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May Delivers Strongest Surge of ’13 The construction industry’s rollercoaster ride of 2013 gained steam in May with $97,583,981 in contracts awarded—making it the most lucrative month this year. May’s contracts topped the previous month’s awards by more than $36 million, and raised the total for the year to $387,734,587. The second-best month was March, with more than $94.8 million in contracts awarded. Among the 43 contracts awarded in May, the largest went to S & M Sakamoto, Inc. for $26,951,000 in improvements at Hale Kula Elementary School at Schofield Barracks. The largest agency awards were by the Department of Budget and Fiscal Services for the City and County of Honolulu at more than $37.8 million and state Department of Education at more than $30.3 million.





$94,858,546 $87,448,825 80,000,000



$46,448,388 40,000,000






(Awards are rounded up to the nearest dollars)

Oahu S & M Sakamoto, Inc. .................26,951,000 Hale Kula Elementary School - Campus Improvements, Schofield Barracks

Soderholm Sales & Leasing, Inc. ....10,700,019 Furnish and Deliver Paratransit Vehicles for the Dept. of Transportation Services, Oahu Transit Services, City & County of Honolulu

Grace Pacific Corp. ........................ 9,999,935 Rehabilitation of Localized Streets - Phase 11b

Grace Pacific Corp. ........................ 8,814,135 Vineyard Boulevard Resurfacing - Vicinity of Palama Street to End of H-1 On-and-Off Ramp

Road Builders Corp......................... 7,667,667

JCVC Inc. dba Ching Construction... 2,682,640

Rehabilitation of Streets - Unit 66 (Oahu Avenue, Kapahulu Avenue, Atkinson Drive)

Liliuokalani Elementary School - Relocation of Various Department of Education Programs, Building D (Data Center),

International Road Dynamics Corp... 5,496,860

Constructors Hawaii, Inc. .............. 1,769,000

Continuous Traffic Monitoring Data Collection Goods and Services Statewide

Blaisdell Center Arena - Improvements to Dressing Rooms

Delta Construction Corp................. 3,723,351 Kapolei Parkway Urban Core 4a

Hart Street Wastewater Pump Station Old Force Main Improvements

Okada Trucking Co., Ltd. ............... 3,217,600

Jack Endo Electric, Inc. .................... 850,788

Woodlawn Drive: 8-inch Water Mains

Traffic Improvements at Various Locations - Waiakamilo Road and Dillingham Boulevard Intersection


1) S & M Sakamoto, Inc. ..................................................... $26,951,000 2) Grace Pacific Corporation..............................................................18,814,070 3) Soderholm Sales & Leasing, Inc. ....................................... 10,700,019 4) Road Builders Corporation..............................................................7,982,092 5) International Road Dynamics Corp. ..................................... 5,496,860 6) Delta Construction Corporation...................................................3,723,351 7) Okada Trucking Co., Ltd. .................................................... 3,217,600 8) Coastal Construction Company, Inc. .................................. 2,954,863 9) JCVC Inc. dba Ching Construction................................................2,682,640 10) Constructors Hawaii, Inc. .................................................... 2,572,000 Information is summarized from the Contracts Awarded section of BIDService Weekly compiled by research editor Alfonso R. Rivera. 6 | BUILDING INDUSTRY | JULY 2013

Oceanic Companies, Inc. ............... 1,061,142

Economy Plumbing & Air Conditioning............................. 814,760 Medical Examiner Facility - Air Conditioning and Lighting Improvements

Ralph S. Inouye Co., Ltd. .................. 756,100 Repair/Waterproof Fascias Campus Wide - Leeward Community College

Ralph S. Inouye Co., Ltd. .................. 690,200 Vineyard Garage (Lot V) - New Photovoltaic System

Hi-Tech Rockfall Construction, Inc. ... 589,380 Rock Slide Potential Inspection and Mitigative Improvements in the Vicinity of 2485 Pacific Heights Road

Robert M. Kaya Builders, Inc. ........... 540,000 Kekuanaoa Building - Upgrade Elevator

MJ Construction Co. ......................... 505,500 Waipahu Clubhouse - Reroof and Other Improvements

HSI Mechanical, Inc. ........................ 467,770 Keelikolani Building - Replace AC Chiller No. 3

A’s Mechanical & Builders, Inc. ........ 388,000 Melcher Building - Air Conditioning System Replacement

Road Builders Corporation................. 314,425 FY13 One-Year Maintenance Contract for Pavement Markers at Horizon Lines Container Yard Area - Honolulu Harbor

Kongstruction, LLC............................ 310,080 Interment Operations at the Hawaii Veterans Cemetery Department of Defense, Office of Veterans Services

Kaikor Construction Associates, Inc. ............................... 290,000 Seismic Retrofit of City Bridge - Kikowaena Street Bridge, Bridge No. 102

Ideal Construction, Inc. .................... 228,877 Barbers Pt. 215’ Reservoir Access Road Drainage Improvements

Henry’s Equipment Rental & Sales, Inc. ..................................... 193,162 Aina Haina Elementary School - Various Projects (Parking Lot)

The Hawaii National Landscape, Inc. ................................ 188,400 Maintenance of Landscaped Areas, H-1 Freeway - Salt Lake Boulevard to Puuloa Road

The Hawaii National Landscape, Inc. ................................ 168,000 Maintenance of Landscaped Areas - H-1 Freeway, Waikele Stream Bridge to Palailai Interchange

Henry’s Equipment Rental & Sales, Inc. ....................................... 95,605

Constructors Hawaii, Inc. ................. 803,000

Momilani Elementary School - Regrade Field C

Repair/Replace Ceiling/Upgrade Electrical and Termite Damage, Buildings 3380 & 3381 - Hawaii Community College

Commercial Sheetmetal Co., Inc. ....... 73,910

Island Signal & Sound, Inc. ............... 162,000

Repair Gutters at Pier 19 Shed - Honolulu Harbor

United Pacific Builders, LLC................. 21,939 Castle High School - Building S Reroof Phase 2

Maintenance of Public Address and Flight Information Systems – Hilo International Airport

Network Power Solutions, Inc. .......... 138,700 Keaau Middle School - Rttt, Zsi, Various R & M Electrical Work


Stan’s Contracting, Inc. ...................... 93,700

Maui Master Builders, Inc. ............ 2,473,168

Honokaa High & Intermediate School, Building L - Repair Columns and Rafters, Hamakua

Kuihelani and Honoapiilani Highway Pavement Preventive Maintenance - Puunene Avenue to Honoapiilani Highway and Kuihelani Highway to Kapoli Street, Wailuku

Unitek Insulation, Inc. ........................ 53,887

Brian’s Contracting, Inc. ................... 227,000

Edward Hirayama Electric, Inc. ........... 45,300

Kalaupapa Settlement Store and Administration Buildings Reroof

Dem/Dit Office Asbestos Abatement, South Hilo Aupuni Center Entrance Door Actuators, South Hilo

Society Contracting, LLC................... 205,128 Kilohana Elementary School, Building H - Replace Gutters and Repair Siding, Molokai

Kauai Smalt & Company, Inc. ..................... 452,000 Maintenance of Landscaped Areas - Kapule Highway and Ahukini Road, Lihue

Hawaii Coastal Construction Company, Inc. ................................ 2,954,863 Kamakoa Nui Community Production Homes - Phase 1, 2 & 3, South Kohala

Cushnie Construction Company, Inc. ................................... 404,990 Kuhio Highway Safety Improvements - Hanalei Bridge to Waikoko Bridge, Hanalei


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Oahu Kiewit Building Group (Mainland)... 28,700,000

Surface Shield Roofing Co................... 63,742

G.W. Construction.......................... 2,716,443

HNL Interim Car Rental Facility at Honolulu International Airport

Castle High School, Bldg. J - Reroof and Carpentry Repairs

Goodfellow Bros., Inc....................15,656,400

Leeward Roofing & Gen. Contr. Co. .......49,696

Kumau Street Entrance Improvements at Pier 4 Inter-Island Cargo Terminal - Hilo Harbor

Interstate Route H-1 Airport Viaduct Repair - Vicinity of Valkenburgh Street to Middle Street

Palolo Elementary- Building F, Reroof

Allan Shintani, Inc.......................... 5,986,000

Kaneohe Elementary- Building B Reroof

Radio Communications Facilities Upgrade, Phase 03B Puu Manawahua Site (RFCU 03b) - Building Renovation & Tower Replacement

Acme Mechanical, LLC........................ 37,362

Oahu Roofing & Waterproofing, Inc. .... 49,475

Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co................................. 378,700 Substructure and Sewerline Repairs at Piers 1-2 - Hilo Harbor

Isemoto Contracting Co., Ltd. ........... 238,992 A. J. Watt Gym New Playground

Allied Pacific Builders, Inc................. 877,810

King Intermediate- Various Buildings, Replace Roof Drains and Downspouts

Leeward Health Center - Repair Spalling

Haas Insulation, Inc. ........................... 32,915

A’s Mechanical & Builders, Inc.......... 762,500

Radford High - Building Q, Gym, Replace Acoustical Ceiling Tile

Kalanimoku Bldg. - Replace A/C Chilled Water Piping Insulation

Kaikor Construction Associates, Inc. ..... 30,682

Integrated Construction, Inc.............. 656,500

Bachman Hall, Flagpole Replacement – UH Manoa

Anvil, Inc. ........................................... 85,000

Substructure & Waterline Repairs At Piers 8-10 - Honolulu Harbor

Commercial Roofing & Waterproofing HI, Inc. ..................... 26,260

Pahoa High and Intermediate School - Bldg. F Reroof

Site Engineering.................................. 64,400

Vineyard Garage (Lot V) - New Photovoltaic System

Castle High- Various Bldgs, Replace Gutters and Downspouts

Waiakea High School - Campus Upgrade Water Service

C C Engineering & Construction, Inc. ..454,000

Commercial Roofing & Waterproofing HI, Inc. .................

Ludwig Construction, Inc. ................... 49,195

Photonworks Engineering, LLP........... 596,886

Aliiaimoku Hale Emergency Generator

Sea Engineering, Inc. ........................ 431,172 Electrical and Structural Repairs at Pier 37 - Honolulu Harbor

Okada Trucking Co., Ltd.................... 361,260 Reconstruction of Basketball Courts at Hokuahiahi Neighborhood Park

Integrated Construction, Inc. ............ 336,700 Substructure and Hatch Repairs at Pier 23 - Honolulu Harbor

Allied Pacific Builders, Inc................. 334,980 Barbers Point Elementary School, Buildings C, E, G, H & I Hardening of Hurricane Shelters

Ke Nui Construction, LLC .................. 333,600 Bus Stop ADA Accessibility Improvements - Phase VI (Kalihi-Mililani)

Brett Hill Construction, Inc. .............. 328,389 Various Buildings, Classroom Improvements - University of Hawaii at Manoa

Allied Machinery Corp........................ 277,382 Furnishing and Delivering of an Airfield Vacuum Sweeper at Honolulu International Airport

Ideal Construction, Inc. .................... 228,877 Barbers Pt. 215’ Reservoir Access Road & Drainage Improvements

Hi-Pac Construction........................... 199,123 Mililani Waena Elementary School - Campus Structural Corrections

Hawaii Industrial Services, Ltd. ......... 180,520 Pedestrian Walkway and Roadway Median Cleaning at HNL

Ted’s Wiring Service, Ltd. ................. 168,453 Kuhio Elementary School - Upgrade Fire Alarm Systems

Ke Nui Construction, LLC................... 166,060 Expansion Joint Repairs at Pier 39 - Honolulu Harbor

Circuit Builders, Inc. ......................... 139,800 Washington Middle School - Cafeteria & Building B, Electrical Upgrade

Oahu Roofing & Waterproofing, Inc. .....128,608 Farrington High- Building O, Reroof

Hawaii Industrial Services, Ltd. ......... 125,150 Pavement and Hardstand Cleaning at HNL

Richards Construction, Inc. ................ 89,450 Makiki Baseyard Forestry Hale

C C Engineering & Construction, Inc. ..... 70,080 Aiea High School Pt016 - Renovate Portable Restroom

Continental Mechanical of the Pacific.......66,453 Radford High School Pt030 - Renovate Portable Restroom


Kalihi Elem.- Various Buildings, Replace Gutters and Downspouts

Leeward Roofing & Gen. Contr. Co. ..... 15,000

Yamada Paint Contracting................. 136,881 Keauakaha Elementary School - Building G Reroof

Yamada & Sons, Inc. .......................... 87,404 Saddle Road Repair (Mp 9.4), South Hilo

Kapiolani Elementary School - Resurface Parking Lot

J. Onaga Contracting........................... 39,860

Aiea High School, Pt-1 - Replace Metal Roof

De Silva Elementary School - Repair Gate, Install Chain Link Fence, Replace Backstop

Alakai Mechanical Corp. ..................... 14,980

Artistic Builders................................... 38,500

Various Oahu Schools - Various Plumbing Jobs

Reasonable Accommodation Request at Kaimalino Unit 3a , Kailua-Kona

CO-HA Builders Inc. dba Applied Surfacing Technology......... 6,640 Moanalua High School, Bldg. O - Replace Gym Curtains

CO-HA Builders Inc. dba Applied Surfacing Technology......... 3,742 Aiea High School, Bldg. T - Replace Gym Curtains

Alakai Mechanical Corp. ....................... 1,600 Waialua High School - Waterline for New Water Jet Machine

Maui Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co...........................21,770,000 Kahului Airport Access Rd., Phase 1 - Vicinity of Kahului, Wailuku

F & H Construction......................... 6,136,000 Maui Police Dept. Communications Facility, Waiakeakua, Lanai

Alliance Inc., LLC............................... 722,737 Maui County Bus Stops - Phase 2

Site Engineering, Inc. ......................... 38,400 Mt. View Elementary School - Bldg. B, Install Railings, and Bldg. J, Repair Skylight

William Loeffler Construction, Inc. ...... 28,300 University Heights Park Accessibility Improvements

Central Construction, Inc. ................... 24,033 Waiakea Elementary School, Area 01 - Replace Fence

Stan’s Contracting, Inc. ...................... 17,400 Haaheo Elementary School, Room A-4 - Install Partition Wall

