"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.
Board of Directors 2021 Election will take place at this meeting. All BIA members are encouraged to attend to vote for your board of directors. No Charge for BIA Members to attend the meeting.
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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.
NAHB Instructor's Video Message for BIA's CAPS Online Fall Classes
IBSx Registration Now Open

The 2021 Builders’ Show Transitions to Virtual Event. After months of preparing for the 2021 International Builders’ Show (IBS) to be held in Orlando, NAHB made the difficult decision to transition the in-person show to a virtual event. This decision was the result of countless hours of research, meetings with NAHB member leadership, talking with exhibitors and surveying attendees. But ultimately, the health and safety of IBS attendees and exhibitors, as well as the ability to produce a signature event experience, outweighed all other considerations.
Sustainability and Green Building Scholarship
for the International Builders’ Show

Students or recent graduates (within the past two years) in a two- or four-year university/college, vocational apprenticeship, or other training program who are interested in green building can apply for a scholarship to attend the 2021 IBSx Virtual Experience for free.
PUC approves Hawaiian Electric takeover of Army electric systems

The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has approved Hawaiian Electric’s acquisition of the electric distribution systems serving 12 U.S. Army installations on Oʻahu, including Schofield Barracks, Wheeler Army Airfield, Tripler Army Medical Center, Fort Shafter and Army housing areas.

In a decision issued on Oct. 30, the commission approved a 50-year contract for Hawaiian Electric to own, operate, maintain and upgrade the electric distribution systems serving Army bases, installations and facilities. The PUC said it found the contract to be “reasonable and in the public interest.” Non-Army customers will not pay for any of the services or work performed under the contract.

The U.S. Defense Logistics Agency valued the contract at $638.5 million over 50 years. Hawaiian Electric was one of several bidders for the contract, which was awarded by the agency in October 2019 after a competitive process that began in 2016.

The contract is part of the Army’s Utilities Privatization Program, an Army-wide effort that leverages industry expertise and financing to upgrade and sustain utilities for safe and efficient mission support. Hawaiian Electric provides electricity to the Army, which in turn distributes the electricity to its facilities and bills its users.
Acquiring new customers and implementing new business processes during COVID-19 can be costly, especially for small businesses just trying to get by. The Hawaii Business Pivot Grant is here to help. Apply to the grant before November 23, 2020, and you may be eligible to receive up to $10,000 in business funding relief.
Safety Tips & Resources
Member to Member
BIA Members Inspire the Future Workforce

Waipahu High School’s virtual CRASH (College Readiness and Academic Success Hawaii) program inspires high school students to enter the building & construction industry. BIA members created videos describing their profession to help high school students envision their life after high school through different career pathways.

This month we feature Alan Shintani Inc. employees Hope & Giselle enthusiastically describing their jobs in the building industry.
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When displayed on a member website, please hyperlink the image to www.biahawaii.org

Contact info@biahawaii.org for a high resolution or reverse color image.
COVID-19 Industry Updates & Resources
(Updated weekly)
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.
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.

Suggestions are always welcome on the type of articles and content that you would like to see. Submit ideas HERE.
2020 Events Calendar
Registration Open for Hyperlinked Events

November 19 BIA-Hawaii Board of Directors Meeting

December 11 Installation & Awards Banquet (pending)

December 18 BIA-Hawaii BIG T Golf Tournament (pending)
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Waipahu, Hawaii 96797
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