"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
I wanted to take a moment to reflect on what’s going on in the world right now. We are seeing people have worries in our communities they shouldn’t have in a modern society; and we are “lucky we live Hawaii” to experience how to share real aloha with one another. 

This moment to me translates for home builders and industry professionals to grasp onto their responsibility; for BIA to take hold of that responsibility as well and advocate tirelessly for safe, affordable housing. Because in hard times, that is what we rely on. Homes are our safe place. Our refuge. They are our offices, our daycares, our playgrounds and more. 

It is increasingly important for us to all share in the responsibility to KNOW and to FACE mandates that create down pressure on the ability to build or the cost to build, and that those are the barriers that keep people from having a safe place to just... be.

I challenge you to reflect on how we are now in a position to make positive change. We must work together to provide quality information for our officials. Our industry has a great opportunity to affect the lives of the community; this is an immense responsibility for us all as we work to advocate for our members and the entire building industry in Hawaii.

Jessica Leorna, CEO
Email: JLL@biahawaii.org
Phone: 808-629-7509
BIA-Hawaii Goes Live!
BIA-Hawaii is proud to present our first ever webinar series "BIA-Hawaii Goes Live!" featuring experts addressing the effects of COVID-19 on Hawaii's building & construction industry. If you missed our first two webinars, it's not too late to join us for the remaining three webinars in the series; all are targeted specifically for the building & construction industry.

Our weekly webinars are held on Fridays from 12:30pm to 2pm.

June 12 will focus on Member to Member Q&A

June 19 will focus on Re-Opening Financing & Transition Now and In the Future: Credit Quality & Risk Management

June 26 will focus on a National Economic Outlook from a Local Perspective

Learn more and register:
Building Industry Design & Construction Awards
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 viv@biahawaii.org or call (808) 629-7511.
Take Care of Your Employees with HMAA
Qualified BIA-Hawaii members receive preferred pricing on our Association Health Plan with HMAA, which can reduce group health insurance costs for your business and employees. The savings potential will vary by company. Whether you’re a small or large business, you do not have to wait for your health plan’s renewal period to benefit from this offer. Now is the time to enroll in BIA-Hawaii’s Association Health Plan and take care of your employees with HMAA.

HMAA’s medical plans cover traditional and alternative care including chiropractic, naturopathic, acupuncture, and massage therapy. Additional benefits include dental and orthodontia, prescription, vision, and life insurance. Because HMAA is passionate about your health, they also offer a variety of wellness services and discounts such as their innovative Baby & Me maternity program and free colorectal cancer screening. Their extensive provider network includes nationwide access to physicians and a free 24/7 telemedicine service.

HMAA welcomes new group enrollments at any time of the year. For more information,   visit  hmaa.com/healthplans or contact sales@hmaa.com . You can also follow HMAA on LinkedIn , Facebook , and Instagram .
Hawaiian Electric Savings for Rooftop Solar Customers
Hawaiian Electric has worked with the solar industry and regulators to cut by nearly half the time from application to activation of a new private rooftop solar system – saving about two months. This and other improvements aim to let customers reap the financial benefits of solar sooner and boost the solar industry as a vital part of the state’s economic recovery.
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




View COVID-19 Industry Updates & Resources
(Updated weekly)
Member to Member Business
Foster First Defense
COVID-19 Disinfectant Product Now Available in Hawaii

Foster First Defense 40-80 is an EPA registered, waterbased, quaternary ammonium chloride disinfectant sold locally in the Islands by American Carpet One. The first shipment of 196 5-gallon buckets sold out in just 2 days. We have second and third shipments in, so we have ample inventory for commercial customers.

View this short video for more information: https://youtu.be/a82bd1Lehcs

Contact Aaron Okamoto 808-372-7466 for more information.
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.
The virtual Portfolio Event for the Architectural, Engineering and CAD Class of 2020 at Honolulu Community College is now live.

View each student's portfolio images and resumes as you scroll through their exhibits.
Save the Date
BIA-Hawaii Office Closed June 11th
In observance of the Kamehameha Day Holiday, our office will be closed on Thursday, June 11th. Normal operations will resume on Friday, June 12th at 8am.
2020 Events Calendar
Registration Open for Hyperlinked Events

June 25 BIA-Hawaii Board of Directors Meeting

July 30 BIA-Hawaii Board of Directors Meeting

August 26 General Membership Meeting
August 27 BIA-Hawaii Board of Directors Meeting

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

October 9 Building Industry Design & Construction Awards
October 23 LYP - Networking Night
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.
June thru September 2020 Training & Education Courses
All classes are open for registration, space is limited.

August 19 Scaffolding

Building Industry Association of Hawaii
94-487 Akoki Street, Suite 213
Waipahu, Hawaii 96797
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