Kauai Grace Pacific Corp.......................... 3,754,000 Waimea Canyon Drive/Kokee Road Resurfacing - Mile Post 6.0 to Mile Post 8.5

Grace Pacific Corp.......................... 1,294,175

West Maui Construction.................... 403,780

Ahukini Road Resurfacing - Kuhio Highway to Kapule Highway, Lihue

Repair Sidewalks, Campus Wide – UH Maui College, Kahului

Kauai Builders, Ltd. .......................... 885,244

Brian’s Contracting, Inc. ................... 371,000 Lanai Airport Passenger Terminal Roof Replacement, Lana

BCP Construction of Hawaii, Inc. ...... 325,550 Structural Repairs at Kaunakakai Harbor, Molokai

Brian’s Contracting, Inc. ................... 227,000 Kalaupapa Settlement Store and Administration Buildings Reroof

Maui Kupuno Builders, LLC................ 151,499 Pavement Repairs At Pier 1C - Kahului Harbor

Arisumi Brothers, Inc. ......................... 98,500 Haiku Elem. School - Building B, Replace Dining Room Ceiling

Oahu Roofing & Waterproofing, Inc. .... 64,863 Makawao Elementary School - Portables Reroof

Hawaii Isemoto Contracting Co., Ltd. ........ 2,745,000 Living Learning Community, Phase II – UH Hilo


Hanapepe Health Center - Building and Site Improvements

Jennings Pacific, LLC......................... 332,800 Repair Roof Monitor and Stanchions, Port Allen

Jas. W. Glover, Ltd. ........................... 207,200 Pavement Repairs at Pier 3, Nawiliwili Harbor

Pacific Blue Construction, LLC.......... 204,035 Air Conditioning Equipment Replacement and Various Repairs at the County Transportation Baseyard, Lihue

International Roofing & Building Construction..................... 142,600 Reroof Maintenance Shop Building 4469 - Kauai Community College, Lihue

International Roofing & Building Construction..................... 131,500 Reroof Elections Building 4462 - Kauai Community College

Kaiwa Construction............................. 51,755 Repairs at Jetty Road - Nawiliwili Harbor

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Are the Boom Times Here Again? BY GARRETT J. SULLIVAN Kamehameha Schools. The Howard Hughes Corporation. A&B Properties. Rail. A slew of new commercial, government and residential projects have been announced and, at last count, 4,000 new housing units were slated for Oahu alone. Has the tide turned for Hawaii’s construction industry? Since 2007, Hawaii contractors have been awaiting the next construction boom. Most economists say this will occur in 2014, but some say we’re already in the boom. I agree with the latter. Given it typically takes a year for most contractors to fill up their backlog—and begin to raise their prices—I believe the surge in construction has already begun. Barring anything unforeseen, I would expect price increases to be widespread by mid-2014. It is now time for Hawaii’s construction leaders to respond to the shifting paradigm. Along with finding new jobs, savvy contractors have begun to focus on finding right-priced material and labor. Since employee recruitment and retention is more in your control than the global commodities market, focus your energy on your personnel. If you’re still slogging forward with the “bid and build” mentality, you are going to experience rough waters. When the last boom ended, many of Hawaii’s highly skilled and experienced baby boomers sought work in other industries or retired. Today, contractors are in an unparalleled race for talent. If you are not developing your employees, your competitors will poach them. Invest the time and

effort to create an employee environment that would be difficult for anyone on your team to leave. How will you retain the best and brightest? Employees are motivated by different things. In general terms, you’ve probably got two major work groups: the Traditionalists or Baby Boomers, and the Gen X’ers and the Millennials (sometimes referred to as Gen Y). Traditionalists and Baby Boomers (age 39+): This group is typically loyal, fiscally conservative, competitive, optimistic, concerned with financial rewards and committed to a high level of satisfaction when it comes to their work. You may want to consider adding some attractive benefits such as performance sharing incentives (see for step-by-step plans where everyone can participate), restricted stock, synthetic stock, life insurance, long- and short-term disability insurance, 401K profit sharing, weight management programs, smoking cessation assistance and stress management programs. Gen X and Gen Y (18-38): The second group tends to be independent, eclectic, resourceful, self-reliant, cyber literate, media savvy and in search of a completely different set of enticements. They tend to be much more focused on the “experience” of the company and how it can be customized to their personal preferences. I recommend a mentoring program or Personal and Professional Development track (see www.sullivanhi. com for sample). Ask employees to visualize where they see themselves—in your organization—one, three and five years from now. Ask them to consider

the full picture including community involvement and goals for their health, relationships, travel adventures and/ or finances. If you strive to interlace these goals with the overall mission and vision of your company, you will have some real traction. These digitally astute employees are interested in your “Total Rewards Inventory” tool chest, which can include flex time, telecommuting, job sharing, compressed work week, on-site fitness opportunities, leadership training/mentoring, community volunteer opportunities, adoption reimbursement and new technology training. Both groups value learning opportunities and regular feedback, and effective ways to offer this include regularly scheduled performance reviews, project completions/team evaluations, peer recognition awards and appreciation lunches. It should be said that none of the ideas above can compensate for a poor base salary. Make no mistake, employees are always talking to other employees, headhunters and their friends to determine if they’re being paid fairly. It is imperative that you regularly check construction compensation surveys. Be keenly aware of what each position is paying on the open market—and match or beat it. It’s a small investment to be able to fully rely on a talented, motivated team of employees. One caution: Always be fair. Resist the urge to bring in a superstar at a significantly higher salary than the others. It won’t take long for word to spread, and you will eventually find yourself paying everyone the same salary. Much worse, you will be resented. BI

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2) Swinerton Builders


3) Grace Pacific Corp.


4) dck pacific construction, LLC


5) Kiewit Corp.


6) Nan, Inc.


7) Albert C. Kobayashi, Inc.


8) Parsons


9) Nordic PCL Construction, Inc.


10) Watts Constructors, LLC



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12) Dorvin D. Leis Co., Inc.


13) Coastal Construction Co., Inc.


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hat was 2012 like for Hawaii’s Top 25 Contractors and Noteworthy Contenders? “Great” for many of them, “still difficult but improving” for others and for a couple, “extremely tough.” The annual list is compiled using Hawaii-based revenue in 2012 as reported by contractors who participated in our survey. The comments this year were widely diverse, depending upon the sector of work and specialty of the company involved. For example, several industry members, such as general contractors with a special focus in the hospitality and/or commercial/retail areas, cite the past year as one of their strongest. At the same time, due to budget cutbacks at the Congressional level, some of those who perform only (or primarily) military work—especially marine construction—experienced a significantly downbeat year. However, despite the diversity and impacts, both positive and negative, of the past year, there was one area of agreement. The year was one of transition, “It was still a year of bottoming out for the industry,” as one company leader said, and, “We were finishing up a lot of jobs and spending time picking up new jobs,” as another explained. So, all that being said, how was the year overall—and specifically? Of the Top 25 Contractors, 13 reported revenue increases in 2012 over 2011, while 12 experienced decreased revenues in 2012. That compares with 14 showing increases and 11 with decreases in 2011. Pretty close. Total revenue for all of the Top 25 companies in 2012 was $2.459 billion, compared to $2.642 billion in 2011, a decrease of $183 million. The most dramatic leaps up the Top 25 ranks for 2012 were made by Swinerton Builders, which went from No. 7 in 2011 to No. 2 and by Alakai Mechanical Corp., which jumped from No. 20 in 2011 to No. 15. Both of these companies climbed five positions up the list.


Also making significant strides were dck pacific construction, LLC and Allied Builders System, both of which picked up four slots, dck going from No. 8 in 2011 to No. 4 and Allied from No. 18 in 2011 to No. 14. And let’s not forget Arita Poulson General Contractors, LLC., which jumped from the Noteworthy Contenders list to No. 23. Also meriting special mention is Maryl Group, which returned to the Top 25 list after a hiatus of several years.

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15) Alakai Mechanical Corp.


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17) Wasa Electrical Services, Inc.


18) Isemoto Contracting Co., Ltd.


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24) Shioi Construction, Inc.


What do our Top 25 Companies and Noteworthy Contenders foresee during the remainder of 2013? “Steady growth” and “optimism” were mentioned frequently, with a few commenting that the first part of the current year was slow, but from summer on, “should accelerate.” Many of them already were looking ahead to 2014 and beyond, with comments such as, “2013 can still be a good year, but 2014 may be even better,” and “There are a multitude of projects that are projected to take place over the next several years.”

25) Ralph S. Inouye Co., Ltd.


Bottom line: Barring any unforeseen events, the future is looking good.

reported by those companies that responded

It is interesting to note that 10 of the Top 25 Contractors for 2012 also appeared on the first list in 1987. Two of our Noteworthy Contenders also were on that first Top 25 list. You will notice a special “anniversary” icon in the editorial sections of several Top 25 companies that are celebrating a significant birthday this year. And speaking of significant anniversaries, here is another interesting fact: 10 of the Top 25 companies have been serving Hawaii for 50 years or more, four are more than 75 years old, and one has more than a century under its hard hat! See the entire list of Kupuna Companies in the Top 25 special section along with other interesting facts, trivia and information.

Congratulations to all of the Top 25 Companies and Noteworthy Contenders.

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Alakai Mechanical Corp. 44 Albert C. Kobayashi, Inc. 28 Allied Builders System 42 Arita Poulson General Contracting, LLC 60 Armstrong Builders, LLC 74 Coastal Construction Co., Inc. 40 Constructors Hawaii, Inc. 78 dck pacific construction, LLC 22 Delta Construction Corp. 36 Dorvin D. Leis Co., Inc. 38 Grace Pacific Corp. 20 Group Builders, Inc. 58 Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co., Inc. 16 Healy Tibbitts Builders, Inc. 76 Hensel Phelps Construction Co. 70 Honolulu Builders, LLC 56 Isemoto Contracting Co., Ltd. 50 Kiewit Corp. 24 Maryl Group, Inc. 46 Nan, Inc. 26 Nordic PCL Construction, Inc. 32 Nova Group, Inc. 79 Pankow 54 Parsons 30 Pitzer Built Construction Co. 80 Ralph S. Inouye Co., Ltd. 64 Royal Contracting Co., Ltd. 72 Shioi Construction, Inc. 62 Swinerton Builders 18 Unlimited Construction Services, Inc. 52 Wasa Electrical Services, Inc. 48 Watts Constructors, LLC 34

EDITORIAL HIGHLIGHTS Top 25 Contractors Intro 12 Marketplace Growth Chart 34 Home Sweet Home 43 Executives 43 Past Top 25 Lists 66 Thoughts From the Top 68 Websites 68 Noteworthy Contenders Intro 69 Mahalo 81

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or the eighth consecutive year—and 19th in the past 26 years—Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co., Inc. (HDCC) sits atop Building Industry magazine’s annual list of Top 25 Contractors. HDCC repeats as No. 1 with 2012 Hawaii-based revenue of $230 million. “2012 was a transition year for HDCC,” says Bill Wilson, president of the 111-yearold company, regarding the drop of $125 million in revenue from 2011’s $355 million. “We were very active in completing projects started in previous years and preparing to start other projects which

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to Uakea Road, renovation work at the Halekulani, replacement of the South Punaluu Stream Bridge, emergency repairs to the Pearl City force main, the Joint Traffic Management Center (JTMC) parking structure and the Center Drive Child Development Center (CDC) at Pearl Harbor. HDCC also helped achieve LEED certification for Pearl Harbor’s CDC (platinum status) and the JTMC parking structure, Schofield Barracks UEPH and BEQ 229 (gold). “We foresee increased opportunities for our local workforce in 2013 as a number of significant projects get underway across the state,” Wilson says. “Our Building and Commercial divisions will be busy at various locations on much-awaited projects, including Halekauwila Place, Waihonua at Kewalo and 820 South Street condominiums, the Mary Savio Medical Plaza (Waianae), the Center Stage renovation

Hawaiian Dredging completed the Papahawahawa Bridge replacement project in 2012.

at Ala Moana Center and a state-ofthe-art Corrugated Packaging Plant. “These and other current work in progress by HDCC’s Power and Industrial, Heavy and Waterfront and Foundation divisions will further sustain our local workforce, subcontractors and vendors,” Wilson adds. HDCC’s other projects either started or completed in 2012 include: renovating the Kaiser Moanaloa Clinic operating room, The Queen’s Medical Center’s

Queen Emma Tower 8th floor renovation, a new operations yard for HDCC, improvements to the Maalaea Small Boat Harbor, West Loch Wharves W1, W2 and W3 repairs, Hana Highway emergency repairs, Honoapiilani Highway and Ukumehame tsunami repairs, the Nawiliwili Harbor Pier 2 fendering system, Maui Business Park work, repairs to the Aiea pedestrian overpass and emergency shoreline revetment work along Kaumualii Highway.


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• Parent Company: Swinerton, Inc.; San Francisco, Calif. • Construction Specialty: Hospitality, retail, federal, healthcare, multi-family, high-rise construction, renewable energy • Years in Hawaii: 10 • Employees in Hawaii: 221 • Public Work Sector: 30 percent • Work Subcontracted: 70 percent


aking an unprecedented ascent up the Top 25 list over the past three years, Swinerton Builders nails the No. 2 spot for 2012. The dramatic climb took Swinerton from No. 21 in 2009 to No. 14 in 2010, No. 7 in 2011 and the prestigious No. 2 slot for 2012. Hawaii-based revenue for the past year reflects the upswing, increasing from $125.5 million in 2011 to $217 million in 2012. Work in the public sector increased in 2012 to 30 percent, up

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from 15 percent in 2011. Swinerton is a major source of work for industry members in Hawaii, with 221 local employees kept busy in 2012.

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Commenting on the company’s strong performance during the past year, George Ehara, RME, division manager, says, “Our clients are the

lifeblood of our business. We have been very fortunate to do a lot of work for repeat clients that have come back to us with multiple projects that have sustained us during the recession. We also were fortunate to land jobs that actually got funding and got built. While we were successful in 2012, we always are looking forward to form new relationships, land new work and ensure the success of our company.” What lies ahead? “As the economy seems to pick up steam, so will opportunities,” Ehara foresees. “Already there are a multitude of projects that are projected to take place over the next several years.” Projects completed during 2012 include the Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom, the Alii Tower renovation, the Tapa Pool and storefront renovations.

