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Leaning on Construction Who could have predicted that Hawaii would mandate selfisolation for residents and quarantine visitors? But as we enter the second quarter of the year and with tourism waylaid by COVID-19, the Islands’ construction industry has become the mainstay of the local economy. We see projects continuing as crews practice safe distancing measures to the best of their ability. For example, street paving downtown continues, such as the job at the intersection of the Kalakaua Avenue and Lewers Street that started April 13 and was expected to wrap by April 30. Construction of Oahu’s 20-mile rail is also continuing. In his April 6 message, Andrew Robbins, executive director and CEO of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation, notes how building the light rail is considered “essential infrastructure” under Gov. Ige’s orders. “While this situation could change very quickly, HART’s contractors are getting the necessary crews, equipment and materials in the field that are needed,” Robbins notes. “And as an industry, the construction sector is one part of the local economy that can continue and is being counted on to help buffer the unfortunate downturn in other sectors, such as with our visitor industry.” Many of Hawaii’s builders are moving forward on projects, and others are seeing delays and postponements. In this issue of Building Industry Hawaii, we report on how contractors across the industry are adjusting to coronavirusrelated restrictions and adapting to the times. A main theme this month is our annual Hawaii’s Top Roofers rankings in which we profile the top 10 roofing companies in Hawaii. Beachside Roofing once again tops the list. The combined earnings in 2019 of the top 10 companies were $113.9 million. We also report on the Islands’ ongoing appreciation of construction and economic support provided by the U.S. Armed Forces. And for what they are doing to help during the pandemic. Our coverage includes an update on site preparation projects. Stay safe! A hui hou,
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MAY 2020 VOL. 63 NUMBER 5
Contractors See Hefty Surge in March
Agencies award jobs valued at more than $94 million
10 Survival Strategy
Construction to play major role in Hawaii’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 outbreak
14 Plugging a Leak at DKI
Spotlight on Success: Certified Construction Inc.
16 Hawaii’s Top 10 Roofers
37 News Beat
61 Honolulu Builders’ Hale Kipa Opens 62 Nan Lands Two NAVFAC Projects Worth $220M 62 NAREIT Gives $50K for COVID-19 Center 62 Navy Solicits P3s for 70-acre Reimagining
Beachside: No. 1 for the decade
52 Departments 3
Coffee Break: David Putnam 6 Datebook 8 9 63 64 65
Contracts Awarded Low Bids World Beat News Makers New Products
27 ‘Run Lean … Stay Informed’
Roofers share advice, insights on coping with COVID-19
37 Hawaii Goes Metal
Roofing systems gain popularity due to being long-lasting, versatile and appealing designs
40 Force Majeure
Hawaii’s building industry—and the Islands’ fight against COVID-19—rely heavily on the U.S. Armed Forces
45 A Waikiki Gem
Concept to Completion: Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. Inc.
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Surface Shield Roofing Co. crew reroofs the historic Kaumakapili Church on N. King Street. Design by Ursula A. Silva
Hawaii’s TOP 10
ROOFERS Contractors participating in the annual survey report robust earnings in 2019
CONSTRUCTION & COVID-19 Military Appreciation
SITE PREP Technology in Construction
52 Preparing the Site
Hawaii companies keeping construction projects on pace, from excavation to mapping utilities
New construction tech has teeth and is user-friendly
66 Construction Trends: Garrett Sullivan
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Contractors See Hefty Surge in March Eight government agencies in March handed out contracts valued at $94,085,715, a hefty 63.3 percent increase over the $57,580,170 awarded
during same month last year. The Department of Transportation awarded the month’s largest amount of work, valued at $42,142,185, followed
MARCH'S TOP 10 CONTRACTORS
1. Grace Pacific LLC (1) ........................................................... $39,900,000 2. Ralph S. Inouye Co. Ltd. (1) .................................................. 21,841,000 3. Triton Marine Construction (1) ............................................. 16,774,160 4. Close Construction Inc. (2) ..................................................... 3,293,216 5. Isemoto Contracting Co. Ltd. (3) ............................................ 2,592,014 6. Certified Construction Inc. (1) ................................................. 2,110,578 7. Index Builders Inc. (1) .............................................................. 1,393,200 8. Allied Electric LLC (1) ............................................................... 801,180 9. Summit Construction Inc. (1)...................................................... 734,888 10. Paul’s Electrical Contracting LLC (1)......................................... 707,700
Information is summarized from the Contractors Awarded section of BIDService Weekly, compiled by Research Editor Alfonso R. Rivera.
by the City & County of Honolulu at $22,159,623 and the Navy at $16,774,160. Oahu reaped 91.5 percent— $86,148,525—of March’s contracts. The month boosts the year’s total to $1,342,281,031. Much of that is due to January’s record $1,072,379,035. The largest award of $39.9 million in March went to Grace Pacific LLC for the installation of pavement preservation strategies and surface treatments on Oahu. Ralph S. Inouye Co. Ltd. landed a $21,841,000 award for improvements at the Manana Corporation Yard, Phase 1. The third-biggest contract went to Triton Marine Construction, valued at $16,774,160, for pier repairs at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
2009....................................... $42,300,000 2010....................................... $27,334,924 2011....................................... $17,352,191 2012....................................... $32,147,104 2013....................................... $94,858,546 2014....................................... $60,080,593 2015....................................... $62,835,099 2016....................................... $37,889,047 2017....................................... $36,005,152 2018..................................... $143,950,241 2019....................................... $57,580,170 2020....................................... $94,085,715
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Grace Pacific LLC ..........................$39,900,000 Installation of Pavement Preservation Strategies and Surface Treatments at Various Locations, Island of Oahu
Ralph S. Inouye Co. Ltd. ...................21,841,000 Manana Corporation Yard, Phase 1 Improvements
AWARDS BY AREA
Oahu .........................$86,148,525 Hawaii ..........................5,432,700 Kauai. ...........................2,455,611 Maui ..................................48,879 Total ..........................$94,085,715
AWARDS BY AGENCY
DOT ...........................$42,142,185 City & County Honolulu......................22,159,623 Navy ...........................16,774,160 DOE................................8,147,243 DAGS ............................2,479,478 UH .................................1,776,726 DPWHI .............................442,000 DHHL ................................164,300 Total ..........................$94,085,715
Triton Marine Construction ...............16,774,160
RM 17-1369, Hotel Pier Repairs at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam
Close Construction,Inc. ...................... 1,534,485 Demolish Shed at Piers 31-34, Honolulu Harbor
Index Builders Inc. ............................... 1,393,200 Rim 108, Exterior Painting and General Repairs, School of Architecture, Law School and Library, Miller Hall, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Allied Electric LLC.................................. 801,180 Kalakaua Middle School Campus, Fire Alarm Replacement
CO-HA Builders Inc. ................................... 48,879 Maui High School, Repaint Track Field
Close Construction Inc. .......................1,758,731 Hilo High School and Hilo Intermediate School, Miscellaneous R&M for FY16
Isemoto Contracting Co. Ltd. ............ 1,456,640
Summit Construction Inc........................734,888
Keaau Middle School, Buildings B, D, E and G Demolition
Paul’s Electrical Contracting LLC.......... 707,700
Konawaena High School, Miscellaneous R&M FY14
United General Contracting Inc. ........... 667,287
Puu Noho Culvert Reconstruction (FEMA-4395-DR-HI Project #72611 PW00032), Kamuela
Iliahi Elementary School, Miscellaneous R&M FY2008-2011 Light Pole Repairs at Piers 51-52, Honolulu Harbor
Aliamanu Middle School, Miscellaneous R&M FY2008-2011
Isemoto Contracting Co. Ltd. ................ 774,400 Drainpipe Plumbing & Solar LLC............442,000
All Maintenance & Repair.......................592,000
Isemoto Contracting Co. Ltd. ................ 360,974
Akamai Roofing Inc. ................................368,900
Site Engineering Inc.................................313,155
Leilehua High School, K-Cyber Security Academy Renovation
Diamond Head Crater Operations Support Center (Building 303) Roof Replacement
MEI Corp. ..................................................318,623 Solar Building Project H-Power, Fire Alarm System
DOE Annex Hilo, Miscellaneous R&M for FY08-10
Keaukaha Elementary School, Miscellaneous R&M for FY2010, Hilo
Pural Water Specialty Co. ......................164,300
Puukapu Non-Potable Water System Operation and Maintenance Services, Kamuela
Ted’s Wiring Service Ltd. ....................... 198,874
Site Engineering Inc. ...............................162,500
Ted’s Wiring Service Ltd. ........................184,652
George Hall, Upgrade Electrical Service Equipment, UH-Manoa Spalding Hall, Fire Alarm Upgrade, UH-Manoa
Air Conditioning Concepts LLC................. 86,285 Nanakuli Elementary School, Building A, Install AC Units
Kitsap Construction LLC .......................... 45,291 Kaimuki High School, Building E, Room 102-105, Honolulu District Office Renovations
Honokaa Elementary School, Building K, Renovate Restrooms
Certified Construction Inc....................2,110,578 Kauai Judiciary Complex, Reroof and Related Improvements, Phase 1 and 2
Wasa Electrical Services Inc. ................345,033 Kilauea Elementary School, Fire Alarm Upgrade
LOW BIDS The companies below submitted the low bids in March 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.
Shimmick Construction Co. ...........$37,313,462 Kailua Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant, Electrical Improvements
MEI Corp. ...............................................2,015,195 Honolulu Zoo, Historic Rehabilitation of the Former Entrance Building
Integrated Construction Inc. .............. 1,467,700 Akanoho Place, 8-Inch Water Main
Paul’s Electrical Contracting LLC.......1,447,000 Mauna Olu 530-foot Reservoir Improvement
Economy Plumbing & Sheetmetal Inc. ................................1,117,408
Rambaud Electric LLC ............................ 227,031 Kaaawa Elementary School, Campus Fire Alarm Upgrade
Henry’s Equipment Rental & Sales........ 175,000 Kalihi Elementary School, Playcourt Improvements
Kawika’s Painting & Waterproofing Inc. ............................... 117,500 Kamehameha V Post Office Building, Exterior Repaint
Substructure and Fender Repairs at Pier 1, Hilo Harbor
Sterling Pacific Construction...............1,150,972
Lahaina Small Boat Harbor, Ferry Pier Improvements
Sea Engineering Inc. ......................... 16,381,995 F&H Construction .................................2,727,000
MJ Construction Co. ................................ 742,000
Kalama Intermediate School, Covered Playcourt, Makawao
EBJ Construction Inc. .............................. 715,562
Maui District Office, Maintenance Building, Reroof and Repairs, Kahului
Royal Mechanical & Sheetmetal ..........925,000 Sea Engineering Inc. .............................. 447,400
Kawika’s Painting & Waterproofing Inc. ...............................494,730
Substructure Repairs at Kaunakakai Harbor, Molokai
Kapolei 215 Reservoir No. 1, Facility Repair and Repainting
Emergency Drainline Repair at Leisure Estates Easement 24
Site Engineering Inc. .............................. 485,000
Global Specialty Contractors Inc........... 177,650
Waialua High and Intermediate School, Renovate Relocated Trailer
Global Specialty Contractors Inc........1,379,700
R&D Technologies Inc. ................................9,200
Waialua High and Intermediate School, Remove Asbestos VCT Floor Tiles and Cove Base in Portable 5
Video Warehouse Inc. ............................ 910,850
Auxiliary Services Building, Emergency Power for Department of Public Safety, UH-Manoa
Palamanui Outdoor Improvements, Hawaii Community College, UH, Kailua-Kona
Stan’s Contracting Inc. ....................... 1,187,300
Kaimuki High School, Building E, Room 102-105, Honolulu District Office Renovations
Kaala Elementary School, Renovate 2 Relocated Trailers
Nan Inc. ..................................................2,085,171
Kitsap Construction LLC ........................... 45,291
Halawa Correctional Facility, Special Needs Facility, Chiller Replacement and Associated Repairs and Improvements
Stan Sheriff Center Improvements, Replace Sound System, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Rojac Construction Inc. ..........................265,926
Shed Repairs at Pier 1, Kahului Harbor
Various (Honokaa High and Intermediate, Elementary Schools), Miscellaneous R&M FY16, Honokaa Hilo Intermediate School, Miscellaneous R&M FY14
Stan’s Contracting Inc. ........................1,073,000 386A Biology Prep Room and Physics Lab Renovation, Hawaii Community College, UH, Hilo
Stan’s Contracting Inc. ...........................793,300 7206A Physics Lab Conversion, Palamanui Campus, Hawaii Community College, UH, Kailua-Kona
Drainpipe Plumbing & Solar LLC........... 442,000 Pu’u Noho Culvert Reconstruction (FEMA-4395-DR-HI Project #72611 PW00032), Kamuela
Isemoto Contracting Co. Ltd. ................. 195,875 Replace Siding at Pier 1 Shed, Hilo Harbor
Island Construction & Demolition ......... 761,375 Captain Cook Memorial Park Improvements, Waimea
Pacific Concrete Cutting & Coring Inc..... 53,250 Kalaheo Elementary School, Miscellaneous R&M FY17
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STRATEGY Gov. Ige at a March press conference as COVID-19 containment efforts were implemented PHOTO COURTESY HAWAII GOVERNOR’S OFFICE
Construction to play major role in Hawaii’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 outbreak BY BRETT ALEXANDER-ESTES
ne by one, job sites across Hawaii—like Hilton’s new Waikiki timeshare tower— are shutting down. “Ensuring the health and safety of our team members, owners, guests and partners is our top priority,” said Hilton Grand Vacations in an April statement. “Given the ongoing developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the prudent decision to temporarily pause construction on our Waikiki project. We have the operational infrastructure and strong balance sheet in place to move quickly to restart construction when appropriate.” HGV, with its strong balance sheet, is fortunate. Tourism is also at a standstill, and the outlook for other hoteliers is not so rosy. Hawaii is in lockdown, and likely will be until state and federal authorities decide COVID-19, the infection caused by the coronavirus, is no longer a threat. To tide Hawaii over, the state’s congressional delegation—senators Brian Schatz and Mazie Hirono, and 10 | BUILDING INDUSTRY HAWAII | MAY 2020
representatives Ed Case and Tulsi Gabbard—are fast-tracking at least $4 billion in aid through the $2.2 trillion CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act. Four billion buys time, but then what? With tourism sidelined for the foreseeable future, the state’s thirdlargest source of revenue—construction—is moving front and center. Contractors and construction supply and hardware businesses are “essential,” says Gov. Ige, and are exempt from the state’s stay-at-home order. Cheryl Walthall, General Contractors Association of Hawaii executive vice president, says “based on discussions we’ve had with Mayor Caldwell’s adminCheryl Walthall istration and Gov. Ige’s (March) press conference, it is our interpretation that all construction,
public and private, are exempt from the orders and may continue working.” On Hawaii job sites, contractors are doing what they can. “This is indeed an unprecedented situation,” says Tyler Dillon, Layton Hawaii executive vice president. “The circumstances are changing rapidly. What we can tell you is the health and safety of our employees, clients and other partners remains our number one priority, and we’re constantly updating and revising our response and our plans as circum- Tyler Dillon stances change.” Layton, Dillon says, is “following reports and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and local authorities.” Scot Jimenez, Beachside Roofing LLC owner and president, says “we know there is widespread impact to most business industries subject to COVID-19.
