"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.
Message from BIA-Hawaii's CEO
BIA is working hard for you – our members. We held our first ever series of five industry focused webinars and I want to reflect on where we are today and take a look at what we’ve accomplished together over the past few months.

With rising COVID cases in the islands, we need to stay focused and have protocols in place. Here are some resources BIA has to empower you and to strengthen your business.

The BIA webinar series provided some great tools to handle the everyday burdens that COVID has presented: best practices HR toolkits, sanitation and related procedures, and the knowledge that NAHB and BIA, with YOU, were instrumental in ensuring that the building industry remained ‘essential’ throughout this pandemic.

You also have OSHA reporting requirements and guides, our weekly COVID-19 newsletter and our COVID-19 page on the BIA website. We will continue to blast these tools out to keep you informed.

In addition, we have ramped up our education offerings as the CTC Building is now open for business. We recently held a 40-hr Safety class and we will hold another again in August. We will hold our Construction Quality Management class in July, Construction Safety and Injury Prevention, AND our incredible YOUTHBUILD PACT program will run from September to October.

We will host these great courses and more online in the coming months. This is a fantastic opportunity to make the most of your time and get the Certified Aging in Place designation under your belt. Basics of Building will be held in October - if you know anyone who is considering a career change or is curious about the industry, send them our way. We know there are many people in transition now who will be looking to try something new, so this can be a good thing, and it’s exciting! Classes in Estimation, Scheduling, and Project Management will also be held in October – and nearly all the classes just mentioned can help you and your staff get some letters after your name. We certainly want to position our members as industry professionals, so we hope to see your company name pop up several times in our registration queue.

Visit www.biahawaii.org/upcoming-courses for a list of all of the upcoming education programs, or you can always contact our office for clarification on what might be most suitable for professional development next steps for you or your team.

Jessica Leorna, CEO
Phone: 808-629-7509
BIA-Hawaii together with our member partners Stanford Carr Development, DM Pacific, Mark Development and Homeworks Construction present Election Time 2020 featuring candidates for Honolulu Mayor in a debate series Heading to Honolulu Hale, A Blueprint For Success on KHNR AM 760 and FM 94.3 The Answer.

Join us daily through July 27th from 7AM to 8AM for this high-powered debate style forum featuring candidates running for the city’s top seat in one of the most contested, controversial, and colorful races in the city’s history.

Want to get involved? Get your own radio spots & an interview with Mike Buck! Call Jess for details & preferred member rates 805-680-4922.
Special COVID Pricing - Entry fess have changed:

$400 - 1 entry
$750 - 2 entries
$900 - 3 entries

There's still time to enter the 2020 Building Design & Construction Awards.

Submission deadline is July 24th. Each entry includes one Gala ticket ($185 value).

This prestigious annual award competition recognizes the diversity and excellence in quality construction and design of new and remodeled projects.

For more information, contact Vanessa at  [email protected] or call (808) 629-7511..

For assistance contact 808-847-4666 | [email protected]
The 2021 International Builders' Show will take place on February 9-11, 2021 in Orlando Florida.

One of the many fantastic opportunities at the show are the Building Knowledge Sessions.

You can take advantage of IBS education by purchasing a Full-Registration or a 1-Day Education with Expo Pass (you must select which day when you register). Registration opens on September 1. Mark your calendar now so you don't miss the early-bird discount.
BIA-Hawaii Cancels 2020 Summer Home Show
In a letter to members, BIA-Hawaii announced the decision to cancel the 2020 Big Summer Home Building & Remodeling Show and outlines plans moving forward.
Member Spotlight
Members Share COVID Lessons Learned

BIA will spotlight and share member's experiences in an effort to help each other in these unprecedented times.

This month we visit with Chris Bennett of Riggs Distributing, the local distributor for Sub-Zero, Wolf and Cove appliances. As a second-generation family owned and operated business, Sub-Zero continues to innovate and bring new products to the market. This innovation would not be possible without the valuable feedback from the architect and design community.

