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NewsBeat Renovations Begin at Kuhio Park Terrace Public housing developers Michaels Development Group and Vitus Group began work in May with the Hawaii Public Housing Authority on a $135 million project to renovate The Towers at Kuhio Park Terrace (KPT). Originally built in 1963, it is the state’s largest public housing facility. “This project is helping to provide more than 100 jobs for local construction workers, as well as highquality, affordable housing for the current and future residents of Kuhio Park Terrace,” says Makani Maeva, Vitus Group director. The project is being partially funded with $56 million of tax-exempt bonds and almost $45 million in equity from low-income housing tax credits. Monika Mordasini, vice president of development for Michaels Development, says that while her company is one of the largest public housing contractors in the country, it was important to work with a company that already had established roots in Hawaii. “We understand that there are certain nuances and particular ways of doing things in different communities, and Vitus Group has already developed things here in Hawaii,” says Mordasini. “It’s a good partnership for us.” Mordasini says that one of the keys to the success of Michaels Development’s renovations has been to establish “on-site hotels” in occupied properties. At KPT, Mordasini’s company has reserved the top three floors of one tower for residents to occupy on a six to 12-week basis while their units are being renovated, a practice that has enabled Michaels to begin work while only having to move 4 percent of the complex’s residents to other properties. “It helps to minimize the displacement of residents,” says Mordasini. “It enables them to stay in their homes. Their children go to the same schools. Those are the benefits of not having to displace residents off-site.” Mordasini says that each unit will likely get about $90,000 worth of work done, including exterior and interior finishes, enclosed lanais, windows, flooring, doors, fixtures, and energy efficient appliances. Forty-five units will be equipped for access by people with disabilities while 34 ground floor units will be converted into offices for social service groups that serve the KPT community. Maeva says that the renovations “will not result in an increase in rent for residents.” Local firms providing design and construction services for the project include Architects Hawaii, MVEPacific, Inc., Community Planning & Engineering, Inc. and Albert C. Kobayashi, Inc. The renovation is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2012. Top: Existing kitchens in the Towers at Kuhio Park Terrace will get new fixtures, surfaces and appliances as part of over $48 million in improvements to the public housing complex. Center: A rendering of the finished kitchens, including energyefficient appliances. Work is expected to finish on the unit renovation by the end of 2012. Bottom: The groundbreaking ceremony to mark the beginning of work was held on May 19. Hawaii Pacific Steel Framing Alliance Installs New Officers City & County of Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle shakes hands with Tim Waite after swearing him in as 2011-2012 president at the recent installation event. Left to right: Mayor Peter Carlisle, Bobbie Kane, a 2011-2012 director and past president of HSA, and Timothy Waite, HSA president 2011-2012 6 | BUILDING INDUSTRY | JULY 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Building Industry Magazine - July 2011

Aqua Starts Work on Schofield Pipes
Target Teams up With dck
BIA Honors Renaissance Winners
Hawaii Prince Gets Makeover
COE Honors Firms in Mothballing Project
Renovations Begin at Kuhio Park Terrace
Best Practices
Contracts Awarded
Low Bids
Spotlight on Success: Franciscan Vistas Ewa
Company Showcase: Walker-Moody Construction Co., Ltd
Concept to Completion: Kukui Gardens
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Building Industry Magazine - July 2011