When this virus has stabilized, we will see the effects of the impact, and the progress of time to rebound between 2020-2021 and Scot Jimenez beyond.” COVID-19’s immediate impact on U.S. construction is in plain sight. Twenty-seven percent of U.S. construction firms are suffering layoffs as infections increase, according to
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an Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) online survey in late March. “The share of firms that said they had been directed to halt or cancel projects by their clients had jumped to 55 percent from 39 percent the week prior,” states an April 3 AGC report. “Over onequarter of respondents reported they had been directed to stop construction activities by government officials. “In addition, 59 percent of respondents reported a variety of problems causing project delays or disruptions. … The most common source of delay or disruption, cited by 35 percent of respondents, was shortages of material, parts and equipment, including vital personal protective equipment for workers such as respirators. Twentyeight percent reported shortages of craftworkers, while 16 percent said projects were delayed by shortages of government workers needed for inspections, permits and other actions.”
“The health and safety of our employees, clients and other partners remains our number one priority.” —Tyler Dillon To spotlight the threat posed by COVID-19 to worker health and safety, AGC Hawaii members Nordic PCL Construction Inc. and Goodfellow Bros. LLC joined other member contractors across the nation in AGC’s April 9 coronavirus-focused safety stand downs. As described by AGC, standdown crews broke into small, socially distanced groups and covered three different “toolbox” talks that outlined steps published by public health and safety officials to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. “These talks … covered issues like socially distancing while working and on break, the need for frequent handwashing, restrictions on tool sharing and the need to frequently disinfect high-touch areas.” While lauding the benefits of the CARES Act, AGC officials see it as essentially a stopgap measure, and say 12 | BUILDING INDUSTRY HAWAII | MAY 2020
This $1.2 million Atlas Construction project has purchased approximately $700,000 in overhead cost and construction materials from local suppliers, and has paid $250,000 to subcontractors and service providers and $250,000 to employ five Hawaii craftsmen and construction workers. PHOTO COURTESY ATLAS CONSTRUCTION INC.
Pine’s Approach Kymberly Pine, the Honolulu City
Council’s Zoning & Housing Committee chair, in March released a statement urging the state and the city to boost the construction industry and take the lead on stimulating the economy with new public construction projects. “I also plan to introduce a resolution at the City Council shortly, asking the mayor and the governor to start prioritizing construction projects, streamlining the permit process, and meeting with unions to determine how the state and the city can expedite the process of filling positions that have been vacant for some time,” Pine says. In Fiscal Year 2021, she says, the DPP requested seven additional part-time
Congress must do more. One recommendation is to fund large infrastructure projects that guarantee construction jobs and boost the U.S. economy. Some federal agencies may agree. The Department of Homeland Security in March issued a guidance that clarifies the construction industry’s role in supporting critical infrastructure. Stephen E. Sandherr, AGC chief executive officer, said the guidance “should help eliminate the confusion and ambiguity that has led several state and local officials to needlessly order halts to construction activity that is clearly essential. “Specifically, federal officials have opted to identify construction and related activities, including the manufacture and delivery of construction
positions in the City’s Executive Operating Budget, including two building inspector aides, Kymberly Pine two housing and zoning code inspectors, one building plans exam VI and related support. The City Council voted on the first round of budget amendments at the full council meeting on April 15. “There is no shortage of construction loans right now,” Pine notes. “People are ready to go.” View Pine’s March statement at councilmemberpine.com/wp-content/ uploads/2020/03/03-19-20-COVID-stimulus-release-FINAL.docx.
supplies and safety equipment, and the permitting and inspection of projects, in 25 different parts of its guidelines.” Federal support for the industry comes as some Hawaii leaders are also pushing construction as an economic antidote to COVID-19. Kymberly Pine, the Honolulu City Council’s Zoning & Housing Committee chair, says many small businesses in Hawaii’s hard-hit economy depend on construction, and will rebound faster if projects get moving. “We will be introducing a resolution soon,” Pine says, “and wrote a letter to the mayor to make emergency changes via emergency proclamation. “One of the things I recommended to the mayor is that the Department of
COVID-19 Jobsite Guidelines Dan Jordan, Honolulu Builders LLC principal, says
“the health and safety of our employees, subcontractors, vendors and clients is our top priority in maintaining a safe and healthy environment.” Dan Jordan Honolulu Builders, he says, is maintaining its current project schedule while making sure company jobsites follow guidelines developed by industry and health authorities. Honolulu Builders’ guidance below, Jordan says, “is in addition to a COVID-19 webpage (coronavirus.gov) that was recently launched by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration in the U.S. Department of Labor:” • Avoid close contact with people (maintain a 6-foot distance from people at all times). • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care. • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and throw the tissue in the trash. • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food. • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty. • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects (e.g., tools, tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs and cabinet handles). • The Centers for Disease Control advise the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus, and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. “It is critical that we all do our part to slow the spread of the corona virus,” Jordan says. “Please stay safe and healthy.”
Planning and Permitting speed up building permits, particularly for smaller building projects like single-family homes, or a bathroom remodel. Right now permits for even small projects can take six months to a year or more.” Currently, says Bruce Kim, Atlas Construction president, “we have 16 projects awaiting permit approval with a total value of a little over $8.8 million. Although there have been some improvements at the DPP, they have a way to go, as some permits are still taking over half a year. “We have multiple streams of revenue that are directly tied to approval of building permits,” Kim says. “From employee payrolls, material purchases and subcontractor service providers … not to mention the tax revenues that are being held up.” Pine believes “we can eliminate the lengthy permit approval process, get permits approved in two weeks, and switch to a heavier in-person inspec-
tion process to ensure plans match what is being done in the field. “Just two weeks ago we passed legislation that allows the mayor to access $120 million to respond to the COVID crisis. This fund can be used to expedite our recommendations to fast-track the permitting process.”
How to Access the PPP Up to $10 million per loan is
available through the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) from approved SBA (Small Business Administration) Preferred Lenders. Hawaii’s approved SBA Preferred Lenders include: American Savings Bank Bank of Hawaii Central Pacific Bank CU Hawaii Federal Credit Union First Hawaiian Bank Hawaii Central Credit Union Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union Hawaii National Bank Hawaii State Federal Credit Union Hawaii USA Federal Credit Union Hedco Local Development Corp. HFS Federal Credit Union Honolulu Federal Credit Union Kau Federal Credit Union Kauai Community Federal Credit Union Kula Community Federal Credit Union North Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union Ohana Pacific Bank Pacific Gateway Center Pacific Rim Bank Streamlining DPP permitting is just one of many challenges—including eliminating the risk of jobsite infection—that Hawaii’s building industry must face immediately. But the payoff is worth it, Pine says: “Fast-tracking building permits will keep us afloat.”
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Plugging a Leak at DKI Certified Construction reroofs the airport’s ewa concourse BY DAVID PUTNAM The new roof on the ewa concourse at DKI.
hen it rained, it poured at the ewa concourse at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. To remedy the leaking roof, Certified Construction Inc. in September began work on a $10,180,252 project to reroof the structure for the Hawaii Department of Transportation Airports Division. “This work was absolutely necessary because this concourse leaked throughout so bad every time it rained,” says Kevin Kevin Simpkins Simpkins, CCI’s president and co-owner of the 40-yearold company with his brother Brian. Kevin Simpkins adds that the work 14 | BUILDING INDUSTRY HAWAII | MAY 2020
was done “in highly sensitive areas, such as the roof itself, the sterile corridor and Customs area which required extensive security and background checks. All crane work—roof removal, lifting and loading—had to be done between 12 and 5 a.m. “Working at night posed many challenges,” he adds, noting that “we relied heavily on weather and radar apps to determine if it was ‘safe’ to work, but found that with the volatile weather patterns, this year especially, we were Brian Simpkins still vulnerable to inaccurate information. “Working daily at night, in the dark and under the threat of rain show-
ers was an almost daily challenge. Sometimes the crew would wait it out for hours trying to work or would go home and come back to continue to work around inclement weather patterns.” The scope of the project, Simpkins says, included having to “tear off and remove existing roofing down to concrete.” He says the work also included: • Installing new insulation and Hydrostop (FARS) system with Kymax for a 30-year warranty. • Constructing and expanding the Fan Room 27 enclosure with structural steel. • Replacing all electrical conduits. • Replacing all steel doors, aluminum ladders and crossover stairs. • Installing new louvered vents along perimeter of concourse to cover
chill water lines for aesthetic purposes. To ensure the project went smoothly, Simpkins says CCI held daily meetings each morning. “Foremen would come in after the job to the office to further coordinate tasks needed for the following day,” he says. “Eventually the crew was split into two with a day crew and a night crew. Special coordination was always needed for crane use in the AOA (airport operation area), and we had weekly airport meetings with the DOT for constant communication as there were lots of moving parts.” The project’s standout feature, he says, “would be the new metal louvers installed to distract and hide unsightly views of the huge chill water lines on the roof.” Simpkins adds that he expects that the DOT “is going to add some additional work to the contract, which will take us out to about September 2020 for completion.” The Simpkins brothers lauded the work of CCI’s project team that
Certified Consruction installed a Hydrostop (FARS) system with Kymax.
included Genette Simpkins, project manager; George Yoon, superintendent; and foremen Teodoro Perez and Kevin Hederer. Also earning special kudos were subcontractors WDK Electrical Services and Tokunaga
Masonry & Construction Services. “I would like to thank all of our workers for their dedication to the company as they play a huge part in CCI’s longevity and success,” says Kevin Simpkins.
