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Arcadia, Inc.

Beachside Solar Roofing LLC


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Island Plover Enterprises 

Martin Garage Doors Hawaii

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Altair™ Louver Windows can now be fitted into the new custom designed ios™ Window System by Breezway. Locally manufactured in our Honolulu Manufacturing Plant, the ios™ Window System offers inside or outside screening options and has been designed to provide strength and durability to end users in this region. View Flyer (PDF).
The ios™ Window System is the innovative aluminum framing option for residential, new construction, replacement, commercial or any other project where fresh air and energy efficient control of the building environment is important.  For more information, please call (808) 484 5999, email Breezway Hawaii or visit the Breezway website.

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The 2010 Design Awards was a Wild Success!

The 52nd AIA Honolulu Design Awards took place yesterday Thursday, July 29 at the Hawaii Prince Hotel in Waikiki and it turned out to be a wild success!!  This year we had an amazing response with a record breaking 55 entrants and over 300 party animals signing up for the Awards Gala! We also introduced a new style for our awards show presentation where the winners introduced their own projects while the audience watch photos on a slide show in a Pecha Kucha inspired fashion. It turned out Fantastic and we just want to send a big MAHALO to all our great winners/presenters - You all did an Amazing Job!!  Next Friday when the dust has settled we will post more info and pictures from the party.

MEDIA ALERT! On July 26 the Star-Advertiser had a great feature article on our design awards titled "HI design" by Steven Mark. Take a look today!

If you want to pick up a hard copy of the 2010 Design Awards Booklet, just stop by our office. The booklet will also be inserted in the August 2010 issue of Hawaii Business and the Honolulu magazine.


Juliet Rice Wichman Botanical Research Center
Dean Sakamoto, FAIA - Dean Sakamoto Architects, LLC
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Hanahau’oli School Po’e Classroom & Administration Building
Lorrin Matsunaga, AIA - Urban Works, Inc.
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Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Laboratory
David Croteau, AIA - Flansburgh Architects
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International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union
William A. Brizee, AIA, IBEW - Architects Hawaii Ltd
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Trump International Hotel & Tower® Waikiki Beach Walk®
Masato Tochika, Intl. Assoc. AIA - Benjamin Woo Architects LLC
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Finish Line House
Jeffrey T. Long, AIA - Long & Associates Architects and Interiors
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Restoration of Hawaiian Hall, Bishop Museum
Glenn Mason, AIA - Mason Architects, Inc.
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Koa Kea Hotel & Resort at Po’ipu Beach
Max Guenther, AIA - Peter Vincent Architects
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Manoa Makeover
Robin Lee, AIA - Robin Lee AIA
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McCully – Mo’ili’ili Fire Station
Lorrin Matsunaga, AIA - Urban Works, Inc.
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Assembly House
James Zak, AIA - Zak Architecture
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Ka Haka 'Ula O Ke'elikolani College of Hawaiian Language Building
Robert Iopa, AIA - WCIT Architecture 

MAYOR'S CHOICE AWARD (Unbuilt Category)
Kuhio Park Terrace & Kuhio Park Housing
Francis Oda, AIA - Group 70 International, Inc.


AIA Hawaii Carpenters Union Training Center
Maurice Yamasato, AIA - Yamasato, Fujiwara, Higa & Associates, Inc.
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Residence at Paiko Ridge
Sandi Quildon, AIA - PQ Architects Inc.
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MAHALO to the 2010 Design Awards Committee and Design Awards Jury for all your hard work and all our other wonderful volunteers who made this event happen - We owe it all to you!

MAHALO all Sponors of our UH Scholarship Winners:  The Alexander Group, Design Perspective, Lee Manfredi Design Concepts, LLC and Long & Associates AIA, Inc. 


 ADVERTISING SPONSORS: Dorvin D. Leis Co., Inc.Office Pavilion and Servco Home & Appliance Distribution.

Great Value! 10% Early Bird Discount extended to July 31
Expanded Firm Listing in AIA Hawaii Directory

The Directory is the ONLY print publication AIA Honolulu does every year so we hope you see the great value it provides and support our efforts.  Sign up for extended firm listing below.

