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Corporate Anniversaries 2013: Nordic PCL Construction, Inc.

Nordic Construction and PCL first joint-ventured on the design-build construction the Hawaii Convention Center in 1997. Nordic PCL Construction, Inc.’s staff has voted it a “Best Places to Work” in Hawaii for the last 6 consecutive years.


Ask anyone who has ever hired a construction company, and they will tell you that the No. 1 trait of a good company is trustworthiness. You need to trust not only that the company will get the job done on time and within budget, but also that they will deliver a quality project safely. Perhaps that’s why Nordic PCL Construction, Inc., a company that puts these values at the heart of it business, has made it to its 75th anniversary—and is still going strong. 

“We are selective relative to the amount and type of work we pursue,” says Glen Kaneshige, the company’s president. “We’re careful not to ‘bite off more than we can chew,’ so that we can consistently deliver projects on schedule with quality, safety, and without hindering our ability to respond promptly to our clients’ needs and concerns.” 

Founded in 1938 by Carl John Haglund, Nordic Construction was acquired by PCL in 2008. This gave the company additional resources to expand and pursue larger projects than before. 

“PCL’s resources and experience in other sectors of the construction market also provides us the opportunity to pursue very large projects with the capability to diversify into other types of construction we would have never considered,” Kaneshige says.

Nordic Construction, Ltd. built the iconic Windward City Shopping Center in 1959.

And while this type of integration for other local companies would be the cause of unrest, for Nordic PCL, the merger came easier because of the past joint ventures between the two companies that began with the Hawaii Convention Center in 1995. “I believe that the Nordic and PCL cultures were very similar,” Kaneshige says, “so the transition was smooth.” 

What may have been the reason for the successful merger is that the company was able to continue to stay true to its local roots. 

“Preserving relationships is paramount here, and your reputation means everything. Our local roots ground us because we know that we will be working with the same people and companies on other projects,” Kaneshige says. “We aren’t going anywhere, so it becomes more important that we do the right thing.”

Part of doing the right thing includes adapting to the ever-changing industry to meet the needs and demands of clients.

“We want to be the preferred builder for our clients with the capability to do a wide variety of project types on all the islands,” Kaneshige says. “In order for us to earn this, we’ll need the steadfast discipline to live our past values and beliefs while being flexible to adapt to the needs of our clients and market demands.”


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