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year absence, and the fifth spot is claimed by a newcomer to the survey, Certified Construction Inc. The annual rankings are based on revenue and other performance factors. This year, four of the Top 10 and other leading roofers hit milestones. Tory’s is celebrating 48 years of doing business in the Islands, while Buck Roofing Co. turns 44 and David’s Custom Roofing & Painting Inc. and Certified Construction are 40. Lyons encourages roofers to stay upbeat. “Construction is a wonderful industry,” Lyons says, “but one of its inherent problems is a very long tail. That is, things can suddenly turn ‘great’ today, but it will not be tomorrow that we will see the results. “Rebounds are typically long and slow. We will take it, as it is better than none at all—but quicker would surely be better.”
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pace. “Business for both the commercial and residential sectors has been nothing but busy, busy,” says Tim Lyons, executive director of the Roofing Contractors Tim Lyons Association of Hawaii (RCAH). “Just about everyone who wanted work, got it and plenty of it. Our members had a great opportunity to backlog some work in late 2019 and early 2020, and it is a good thing that some of them did with the COVID problem.” The top earner last year, with TIPS FROM reported revenue PEERS of $30.6 million, Hawaii’s Top Roofers was Beachside offer these insights on Roofing LLC. For coping with the COVIDthe tenth year in 19 outbreak. Story, a row, the Kapoleipage 27 based company ranks No. 1 in Building Industry Hawaii magazine’s annual Hawaii’s Top 10 Roofers. Hawaii’s Top 10 companies report combined 2019 earnings of $113.9 million—$18.9 million more than the previous year, and their best since 2016’s $123.6 million. Last year, Beachside posted a 17.6 percent increase over its 2018 revenue of $26 million. Not far behind in the No. 2 slot is another mainstay of the Islands’ roof-
ing industry, Commercial Roofing & Waterproofing Hawaii Inc., which reports earnings of $18.8 million in 2019. The No. 3 spot among those firms who responded to the survey is Tory’s Roofing and Waterproofing Inc. with $12.5 million in earnings last year. Looking ahead at the roofing industry, Lyons remains cautious. “Although we were deemed an ‘essential business,’ the effects of COVID-19 are still there, and we expect more of a hit as time goes on,” he says. “Besides a slowing of projects, the mindset of everyone will be ‘caution,’ and that we will have a less than positive impact. “At least 2019 will go down with great numbers. And while 2020 was showing equal promise, I am afraid the balance of the year will be less than stellar.” Kapili Roofing & Painting returns to the Top 10 at No. 4 after a four-
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Beachside Roofing completed renovations at Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection, in 2019.
eachside Roofing LLC reports a 17.6 percent increase in business in 2019 over the previous year, and for the tenth consecutive year sits atop Hawaii’s Top 10 Roofers among the Islands’ companies taking part in the Building Industry Hawaii survey. The Kapolei-based roofer reports earnings of $30.6 million in 2019. Last year Beachside posted revenue of $26 million. Scot Jimenez, Beachside’s president, says 2019 was “overall good” for the company that is in its 36th year of doing business in Hawaii. “In construction, there is a vast amount of variables that can happen, and with that there comes the issues of timing, cost, responsibility and resolu18 | BUILDING INDUSTRY HAWAII | MAY 2020
One Waterfront Towers is among Beachside Roofing’s recent projects.
tion of problem-solving for the longterm success,” Jimenez says. Beachside reports doing 15 percent of its work last year in the public sector.
Beachside’s projects in 2019 include Koele Lodge; Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection; Halepuna Waikiki; Kulana Hale Phase 1, roof restoration at Kaiser Moanalua; Kapiolani Residence; Espacio—The Jewel of Waikiki; Commercial Plumbing and the Kahului CONRAC Facility. Beachside’s projects this year include the Waikiki Marriott, One Waterfront Towers, Aalii in Ward Village, Azure, the Safeway Waikele, Honouliuli WWTP Phase 1B, Central Ala Moana and Iolani School K-1 Labs and Studio. “We have had several challenging projects with their specific issues to manage,” Jimenez says. “The key is working toward the project to be successful.”
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COMMERCIAL ROOFING & WATERPROOFING HAWAII INC. CEO/PRESIDENT: Guy Akasaki | SPECIALTY: Low slope, fluid applied, single ply, modified bitumen, steep slope, metal, tile, shingle, roof management and maintenance, gutters, turnkey roofing/PV installation | HAWAII STATE LICENSE: BC-18179
ommercial Roofing & Waterproofing Hawaii Inc. repeats as the second-highest earning company among Hawaii’s Top 10 Roofers in this year’s survey. CRW reports earnings of $19.9 million last year, a 4.1 percent increase over its 2018 revenue of $19.1 million. Guy Akasaki, CEO of the Waipahubased company he began in 1993, says “the year 2019 was good, tracking with the economic growth and GDP, with an eye on the same moving into 2020.” As Hawaii’s roofers adjust to cope with the COVID-19 outbreak, Akasaki says that he is “optimistically hopeful of recovery and watching how America’s innovative spirit comes together to attack this global unseen enemy.”
CRW handled multiple projects last year, but Akasaki says the most challenging was re-roofing Whole Foods at Kahala Mall. He adds that one of the important ways the crisis is being addressed is the “federal government coronavirus recovery financial package, which can help to mitigate some of the issues to supporting employees and small business owners in kick-starting their lives and businesses.” CRW handled multiple projects last year, but Akasaki says the most challenging was re-roofing Whole Foods at Kahala Mall. CRW was tasked to do a complete tear-off of the existing membrane, he says, and install an 80 mil EnergySmart Sarnafil fully adhered singleply membrane. The total square footage 20 | BUILDING INDUSTRY HAWAII | MAY 2020
The Commercial Roofing & Waterproofing Hawaii crew installs Country Manor Aluminum Shakes at Bluestone AOAO in Kailua.
of this project was about 200 squares. “This project had several factors that made it challenging, including a large amount of rooftop equipment and penetrations that had to be worked around, other trades that had to be coordinated in tandem with the roofing work, nightwork, very small spaces to work in and live mall activity ongoing at all times,” Akasaki says. The roof also was 60 percent covered in mechanical equipment, he adds. “Our crews had a small window daily to load and unload in the areas designated. Loading and unloading of all materials also had to be completed between 4 to 6 a.m. to not impede with mall operations. In order to efficiently transport materials across the roof sections, ramps were built to expedite the movement to and from staging areas,” he says. “Working around all the existing rooftop equipment was the challenge. With all the roof details, flashing, pipe penetrations and conduits, there were a couple hundred different penetrations that made this project tedious.”
Another challenge, he says, was that a “large portion of the roof area to be replaced was located under an overhanging eave that ranged from 2 to 3 feet high, depending on the insulation and slope installed. Working in this restrictive space and ensuring the details were on point was a challenge.” Other projects for CRW last year include the nine-building Coconut Grove at Kapalua Bay on Maui, AOAO Bluestone, MECO Maalaea Powerplant, Aston Waikiki Sunset and Sam’s Club. CRW’s workload this year already includes Dole Cannery, Brigham Young University, Windward Harbor AOAO, Maunalani Nursing & Rehabilitation Center and Waikoloa. Also in 2019, CRW re-designed its logo. “After hitting a 25-year benchmark, we took the opportunity to update our visual brand to best capture who we are and how we connect with existing and future customers,” Akasaki says. “The two-tone represents the relational bonds we’ve developed over the years and fondly cherish as we continue on.”
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TORY’S ROOFING & WATERPROOFING INC.
CEO/PRESIDENT: Louis Tory Jr. | SPECIALTY: Low slope, fluid applied, single ply, modified bitumen, steep slope, metal, tile, shingle | HAWAII STATE LICENSE: BC-8576
Tory’s Roofing & Waterproofing installed wood shake treatments at Kuilima Estates East.
or nearly a half-century, Tory’s Roofing and Waterproofing Inc. has been one of Hawaii’s building industry leaders, and this year repeats as No. 3 among Hawaii’s Top 10 Roofers. The Pearl City-based company, which celebrates 48 years of doing business in Hawaii, reports earnings of $12.5 million in 2019, a 24.8 percent decline from 2018’s $15.6 million. Last year’s business also was Tory’s lowest since $12 million in 2013. Sandra GT (Tory) Ward, general manager of Tory’s, remains positive. “2019 was a good year for us,” she says. “We didn’t see the kind of volume we have in prior years, but we still had a good year. We were able to focus on our business internally, team building and administratively strengthening from the inside.” She adds that 2020 “was shap22 | BUILDING INDUSTRY HAWAII | MAY 2020
ing up to be a great year—more leads, more volume, great staff and team in place. Then we got hit with this coronavirus pandemic and, while we are not experiencing too much loss of business, we are being affected in terms of productivity and efficiency. “However, we are confident that this, too, shall pass and life and business will get back to normal.” Tory’s performed 50 percent of its work in the public sector in 2019, such as Waihole and Iliahi Elementary Schools and Honokaa Elementary and High School. Its work in the private sector includes Turtle Bay Resort’s Kuilima ballroom, lanai roofs at Kalaeloa-Makai and replacing the roof at the LDS church in Mililani. This year’s workload has included roofing services at the Kalihi Palama Health Center and the Kalihi American Savings Bank, among others.
“We have projects that challenged us to have to be creative in our solutions, but we didn’t see too much of that in 2019,” Ward says. “Most of our projects were pretty straightforward and by the book.” Ward says Tory’s is taking safety measures and following guildelines to keep its crew and customers as safe as possible. “COVID-19 has thrown a curve ball to every industry,” she says. “New measures on the federal and state side are developing and changing every day. It is definitely an interesting time to be alive and be in business. “We have had to invest a lot of time addressing measures, precautions and new regulations for our procedures and processes. Then, the next day, there’s something new announced and we have to adjust all over again.”
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KAPILI ROOFING & PAINTING
CEO/PRESIDENT: Brennan Leong | SPECIALTY: Low slope, fluid applied, metal, shingle | HAWAII STATE LICENSE: C-28938
The Cole Residence project helped Kapili Roofing & Painting capture a first-place award from the RCAH.
apili Roofing & Painting returns to Hawaii’s Top 10 Roofers rankings after a fouryear absence and claims the No. 4 spot. Kapili, which reports earnings of $11.8 million in 2019, last appeared among the Top 10 in 2015, when it ranked fifth with $5.1 million in 2014 revenue. “I would say that 2019 was an exceptional year for the roofing industry, with an overflow of opportunity for all,” says Brennan Leong, president of the Wahiawa-based company that’s been doing business in Hawaii for 13 years. “While it is still too early to tell, especially with the potential economic challenges we are all up against, we are cautiously optimistic for 2020. Depending on the length and severity of the COVID-19 crisis, we are anticipating a small hit to this year’s productivity.” Leong says a challenging project in 24 | BUILDING INDUSTRY HAWAII | MAY 2020
2019 for Kapili, which reports doing 21 percent of its work in the public sector, was applying 479 square feet of 22-gauge standing seam roofing at Schofield Barracks’ three-story East Range Building 6040. “We had more rain-out days than working days during project duration,” Leong says. Additionally, he says, the crew “could only work on the project after around 9 a.m. daily due to the dew that would form on the roof overnight. It was a test of our team’s perseverance, and their ability to deal with challenging weather and difficult site conditions. “A cleaning needed to be performed—on average, weekly—for building users. However, they pushed through and were able to complete the project with no safety violations, a zero punchlist and on-budget.” Other key jobs for Kapili included a Waiakamilo Warehouse (410 square feet of pitch and gravel tearoff with Triton Liquid Rubber fluid
applied membrane) and installing a 380-square-foot standing seam roof on Building 550 at Fort Shafter. Another project, the Cole Residence, earned Kapili a first-place award in the Steep Slope–Residential category from the Roofing Contractors Association of Hawaii. The Lanikai residence required a tear-off and installing MCA Mission clay tiles. Kapili also was nominated for a Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Ethics and awarded its third annual Free Roof Giveaway to the Kepa ohana. The firm also donated three roofs to Habitat for Humanity. Looking forward, Leong says much uncertainty looms over the Islands because of the coronavirus outbreak. “It is still very early in the game to predict the full magnitude that COVID-19 will have on our industry,” he says. “However, as of right now we are not taking the same hit that other industries like tourism might be currently facing.”
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n July, Certified Construction Inc. (CCI) will celebrate 40 years in Hawaii’s building industry. The Honolulu-based company also breaks into the Hawaii’s Top 10 Roofers rankings at No. 5 with $11 million in earnings last year. “The roofing industry in 2019 was a great year for us as we were busy all year long doing a variety of all roofs from metal to clay tile, TPO, EPDM and fluid applied coatings,” says Kevin Simpkins, CCI’s president and founder.
