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Island Architect Weekly - Monday, May 9, 2016

Posted By AIA Honolulu, Friday, May 6, 2016

Monday, May 9, 2016

Featured Weekly

ON OAHU! Attend the 2016 Ferguson Expo on May 18 (LUs)

You are invited to attend Ferguson's 2nd Annual EXPO where manufacturer Reps will be on hand to answer all of your questions, show new products, present CEU classes, as well as product preview presentations.

An all-day affair with breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Hourly prizes & BIA Networking Event to follow from 5PM-8PM. View Event Flyer and Presentation Schedule.

When:  Wednesday, May 18 from 8am-5pm
Where: Ferguson's Showroom on 925 Kokea St in Honolulu

RSVP Today! To RSVP or ask questions email Simona Rosu-Alfaro at Ferguson today.

ON MAUI! SAVE THE DATE! CIM HOME EXPO - Fri. June 10 & Sat. June 11

The Construction Industry of Maui is pleased to announce our growing list of registered vendors. These top notch companies are preparing their layouts for their booths and are excited to answer consumers questions.

Consumers and building professionals alike will be able to check out all the newest products to hit the market all in one place! View EXPO Flyer.

Register Online - We have a few booths left that are going to go quick - don’t miss out and reserve your space today.  Click here for updates and more information.

Questions? Email Trisha Egge, CIM Board Member and CIM Home Expo Chair or call at 808-633-1686.

A Message from Abigail Spencer, EVP, AIA Honolulu

Aloha AIA Members!

As we began the month of May I realized that I have been on the job as your new Executive Vice President for two months already. How quickly the time has flown by! March was a time of getting oriented to the mission and vision of the organization, learning what our Board of Directors envisions for 2016, meeting as many AIA and community members as possible, gearing up for Architecture Month in April and simply familiarizing myself with this incredible organization and the people who make it happen.

And then I blinked and it was April – what a whirlwind of activities we were able to achieve for Architecture Month 2016!  The AIA Honolulu events, coupled with those offered by our sister organizations, were simply too many to list here, but together made for one of the most successful Architecture Month celebrations this chapter has had to date.  Several of the highlights included the 1) Waikiki Walking tour which provided 160 participants an opportunity to become more familiar with buildings in this world famous center of historic architecture, 2) Oahu Film Night with more than 40 attendees and featuring a feature length documentary about the design of modern cities followed by an informative panel discussion, 3) Architecture Firm Crawl that saw 13 member firms opening their doors and sharing their work with more than 200 "crawlers".  This year’s events could not have taken place without the hard work of many members and volunteers who dedicated countless hours to making Architecture Month such a success.  Thank You All!

This month I am looking forward to attending the AIA National Convention in Philadelphia with more than 30 AIA Members from Hawaii. That is one of (if not the) largest number of attendees that Hawaii has ever had representing us at the National Convention.  

During my short two months at AIA Honolulu I have been most impressed with the support and dedication of the members of this Chapter. Committees and individuals spend countless hours before, during and after work planning and participating in activities to not only enhance their own professional careers but also to create community awareness of the importance of the built environment.  

I consider it an honor to be your new Executive Vice President, and I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to all who have helped me personally during this transition. I look forward to the many achievements that the rest of 2016, as well as the future of AIA Honolulu, will bring.

Abigail Spencer
Executive Vice President
AIA Honolulu

AIA/HAF Gordon W. Bradley Humanitarian Award

EXTENDED DEADLINE! Submit Your Nominations by May 31

In recognition of architect Gordon W. Bradley, AIA’s rare and wonderful personality and immense love for life, AIA Honolulu and the Hawaii Architectural Foundation are proud to announce the return of the Gordon Bradley Humanitarian Award. This award was originally created to perpetuate Gordon Bradley’s special spirit by acknowledging individuals who, through his or her career in the profession, have exemplified this giving attitude. Thus, the “AIA/HAF Gordon W. Bradley Humanitarian Award”, as it shall now be named, is intended to acknowledge a person who has given his or her time and energy to benefit society. View our 2016 Call for Nominations.

Previous Distinguished Winners:  Frank Haines, FAIA ME; Andrew Yanoviak, AIA ME; Kenneth Brown, FAIA ME; Philip (Pip) White, AIA; Kurt Mitchell, AIA; Francis Oda, FAIA and Ernest (Ernie) Hara, FAIA. 

EXTENDED Deadline until May 31: All nominations must be submitted to AIA Honolulu by end of day May 31. Review our nomination information today and email submissions to Abigail Spencer, AIA Honolulu EVP.

ENTER TODAY! 2016 AIA Honolulu Design Awards

Online Submission Now Open!  Start Entering Your Projects Today

The time has come to submit your project(s) for the 58th AIA Honolulu Design Awards! The AIA Honolulu’s Annual Design Awards is Hawaii’s oldest program of its type—held annually since 1958.  Built and unbuilt projects submitted by local AIA members are judged on their merit by a distinguished jury of AIA architects.

