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Island Architect Weekly, Friday May 23, 2014

Posted By Camilla Nicholas, Friday, May 23, 2014
Updated: Friday, May 23, 2014
Friday, May 23, 2014

Have a Great Memorial Weekend

AIA Honolulu will be closed on Monday, May 26!

The AIA Honolulu office will be closed on Monday, May 26 in observance of Memorial Day.  Have a wonderful holiday with friends and family and remember those fallen who served bravely.  For questions during this period please visit the AIA Honolulu website.

AIA NATIONAL OFFICE CLOSED:  The AIA National office will also be closed and for assistance you can use their self service resources.

AIA Advocacy Update

KHON Morning Show Live at the Center for Architecture May 22

Thursday, May 22 KHON filmed part of their early morning show live from our Center for Architecture. Between 6am-8am reporter Jai Cunningham kept the focus on our Kakaako Town Hall Forum and 3D model now on display at the Center for Architecture. 

KHON interviewed Scott Wilson, AIA, Regional and Urban Design Committee Chair and main organizer for the town hall and Jandi Quitoriano, lead graduated student from the University of Hawaii School of Architecture who created the 3D model.

Come View 3D Model of Kakaako at the Center for Architecture

The 3D model of Kakaako, that was brought in to help give context to the Kakaako Town Hall discussion last night will still be on display at the Center for Architecture for another month.

This amazing model was prepared by graduate students at the University of Hawai‘i School of Architecture to show existing buildings, as well as 29 projects proposed in the master plans of the Howard Hughes Corp. and Kamehameha Schools and scheduled for construction over the next 10 years.

Last Nights AIA Kakaako Town Hall Forum - A Great Event

Over 90 people attended our "A Vision for Kakaako" Town Hall forum last night between our inside seating and outside TV monitors. Great information and conversation was provided from our panelists; John Whalen, FAICP, principal and founder of Plan Pacific Inc.; Andrew Y.K. Tang, AIA; and Anthony Ching, executive director of HCDA.

KHON was taping live, ThinkTechHawaii streamed online and Olelo Community Media filmed for future telecast.  This was an educational event and a critical part of AIA Honolulu’s overall mission to encourage public discussion and awareness of critical current design and planning issues in our community.
Mahalo Scott Wilson, AIA for your leadership and dedication to get this organized and Mahalo to Douglas Blagriff, Allied member for helping us with all our IT needs.

Couldn't make the town hall? View Future Telecast on ‘Olelo

‘Olelo Community Media provided us with a professional crew that tapeed the program, which will air in its entirety on ‘Olelo Channel 54 on June 7 at 6pm, June 8 at 10am, June 14 at 6am and June 20 at 2:30pm

Attend CODES Committee Meetings in May, June & July

Register Online! Attend our upcoming CODES Committee meeting on May 29 from 5pm - 6pm at the Center for Architecture.  The AIA Honolulu's CODES Committee has scheduled several upcoming meetings already for May, June and July and the purpose will be to first review the 2012 IRC Code. Take a look  our web calendar and sign up.

All these meetings are open to our AIA members and members of interested allied organizations/industries. For more information please email Jim Reinhardt, AIA, AIA Honolulu's Representative to State Building Code Council.

Member & Industry News

Meet Joesph Cengia, AIA & Lisa Van Den Heuvel, Allied Member

Keep Your Profile Updated! All members have 10 pages + a photo album to fill. Populate your member profile today as this can be viewed by the public. "Sign In" today at

Meet This Week's New Featured Members:

Four (4) NEW Industry Related Articles of Interest

Visit the AIA Honolulu website and check out our latest "Industry News".

  1. What Are The Best Books About Architecture?
  2. 10 Essential Habits for Successful Architects
  3. Design Practice: Getting Paid
  4. TODAY! Glasgow School of Art fire.

Professional Development

June 18 - Attend 2 Hour ADA Program "Accessible Routes" (2 HSW)

Register Now! Wednesday, June 18, 8am-10am at the Center for Architecture. The cost is $20/members and $35/non-members.  Mona Higa,  Disability and Communications Access Board will talk about "Accessible Routes: Scoping and Technical Provisions":

  • Exterior Accessible Routes on Site: Scoping Provisions
  • Interior Accessible Routes: Scoping Provisions
  • Components of an accessible route
  • Technical provisions for routes, doors and ramps

Public Outreach

Center for Architecture on Hawaii News Now "Sunrise" on Memorial Day

Howard Dicus and the Hawaii News Now "Sunrise" morning show plan to be broadcasting LIVE from our Center for Architecture on Monday, May 26, 5am-8am.