“So far the state, which most of our contracts are with, is pushing us to continue forward.”
ment in them,” he says. “The tie-ins were tricky, and it was a very detailed project with extra mechanical work.” Other jobs last year for CCI include the Diamond Head Concourse at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, the Lihue Public Library on Kauai, the Maui Community Correction Center, the Kalopa State Recreation Center and the Honokaa Elementary School Building K on the Island of Hawaii and the Nutridge Estate for the Department of Land and Natural Resources. This year, Certified is working on the Ewa Concourse at DKI Airport along with roof repairs at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Building
—Kevin Simpkins “This year has started off and is proving to be just as strong. There is lots of work out there for myself and my competitors, so I can pick and choose jobs that I want to bid on.” Simpkins started the company in 1980 and his brother Brian joined the company three years later. Certified now employs 30 people, and Simpkins says 75 percent of the staff has worked for CCI for more than 20 years, and some up to 35 years. Certified’s workload in 2019 included several major projects. Its most challenging job, Simpkins says, was on the Windward Community College Imiloa building. “We had to work on and around an existing huge dome skylight that was the source of further leaks that had to be addressed—not part of the original scope of work—and was directly above laboratories and classrooms with equip26 | BUILDING INDUSTRY HAWAII | MAY 2020
Certified Construction applied a new roof coating in 2019 on the Diamond Head Concourse at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport.
1073H. Certified is also doing work for the Department of Education at Honokaa Elementary School Building K, Honowai Elementary School and Hickam Elementary School. Also this year, roofers have been forced to adapt to changes because of the coronavirus outbreak, but Simpkins says that so far he doesn’t “see much of an impact that COVID-19 is having on the construction industry as a whole. “Our company hasn’t skipped a beat yet and nothing is affecting our schedules yet. I can’t speak for union work, but we are not union, and so far the state, which most of our contracts are with, is pushing us to continue forward.”
‘RUN LEAN … STAY INFORMED’ Roofers share advice, insights on coping with COVID-19 BY DAVID PUTNAM Tory's Roofing crew covers up against COVID-19 for a job at the Puamana Condos on Kauai.
eaders of Hawaii’s roofing industry share their thoughts with Building Industry Hawaii readers on the impact of COVID-19, and offer ways to cope with the ongoing crisis in the Islands. “All you really can do is run lean,” says Tim Lyons of the Roofing Contractors Association of Hawaii. “Build up all the work you can, and take Tim Lyons advantage of all opportunities. Your company reputation is what sets you apart, and when the customer is hunting for the best bang for the buck, reputation and quality can often trump price. “Foremost, you have to stay informed. During this COVID crisis we were (are) getting three-four updates a day on what companies can and should do, and we have passed the important ones along to our members so they, too, can stay on top of it without sorting through 100 emails. Without this kind of information, you are operating at a disadvantage and you don’t need that in this environment. We are happy to be an information source for our members so they can stay ahead.” Scot Jimenez of Beachside Roofing LLC, No. 1-ranked company among this year’s Hawaii’s
Top 10 Roofers, notes that “this year was looking good until the COVID-19 crisis. Now we will see the effects of how many projects will continue, shut down, delay or cancel.” Guy Akasaki of Commercial Roofing & Waterproofing Hawaii Inc., which is No. 2 among Hawaii’s Top Roofers, says roofers are being impacted by a slowdown of jobs from
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SURFACE SHIELD ROOFING CO. CEO/PRESIDENT: Shon Gregory | SPECIALTY: Low slope, fluid applied, single ply, modified bitumen, steep slope, metal, tile, shingle | HAWAII STATE LICENSE: C-28235
Surface Shield’s work last year on the historic Kaumakapili Church was honored by the RCAH.
ast April, Surface Shield Roofing Co. completed work on the historic Kaumakapili Church, which traces its beginnings back to 1838. The Honolulu-based roofing company installed 7,300 square feet of GAF Sienna Shingle in Chateau Gray on the main roof and steeple of the church. In January, Surface Shield earned Top Roof of the Year honors from the Roofing Contractors Association of Hawaii for its work on the church. “We worked closely with Mason Architects to ensure we preserve the historical nature of the property,” says Shon Gregory, Surface Shield president. “The build was particularly difficult due to the steep slope and the presence of ACM throughout. This forced us to work in small crews following the progress of the hazmat team waterproofing daily what was removed.” The scope of the project, Gregory says, involved “a full asbestos removal, steep slope and a 10-story steeple. The 28 | BUILDING INDUSTRY HAWAII | MAY 2020
entire project was not for the faint of heart. Hat’s off to all of our installers and contractors involved.” Surface Shield reports earnings of $7.1 million in 2019 to claim the sixth spot in this year’s Hawaii’s Top 10 Roofers survey. Last year the firm ranked No. 5 but fell a notch despite posting an increase over 2018’s revenue of $6.1 million. Gregory is upbeat about the roofing industry, noting that “2019 was action-packed. For us there was an upswing in both the residential market and commercial. 2020 is also off to a great start.” Although the company is proud of its RCAH award, Gregory also points to Surface Shield’s community service efforts. “We contributed to many local and national community campaigns to help with the social betterment in our communities through drug education,” he says. In 2019, Surface Shield worked on one of the state of Hawaii’s Job Order Contracting Packages that included
Department of Education school projects across the island—Aina Haina School, Benjamin Parker Elementary, Castle High, Kahuku Elementary, Kahuku High, Laie Elementary, Likelike Elementary, Lincoln Elementary and more. Private commercial projects included the Kapolei Distribution Center, the Child and Family Services building and Panda Express. This year’s workload includes the Puu Ualakaa State Park Radio Communication Facility, Sunset Beach Elementary School Building C, McKinley High School Building M, Mililani High School Cafeteria and Raising Cane’s Mililani. Gregory says the roofing industry, like other sectors, is doing its best to cope with the COVID-19 crisis. “For now, everything is still business as usual in the field,” he says. “Unfortunately, we don’t know what tomorrow brings, but we are hopeful we will continue to build, keeping Hawaii‘s homes and businesses watertight.”
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HONOLULU ROOFING CO. INC.
CEO/PRESIDENT: Dan Jaeger | SPECIALTY: Low slope, fluid applied, single ply, modified bitumen, steep slope, metal, tile, shingle, waterproofing and deck coatings, paver and pedestal systems | HAWAII STATE LICENSE: CT-23799
Honolulu Roofing took home a firstplace award from the RCAH for its work on the Hale Koa lobby roof.
onolulu Roofing Co. Inc. fell three spots to No. 7 among Hawaii’s Top 10 Roofers with reported earnings of $6.4 million in 2019. Last year, the Waipahu-based roofer posted 2018 revenue of $7.8 million. Dan Jaeger, president of the 18-year-old company, says “2019 was a good year for HRC; the economy was strong and clients could make good choices when it came to capital expenditures. “This year, things are a bit different,” he adds. “Even though we have a strong backlog, winter has slowed the start of many projects, and now we are facing our biggest fears with the COVID-19.” Honolulu Roofing’s jobs last year included the Hale Koa Hotel Bundle Project, the Hilton Hawaiian Village Tapa Tower, the Move Happy Storage Facility, the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, the Ward Entertainment Center Plaza Waterproofing and the Student Services Building, Punahou School Phase 2. The Tapa Tower at the Hilton Hawaiian Village “for sure was the 30 | BUILDING INDUSTRY HAWAII | MAY 2020
biggest challenge,” Jaeger says. “There was no real set-up or staging areas, so loading and unloading was always done with care. Tapa is one of the tallest buildings in Hawaii being 370 feet, with buildings surrounding every side. In order to get all materials on and off the roof we had to erect scaffolding for one building, then build a 150-foot ramp to the south side of Tapa, and build a materials hoist on the face of the tower. “Between directing traffic, pedestrians, dumpsters and material deliveries, plus we were constantly keeping the hotel informed on a daily basis on scheduling as our only set-up area was a single lane of a two-lane road of the exit lanes of the Village. “The roofing was easy,” he says, adding that “it was everything else that made this project the most challenging for us in 2019.” Jaeger also was pleased with the work on the Hale Koa Bundled Project. The scope of the work, he says, included a complete removal of the existing roofing and installation of approximately 180,000 square feet of tapered design, Firestone Modified
SBS, Firestone Coping and Cap System at 37 separate roof levels. HRC also installed below-grade waterproofing at the pool and Inspire Shake on the amenities buildings. An elevated platform with a 210-foot hoist was erected at the main lobby to transport materials, he adds. HRC, which does 5 percent of its work in the public sector, reaped first place awards from the Roofing Contractors Association (RCAH) for its work on the lobby roof (fluid applied) at Hale Koa and for the Hale Koa Bundle Project (modified bitumen). Jaeger is poised and ready for the end of the COVID-19 crisis when it’s back to business as usual. “All I know is that the information about COVID19 is coming at us at lightning speed, and what was said two hours ago will change,” he says. “Reaction to these changes as they come is hard, along with the overreaction to things that we have not seen globally for quite some time. This has had some adverse effects on projects that we have on queue as investors worry about the economy.”
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CEO/PRESIDENT: Ron Lloyd | SPECIALTY: Low slope, single ply, steep slope, metal, tile, asphalt shingle, slate, wood shingle | HAWAII STATE LICENSE: CT-31641
fter a three-year absence from the Top 10 survey, Kokua Roofing returns to claim the No. 8 spot with reported 2019 earnings of $5.5 million. The Kailua-Kona-based roofer last participated in the annual survey in 2017, when it posted 2016 revenue of $5.1 million and ranked No. 8. Ron Lloyd, president of the company that’s been doing business in Hawaii for 10 years, says 2019 “was a great year, not only in customer interest but in contracted work as well.” Like others in the roofing industry, Kokua has seen a slowdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lloyd says that once the crisis passes that business will return to normal. “2020 has started out very robust. I’m hoping that we can move on from the virus issue soon,” he says. “There is 32 | BUILDING INDUSTRY HAWAII | MAY 2020
Kokua Roofing installed the roofs at Colony One condos in Pahala.
a general uneasiness among our employees. We are communicating with our employees, customers and vendors.” Kokua’s projects in 2019 included the Iolani dormitory for Kamehameha Schools. Lloyd notes that “limited access, tight schedule, crowded job site and classes in session” posed extra challenges. The scope of the project
involved demolition of the existing roof and installing a new tile roof. In 2019, Kokua also wrapped a multi-phased project at the KeauhouKona Surf & Racquet Club which features a custom terra-cotta color, CertainTeed shingle system. Other projects include the Colony One condos and the Poipu Crater condos.
The condos at Poipu Crater were among Kokua Roofing’s projects in 2019.
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DAVID’S CUSTOM ROOFING & PAINTING INC.
CEO/PRESIDENT: Davelyn Leong Martin | SPECIALTY: Low slope, fluid applied, single ply, modified bitumen, steep slope, metal, tile, shingle | HAWAII STATE LICENSE: BC-19703
avid’s Custom Roofing & Painting Inc., which celebrates its 40th birthday this year, claims the No. 9 ranking among Hawaii’s Top 10 Roofers after posting earnings of more than $5.2 million in 2019. The Pearl City-based roofer saw its revenue increase more than 8.3 percent over 2018’s $4.8 million. “2019 started off a little slow … but after the first quarter we saw our usual busy season pick up,” says Davelyn Leong Martin, president of the firm founded by her father, David Leong, in 1980. “This year has been much busier due to the storms we have had.” Martin says the “majority” of David’s jobs last year involved single-family residential homes. She adds that shingle steep slope and modified bitumen for low slope “were the most popular materials used. We saw a rise in metal roofing in steep slope applications.”
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David’s Custom Roofing installed multiple residential roofs in 2019.
low-hanging trees and tight driveways.” David’s was named for the seventh time in the roofing category in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s “Best of the Best” listings. Martin says the company is doing what it can to cope with the COVID19 crisis. “So far we remain lucky as the rain is still falling, so customers are still calling for estimates. … We are grateful and blessed to still have work for our team during this difficult time,” she says.