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• Construction Specialty: Paving • Years in Hawaii: 82 • Employees in Hawaii: 563 • Public Work Sector: 94 percent • Work Subcontracted: 10 percent


ith reported revenue of $194 million in 2012, Grace Pacific Corp. maintains its hold on the No. 3 ranking in this year’s Top 25 Contractors list. Darrell Goo, senior vice president of construction for Grace Pacific states that although results in 2012 were slightly up from the previous year, state highway work on Oahu continued to be flat. On the Neighbor Islands—Maui, Hawaii, Kauai and Molokai—the company saw an even flow of state highway work throughout the year. “On an up note, the City and County of Honolulu did continue its upward trend of roadwork and prospects look even better with Mayor Caldwell’s plan of a $150 million over the next five years,” says Goo. Significant projects for 2012 included the Kamokila Boulevard restoration, the Akoni Pule Highway pavement preventative maintenance, the Nohili Road

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Unit 51 at Moanalua Road and Kaahumanu Street; Phase 7A at Waipahu, Waikele and Makakilo; Phase 7B at Kalihi Valley, Ewa Beach and Ewa Villages; Phase 6A at Moiliili, McCully and Makiki and Phase 6B at Makiki and Upper Makiki. “In all of these areas our main work consisted of milling off the old pavement and replacing it with new hot mix asphalt pavement, with one main goal to maintain and reuse the existing concrete curb and gutters, since some of them were covered up in years past,” Goo says. With the city and state’s cooperation, recycled asphalt pavement was used in 90 percent of the work, which helped promote sustainability practices. “Predicting the year ahead,” Goo continues, “we expect that 2013 will see an improvement in more road work as the City and County of Honolulu continues its move forward to getting Oahu’s roads improved. We are also expecting more state work, especially with the resurfacing of H-1 Freeway, estimated at $30 million.”


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fter dropping out of the top 5 in last year’s survey, dck pacific construction, LLC returns at No. 4 with $190 million in 2012 revenue. With an increase of $74 million in revenue, dck pacific rose four places from last year’s listing. “dck pacific’s market diversity is what made the difference for us in 2012,” says Eric Tessem, senior vice president and general manager of dck pacific. “The knowledge and skill sets of our people who manage our healthcare, military, public and commercial projects, and our experience in design-build and designassist services enabled us to be competitive and successfully get work during a period when the economy was flat.” As Tessem notes, dck pacific landed several major projects in 2012. They

Among dck pacific’s projects in 2012 was the P-822 MCAS (Marine Corps Air Station) Operations Complex at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.

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at Castle Medical Center. “2012 was a stabilizing year for the industry,” Tessem says. “The enormous amount of projects forecast and currently in the market will create other challenges for us in the future, such as skilled labor availability, escalation in material costs and capacity issues with much of the subtrade market.” dck pacific also expanded its team in 2012 with the addition of Chris C. Barbe as director of operations. And dck pacific is closing in on a major milestone: Its 75th anniversary in Hawaii will be in January 2014. Looking ahead, Tessem says, “The first couple of quarters of 2013 have been spent planning and putting work together, and we see construction taking off in late 2013 and for the next couple of years. “Controlling costs in these scenarios is always the concern, though I would certainly rather be handling these types of issues than battling a lack of work and trying to keep our staff and crews busy,” he adds. “I think Hawaii contractors are ready to get back to work and anxious to get busy again.”

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• Parent Company: Kiewit Corp.; Omaha, Neb. • Construction Specialty: Infrastructure and building construction • Years in Hawaii: 32 • Employees in Hawaii: 128 • Public Work Sector: 65 percent • Work Subcontracted: 70 percent


he divisions of Kiewit Corp. round out the top 5 with reported Hawaiibased revenue of $180 million in 2012. However, that represents a drop from No. 2 in last year’s rankings when Kiewit posted $250 million in revenue, a difference of $70 million. Lance Wilhelm, senior vice president and Hawaii area manager for Kiewit Building Group, Inc., says 2012 saw a resurgence in project planning but that actual construction on some projects have yet to be launched.

Projects for Kiewit Corp. in 2012 included the Wheeler UEPH Barracks Phase 6B.

“2012 was a year full of transition as the economy started to support serious discussions on new developments,” he says. “However, with many of these new projects still in early developmental stages, opportunities to secure this

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2012 were two LEED certified government jobs: the Wheeler UEPH Barracks Phase 6B (LEED Silver) and Pearl Harbor Fitness Center (LEED Platinum).

“The next significant upswing in the market is probably going to have to wait until 2014.”

Wilhelm predicts more projects down the road, but remains cautious, saying, “2013 is shaping up to be better than 2012, but not wildly better. “For the remainder of 2013, I think you’re going to see a number of devel-

opers and contractors getting themselves set up for a rapid deployment, either late in the year or, more likely, early in 2014,” he adds. “The next significant upswing in the market is probably going to have to wait until 2014.”

—Lance Wilhelm Other projects included the Moana Surfrider Tower renovation and work on Kaumualii Highway from the Lihue Mill Bridge to Rice Street on Kauai. Kiewit expanded its team in 2012 by adding Jesse Dowsett as special projects manager and Catherine Stoupas as estimating manager. And, for the fourth year in a row, Kiewit was included in Hawaii Business magazine’s “Best Places to Work.”

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• Construction Specialty: General contracting • Years in Hawaii: 23 • Employees in Hawaii: 440 • Public Work Sector: 88 percent • Work Subcontracted: 46 percent


consistently strong contender in the Top 25 list—actually ranking among the Top 10 for the past several years— Nan, Inc. makes another impressive showing, coming in at No. 6 for 2012. The kamaaina company experienced a slight decline in revenue for 2012, reporting $179.3 million compared with $182 million in 2011. However, “We were successful in securing several of the contracts we were pursuing,” says Ryan Nakaima, vice president of Nan, Inc. “Also, many of our design-build projects that were acquired in 2011 moved on into construction.” Nan, Inc., which in 2012 performed 88 percent of its work in the public sector, received several prestigious awards and honors during the past year, including an Excellence Award from the GCA (General Contractors Association of Hawaii) for the Pacific Region Center Building 130 and Sea Animal Research

Nan, Inc. also completed the Production Services Support Facility, Pearl Harbor Navy Shipyard during the past year.

Center, Ford Island, plus a Merit Award for the Keaukaha Military Reservation, Joint Military Center, Phase 1, Hilo. In the corporate news area, Lane Uchimura has joined Nan, Inc. as executive vice president. Projects completed during 2012 include the Production Services Support Facility, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard (PHNSY) $15.8 million; the $44.2 million Bachelor Enlisted Quarters (BEQ) at Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH) and the Kona Airport South Terminal baggage claim improvements. One of the

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highest profile projects of the past year was the completion in North Kona, of Ane Keohokalole Highway, phase one, a major connecting artery on the Big Island. Projects begun in 2012 include the University of Hawaii at Manoa Gartley Hall renovation ($12.4 million), the Flood Mitigation Structures at Ft. Shafter Flats ($21.1 million), the F-22 Upgrade Munitions Complex for the Hawaii National Guard ($17.1 million) and the Aiea Public Library. Nakaima’s forecast for the remainder of 2013? “Optimistic.” DESIGN-BUILD



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lbert C. Kobayashi, Inc. (ACK), one of Hawaii’s industry icons, Years may have experienced somewhat of a revenue decline during the past year, going from $182 million in 2011 to $148 million in 2012, but don’t let that mislead you. “2012 was a good year for us,” says Russell Young, company president, “as we finished up our high-profile jobs such as the University of Hawaii Cancer Center, The Towers at Kuhio Park Terrace and the UH West Oahu Campus. They all finished on or under budget and on or ahead of schedule.” As for the revenue decline, “It was a transition period,” he explains, “where we were finishing a lot of our jobs and spending time picking up new jobs.” In answer to how 2013 is shaping up for the company, Young says, “2013 can be a good year, but 2014 may be even


The Towers at Kuhio Park Terrace, a $135 million renovation project, was completed in 2012.

better. We are spending a lot of time right now securing the contracts for a few new big jobs. If we are able to get these jobs started this year, 2013 will be a good year and 2014 even better.” Projects completed in 2012 include the afore-mentioned UH West Oahu Campus, Phase 1A and 1B, the UH Cancer Center and The Towers at Kuhio Park renovation plus the Marianist Center of Hawaii parking structure. Projects started

in 2012 were University of Hilo student housing, Iwilei Senior Residence and Auahi Shops at Ward Village. ACK, which was on the first Top 25 list back in 1987, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. And here’s an interesting twist—it took the No. 7 spot on that first list, the same spot it holds on the current list. Congratulations Albert C. Kobayashi for half a century of serving Hawaii well!

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• Parent Company: Parsons Corp.; Pasadena, Calif. • Construction Specialty: Water, wastewater, pump stations, pipeline, reservoir, highways, earthwork and site development • Years in Hawaii: 45 • Employees in Hawaii: 100 • Public Work Sector: 90 percent

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arsons took over the No. 8 spot in this year’s survey with $118.3 million in Hawaii-based revenue, a respectable increase from $111.7 million the previous year that earned it the No. 9 ranking. “2012 marked a year where we finished up a number of projects, including H-POWER and military housing for the Navy,” says Ken Loui, senior project manager for Parsons. The $300 million H-POWER (Honolulu Program of Waste Energy Recovery) project was awarded to Parsons in 2009 and

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existing 20-inch sewer force main. Parsons also handled asphalt paving, installing a pedestrian walkway, cast-in-place concrete valve vault and building new picnic shelters with tables and benches.   The Oahu Sewer Rehab IDIQ (indefinite delivery indefinite quantity) also was on Parsons’ list of 2012 jobs. As for Hawaii’s construction industry, Loui remains optimistic. “2013 will mark the beginning of a period of sustained growth for the next 10 years,” he says.

Company Years Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co., Inc. 111 Isemoto Contracting Co., Ltd. 87 Grace Pacific Corp. 82 Nordic PCL Construction, Inc. 75 dck pacific construction, LLC 74 Wasa Electrical Services, Inc. 63 Shioi Construction, Inc. 62 Royal Contracting Co., Ltd. 52 Albert C. Kobayashi, Inc. 50 Pankow 50 Ralph S. Inouye Co., Ltd. 50 Healy Tibbitts Builders, Inc. 49 Dorvin D. Leis Co., Inc. 46 Parsons 45 Allied Builders System 43 Constructors Hawaii, Inc. 41 Coastal Construction Co., Inc. 40 Alakai Mechanical Corp. 39 Armstrong Builders, LLC 37 Delta Construction Corp. 35 Group Builders, Inc. 34 Kiewit Corp. 32 Nova Group, Inc. 32 Maryl Group, Inc. 27 Arita Poulson General Contracting, LLC 26 Nan, Inc. 23 Unlimited Construction Services, Inc. 22 This list includes only those companies who responded to our survey.

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ordic PCL secures the No. 9 spot on the Top 25 list, just Years three steps down from its 2011 ranking. That slight change and the decline in revenue from $160 million in 2011 to $103 million in 2012 do not reflect the whole picture, however. “Our revenues were down in 2012 from 2011,” affirms Glen Kaneshige, Nordic PCL president. “I think 2012 was still a bottoming out year in the economy, so any upside or holding the status quo of 2011 would have been a challenge.” How did 2012 compare with 2011? “I think 2012 was similar to 2011 in terms of the amount of new work that came out to market,” Kaneshige points out. “Although there was renewed optimism because developers began soliciting contractors for preconstruction services, the larger building projects were not breaking ground, as evidenced by the few tower cranes that were up in


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2012. Competition was still fierce in 2012 but the pendulum began swinging the other way with the resurgence in highrise developments planned to start in 2013 and 2014. I also believe that the recovery in tourism that began in 2011 has been a catalyst for increasing confidence in the local market so that some of the larger projects will move ahead the latter part of this year and further into 2014.” Nordic PCL projects started in 2012 include the Iolani School Sullivan Center, Warriors in Transition Barracks and Complex, Hawaiian Airlines (HAL) Crew Center, HAL Koapaka Corporate

Offices, Hyatt Residence Club (Maui) and Aulani phase 4 enhancements. Projects completed include Walmart Kapolei, Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club phase 5, HAL Crew Center and the Kamehameha Schools Kaiwakiloumoku Hawaiian Cultural Center at the Kapalama Campus. Nordic PCL, which was on the very first Top 25 list in 1987 (in the No. 11 spot) celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. Congratulations Nordic PCL on this achievement and on recently being named “Contractor of the Year” at NAIOP’s 2013 Kukulu Hale Awards!

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10 WATTS CONSTRUCTORS, LLC • Parent Company: Contrack International, Inc.; McLean, Va. • Construction Specialty: Design-build, building structures, historic renovations, seismic upgrades and marine/waterfront • Years in Hawaii: 9 • Employees in Hawaii: 111 • Public Work Sector: 95 percent • Work Subcontracted: 30 percent


Watts Constructors’ projects in 2012 included the F-22 Squadron Operations/Aircraft Maintenance Unit hangar.

possibly be awarded soon depending on the project’s priority level, but until a federal budget solution is reached, the sequester spending cuts will diminish appropriated funding,” McClain says. “We understand this would translate to an approximate 10 percent reduction that may affect the timeliness of future

planned projects or the source selection method—low price vs. best value. “Despite that, we remain optimistic to go after opportunities and win work.” Watts’ projects last year included the Honolulu Zoo’s Asian Tropical elephant exhibit and the reconstruction of Honolulu Harbor’s Pier 29 Container Yard.



