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Architects Hawaii Ltd.

Company:Architects Hawaii Ltd.
Address:ASB Tower, Suite 300 1001 Bishop St. Honolulu, HI 96813
Year Founded:1946
Number of Full-time Employees:96
Overview:Founded in 1946, Architects Hawaii Ltd. (AHL) is a multi-disciplinary architectural firm with international experience in architecture, planning, and interior design. Based in Honolulu, the firm has developed a worldwide reputation as one of the most versatile and progressive design firms in the Pacific Region and is currently involved with over $2 billion worth of construction. AHLOs 96 staff members offer a full range of architectural services to clients throughout HawaiOi, the Pacific Rim, Asia, and United States. AHL has received over 139 awards for its design excellence in educational, office and commercial retail, high and low rise housing (multi-family and luxury residences), hotels and resorts, healthcare, industrial, institutional, and specialty projects. Examples of its design work include the HawaiOi State Capitol, Capital for the Federated States of Micronesia, Moana Pacific, Waikiki Landmark, Marriott KoOolina Beach Club, KauaOi Main Police Facility, UH-Manoa HawaiOi Hall Restoration, Castle and Cooke Northpointe Development, John A. Burns School of Medicine, Maui Lani Elementary School, Ocean Pointe Elementary School, The Shops at Wailea, Turtle Bay Resort Renovations, Aston KaOanapali Shores, Spark M. Matsunaga VA Medical and Regional Office Center, Kaiser Moanalua Hospital, and QueenOs Medical Center Emergency Services Relocation. At AHL we see design as a plan, a means to an end, a process that identifies essential values, functions and goals. We are passionate about design, and committed to achieving design excellence in our work. Embracing change is a key ingredient in serving our clientsO evolving needs. Our qualified professionals have the ability and knowledge to deliver award-winning projects on time and within budget.
CEO:David A. Miller
Status:Privately Held
Number of Part-time Employees:1
Average Annual Salary - Exempt Employees:$62,178
Average Annual Salary - Non-exempt Employees:$31,680
Number of Job Applicants:40
Number of Hires (Last Fiscal Year):14
Voluntary Turnover:5%
Female Employees:29
Percentage of Female Employees:30%
401(K) or 403(B) Match:No
Percentage of Match:N/A
Average Hours Training Offered per Year:20.4
Number of Paid Company Holidays:15
Number of paid vacation and personal days:
Interesting Fact:The companys annual staff evaluation process requires individuals to complete a write-up discussing their goals and objectives, and to describe his role. This allows the evaluator to see if the described role is consistent with expectations. Sometimes perceived poor performance is just a disconnect between what an employee thinks their role is and what their managers assumed it was, so this process helps to clear up most misunderstandings.
Best Practices #1:In comparison to other firms or industries, management gets far fewer perks than others and has the same perks and benefits as staff. It is a fairly egalitarian system. Perhaps the opportunity to work for a dynamic firm with a very broad range of projects during an exciting time in Hawaii results in the greatest perk of all -- to learn your trade and profession. AHL offers the opportunity to learn from industry experts who are part of our staff and management who are very willing to share their unique capabilities and technical knowledge. We have developed a forensics expertise fixing sick buildings and a full-time in-house specifications writer who researches and evaluates the building materials we use. Our firm has an enviable high-rise design expertise. We have a large number of construction field staff who provide invaluable feedback on what works and occasionally what doesnt. The studio coach is a senior associate or principal who serves as second in command to the studio head. The coach is exactly what it sounds like, both teacher and cheerleader. Our hope is that management is accessible. Sometimes I hear otherwise, and the studio coach provides some redundancy. We try to add a local touch to everything we do. Our Hawaiian Word of the Day provides an insightful and personal understanding of Hawaiian words and concepts. Marketing material makes a local connection with imagery or symbols. We have an annual May Day lei competition which is judged by an outside jury, and it is like inviting guests to our house. Our Easter Egg and Pumpkin Carving contests are also very popular competitive events which almost always gets TV and medi
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