Overlooking the Ala Moana Beach
Park in Honolulu, the Waiea project is an
oceanfront 36-story luxury condominium housing 177 units. Waiea, meaning “water
of life” in Hawaiian, will be the first residential tower in Ward Village, an
integrated master-planned community near downtown Honolulu, known as Kakaako.
Once complete, a wave-like curtain wall will traverse the exterior of the
building, making for a breathtaking profile and one of the more technically
challenging projects PCL builds.
The soon-to-be view for some of the Waiea
The Nordic PCL project team inspects
the progress on the installation of the
Diamond Head feature wall.
The use of virtual construction
technologies helped the Nordic PCL
team maintain a high quality of work
while placing more than 1,000 glasss
The exterior feature wall of the Waiea project, known as a
Diamond Head, is comprised of segmented unitized curtain wall panels that are arranged
to represent a fishing net cascading over the side of the structure. The design
pays tribute to the ancient Hawaiian fishing village that Kakaako once was.
This striking architectural feature is made up of more than 1,000 individual glass
panels that form the wall’s wave-like appearance. The glass panels, each of a
dissimilar size and at a different angle, make up the unique facade.
The glass that makes up Waiea’s Diamond Head wall appears
smooth and seamless, like the ocean on a calm morning. However, with tolerances
of less than three quarters of an inch in any direction, the Nordic PCL project
team had to measure and place more than 2,000 steel supports within the
concrete which accept the panels flawlessly. To counterbalance this tight
tolerance, the project team utilized the BIM 360 Layout program which pulled
directly from the model to ensure the exact locations of the glass segments and
embedded steel before placing the concrete, saving time, and ensuring a high
quality of work.
“The level of quality provided in the first units not only
exceeded my expectations, but also the expectations of our world-renowned
architect and interior designer, as they were told by peers this level of
quality could not be achieved in Hawaii,” said Rob Centra, senior vice
president, Design and Construction Management, The Howard Hughes Corporation.
“This is a true testament to the management and quality audit/quality control
programs implemented by Nordic PCL, which has generated much excitement not
only within my organization, but within the community.”
The Women of Waiea
Dynamic teams are needed to lead dynamic projects like
Waiea. Led by construction manager Scott Viola, general superintendent Joe
Stout, and project managers Danyelle Kahanaoi and Chuck O’Neill, the Nordic PCL
project team is made up 27% of women, in stark contrast to the industry average
of 9%, as reported by the National Association for Women in Construction.
Ranging from project manager to virtual construction technician, the women working
on Waiea are in a diverse set of operational roles.
“It is encouraging and inspiring to see the diversity and
increase in women wanting to be a part of the construction industry these
days,” said Danyelle Kahanaoi, Nordic PCL project manager. “Everyone
brings something new to the table and I am both humbled and honored to be a
part of this project team at Waiea.”
The project is on track to be complete in October 2016, and
the team is proud to continue working on exceeding client expectations.
“From BIM administration to scheduling, to
strong project management, the women working with Nordic PCL on the Waiea
project are integral to one of the strongest project teams I’ve worked with in
Hawaii,” said Jon Moore, director, Design and Construction Management, The
Howard Hughes Corporation.