NEW! Student Design Awards Category (Students Only)For the first time ever, AIA Honolulu has established a Student Design Awards category to recognize student achievements in the design studio and provide a forum for student work to be celebrated.  The fee per entry is $25 for AIAS members and $35 for non-AIAS members. Online submission deadline for students are May 20.

Start Your Online Submission Process Today! Start today to familiarize yourself with what is needed. You can edit/review until the submission deadline.  Read/print our AIA Honolulu Design Awards Information (submission dates, fees, eligibility, submission requirements, project categories, awards, jury information).

Submission Fee & Deadlines
Cost  –  $400 per entry
5/09  –  Registration opens Monday, May 9
6/27  –  Submissions completed, paid for and submitted online by June 27

Design Awards Gala Sat, Sep. 17 at NOAA:  Attend the 2016 AIA Honolulu Design Awards Gala on Saturday, Sep. 17 at the NOAA Inouye Regional Center (security clearance required). Winners will be announced.

Upcoming AIA Honolulu Updates

May 12: AIA Monthly Program a Site Tour of Kapiwai (1 LU)

15 More Spots Available - Register Online Today! On Thursday, May 12, you are invited to attend our AIA Monthly program, a Site Tour of Kapiwai, an Urban, Residential Development in Pauoa Valley.  View Event Flyer.

Tour Info: Registration at 4:00pm and site tour from 4:30pm-5:00pm. Hard hats and covered shoes required. Refreshments will be provided following the tour. Location and carpool info will be provided soon.

AIA/CES LU: 1 AIA/CES LU. AIA Honolulu is the registered provider.

Cost: $15 for AIA Honolulu members & $25 for Non-members.

May 18:  Panel Discussion on the Design-Build Delivery Method (1 HSW)

Register Online: Wednesday, May 18, 11:30am-1:00pm attend our next AIA/GCA program at the Center for Architecture (brown bag session). Qualifies for 1 AIA/CES LU (HSW). $10 for AIA/GCA members and $20 for non-members.

Topic: Panel Discussion on the Design-Build Delivery Method

Design-Build…How many of us really understand the process and how to successfully deliver a project with the Design-Build Method?  Discussion and Q&A will follow their presentations.

Presenters: Brian Coday, P.E., LEED AP, DBIA; Glenn M. Murata, AIA, LEED AP, RMA Architects and David Johnson, Dawson Technical, LLC.

May 27: RUDC Committee Meeting

RSVP Online! Regional and Urban Design Committee (RUDC) meeting on Friday, May 27, 12pm - 1pm at the Center for Architecture.  Meeting is open to ALL interested AIA members.

Get involved in 2016!  Stay tuned for meeting agenda. Feel free to bring your lunch. 

The role of the AIA Honolulu RUDC Commitee is to review, discuss and advocate for positions on various urban design issues that affect our built environment and the communities we serve.

2016 MCAH Scholarship Deadline May 15 + Golf Tournament June 21

The 2016 Mason Contractors Association of Hawaii's (MCAH) Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament benefits AIA Honolulu Members by awarding a scholarship to an AIA dependent.

Scholarship Deadline May 15: The MCAH will be awarding five (5) $2,500 scholarships to high school graduates from the State of Hawaii. Go to MCAH's website for information and online application.

MCAH Architects and Engineers Golf Tournament June 21: Help raise scholarship funds by participating in the 2016 MCAH Golf Tournament Tuesday, June 21, Pearl Country Club.  2016 Golf Tournament Registration Form. Please return your completerd form by June 10 to MCAH.

Update on Last Architecture Month Event

Architecture Month: Firm Crawl with 13 Participating Firms & 200+ "Crawlers"


The 2016 Firm Crawl was a fantastic event with 13 participating AIA Honolulu firms and over 200 "crawlers" from AIA Membership, SoA students and the community.  Our firms were ready with their doors open from 5pm-8pm and treated their visitors to great information and refreshments.

Mahalo for the Pictures: A big thank you to SSFM International, INK Architects and RIM Architects for sharing your pictures with us. View their images on Facebook.

Mahalo to all 13(!) Participating AIA Firm Crawl Firms and their Amazing Staff:  Architects Hawaii, Ltd; Clifford Planning & Architecture, LLC; Collaborative Studio; FSC Architects; Group 70 International, Inc.; INK Architects; Lionakis; Mason Architects, Inc.; Peter Vincent Architects; RIM Architects Hawaii, LLC; Urban Works, Inc.; WATG and WCIT Architecture.

11th Canstruction® Competition

We NEED MORE Teams! 11th CANstruction Competition on Oct. 1

Our 11th Annual Canstruction® competition will take place on Saturday, October 1 from 9am - 2pm at Pearlridge Center. It combines the competitive spirit of a design/build competition with a unique way to help feed hungry people, all while benefiting the Hawaii Foodbank. This is an exciting community service and team building project for your firm or company.

Register Online: Enter Your Team Today!   Entry Fee: $100 per team

Who Can Attend:  ALL in the Design and Building Industries are encouraged to participate in this community service project.

2016 Theme: Galacti-CAN-goods!  Meals for our community, our Hawaii, our nation, our earth and our galaxy...One Can at a Time.

