation. That time window can be severely taxed if the building materials in the space absorb and hold moisture. Steel does not retain water and is inorganic, so it is not a food source for mold. Approximately $5 billion of damage occur each year due to termite infestations in the United States. Cold-formed steel can resist termites in nearly any climate or building type. The strong relationship between sustainability and resilience requires that society consider how buildings may be

used in the future. Cold-formed steel partitions can easily be removed, reused and/or recycled during building modifications due to its light weight, fireresistance and flexibility. Unlike wood, steel does not increase fire risks when exposed during alterations to a building. The use of cold-formed steel framing in building systems meets the requirements of resilience in the built environment as determined by FEMA, DHS and NIBS. The material properties of incorporated steel members in systems design assure resiliency and a sustainable future. The Steel Framing Industry Association (SFIA), located in Falls Church, Va., is dedicated to expanding the market for cold-formed steel in construction through programs and initiatives that promote the use of cold-formed steel framing as a sustainable and cost-effective solution, advocate the development and acceptance of favorable code provisions, educate members with reliable data and other critical information that is essential to effective business planning, and create a positive environment for innovation.

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HAWAII STEEL ALLIANCE MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY MANUFACTURER, STUDS

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CEMCO

Simpson Strong-Tie Company

Akira Usami, Tom Porter, Eric Larson, Steve Farkas P: 808-291-9087 ausami@cemcosteel.com 13191 Crossroads Parkway North, Ste 325 La Puente, CA 91746

ClarkDietrich Building Systems, LLC

MANUFACTURER, TOOLS Charles Rania P: 808-842-9925 Charles.Rania@sbdinc.com 111 Sand Island Access Road, Ste R-17 Honolulu, HI 96819

Frametek Lori Cummings P: 951 369-5204 lcummings@frameteksteel.com 1495 Columbia Ave. Bldg 4 Riverside, CA 92507 Jason Warren P: 509-343-9039 jasonwarren@scafco.com 2800 E. Main Ave. Spokane, WA 99202

Steeler, Inc. Matt Surowiecki P: 206-725-2500 matt@steeler.com 10023 MLK Jr. Way S Seattle, WA 98178

Guam Hardwood Rene Ong P: 671-649-8801 guamhdwdrdo@gmail.com 1797 Army Drive Tamuning, GU 96913

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Bob Wesolowski, Todd Beasley, Jake Reece P: 951-360-3500 Bob.wesolowski@ clarkdietrich.com 1685 Tide Court Woodland, CA 95776

SCAFCO Corporation

Tim Waite (Honorary Member), Joel Frenzel P: 808-479-1216 twaite@strongtie.com 91-312 Komohana St., Ste A Kapolei, HI 96707

P: 808-841-5819 stajima@a-m-s.com 180 Sand Island Road Honolulu, HI 96819

Kelly Miller P: 808-682-2011 kmiller@honsador.com 91-151 Malakole Road Kapolei, HI 96707

HPM Building Supply

MANUFACTURER, TRUSSES Steel Truss & Panel, LLC Sam Galante (Lifetime Member) P: 808-351-4105 SAGalant@aol.com 44-181-5 Laha St. Kaneohe, HI 96744

Truss Systems Hawaii, Inc. Larry Inamasu P: 808-877-0036 LarryI@TrussSystemsHawaii. com P.O.Box 2037 Kahului, HI 96733-2037

DISTRIBUTOR, BUILDING MATERIALS Allied/G.W. Killebrew Co., Inc. Scott Tajima, Nathan Kabei, Keola Lessary

Mark Schwinn, George Proctor P: 808-895-2147 mark.schwinn@hpmhawaii.com 91-302 Hanua St. Kapolei, HI 96707

J & B Materials, Hawaii Deborah Kim-Ito, Clem Cintron, Jr. P: 808-836-1161 dkimito@jbmaterials.com 2970 Mokumoa St. Honolulu, HI 96819

PRE-ENGINEERED METAL BUILDINGS Pacific Steel Structures, Ltd. Bruce Place P: 808-478-8671 bruceplace@icloud.com 626 Coral Street, Apt. 2405 Honolulu, HI 96813

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DEVELOPER Castle & Cooke Homes Hawaii, Inc. Emet Domingo, Daryl Takamiya, James Bergantinos P: 808-626-3602 edomingo@castlecooke.com 680 Iwilei Road, #510 Honolulu, HI 96817

D.R. Horton - Schuler Division Alan Labbe, Eric Bass P: 808-528-9073 alabbe@drhorton.com 130 Merchant St., Ste. 112 Honolulu, HI 96813

Haseko Construction Mark Kennedy, Chuck Chamberlain P: 808-689-5189 mkennedy@haseko.com 91-1001 Kaimalie St., #205 Ewa Beach, HI 96706-6247

GENERAL CONTRACTOR Gill Development, LLC Pat Gill P: 808-864-9527 gilldev808@gmail.com P.O.Box 1341 Aiea, HI 96701

Soldat Construction Mike Soldat P: 808-255-7449 soldat@soldatconstruction. com P.O. Box 206 Kailua, HI 96734

Steelframe Home Builders Rod Saragoza P: 808-845-3196 rod@teamsteelframe.com 45-557 Pahia Road Kaneohe, HI 96744

Unlimited Construction Services, Inc. Colleen Mizuno, Jason Thon, Kammy Teves P: 808-521-4141 colleen@unlimitedhawaii. com 733 Bishop St., Ste 1717, Makai Tower Honolulu, HI 96813


