Recognizing Construction Excellence and The Winners Are…
The design of a beautifully appropriate, single-family home in the Panini subdivision of Kahala was the winner of this year’s Renaissance Overall Grand Award for a new residence, presented Friday evening at Building Industry Association (BIA)-Hawaii’s 32nd annual Awards in Construction Excellence Gala.
Hawaii architectural firm Welch and Weeks, LLC, explained that it designed the classic, vintage Hawaiiana home to “fit in” with the existing architecture, while providing it with modern conveniences and layout and on a strict budget.
Three other Hawaii companies were also Renaissance Overall Grand Award winners: Arquitectura LLC, for residential remodeling; Architects Hawaii Ltd. (AHL), for new commercial (Moena Café); and Longhouse Design & Build, for commercial remodeling (Queen’s Court Penthouse).
Additionally, Longhouse received a Renaissance Grand Award in the “outdoor living” category (House Without a Beach), and a Renaissance Carl Reppun Award, presented to a small residential contractor in honor of Carl Reppun, chairman of the first Renaissance competition in 1985.
AHL won two Renaissance Grand Awards, for new commercial (Ka Makana Alii) and commercial remodeling (Aloha United Way headquarters).Other Renaissance Grand Award winners were Hawaiian Dredging Co. (historical renovation), Barker Kappelle Construction (residential remodeling), Gentry Homes (new residential), and NewGround International Inc. (commercial remodeling).
For the first time, the annual event included awards for excellence in kitchen and bath design and construction, presented by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), Aloha Chapter.
The five winners were Dangler Design (Highest Technical Merit Award), Design Trends Construction (Maikai Loa Award), Archipelago Hawaii and John Cook Kitchens (Hanohano Awards) and Design Trends Construction (Phil Zwedyk Award). Hinano Nahinu, NKBA, Aloha Chapter president, said “the awards go back more than 20 years and have been the benchmark for top designers in our industry.” She added that the chapter was very proud to be joining with BIA to present the awards and to “build partnerships that help to represent the design and construction industries.”
Michael Watanabe, project manager at JW Inc. and chairman of the BIA-Hawaii’s Awards Committee, said the event “provided an opportunity to publicly acknowledge beautiful residential construction accomplishments, as well as magnificent projects such as kitchen, bath and commercial construction.”
BIA-Hawaii’s annual Awards in Construction Excellence was supported by Servco Home & Appliance Distribution Centers, Hawaiian Electric Co., HK Construction, HPM Building Supply, Riggs Distribution and D.R. Horton.
Carolyn Hyman, events and marketing director of BIA-Hawaii, said scoring for the awards was based on “design, use of materials, adherence to design principles, functionality, sustainability and overall workmanship.”
The judges were the presidents of the BIA, NKBA, Aloha Chapter, General Contractors Association, American Institute of Architects, and American Society of Interior Designers.