Riggs Distributing, along with the rest of the industry, was considered essential during the early stage of the pandemic. Out of necessity, they worked remotely and adapted to the Zoom culture.
Riggs and Sub-Zero invested in web-based trainings and virtual showrooms, which allow for virtual consultations with their customers.

Riggs experienced an interesting business reaction with their retail and developer clients - sales picked up as clients worried about global supply chain disruptions. Their products are manufactured in the United States, and as a result, sales actually increased as they were able to avoid global disruptions.

No doubt, the next few months will continue to bring new challenges, but with innovation and tenacity, Riggs will continue to adapt to the challenges faced by the industry and their sector.

For more information on the product lines carried by Riggs Distributing, visit www.riggsdistributing.com

In a new initiative that could aid economic recovery and the transition to clean energy, Hawaiian Electric is seeking information from owners of land or even large rooftops and parking lots on the islands of Oahu, Hawaii island, Maui, and Molokai that could be available for future renewable energy projects that will benefit all electric customers. The Company is seeking information on parcels as small as one acre and rooftops with at least 3,200 square feet of useable space for future development of grid-scale solar and wind projects and community solar projects. The request may be viewed and responded to at: https://www.hawaiianelectric.com/clean-energy-hawaii/selling-power-to-the-utility/land-rfi
Office Space Available For Rent
Welcome to your new Office!
1,360 SF of Space Available at BIA-Hawaii Headquarters

Returning to work after quarantine will be a terrific experience in your new office space at the beautiful BIA-Hawaii building in Waipahu. Added bonus - great neighbors!

Ground floor office space is available with secured access and alarm system; also included is an on-site shared kitchen with refrigerator, sink and microwave.

Modified gross rent includes electricity, janitorial services and Wi-Fi. Post-COVID rent flexibility upon request. No additional CAM charges. Fits 3-7 people.
Industry News & Resources



Your BIA-Hawaii membership entitles you to NAHB benefits

Successful businesses are all about saving money to help drive profits. It’s in their DNA. Whether it’s a discount on a product or service or a more efficient way to operate, the smart business person is always looking at ways to cut costs and maximize returns.

Through agreements with more than 20 national companies, NAHB offers exclusive discounts on a variety of products and services that can benefit your business, employees and family. Members save big when they take advantage of these offers and use their member discount.
NAHB Young Professionals Awards

The NAHB Young Professional (YP) Awards annually recognize young building industry professionals under the age of 45 who:

  • Propel their careers forward
  • Advance in all three levels of the NAHB Federation
  • Advocate for the home building industry and engage with their peers
  • Establish themselves as exceptional members of their communities

The awards are the premier way to highlight young industry professionals who are changing the way the world looks at the construction industry today. YP's from across the country are recognized showcasing innovation, community and industry involvement, career advancement and leadership in the building industry.
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The TECH Corner
BIA-Hawaii shares new tech products and services with our members to help your business thrive.

Disclaimer: BIA-Hawaii is not endorsing any product or service mentioned herein.
View COVID-19 Industry Updates & Resources
(Updated weekly)
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 [email protected].

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  [email protected].
2020 Events Calendar
Registration Open for Hyperlinked Events

July 30 BIA-Hawaii Board of Directors Meeting

August 27 BIA-Hawaii Board of Directors Meeting

September 11 BIA-Hawaii's Birthday Bash (pending)
September 24 BIA-Hawaii Board of Directors Meeting

October 29 BIA-Hawaii Board of Directors Meeting

November 4 General Membership Meeting
November 19 BIA-Hawaii Board of Directors Meeting

December 11 Installation & Awards Banquet
Continuing Education Classes & Seminars
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.
July thru October 2020 Training & Education Courses
All classes are open for registration, space is limited.

August 19 Scaffolding

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94-487 Akoki Street, Suite 213
Waipahu, Hawaii 96797
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