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HAWAII STEEL ALLIANCE MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY BUILDER Coulter Construction Scott Coulter P: 808-239-5491 scott@ccsteelhomes.com 48-439 Kamehameha Highway Kaneohe, HI 96744

DRYWALL CONTRACTOR Group Builders, Inc. Andrea Benitez P: 808-832-0890 andreab@groupbuilders.net 511 Mokauea st Honolulu, HI 96819

Statewide General Contracting & Construction, Inc. Michael Mazzone P: 808-864-7428 mike@sgcchawaii.com 746 Bannister St. Honolulu, HI 96819

TDL Drywall, Inc. Neal Pollock P: 403-212-0944 neal.p@tdldrywall.com Ste 200 4279 120 Ave. SE Calgary, AB T2Z 4J7

True Line Construction Services, LLC Rollie Legaspi P: 808-722-3879 rollie.tlcs@gmail.com 2110 Lauwiliwili St. Kapolei, HI 96707

V&C Drywall Contractors Vince Nihipali, Jr.

P: 808-321-8796 vincejr@vncdrywall.com 91-430 Komohana St. Kapolei, HI 96707

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER Allison-Ide Structural Engineers, LLC Brian Ide P: 808-536-2108 brianide@allisonide.com 900 Fort St. Mall, Ste 1670 Honolulu, HI 96813

CKD, Inc. Chang Kim P: 808-988-9442 kimc002@hawaii.rr.com 1909 Awapuhi St. Honolulu, HI 96822

Dennis K. Hanatani, Inc. Dennis Hanatani P: 808-737-9488 dhanatani@aol.com 3149 C Waialae Ave. Honolulu, HI 96816

Engineering Design Group, Inc. Michael Kasamoto P: 808-589-1170 mkse@hawaiiantel.net 1236 South King St., Ste 207 Honolulu, HI 96814

Hawaii Engineering Group, Inc. Ather Dar P: 808-533-2092 ext 10 hegadmin@ hawaiiengineering.net 1088 Bishop St., Ste 2506 Honolulu, HI 96813

i3NGINEERING, Inc. Adrian Lee P: 808 536-7692 adrian@i3ngineering.com 201 Merchant St., Ste 905 Honolulu, HI 96813

KAI Hawaii Ken Hayashida P: 808-533-2210 ken@kaihawaii.com 50 S. Beretania St., #C-119C Honolulu, HI 96813

KSF, Inc. Stephen Peters P: 808-593-0933 stephenp@ksfinc.us 615 Piikoi St., Ste 300 Honolulu, HI 96814

Martin & Chock, Inc. Lyle Carden P: 808-521-4513 lcarden@martinchock.com 1132 Bishop St., Ste 1550 Honolulu, HI 96813

Shigemura, Lau, Sakanashi, Higuchi and Associates, Inc. Howard Lau P: 808-942-9100 hlau@slshinc.com 1916 Young St., 2nd Floor Honolulu, HI 96826

Structural Analysis Group, Inc. Les Nagata P: 808-593-0951 les.sag@hawaiiantel.net 1221 Kapiolani Blvd. Ste 645 Honolulu, HI 96814

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Walter Vorfeld & Associates Walter Vorfeld P: 808-572-3535 wva@hawaii.rr.com 10 Ulana St. Makawao, HI 96768

ASSOCIATE, PEST CONTROL Termimesh Hawaii, Inc. Sandra Sardinha P: 808-843-1968 ssardinha@alohano.com 1406 Colburn St., No. 201C Honolulu, HI 96817

ASSOCIATE, PUBLISHING COMPANY Trade Publishing Co. Barry Redmayne P: 808-848-0711 barry@tradepublishing.com 287 Mokauea St. Honolulu, HI 96819

ASSOCIATE, INDIVIDUAL Ralph Valentino Ralph Valentino P: 808-864-8130 ralphfvalentino@gmail.com Mililani, HI

AFFILIATE, ASSOCIATION Guam Contractors Association James Martinez P: 671-647-4840 james.martinez@ guamcontractors.org 718 North Marine Corps Drive, Ste 203 Upper Tumon, GU 96913

AFFILIATE, LIFETIME Mike Fernandez MGFaloha@aol.com

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PBX20, a new online/live trade show for Hawaii’s architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) industries, makes its debut on Oct. 27-29. The show, sponsored by the Construction Specification Institute (CSI) Hawaii Chapter, will be livestreamed via the PBX20 website. “CSI is positioning PBX as a newly branded trade show that continues an annual tradition of bringing together professionals from across our local AEC industries,” says Tim Waite, Hawaii territory senior manager for Simpson Strong-Tie, which is co-chairing PBX20. “While ‘P’ and ‘B’ are pretty much understood as ‘Pacific Building,’ ” Waite says, “the ‘X’ could be anything— from Expo, Exhibition, Symposium, Conference, Trade Show, Fair or

Demonstration. ‘X’ leaves it open.” PBX20 offers online presentations by “table-top sponsors/exhibitors” who showcase the building industry’s latest products, services and technology. “We are expecting 30 table-top sponsors,” Waite says. Several more virtual-based sponsors will connect via the show’s website. Interested AEC participants can go to PBXHawaii.com to register and for more information. The shows’ 16 webinars target architects, engineers and general contractors, will qualify for one AIA CEU apiece and are projected to reach several hundred online participants. PBX20 culminates in a live exhibition pau hana event on Oct. 29. “The live pau hana event will

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give table-top sponsors face-to-face networking and transaction time, and they also will get to promote their products and services in a live, twominute interview format that will be livestreamed during the event,” says Rick Myers, G70 architect and PBX20 co-chair. “This will be posted on our website for others to access during the weeks following PBX20,” Myers says. Also planned are links to help connect vendors and customers. Companies can also access the interviews to post online or to email to prospective customers. Waite says there will be a nominal fee to attend the webinars, and webinar “packages” will offer multiple webinars at a lower cost.

