Building Industry Magazine - August 2011 - (Page 11)

Pearl City Street Dedicated Manana residents now have a new way to get into their Pearl City community. The City and County of Honolulu on June 29 dedicated the recently finished Kaakepa Street, a roadway connecting Kuala and Kuahaka streets that is expected to alleviate traffic in the Manana area. “Kaakepa Street is roughly one quarter of a mile long, but its benefit to this community will go on and on by improving the quality of life for residents,” says Honolulu Mayor Peter Carlisle. The new three-lane street, which serves as an extension of Cane Haul Road, was built by general contractor 57 Builders Ltd. The county also hired Engineering Concepts Inc. as its design consultant firm on the $3.5 million project. Besides the roadway itself, the project also included construction of curbs and gutters, sidewalks, retaining walls, a storm drainage system, traffic signals, street lighting, landscaping and irrigation. The street also includes bike lanes in each direction. Named after the Hawaiian word meaning to “take a short cut,” the Kaakepa Street project is one of the (Center) Honolulu City Councilman Breene Harimoto and Mayor Peter Carlisle cut the maile lei during the June 29 ceremony dedicating Kaakepa Street in Pearl City. The street is expected to relieve congestion on nearby Waimano Home Road. planned infrastructure improvements in support of the Manana and Pearl City Junction Development, a 122-acre master planned development on land formerly owned by the U.S. Navy. Capitol Improvements Begin at Kapiolani Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children broke ground on June 29 for a new 996-stall parking structure that marks the first step of the 15-year master plan for the hospital. The multiphased construction plan allows for the continued operation of the hospital throughout the expansion and rebuilding process. Designed by Architects Hawaii, Ltd., the $26 million structure is being built by general contractor dck pacific construction, LLC. “It was vital that we build this parking structure to pave the way for the vision we have for the overall facility’s expansion and renovation,” says Ray Vara, executive vice president and CEO of hospital operations for Hawaii Pacific Health. “The design will maximize the 20,000-square-foot area to accommodate all of our patients, families, employees, physicians and visitors while allowing for improved utilization of the entire property for patient care facilities.” The new structure is designed to meet LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified criteria and incorporates eco-friendly components such as photovoltaic panels on the roof, electric car charging stations, open spaces to increase air flow and natural light, as well as a textured concrete exterior to minimize cleaning requirements. It also features a double-helix design, which provides a gentle climb up the facility’s 17 floors. Additional features include full-sized diagonal stalls to allow for easy in and out, four ADA-compliant high-speed elevators, emergency intercoms on every level and a hands-free reader for quick employee vehicle entry and exit. The new structure is projected to open for use in January 2013. Rendering of Kapiolani’s new 17-story parking structure, expected to open in January 2013 AUGUST 2011 | BUILDING INDUSTRY | 11

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