Please tune in to see the 3-D model of Kakaako currently on display and interviews with Scott Wilson, AIA on the Kakaako Town Hall that he organized for the community for this past Thursday evening.

10 Firm Spots Left! Register YOUR Team for 2014 Canstruction Competition

Our 9th Annual Canstruction® Competition will take place on Saturday, October 4 from 9am - 1pm at Pearlridge Center - Uptown. You CAN make a difference in a child's life. It is time to step up!

2014 Theme: Childhood Dreams - Help prevent every child from going without a meal...One Can at a Time!

Who CAN Participate? ALL in the Design and Building Industries can potentially participate in this community service project i.e. architects, engineers, contractors, and other design-related professionals.

Register Online: Enter Your Team Today!
Entry Fee: $100 per team
Questions?  Contact our Co-Chairs Reid Mizue, AIA at 721-4267 or Leigh Ishida, AIA.

International Canstruction Winners Announced!

The 2014 International Canstruction® winners has been announced. This competition is administered by Canstruction, Inc. and chosen by a panel of esteemed judges. They chose from local canstruction competitions from cities around the world for excellence in design and craftsmanship.

Pictured: 2014 Juror's Favorite "Duck Hunt – Aiming to Reduce Hunger!" from Canstruction in San Francisco by Built by Huntsman Architectural Group, Rutherford + Chekene, and GCI General Contractors using 5,695 cans!

Upcoming Meetings & Events

Attend First Fridays on June 6 - Hawaii’s Bid for the Presidential Library

Register Online!  On Friday, June 6 from 11:30am-1:00pm at the Center for Architecture, we will again feature our popular monthly General Membership Meeting - First Fridays.  For our June program our guest speaker will be Robert Perkinson, Associate Professor, American Studies who will come and talk about Hawaii’s Bid for the Presidential Library. Details to follow.

This event qualifies for 1 AIA/CES LU (HSW). AIA Honolulu is the registered provider.  The cost is $20 for members and $35 for non-members.

Sullivan Center @ 'Iolani School on June 18

Register with USGBC! Wednesday, June 18, 12:00pm at the Center for Architecture attend an USGBC Hawaii Green Schools event together AIA Honolulu and GCA Hawaii titled "Sullivan Center @ 'Iolani School". View event flyer. 1 AIA/CES LU (HSW).  The Sullivan Center is a 21st century forward looking educational center at ‘Iolani Schools that will be the first HI-CHPS project in the State of Hawaii. Charles Kaneshiro, AIA, LEED AP, will be our speaker and one of several principals who worked on the project.

Job Board

View the AIA Honolulu Job Board

Jobs on the AIA Honolulu Job Board are posted for 1 month. The fee is 25/members & $40/non-members

  • Project Manager/Project Architect - Architects Hawaii Ltd.
  • Senior Project Manager - Leo A Daly
  • Director of Operations - Leo A Daly
  • Graphic Coordinator - Design Partners Incorporated
  • Project Architect/Project Manager (Healthcare) - Lionakis.

In the Community

Free FEMA Earthquake-Resistant Design Concepts Training July 11 (7 HSW)

Register Online! On Friday, July 11 from 8am-4pm at the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, University Classroom Building (UCB 100) participants are introduced to the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP), Recommended Seismic Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures (published as FEMA P-750) through the FEMA P-749 report, Earthquake-Resistant Design Concepts. This training provides a readily understandable explanation of the intent and overview of the requirements of seismic design in general and the Provisions in particular.  For questions contact Bart Asato, Hawai‘i State Civil Defense, at at 808-733-4300, ext. 545.  Registration deadline is July 3, 2014. Event FlyerThis program qualifies for 7 AIA/CES LUs (HSW). AIA Honolulu is the registered provider.

Contract Documents

Paper Contract Documents Available in AIA Honolulu Store

AIA Honolulu is a full service distributor of AIA Contract Documents and you can purchase all available documents in our online store.  AIA members sign in with your username and password to receive member discount.

You can also view our order form and email or fax it to us. We will call when the order is ready for pick up or for a fee it can be mailed.

For questions email Bonnie McIntyre, Center Services Coordinator or call (808) 628-7243

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