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NewsBeat UH Manoa to Get New Athletics Complex Designed by architect Mitsunaga & Associates, Inc., UH’s new athletics complex is expected to be LEED certified when complete. The University of Hawaii (UH) at Manoa held a groundbreaking ceremony on July 17 for its new Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex. It is intended to help expand the university’s existing on-campus, all-purpose track and field, football, soccer and recreational facility. The new three-story facility, to be built by general contractor T. Iida Contracting, Ltd., will be located on the mauka side of the existing Clarence T.C. Ching field. It will house offices, locker rooms and a meeting room. It also will include a sand volleyball venue with 800 seats and two competition courts. In addition, lofted space for future facilities, such as concessions, a ticket office and broadcast booths, will be provided. Being built to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified criteria, the complex will become the new home for women’s soccer, sand volleyball, and track and field. Targeted completion is winter 2013. The project is made possible through the support of the Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation. “I extend my appreciation and gratitude to the Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation for helping to fulfill (its founder’s) vision, building on his legacy to enrich communities throughout Hawaii,” says Chancellor Tom Apple. “I’m a strong believer that sports is an outlet that can lead students to varied learning opportunities to become successful — both on and off the field — gaining key life lessons such as discipline, time management, teamwork and leadership.” Kahu Kordell Kekoa (far right) conducts the blessing at the July 17 groundbreaking ceremony. Aqua Lotus Upgrades Guest Rooms Aqua Hotels & Resorts recently announced the completion of a $2.5 million guest room renovation and upgrade of the 51-room Aqua Lotus Honolulu boutique hotel. “The goal for the Lotus was to create an understated, quiet yet comfortable environment for guests,” explains Kory Wong-Oglesby of deZigns Interior Planning, which guided the renovation. “I wanted to bring this small property a feel of urban sophistication.” Utilizing a minimalistic approach, the guest rooms are appointed with case goods in a darker wood finish with clean, sleek lines that help accentuate the white walls and cool color tones. In addition, subtle tropical patterns are incorporated into the upholstery and bedding. The rooms also feature the custom artwork of local artist/photographer Kaypee Soh that showcase the tropical foliage on the island. Guest rooms also received 42-inch flat screen, high-definition televisions as well as upgraded bedding and linen. “The newly renovated rooms, along with our enhanced amenities, perfectly position Aqua Lotus Honolulu as a premier lifestyle product to meet the growing demand for a significantly upgraded hotel with incredible Hawaiian hospitality,” says Ben Rafter, president and CEO of Aqua Hotels & Resorts. 6 | BUILDING INDUSTRY | SEPTEMBER 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Building Industry Magazine - September 2012

Contents Page
Alternative energy
Inside NAIOP
NEWS BEAT: Construction Begins on Rail Maintenance Facility
UH Manoa to Get New Athletics Complex
Courtyard at Marriott Opens on Maui
AIA Plans Heroic Canstruction
Summit to Build Kau Gym
Servco Gives Back
Lahaina’s Golden Arches Goes Green
HSWAC Awards Third Construction Contract
Kiewit Supports Higher Education
Best Practices
Contracts Awarded
Spotlight on Success: Paanau Village, Phase 2
Industry Icon
Low Bids
News Makers
New Products

Building Industry Magazine - September 2012