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Merit Award Winner

Commercial Remodeling - Projects more than 15,001 sq. ft.

Entered by: Moss & Associates and Pacific Development Group



Project Team

General Contractor: Hunt Building Company, Ltd.

Architect: Basis Architecture and Design

Designer: Philpotts Interiors

Photographer: Brad Peebles


Project Statement

Halawa View Apartments is a 121-unit Affordable Housing development that was built in the early 1970’s on Oahu. Given the original construction date, the 14-story high-rise and accompanying 3-story mid-rises were in desperate need of a major renovation.

Halawa created over 80 jobs and consisted of a variety of improvements with both energy efficiency and aesthetics in mind. Extensive renovations also included new wood cabinets and granite countertops in kitchens and bathrooms as well as new wood flooring throughout. This LEED Silver Project also boosts modernized elevators, energy efficient light fixtures and appliances, water saving fixtures and much more.

Halawa View Apartments was built in the early 1970’s consisting of one 14-story high-rise and two three-story low-rise buildings for a total of 121 two, three and four bedroom units. Hunt, in collaboration with Pacific Development Group and Hawaiian Community Development Board, completed an extensive full renovation/rehabilitation program while retaining its affordability for the residents and future residents for 60+ years. Through a very hands-on design phase with the Project Architect, Design Engineers, Energy Consultants, three (3) separate Lenders and HUD, the project team pursued and attained LEED Silver Certification following extensive green-minded renovations to the property as a whole. Utilizing less energy and water, LEED-certified spaces save money, reduce carbon emissions and contribute to a healthier environment for residents and the overall community. In addition to these energy saving features and lower emissions, it should also be noted that over 65 percent of construction waste was sorted and diverted from the local landfills through various recycling programs. In all, over 100 tons of demolition materials and miscellaneous construction debris were diverted through these programs.

The renovation program consisted of new solid wood cabinets and granite countertops in the kitchens and bathrooms, SCS Floorscore rated vinyl plank flooring, low-VOC paints and sealers, two (2) modernized elevators, highly efficient light fixtures, water saving fixtures, energy efficient appliances, less than 1.28 gallon per flush EPA Watersense toilets, photovoltaic carport system that includes hundreds of solar panels, multiple solar thermal hot water tank and piping system upgrades, ADA code compliant upgrades, cool roofs on all three (3) buildings, exterior paint colors with more than 45 percent light reflectance values designed to reflect solar heat away from living spaces. In addition to the dwelling unit renovations, Hunt constructed a new community kitchen, outdoor barbecue area with two (2) large cedar trellis structures, a 1,200 SF playground and community garden planted with herbs and vegetables. The laundry room, management office and interior corridors also underwent major overhauls and now feature new finishes throughout.

The project team fought diligently to overcome several major obstacles that presented themselves near completion of renovation work; Fire Alarm speaker count had to be doubled in order to satisfy the Honolulu Fire Department, a new 2-ton generator was required to replace an existing generator on the 15th floor and finally, a new variable pressure water booster pump and related pump house had to be constructed due to a sudden 25% drop in supply water pressure in the area. Upon completion of these unanticipated building utility upgrades, the project permit was signed off by the Building Inspector and, in turn, the project was successfully handed back over to the Project Owner.

In addition to providing rehab and construction services for this project, Hunt also played a valuable role with the developer and architect in assisting with product and material selections, overcoming design challenges, implementing added amenities and value engineering. The result of our efforts and expertise affords the developer outstanding value for their projects.

The Halawa View Apartments project demonstrates what can be accomplished in Affordable Housing and reveals the positive side of Affordable Housing initiatives across the State of Hawaii. Hunt not only helped transform the building structure, but in the process, renewed the spirits of Halawa View Apartments residents and surrounding community.


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Waipahu, HI 96797
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Waipahu, HI 96797

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