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The Job Tasks Construction performed by Maryl

Group includes: • Demolition of existing roofing, AC equipment, roof/framing façade, doors, plumbing, electrical, vinyl flooring, sidewalks. • Structural wood framing for exterior façades, parapets and towers. • Exterior insulation finish systems/direct-applied finish systems. • Storefront entrances, windows at towers. • Sidewalk, stone veneer. • Quartzite tile at front entry. • Loading dock doors. • Sawcut, demolition of concrete slabs, excavation/backfill for utilities. • Install of underground plumbing and electrical lines. Coordination of the underground refrigeration work with tenant’s subcontractor. • Concrete reinforcing and patching of slab. Install of special concrete slab construction under refrigeration equipment. • Plumbing, electrical, fire sprinkler, air conditioning rough-ins. • Skylights. • Thermoplastic membrane roofing. • Metal roof panels. • Scuppers, cap flashing downspouts. • Rooftop air conditioning equipment. • Metal framing/gypsum board, insulation, acoustical ceiling panels. • Resilient flooring, carpeting. • Epoxy flooring. • Concrete floor polishing. • Finished electrical, plumbing, fire sprinkler, air conditioning. • Impact doors. • Furnish and install cabinets/ countertops, casework. • Assist/coordinate with tenant’s subcontractors. 38 | BUILDING INDUSTRY HAWAII | SEPTEMBER 2020

A Conversion to Safeway Maryl Group rips out old Sports Authority in Waikele; turns the space into a full-service supermarket BY DAVID PUTNAM PHOTOS COURTESY MARYL GROUP

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few days before this past Christmas, residents in the Waikele Center area were treated to the grand opening of a new Safeway supermarket. The building, which previously housed the Sports Authority outlet, was transformed by Maryl Group into a 50,978-square-foot grocery store for client American Assets Trust Inc. (AAT), a national firm with offices in Waipahu. The new Safeway offers it all, from a full-service bakery to fresh produce and deli goods to a pharmacy. “The project gave the Waikele neighborhood a much-needed grocery store option where many residents were previNestor Mercado ously venturing to Waipio or Waipahu for their grocery store needs,” says Nestor Mercado, senior project manager for general

contractor Maryl Group. “Scope of work for the project included interior and partial exterior demolition of the former Sports Authority for the conversion of the space into a Safeway.” Albertson Cos., founded and headquartered in Boise, Idaho, now operates two dozen Safeways in the Islands, including 15 on Oahu. Safeway opened its first Hawaii store in 1963. Maryl began work on renovating the site in October 2018. The building’s new outstanding features, says Mercado, are its “exterior features and finishes including the exterior finish systems, stone veneer, quartzite tile and new architectural tower with windows.” As to be expected when converting a structure to handle food products at all temperatures, there were hurdles to overcome. For example, Mercado points to “the coordination of underground and wall rough-in requirements with the tenant’s refrigeration and kitchen equipment subcontractors as the type


of equipment was still being finalized during the course of the project.” The project team, he says, worked flawlessly together. “Collaboration with the owner, construction manager and the architect was ideal throughout the duration of the project,” Mercado says. “Construction Manager Martin Lee, along with Maryl Group’s project team, worked synergistically through various issues to come to resolutions that worked for both parties.” As specified by the architect, the team utilized web-based software SmartSheet “for submittals, RFIs (request for information) and a plan and document placeholder.” Mercado lauded the work by Derek Kong, the project superintendent, and Alex Gomes, the project engineer. “Derek was able to keep the schedule on track and developed the trust of the owner, construction manager and architect. This was Alex’s first project with Maryl and his high ceiling potential and managerial skills were quickly evident.” He adds that Gomes was promoted to assistant project manager after the completion of the project.   Other leading members of the project team, Mercado says, were Lee of TLG

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by our ability to work with the owner in meeting the tenant’s requirements from the start of the project to the closing and through turnover, all while tenant information was still being developed and finalized. “We were able to work with the tenant’s (Alberstons/Safeway) various changes through heavy coordination and numerous RFIs to deliver the project on-time.”

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rom filling in street potholes to buffing up the efficiency of existing airports, Hawaii Island is getting its fair share of makeovers. Nan Inc. is busy working on $100 million worth of projects and awaiting low bid decisions on $24 million pending awards on Hawaii Island, mostly for the state of Hawaii. According to Nan Project Manager Glenn Kobayashi, the KOA (Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole) Federal Inspection Services (FIS) Building new build will replace the existing tent structure where the Glenn Kobayashi U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is currently operating. The $55 million project also will provide a new hold room for departing passengers, a covered walkway 40 | BUILDING INDUSTRY HAWAII | SEPTEMBER 2020

from the hold room, a ground transportation waiting area for the arriving passengers and apron improvements, including new plane parking. “The state is obligated to move CBP from the tent structure to a new FIS Building by the end of 2021,” Kobayashi says. “The new FIS Building will have a baggage conveying system and provide a significantly larger operating area for CBP including review, search, interview and hold rooms.” The airport is also anticipating being able to use the new hold room as an emergency shelter for passengers of cancelled flights. Currently passengers on cancelled flights wait in unenclosed structures around the airport. “As the Terminal Modernization Project has removed two plane parking stalls, adding a new stall with the FIS project will help alleviate the congestion around the existing North and South Terminals,” Kobayashi says. “It is always difficult to work in an operating airport. We are required to make

