Building Industry Magazine - June 2012 - (Page 14)

Infrastructure Update: these days? Who is doing the work? Boosting Our Quality What are the hot button topics in infrastructure To give you a snapshot of the situation, we’re reaching out to top general contractors as well as state and county agencies. In April, Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. began drilling the very first foundation shaft and support column of what eventually will be a 20-mile rail system. Straight Talk Ben Prock, Hawaii area manager for Kiewit Infrastructure West Co., says there are numerous examples of aging infrastructure throughout the state. “Hawaii’s roads and highways are in need of attention, with many of Hawaii’s bridges structurally deficient and not up to current safety standards. Our harbors and airports that serve as integral transportation systems in supplying the state with goods and people mobility are also in dire need of infrastructure upgrades,” says Prock. “Hawaii’s wastewater systems do not meet all water quality standards and with the climbing population growth, upgrades are desperately needed to make sure that the health and well-being of our communities are not compromised.” Darrell Goo, senior vice president of construction for Grace Pacific Corporation, offers his take on the issue: “I think the aging infrastructure scenario can be associated with any area of growth in the United States. Although the main focus of growth 14 | BUILDING INDUSTRY | JUNE 2012 in the state has been on the island of Oahu, we are starting to see an increase on Maui and the Big Island while on Kauai the growth has been limited, and on Molokai and Lanai it has been stagnate. With this in mind, the City and County of Honolulu has been focusing repairs on wastewater and roads while the state Department of Transportation (DOT) due to funding restrictions, has not been able to put any major attention towards road repairs or bridgework. At the airports and harbors our contracts have been

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

Cover June 2012, Drilling for the first column
News Beat
BIA Gala Honors Renaissance Winners
Southeast Maui to Get Wind Power
LCC Breaks Ground for Education Building
REHAB Completes First Phase of Rebuild Campaign
GCA Salutes Build Hawaii Winners
Vitus Group Completes $3.1 Million Renovation
HSA Celebrates Milestone Year
Contracts Awarded
Spotlight on Success: Pearl Harbor Fitness Center
Best Practices
Low Bids
Concept to Completion: Hilton Hawaiian Village Renovations
New Products

Building Industry Magazine - June 2012