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Construction Outlook 2013

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dck Pacific Construction, LLC

Eric Tessem
Senior Vice President & General Manager

How we see it:

With many markets starting to gain momentum, we believe the industry trends for 2013 include expansion in most sectors. We’ve fortunately built a backlog for 2013 resulting from the growth in hospitality timeshare/renovations, residential/condo, retail/mixed-use, renewable energy, infrastructure and healthcare markets, which capitalizes on our deep expertise and broad resume. We’ve adjusted to the slowing of the federal market and backfilled based on these trends into other markets, such as energy, where we’ve utilized our partnerships, resources and experience to chase recent work. This flexibility gives us sustained control over our future. 

We’re cautiously optimistic about 2013. Third quarter and into 2014 is when we suspect the local construction market will see a turnaround. We plan to focus on successfully completing existing projects and commencing work on a few significant retail/mixed use, healthcare and public projects this year.

 


 

Pasha Hawaii

Reggie Maldonado
General Manager, Pasha Hawaii

How we see it:

Projected for good growth in 2013, with industry jobs to grow by 7.7 percent (according to UHERO’s November 2012 forecast), Hawaii’s construction sector is expected to be a very healthy statistic, as reflected in the recent permit surge for both residential and commercial building projects. A recent federal judge ruling for construction on the Honolulu rail project to proceed is good news for both the industry and for shipping lines like Pasha Hawaii.

By the end of 2013, joining the M/V Jean Anne’s Roll-On/Roll-Off services and complementary container shipping will be Pasha Hawaii’s newest vessel, the M/V Marjorie C, on the Hawaii/Mainland trade lane. The 692-foot Combination Container Roll-On/Roll-Off ship will offer the only regularly scheduled direct calls to Kahului and Hilo for these types of cargo. Adding containers to the cargo mix and providing weekly service (a major customer request) will deliver value to a broader range of customers for Pasha Hawaii.

 


 

Bays Lung Rose & Holma

Karin L. Holma
Construction Lawyer, Partner

How we see it:

We believe the construction industry is on a continuing upswing.  The rail project appears to have overcome a majority of the hurdles that it was facing and will move forward.  This is good news for those directly involved in rail, and for other construction industry participants because of the optimism and future opportunities the project creates.  Another bright spot is the demand for condominiums in the Ala Moana/Kakaako neighborhoods.  There appear to be new visions for the future of Oahu and recognition of how people in the future will live and work here.  There are more great ideas about contained growth in other areas of Oahu that will satisfy the needs of the construction industry and provide sustainable jobs in the future, and at the same time, maintain great open spaces and “keep the country country.”  After a difficult few years, this is an exciting time in the construction industry.

 


 

Swinerton Builders

George Ehara, RME, LEED AP
Division Manager & Vice President

How we see it:

With a management team of locally based employee-owners, we anticipate continuing to serve clients in hospitality, healthcare, retail, federal, multi-family and commercial projects.

We look to reducing the general excise tax burden and lobbying to allow Act 105 to sunset as scheduled in 2013. Both subcontractors and general contractors on a project pay the GET (and pass costs on to the end user), increasing the expense and complexity of doing business in Hawaii.  With three full-time Hawaii employees focused on Building Information Modeling (BIM), solving estimating, scheduling and in the field issues in its virtual environment helps minimize cost to our clients and allow us to build more efficiently. Our tech investments include Robotic Total Stations, 3D Laser Scanners and iPads to increase project productivity.

Lastly, sourcing building materials internationally from China, India, Indonesia, Italy and the Philippines allows us to pass savings to customers and to develop quality assurance and timely delivery systems and expertise.

 


 

Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company

Eric H. Hashizume
Vice President, Building Division

How we see it:

As the State’s most diverse general contractor and a leader in Hawaii’s construction industry, Hawaiian Dredging continues to partner with valued clients and pursue new opportunities that benefit our local communities. In 2013, we foresee increased construction activity and employment for all trades as projects that have been in the planning and design stages commence construction.

HDCC will have a number of projects across the State, in both public and private sectors, varying in size and scope. Our current commitments follow construction trends in residential, such as Waihonua at Kewalo, Halekauwila Place and 801 South Street; healthcare facilities like the Mary Savio Medical Plaza; federal contracts for infrastructure, harbor, highway and military installation improvements; and alternative energy sources such as the Hu Honua Bioenergy facility.

 


 

Pacific Pump and Power

Paul Leonard
General Manager

How we see it:

We anticipate a busy 2013 for our sector of Hawaii’s construction industry with construction work increasing including infrastructure upgrades to essential services and large private developments and federal projects on our military bases underway. There is simply no way for our society to function effectively without transportation, power, sewer and water. 

Expanding our services to become a one-stop shop for fluid transfer needs in Hawaii and Guam, Pacific Pump and Power can specify, sell, install, rent and operate industrial pumping and dredging systems of all shapes and sizes.  Recently increasing our fleet size significantly (adding thousands of gallons-a-minute pumping capacity, miles of piping, and new parts and pumping systems for resale), we also have more full time permanent personnel in engineering support and experienced field mechanics. Our safe work practices are improved as we strive to remain the best solution for all of our Hawaii and Guam clientele.

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