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APCSS Construction Update  March 2012 - Issue #8

Work scheduled for Monday/Ethno Botanical Garden Update

Although Monday is a state holiday (Prince Kuhio Day), it will be a limited working day on the site.  Work includes: landscaping, flagstone, tape and mud, electrical rough-in, painting, and stud framing.  Noisy work will not be performed.


The contractors have begun landscaping the area.  The planting of an Ethno botanical garden will begin in mid-April and is expected to be done in May.  The garden, which will be outside the building fence line, will open to the general public upon project close out.


Follow-up on Sunday Work

On March 11th we had an incident where a superintendent at Nan, Inc and his team (not the regular site work crew) arrived on the site to pick up materials.  Because the materials did not fit in their truck they had to cut it down. While they did not believe that this qualified as "work" at the time they now realize that the noise they made was unacceptable to our neighbors and sincerely apologize.


As a result of the complaints we received we have done the following:


-   No work (defined now as entry to the site) on Sundays regardless of the noise permit. Signs are now posted. Employees violating our noise policy will be banned from the work site. 

-   We formally requested that they measure the dbs on their equipment and make adjustments as necessary. The tests were done. While the decibles at 4, 10 and 20 feet (90, 86 and 70db) fell within normal construction equipment range we will need to do further study to determine how we can minimize this noise as it travels upward.


Due to recent rains some work is running behind schedule and may need to be done on Saturdays.  Weekend work is usually reserved for only those cases where work cannot be done during the work week. For example, when power needs to be cut to the Center to install or remove equipment from the site.  We will notify the subscribers to this enewsletter of any weekend work in advance.


What is this new building?

Wing C  is a new 10,000 square ft. single story building to serve as a state-of-the-art Information Integration Learning Laboratory that includes a 108-person plenary space, six seminar rooms, audio-visual and computer server rooms, required ancillary spaces, and an ethno-botanical garden. Read More

Construction FAQs

Why can't the contractor turn off their back up beepers or lower the volume?

While there are options to do this within OSHA regulations, the Army Corps of Engineers contract regulations prohibit the backup beepers from being altered and do not allow for other options such as flagmen or volume controls.  

How tall will the building be and will it obstruct our views?

The building is a single-story and should not impact anyone's views.


There is not enough open space in Waikiki. How much room will this new building take up? 

The current fence line is a construction safety area. The final fence line will only come out as far as absolutely necessary. Once construction is done there will still be ample open green space in the area.  We are also adding an ethno-botanical garden on the Kalakuau side of the campus for the community.


Why isn't the contractor using water to cut down on the dust?

The contractor was originally doing this but then cut back in an effort to conserve water. We received a call from a neighbor complaining about the dust and have asked the contractor to use water to cut down on dust when appropriate - especially on those days when there is no rain.


When will the project barriers be removed?

The black construction barrier will be taken down when the project ends at the end of May 2012. The Ethnobotanical garden will then be accessible to the public.


Click here to view an animated rendering of the new building.

In this issue:

Work scheduled for Monday/Ethno Botanical Garden Update

Follow-up on Sunday Work

What is this new building?

Construction FAQs

Contract Info

This military construction project contract is being managed through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Honolulu District. The contractor is Su-mo /Nan JV. 

Contacting APCSS

Thank you for your interest in APCSS activities.


If you have any questions or concerns about our projects please feel free to contact Mary Markovinovic via email at or call at 808-971-8916 during normal working hours.


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