Building Industry Magazine - April 2012 - (Page 8)

NewsBeat Armstrong Earns Accolades for having developed and implemented exceptional construction safety programs in order to achieve exemplary safety and health in the residential construction industry. The second was a silver Energy Value Housing Award in the hot climate category, an award that recognizes builders and remodelers who voluntarily incorporate energy efficiency in the design, construction and marketing of homes. Armstrong recently completed two subdivisions that have earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification. In fact, on Jan. 11, Armstrong Builders was named the Grand Award Winner in this year’s Green Builder Home of the Year Awards by Green Builder Media for one of those subdivisions: its 45-unit Kumuhau community in Waimanalo. Designed and built in partnership with the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, the project was recognized for its functional use of natural surroundings, water and energy efficiencies, and reflective planning in the design layout. Finally, Armstrong Pacific was awarded on March 6 a $1.8 million contract to build the first phase of a new Easter Seals Hawaii facility in Kahului, Maui. The project involves the renovation of a 6,000-squarefoot building, which formerly housed two preschools. It will include new classrooms to accommodate training and recreational programs; new plumbing and electrical wiring; new bathrooms, a new roof, and air conditioning and ventilation system. In addition, Armstrong Pacific will resurface the parking lot, install new landscaping and irrigation and build a new covered pavilion. Work is expected to be complete by August 2012. Robert Armstrong (center), CEO of Armstrong Builders, accepts the firm’s SAFE award from Jennifer Allen (left), Builders Mutual Insurance Company, and Don Pratt, 2012 chairman of NAHB’s Construction Safety and Health Committee. The first quarter of 2012 has been a fruitful one for the Armstrong Companies, which recently received three awards along with a $1.8 million Maui contract. In February, Armstrong Builders LLC, the firm’s construction arm, earned two awards from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), which were presented during NAHB’s International Builders’ Show. One was a first place Safety Award for Excellence (SAFE) in the single-family home builder category. Armstrong was one of 17 companies to be recognized February Fire Delays UH Projects Fourteen University of Hawaii (UH) projects initially scheduled to bid between Feb. 17 and March 8 have been postponed because of a fire on Feb. 12 that caused an estimated $1.25 million damage to the college’s fiscal and procurement office. Investigations indicate the fire’s origin was electrical, and the damaged structure has been cleared for demolition. The university has not yet determined what reconstruction on the site will occur. In the meantime, the displaced employees have been temporarily relocated among a total of 14 sites throughout the UH system offices, UH Manoa campus and nearby areas. The fiscal office houses financial records for all 10 campuses in the UH system, including plans and specs for the postponed projects. They range from improvements to athletic facilities, reroof and repair projects to a variety of campus buildings, and various system upgrades. Also postponed are two projects on Maui and one in Hilo on the Big Island. As of March 1, only one of the projects had been rescheduled, an elevator modernization project at UH Manoa, originally set to bid on Feb. 17, postponed to March 19. 8 | BUILDING INDUSTRY | APRIL 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Building Industry Magazine - April 2012

Bridges & Roadwork
Earth Day
Renovation & Remodeling
Lumber & Wood
ABC Installs New Leadership
AIA Celebrates Architecture Month
Armstrong Earns Accolades
Aiea to Get New Library
HART Confirms Grabauskas as Director
Best Practices
Contracts Awarded
Spotlight on Success: Whole Foods Market, Kailua
Low Bids
Concept to Completion: Walmart Kapolei
Company Showcase: Valve Service & Supply, Inc.
New Products

Building Industry Magazine - April 2012