Building Industry Magazine - August 2011 - (Page 38)

Inside the HSA: Old Name, New Focus BY JASON SOEDA Hawaii Pacific Steel Framing Alliance, Inc. has gone back to its original, snappier name, “Hawaii Steel Alliance” (HSA). In this report, HSA leaders explain the name change and the association’s great strides in promoting the steel industry in Hawaii. HSA believes steel is the best choice in the islands. Find out why! Castle & Cooke Homes is one of the builders that worked on the BIA’s New Hawaiian Home Castle & Cooke Homes Standing United On June 3, the board of directors of the Hawaii Pacific Steel Framing Alliance voted to go back to its original name, Hawaii Steel Alliance (HSA). “The reason the board took this action was to allow all companies in the steel and metal industries to have an association that can better serve their needs,” says Tim Waite, president of HSA and sales engineer for Simpson Strong-Tie. “Metal roofing companies, metal deck manufacturers, metal recyclers, and others can now work together to get the message out about the strength and advantages of steel.” So just how does HSA increase awareness about steel’s many benefits? The answer is simple, says Waite: “Education, education, education.” Waite says, “We train our members with the latest best practices to help them be successful in their businesses. We do this in our membership meetings, training seminars and international conferences. We also do outreach to the community in trade shows and community events.” Past presidents of the HSA explain how the association is promoting the steel industry in Hawaii, beginning with Akira Usami, field sales manager for Cemco Steel, who says, “HSA continues to be the unified industry voice as Hawaii remains a worldwide leader in cold-formed steel framing. As new building codes are continuously introduced, HSA works diligently to make sure local building practices and our temperate climate 38 | BUILDING INDUSTRY | AUGUST 2011 are taken into consideration to amend national codes, as appropriate. Our group strives to educate the building industry and code bodies on the newest that steel framing has to offer.” Ralph Valentino, HSA past president and project manager for Hunt Building Co., Ltd., says: “We have almost monthly meetings where we bring our members up to speed on the latest codes and how they affect our construction, as well as new materials, methods and tools out in the market. We hold a biennual PacRim Conference where we bring in people from all over the world to seminars given by professionals in the engineering side, methods, marketing, and even hands-on construction

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