Building Industry Magazine - June 2012 - (Page 57)

ConceptToCompletion elationships for over Hilton Hawaiian Village at treet, Ste. 1340, Honolulu (808) 521-8408 & 120 years Rainbow Tower Renovations License # ABC-3753 Panoramic View Since opening in 1968, the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort’s Rainbow Tower has become a popular choice for guests because of its proximity to the beach and the property’s Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon. It features the world’s largest ceramic-tile mosaic – composed of 16,000 colorful tiles – spanning 286 feet high by 26 feet wide on each end of the tower. Most recently, the iconic high rise has undergone a $45 million makeover that upgraded all of its nearly 800 guest rooms, including the tower’s signature suites, the Duke Kahanamoku Suite and the Niumalu Suite on the 30th and 31st floor respectively. The total makeover encompassed all furnishings, carpet, wall covering, bathrooms, tubs, fixtures, drapery and artwork. According to Hilton, architect Pacific Asia Design Group used the colors of Hawaii as the basis for developing themes for the new rooms; for example, use of oranges and golds to represent the warmth and vibrancy of the sun. General contractor Swinerton Builders began the comprehensive renovation project in April last year, performing the work in two phases, according to Mark Tacazon, marketing coordinator for the firm. Phase I involved the complete renovation of the top four floors of the 31-story building, with the remaining guest rooms in Phase II. Scope of work also included corridors and elevators. Upgrades to the signature suites themselves were valued at approximately $1.3 million. access doors add a unique texture to the interior environment. • The Far East floor (28th), which caters to the hotel’s Japanese guests, have specialized water closets that include thermostat-controlled bidets and Toto washlets. • The Duke Kahanamoku and Niumalu suites are appointed with handcrafted wooden artwork from Indonesia, modern custom bathtubs with stonetop ledges and audiovisual facilities. The main living area includes a dining area, family sofa set and living room, set to jewel tones of sapphire blues and golds intended to recall Hawaii’s shimmering oceans. • The modern redesigned elevator lobby uses heavy African Mahogany crown moulding millwork, Vegas Rock elevator surrounds and LED ambient lighting. • Each room is equipped with 42-inch flat-screen televisions and video devices as well as Internet amenities. • Top-of-the-line door closers and viewers by Schlage provide a-180 degree view of the corridor. Back of the House “During construction, the team was met with the stringent task of asbestos removal and treatment for water intrusion, which required an additional week of production for each floor,” explains Tacazon. “As a solution to this unforeseen problem, the Swinerton team quickly adapted and implemented a fast-tracked schedule working seven days a week with 12 hour shifts in order to meet the expected deadlines.” Other noteworthy aspects of the project include: • Innovative three-dimensional metal finishes on elevator doors and service JUNE 2012 | BUILDING INDUSTRY | 57

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