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NewsBeat GCA Hawaii Hosts Construction Update The General Contractors Association (GCA) of Hawaii recently hosted its annual Construction Update, with presentations by the City & County of Honolulu, the State of Hawaii Department of Accounting and General Services (DAGS), the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Department of Education (DOE). A presentation by the Honolulu Rail Transit Project (HART) titled “Project Update and Contracting Opportunities” was given by Lorenzo Garrido, director of engineering and Lorenzo Garrido construction, who discussed plans for the 20-mile, 21-station project. He also explained how “construction packaging” of the various HART projects works. Dean Seki, state comptroller and DAGS director, offered information on upcoming projects, including the maintenance of state prison facilities, which he referred to as a major project potential. Jadine Urasaki, deputy director of capital projects, state DOT, emphasized the many upcoming changes at Honolulu Airport with “several bids opening over the Jadine Urasaki next two to three months.” She also spoke in detail of major roadwork projects on all islands. Mark Yonamine, deputy director of the Department of Design and Construction (DDC) of the City and County of Honolulu, discussed current and upcoming projects in the various divisions under the DDC’s jurisdiction. Robert Purdie, Jr., acting public works manager of the construction management section of the Department of Education, spoke of the current and upcoming projects at Hawaii-wide schools. Be sure to read the Infrastructure report in this issue of Building Industry magazine for more information on projects and bid dates. True Life Cos. Buys 810 Acres on Big Isle The California-based True Life Cos., a group of real estate companies, has purchased an 810-acre development property in Puako on the South Kohala Coast of Hawaii Island in a sealed-bid auction. Currently, the property approvals call for 142 five-acre residential lots, but the True Life Cos. plans to change the tentative map after input from neighboring communities and resorts during an estimated 12-18 month period. “The broadening recovery of the real estate market, together with modest inflation, has poised the Islands for several years of sustained growth resulting in a steady increase in property values,” CEO Scott Clark said. “In addition, the Puako property offers an ideal location. There are few large-lot residential parcels located in the competitive market and none with comparable proximity and access to world-class beaches, resorts and restaurants.” CSI Honolulu Chapter Endows UH Scholarship The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), Honolulu Chapter has endowed the Gilman Hu/CSI School of Architecture Scholarship for the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The endowment provides perpetual funding of scholarships for enrolled architecture students. This year’s donation of $50,000 honors Gilman Hu, FCSI, AIA, a retired Honolulu architect, a former president of the Construction Specifications Institute, and a charter member since 1967 and past president of the CSI Honolulu Chapter. Born in China, Hu earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. In 1994, CSI presented Hu with the President’s Plaque for his exceptional work on behalf of the Institute and a Gilman Hu year later honored him with fellowship status. Hu founded and published The Fellows newsletter, lauded for improving CSI membership experience. He is a 56 | BUILDING INDUSTRY | OCTOBER 2013 Member Emeritus of the American Institute of Architects. Since 1987 the CSI Honolulu Chapter has donated more than $95,000 in scholarship monies to the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s School of Architecture. CSI is an industry-wide organization with 150 members made up of diversified construction professionals in Hawaii. Its mission is to advance building information management and education to promote quality construction, with a focus on architecture, engineering, construction management and product representation.

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

NEWS BEAT HONBLUE Pacific Building Trade Expo
Coffman Engineers ranks 58th
DOT fuel pier at Kalaeloa Barbers Point Harbor
Hawthorne Cat hosts demo day
ABC 12th Annual Golf Tournament
GCA Hawaii hosts Construction Update
True Life Cos. Buys Acreage on Big Island
Coco Palms: rebuilding an island icon
Spotlight on Success: Physical Fitness Center Camp Smith, Marine Corps Base Hawaii
Contracts Awarded
Low Bids
Concept to Completion: ANdAZ Maui at Wailea Resort & Spa
New Products

Building Industry Magazine - October 2013