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oving up one notch this year and completing the top 10 is Watts Constructors, LLC, with more than $100 million in 2012 revenue. Two military projects for Watts in 2012 included the $42 million F-22 Squadron Operations/Aircraft Maintenance Unit hangar at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, and the $12.9 million Waterfront Operations Center at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. However, Kevin McClain, president of Watts, expresses concern for the future volume of military-related work. “We expect some holdover bids to

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11 DELTA CONSTRUCTION CORP. • Construction Specialty: Heavy civil, construction site work • Years in Hawaii: 35 • Employees in Hawaii: 227 • Public Work Sector: 10 percent • Work Subcontracted: 20 percent


espite dropping from a reported $94 million in 2011 to $86.3 million in 2012, Delta Construction Corp. climbs one spot to No. 11. “2012 was very similar to 2011 in terms of available work and the type of work that we were able to successfully acquire,” explains Martin Miller, executive vice president of operations. “We did not see any growth, it remained flat in 2012.” However, the company anticipates an improvement in 2014. Notable projects that kept Delta busy throughout 2012 included University of

Work began on the 20-acre lot for Walmart in Kapolei, which opened March 2012.

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between Delta and Sam O. Hiroto, LLC., with Ron Ho & Associates as the electrical engineer. For 2013, the company expects continued slow growth and anticipates improvement in 2014. “Overall, we’re seeing a little bit more growth in the private sector, in both residential and commercial developments, which in turn gives us some more opportunities,” says Miller. He explains that private sector work will offset the decline he sees in the public sector. “We’re seeing a decline in projects for the military, for their housing. Most of the projects right now for both the Navy and Marines, and for the Army and Air Force, were programs that have been completed. There are still some projects remaining, but not many,” he says. As for upcoming projects of interest, Miller says, “There are continued opportunities for us in MILCON (military

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some movement in the Kapolei industrial market. As for notable milestones, next year Delta will celebrate its 35th year in business.

construction) work, typically with Army Corps of Engineers projects where we would be involved either as general contractor or subcontractor.” He also states that Delta is seeing

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12 DORVIN D. LEIS CO., INC. • Parent Company: Aikane Pacific Corp.; Maui • Construction Specialty: Full-service mechanical, plumbing, fire protection, sheet metal • Years in Hawaii: 46 • Employees in Hawaii: 280 • Public Work Sector: 64 percent • Work Subcontracted: 5 percent


orvin D. Leis Co., Inc. climbs two places to No. 12 in this year’s ranking after posting a 10.4 percent increase in revenue in 2012. Dorvin D. Leis reported more than $81.4 million in 2012, an increase of more than $8.4 million from 2011. The upswing is a good indicator for the full-service mechanical contractor whose 2011 revenue had a $17 million drop from 2010.

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Stephen T. Leis, president of the Kahului, Maui-based company, is optimistic that 2013 will prove to be an even better year. “2013 revenues will be slightly up from 2012 with increased opportunity in late 2013 and 2014,” Leis says. “Construction will continue to be on the rise in 2014, especially on Oahu. The industry looks positioned for recovery in the private sector market. Margins are lean but could improve if the market continues to strengthen over the long term.” One of the projects Dorvin D. Leis worked on in 2012 was the high-profile University of Hawaii Cancer Research Center, one of only 67 research organizations in the country designated by the National Cancer Institute. The con-

Dorvin D. Leis Co., Inc. completed work on the University of Hawaii Maui College science building in 2012.

struction of the building was completed in September 2012, months ahead of its original estimate of January 2013. Other projects the firm helped wrap up in 2012 were the Koloa Landing Resort on Kauai, Kings’ Land Resort on the Big Island, the UH West Oahu campus and

the UH Maui College science building. Jobs for the company that got underway last year include the UH Information Technology Center, the Hyatt Regency Maui Timeshare and the Kihei police station on Maui.

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13 COASTAL CONSTRUCTION CO., INC. • Construction Specialty: New residential construction • Years in Hawaii: 40 • Employees in Hawaii: 244 • Public Work Sector: 60 percent • Work Subcontracted: 30 percent


oastal Construction Co., Inc., which celebrates turning 40 this year, comes in at No. 13 with revenue of $66.9 million, compared with 2011’s $105.9 million—a 36.8 percent decline. The company, which specializes in new residential construction, reported its second year in a row of declining revenue since placing No. 7 in the Top 25 in 2010, when it had revenue of $117 million. Coastal also reduced its workforce, from 443 in 2011 to 244 last year. “The biggest factor for our decline in volume has been our economy,” says Les Masutani, vice president of Coastal.

In 2012 Coastal Construction helped build new homes in Ka Makana at Hoakalei in Ewa Beach.

“Developers have been reluctant to invest in large-scale projects, settling for much smaller and slower sales driven releases.” Among projects completed or started in 2012 for Coastal are the Mololani and Ulupau neighborhoods by Forest City, the Saint Francis Intergenerational Center

in Ewa Beach, the Ka Makana at Hoakalei residential area, student housing at the University of Hawaii at Hilo and at BYU-Hawaii and the Waikoloa Kingsland timeshare buildings. “Although we have no large-scale projects breaking this year, we are optimistic for 2014,” Masutani says.

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14 ALLIED BUILDERS SYSTEM • Construction Specialty: Commercial general contractor • Years in Hawaii: 43 • Employees in Hawaii: 55 • Public Work Sector: 15 percent • Work Subcontracted: 85 percent


oving up three spots from last year’s survey is Allied Builders System, reporting revenue of $60.6 million in 2012, a $13 million increase from 2011’s $47.6 million. Gary Oda, president of Allied, says that 2012 was a very successful year for the company. A significant project for 2012 was Six Eighty Ala Moana. Formerly an office building, it was transformed into a mixedused residential and commercial property. Allied also worked on CVS Longs Drugs in Kehalani Village Center on Maui. Completed in October 2012, it was the

Phase IV of the Waialae Country Club renovation is underway and scheduled to be completed in January 2014.

chain’s 51st store in Hawaii. The company renovated Aqua Hotels and Resorts’ Park Shore Waikiki Hotel with a $10.7 million enhancement that began in August 2012 and wrapped up in January 2013. An ongoing project for the company is the Waialae Country Club. Selected in 2008 as the design-assist contractor, Phase

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TOP 25 EXECUTIVES ALAKAI MECHANICAL CORP. Ralph Inouye, president; Clark B. Morgan, chairman ALBERT C. KOBAYASHI, INC. Russell Young, president ALLIED BUILDERS SYSTEM Gary Oda, president ARITA POULSON GENERAL CONTRACTING, LLC Daryl Arita and Robert Poulson, manager/owners COASTAL CONSTRUCTION CO., INC. Kenneth M. Sakurai DCK PACIFIC CONSTRUCTION, LLC Eric G. Tessem, senior vice president and general manager DELTA CONSTRUCTION CORP. Kenneth J. Kobatake, president DORVIN D. LEIS CO., INC. Stephen T. Leis, president

PANKOW Mike Betz, Hawaii vice president and regional manager

GRACE PACIFIC CORP. David C. Hulihee, CEO GROUP BUILDERS, INC. Lito Alcantra, president and owner

PARSONS Andrew Albrecht, president


RALPH S. INOUYE CO., LTD. Lance M. Inouye, president and CEO

HONOLULU BUILDERS, LLC Dan Jordan & Tom Ryan, principals

SHIOI CONSTRUCTION, INC. Conrad Murashige, president

ISEMOTO CONTRACTING CO., LTD. Leslie Isemoto, president

SWINERTON BUILDERS George Ehara, vice president and division manager

KIEWIT CORP. Bruce Grewcock, CEO


MARYL GROUP, INC. Mark Richards, president and CEO NAN, INC. Fooney Freestone, president


NORDIC PCL CONSTRUCTION, INC. Glen Kaneshige, president

WATTS CONSTRUCTORS, LLC Kevin McClain, president, federal group

HOME SWEET HOME Corporate offices and parent company locations of the Top 25 and Noteworthy Contenders OAHU Alakai Mechanical Corp. Albert C. Kobayashi, Inc. Allied Builders System Armstrong Builders, LLC Coastal Construction Co., Inc. Constructors Hawaii, Inc. Delta Construction Corp. Grace Pacific Corp. Group Builders Inc. Honolulu Builders, LLC Maryl Group, Inc. Nan, Inc. Ralph S. Inouye Co., Ltd. Royal Contracting Co., Ltd. Shioi Construction, Inc. Unlimited Construction Services, Inc.



Arita Poulson General Contracting, LLC (Puunene, Maui) Dorvin D. Leis Co., Inc. (Kahului, Maui) Isemoto Contracting Co., Ltd. (Hilo, Hawaii) Pitzer Built Construction, Inc. (Lahaina, Maui)

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dck pacific construction, LLC (Pittsburgh, Pa.) Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. (Atlanta, Ga.) Healy Tibbitts Builders, Inc. (Cranford, N.J.) Hensel Phelps Construction Co. (Greeley, Colo.) Kiewit Corp. (Omaha, Neb.) Nordic PCL Construction, Inc. (Denver, Colo.) Nova Group, Inc. (Napa, Calif.) Pankow (Pasadena, Calif.) Parsons (Pasadena, Calif.) Swinerton Builders (San Francisco, Calif.) Wasa Electrical Services, Inc. (Osaka, Japan) Watts Constructors, LLC (McLean, Va.)

15 ALAKAI MECHANICAL CORP. • Parent Company: Taiseioncho Hawaii, Inc.; Hawaii • Construction Specialty: Mechanical (AC, DL, SM) • Years in Hawaii: 39 • Employees in Hawaii: 257 • Public Sector Work: 35 percent • Work Subcontracted: 13.7 percent


ur No. 15 contractor is Alakai Mechanical Corp. With an increase in revenue from $45.6 million in 2011 to $57.9 million, Alakai moves up four places to come in at its current spot. “2012 was a very tough year for Alakai Mechanical, but we were able to meet our projections,” says Vice President Tony Hirata. The firm completed many high profile and federal-related projects such as the Kaiser Moanalua Medical Center

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POW/MIA Accounting Command Cenancillary remodel. Started in May 2010, ter (JPAC) at Hickam Air Force Base. the $168.8 million, two-phase project The JPAC conducts global search, readded a $141.17 million new wing to the covery and identification of unaccounthospital in Phase I, with Phase II renoed-for Americans vating 95,000 from all past wars square feet of “We feel 2013 will be a lean and conflicts. The existing space. new facilities will This is the year with 2014 picking up include a three-stofirst major more construction activity.” ry building housing renovation a laboratory, office since the — Tony Hirata space, training medical center facilities and a opened in 1985. warehouse. The project is scheduled for In the past year, the company worked completion in December 2013. on the Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Other significant projects for 2012 Federal Building, which is the official included the Andaz Maui at Wailea and seat of the United States Federal Govthe Victoria Ward Village Shops. ernment in the state of Hawaii. The company also recently completed Alakai also worked on the Joint

a factory/office building in Guam in anticipation for military buildup in the region. Offering his industry forecast for the rest of 2013 and for 2014, Hirata says, “We feel 2013 will be a lean year with 2014 picking up more construction activity.” He also notes that the company is excited about the large condo projects that are coming on the market. Alakai Mechanical was the winner of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Torch Award in the large business category in 2012. The company looks forward to celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014.

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16 MARYL GROUP, INC. • Construction Specialty: Design-build, master-planned communities, commercial centers, custom residential homes, island architecture and “impeccable” construction

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e are delighted this year to welcome Maryl Group back to the Top 25 list. Founded in Kona 27 years ago, Maryl is recognized for its diverse scope of industry work, with a special focus in design-build, master-planned communities, custom residential homes, island architecture and quality construction. The past year was a strong one for Maryl, with Hawaii-based revenue increasing from $39.8 million in 2011 to $54.5 million in 2012. “The construction industry is definitely looking robust,” says Mark Richards, president and CEO of Maryl Group, “with so many high-rises, retail, commercial

and renovation projects under way—and more to come statewide.” New projects started in 2012 and currently in progress include Maryl Construction, Inc.’s Maui Lani Shopping Center in Wailuku. The Hilton Waikoloa Lagoon Tower renovation, which Maryl Pacific Construction, Inc. began in 2012, was completed that same year. In corporate news, Lily Narusawa has joined Maryl as director of customer relations. What lies ahead? Richards foresees steady growth for the remainder of 2013.

Work on the Maui Lani Shopping Center in Wailuku is progressing.


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Hawaii’s Design / BuilD leaDer

The Maryl Group is a company of statewide dimension that has earned an enviable reputation over two decades for master planned communities, commercial centers, custom residential homes, island architecture and impeccable construction. With offices in Honolulu and in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii, Maryl is uniquely positioned to provide a full range of development and construction services throughout the State. Our portfolio of integrated companies – Development, Architecture & Planning, Construction, as well as Residential & Commercial Realty – offers a unique single source capability that enables comprehensive concept, development, marketing and real estate management.


17 WASA ELECTRICAL SERVICES, INC. • Parent Company: Kinden Corporation; Osaka, Japan • Construction Specialty: Electrical work, all types of electrical construction • Years in Hawaii: 64 • Employees in Hawaii: 310 • Public Work Sector: 22 percent • Work Subcontracted: 8 percent


aintaining its hold on the No. 17 spot is Wasa Electrical Services, Inc. According to Ronald Yee, CEO of Wasa Electrical Services, the company experienced a sub-par year, with a reported $54 million in 2012, compared to $58.1 million in 2011. In 2012, the company started about 40 projects including the University of Hawaii’s Information Technology Center, Grow the Army (GTA) South Range, Brigham Young University Hawaii student housing, the UH Clarence Ching Complex and the Maui Lani Shopping Center. Most of the projects are ongoing for 2013. Yee says the most significant project for Wasa was the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) Pacific Regional Center (PRC) at Ford Island on Oahu. Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, NAVFAC (Naval Facilities Engineering Com-

Two historic WWII aircraft hangars were repurposed to form the new 310,000-square-foot Pacific Regional Center for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) at Ford Island, Pearl Harbor.

mand) Pacific awarded the NOAA project to Chicago-based Walsh Construction at the firm-fixed price contract of $131.1 million. The project repurposed two historic WWII-era aircraft hangars and constructed a third structure to create the Main Facility of 310,000 square feet. The PRC Main Facility now consolidates various NOAA programs and operations such as the National Ocean Service, the National Weather Service, the National Marine Fisheries Services, Oceanic and Atmospheric Research Center and houses more than 700 employees and contractors in a single facility. Wasa also worked on the Hyatt Re-

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gency Maui timeshares and the Andaz Wailea Resort, which Yee says were the first most significant projects on Maui that the company worked on following a slow period of two to three years. Optimistic about 2013, the company estimates it will have a 15 percent increase in revenue. Yee hopes 2014 will be even better. “The estimating department is extremely busy with upcoming work in Ala Moana, Kakaako and Waikiki,” he says. An impressive achievement, the company recently celebrated its 64th year of business in Hawaii. Yee also says the company has more than 300 employees and is still growing.