The Directory is mailed to city and state officials plus anyone that McGraw Hill have on their mailing list that would consider doing business in Hawaii.  The reach is broad so don't miss out!

Marketing Opportunity!  Transform your basic firm listing into an eye catching expanded listing for just a few extra dollars in the 2010/2011 AIA Hawaii Directory, distributed to over 2000 AIA Hawai‘i members, public officials and key industry players in the AEC community (for qualified AIA Firm or Local Allied Firms).

Interested?  Email McGraw-Hill today or call them at (626) 932-6116!  Click here for a PDF copy of sales opportunities, including expanded listings and display ad. 

AIA/GCA Meeting Aug 10: Flooring Systems & Floor HVAC

RSVP Today! On Tuesday, August 10 from 11:30am-1:00pm at the AIA Honolulu office. Members of the AIA and GCA (General Contractors Association of Hawaii) meet monthly to explore ideas and exchange information on topics of mutual interest.  Meetings are open to all interested members of both organizations.

August Topic: Leslie Ward from Tate Flooring will make a presentation on Raised Access Flooring Systems and Under Floor HVAC. This program can be self reported for AIA/CES LUs.

Revised ADA Regulations Implementing Title II and Title III

On Friday, July 23, 2010, Attorney General Eric Holder signed final regulations revising the Department’s ADA regulations, including its ADA Standards for Accessible Design. These regulations will be published in the Federal Register. The revised regulations will amend the Department’s Title II regulation, 28 C.F.R. Part 35, and the Title III regulation, 28 C.F.R. Part 36. Appendix A to each regulation includes a section by section analysis of the rule and responses to public comments on the proposed rule. Appendix B to the Title III regulation discusses major changes in the ADA Standards for Accessible Design and responds to public comments received on the proposed rules. The Department’s Final Regulatory Impact Analysis will be posted on this page as soon as it is available.

In general, these final rules will take effect 6 months after the date on which they are published in the Federal Register. Compliance with the 2010 Standards for Accessible design is permitted after that date, but not required until 18 months after the date of publication. The Department has prepared fact sheets identifying the major changes in the rules. View the Department of Justice website where you can find more information and the fact sheets mentioned.  Sign up for the next 2010 Disability Access Conference where the new regulations will be discussed (see under Continuing Education).

Membership Spotlight

Belt Collins #136 in Top 200 International Design Firms List

HONOLULU, HI – Belt Collins, (Local Allied Member Firm) a Hawai‘i-based planning, design and consulting firm made the Engineering News-Record (ENR) 2010 Top 200 International Design Firms list. Belt Collins, an international planning, civil engineering, landscape architecture, and environmental consulting firm, was ranked #136 on the list that was published on July 26, 2010 by ENR. The firm reported international revenues of $44.4 million in 2009, with $30.6 million of that derived from outside of the U.S. Belt Collins was the only Hawai‘i-based firm to make this year’s list.  Read entire press realease (PDF) and make sure you read the entire article (PDF).

Glenn Mason, AIA and Don J. Hibbard: Free and Public Illustrated Presentation of Monograph August 3

Honolulu-based arts producing collaborative Interisland Terminal is pleased to announce a public illustrated presentation by authors Glenn Mason, AIA and Don J. Hibbard on the subject of their recently released monograph on celebrated 20th century Hawai’i architect Hart Wood (University of Hawaii Press, 2010). The event will occur Tuesday August 3rd at 6:30PM at the Waikiki Parc Hotel, 2233 Helumoa Road, Honolulu and is free to the public. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing after the presentation.  Free validated parking provided by the Waikiki Parc hotel. See Interisland Terminal website for information about additional upcoming programs and events.  Click here for a PDF with more Event Information.

Continuing Education

2010 Disability Access Conference - Special Announcement!

On July 26, 2010 the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the revisions to the ADA regulations for Titles II  III, which will include the revised ADA Standards for Accessible Design (see above).

The 2010 Disability Access Conference on September 8, 2010 at the Ala Moana Hotel will be the first to host both the DOJ and Access Board to discuss these revisions. The U.S. Justice Department's Mr. John L. Wodatch, Chief, Disability Rights Section will be the morning keynote speaker. He will talk about the adoption of the new standards and the related issues regarding time frame for compliance, the impact of the new standards on Title II entities and their Transition Plans as well as the Title III obligation of 'Readily Achievable Barrier Removal'.

