Building Industry Magazine - February 2013 - (Page 56)

NewsBeat Forest City Hawaii Powers Up Navy Homes Forest City Hawaii recently completed the Pearl City Peninsula Solar Energy Facility with an official “flip the switch” ceremony and Hawaiian blessing. Comprised of more than 4,300 solar panels installed by Hoku Solar, it is Oahu’s largest utilityscale solar photovoltaic project, generating 1.23 megawatts of clean, renewable energy. The project, which will power approximately 150 to 250 Navy homes each year, is the fourth utility-scale solar facility that Forest City Hawaii has completed on Oahu, making it one of the largest renewable-energy developers and owners in the state. Rear Adm. Frank Ponds, commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, spoke about embracing innovation while preserving history, maintaining force readiness while achieving greater sustainability, and becoming less dependent on imported oil. “We are flipping the switch to a brighter future, and we are switching to clean energy. The time has come to The Pearl City Peninsula Solar Energy Facility has more than 4,300 solar panels to provide electricity to as many as 250 Navy homes. Inset: The area before the facility was installed. move away from foreign oil and other fossil fuels wherever we can. This is another example of the Navy leading— with our partners and friends—in energy security,” Ponds said. Attending the ceremony were Gov. Neil Abercrombie; Jennifer Sabas, Sen. Daniel K. Inouye’s chief of staff; Jerrod Schreck, president of Hoku Solar; and Connie Lau, president and CEO of Hawaiian Electric Industries, chairman of Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. and chairman of American Savings Bank. “We are grateful to bring clean energy to the Navy families who serve our country with honor and commitment and who are so important to the state of Hawaii and to Forest City,” said Jon Wallenstrom, president of Forest City Hawaii. Forest City Hawaii’s three other utility-scale solar projects on Oahu include the Kapolei Sustainable Energy Park (1.18 megawatts) and the Twelker Solar Farm (0.60 megawatts) and the Phan Solar Farm (0.57 megawatts) in West Oahu. Thielen Heads BIA Officers for 2013 The Building Industry Association (BIA) of Hawaii has elected new officers for 2013, with Greg Thielen of Complete Construction Services Corp. being Greg Thielen named president. He will guide the team of Brian Adachi of BKA Builders, Inc., president-elect; Sunny Walsh of Hunt Building Company, Ltd., vice-president; Richard Hobson Jr. of Gentry Homes, Ltd., secretary; Guy J. Shindo of First Hawaiian Bank, treasurer; Paul D. Silen of Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co., Inc., special appointee-builder; Craig Washofsky of Servco Home & Appliance Distribution, special appointee-associate; Dean I. Asahina of Universal Construction, Inc., immediate past president; and Karen T. Nakamura, chief executive officer, BIA-Hawaii. The incoming 2013 board includes Scotty Anderson of Pacific 56 | BUILDING INDUSTRY |FEBRUARY 2013 Rim Partners; W. Bruce Barrett of Castle & Cooke Homes Hawaii, Inc.; Anthony Borge of RMA Sales; David Chang of CS Design Builders; Clifton Crawford of C & J Contracting, Inc.; Ryan Engle of Bays Lung Rose & Holma; Evan Fujimoto of Graham Builders, Inc.; Marshall Hickox of Homeworks Construction, Inc.; Mark Kennedy of HASEKO Construction, Inc.; Gary T. Okimoto of Honolulu Wood Treating; Dean Uchida of SSFM International, Inc. and Michael Watanabe of JW, Inc.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Building Industry Magazine - February 2013

NEWS BEAT: The Residences coming to Waikiki
Guam Reef nears completion
Pearl City Solar Facility powers up
BIA elects Thielen new president
Auwahi Wind facility is operational
DEPARTMENTS: Editor’s Corner
Spotlight on Success: Seabury Hall Creative Arts Center
Contracts Awarded
Low Bids
Concept to Completion: Six Eighty Ala Moana
RCAH Job of the Year awards
Best Practices
New Products

Building Industry Magazine - February 2013