Kona Commons is the centerpiece of the client’s master plan to develop the west side of the Big Island. Popular big-box stores now have a presence on the island, as do many more national and local retailers. This shell spaces project consisted of the construction of a 103,500-square-foot strip mall on a 10.9-acre site. Nordic Construction self-performed the fabrication and installation of 82,200 square feet of concrete tilt-up wall panels.
Nordic Construction provided design-assist preconstruction services for this project. After analyzation, the project team indentified tilt-up as the most effective method for construction. Although few tilt-up projects had been completed in Kona at the time, the method proved successful, and few design issues were encountered during construction.
The project also began before an economic slowdown, and created concerns about labor availability. Nordic Construction’s careful deployment of workers from both Oahu and Hawaii Island produced the quality expected by the owner within the time frame required.