The U.S. Access Board's Ms. Marsha Mazz, Senior Accessibility Specialist, Technical Assistance Coordinator, will be the luncheon keynote speaker. She will discuss the "Update on New Guidelines and Research", touching on the contents of the new ADA Standards. 

Early Registration with the discounted fee of $150 has been extended to Monday August 9, 2010.  Registration forms and the advanced program are available by emailing Mona Higa or Laurie Palenske or at 808-586-8121.  For more information see DCAB’s special E-Bulletin

2010 AIA Northwest and Pacific Region Conference Oct. 13-16

The 2010 AIA Northwest & Pacific Conference titled "Beyond Green: An Emerald Vision" will take place on October 13-16 in Eugene, Oregon. Many AIA/CES LUs (HSW+SD) will be available.

The 2010 conference will address the future prospects for an architecture that is truly sustainable as we awaken to the realities of climate change, dwindling resources, and the rapid transformation of current professional practice paradigms. An outstanding lineup of nationally-prominent speakers and local luminaries. The conference will draw significantly upon the resources of the School of Architecture and Allied Arts at the University of Oregon, with an entire day devoted to the cutting-edge research being conducted on the Eugene campus.

In the Community

NAHB Certified Green Professional (CGP) Designation

The National Association of Home Builders’ Certified Green Professional™ designation recognizes builders, remodelers and other industry professionals who incorporate green building principles into homes— without driving up the cost of construction. Classwork leading to the designation provides a solid background in green building methods, as well as the tools to reach consumers, from the organization leading the charge to provide market-driven green building solutions to the home building industry.
Complete Details & Requirements.
August 24,
8:00 am - 5:00 pm: Business Management for Building Professionals. (Not required if you hold an NAHB Designation. BIA Members: $300  Non-Members: $415
August 25 & 26, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm: Green Building for Building Professionals.  BIA Members: $410  Non-Members: $555. 

2010 Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit in August

Register now for the 2010 Asia-Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo which will be held at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu from August 30 through September 2, 2010.  Over 1,000 local, national, and international participants are expected to attend to take advantage of four days of energy industry experts, workshops, exhibitions and networking opportunities which will focus on the transformation to a clean energy economy in Hawai‘i and beyond.   View Full Conference Program.

Register at the Asia-Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo website.   If you have additional questions, please email Lois Hamaguchi.

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Aug 24Breakfast Program: Architectural Millwork Quality Issues

August 24, 2010 from 8am-9am at the AIA Honolulu Office. This program qualifies for 1 AIA/CES LU. The program fee for this event is $10 for AIA Honolulu members and $30 non-members.

Aug 24Lunch Program: Architectural Woodwork Standards

August 24, 2010 from 12pm-1pm at the AIA Honolulu Office.This program qualifies for 1 AIA/CES LU (HSW). The program fee for this event is $10 for AIA Honolulu members and $30 non-members.

Aug 25Breakfast Program: Architectural Woodwork Standards

August 25, 2010 from 8am-9am at the AIA Honolulu Office. This program qualifies for 1 AIA/CES LU (HSW). The program fee for this event is $10 for AIA Honolulu members and $30 non-members.

Aug 25Lunch Program: Architectural Millwork Quality Issues

August 25, 2010 from 12pm-1pm at the AIA Honolulu Office. This program qualifies for 1 AIA/CES LU. The program fee for this event is $10 for AIA Honolulu members and $30 non-members.


Island Architect Career Center

Island Architect Career Center is AIA Honolulu's one stop career center where members can post jobs, resumes and classified ads for FREE - Recession Special!  Non-members can also post jobs and resumes for a fee.  For questions email Camilla Nicholas, Web & Advertising Coordinator or call at 628-7245.

AIA Contract Documents

AIA Honolulu is a full service distributor of AIA Contract Documents. Members get discounted rates. Learn more.  Also, our Documents-on-Demand service is back with six new documents including 3 sub-contractor forms. Get yours today!

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