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sure our project does not interfere with any existing tenant operation. “Working in the apron only heightens our difficulties as we now need to coordinate plane traffic with the airport and FAA. The FAA, Kona Airport and the airlines have been very helpful in coordinating our work around their operations.” In Hilo, Nan has begun $9 million restroom renovations at Hilo International Airport. Jason Ko, director of Nan Inc. Big Island Operations, says the scope of work consists of renovating eight public restrooms and


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Captain Cook with a 180-degree view, Nicholson LLC has built a new home called the Round House. HPM supplied the glass, red steel and lumber for construction of this innovative and unique vacation rental. Amenities include a 1,000-square-foot deck and swimming pool. Meridian Pacific’s new build, Waikoloa Plaza, a mixeduse shopping and residential development is projected to open in late 2021 at Waikoloa Village in West Hawaii Island. The project will cover 20 acres, including 150,000 square feet of retail and 33 workforce housing condos. Like the Puna Kai Shopping Center, Waikoloa Plaza will be constructed of wood, with HPM Building Supply Tony Cann providing custom, locally manufactured

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wall panels and trusses. According to HPM West Hawaii Regional Sales Manager Tony Cann, “construction has continued without interruption during the pandemic with safety and sanitation procedures in place as they were at Puna Kai.” A few years older, but too stunning to ignore, is the $65 million, 450-oceanfront-acre, 70,000-square-foot Kohanaiki Clubhouse in Kona. Metzler Contracting LLC built what patrons call the “Club where billionaires vacation” overlooking the Pacific with amenities that include the upscale Rees Jones-designed golf course, spa facility, restaurant, exercise facilities, lap pool, full spa and treatment center, locker rooms, pro shop, recreation area, a second restaurant and bar, theater, gaming room, bowling alley, billiards, private dining rooms, wine-tasting room, private cigar and poker room.

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The Road Rises Up

Capital improvement projects— renovations, repairs and major maintenance to existing facilities, landscape improvements, new construction, land acquisition and utility modifications— will work with a budget of $166 million for 2021 Big Island road projects, according Sylvia Luke to Representative Sylvia Luke, chair of the state House Committee on Finance. One major road project is the $90 million extension to the Daniel K. Inouye Highway from Mamalahoa Highway approximately 10.5 miles to Queen Kaahumanu Highway. Approximately $85 million would be funded via revenue bonds with the remaining $5 million derived from the special fund to finish environmental work, acquire land and construct the

much-needed road, also referred to as the Saddle Road extension. Another project includes the $30 million widening of the Keaau-Pahoa Road, Highway 130, from Hawaiian Paradise Park to Ainaloa in Puna. Another $1 million will go to Puna for the replacement and relocation plans and designs for the Pohoiki Boat Ramp, destroyed by the 2018 Kilauea eruption. Construction of an Agricultural Inspection Station and other related improvements at Ellison Onizuka

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he Halekulani Hotel has launched sweeping renovations that include public and private areas, essential infrastructure, back-of-the-house and all 453 guest rooms, according to Halekulani Corp. Chief Operating Officer Peter Shaindlin. Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. Inc. is general contractor on the project, which is slated to wrap in July 2021. The project is Peter Shaindlin

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priced in the nine figures. With hospitality properties emptied statewide due to the coronavirus, but with visitor counts expected to rise in the near future, other leading Hawaii hoteliers are following suit. “Hawaii is uniquely positioned to remain a domestic vacation destination once consumer confidence in air travel returns post-pandemic,” says Aaron Yamasaki, Swinerton vice president and division manager. “During this time, we have seen some hospitality developers with deployable capital leveraging room vacancies to accelerate renovations in preparation for future guests.”

Many of them are tapping Swinerton. The GC is currently working on three sizable renovations— the $51 million Kaanapali Beach Aaron Yamasaki Hotel, the $22 million Westin Maui Resort & Spa– Phase 3 and the $15 million Turtle Bay Resort Exterior Renovations. At the Kaanapali Beach, Swinerton is building a new beachfront restaurant, performing a full-gut renovation of two existing guest wings (264


Swinerton is performing a full-gut renovation of two existing guest wings at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel. PHOTO COURTESY SWINERTON

include the Mandarin Oriental and Maui Bay Villas. Albert C. Kobayashi Inc. is GC on Sky Ala Moana, a Honolulu residential tower complex with an onsite hotel. Layton Construction is expected to break ground soon on the renovation of the former Princeville Resort on Kauai. And Nordic PCL Construction Swinerton is building the Westin Maui’s new exterior restaurant covered by an operable trellis. PHOTO COURTESY SWINERTON

total guestrooms), adding a fourth floor to the existing parking structure, and completing various site and utility upgrades and improvements. At the Westin Maui, Swinerton is renovating the spa, Market Courtyard, pool bar and public restrooms. Project scope also includes the addition of a waterfront restaurant located under a new second-level lounge with two elevated pools, an extended market and a slatted teak retail façade. At Turtle Bay, Swinerton is renovating all 410 guestroom lanais with new railings, glazing and floor finishes. Concrete restoration and full repainting of the main resort tower, structural reinforcement of the resort’s east wing and replacement of the pre-function space storefront are also included. Other Hawaii hospitality GCs are also keeping busy. Nan Inc. is handling two renovation projects for Marriott, one for Outrigger and two for the Grand Hyatt Kauai. Besides the Halekulani, Hawaiian Dredging’s other hospitality projects