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18 ISEMOTO CONTRACTING CO., LTD. • Construction Specialty: Heavy sitework, commercial buildings, golf courses, subdivisions, infrastructure and utilities • Years in Hawaii: 87 • Employees in Hawaii: 180 • Public Work Sector: 79 percent • Work Subcontracted: 45 percent


fter two years at No. 15, Isemoto Contracting Co., Ltd. slipped three spots to No. 18 with an almost $20 million decline in revenue. The 87-year-old company based in Hilo had receipts of $53.4 million last year, compared to $72.8 million in 2011. Over the decades, Isemoto’s construction jobs have reached into every corner of the Big Island. Leslie Isemoto, who succeeded his father as president in 1998 and became the third generation of his family to lead the company, says he expects to see a “slight increase at the end of the third quarter” of 2013. “2012 was disappointing from a project startup standpoint,” he says. “A few major projects that we projected to start in 2012 will not start until the end of the second half of 2013. This has caused a few layoffs for our field personnel and reduced income for our company.” In 2012 the company completed several projects that involved sitework and infrastructure work, including a $6.3 mil-

Isemoto Contracting completed improvements to the Edith Kanakaole Stadium in time for the 50th anniversary of the Merrie Monarch Festival.

lion job at Piihouna Reservoir No. 2, and $4 million in earthquake-related repairs to Mamalahoa Highway. Another key project was the $3.3 million in improvements at Edith Kanakaole Stadium in Hilo. Isemoto completed the work in three months—just ahead of the Merrie Monarch Festival’s 50th anniversary celebration that began on March 31. Anchored by a new 4,200-squarefoot building with an expanded lobby, six dressing/meeting rooms and tiled restrooms, the building also got native landscaping, new fencing and covered side entrances.

Isemoto’s work last year also included installing the $7.5 million Kalanianaole Sewer Interceptor. The firm expanded its workforce in 2012, employing 180 compared to 170 in 2011. The firm also added to its management team as Jerry Egami was named executive vice president and Loren Tsugawa vice president of finance. Looking ahead, says Isemoto, “Residential construction appears to be on a steady growth and there are several road projects that are scheduled to be bid in 2013. If the world economy stabilizes, then there should be steady growth in the Hawaii construction market to early 2015.”

Hisato Isemoto, who founded Isemoto Contracting Co., Ltd. in 1926, was born on Jan. 8, 1897 in Hiroshima and came to Hilo on July 4, 1942, at the age of 45. According to the Hawaii Japanese Center, in 1945 he was interned in Santa Fe during WWII.

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19 UNLIMITED CONSTRUCTION SERVICES, INC. • Construction Specialty: General construction, concrete, finish carpentry • Years in Hawaii: 22 • Employees in Hawaii: 67 • Public Work Sector: 18 percent • Work Subcontracted: 70 percent


oming in at the No. 19 spot is Unlimited Construction Services, Inc. The company slid three places from last year’s Top 25 Contractors list, reporting revenue of $49.9 million for 2012. “Unlimited actually did well last year The new restaurant, 53 By The Sea, was built at the former considering that our industry was still comsite of the iconic John Dominis restaurant. ing out of a brutal recession,” explains Jay Manzano, Unlimited’s president. Completed projects for the company include the Villages of Moae Ku Affordable Apartments A significant project for Unlimited in 2012 was 53 By The (Phase I), Kauai Oncology and the Kukuiula Cottages Sea, which was completed in 8 months. The new waterfront res(Lots 1-8). Unlimited also wrapped up the Department of taurant was built on the former site of the iconic John Dominis Water’s Piwai water storage tank project. The 500,000-gallon restaurant, which closed its doors in 2010 after 31 years of busitank now serves Kauai residents in Lawai and Omao. ness. The original structure was torn down and new building permits required the new structure to be set back from the waterline. With floor-to-ceiling windows, 53 By The Sea maintains the site’s views of the ocean, Waikiki and Diamond Head. Projects that Unlimited began in 2012 include the Waipa Foundation community center for Kamehameha Schools, Kukuiula Cottage Lot 16 and Hale Uluwehi. At the 2012 General Contractors Association’s Build Hawaii Awards, Unlimited won two Awards of Excellence—one for Safeway Beretania, which was completed in 10 months, six weeks earlier than its planned completion date and the second for the Wailua Cane Haul Bridge project, which widened one of the busiest thoroughfares on Kauai. Unlimited also received two 2012 NAIOP Kukulu Hale Awards. The Shops at Kukuiula won a New Project Award for Commercial Over 40,000 square feet. The Ronald T.Y. Moon Judiciary Complex in Kapolei earned the New Project Award for Public/Government. Unlimited’s upcoming projects include the Villages of Moae Ku Affordable Apartments (Phase II) in Ewa Beach and several developments in the pre-construction phase, including a large resort that is estimated at approximately $100 million. Manzano says 2013 started out slow for Unlimited but the company has just begun one of its larger projects. He predicts this year will remain flat for Unlimited. “There are more projects to bid on now and we are involved in a lot of pre-construction services that look promising for the end of 2013 and into 2014,” Manzano says. 53 By The Sea’s Makai Chapel 52

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20 PANKOW • Parent Company: Charles Pankow Builders, Ltd.; Pasadena, Calif. • Construction Specialty: General contracting and tenant improvement; design-build, design-assist and preconstruction services • Years in Hawaii: 50 • Employees in Hawaii: 35 • Public Work Sector: 5 percent • Work Subcontracted: 75 percent


aking the No. 20 slot this time around, is Pankow, up one position Years from 2011. Pankow is Aerial view of the FBI headquarters another of the “founding Photo courtesy of © 2012 Ed Gross The Image Group members” of the Top 25 list, appearing on the very first one back in 1987, in the 2012, including the new FBI headquarters in Kapolei. The No. 10 position. $65 million project, a four-story complex encompassing Pankow reports total revenue of $45 million for Hawaii-based 200,000 square feet, was completed in late 2012. work in 2012, unchanged from the revenue of 2011. Among other significant projects of the past year was the Several major projects were begun and/or completed in Laulani Village Shopping Center, owned and developed by Property Development Centers (PDC), a whollyowned subsidiary of Safeway, Inc. The main portion of the center, including a Safeway store, opened in late 2012, with more retail space and tenants subsequently added. The renovation of the Kapalama Shopping Center in Kalihi for Kamehameha Schools is an ongoing Mike Betz, regional vice commercial/retail project for Pankow. president, Hawaii division “Commercial/retail is a large part of our 2013 plan,” says Mike Betz, regional vice president, Hawaii division for Pankow, “so we are excited about the current direction.” In addition to present work in this sector, Betz says, “We are doing some preconstruction work on a couple of Waikiki projects and have or are preparing to propose on several more projects.” In corporate news, Lee Hopkinson joined Pankow in mid2012 as director of business development, serving as team leader for development and marketing strategies. We congratulate Pankow on the celebration of its 50th anniversary in 2013!


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Pankow Celebrates 50th Anniversary

haping the skylines in California and Hawaii for half a century is an accomplishment worth celebrating, especially for a company that values volunteerism. “Throughout the 2013 calendar year, we’re ‘Celebrating 50 years and Beyond’—where we’ve been and where we’re going,” said Pankow CEO and President Kim Lum. “Pankow was built on a tradition of giving back to the communities in which we work and live. This year, we’re building a series of legacy projects near our Pankow office locations in California and Hawaii.” The projects include a renovation and seismic upgrade for the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center; the installation of a shade structure, benches and new trees in Pasadena’s Central Park; and the procurement and installation of a community exercise station in Ala Moana Beach Park, Honolulu. A project to construct an open air structure with tables at the Rotary Peace Pavilion in the city center of Corcoran, California, was completed in November 2012. MAJOR MILESTONES Industry Leadership Contributing to a Better Way to Build Pankow achievements have helped define the construction industry, its practices and professional organizations. Charles Pankow was one of the founding members of the Design Build Institute of


Pankow 50th Anniversary: Celebrate the Past, Launch the Future, Shape Our Communities America (DBIA) and Pankow Builders has infused it with continual leadership for the past 20 years. Pankow has offered 40 years of support and leadership in the American Concrete Institute, which have led to numerous advances in the structural concrete design and construction field. Pankow staff are national leaders within the Lean Construction Institute, an international effort to maximize value and minimize waste throughout the construction process. The Charles Pankow Foundation (www., under the stewardship of Richard M. Kunnath, Pankow Executive Chairman of the Board, was established in 2002, two years before the death of Charles Pankow. It is the nation’s only privately funded nonprofit dedicated to building innovation. LANDMARK STRUCTURES On May 17, 1963, design/build innovator Charles Pankow launched his new company in a garage, with the determination to excel in concrete construction,

while he developed and refined the design/build method. Fifty years later, Pankow Builders has constructed hundreds of structures across the country and is nationally recognized for its ability to introduce and advance better ways to build. Pankow has built a number of notable structures over the last 50 years, and continues to shape city skylines. In Los Angeles, Pankow provided construction services for the 12-acre Grand Park (2012), an expansion and renovation of the historic Civil Mall and pedestrian connection from the renowned Music Center to the Los Angeles City Hall. The special events and sports arena at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (1994), later renamed the Stan Sheriff Center, was the state’s first design/build contract and paved the way for further design/build public projects in Hawaii. FUTURE DIRECTION Pankow is referring to its anniversary year as “Celebrating 50 years and Beyond,” because the company is well positioned for continued growth and innovation. “Pankow will remain nimble and ready to embrace change over the next 50 years,” said Lum. “We are committed to investing in technology, tools and education to remain at the forefront of building innovation. We’re also dedicated to helping our employees grow and to investing in their health and wellness.”

Pankow in Hawaii “The future of Pankow in Hawaii is filled with exciting opportunities. We have built an excellent reputation of performance by upholding our core values of innovative thinking, a passion for building, safety, integrity, and client service. Our 50 years in Hawaii have given us the chance to work with the best people in the industry. For the next 50, we will continue to find building solutions that support client success.” -Mike Betz Pankow has constructed more than 12 million square feet of commercial space throughout Hawaii. We provide Preconstruction, Construction and Tenant Improvement services to clients in commercial, healthcare, residential, hospitality and institutional markets. Find out more,

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21 HONOLULU BUILDERS, LLC • Construction Specialty: Commercial, design/build, hospitality, restoration • Years in Hawaii: 11 • Employees in Hawaii: 75 • Public Work Sector: 60 percent • Work Subcontracted: 70 percent


ontinuing its climb up the Top 25 ranks, Honolulu Builders, LLC moves into the No. 21 position, two steps higher than its No. 23 place in 2011. The Hawaii-based company’s revenue also increased in 2012 over 2011, as did the number of company employees. All in all, a pretty upbeat year. Specializing in design/build, commercial, hospitality and restoration, Honolulu Builders completed several major projects during 2012, including The Whaler at Kaanapali Beach, encompassing the hotel-condominium’s two towers with 359 residences, plus a lobby building, porte cochère and a tennis court building. Projects begun in 2012 include the new Safeway at Ewa Beach (in Laulani Village Shopping Center), a 60,000-square-foot “lifestyle” format store that was completed in November. Other significant projects started in 2012 include the Kapolei Social Security Administration Building for Avalon Develop-

Design Partners’ rendering of the Social Security Building in Kapolei

ment Company, LLC; Arancino restaurant at the Kahala Hotel and Resort and the Kona DAGS (Department of Accounting and General Services) Baseyard. Work is ongoing at the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s upgraded Campus Center, currently nearing completion. The extensive renovation/expansion includes a new two-story recreation center as well as renovations to existing buildings. Addressing the increase in revenue and overall positive year, Dan Jordan, principal of Honolulu Builders, says, “We attribute 2012’s revenue increase

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to our success in the private sector, both bid and negotiated. Record low interest rates and the continued strength of the Hawaii retail sector led to many project opportunities. We also saw more opportunities in the hospitality sector, with many owners investing in full and partial room renovations.” As for the current year, Jordan says, “2013 is on track to be on a par with 2012 for us. Although there are many large projects occurring within the state, we remain focused on the $20 millionand-under market as our niche.”


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22 GROUP BUILDERS, INC. • Construction Specialty: Acoustics/ insulation, drywall, millwork/cabinetry, lath and plaster, fireproofing, EIFS • Years in Hawaii: 34 • Employees in Hawaii: 205 • Public Work Sector: Did not disclose • Work Subcontracted: 5 percent


liding three spots from No. 19 in last year’s Top 25 to the current No. 22 position is Group Builders, Inc., which reports 2012 revenues of $43.5 million compared to 2011’s $46.3 million. Amado Sanchez, a spokesperson for Group, explained that even though 2012 was relatively slow for Group Builders, it had a number of smaller, low-profile jobs in the works to keep its employees busy. “Group Builders is a very familyoriented business,” says Lito Alcantra, president and owner of Group Builders. With the downturn of the economy, he says Group worked hard and was able to retain most of its employees. One of the company’s highlights for the year is the Hyatt’s Andaz Maui at Wailea. Construction began on the 15acre luxury resort in 2011. Being built at the site of the former Renaissance Wailea Beach Resort, which closed in 2007, the new beachfront Andaz

The Andaz Maui at Wailea’s Kihei and Makai towers, scheduled to open late summer/fall 2013

resort will feature nearly 300 guest rooms and suites. The opening of the resort is scheduled for late summer/ early fall 2013. Other projects started or completed in 2012 included the Holomua Condo project, Brigham Young University student housing, the Laulani Village Shopping Center, the University of Hawaii Cancer Research Center, the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Edmondson Hall and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s “Grow the Army” South Range. Current projects include the Microsoft Store at Ala Moana Center and the UH Cancer Research Center (Phase II). Group Builders is also working on two renova-

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tion projects, one at the Hokulani Waikiki and another at UH’s Sakamaki Hall. Upcoming projects the company looks forward to include 801 South Street, a 400-foot condo tower; ONE Ala Moana, a luxury living high-rise at Ala Moana Center; Waihonua at Kewalo, a 43-story, 341-unit residential high-rise near Ala Moana Center; and The Plaza at Pearl City, which is an assisted-living rental complex. Offering his forecast for the industry, Sanchez says, “I am very hopeful and optimistic. I believe 2013 and 2014 will bring lots of promise.”

