2013 Hawaii Business Top 250: Swinerton Builders
Swinerton nearing the completion of the 20 acre Kalaeloa Renewable Energy Project in Kapolei.
In the early years of Swinerton Builders, at the end of the 1800s, the San Francisco-based construction company pioneered the use of steel-reinforced concrete.While today’s construction industry has changed dramatically, Swinerton Builders embarks on its 125th year in business, continuing to lead the industry in innovation.
Superintendent Alden Baligad monitors the concrete pour at the new construction of The Plaza Assisted Living in Pearl City.
“We have had to change with the times,” says George Ehara, Division Manager of the Hawaii branch. Today, being cutting edge in the highly-competitive construction industry, means embracing innovations in areas such as sustainable development, technology and education.
After 10 years in the Hawaii construction industry, Swinerton Builders stands as one of the largest green builders in the state, with over 25 LEEP APs. As the general contractor for the 5-megawatt Kalaeloa Renewable Energy Park, Swinerton Builders will participate in a photovoltaic project that makes strides in clean energy development, creating enough solar energy to power 1,000 homes over a one-year period.
The company leapt ahead in terms of technology as well, with the purchase of a FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D. By using images created with the scanner, workers can catch oversights on plan layouts early on, preventing future delays. The 3D scanner has already been used on nearly all recent projects in Hawaii, equating to more than one million square feet of total scanned area.
“The ability to learn faster than your competitors is the only sustainable competitive advantage,” says Ehara. With this in mind, the company makes it a priority to create an environment conducive to learning - offering training, encouraging employees to master new skills and embrace innovation and even sponsoring the continuing education of its employees outside of work.
The monetary and time investment that Swinerton Builders makes in education has continued to strengthen the skills and dedication of its employees. Moreover, as the company is 100 percent employee-owned, the deeply rooted sense of commitment and integrity of its employees translates into exceptional client services.
“We are in this for the long haul,” says Ehara. “We will continue to develop our people, equipping them to deliver the best services to our clients as we strive to earn their loyalty.”
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