R&C ROOFING CONTRACTORS CEO/PRESIDENT: Chris Tamura | SPECIALTY: Low slope, fluid applied, single ply, modified bitumen, metal, tile, shingle | HAWAII STATE LICENSE: C-33642
She says that the “most challenging project we worked on was a residential project that included solar, roofers, carpenters, painters, sheetmetal and gutters. The access was tight, there were low-lying trees which made access even more difficult. On top of that, coordinating the many different scopes took delicate planning and strategizing. “It was a fun project, and came out great.” David’s, which reports doing 2 percent of its business in the public sector, started a commercial project for Waipahu Recycling near the end of 2019. Martin adds that the roofers had “a very large residential project in Makiki that required a tear-off of three layers of roofing materials, converting the roof with radiant-barrier plywood and new aluminum standing-seam. “This was difficult due to the hard access in reaching the roof due to many
or the third consecutive year, R&C Roofing Contractors ranks among Hawaii’s Top 10 Roofers with reported 2019 earnings of $3.6 million—a 50 percent increase over its 2018 revenue of $2.4 million. “2019 was a very good year for the roofing industry. The economy was moving along at a good pace, so quality roofing companies were busy,” says R&C President Chris Tamura. Key projects for the Honolulu-based company were roof repairs at Hilo Hospital and applying a silicone coating at The Esplanade, a resort-style condominium complex in Hawaii Kai. Tamura says the hospital job “was 34 | BUILDING INDUSTRY HAWAII | MAY 2020
R&C Roofing has begun work at Haiku Villa in Hawaii Kai.
the most challenging. The logistics of being a Neighbor Island project and being mindful not to disturb the patients and staff of the hospital was a challenge that our crew handled very well,” he says. R&C began work this year on
Haiku Villa. As part of its community services, the 13-year-old firm “donated labor and equipment to remove debris from Moiliili Community Center, a nonprofit community center servicing the elderly and children,” Tamura says.
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CEO/PRESIDENT: Clinton Murakami | SPECIALTY: Low slope, fluid applied, single ply, modified bitumen, steep slope, metal, tile, shingle | HAWAII STATE LICENSE: CT-33536 Murakami Roofing also landed its first federal project as prime contractor to repair a leaking roof for a building for the Department of Defense. “The work included installing a new section of tapered insulation underneath the current EDPM roof and then re-coating the entire repair area with GACO S2100,” Murakami says. Murakami Roofing’s notable public sector projects include the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Moanalua car wash, re-roofing the Waikiki Aquarium and re-roofing the Honouliuli administration building. The firm also completed more than 50 jobs last year, mainly in the residential sector with some commercial fluid-applied coatings. A historic residential house in Manoa Valley involving a conversion from Spanish tile to asphalt shingle posed extra challenges, Murakami says. “The house was located atop a hill with very difficult access for materials, trash and personnel,” he says. “Spanish tile is notoriously cumber-
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A residence in Laie was among Murakami Roofing’s projects in 2019.
some to tear off, and moving it 200 feet down a steep hill to the dump truck was also a large challenge.” The crew built a large chute using adjustable shoring jacks to slide the trash to the truck, he says. “There was no other option but to manually load the 28 squares of shingles by hand from the delivery truck to the roof for installation. After one and a half weeks, our crew was able to complete the project on time and within budget.”
urakami Roofing LLC, which was founded in 2004, reports revenue of $2.1 million in 2019. The Kaneohe-based roofer does 10 percent of its work in the public sector and Clinton Murakami, the company president, says it appears that “state projects where C-42 contracting opportunities have increased, with the JOC from DOE and a similar contract for the University of Hawaii. “With the slower winter season coming to an end,” he adds, “our residential markets are shaping up to become busier again with spring approaching.” He says that because of the COVID19 crisis that “2020 is shaping up to be a challenging year. We are unsure of how the residential market will react, if people will still be willing to let construction happen at their residences. “Luckily for roofing, our work is able to occur with the practice of social distancing for both our crew and customers.”
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CEO/PRESIDENT: Hina Schipa | SPECIALTY: Low slope, fluid applied, single ply, modified bitumen, steep slope, metal, tile, shingle | HAWAII STATE LICENSE: C-15237
uck Roofing Co. reports an increase in revenue to $1.8 million in 2019, topping the $1.5 million it posted in 2018. Looking ahead, Hina Schipa, Buck Roofing’s president and owner, says business in 2020 has become uncertain because of the coronavirus pandemic. “We are assessing the situation daily,” Shipa says. “It is a constant balance between keeping our employees healthy and safe and keeping the projects running. So far our projects are continuing as scheduled and our suppliers have
assured us that they are still up and running.” The company, which was founded in 1976, did 90 percent of its work in the public sector last year. Buck Roofing completed multiple jobs in 2019, including the new Wainani Estates, the HNL NDWP IIT Mauka Extension Gate 6, the Hilton Grand Vacations Waikoloa arrivals roof, Meheula Vista III and improvements at Kawailani Street. Already this year, the Honokaa-based roofer has worked on such projects as the Mohouli Senior Residence Phase III,
Buck Roofing worked on improvements to the Honokaa High School athletic facility.
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or holding off. Federal work is also being postponed,” Akasaki adds. “The quickness of recovery will depend on how long the crisis prevails—the drain on the retained earnings on the roofing contractors will take its toll: having to use retained earnings just to keep the door open.” He says a “vicious cyclical effect” could hit the construction industry when the crisis passes, “and pent-up demand starts to accelerate.” Along with Jimenez and Akasaki, other Top 10 Roofers and leading roofers also share insights on coping with COVID-19: Sandra GT (Tory) Ward, Tory’s Roofing & Waterproofing Inc.: “Understandably, many people are afraid and are overwhelmed by the Sandra GT (Tory) uncertainty of this Ward situation. In our 48 years of being in business, we have never seen anything quite like this, but we have been through some high and rough waters that tested our company, our leadership and our employees and we are confident that this too shall pass and we will bounce back. “I do believe that once the fear has subsided and people are allowed to go back to normal lives, we will see businesses and travel go back to normal, and hopefully tenfold.” Brennan Leong, Kapili Roofing & Painting: “Most roofing companies have several months in their project pipeline, which acts as a buffer of time before more severe economic impacts might be felt. We are hopeful for a quick rebound Brennan Leong following the COVID-19 crisis as, hopefully, panic settles, consumer sentiment is restored and economic productivity is kickstarted again. “We have faith in the economy, our governments, and the resiliency of the people of Hawaii and, more broadly, our country and world.” Shon Gregory, Surface Shield 36 | BUILDING INDUSTRY HAWAII | MAY 2020
Roofing Co.: “For now everything is still business as usual in the field. Unfortunately, we don’t know what tomorrow brings, but we are hopeShon Gregory ful we will continue to build, keeping Hawaii’s homes and businesses watertight.” Dan Jaeger, Honolulu Roofing Co. Inc.: “Being here in Hawaii, we are seeing the tourist industries being affected, which is a major part of our economy. I hope Dan Jaeger people will slow down and think a bit more rationally; yes, viruses are a big deal but we globally have been through this historically since the beginning of time.” Kevin Simpkins, Certified Construction Inc.: “In general, I don’t see a quick rebound of anything after this crisis. I think Kevin Simpkins the ramifications are going to be huge and devastating to many families that rely on income that is no longer coming in due to tourism, meals and entertainment businesses, etc. being non-existent for the next month or so.” Ron Lloyd, Kokua Roofing: “I believe it will turn around if the economy isn’t damaged beyond repair.” Ron Lloyd Davelyn Leong Martin, David’s Custom Roofing & Painting Inc.: “We are very unsure of what will happen if this turns out to be an extended period of unemployment for residents, as they may not want to spend their already Davelyn Leong depleted savings. Martin
“We are hoping for the best, but remain confident we should still have some work due to the fact that people need to ensure they are protecting their homes.” Chris Tamura, R&C Roofing Contractors: “2020 will be a challenging year for the roofing industry Chris Tamura and all other businesses due to the ‘pandemic’ we are experiencing. The economy will be experiencing recessionary times, so it will be challenging maintaining the level of business to keep all of our employees busy.” Clinton Murakami, Murakami Roofing LLC: “The COVID-19 virus has many uncertanties within the roofing industry, such as the willingness of clients that will allow construction to continue Clinton Murakami on their properties. Our main goal throughout this pandemic is to ensure worker safety, customer safety and well-being. We have instituted extra measures to ensure we adhere to the CDC guidelines to protect our employees and our customers. “I foresee a quick rebound to the industry once the crisis has passed, with help from the state to ensure publicly funded projects are available for contractors, while the residential side regains its footings with workers returning to jobs.” Hina Schipa, Buck Roofing Co.: “It’s hard to say right now since this Hina Schipa is such an unprecedented situation we are in. I expect that our economy will need some time to recover given that so many are being affected. “I’m hoping that with proper precautions, safety and open communication, we will continue to provide work during this hard time.”
METAL Roofing systems gain popularity due to being long-lasting and versatile and offering aesthetically appealing designs BY JACKIE M. YOUNG
HPM Building Supply pioneered metal roofing in Hawaii in 1963. It provides Custom Metal Roofing in a variety of options. PHOTO COURTESY HPM BUILDING SUPPLY
etal roofs continue to be a popular choice in Hawaii because, as one expert says, they “can withstand higher winds, are lighter in weight, can be quite a bit cooler and last much longer than traditional roofing materials.” Fred Rehm, president of Aluminum Shake Roofing Inc., also points out that “corrugated and other throughfastened roof systems have been used since before World War II.” HPM Building Supply pioneered
metal roofing in Hawaii in 1963, and has been manufacturing them for over 50 years. “Metal roofing is popular because it is a lightweight product that comes in a variety of colors and a large selection of profiles to meet everyone’s taste,” says Shane Makalii, roofing sales manager for HPM. “In addition to the commonly requested fasten-through and standing seam panels, metal roofing can also aesthetically simulate many other types of roofing,” Makalii adds. “There
Lahainaluna High School Cafeteria. Master Sheet Metal purchased metal roofing material and installed the roofing system along with associated sheet metal flashings in 2011. PHOTO COURTESY MASTER SHEET METAL
are several profiles that mimic asphalt shingles, cedar shakes, concrete and ceramic tile— making metal roofs versatile enough to fit any style or Shane Makalii building design.” Although the upfront cost of a metal roof can be nearly twice that of an asphalt shingle roof, it will be a better investment because it has a longer life span, according to Colin James, owner of Hawaii Metal Roofing Supply. “Regular asphalt shingle roofs need reroofing every 10 to 20 years—even the so-called ‘50-year shingles.’ A metal roof is virtually maintenancefree, meaning you’ll never reroof again,” James says. “Some metal roofs will save you money by reducing your cooling and air-condiColin James tioning bills. Some metal roofs even qualify as an Energy Star Partner Cool Roof.” Another advantage of metal roofs, www.tradepublishing.com/building-industry-hawaii | 37
Hawaii Metal Roofing Supply replaced a wind-damaged asphalt roof with an interlock aluminum slate roof on Sierra Drive in Honolulu in 2018. Aluminum slate and aluminum shake panels are two distinct profiles, depending on how the metal is stamped. PHOTO COURTESY HAWAII METAL ROOFING SUPPLY
says James Madrid, superintendent and estimator for Master Sheet Metal Inc., “is that metal roofing calculations can withstand hurricane-force winds, and that is always on customers’ minds—whether it be for commercial or residential James Madrid applications. “We wouldn’t see much metal roofing on residential homes before, but now we see a lot of metal roofing on high-end homes, especially copper roofs.” What’s the difference between a copper roof and one made of other metals? “The difference between a copper roof and a coated panel is the cost,” Madrid says. “The cost for a copper roof is significant, which is why it’s usually on the higher-end projects. “Copper is a precious metal, and the other metal has a coated resin system done by the manufacturers. Both carry their own respective warranties and qualities. “But here in Hawaii where we’re surrounded by saltwater, you’ll have less maintenance with a copper panel than with a coated panel,” Madrid. adds. “A copper roof will have a longer life span, and has a subtle patina and is aesthetically pleasing. An enamel-coated metal roof is durable, but won’t outlast a copper roof, thus the cost you’re paying for upfront is for longevity.” Makalii stresses that “metal and The Plaza at Moanalua. Master Sheet Metal purchased metal roofing material and installed the roofing system along with associated sheetmetal flashings in 2012. PHOTO COURTESY THE IMAGE GROUP LLC 38 | BUILDING INDUSTRY HAWAII | MAY 2020
paint finish technology keeps improving. There are newer paint finishes that are designed for a variety of climate conditions, which allow metal to be a roofing option in more areas. Depending on the panel style and the gauge of the metal, metal roofing can be extremely durable and customdesigned for a building’s structure. “Maintenance is also extremely user-friendly; there are maintenance instructions to help maximize the life of the roof.” Makalii says HPM’s Custom Metal Roofing (CMR) Shur-Lock Standing Seam panels are among the product lines that are most popular because of their hidden-fastener design and nonpenetration installation. “Anytime you penetrate your roof, there is a possibility of developing a leak. Eliminating the need to puncture the roof gives you extra assurance,” Makalii says. “Shur-Lock panels are a snap-lock system, meaning that panels snap together and do not require
Exposed interlocking shake aluminum panels showing attachment clips PHOTO COURTESY HAWAII METAL ROOFING SUPPLY.