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23 ARITA POULSON GENERAL CONTRACTING, LLC • Construction Specialty: New commercial • Years in Hawaii: 26 • Employees in Hawaii: 24 • Public Work Sector: 10 percent • Work Subcontracted: 61 percent


e welcome back an old friend to the Top 25 list. In 2004, Arita Poulson, took the No. 24 spot and after eight years, makes its return—moving up a slot. In the years between, Arita Poulson maintained a strong presence in the Top 25 issue as a Noteworthy Contender, while keeping busy and picking up several prestigious awards along the way. The Maui-based company doubled its revenue during the past year, going from $21 million in 2011 to $43 million in 2012. Projects completed in 2012 include the Seabury Hall Creative Arts Center,

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which received the Grand Award in ABC (Associated Builders and Contactors, Inc.) Hawaii’s Excellence In Construction awards for 2012 in the “Institutional over

$5 million” category. Work was ongoing during 2012 on the recently opened Polynesian Cultural Center’s Hawaiian Journey theater, an immersive cinematic

The award-winning Seabury Hall Creative Arts Center project

experience in a setting modeled after a dormant volcano. Also recently completed was the Liberty Dialysis Center in Hilo, which began in 2012. “It was a pretty robust year,” says Daryl Arita, company manager-owner, along with partner Robert Poulson. “In private work, the profitability was far up but the public sector was not as robust.” As to 2013, Arita says, “It was slow in the beginning, but now projects are beginning to drop in and from summer on, it should accelerate.” 60

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24 SHIOI CONSTRUCTION, INC. • Construction Specialty: Multi-family, design/build, light gauge metal framing • Years in Hawaii: 65 • Employees in Hawaii: 291 • Public Work Sector: 35 percent • Work Subcontracted: 53 percent


ith a reported revenue of $38.6 million in 2012, Shioi Construction, Inc. drops two spots to the No. 24 position. James Abeshima, Shioi’s executive vice president talks about the past year and how it affected the company, “2012 was a carryover of 2011 as Shioi continued to take on a multitude of smaller projects primarily in the public sector to maintain its revenue. Indications of a recovery in the industry started to come into view later in the year, as requests for

Phase II of the Paanau Village project was completed in June 2012 by Shioi Construction.

pre-construction services and budgeting increased near the end of 2012.” In 2012, Shioi started several larger projects on Kauai including the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) at Bark-

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ing Sands on the Mana plain, Sheraton’s Poipu Resort and the Princeville at Hanalei Resort. On Oahu, Shioi broke ground on Hale Makana O Nanakuli, a fourbuilding, 48-unit multi-family affordable housing project. In June 2012, the company successfully completed the Paanau Village Phase II. Located on a 4-acre parcel of land in Koloa on Kauai, the project brought 50 units of multi-family affordable housing to the island. With a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments, some units were specially designed for residents with disabilities. The units were also built with a number of “green” elements such as solar hot water heating, solar parking lot lighting, Energy Star appliances and lighting fixtures and water conserving plumbing. For 2013, Shioi will be completing two design-build projects, the Lanai School Expansion on Lanai and the BASF Seed Facility on Kauai. Offering his forecast for this year and next, Abeshima says, “We continue to see opportunities in public sector work and have begun to see an increase in design activity from the private sector. As we go from 2013 into 2014, the combined activity in both public and private sectors is a promising sign for the construction industry.” Established in 1948, this year Shioi Construction Inc. is celebrating its 65th year of building in Hawaii.

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25 RALPH S. INOUYE CO., LTD. • Construction Specialty: Design-assist, design-build, schools, hospitals, telecom, airport • Years in Hawaii: 51 • Employees in Hawaii: 50 • Public Work Sector: 70 percent • Work Subcontracted: 75 percent


oming in at the No. 25 spot is Ralph S. Inouye Co., Ltd. Although showing an increase in revenue from $29.4 million in 2011 to $36.1 million in 2012, President and CEO Lance Inouye said that 2012 was not the company’s best year and they were fortunate to have a backlog of work to keep busy. A significant ongoing project that is near completion is the Honolulu International Airport Third Level Sterile Corridor. At approximately 2,000 linear feet with three moving walkways, the fully

Rebuilt after a devastating fire in 2008, the Central Union Preschool reopened in 2012.

air-conditioned corridor greets foreign arrival passengers as they make their way from arrival gates to customs. Projects that the company completed in 2012 included the Saint Francis School gymnasium, Kapolei Village Center and Foodland, and the Central Union Preschool. “I am hoping for the best but planning for the worst,” said Inouye when asked to forecast 2013 and 2014. “I am not

optimistic. Because of the stock market, there has been a very fragile and gradual economic recovery.” Upcoming or current projects Inouye looks forward to include the Hawaii Baptist Academy and Honolulu Airport’s Interim Rental Car Facility. Last year, the company celebrated its 50th anniversary. At 98 years old, founder Ralph S. Inouye still makes his way into the office.

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PAST TOP 25 CONTRACTORS LISTS 25th Annual — 2011 (Figures published in 2012 based on 2011 Hawaii-based revenues) (million) 1) Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co., Inc. $355.00 2) Kiewit Corp. 250.40 3) Grace Pacific Corp. 192.00 4t) Albert C. Kobayashi, Inc. 182.00 4t) Nan, Inc. 182.00

6) Nordic PCL Construction, Inc. 160.00 7) Swinerton Builders 125.50 8) dck pacific construction, LLC 116.00 9) Parsons 111.70 10) Coastal Construction Co., Inc. 106.00 11) Watts Constructors, LLC 96.20 12) Delta Construction Corp. 94.00 13) Ledcor Construction Hawaii LLC 82.00

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14) Dorvin D. Leis Co., Inc. 72.95 15) Isemoto Contracting Co., Ltd. 72.90 16) U  nlimited Construction Services, Inc. 61.15 17) Wasa Electrical Services, Inc. 58.10 18) Allied Builders System 47.60 19) Group Builders, Inc. 46.30 20) Alakai Mechanical Corp. 45.60 21) Pankow Builders, Ltd. 43.41 22) Shioi Construction, Inc. 43.30 23) Honolulu Builders, LLC 40.30 24) Ralph S. Inouye Co., Ltd. 29.40 25) Royal Contracting Co., Ltd. 28.43

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(million) 1) Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co., Inc. $285.00 2) Pacific Construction Co., Ltd. 126.00 3) E.E. Black, Ltd. 60.00 4) Pan Pacific Construction, Inc. 39.60 5) Hawaiian Bitmuls & Paving Co. 35.00 6) Royal Contracting Co., Ltd. 35.00 7) Albert C. Kobayashi, Inc. 35.00 8) Grace Pacific Corp. 33.00 9) Santa Fe Engineers 31.50 10) Charles Pankow Builders, Ltd. 27.00 11) Nordic Construction, Ltd. 27.00 12) G.W. Murphy Construction Co., Ltd. 27.00 13) Constructors Hawaii, Inc. 17.03 14) S&M Sakamoto, Inc. 16.89 15) Oahu Construction Co., Ltd. 16.82 16) Robert M. Kaya Builders, Inc. 16.11 17) The Jackson Companies 15.58 18) K  oga Engineering & Construction, Inc. 15.84 19) Kiewit Pacific Co. 15.10 20) Honolulu Roofing Co., Ltd. 15.00 21) Okada Trucking Co., Ltd. 14.67 22) Ralph S. Inouye Co., Ltd. 14.00 23) H  ighway Construction Co., Ltd. 13.20 24) K. Shioi Construction, Inc. 11.20 25) Coastal Construction Co., Inc. 10.41

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“We have been fortunate to do a lot of work for repeat clients who have come back to us with multiple projects that have sustained us through the recession.” —George Ehara, Swinerton Builders

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“We attribute 2012’s revenue increase to our success in the private sector, both bid and negotiated. Record low interest rates and the continued strength of the Hawaii retail sector led to many project opportunities.” —Dan Jordan, Honolulu Builders, LLC

“We foresee increased opportunities for our local workforce in 2013 as a number of significant projects get underway across the state.” —Bill Wilson, Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co., Inc.

“For the remainder of 2013, I think you’re going to see a number of developers and contractors getting themselves set up for a rapid deployment, either late in the year or, more likely, early in 2014.” —Lance Wilhelm, Kiewit Building Group, Inc.

“Competition was still fierce in 2012 but the pendulum began swinging the other way with the resurgence in high-rise developments planned to start in 2013 and 2014.” —Glen Kaneshige, Nordic PCL Construction, Inc.

“By committing to green building early, and adopting it as a standard, we have gained a competitive edge.” —James Keller, Armstrong Builders, LLC


The Noteworthy Contenders are recognized for their outstanding efforts during another challenging year. The companies include iconic Hawaii companies with a long history in the Islands as well as newcomers from the Mainland who have only recently set up shop in the Islands. Royal Contracting Co., Ltd., for example, has been a major part of the local construction industry for 52 years and last year was listed at No. 25 in the annual survey. Royal actually had an “up” year in 2012, posting higher revenue than it did the previous year yet it wasn’t enough to remain among the Top 25. Only $7.1 million in revenue separated Royal from the Top 25. Joining Royal as a Noteworthy Contender is Armstrong Builders, LLC, a 37-year kamaaina firm; Healy Tibbitts Builders, Inc. (49 years); Constructors Hawaii, Inc. (41 years); Nova Group, Inc. (32 years); and new to the list, Pitzer Built Construction, LLC of Maui. Adding a new twist to the listings of Noteworthy Contenders, a newcomer from Colorado, Hensel Phelps Construction Co., opened an office in Honolulu in June 2012 and posted 2012 Hawaii-based revenue of more than $42 million. Had the company been in the Islands for a full year it easily would have qualified to take a place among the Top 25. Overall, it was a close race in another difficult year.

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HENSEL PHELPS CONSTRUCTION CO. • Construction Specialty: General contractor • Years in Hawaii: 1 • Employees in Hawaii: 62 • Public Work Sector: 98 percent • Work Subcontracted: 70 percent


ensel Phelps Construction Co., opened an office in Honolulu in June 2012, but in only a few months quickly proved to be a construction company to watch. The firm’s Pacific District posted Hawaii-based revenue of more than $42 million during the last half of 2012. The Greeley, Colo.-based company, founded in 1937, is handling the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex on Kauai, which is part of a multibilliondollar effort by the military to take Aegis missile systems off ships and make them land-based. Hensel Phelps recently got the nod to construct an Aegis Complex in Romania. “Hensel Phelps has experienced tremendous growth within the past year in the Hawaii market in both securing new and exciting projects and develop-

Construction of the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex is one of Hensel Phelps Construction’s ongoing projects in Hawaii.

ing long-lasting relationships with clients and professionals,” says Kyle Spraberry, project development manager. Other ongoing projects for Hensel Phelps include the Red Hill Fuel Tunnel at Pearl Harbor and the Hilton Grand Vacations Club Hokulani in Waikiki. These projects do not represent the company’s first foray into the construction industry in

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the Islands—its first project in Hawaii was the JC Penny store in 1993. Still, in short time Hensel Phelps has become a major player in the building market in Hawaii. The company’s website says its projects range from “new construction and renovation of commercial office, airport, distribution and industrial,” to “hospitality, mass transportation, entertainment, microelectronics, research and development and laboratory facilities.” The firm’s website also notes that it is consistently ranked by Engineering News Record—No. 1 in government ($1.4 billion), No. 1 in top green government offices ($1 billion) and third in aerospace work ($45 million). Along with its Honolulu office, Hensel Phelps has an office in Tamuning, Guam. Its Pacific District staff also serves the Marshall Islands and Asia. As for Hensel Phelps’ future in the Islands, Spraberry says, “We are excited about all the upcoming opportunities and new projects in 2013, both in the public and private sectors throughout Hawaii.”

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fter landing in the Top 25 last year, Royal Contracting Co., Ltd. is ranked among the Noteworthy Contenders this year despite posting slightly higher revenue in 2012. Royal reported $28.9 million in 2012, up from the $28.4 million the previous year. Over the years, and through the economic crises that hit in 2009, the kaimaaina company’s numbers have held fairly steady—dating back to the first Top 25 in 1987 when Royal placed No. 6 with $35 million. “2012 proved to be a repeat of the past three years for Royal, as well as the construction industry as a whole,” says Leonard Leong, vice president of the 52-year-old company. Royal’s completed or started jobs in 2012 include the Kapolei Parkway Phase 5 project, emergency repairs on the Waialae Nui drainage channel east wall and construction at Sea Country Area 7 Phase 2.

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Royal Contracting completed emergency repairs to the Waialae Nui drainage channel east wall.

Royal was honored by the General Contractors Association (GCA) of Hawaii with a Merit Award in the category of “Specialty Contracts Under $1 Million” for its work on the Waialae Nui drainage channel. Leong foresees little change in some areas of the industry, particularly “no increase in site work and heavy equipment construction.”

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ith revenue of $22.3 million, it was a good year for Armstrong Builders, LLC. According to James Keller, the company’s president, “We experienced a positive upward trend as demonstrated by more inquiries, proposal requests, negotiated projects and executed contracts.” Sustainable building is an important element of Armstrong’s overall business development strategy. “It is clear to us that green building is where our industry is heading and project partners, homeowners and others now expect builders to include these practices.” Keller explains, “By committing to green building early, and adopting it as a standard, we have gained a competitive edge.” With five LEED-accredited professionals on staff, two environmentally green residential communities completed and 10 Gold and one Silver LEED certifications under its belt, Armstrong can say it has developed an expertise in the green building market.

