With a building footprint covering 85% of a postage stamp-sized lot, Holomua is a 23-story reserve housing condominium located in one of Honolulu's more urbanized corridors. It was developed through a public-private partnership under the 201H program devised by the Hawaii Housing Finance & Development Corporation. The building contains 231 stalls of parking on the first seven floors, and 176 residential units above.
Instead of driving piles, a mat footing was selected for its speed of installation and to ensure maximum safety while working in close proximity to other buildings. During the excavation of the foundation, Nordic PCL took extraordinary measures to mitigate any impact to the adjacent buildings.
Being a good neighbor also meant keeping open communication with the nearby residents throughout construction. Before work started, Nordic PCL met with and informed them of the activities they could expect. The project team also emailed about the upcoming events on a monthly basis. For major operations, the project team held additional meetings on road and traffic conditions.
Holomua had stalled for many years due to a slowing economy. After several pricing rounds, which included numerous value-engineering ideas over a four-year period, Nordic PCL was able to reduce the cost by more than $4 million, allowing the project to finally proceed.