Inc. is engaged as GC for the renovation of Kona Village, A Rosewood Resort, currently slated for 2021-2023. Lots going on in Tim Powell an industry that’s down for the count. But it’s no surprise to Tim Powell, principal at Powell & Aucello, a Honolulu-based hotel brokerage and advisory firm serving Hawaii and the greater Pacific. “The hotel business is cyclical,” Powell says. “The hotel industry was enjoying a decade of RevPAR (revenue per available room) growth. Many experts were predicting 2020 would mark a downward trend in revenue growth, and with the pandemic, the good times came to a screeching halt.  “Now we are entering the low point of the cycle, which is when hotel owners and operators plan for the next upturn,” he says. “No one wants to displace busi-

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ness during busy times, so this period of low occupancy is when owners and operators are planning for capital improvements and new developments. A prime example is the Halekulani Hotel.” Shaindlin says a recent inspection of the 103-year-old Halekulani revealed “a lot of the mainframe systems … were antiquated and also deteriorating gradually. “So obviously, proactively, we had to do a change-up on a lot of that— boilers, chillers, water, all the utilities, gas lines, roofing and so on. It wasn’t a question of ‘if,’ but ‘when.’ ” Shaindlin and Halekulani Corp. looked to Hawaiian Dredging. Last year, Hawaiian Dredging completed the successful debut of Halepuna, Halekulani’s new sister property in Waikiki. In 1980-1984, the GC also completed Halekulani’s last renovation. “They’re as old as we are,” Shaindlin says of Hawaiian Dredging. “They go back 104-plus years. So they are really part of our legacy and history. And they always felt a passion for doing the work. “They understand us. They understand the physical product DNA as well as the soul, history and spirit of the property.” Shaindlin says he looks at the Halekulani’s upcoming renovation as continuing “a legacy with innovation.” Since the Halekulani’s legacy goes back to 1917, he says, “it’s really critical that

Renovation Lineup

Swinerton and Nan Inc. are busy through 2021 with a host of hospitality renovation projects: Swinerton

Start

Value

Expected Wrap

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$51M

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11/01/19

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January 2019

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we not only preserve it, but enhance it.” One area of enhancement currently being studied, Shaindlin says, is the Halekulani’s iconic Orchid Pool. Beyond the pool area’s restoration and structural reinforcement, he says, “our desire and hope is to be able to announce soon the expansion to a larger facility that interlinks with other wellness activities and components around that part of the hotel. And it will really be quite extensive. “We’re going to re-imagine that, and I would say that’s going to take on a whole new life once it re-opens.” Halekulani’s renovation will probably At Turtle Bay, Swinerton is performing a full building envelope refresh of the main tower. PHOTO COURTESY SWINERTON

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“take us through the next 30 to 50 years,” Shaindlin says—and with an expected wrap in 2021, that’s plenty of time to catch the next wave of Hawaii tourism. When that will happen is anyone’s guess. In Powell’s view, “it’s a waiting game until the COVID-19 pandemic is under control and travel to Hawaii rebounds. We expect the pieces to start falling into place later this year and into 2021. “By 2022, owners will have a better handle on rate and occupancy trends, as well as a greater level of comfort about the results of their investment,” he says. “The lending community will also have a better feel for things. “Next year will be busy, but 2022 will be even busier.”


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reach $73 billion by 2025. J&RS Equipment Co. has been building and selling container homes on Guam for more than 25 years. “They have been growing in popularity for the past few years,” says Juan-Carlo Pangelinan, co-owner of J&RS Equipment. He says its customers include “those who cannot afford concrete construction, and those who want to build using containers specifically.” With a touch of creativity, the otherwise sterile-looking shipping containers can be transformed into living spaces worthy of the pages of an architectural magazine. Price says LMS has “a container space to meet the most unique needs, from a custom five-bedroom ‘designer’ home, to a mobile café/bar, to an affordable one-bedroom apartment, to offices, bathrooms, clinics, fitness centers and more. A buyer’s imagination is the only limit.” The container home option, she says, mostly appeals to local newlyweds looking for an inexpensive first home they can call their own. Others use containers for home extensions, or to place on an empty property. “All of our homes are built to our customers’ specifications, so each is unique,” Pangelinan says. Investing in property development is a huge step that can cause financial and mental strain. Both companies say they offer prices that work with the buyer’s budget. Prices range from $18,000 to $24,000 for 20-foot homes; and www.tradepublishing.com/building-industry-hawaii | 49


between $25,000 and $35,000 for 40-foot units. “One of the best things about buying a container home is the variety of options,” Price says. “You can choose from a designer series at higher prices to the barebones reconditioned units that are inexpensive. It’s truly a modular solution so you can add or take away pieces to fit your budget.” Besides being more affordable than most traditional site-built homes, upcycled shipping containers are more flexible design-wise. “As a family grows, it’s easy to add on rooms and space,” Price says. And its portability is a bonus. “Although these homes are secured on cement foundations or cement blocks, they can be easily moved to a new location at any time,” she adds. In terms of “cost, time and modularity,” Pangelinan says container homes are efficient. Are container homes suitable for Guam’s climate, with a temperature that varies from 76 to 90 degrees? “When properly insulated, vented and painted/coated, a container home is one of the best, long-lasting options for housing on Guam,” Price says. Pangelinan says J&RS sells new containers and applies additional marine-grade coatings. “Like any home, if cared for properly, they will last,” he says.