mechanical seaming—resulting in quicker and easier installation. “Solar panels can also be easily installed on Shur-Lock roofing panels using rib-fastening clamps instead of penetrating screws.” Madrid agrees. “The standing seam panel system also has greater wind uplift characteristics than the exposed-fastener type,” he says. “You see mostly doubleseamed roofs on military installations, which is just about the highest windrated roof available, and the costliest.” Aluminum shakes also are popular, according to Rehm. “We have been installing Country Manor Shakes (CMS) for over 30 years. It is the only aluminum shake system that doesn’t require the use of concealed clips to fasten it down,” he says. “The CMS panel is installed over
a patented free-floating FoamGuard insert that deadens the sound of rain on the roof, keeps the roof system cooler and offers protection from damage by foot traffic. The finish coating utilizes an infrared reflecting pigment that keeps the panel from getting hot in Hawaii’s intense sun, and utilizes a Kynar 500 resin so that it will last indefinitely. It is even warranted by the manufacturer not to fade or chalk more than a very limited amount for decades. “The roof should never have to be replaced,” Rehm adds, “and will look new for your lifetime.” As for the most commonly asked question about metal roofs: Are they noisy—James says they are not louder than other types of roofs when it rains, and in fact, may be quieter. This is because they are installed over a solid wood deck, which absorbs the sound. “Inevitably, after they have a metal roof installed, everyone says they can’t notice any difference in the sound. Sound tests have been done on various roofing systems, and they show that, in fact, there is a negligible difference,” James says. Finally, if there is a need to replace
A mustang brown-color aluminum shake roof installed in Pacific Heights in 2019 by Aluminum Shake Roofing
an older fastener-type roof where there is deterioration at the seams and penetrations—mostly on commercial buildings—Madrid says there’s an advantage to already having a metal roof installed. “There is a less-invasive retrofit procedure, so there isn’t much inconvenience to the tenant while the construction is going on,” he says. “A new roof system can be laid over the old roof, with new sub-purlins attached to the existing purlin, which are calculated to withstand wind uplift.
“The new standing-seam roof, or whatever metal roof you choose, could be installed right over the existing roof. “You would finish it off with metal flashing and some gutters, and in the end, you would have an updated weatherproof roof, which will add value to your building, but most of all, to your peace of mind.” Choosing a metal roof in Hawaii, James says, really becomes an “investment-grade” choice and pays long-term dividends in time, money and value.
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Two Vital DOD Projects
Connie Lau, Chamber of Commerce Hawaii Military Affairs Council chair, says two major Department of Defense (DOD) construction projects vital to Hawaii and its economy are the Homeland Radar and the planned facility upgrades at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard.
A USACE technical survey team engineer, Ryan Nakamoto, uses a 360-degree camera to record images in an access tunnel during a site assessment of the Honolulu Convention Center. PHOTO COURTESY DINO BUCHANAN/ USACE HONOLULU DISTRICT
To combat the virus, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers may convert the 1.1 million-square-foot Hawaii Convention Center into an emergency medical facility. USACE may likewise convert Blaisdell Center and other large buildings if COVID-19 patients overwhelm Hawaii hospitals in the days ahead. USACE has requested capability statements from interested firms in Hawaii, Guam, the Commonwealth of the
Connie Lau • Proposed as Hawaii-based to defend against increasing ballistic-missile threats from North Korea • Estimated construction value is more than $1.2 billion • Will result in construction and technology job opportunities for the state
Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard Planned Facility Upgrades
• Estimated to bring in billions of dollars over the next decade “As one of four public Navy shipyards,” Lau says, “Pearl Harbor will benefit from Congress’ plan to spend $21 billion over the next 20 years to upgrade all four shipyards.”
Northern Marianas Islands, American Samoa and those capable of mobilizing to other areas within the Pacific. According to a recent USACE opportunity synopsis, selected construction firms “will be required to mobilize within two to three calendar days of contract award and be prepared for an aggressive completion of any project. Various buildings and facilities to potentially be retrofitted
include hotels and convention centers, stadiums or arenas.” The Corps, reports Wired, has already “created standard plans that allow contractors to convert any convention space, or hotel or dorm, into makeshift hospitals in a matter of days.” It took the Corps approximately two weeks to turn New York City’s 1.8 million-square-foot Jacob K. Javits Convention Center into a 2,500-bed
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USACE COVID-19 Retrofits
The “USACE Honolulu District Potential Retrofits of Pre-existing Buildings & Facilities for Increased Medical Capacity – COVID-19” states potential work to be completed in these projects include: • Medical Gas Storage • Removing any carpeting • Access Control Point • Installing vinyl flooring or epoxy • Revising HVAC ducting and HEPA • Medical waste disposal area filtering Other potential work to be • Adding Emergency Backup contemplated in the projects include, but is not limited to: Power and Uninterrupted Power • Providing pre-fabricated moduSupply lar shells with view window • Adding additional electrical • Plumbing and Fixtures outlets • Adding privacy curtains • Electrical lighting and outlets • Site Improvement Items as • HVAC package units needed • Negative air pressure scrubber • Water and power utility home runs • Perimeter fencing • Crawl spaces for utilities • Patient screening area • Exterior pharmacy • Generators
hospital. Chicago’s McCormick Place, a 2.6 million-square-foot convention center, will also likely be converted at a reported cost of $75 million. According to Fox News, New York is the test model for the Corps, which is coordinating with at least 21 engineer planning teams in states not
yet strongly affected by COVID-19. “We’re learning things every single day,” Lt. Gen. Todd Semonite, the Corps commanding general, told Fox News. “When the New York engineers learn how to do a different configuration, we’re then exporting that right away to my team in Washington,
D.C., and they’re pushing that out to California, Washington and Florida.” Additional critical support may arrive later this year with RIMPAC 2020. If COVID-19 doesn’t scuttle it, the world’s largest international maritime training exercise will bring more than 25 participating militaries to Hawaii waters. According to Chamber of Commerce Hawaii President and CEO Sherry MenorMcNamara, the Navy Supply Systems Command and the Sherry Menorstate’s Department McNamara of Business, Economic Development & Tourism estimate total spending related to RIMPAC 2014 topped $100 million. Similar figures were reported for 2018 and “we should expect RIMPAC 2020 will have the same level of economic scale,” MenorMcNamara says. The U.S. Armed Forces, Hawaii’s second-largest source of annual reve...continued on page 64
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A Proud Salute to Those Who Serve
In the diverse mix of projects we perform, there are those that become especially memorable. Not always because of the size, scope or contract value, but because of what they contribute, who they serve and how they make a difference. Although every project we take on is important to us and receives all of our attention and expertise, the work we do in Hawaii for the armed forces is especially meaningful to us. We are humbled by the confidence the military has in us and in our work and are proud to be a part of the important team that protects and sustains us.
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CONCEPT TO COMPLETION
“It wasn’t until the final walk-through after clean-up and contractors left the building did I stand in awe of the dramatic transformation.” —Julie Arigo
The pool at Halepuna Waikiki PHOTO COURTESY HALEPUNA WAIKIKI
A Waikiki Gem Hawaiian Dredging transforms contemporary upscale into modern luxury at Halepuna Waikiki BY PRISCILLA PÉREZ BILLIG
estled between the Sheraton and Imperial hotels stands the newly minted Halepuna Waikiki by Halekulani. One recent guest staying at the Halepuna, or “The House of Welcoming Waters,” called it a secret gem.
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CONCEPT TO COMPLETION Halekulani Corp. and the Mitsui Fudosan Co. Ltd., a global real estate company headquartered in Tokyo, transformed the 33-year-old Waikiki Parc into a luxurious extension of the Halekulani. Nathan Yoshimoto, project manager with general contractor Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. Inc., says the renovation includes a full re-make of the 284 rooms, including the conversion of four rooms into suites, a new lobby, fitness center, lounge, elevators, restaurant and bakery, reconfiguration of the eighth floor into a new pool, spa and recreational deck, new public and backof-house service areas, replacement of the HVAC, plumbing and fire protection systems and new exterior facade rendering the hotel unrecognizable as its former self and more like its elegant, sophisticated sister across the street, the Halekulani. Unfortunately, guests may have to wait awhile to enjoy these amenities as the Halekulani Corp. has tempo-
Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. works on the roof-top pool. PHOTO COURTESY HALEPUNA WAIKIKI
Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. builds an Olympic-size infinity lap pool. PHOTO COURTESY HALEPUNA WAIKIKI 46 | BUILDING INDUSTRY HAWAII | MAY 2020
“My team and I look forward to sharing the newly renovated Halepuna Waikiki with our loyal local community. We are sure you will be amazed at the changes to this long time kama‘aina favorite.” -Julie Arigo, General Manager
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CONCEPT TO COMPLETION rarily closed the Halekulani and Halepuna Waikiki due to the COVID19 pandemic. Yoshimoto says that an overriding challenge on the project, with hotels bordering either side of the jobsite, was equipment and general accessibility. He says these limitations presented by the site’s surroundings prevented the use of a tower crane and other support equipThe Halepuna cabanas PHOTO COURTESY HALEPUNA WAIKIKI
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ment that would have typically been employed for a job of this magnitude. “The construction of the new eighth-floor pool and recreation area was a feat in itself—especially with the sheer amount of concrete and reinforcing steel required for such a major structural change to an existing floor,”
Hawaiian Dredging’s in-house BIM department made full use of its 3D laser scanning capabilities Yoshimoto says. “Selective demolition of the existing floor and a total rebuild of new load-bearing walls and other major structural modifications were required to support the floor’s new pool and recreational deck.” Hawaiian Dredging’s in-house BIM department made full use of its 3D laser scanning capabilities, determining as-built conditions in the basement, kitchen areas, new eighth-floor pool deck and adjacent areas that were to undergo major structural renovations, according to Yoshimoto. “Through the use of the BIM 360 platform, the preconstruction team was able to effectively convey all of the information developed during the preconstruction and design phase to the field project team, eliminating many uncertainties during the construction,” he says. “The seamless transfer of information between
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Congratulations! We are grateful to Hawaiian Dredging for the continued opportunities, support & trust in our 41 years of progressive longevity in the construction industry. We are fortunate to be a part of the Halepuna project team, a prestigious, luxuriant & innovative job. Our gratitude extends to the men & women of Group Builders, Inc., our Ohana whose focus, effort & motivation bring us to successful completions with reliable capabilities & professional quality performance. Congratulations & let's all keep up the good work!
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CONCEPT TO COMPLETION
Front entrance of the Halepuna Waikiki PHOTO COURTESY HALEPUNA WAIKIKI
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preconstruction/design and field operations provided a level of efficiency that enabled the project’s on-time completion. “To provide the client and design team with visual updates, the field team utilized drone-generated photography and interior scans, allowing excellent real-time visualization of the project’s transformation.”
Into this luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Waikiki came its new general manager, Julie Arigo, a graduate of the University of Hawaii School of Travel Industry Management. She is quick to point out that, without question, major differences between the former property and Julie Arigo the Halepuna is in the design—elevated from contemporary upscale to modern luxury.
Arigo admits her favorite changes are the pool deck with its new Olympic-size infinity lap pool, hot tub, cabanas and pool bar. “I knew all along what the renovation plans were, was privy to seeing all the renderings, even walked through the hotel during the construction period,” Arigo says. “Yet it wasn’t until the final walk-through after clean-up and contractors left the building did I stand in awe of the dramatic transformation. It isn’t just a renovation; it is like a total rebuild.” The project turned out just as expected, Arigo says. “Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. worked with the Halepuna in a manner that did not allow for panic mode,” she says. “In fact, there were oftentimes last-minute changes and decisions made in the final stages that Hawaiian Dredging helped us to figure out and accommodated knowing how important it was for everything to come out the way we had envisioned.”
