"Construction Connection" is your source for monthly information on industry news and events to keep you in the know. BIA-Hawaii is The VOICE of the construction industry and we work diligently to promote our members through advocacy and education and provide community outreach programs to enhance the quality of life for the people of Hawaii.
President's Address to Members
Aloha, I am excited and humbled to be leading BIA-Hawaii in 2021. The industry is full of hope and opportunity and the association is poised to support our members to benefit from the opportunities that are presented.

BIA offers many resources to our members, but I feel one of the most important is BIA’s Education program.

During last year’s unprecedented shutdown, BIA was able to offer educational classes, resources and online trainings to our members and the community due to our ability to pivot program delivery to an online format. While in-person classes are normally preferred, the online course content was equally engaging and informative and post-event feedback reflected our member’s satisfaction with the new format.

We will begin the first quarter of 2021 with online delivery and as restrictions for in-person gatherings are lifted, we will gradually move back to in-person instruction.

One of BIA’s goals for 2021 is to continue to bolster our education platform to provide meaningful content both virtually and in-person. We hope to reach more of our members and those interested in joining the construction industry. As builder confidence is at an all-time high nationwide, I am optimistic the trend will continue in Hawaii as well.

There is a shortage of labor despite high unemployment rates. BIA is here to train displaced workers, help professionals in the industry skill-build, and work with employers to place workers in jobs.

BIA will focus on expanding our education offerings by 40% including workforce entry and professional development courses as well as specialty courses such as historic building preservation.

I encourage you to take a class, learn a new skill, gain a new certification, and inspire your employees and colleagues to do the same. 

Here’s to a successful 2021 and I look forward to hopefully gathering in-person with you all as soon as we are able!

Beau Nobmann
Continuing Education Courses & Seminars

Meet Your Instructor: Tag Gilkeson

Tag Gilkeson owns Design/Build firm Tag & Associates, LLC where he works with homeowners, remodelers, and builders drawing full construction plans in 3D. With the industry growing toward new technology, Virtual Reality was a very easy add-on to services to offer to the more distinguished clienteleRead more>>>
Meet Your Instructor: Tag Gilkeson
New Course Offering
March 2, 2021 from 9am to 11:30am
Meet your instructor: Sarah Love, Esq.

Sarah Love is a Partner with Bays Lung Rose & Voss. Her areas of practice include counseling clients and litigating disputes involving construction law, construction contract drafting and negotiation, procurement law and disputes, insurance defense and coverage, real estate, and complex commercial issues. Read more>>>
Did You Know?
Your Education Class Fees Can Be Paid By ETF
About the Employment & Training Fund. In 1991, the State Legislature established the ETF program to address the growing need to upgrade the job skills of Hawaii's workforce, created as part of a national movement that swept the country in the 1980s. Investing in human capital to improve productivity and the nation's quality of goods and services became a top priority. The Employer Referral ("micro") program is for individual businesses that need to upgrade the job skills of their employees. 
BIA-Hawaii is an approved Training Provider. ETF will cover 50% of the Non-Member course fee rate for select courses, up to a maximum of $400.

The 2021 IBSx, NAHB International Builders’ Show® virtual experience, will take place February 9-12, 2021. Education and exhibits will remain available on-demand through March 31, 2021. Don't miss this exciting event!
AIA Honolulu's 2021 Mentorship Program
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 5:30 - 6:30pm, Zoom
AIA Honolulu is pleased to announce the 2021 AIA Mentorship Program. We invite AIA Honolulu members (AIA, Assoc. AIA, Allied Members), Sister Organization Members, and non-members to participate in our new mentorship program geared toward emerging professionals and their development in a formal platform and social group for emerging professionals to engage with industry leaders from diverse backgrounds. Five learning groups will engage a new mentor every other month in a Pau Hana setting.

About the 5x5x5 Mentorship Program
  • A formal platform and social group for emerging professionals to engage with industry leaders from diverse backgrounds
  • Five learning groups will engage a new mentor every other month in a virtual pau hana setting (five meetings total)
  • Open to max 25 participants

The program will begin with a Virtual Kick-Off Pau Hana on Feb. 24th where we will introduce the program and allow participants to meet the mentors and their learning groups. Learn more>>>
AIA Honolulu Seminar
2012 & 2018 Building Code Structural Implications for Building Professionals
On February 10th, this seminar will summarize the structural design implications of recent and upcoming transitions by the State and Counties, from the building codes based on the 2006 IBC, to the codes based on the 2012 IBC, currently in effect at the counties, and 2018 IBC, which will soon be the basis for the State Building Code. BIA member rate: use code "AIASpecial" at checkout for $10 rate.
Focus ON: Membership Value

There are many benefits of BIA-Hawaii membership. Each month we will highlight a benefit to ensure you are getting the most value from your membership.

We invite you to display your member logo on your web pages, promotional materials, and more, to highlight your involvement with BIA-Hawaii.

Studies show that when customers know you are a member of a respected trade organization, they are 49% more likely to think favorably of you, and 80% more likely to purchase goods or services from your company in the future.

Please contact Trina at trina@biahawaii.org to obtain your electronic BIA member logo. Learn more about BIA-Hawaii membership at www.biahawaii.org/value-of-your-membership. Membership questions? Contact trina@biahawaii.org or call 808-847-4666
Safety Tips & Resources
BIA-Hawaii shares new tech products, services and resources with our members to help your business thrive.

Disclaimer: BIA-Hawaii is not endorsing any product or service mentioned herein.
Inspiration Corner
NAHB has announced the finalists for the 2020 Global Innovation Awards (GIA). Projects incorporate the most advanced, cutting-edge, and original products, services and homes from the United States and around the world, and showcases the future of home technology.

Learn about the home technology of the future and gain inspiration and ideas for your 2021 projects and designs.
Now Accepting Reservations
The BIA-Hawaii CTC headquarters in Waipahu has beautiful and convenient space for all of your event needs. Classrooms for trainings and well-equipped rooms for events are available to rent. The event & classroom rental calendar is now open for 2021. Space fills quickly! Secure your preferred dates and times. Contact info@biahawaii.org or call 808-847-4666.
The Construction Training Center of the Pacific (CTC) is a one-stop comprehensive training and educational resource center established by the Building Industry Association of Hawaii as its workforce development arm. The CTC provides academic and vocational training, career counseling, job awareness, and related supportive services that address critical labor shortages in the rapidly expanding construction industry.

BIA-Hawaii offers a full range of seminars and continuing education classes to empower you and your employees with the latest information on industry standards.
Contribute to YOUR Newsletter
BIA-Hawaii is offering members the opportunity to promote their business in the monthly newsletter free of charge for the next few months, first come, first served. If you would like to feature your business, please contact info@biahawaii.org.

Do you know a BIA-Hawaii member who has been giving back to the community by volunteering their time, services, labor or supplies to community projects? Please let us know at info@biahawaii.org.

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