NAVFAC Awards $100M ASMD Contract AHL, formerly Architects Hawaii Ltd. and the managing partner of ASMD LLC, and incumbent for an identical $100 million Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific contract, announced in July the award of a $100 million follow-on contract to continue design of facilities and infrastructure on Guam in support of the relocation of U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) forces from Okinawa, Japan.  The contract term is for one base year and four option years which continue through 2025.  Both current and new contracts are for an indefinite delivery and indefinite quantity of architect-engineer services for various Government of Japan-funded projects covered by the Defense Policy Review Initiative. In addition to construction of a new USMC base on Guam, the contract calls for support to other projects as may be required by NAVFAC Pacific and the many organizations it serves. As a joint venture, ASMD LLC includes Guam-based architect Setiadi Architects and engineering firm EMCE Consulting Engineers; Hawaii-based architects AHL, RMA Architects and Design Partners Inc., and engineering firm SSFM International; and Iowa-based engineering firm Stanley Consultants.

says. “With used shipping containers, you must also consider what the container has been used for, how old it is, if it’s been properly cleaned and decontaminated, and is it still structurally sound.” At J&RS, a standard container home or office include interior walls that are insulated and finished with drywall and insulated ceilings finished with drop ceiling tiles, or drywall. The electrical component has an interior

Experts say the containers can be modified to “create functional modular spaces.”

However, acquiring a container and transforming it into a home comes with many challenges and factors that need to be considered. “You would need to consider plumbing and electric, a typhoonsafe location and installation, insulation, and structural engineering when cutting doors and windows,” Price 50 | BUILDING INDUSTRY HAWAII | SEPTEMBER 2020

panel box with 120v outlets and 220v hookup for AC and other appliances, and overhead dome or strip lighting, among other models. The container units sold by LMS are both pre-used units and pre-fabricated for home use, Price says. “LMS sources containers from reputable suppliers around the world including

U.S. companies.” She says LMS has hired several designers to work with companies to build brand new container homes from scratch. “Additionally, we have sources for high quality used containers that our expert builders recondition and modify to create functional modular spaces to fit many needs,” Price says. Pangelinan says J&RS imports brand-new containers from the U.S. Mainland that are converted on Guam. “We do not bring in prefab units or other substandard products from China unless our customers request these types of products,” he says. Although LMS does not have a partnership with the Guam Housing Corp., Price says the company provides emergency container office spaces to local government agencies and the Federal Emergency Management Agency when needed. Pangelinan says J&RS has been trying for years to network with the government and lending institutions but this goal has been challenging. “Our insurance partners have stepped in and can offer affordable coverage, but the banks will not accept these structures as an asset, so they only offer personal loans which are not very helpful,” Pangelinan says. “This keeps them out of the hands of families in need. The government needs to step in, since the insurance companies already have.”


Bonding in the Time of COVID How the industry’s legal transfer of paperwork is changing BY PRISCILLA PÉREZ BILLIG

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onstruction is a high-risk and expensive endeavor for the project owner, developer and general contractor. To help manage this risk is surety bonding, which constitutes a legal guarantee that the project will be completed as expected and project funds are being used appropriately to pay expenses related to the bonded project. Now, the COVID-19 pandemic has added a new wrinkle to what used to be a routine function. “Bonding helps pre-qualify contractors for the owner in advance, indicating they are capable of performing the work operationally and financially,” says Brian Hart of Hart Surety Agency. “In speaking with some of my contractors, they have already been impacted (by the coronavirus) and more so on specialty-type items and equipment.”

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Local and national government projects require bonding at certain contract amount levels to protect public funding and receive a third-party guarantee from the bonding company that the project will be completed. Atlas Insurance Agency Surety Manager Danielle Ulmann says that new challenges have emerged in the area of Brian Hart bonding since the onslaught of the coronavirus. State and county requirements include in-person notarization and hand-delivered original documents, making doing business from a surety standpoint difficult. “As an industry, we are still primarily dealing with wet signatures, raised seals and notarized forms,” Ulmann says. “Logistically, this has always been a consideration, and the COVID-19 crisis is emphasizing just how cumbersome Danielle Ulmann it is to have to arrange a last-minute delivery for a ‘rush’ bond. For this reason, our construction industry still functions in an antiquated way.” Ulmann adds that modernization starts with project owners accepting electronic-only bonds and the bonding companies allowing electronic copies or alternatives to original documentation. Bonding companies have already started evolving into offering electronic-only options; however, it really is the project owners that have to buy in on accepting this form of “electronic” documentation. “Asking for the electronic copy first and expecting the original form to follow may alleviate a time crunch, but it still does not solve the problem,” Ulmann says. “As an industry, we are hoping to evolve beyond original, hard copies and into fully electronic means. Fortunately, our industry has been galvanizing on national and local levels to push project owners to accept electronic-only submissions.” Hart says that from a bonding perspective, the recent bidding season went as expected. However, he admits to noticing some important changes. “I noticed early on that a number of projects got awarded very quickly but recently the award of the construction contract to the low bidder along with ‘Notices to Proceed’ issued have slowed dramatically,” Hart says. “Also on large projects you’re beginning to see COVID-19 pandemic clauses being inserted into construction contracts for reasons of delay and/or increased costs.”


