"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.
A Good Plan is Great Prevention
Preparing for the unexpected is best done in advance; however, many times, we don’t know we need a plan until we do. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidance for your company's Infectious Disease Outbreak Response Plan. Your plan should include preventative measures for your staff, impact if someone in the office has contracted the disease, and how to keep the company in business during this time. For more tips, click HERE.

Tips for business owners to prepare for coronavirus. Five Steps you can take today. Learn more HERE.
BIA's Postponed, Cancelled and Rescheduled Events
Due to the current COVID-19 virus, BIA-Hawaii is postponing and rescheduling upcoming events. The near term major changes are indicated below and updated on our website. We will continue to keep you informed as we assess the ongoing recommendations from the CDC, federal and state government. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to our staff at info@biahawaii.org.
Rescheduled: Leading Young Professionals Mixer
The LYP Networking Mixer has been rescheduled to July 24, 2020 at the Entrepreneurs Sandbox.

All registrants have received an email of the rescheduled event along with the option for a full refund or to apply registration fees paid to the July 24th event.

Any questions, please contact info@biahawaii.org.
Build a Better Bowl Event Highlights
On March 10th at Cafe Julia, BIA-Hawaii members and legislators participated in the annual Build a Better Bowl legislative networking event which provided a fantastic opportunity to network with legislators and savor delicious one-of-a-kind recipes from BIA-Hawaii members.

And the winners are..... First Place - D.R. Horton; Second Place - Hawaii Gas; Third Place - Raynor Hawaii Doors; People's Choice and Best Themed Team - D.R. Horton

Mahalo to our event Sponsor Hawaii Gas!
Call for Entries Extended - BIA-Hawaii's BIDCA Awards
Submit your entries for the 2020 Building Industry Design and Construction Awards. Early bird rates will be indefinite and the deadline for submissions is extended to August 12, 2020.

Together with the National Kitchen & Bath Association Aloha Chapter (NKBA), BIA-Hawaii will acknowledge and reward the finest construction and design projects our industry has to offer.

We are pleased to announce our continued partnership with Hawaii Home + Remodeling Magazine who will publish winners in the Magazine's November issue. The overall grand winner will be highlighted in a segment on HI Now Weekender.

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.
Legislative Update
The Hawaii State Legislature has announced the 2020 Legislative Session is currently in recess.

Before this announcement, there were several proposed bills alive which will affect BIA members.

These bills are related to: Fire Sprinklers, Land Development, Infrastructure, Construction Waste, Solar, Housing and EIS Law.

BIA-Hawaii will continue to advocate on these bills after the recess. Read more on the priority bills below:
Fire Sprinklers:

Land Development:

Infrastructure Improvement:

Construction Waste:



EIS Shelf Life:
Contact stef@sakamotoconsulting.com for more information.
THE BIG T - Rescheduled to Fall
The Building Industry Golf Tournament (BIG T) has been rescheduled to September 24, 2020 at the Hawaii Prince Golf Course in sunny Ewa Beach

Updates on this event will be communicated as they occur. Proceeds from the tournament help fund the Pre-Apprenticeship Construction Training Program (PACT).
Gearing up for The BIG Summer Show
The BIG Summer Home Show will be held on August 14-16, 2020 at the Neal Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. We are actively taking booth reservations and commitments. The commitment period has been extended to April 10th.

BIA-Hawaii's mid-year Home Building & Remodeling Show's exhibitors are licensed contractors and suppliers in compliance with State laws who have been reviewed by BBB and the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Attendees learn how to budget, design, and plan for their projects by talking with exhibitors, attending seminars, and taking advantage of the hundreds of displays available at the show. 

For more information, contact Vanessa at viv@biahawaii.org or call (808) 629-7511.
Local BIA-Hawaii Member Wins National Award
BIA-Hawaii member Reiko Lewis, Owner of Ventus Design, was awarded the NAHB Remodelers 2019 Homes for Life Award at the 2020 International Builders Show. 

The Homes for Life Awards honor projects that demonstrate excellence in aging-in-place design and/or accessible home modifications in a remodeled home. These award-winning homes offer design or programmatic solutions that help residents continue living in their homes as they grow older and/or face physical challenges.

Join us in congratulating Reiko on this national honor!
Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
The State of Hawaii has applied for federal small business disaster assistance through the U.S. Small Business Administration. According to the SBA, the "Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program" for small business and non-profits should become available the week of March 23. Under this program, small businesses may apply directly to SBA for a loan; it is not funneled through local banking partners. Loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that can't be paid because of the impact of COVID-19. Read more here.

SBA is suggesting Hawaii businesses applying for the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan prepare by downloading the application and beginning to fill out the forms that will be required when the program starts.
The NAHB remains open for business and is an excellent source of information for our industry in these challenging times.

Please consult this important member resource as needed.
2020 Events Calendar - current as of March 20
April 30 BIA-Hawaii Board of Directors Meeting

May 28 BIA-Hawaii Board of Directors Meeting

June 18 Networking Night
June 27 LYP - Networking Night
June 25 BIA-Hawaii Board of Directors Meeting

July 8 General Membership Meeting
July 24 LYP - Networking Night
July 30 BIA-Hawaii Board of Directors Meeting

August 27 BIA-Hawaii Board of Directors Meeting

September 4 BIA-Hawaii's Birthday Bash
September 16 Networking Night
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.
April and May 2020 Training & Education Courses
Building Industry Association of Hawaii
94-487 Akoki Street, Suite 213
Waipahu, Hawaii 96797
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