Building Industry Magazine - September 2013 - (Page 46)

NewsBeat New Officers and Directors for HICA President Brian Ninomoto (left) with past president Craig Takamine Hawaii Island Contractors’ Association (HICA) has elected its 2013-2014 officers and directors. Officers: President—Brian Ninomoto, Hawaii Sheet Metal & Mechanical, Inc.; 1st Vice President— Carolyn Loeffler, William C. Loeffler Construction; Secretary—Linda Iwata, Sanford’s Service Center; Treasurer— Tom Raffiply, T&T Electric; Immediate Past President—Craig Takamine, Takamine Construction Directors, two-year term: Ed Brown, Goodfellow Bros.; Alden Chai, Aircond Hawaii Inc.; Byron Fujimoto, Jas. W. Glover, Ltd.; Leslie Isemoto, Isemoto Contracting Co., Ltd.; Tyler Kaneshiro, C&S Construction; Tani Matsubara, Alert Alarm Hawaii Associate Directors, two-year term: Ruth Binyan, Allied Machinery; John Dill, Rider Levett Bucknall Hold-over Directors: Doug Oki, 808 Electric & Telcom; Hugh Willocks, Willocks Construction Corp.; Gerald Yamada, G.W. Construction; Earl Yempuku, Honua Landscaping Hold-over Associate Directors: Amy Honda, Bank of Hawaii; Russell Kuwaye, Puna Rock Companies Lend a Hand Hawaii’s construction industry has long been a strong supporter of finding ways to give back to the community. Two local firms, Kiewit Building Group Inc. and RevoluSun, are involved in two community service projects. Kiewit is conducting its annual summer intern community service project and helping Honolulu Habitat for Humanity (HHH) in the process. A volunteer construction crew from Kiewit, comprised of college students, is assisting HHH with Kumuhau, a project in Waimanalo that recently broke ground and will include homes for six families. Taking part in Kiewit Building Group’s community service project were, sitting, from left, Jamie Shinsato and Christian Brown and, standing from left, Isaiah Sato, Matthew Peters and Christopher Hirlinger. During two weekends in July, Kiewit’s team prepared and poured the foundation for one of the Kumuhau homes. This included forming the footing and piers of the foundation, installing rebar and pouring concrete. “Kiewit Building Group is excited to be part of Habitat for Humanity’s Kumuhau project,” says Bronson Pai, project manager for Kiewit. “One of Kiewit’s core values is stewardship of our surrounding community. We sincerely want to make a positive impact on our communities, so we set aside time, talent and treasure each year to help make a difference. Plus, we have fun doing these volunteer projects, and they provide great training opportunities for our interns.” Each summer, Kiewit Building Group hires five to eight collegelevel interns as part of its workforce development training. In addition to on-the-job experience, the interns take on a community service project that will allow them to both develop valuable construction skills and serve a nonprofit organization that provides enriching programs to the surrounding community. Through its outreach program, “Project Empower,” RevoluSun provides resources, support and education to nonprofit and community groups. 46 | BUILDING INDUSTRY | SEPTEMBER 2013 RevoluSun’s John Cheever teaches solar curriculum at Ala Wai Elementary. “We are committed to cleaning up the community through beach cleanups and other environmental contributions and also seek to educate the community about renewable energy,” says Marian Kang, RevoluSun community relations coordinator. “We want to empower the next generation with solar knowledge by going to schools,” she says. “Our presentation curriculum reinforces math, sciences and critical-thinking skills in order to encourage kids to be the innovative leaders of our future. The overall goal of Project Empower is to strengthen our community through capability and collaboration.” RevoluSun also participated in Bishop Museum’s “Science Alive!” this year.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Building Industry Magazine - September 2013

New officers and directors for HICA
Companies lend a hand
PatchMaster lowers cost of asphalt
ABC networking dinner
CAK honors scholarship recipients
Honoring an icon: Albert Chikanobu Kobayashi
Best Practices - ESTIMATING– It’s Both Art and Science
Contracts Awarded
Low Bids
New Products

Building Industry Magazine - September 2013