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In 2012, the company completed several projects including the first phase of Gateway at Mililani Mauka, a 32,000-square-foot retail center for Alexander & Baldwin, Inc. It also began work on three new Maui projects in partnership with the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL). Located on Kula, Hikini and Waiehu Kou homestead lands, the turnkey homes are intended for multi-generational living. “We designed the sustainable subdivisions to combine modern technology with the Valley Isle’s natural renewable resources to make the homes energy efficient and comfortable,” explains Keller. Anticipating 5 to 15 percent growth for 2013, Armstrong is looking forward to many upcoming projects, including a large custom home in Kukuiula on Kauai, a golf clubhouse renovation in Kailua and a community center on DHHL land in Kula, Maui. The company also will continue with phase II of Gateway Mililani Mauka.

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(PIC OF KALUPAPA WORK) The critical dock repairs at Kalaupapa, recently won the Grand Award in the GCA Build Hawaii awards for projects completed in 2012.

The critical dock repairs at Kalaupapa, recently won the Grand Award in the GCA Build Hawaii awards for projects completed in 2012.


WHICH Although its 2012 revenue of $15.3 million was down from the $17.1 2011 total, a number of major jobs were completed in 2012, including the Waikiki Beach maintenance (beach replenishment), the afore-mentioned critical dock repairs at Kalaupapa (as a subcontractor to AMEC) and the emergency removal of a 12-inch pipeline for NELHA (Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority) at Keahole Point. In other company news, Emilio Placencia, responsible for the Deep Foundations Group, was promoted to vice president. In a recent interview with Rick Heltzel, president of Healy Tibbitts, concerning the importance of military work to Hawaii, he said, “It’s no secret that this extremely important funding is under pressure following recent budget cuts. It is essential that the construction industry continues its strong support of the DOD (Department of Defense) contracting community.” In looking forward to what the remainder of 2013 will be like for the industry, Heltzel says, “Steady.”



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CONSTRUCTORS HAWAII, INC. • Construction Specialty: General construction • Years in Hawaii: 41 • Employees in Hawaii: 29 • Public Work Sector: 10 percent • Work Subcontracted: 65 percent


n 2012 Constructors Hawaii, Inc. was involved in projects that ranged from schools to banks to drug stores. And, with $14.5 million in revenue, the 41-year-old company earns a spot among this year’s Noteworthy Contenders. “2012 was relatively slow, just like the last few years before that,” says Colin Yoshiyama, the company’s president. “We were fortunate that we did have jobs to keep our key personnel busy.” A key project in 2012 for Constructors Hawaii, Yoshiyama says, was the KCCA Mother Rice Preschool on South King

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NOVA GROUP, INC. • Parent Company: Nova Group, Inc.; Napa, Calif. • Construction Specialty: DoD, marine waterfront and hydrant fueling stations • Years in Hawaii: 32 • Employees in Hawaii: 5 • Public Work Sector: 100 percent • Work Subcontracted: 13 percent


longtime, major player in Hawaii’s military arena, Nova Group, Inc. continues the distinction of being recognized as a Noteworthy Contender in an increasingly competitive marketplace. This is especially true for industry members such as Nova Group, whose sole or primary source of revenue is military sector projects. Consequently, it is not surprising that Hawaii-based revenue decreased in 2012 compared with 2011 for Nova, which was founded in 1976 and has been working in Hawaii continuously since 1981. Projects begun in 2012 include: N62478-09-D-4017 1. DO 0006 - WR 151862 UT inspection and caisson repair at Drydock No. 4 PHNSY (Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard) Hawaii 2. DO 0007 - WR 151741 replace/overhaul pump motor No.1 Drydock No. 1 PHNSY

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Also begun in 2012: N62478-11-D-4045 (Nova subcontractor to PSI, prime contractor) 3. DO 0007 - WR 151701 Drydock No. 3 inner caisson sill repair, PHNSY Total current value of projects started in 2012: $2,894,954. Projects completed in 2012 include: N62478-09-D-4017 1. DO KB01 - fender system repairs at GD-2 Pier, PHNSY In a forecast for the rest of 2013, Carole Bionda, Nova Group vice president, says, “Because of the sequestration and Congress impasse, it is difficult to say. However, the non-residential private sector is looking better.”

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lthough Pitzer Built Construction, LLC is a new name on the list of Noteworthy Contenders, the Lahaina, Maui-based company has been doing custom home construction for 13 years and its president, Doug Pitzer, has been in the home-building industry for a quarter-century. Last year Pitzer Built Construction posted Hawaii-based revenue of $4.26 million, a 7 percent increase over $3.97 million in 2011. “Business has picked up,” says Pitzer, “with strong potential for a prosperous year.” One of its recent projects was a custom estate of 11,000 square feet under roof on Honolua Ridge in Kapalua. Other recent jobs include two condo-

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minums in Kaanapali, a home remodeling in Lahaina and new home construction in Mahinahaina. According to the firm’s website, Pitzer has built more than a dozen multimillion-dollar homes on Maui over the past few years. Founded in 2000, Pitzer Built was honored by Pacific Business News as “2012 Top General Contractor – Outer Island.”

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e often take windows and skylights for granted—usually becoming pointedly aware of them when they need cleaning, repair or replacement. But these accessories that allow us to see the outside world have evolved to help make our indoor environments cooler, brighter, healthier and more cost-efficient. Residential and commercial buildings must contend with Hawaii’s island heat, glare, wind, rain, cold at higher elevations and ever-soaring energy costs. Local product providers and manufacturers are meeting these challenges while giving customers an enriched array of design choices, improved technology and enhanced energy efficiency. 82 | BUILDING INDUSTRY | JULY 2013

hts DESIGN CHOICES Locally, there are a number of wholesalers, retailers and manufacturers of myriad windows systems, some specialized, others generalized. Coastal Windows provides the only vinyl windows and doors designed, engineered, patented, manufactured and installed to perform in Hawaii’s tropical environment. Open to the public are scheduled tours that include a one-hour seminar on the latest technologies in the window film industry at its 30,000-square-foot manufacturing facility at the Waipio Gentry Business Park in Waipahu. “We have a complete line of windows of all shapes and sizes,” says Pam Barrett, advertising director for Coastal Windows. “No one else does a complete line, designing and manufacturing windows here in Hawaii.” A kamaaina wholesale company, operating in the Islands for more than 50 years, is RMA Sales. While RMA manufactures aluminum and vinyl louver windows in Hawaii, the company also acts as an agent and distributor for dealers, such as Emtek and Tradewind Hawaii. Anthony Borge, RMA Sales’ general manager, says he also believes a local company has advantages to offer the consumer. “There is a faster turnaround time from order placement to delivery of products versus imported products,” Borge says. “It is a convenient, timely and effective channel of communication dealing with a brick and mortar entity right here in the islands. Any glitches, problems and opportunities with the respective products that may arise before and after the sale can be dealt with locally. “Homes will have more of a blend of window styles, such as sliding, doublehung, casement, etc., with insulated glass along with louver jalousies strategically situated to facilitate natural airflow throughout the home,” he adds. “Hawaii’s unique climate conditions make the louver-jalousie windows ‘no ka oi’ in harnessing the natural cooling trade winds to ventilate island homes, come rain or shine, unlike other window styles.” Pella Windows and Doors is a longtime leader in designing and manufacturing energy-efficient vinyl, fiberglass and wood windows that help people lower their energy use and their energy bills, according to Elaine Sagers, vice president of marketing at Pella. “I sell about 75 percent Impervia® (fiberglass) and 25 percent Designer Series® (wood) with blinds between the glass,” says Leona Higuchi, Pella trade sales representative. “The uniqueness of the Pella blinds between the glass and the fiberglass frames (nine times stronger than vinyl) separates us from the competition that mostly offers vinyl products.” “In the commercial segment, we sell a lot of windows from our Architect Series®, which is our wood with aluminum cladding line,” says Dawn Kogasaka, Pella project coordinator. “The Architect Series® of windows and doors is our oldest line and features historic authenticity.” Honsador Lumber represents several large national suppliers and offers all services having to do with millwork, including windows, doors and cabinets. Its window departDesigner Series casements with Slimshade blinds mounted between the glass, from Pella. ment specializes in vinyl windows. | 83

RMA Sales Co.’s bay window includes All Weather aluminum double-hung windows and Tradewind aluminum louver jalousies. T&T Tinting Specialists, Inc. provided the Monstera leaf design. “Vinyl windows are placed mostly in residential and some light commercial applications, apartments, assisted living projects, mixed-use projects as well, but mostly residential, says Kay Lanham-Sholseth, in charge of Honsador’s window sales and business development. “Vinyl is a great economical choice because it’s more energy efficient, less expensive and still gets a good structural rating.”

IMPROVED TECHNOLOGY One example of a product developed with cutting edge technology is Coastal Window’s new CoastalGard™ impact-resistant windows designed specifically to protect homes and businesses in environments unique to Hawaii and the Pacific. This window line is engineered to withstand hurricane-force winds and their associated wind-borne debris. Independent lab testing results showed CoastalGard™ impactresistant windows to withstand the impact of a nine-pound wooden 2x4 traveling at a speed of 50 feet per second upon impact, passing impact and pressure cycling test standards of the American Society for Testing and Materials. This product is also certified to bear 140 mile-per-hour winds. Coastal Windows also offers a new technology in window tinting called the Huper Optik ceramic window film that deflects up to 70 percent of the sun’s heat, blocks more than 99.9 percent of UV light rays, is non-reflective, will not change color, bubble or peel, while reducing

The Hawaiian SkyVentTM, with TurboventsTM (patent-pending), is manufactured in Hawaii by Callaway Cooling Skylights. The top-quality, cast Plexi-glass skylight pulls in cool air.

energy costs. Another product is the Clear Advantage Insect Screen that offers better visibility without compromising durability, offering 50 percent more visibility and natural light than standard screens, improves airflow and protects against insects. “There are great windows out there,” says Barrett of Coastal Windows. “There are a lot of companies making very good products, but they don’t always meet the needs of an island climate.”

ENERGY EFFICIENCY Leading the pack in energy efficiency is Pella Windows and Doors, winner of the 2013 Energy Star Partner of the Year Award in the category of “Most Efficient Products.” This award is given to manufacturers and retailers that successfully promote and produce Energy Starqualified products, saving consumers money and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, according to EPA standards. Winners are selected from award applicants among nearly 20,000 organizations that participate in the Energy Star program. “I would say the trend is focusing on the energy efficiency of our windows,” says Pella’s Higuchi. “With more customers installing PV systems, they want to run their air conditioning systems more and keep the cool air inside rather than it leaking out of jalousie windows. Another trend is focusing on pets as part of the family. With more cats and dogs inside the house, 84 | BUILDING INDUSTRY | JULY 2013

more customers are wanting window treatments between the glass to keep them safe and away from their pets.” Still, louver windows seem to rank among the popular choices for energy-saving windows. They take advantage of Hawaii’s Northeasterly trade winds that have cooled the Islands for millennia and are particularly popular for homes, as well as becoming increasingly attractive to commercial projects as well. “Today’s louvers are not like the old-style louver jalousie windows that we as baby boomers were accustomed to in our homes,” Borge says. “The Tradewind louver jalousie windows are far superior in style, performance and application and meet the new state building codes. Louver jalousie windows will continue to have a role in providing maximum cool and natural ventilation in our island homes.” Breezway Hawaii sells directly to the local dealer network and promotes high-performance and energyefficient louver windows that allow for natural light, fresh breezes, open spaces and little need for air conditioning. Its passive design takes into consideration orientation, placement to catch cross-flow ventilation and 90 percent airflow, while still providing privacy. Unlike old-fashioned jalousie windows, Breezway louvers take care of air infiltration, noise, dirt and security issues, says Shawn Moseley, Breezway territory manager. “Our temperature usually only varies about seven degrees, so a lot

In a condo complex along Oahu’s Gold Coast, Elite Railings & Windows installed energy-efficient, hurricane velocity Arcadia sliding windows on top of Breezway jalousie louvers. of homes in Hawaii have jalousies, not because they’re cheaper but because we have such good trade winds,” Moseley says. “When you take out jalousies and put in sliding windows, for example, you see a lot more AC going into the home because you’re destroying ventilation. When it rains, you can’t open a sliding window; you need some form of airflow in the house. People are choosing louvers because they don’t have the problems old jalousies had and yet they still have the benefits of security, full ventilation, suitable for our climate and locally made.” Elite Railings and Windows is a supplier and installer of anodized aluminum products, mostly for commercial buildings. One of the company’s largest distributorship is with Breezway and Arcadia. “Because so many buildings in Hawaii have jalousie windows, most people want to replace their old jalousies with new jalousies,” says Joe Miller, president of Elite. “Breezway, out of Australia, has a high end, long-lasting and easy to maintain louver system called Makani™ that also retrofits into buildings that call for replacement. It is a really good window that has anodized metal and we install them with strong hold clips so that the glass cannot fall out of the window.” Additional options for energy-efficient cooling are skylights. Callaway Cooling Skylights has operated in Hawaii for more than five generations, manufacturing traditional flat

One of Coastal Windows’ newest products, the CoastalGardTM recently passed the impact and pressure cycling test standards of the American Society of Testing and Materials.

glass, lean-to, pyramid, triangle and polygon skylights, as well as custom skylights and greenhouses. Its most popular line of skylights is the Hawaiian SkyVent that includes Sunvents™, Turbovents™ (patentpending), and Kona SunBonnet Venting Operables™ designed to vent out rising hot air while reducing humidity, odors, mildew and mold. All come with a lifetime warranty. | 85

“We are the only full service manufacturer of skylights in Hawaii,” says John Callaway, manager. “Our products are made to a real Rolls-Royce level, the best there is. My grandfather always said, ‘A cheap skylight is no bargain!’ In spite of the economy, there are people who want to cool down their house, save money and still have the ‘Wow’ factor because the views are so great.” BI