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ACK’S YOUNG RETIRES, HANDS REINS TO SON

As president and CEO, Russell Young built the company into one of Hawaii’s largest general contractors

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ussell Young, a leader and shaper of Hawaii’s construction industry, stepped down as president and CEO of Albert C. Kobayashi Inc. on July 31, and is succeeded by his son, Michael Young. Under Russell Young’s leadership, ACK became one of the largest contractors in Hawaii, consistently ranking in the top tier of Building Industry Hawaii’s annual “Top 25 Contractors.” After joining ACK in 1986 and becoming president and CEO in 1994, Young turned a family business into a construction juggernaut, growing annual revenues from $6 million to more than $400 million. Realizing that for ACK employees, an ownership stake “helped to shape our culture, as our employees know that if the company does well, we all benefit,” Young guided ACK into a 100 percent Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). “I admire and value his reputation in the industry, Michael Young 54 | BUILDING INDUSTRY HAWAII | SEPTEMBER 2020

where he is known as an individual with great integrity, loyalty, reliability and intuition,” says Michael Young. “It is not easy to lead and grow a local company for 26 years in our dynamic, complex construction industry. “He has guided me in life both professionally and personally, and I will be forever grateful for that.”  With Russell Young at the helm, ACK has built some of Hawaii’s most notable structures, including Park Lane Ala Moana, Hokua@1288 Ala Moana, RitzCarlton Residences Waikiki Beach, Anaha at Ward Village, Capitol Russell Young Place, Kamehameha Schools Maui Campus, Punahou Case Middle School, Kapolei High School and Kapolei Middle School. In a November 2018 interview with Building Industry Hawaii, Young recalled his early days at ACK. “I came in as an estimator and eventually became chief estimator,” he says. “A.C. Kobayashi at that time was a mom-and-pop operation, very small. The biggest jobs were doing homes,

ACK’s Russell Young and son Michael in 2018 TRADE PUBLISHING FILE PHOTO/NATALIE WALKER

then we did renovation of some rooms at Turtle Bay. Then we got the Hilton Hawaiian Village master plan for some renovations.” Young has helped to shape the University of Hawaii, constructing various facilities including the UH West Oahu campus, UH Cancer Center, C‐MORE Hale, UH Hilo University Village, UH Manoa Agricultural Sciences Building and UH Manoa Student Services Center. In 2009, Young was recognized as the Pacific Resource Partnership Union Builder of the Year. He is past president of the General Contractors Association of Hawaii and serves as a board member for New City Nissan, the Carpenters Union Health and Welfare Trust Fund, and the Waialae Iki 5 Community Association. Young will continue as an advisor with ACK Inc. “ACK has always adapted and grown with the industry, and brought new materials and techniques to the Islands,” says Michael Young. “We will continue to adapt, evolve and work with our trusted partners to bring needed projects to life in Hawaii.”  —From BIH Staff Reports


Sub Listings Included in DOE Bill

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B 3103, “Relating To A School Facilities Agency,” establishes a new contracting agency to oversee Hawaii Department of Education construction, and aims to expedite DOE project starts. The bill, now on Gov. Ige’s desk, includes Hawaii’s Procurement Code (PC). According to the Code, public work bids are required to “include the name of each person or firm to be engaged by the bidder as a joint contractor or subcontractor." Supporters of the Code claim subcontractor listings provide transparency. “Knowing which subcontractor is performing the different components of Dean Nagatoshi the project allows the procurement agency to monitor and identify the quality of work being performed by each subcontractor for future projects,” says Dean Nagatoshi, executive

director of the Painting and Decorating Contractors Association of Hawaii and a former painting contractor. Gregg S. Serikaku, executive director of the Plumbing & Mechanical Contractors Association of Hawaii, says listings Gregg S. Serikaku provide “for more fairness and competition, and (are) an effective method to prevent unlicensed contractors from obtaining work that they are not qualified to perform.” Supporters claim listings also protect subs from unfair business practices. “The stated goal and purpose of the subcontractor listing clause is to have a process that curtails bid shopping and bid chiseling,” says Tim Lyons, president of the Subcontractors Association of Hawaii. “Neither are beneficial to a public expenditure of funds. Both are harmful to the agency, the general contractor and the

subcontractor.” However, many general contractors claim listings are used by subs to challenge project awards. This issue is periodically raised and addressed by the Legislature. Tim Lyons Lyons cites Act 82 (2010) that eliminated sublistings on University of Hawaii projects worth $1 million or more. After two years, he says, the law went back “to requiring sub-listing for all jobs over $2,000, the threshold for bidding.” When the 2020 Legislature considered SB3103, Lyons says, the final bill (SB3103 SD2 HD2) restored the inclusion of the PC, and “thus the subcontractor listing clause remains a requirement.” If SB3103 is enacted, says Lyons, “we are hopeful that a new agency dedicated to the construction and improvement of our schools will push these projects along to completion.” —From BIH Staff Reports

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Nacino Elected President of NAWIC Honolulu

The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Honolulu Chapter 114 has elected Joan V. Nacino of Aloha Marine Lines as president for 2020-2021. Nacino is an account executive with Aloha Marine Lines, a division of Alaska Marine Lines. Previously, she has held positions as Aloha Cargo Transport’s Hawaii regional sales manager and in customer service and sales at Young Brothers LLC. NAWIC Honolulu

Chapter’s other new officers include Edean Rivera, Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. Inc., vice president; Yuko Baker, Alaka‘i Mechanical Corp., treasurer; Jessica Owen, formerly of Johnson Controls, recording secretary; and Lauri Maikui, Hawaiian Cement, corresponding secretary. Danielle Ulmann, Atlas Insurance Agency, is president-elect. The organization’s new board of directors includes Ronnette Abregano, Grace Pacific Corp.; Jo Bautista, Habitat for Humanity Leeward Oahu; Layasha Lee-Hill, Nordic PCL Construction Inc.; Mary Pigao, Hensel Phelps Construction Co.; and Megan Yokoi, Bacon-Universal Co. Inc. Nacino is active in community organizations including Habitat for Humanity and Salvation Army Family Treatment Services. NAWIC Honolulu Chapter’s 20202021 term runs from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, 2021.