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Site of the former Kapalama Military Reservation PHOTO COURTESY KIEWIT CORPORATION
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Preparing the Site
Hawaii companies keeping construction projects on pace, from excavation to mapping utilities BY PRISCILLA PÉREZ BILLIG
t the start of any construction project, first comes the design—the idea put to paper—followed by reports, permits, bids, contracts and revisions. Once all legal criteria are met, the fun begins.
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Kelikai Inc. drills piles with their rig and 50-ton crane.
Graham Builders uses gravel to backfill against a curved retaining wall.
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Like any project, a strong foundation must bear the weight built above it. Work begins with land clearing, underground utility mapping (sometimes using a combination of radar and electromagnetic technologies), site excavation and earthwork. Kelikai Inc.’s project at 803 Waimanu involves augercast pile drilling into the ground with a hollow, continuous flight auger to a required depth or degree of resistance.
“Kelikai Inc. completed the deep foundation augercast piles for the under-construction 803 Waimanu project,” says Damien Enright, president of Kelikai Inc. “Workers installed over 100 acip piles Damien Enright ranging in diameter from 18 inches to 24 inches wide,
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and 30 feet to 50 feet in depth. Kelikai drilled the piles with their Bauer BG22 drill rig, and from their set the rebar cages with there 50-ton Linkbelt RT crane. Concrete was pumped through drill augers and into the ground using their Schwing SP1250 high-volume concrete pump. 803 Waimanu is a new construction affordable housing high-rise project in Kakaako, with Layton Construction as the general contractor.”
Nan workers install a 24-inch valve cluster. PHOTO COURTESY NAN INC.
Graham Builders uses Amazon Construction equipment to perform site preparation work. PHOTO COURTESY GRAHAM BUILDERS
On another current project, “Graham Builders will use the gravel to backfill against the curved retaining wall,” says President Evan Fujimoto. “Per our ESCP (Erosion and Sediment Control Plan) the material is stockpiled in the middle of the lot away from the street and is surrounded by the green bio-socks to prevent any rock powder/ silt from draining out and possibly exiting the lot and into the storm drain.”
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To build a 2.5 million-gallon reservoir took 81,000 CY of mass excavation. PHOTO COURTESY NAN INC.
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Gonzales says the Hawaii State Department of Education awarded Goodfellow Bros. Inc. (GBI) Maui Region the Kihei High School Phase 1 Infrastructure. The project occupies approximately 66 acres a half-mile north of GBI’s corporate and Maui Region offices in Kihei. GBI began work at the Kihei High site on July 23, 2018. The project had a contract value of $28.8 million and consisted of more than 311,000 CY of mass excavation, of which 178,000 CY is solid rock (basalt).
Goodfellow Bros. prepares the site of the future new Kihei High School. PHOTO COURTESY GOODFELLOW BROS. INC.
There were also 28,000 LF of utility trench and installation, including site drain, sewer, electrical, as well as domestic, fire and irrigation Zack Gonzales waterlines. Offsite improvements included traffic lane widening and horizontal directional drilling 1,000 feet of 24-inch casing beneath the Piilani Highway, the main roadway into South Maui.
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Spot the Robot Dog on patrol at a recent Swinerton project. Spot, made by Boston Dynamics, takes 360-degree progress photos and 3D scans. PHOTO COURTESY SWINERTON BUILDERS
Fetch! New construction tech has teeth and is user-friendly, too BY BRETT ALEXANDER-ESTES
ow quickly will you produce your next roofing estimate? Scope Technologies Inc. claims it produces roofing estimates in 48 hours with 95 percent accuracy or better. “Our clients have a competitive advantage by ordering our reports,” says Jerod Raisch, the firm’s founder and CEO. “They save time and money, allowing them to estimate more and win more business.” One big Scope time-saver is 58 | BUILDING INDUSTRY HAWAII | MAY 2020
RoofScopeX. Enter the address of your roofing project in the RoofScopeX website, and an aerial photo of the rooftop appears, along with prompts to enter more proj-
ect information. “RoofScopeX is our light report, giving the contractor the total squares of the structure with all pitches in under three hours,” Raisch says. “Our
RoofScope Report delivers the most accurate data in the industry, allowing the contractor to perform more detailed estimates, and gives them the data required to create material work orders. “We developed our internal software for creating our measurement reports, and also software as a service called ProDocs for our clients to create instant estimates based on their business rules and material work orders in less than a minute.” Scope is just one example of new
razor-sharp software that’s so easy to use you almost forget it’s tech. Like Scope, Swinerton Builders is also developing kinder and gentler software in-house. “Swinerton has developed several internal apps and solutions to help in areas such as preconstruction, virtual model development, trade coorJon Burke dination and labor productivity tracking,” says Jon Burke, Swinerton’s director of technology. “We’ve created plug-in apps within Revit to improve our coordination workflow, Dynamo solutions to automate repetitive Revit modeling tasks, Hunch to facilitate preconstruction estimates and productivity/material quantity tracking applications.”
“We will continue to employ technologies which improve our ability to build smarter.”
Scope also works to develop the human side of its software, Raisch says, and has “many contractors in Hawaii ordering our products every day. “Scope Technologies is here as an extension to your team,” Raisch says. In addition to online reports for other exterior restoration projects like painting and gutters, he says, Scope provides its clients with a dedi-
app leads the client through 16 steps to nail down more specific details such as the desired number of rooms, and even plumbing and fixtures. It then provides an estimate. Because Hunch is interactive, reports a Swinerton spokesperson in Construction Dive, it fosters a “relationship with the design firm, broker or client … and gives us a step ahead of what our competition may be able to bring to the table.”
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“RoofScopeX (gives) the contractor the total squares of the structure with all pitches in under three hours.” —Jerod Raisch
Swinerton’s Queen Emma renovation utilized 3D scanning provided by Spot the Robot Dog. PHOTO COURTESY AMY HISAOKA/SWINERTON BUILDERS
cated account manager. Other Scope Technologies offerings like ProDocs can be tailored to a client’s business objectives, he says, and Scope will provide unlimited training so a client can provide estimates and material purchase orders in under a minute. “Our RoofScope reports can be ordered via text and delivered in as little as three hours,” he says. One of Swinerton’s long-time team extensions is 3D laser. “We’ve been utilizing 3D laser scanners for almost a decade,” says Burke. “Utilizing our 3D scanner on renovation projects has significantly helped us identify existing conditions variances early enough that we can adjust the design prior to coordination or fabrication taking place, which reduces costly project delays,” he says. “We’ve implemented this on almost every renovation project in Hawaii over the past nine years. From Tiffany and Co. in Waikiki, to Turtle Bay’s renovation, to Kaanapali Beach Hotel on Maui, as well as the first project we implemented it on, the $180 million renovation project now called ANdAZ on Maui.” 60 | BUILDING INDUSTRY HAWAII | MAY 2020
Recently, scanning at Swinerton’s Queen Emma apartment renovation got a little frisky. Besides climbing stairs, rolling over and taking naps on
command, Spot the Robot Dog took 360-degree progress photos with six cameras and toted a 3D scanner, too. Spot, as Swinerton’s temporary adoptee, may be returning to his kennel at Boston Dynamics. But “we will continue to employ technologies which improve our ability to build smarter,” says Burke. “Most likely the technologies will be focused around improving our processes, self-perform work as well as improving our ability to track progress and collect data on progress and accuracy.”
Spot takes progress photos and 3D scans in real time and uploads the data into the builder platform. PHOTO COURTESY SWINERTON BUILDERS
The new Hale Kipa Youth Services Center on Old Fort Weaver Road PHOTO COURTESY HALE KIPA
Honolulu Builders’ Hale Kipa Opens
The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Hale Kipa Youth Services Center in West Oahu, a Honolulu Builders LLC project, opened in March. Honolulu Builders broke ground in late 2018 on the 8,432-square-foot service center and two 2,759-squarefoot emergency youth shelters, designed by Next Design LLC with Avalon Development as construction manager. West Oahu is home to nearly half of the youth served by Hale Kipa, a nonprofit youth services organization which has operated out of multiple locations since its founding in 1970. Hale Kipa’s new center, on 4.28 acres along Old Fort Weaver Road in Ewa, will serve as its headquarters and consolidate many programs and operations. “Opening in our 50th year, this center allows us to fully realize our mission of providing community-based support and services to those we are privileged to serve—Hawaii’s at-risk youth, young adults, and their families,” said Punky Pletan-Cross, CEO of Hale Kipa. “We share our most heartfelt gratitude with those who have helped position Hale Kipa for an even stronger 50 years to come.” Hale Kipa raised nearly $12 million to build the center, receiving support from individual donors, businesses, organizations and the state of Hawaii.
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Nan Lands 2 NAVFAC Jobs Worth $220M
Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific has awarded Nan Inc. two contracts totaling $220.8 million to build Bachelor Enlisted Quarters in Guam and at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The $103 million design-build contract with Caddell-Nan JV, awarded in March, calls for a sixstory BEQ at Marine Corps Base Guam. The April $117.8 million award to Nan Inc. calls for a fourstory, 102-unit BEQ at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe, as well as a seven-level parking facility and a self-storage building. The Guam contract comes on the heels of a $204 million NAVFAC Pacific award in February to Caddell-Nan JV to build two sixstory BEQ, also at Marine Corps Base Guam. Nan Inc., again in partnership with Alabama-based Caddell Construction, is also wrapping up an $83 million MCBH medical/dental facility. “This (April) contract award will provide steady work for dozens of local tradesmen and women during this time of economic uncertainty due to COVID-19,” says Nan Inc. President Fooney Freestone, referencing the firm’s latest MCBH award. “We are pleased that in awarding Nan Inc. this new contract, NAVFAC continues to recognize our long-standing tradition of excellence in construction.” The four-story BEQ and other facilities at MCBH are expected to take about two-and-a-half years to complete.
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NAREIT Gives $50K for COVID-19 Center
Nareit Hawaii has donated $50,000 to the Hawaii Resilience Fund to help open a COVID-19 care center for Oahu’s chronically homeless population. Nareit Hawaii’s grant, which supports a public-private partnership between the City and County of Honolulu, the Hawaii Community Foundation, the MacNaughton Foundation and other supporters, allows the Hawaii Homeless Healthcare Hui to establish and operate a COVID19 Medical Triage and Quarantine Center at 524 Ka‘aahi St. in Honolulu. “We are honored to provide this grant in support of a wellness-inspired initiative that is bringing much-needed medical care to the homeless and keeping the
coronavirus from spreading further within our commuGladys Quinto nity,” says Gladys Marrone Quinto Marrone, Nareit Hawaii executive director. The COVID-19 Medical Triage and Quarantine Center will provide housing, food and hygiene facilities for up to 26 individuals at a time who are experiencing symptoms, awaiting results or who test positive for the disease. The facility will also provide 24/7 urgent care services to individuals on a walk-in basis, regardless of their insurance status. Nareit Hawaii represents the interests of real estate investment trusts (REITs) in Hawaii.
Navy Solicits P3s for 70-acre Reimagining
The U.S. Department of the Navy in March held a developers’ conference webinar to gauge interest in a proposed P3 reimagining of approximately 70 acres adjacent to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH). Currently in its initial stage, the P3 proposal is the first development opportunity from the Navy’s newly established Acquisition Modernization Office (AMO), which falls under NAVFAC’s command structure. AMO issued a Request for Information (RFI) for the proposal on Feb. 24. The Salt Lake area under consideration features mountain-to-ocean views in both the 57-acre Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) parcel and the 13-acre Little Makalapa parcel. The proposed mixed-use development is located near the planned Makalapa rail station on Kamehameha Highway, which will service the Makalapa gate entrance to JBPHH. “The Navy recognizes the tremendous win-win opportunity we have here on Oahu to create value and to address transportation challenges for
both the public and private sectors through a development that will draw new residents, businesses and visitors, and become a community asset for the City and County of Honolulu and for Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam,” said Capt. Marc Delao, commanding officer, NAVFAC Hawaii. The project, Delao noted, is provided under the U.S. Code lease authority, which encourages developers to maximize the property’s market value. Sixty-four participants, representing multiple companies, joined the conference virtually, and 14 people attended the March 18 event in-person at the NAVFAC Hawaii command while adhering to social distancing and other COVID-19 protocols set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. AMO expects to release a Request for Proposals (RFP) later this year. RFI responses were due on April 10. To view the RFI and the conference webinar, go to the U.S. government’s System for Award Management (SAM) website at beta.sam.gov/opp/9c7aed06 ee8042838e4d9cd6fe863092/view.