Opening photo: CDS International used Autodesk’s Revit Building Information Modeling (BIM) software to produce computer-generated images of the new Aiea Public Library’s interior, which includes exposed structural elements and air conditioning ducts and natural lighting. Above: With Autodesk’s Revit Building Information Modeling (BIM) software, CDS International created a model of the new Aiea Public Library with a design reminiscent of the old sugar mill buildings. Photos courtesy of CDS International 86 | BUILDING INDUSTRY | JULY 2013

any experts said the construction industry would never be the same when Building Information Modeling (BIM) made its debut some 10 years ago. And for the most part, they were right. Now considered the most revolutionary technology in the industry, this 3-D modeling process, along with a dynamic universe of software to support it, allows an entire project team, from owner to subcontractor, to make more informed decisions much earlier in the planning, design, construction and renovation process—when decisions can have the greatest impact on project cost, schedule and sustainability. With BIM, professionals and owners can digitally design, visualize, simulate and

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TECHNOLOGY TAKES THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY INTO THE VIRTUAL WORLD. BY MARK DOYLE analyze the key physical and functional characteristics of a project—before they build it. As predicted, the result has been increased efficiency, productivity, quality and return on the investment. According to a recent McGraw-Hill SmartMarket report, almost 50 percent of the industry is now using BIM; all BIM users plan significant increases in their use of the technology; and the vast majority are experiencing real business benefits directly attributable to BIM. Key findings in the report specifically reveal that two-thirds of BIM users say they see positive ROI on their overall investment in BIM, and 93 percent of users believe there is potential to gain more value. “BIM has made a huge difference in the way we do business,” says Rod McLaughlin, director of project development, Hawaiian Islands and Asia Pacific, for dck pacific construction, LLC. “We’ve embraced it to the degree that all of our design-build projects use some form of Revit or Bentley Workstation (BIM software). On our federal design-build projects, it’s actually mandated that we use it.” Carol Sakata, a veteran Honolulu architect and principal for 41 years at CDS International, says she has embraced 3-D modeling in most of her work, as well. “Some people in my industry are still reluctant to use the newer technologies—they prefer to use CAD (computer aided design) programs because they’ve already invested in the software and have been using it for 25 years,” she says. “At my company, we still do projects with CAD, but it depends on who’s doing it. If it’s one of my projects, we use BIM more often.” In many cases, it depends on the client. “We see some clients really interested in BIM,” she says. “We’ve been doing a lot of design-build projects and, since 2009, we’ve used BIM on all of them.”

Chris Baze, an architect who is now the BIM manager for Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co., Inc., says his company also uses BIM extensively. “What’s driving BIM is to get building owners to get on board and request it,” he says. “Everyone on a project benefits from the BIM workflow. We still use CAD on some projects, but 100 percent of our projects now use some form of BIM.”

“Today, you can build the project twice— virtually and physically. It’s changing the way people look at construction.” — Charles E. Ostiguy, dck worldwide, LLC

The most widely used BIM software is unquestionably sold by Autodesk. Customers in the manufacturing, architecture, building, construction, media and entertainment industries— including the last 15 Academy Award winners for Best Visual Effects—use Autodesk software to design, visualize and simulate their ideas. Since its introduction of AutoCAD in 1982, Autodesk continues to develop the broadest portfolio of visual and virtual software on the global market. The most popular of these products is Autodesk Revit software. Considered state-of-the art, Revit basically allows users to design a building and its components in 3-D, annotate the model with 2-D drafting elements and access building information from the building model’s database. Revit is 4-D BIM capable with tools to plan and track various stages in the building’s lifecycle, from concept to construction to demolition. It’s also now 5-D compatible, which applies up-to-date cost control analysis to the model. | 87

The software features intelligent parametric building components to improve design accuracy, bidirectional association that enables any change in a design to be automatically reflected throughout the model. The software’s work sharing allows multiple users to simultaneously work on the same intelligent building model, and the construction modeling improves insight into constructability of building elements. “Most architectural firms still use AutoCAD, the 2-D Autodesk software the construction industry has been using for 25 years,” says Yoshi Honda, an architect and director of operations for USCAD Hawaii, currently the only authorized re-seller of Autodesk Revit in Hawaii. “But they’re moving beyond this flat 2-D world into the virtual 3-D world.” Honda says USCAD has been using and selling BIM technology for the past five years, but that he has been working with it for 10, previously with his own company, Pacific CAD Services. “What has really changed in the last three years is the entertainment and gaming industries,” he points out. “Their advancement in the quality of rich, live graphics is now being used to create similar graphics in the designs and renderings in the architectural and construction industries. It has allowed us to wrap scenes and textures into our models and renderings we’d previously never seen before.” In Hawaii, Honda says, 90 percent of the BIM market uses Autodesk Revit, and the other 10 percent uses products from Bentley Systems, Inc., a competitor of Autodesk that also sells construction software for structural analysis, design, documentation, BIM and detailing. “Bentley is mostly used on federal design-build projects where the government has mandated that this software be used,” Honda points out.

Clash Detection Regardless of which products are used to implement 3-D modeling, one of the primary benefits of BIM remains “clash” detection. The ability to rotate a 3-D model of a project early in the design stage, with immediate access to every detail and measurement, enables any potential conflicts or issues, say between plumbing pipes and electrical pipes converging in the same space, to be identified and revised before actual construction ever begins. You don’t have to be a CPA to recognize that this feature can, and does, save considerable time and money. “If our engineers are using Autodesk Revit and detect a clash, they can make the appropriate changes in minutes,” notes Charles E. Ostiguy, senior vice president of information technology for dck worldwide, LLC. In fact, this opportunity recently presented itself on the new Information Technology Center dck pacific is building at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. “We did full architectural, structural and mechanical BIM models for this project,” says Corey Sakata, who is responsible for project BIM integration/implementation for pck pacific in Hawaii. “I was holding weekly clash meetings with all of our subs, and we saw a lot of lines and conduits in conflict with each other. We were able to resolve the situation quickly, but if we hadn’t had BIM, it could have been a nightmare.”

In The Cloud According to, the next generation of BIM technology is “in the cloud.” Cloud computing has taken the mobile communications industry by storm, so it was just a matter of time before it moved in to cast its long shadow over the evolution of BIM and the construction industry. BIM can now be available via mobile devices to anyone, anywhere, any time. Building, infrastructure, design and construction professionals can now access intelligent, model-based

Building Information Modeling (BIM) software enabled dck pacific construction, LLC to create a model of an area of the University of Hawaii’s new Information Technology Center in Manoa. Shown are the computer-generated model and the actual installation. workflows through a broad range of cloud-based services within the Autodesk® 360 platform that provide mobility, accessibility and virtually infinite computing power. In the cloud, BIM can help design and construction teams of all disciplines improve the outcomes of their projects, including their bottom lines, by moving intensive computation tasks to the cloud, which means quicker visualization, simulation and collaboration, all with access to intelligent, data-rich models.

Going Mobile “Mobile applications of 3-D modeling that enhance collaboration and flexibility is where the industry is headed,” says Ostiguy, adding that mobility has become a priority for dck worldwide. “One example of its efficiency is when you have subs on the job who are multilingual,” he says. “Safety officers can use a mobile, visual representation, in 3-D, to go over safety procedures. Or, a superintendent can use it to explain to his crew what needs to be done on the job that day. “You might be coming out of your truck and get stopped by an inspector who asks you a question. If you have a mobile device, you can access the answer immediately. Mobility is flexibility.” Right now, the most dominant mobile platforms the industry is using are iPhones, iPads and Androids, though Honda says tablets seem to be the preference at the job site because they provide a larger image. “Instead of carrying around rolls of paper blueprints, construction crews are carrying around tablets and phones,” he says.

Laser Scanners Laser scanning captures existing conditions in the form of a point cloud, which consists of millions of points with precise coordinates. Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co. created an elevation map of a concrete slab in a commercial space that changes colors for every elevation gain to help determine floor flatness.

BIM is certainly not the only cutting-edge technology in the construction industry, but almost everything currently on the market or in development seems to be related to it one way or the other. One of the more exciting new tech tools for draftsmen and architects is the laser scanner.


“You can put a small laser scanner in a position to create a point cloud, which recaptures every detail of the environment and conditions of a particular space,” Honda explains. “We no longer have to draw all of that detail and texture into a design. It’s done automatically. Where it’s really useful is in existing spaces, such as wastewater treatment plants, or in hard-to-get-to ceiling or floor spaces.” Hawaiian Dredging has two laser printers that Baze says the company is still testing but will start rolling out on its projects soon. “When you combine those millions of laser beams to create a point cloud, then add 3-D to it, you can achieve incredible detail down to 1/8 or 1/16 of an inch,” he says. It’s cool technology, but hold on— the scanners cost $100,000 each. Hawaiian Dredging can apparently afford it, but it’s a steep investment for most construction companies in Hawaii. The scanners can, however, be contracted for use from Sam O. Hirota, Inc., which specializes in digitizing, measuring and modeling using 3-D laser scanning, imaging hardware and software workflows. This brings up the downside to all of this latest technology, and for many it’s a conundrum. Laser scanners aside, the software for BIM is undoubtedly still expensive. Yes, the larger companies in Hawaii are using it but, according to Garrett Sullivan, a general contractor in Hawaii for 32 years before becoming a management consultant for the construction industry, this represents only a small percentage of construction companies in the Islands. “On the Mainland, BIM is on fire among large and medium-sized companies, but only the large construction companies are using it here,” he says. “It’s quite a change in the industry, and everyone will have to get on board eventually. But it’ll be slow but sure in Hawaii.” For dck pacific, however, which is part of a worldwide company, the time is now. “In order to keep up and be successful in this industry, you have to be on top of the latest technology,” McLaughlin says. “If

“Architectural firms are moving beyond this flat 2-D world into the virtual 3-D world.”

— Yoshi Honda, USCAD Hawaii you don’t, you’ll be left behind.” Ostiguy says the corporate vision at dck worldwide includes, among other

things, innovation. “What’s great about being part of the construction industry is realizing that technology is a differential,” he says. “It’s improved the way we do our jobs. It helps us be better at delivering execution, and helps us manage risks, safety and costs. “Today, you can build the project twice—virtually and physically. It’s changing the way people look at construction.” BI

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An artist’s rendering of the new hotel planned for Laie. Laie Ventures LLC has been selected as the developer for a new hotel adjacent to the Polynesian Cultural Center on the site of what was the Laie Inn. Construction is expected to begin later this year. Though approved for four stories and 222 rooms, plans have been

scaled back to three stories and, for the first phase of the project, 144 rooms. An upscale pool, bistro and meeting space in the entry building are planned. The redevelopment is being facilitated through a ground lease by Hawaii Reserves, Inc. (HRI), which manages and owns property

affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Laie Ventures is a partnership formed by Dan Gifford and Brent Wood, who have more than 25 years of development experience in commercial, residential, hospitality and high-tech construction. “We are pleased to enter a development agreement with Laie Ventures, a welcomed next step for reinstating this important economic driver and community resource in Koolau Loa,” says R. Eric Beaver, HRI president, adding that the hotel is expected to be a Marriott. “The entire region will benefit from this long-awaited, muchneeded lodging facility.” The Laie McDonald’s and Chevron gas station currently on the new hotel site will be relocated. Plans call for Chevron to move to the Laie Shopping Center, while McDonald’s is expected to move further north on the property.

Trade Publishing Takes Home 4 Pai Awards Trade Publishing Company won four awards at the 2013 Hawaii Publishers Association’s 28th annual Pai Awards. The Pai Awards, which are held each year to honor outstanding achievements in Hawaii journalism and publications, were held May 9 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. The entries for the awards were sent to the Mainland to be judged by working journalists, photographers, editors and professors. In the category for “Best Trade Magazine,” Trade Publishing Co. took home both first and second place for two of its magazines. First place went to the August/ September issue of Building Management Hawaii (BMH). Trade Publishing’s graphic manager, Kim Martin designed the cover, which judges praised, “My favorite part of the

magazine is the cover. The designer chose to keep it understated yet bold. The interior pages are also cleanly designed, and the use of just a few fonts keeps things elegant. I like the consistency of typography throughout the publication.” Second place for “Best Trade Magazine” went to the July issue of Building Industry magazine. The issue provided coverage on “Hawaii’s Top 25 Contractors” and celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Top 25 section. Building Industry’s “Top 25 Contractors” issue is one of the most highly anticipated and read issues for the construction industry. It provides detailed profiles and information about Hawaii’s top construction companies. The July issue also won a second place Pai award for the category 90 | BUILDING INDUSTRY | JULY 2013

“Excellence in a Special Section.” Ursula Silva designed the insert’s anniversary logo and the issue’s cover design was by Trade’s Susan Whitney. The judges praised the work by saying the issue has “nice photography and inviting graphics. The colorful, bold cover commands attention.” For the category of “Best Directory,” Trade took first place for its Maui Wedding Planner. Silva designed the special planner, which was published for the Maui Wedding Association. —J Crawford

Two From Hawaii Win RevoluSun Challenge Griffith Jurgens and Marian Kang, both of Hawaii, were among the winners of RevoluSun’s “Earth Day Challenge” in May. Jurgens, a sixth-grade teacher at Sacred Hearts Academy, taught students about sustainability on Earth Day and was the public winner based on the amount of Facebook “likes” on his posting of images on Earth Day. Kang, a paralegal, received a solar briefcase for winning the in-house challenge. “Doing this contest each year allows us to walk the walk and bring our values of renewable energy into the bigger picture for daily, individual acts of sustainability,” said Eric Carlson, RevoluSun principal. “We get to inspire each other to refresh and expand our earthfocused initiatives at home and at the work place.”

‘Sweepsteaks’ Winner Dorina Trinidad, a bid coordinator for Trane Commercial Systems, a brand of Ingersoll Rand, is the winner of Building Industry magazine’s monthly “Sweepsteaks” drawing for a $100 gift card to Hy’s Steak House. Trinidad, of Waikele, said she entered the “Sweepsteaks” after reading about it in an email she receives from the General Contractors Association (GCA) of Hawaii. Previous “Sweepsteaks” winners include Sharon Chang of Hawaii Kai, Kimberly Calpo of Kapolei, Mindy Willers of Ewa Beach, Maude Omai of Honolulu and Lynette Langsi of Kapolei. To enter the contest go to

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