Questions?  Email Co-Chairs Reid Mizue, AIA, Leigh Ishida, AIA or Kristin Nakagawa, AIA.

AIA Honolulu Member Update

Congratulations Architects Hawaii Featured in Building Industry Hawaii's May Issue

May "Collaboration" Story: This month's "Collaboration" article in Building Industry Hawaii magazine features Architects Hawaii Ltd IBEW building on Maui and their collaboration with General Contractors Arisum Brothers.  Pick up a copy today or read their story online titled "Maui's New Knockout" on pages 66-69. Congratulations Architects Hawaii, Ltd.!

DO YOU have a project that might be a good fit for "Collaboration"? Contact our media consultant, Deborah Sharkey of Makana Communications, who spearheads the development of this monthly feature since 2015.

General criteria for the Collaboration article:

  • Project completed ideally within six months, but possibly within the past nine months
  • Contractor and client that will also participate
  • Selection of high-resolution photos of completed project and images during construction
  • Budget of over $1 million (not necessarily for publication, but tells us scale)
  • Project located in Hawaii
  • preference is for commercial or institutional project or multi-unit residential (not single family)

Dean Sakamoto, FAIA on Panel for Film Screening at the Honolulu Museum of Art

Our AIA Honolulu member Dean Sakamoto, FAIA will take part in a panel discussion during the opening night of a film titled "Ever the Land" at the Doris Duke Theater on Saturday, May 21 at 6pm. You can get your ticket online.

This is part of the "Aotearoa New Zealand Film Showcase 2016" that takes place from May 21-25. This year's showcase features two films that highlight the Tūhoe Māori tribe and look at how tradition and modernity find common ground in Aotearoa.

Post-Screening Panel: Teri Patton, James Hoapili, and Kaleikoa Ka'eo, Dean Sakamoto, Te Raukura Roa and Taylour Chang.

Bowers + Kubota Consulting Acquires H&O III, Inc.

WAIPAHU, HI (May 03, 2016) — Bowers + Kubota Consulting acquired H&O III, Inc. as of May 01, 2016. H&O III brings over 52 years of practical expertise in the field of electrical, telecommunication, and illumination design engineering services.  Bowers + Kubota are tremendously excited at the opportunity to welcome H&O III, Inc. to our family. Together they will further strengthen our commitment of providing quality, value, and the highest level of service to our clients and the community.

AIA Honolulu Job Board

Eight (8) New Jobs Just Listed - 12 Total on our Job Board

Jobs on the AIA Honolulu Job Board are posted for 1 month.

Upcoming Events in the Community


  • May 18: Ferguson 2nd Annual Expo
    Join Ferguson for their 2nd Annual Expo. Manufacturer Reps will be there to answer questions, show new products, present CEU classes, as well as product preview presentations. This will be an all day affair with Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner being served. Hourly prizes & BIA Networking Event to follow from 5pm-8pm.

  • May 25 - Special Inspection of Masonry Construction
    Wednesday, May 25 the Masonry Institute of Hawaii is hosting a seminar titled "Special Inspection of Masonry Construction" to be held at the Pearl Country Club.  This seminar will include basic masonry terms, masonry material requirements including block, mortar, reinforcement, connectors and grout, proper mortar mixing, explanation of basic masonry construction techniques and more. Register by e-mail before May 18.

  • June 22 & 24: Certified Aging in Place - CAPS I & CAPS II ( only CAPS II offers 6 HSW)
    The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) designation program teaches the technical, business management, and customer service skills essential to competing in the fastest growing segment of the residential remodeling industry: home modifications for the aging-in-place.  View Event Flyer. You can apply for the Employment Training Fund (ETF) to get 50% of the cost of the non-member rate. For questions email Barbara Nishikawa or call at (808) 629-7505.

  • Aug 30 & 31: Attend Universal Design/Build 2-Day Classes
    The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) are doing 2-day classes titled "Universal Design/Build" at the CTC-Pacific Construction Training Center. It qualifies for 12 HSW. NHAB is the registered provider. View Event Flyer (PDF).  You can also apply for the Employment Training Fund (ETF) to get 50% of the cost of the non-member rate.  For questions email Barbara Nishikawa or call at (808) 629-7505.

  • Cuba Tour with Docomomo Hawaii Oct 24-Nov 1 (5 HSW)
    Designed by Cuban-American art conservator and writer Rosa Lowinger, this tour of Cuba offers an inside look at the art and architecture scene. Activities include a walking tour of the Havana neighborhood of Santo Suarez with architect Universo Garcia Lorenzo and dinner at the home of artist Yami Martinez. It's the trip of a lifetime.  Email Docomomo Hawaii for more info and registration. This trip is worth 5 AIA/CES (HSW) and AIA Honolulu is the registered provider.

Mahalo to Annual Chapter Sponsors

Join Us & Support Your Chapter!  Email or call us at (808) 628-7244 for sponsorship opportunities.

Mahalo to our Latest Sponsor: Ki Concepts for your support of our local chapter.

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