Work on Major U.S. Projects Continues During Outbreak
Major projects in some cities and states continue even as confusion over whether or not construction is considered “essential” grows, according to reports. Some states, like Washington, and cities, such as Boston, have banned construction during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is a brief look at a few major U.S. projects where general contractors are continuing to work: · SoFi Stadium: The Turner- and AECOM Hunt-managed $4.9 billion future home of the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers has continued construction, despite a confirmed coronavirus case of an ironworker at the site and stay-athome orders from the state, according to constructiondive.com. The stadium, which is one of the most expensive NFL projects ever, was slated to hold home games for the franchises beginning this fall and host the Super Bowl in 2022. · Penn Medicine Pavilion: Construction continues on the University of Pennsylvania Health System’s $1.5 billion, 17-story, 1.5-million-square-foot hospital on the campus of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). The Pavilion, which will add about 120 beds, was initially expected to open in mid-April, 15 months ahead of schedule. Although Pennsylvania shut down all construction projects, the Pavilion, along with other healthcare projects,
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Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas
got approval from the state and the Philadelphia Building and Construction Trades Council to continue construction to increase capacity for dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. · Allegiant Stadium: The $1.9 billion facility, set to be the host to the Las Vegas Raiders, continued construction after a worker tested positive for COVID-19. General contractors Mortenson and McCarthy have said that the worker was in self-quarantine for two weeks, and the area where he worked was shut down and sanitized. · Kansas City International Airport: The $1.5 billion expansion and modernization of the airport terminal is being completed by Marylandbased Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate LLC. · Virgin Trains Orlando-to-WestPalm: Construction on the $4 billion
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train is continuing, with added precautions including disinfecting surfaces, increasing hand washing and social distancing, according to the Orlando Business Journal. Earlier this month, Disney World stopped all construction in Orlando. · Amazon HQ2 Campus: Clark Construction is reportedly continuing construction in Pentagon City, Va., the Washington Business Journal reported. Amazon’s HQ2 will have 67,000 square feet of retail when it opens in 2023. Public meetings concerning the $1 billion project have been postponed.
ARIZONA $1.2B Border Wall Contract Awarded
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued Southwest Valley Constructors, which is affiliated with Kiewit Infrastructure, a contract modification worth $524 million in late March for design-build services on a barrier wall replacement project in Tucson at the border between the U.S. and Mexico. The change brings Southwest’s contract amount for the project to almost $1.2 billion when combined with the May 2019 initial contract’s award of $646 million for the same project. The work awarded in May was scheduled for completion in January 2020, while the work under this latest modification is expected to wrap by Sept. 7, 2021. www.tradepublishing.com/building-industry-hawaii | 63
Pelka Joins CRW Kevin Pelka has joined Commercial Roofing & Waterproofing Hawaii Inc. as a project managing estimator. At CRW, Pelka is responsible for working with AOAO and commercial clients as well as consultants and general contractors. In addition to estimating projects, he will be providing management oversight for all phases of the construction projects as well as client relations. Previously, he was at ICC Hawaii
Industrial Structures. He also has worked at REC Solar and Decra Roofing.
B+K Adds Two
Bowers + Kubota (B+K), a Hawaii architectural and engineering firm specializing in architecture, construction and program management and project development, has added two new staff members.
Kellie Caswell joins as project engineer on the firm’s Honouliuli Wastewater project. Lisa McDonald joins as administrative assistant on the firm’s various DKI International Airport projects.
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nue, have “always been appreciated as a time-honored and trusted partner in the construction industry, by providing numerous jobs and supporting the welfare of our families, along with helping to sustain Hawaii’s economic health,” says Ryan Nakaima, Nan Inc. vice president. Hawaii military projects, says Ryan Nakaima Rob Meyer, Hensel Phelps project manager, “provide tremendous opportunities … for many industries and many organizations throughout the community. The majority, if not all, of the projects delivered by the Department of Defense require a Rob Meyer generous amount of small business participation and involvement as part of the projects’ contract requirements.” Of particular value, says Rick Heltzel, Healy Tibbitts Builders Inc. president, are “small-business MACCs, active at Rick Heltzel any given time.” Military projects also introduce new construction methods and materials, Heltzel says, and establish new guide64 | BUILDING INDUSTRY HAWAII | MAY 2020
A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) technical survey team listens to U.S. Public Health Service Capt. Erik Vincent, strategic planning liaison for U.S. INDO-PACOM, discuss potential roadway access to the Hawaii Convention Center during a site assessment for the conversion of the center into an alternate care facility. PHOTO COURTESY DINO BUCHANAN/USACE HONOLULU DISTRICT
lines for the U.S. construction industry. A recent NAVFAC project—Healy Tibbitts’ underwater pipeline that links Ford Island and Pearl City Peninsula— received the Associated General Contractors of America’s 2020 Build America Award. All this, says Nakaima, is part of the U.S. Armed Forces’ greater mission— “safeguarding our freedom … (and) standing ready to spearhead disaster relief efforts and humanitarian aid.” Hawaii now finds itself “in the biggest challenge many of us have faced in our lifetime—the fight against COVID-19,” says Connie Lau, Chamber of Commerce Hawaii Military Affairs Council chair. “It is heartening to see civilian and military
leaders working together, with offers of support coming from Tripler Army Medical Center and Department of Defense medical personnel. “Looking forward to the day when we can bend the (infection) curve and contain this virus, both our congressional delegations and the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command continue to advocate to increase resourcing for the military units here in Hawaii—and that includes military construction projects. This means additional monies and construction jobs for our community, which could not come at a more opportune time. “We will get through this together, and be stronger and united through it all,” Lau says. “We are one ohana together in the middle of the Pacific.”
Fast and Furious
The DeWalt 60-volt MAX cordless circular saw (model DCS575T2), is available at Home Depot. Like all worm-drive saws, the left-side blade position makes it easy to see the cutting line. The 60-volt battery coupled with DeWalt’s thin-kerf blade (specifically designed for cordless saws) creates a saw that is fast and powerful. It can churn through materials up to 2 ½-inch thick and cut bevels up to 53 degrees. The safety button is easy to access. The DeWalt 60-volt MAX circular saw includes the world’s first battery that automatically changes voltage when tools are changed; includes a 7 1/4-inch full-size blade for corded capacity; an electronic brake stops the blade after trigger is released. www.dewalt.com
Delta’s 18-inch laser drill press, 18-900L, offers a laser crosshair that enables pinpoint accuracy, while its auto-tensioning beltdrive system allows for easy adjustments while drilling. Available at Home Depot, 18-900L operates at 16 different speeds for drilling through wood, plastic or metal with an angle up to 90 degrees, left or right. Its auto-tensioning belt drive system allows for fast and easy speed changes while maximizing transmission efficiency. Included is a full 6-inch quill stroke for deeper drilling applications and best-in-class capacity. Micro-adjustable depth stops and independent depth scale allows the user to zero the scale and set up for repetitive drilling quickly and easily. A fully adjustable Twinlaser projects a bright red crosshair on the work piece at the point of bit contact. www.deltamachinery.com
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The FLIR E6 thermal imaging camera detects temperature variations, allowing one to spot drafty windows, insufficient attic insulation, electrical hazards and leaky pipes. Crisp resolution 80x60 (4,800 pixels) measurement modes include center spot, area box, auto hot or auto cold spots. The camera captures and stores thermal, visual and MSX images with each pull of the trigger. Radiometric JPEG retain all temperature data within the thermal images. MSX adds key details from the onboard digital light camera to the IR image, adding detail and clarity. “Picture in picture” overlays a fixed section of a thermal image onto a digital photo to clarify problem locations and enhance documentation. A focus-free lens and simple button navigation to on-screen settings makes this camera easy to operate. www.flir.com/products/e6
The Briggs and Stratton Q6500 generator runs on a solid 306cc Briggs engine that has 6500k starting watts, 5,000k running watts and a 5-gallon tank that provides up to 14 hours of run time. The Q6500 has 8-inch wheels to handle rugged terrain. The control panel has four 120v, 20 amp (GFCI) power sockets, a single 120v/240v twist-lock power outlet, and two USB ports to keep smaller electronics charged. The main panel has LED indicator lights that indicate how much power is being drawn (50 percent-75 percent-100 percent). There is also a LED indicator light for low oil, and for night running there are LED lights that illuminate the control panel. www.briggsandstratton.com
The versatile Dremel 4300 rotary tool, available at Lowe’s, Home Depot and Walmart, boasts the most powerful variable-speed 1.8 amp motor in its product line. It’s also the first Dremel rotary tool with a three-jaw chuck, enabling accessories changes without a wrench. This tool has a 360-degree grip, improved airflow design and a removable pivot light to illuminate the work at hand. Ideal for cutting, sanding, grinding, drilling, carving and more. Includes 40 accessories, five attachments and a case. www.dremel.com/en_US/
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Leading Through Perilous Times
ithout notice, the economic climate change has radically hit the construction industry. The industry has moved from a beautiful summer day with the longest economic recovery in the history of the United States, to overnight becoming a frigid winter blizzard. During the Great Recession of 2008, small construction firms failed at a much higher rate than non-constructionrelated companies. According to the Harvard University Protect Yourself, Family and Employees: It is significant to note, the rapid response from many industry sectors providing accurate resources, webinars and websites to help understand and implement COVID-19 Best Practices. Adopt them and consistently monitor compliance. Decide Do, Then Don’t: If you have not already, now is the time to decide your response and create a going-forward plan. “Do” it. There are many options. Make a decision and live with it. Then “Don’t” change your mind or secondguess your decision. Be an Inspirational Leader: In the bestselling book, “The Leadership Challenge” by Kouzes & Posner, based on years of research and online surveys they established the five traits of a leader. Be inspirational by: • Modeling the way. • Inspiring a shared vision. • Challenging the process. • Enabling others to act. • Encouraging the heart. Be Positive: Don’t be negative and say, “There’s no work.” Get your team on board with the new action plan. The world is changing very quickly; always keep staff and customers informed of your positions and responses. Live your Core Values: Core values are the enduring beliefs shared by the members of the company. They can be described as the “soul” of the organization and should guide all decision making. 66 | BUILDING INDUSTRY HAWAII | MAY 2020
Joint Center for Housing Studies, just over 50 percent of residential builders failed, while profit for the survivors was practically nonexistent. For many contractors, it is now a race against bankruptcy. Don’t live in denial. Hope is not a strategy. Decisive action followed by strict discipline will be required to endure these perilous times. Decide today to accept the “new normal.” To survive this economic storm, here are 10 actions to help you as a leader and return your business to profitability.
Monitor Cash Flow: Some say the three rules of business are cash, cash and cash. Preserve cash, prepare a monthly cash-flow look-ahead and seek to be paid for invoices over 45 days—talk to suppliers to determine any leniency for payment and reduce fixed costs to a minimum. Now is the time to sell seldom-used assets. Don’t forget to update your banker to discuss your line of credit and any outstanding loans. Financial Analysis and Tune-up: If applicable, review business interruption insurance coverage with your insurance agent to determine if a claim can be submitted. Become a financial forecaster by creating a revised budget with the worst outcome through Dec. 31. Operate from the Dec. 31 worstcase budget and determine if there is sufficient cash. If not, figure out an action plan. Work on Creating and Developing What You Do Best: Perhaps you have traditionally performed tenant improvement work. It will be a long while before this work returns and now is the time to bifurcate. Develop more than one type of revenue/job type/customer base/service. Nonstop Marketing: If you obtained work easily in the old economy, it is time to sharpen your marketing and consider establishing new lines of work. Contact long standing customers and ask if there is anything you can do to help them.
Take Time to Work On, Not in, Your Business: To succeed, you will need to spend time weekly on your action plan instead of conducting business as usual. Consider improving the following: • Update the strategic plan. • Offer alternative work opportunities versus layoffs. • Train and implement company improvement programs. • Improve systems and procedures. • Review job costs versus estimates and update the cost library. • Create or update job descriptions, organization chart and key performing indicators. • Network by spending time each day with customers, subcontractors, vendors and any other business associates to let them know you are thinking of them. The “old normal” that we knew is gone. This virus is reshaping the way business is conducted such that one must adjust to the “new normal.” This requires leadership and a successful strategy as well as flexibility to refine your business. Expect plenty of financial challenges, and lots of insomnia. For those who do implement these action steps, there will be light at the end of the tunnel once the economy rebounds. Garrett Sullivan is president of Sullivan & Associates Inc., a management coach who helps contractors clarify, simplify and achieve their goals and vision. Contact him at GSullivan@SullivanHi. com or 478-2564.
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