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NAVFAC Pacific Awards $60M Job to Idaho Firm Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific awarded a $60 million indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity architect-engineering (AE) contract to Power Engineers Inc. of Meridian, Idaho. Work will be performed at various Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and other government facilities in Hawaii, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands and Australia. The term of the contract is not to exceed 60 months with an expected completion date of July 2025. The work to be performed provides for AE electrical services; engineering studies; plans, specifications and cost estimates, including preparation of design-build requests for proposal contract documents or design-bidbuild contract documents; functional analysis concept design development; and post-construction services. Projects may involve new construction, alteration, repair and installation of electrical facilities and systems.

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Kennedy to Represent BIA on Code Council

The Building Industry Association of Hawaii (BIA-Hawaii) has appointed Mark Kennedy, project manager at Haseko, to be its representative on the State Building Code Council. The council is comprised of building officials from Mark Kennedy each county and representatives from fire, construction industry, energy, structural engineers, architects and subcontractors. The council is responsible for adopting the various building codes by reviewing and discussing their language, intent and use in Hawaii. Kennedy has been with Haseko since 2003. He is a member and volunteer for the International Code Council, BIA-Hawaii, Steel Frame Alliance, Habitat for Humanity in both California and Hawaii and has taught courses in plan reading for several years at BIA.


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Servpro of Kailua, along with other high-performing franchisees, were honored during the “virtual” gathering. “It has been a challenging year for our business,” says Andrew J. Maras, Servpro of Kailua owner. “We had to balance delivering the world-class service that Servpro is known for with taking extra precautions to protect the health and well-being of both our team and our clients. “I’m enormously proud of our success this year, and proud as always to be a Servpro franchise owner.” The convention attracted a record number of registrations for franchises, owners and teammates, with the franchise employee participation seeing the largest increase over previous years, according to Servpro. Event organizers presented 34 pre-recorded workshops and five live workshops during the actual convention week and made that content available for two weeks to those registered.

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Matthew Mooney, Hawaii and Pacific operations manager for Road and Highway Builders LLC, was recently re-elected president of Hawaii Asphalt Paving Industry. It is Mooney’s fourth term as HAPI president. Other new HAPI officers include Matthew Mooney Keola Goo, Road Builders Corp., vice president; and Jay Kumar, Jas. W. Glover Ltd., secretary/treasurer. Officers are elected by HAPI’s sevenmember board of directors. The new term runs through July 1, 2021.

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Mazza Heads Moss Hawaii Region

Moss Construction has promoted Mike Mazza to president for the firm’s Hawaii region. Mazza also will serve as president for the California, Texas and mid-Florida regions, and be responsible for Moss’ National Mike Mazza Justice operations. Mazza, who previously was Moss’ executive vice president and who has more than two decades of experience in the construction industry, has been a part of several large projects for Moss in the region, including Kalani Gardens in Mililani, Kaiwahine Village in Kihei, Ohana Military Housing on the Kaneohe Marine Corps base, Kapolei Lofts and The Element apartments on Oahu. “It’s an honor to be given this incredible opportunity, and to continue

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to grow with Moss,” says Mazza. “Moss has been in Hawaii for six years and we enjoy working on projects that provide immediate benefit to the community and actively support the Hawaii Community Foundation.” Mazza earned a bachelor’s in construction management from Michigan State University and is a licensed general contractor. He is a member of the DesignBuild Institute of America, the American Correctional Association, the American Jail Association and the Florida and California sheriffs’ associations.

Uno Joins HART Board

Joseph P. Uno, president of J. Uno & Associates Inc., has joined the Joseph P. Uno board of directors for the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART).

Uno, whose term on the HART board became effective on July 8, is a Certified Cost Professional (CCP) and authored a technical paper, “Testing the Reliability and Validity of Area Cost Factors in Hawaii,” that examines how Hawaii construction costs are as much as double the costs commonly used national databases provide. He replaces John Henry Felix, who completed a five-year term on the board.

BCH Promotes Garris, Stone to VP

Honolulu-based planning, engineering and landscape architecture firm Belt Collins Hawaii (BCH) has named Michael R. Garris as its new vice president and director of landscape architecture and Jay M. K. Stone as its new vice president and director of Michael R. Garris engineering. Garris, who was previously an associate and senior landscape architect/planner with BCH, succeeds Aaron Akau, who was promoted to president and CEO of the firm earlier this year. In his new role, Garris will oversee the firm’s landscape architecture department, engage in daily business affairs and oversee business development efforts for the department. Garris joined BCH in 2000 as a senior planner and landscape architect. Stone, who was previously a senior associate/chief engineer with BCH, succeeds Cheryl Palesh, who had served as director of engineering for more than 10 years. Palesh Jay M. K. Stone will remain in an advisory role and continue assisting on several engineering projects for the firm. In his new role, Stone will oversee BCH’s engineering department, including setting and executing the department’s strategic vision, leading department operations and seeking and obtaining new work while managing multiple projects. Stone joined BCH in 2012 as a senior project manager and civil/environmental engineer.


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