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NewsBeat Living Museum Getting $38 Million Makeover Polynesian Cultural Center (PCC) is currently undergoing a five-year, $38 million renovation to enhance its activities, shows, restaurants and retail operations. Since opening in 1963, PCC has entertained more than 34 million visitors, while preserving and portraying the culture, arts and crafts of Polynesia. “The additions we have planned at the Polynesian Cultural Center will bring new and exciting elements to the park that will revitalize our guests’ experiences,” says Alfred Grace, PCC chief operating officer. “These investments will allow our guests to gain a deeper understanding of the Polynesian cultures in new and more immersive ways. For example, after nearly a year’s worth of renovations, PCC’s Marquesas exhibit was reopened in June. Designed to represent the rich culture and lush green landscapes of a French Polynesian island village, the 5,000-square-foot exhibit has received improvements that include fully renovated, authentic Polynesian structures and picturesque waterfalls, lush vegetation and a walkway to a private lookout. The visitor attraction also is renovating its restaurant facilities. For example, the Gateway and Ambassador buffets are undergoing a complete makeover and will reopen by the end of summer with greatly expanded capacity, an estimated combined size of 24,400 square feet. The makeover also includes a redesign of the exterior and interior of the Hukilau Theater, which will offer visitors a new cinematic experience called the “Hawaiian Journey.” The theater is expected to open by spring 2012. PCC also is planning a major extension of the Polynesian Market Place by summer 2012. “Accommodating more shops, the market place will enable the PCC to offer a wider variety goods from throughout all of Polynesia, including an ukulele factory, Polynesian handicrafts, fresh island fruits and vegetables and other Polynesian cuisine,” says PCC. Long’s Completes Moiliili Renovation After 18 months of work renovating the site of the former Star Market on South King Street, the new Moiliili Long’s Drugs is open for business. CVS Pharmacy, the parent company of Long’s, selected Allied Builders System as the general contractor to convert the former supermarket into a smaller drugstore with a pharmacy, bank and drive-thru powered by a pneumatic tube system. “The total square footage of the renovated building is about 31,200 square feet,” says Victor Han, executive project manager for Allied Builders. “The original Star Market building was about 36,600.” Work included the demolition and removal of existing walls, structures, flooring, roofing and exterior trellises, construction of new concrete masonry unit exterior walls and reinforcement of the roof with a steel truss system. Han said that in addition to the work on the site itself, some of the construction of the surrounding area was required by the city. “The city required us to relocate an existing traffic signal and redo the intersection at King and Hausten streets,” Han explains. “This was a lot of work done in a short amount of time. With the new store opening date set at June 5, we had little time to get this work complete. We needed to double up the manpower for each portion of work to finish on time.” The new Moiliili Long’s opened for business on June 5 after 18 months of renovation work by Allied Builders System. 10 | BUILDING INDUSTRY | AUGUST 2011

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

Building Industry Magazine - August 2011
Catepillar Showcase
Seminars Augment PBT Expo
BIA Dedicates New Hawaiian Home
NAVFAC Awards New Contracts
Living Museum Getting $38 Million Makeover
Pearl City Street Dedicated
Contracts Awarded
Spotlight on Success: New Target Store in Hilo
Architects Corner
Best Practices
Low Bids
Concept to Completion: Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort Renovation
The House Built for Hope
News Makers
New Products

Building Industry Magazine - August 2011