Coming up

Although it may be hard to tell from the outside of our fenced job-site, in the last couple of weeks, we've made significant progress on our project.  Earth was moved to make way to rebar and foundations. An elevator pit was dug and poured. Multiple inspections from engineers and surveys took place to ensure all of our lines were straight and connections strong. Also, our teammates from Island Steel Erectors placeed 47 individual pre-cast panels ranging from 60K lbs to 2.5K lbs to form the ground floor of our building - that's the covered parking area, electrical/mechanical room, entry lobby and elevator shaft.  

Landings are being formed for the stairs on either side of the building, and soon we'll drop in pre-cast stairs.  At that point, we'll say good-bye to working with solid earth underneath and will be working at 20, 40, 60 feet above the ground.

Bottle Service

While we haven't had much rain at our job site lately, we did find a little liquid sunshine a few weeks ago.  While moving some dirt around the site, our crews found three, in-tact bottles. One of the three, is embossed with the words "Liquid Sunshine Soda Shop Honolulu, HI" (pictured on the left).  

From the late 1800s through the early decades of the 1900s, many bottling companies existed throughout the islands.  Oahu boasted 25 bottle companies, each manufacturing bottles for various soda companies.  These companies also manufactured whiskey, gin, beer, medicine and milk bottles for the growing island population. The small bottle pictured in the middle may have been a medicine bottle.  Unfortunately, due to the island's climate, few paper labels survived.  

We're gently cleaning these three bottles and look forward to passing them on to the new owners of residences at Hauoli Lofts, to keep a little bit of history from our site close at-hand. 

60,000 lbs looks like this

60,000 lbs looks like this

It took just four men to place the largest and heaviest of the 200-some pre-cast concrete panels that make-up Hau‘oli Lofts.  The 60,000 lb wall on the ground floor, makai-side, of our building was effortlessly lifted by our crane operator and guided into place by his team.  Of course, a great deal of design, engineering and collaborative planning took place to get to this point.  But the team from Island Steel Erectors made it all look like a breeze!