Penhall Company of Hawaii brings Ala Moana Shopping center 3,000 Truckloads closer to Ewa Expansion Completion in 2015

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Penhall Company of Hawaii clears the “Path to the Sea” for the 2015 Ala Moana Expanision Reveal

2015 Projected Completion of Ala Moana Center

"3,000 truckloads of mixed waste, steel, cement, and other materials later- Penhall Company of Hawaii completed their assigned responsibilities..."

Ala Moana Center is the largest open-air shopping center in the world and one of the most sought after shopping and social-gathering destinations in Honolulu (on the island of Oahu). Penhall Company (Concrete Coring Company) of Hawaii latest project is the Ewa Expansion at the Ala Moana (meaning pathway to the sea in Hawaiian) shopping center that currently has an anticipated completion date as mid-to-late 2015. In order to initiate the exciting growth to the Ala Moana Center, “old” structure needed removal. Sounds straight forward enough for a company that specializes in concrete demolition, right? The venture for Penhall Company of Hawaii quickly turned into an interesting and challenging project to accomplish.

Dana Directo, Division Manager for Penhall Company of Hawaii was not hesitant with a response when asked what the most exciting aspects of this job were, “Organizing the startup of the demolition portion of the project, including drafting the demolition plan and figuring out the required sequence of demolition, mixed in with the project schedule.” The long vacated Sears Department Store Building was holding up other parts of the mall structure, so it had to be removed without compromising the support of the existing mall. Thoughtfully executed engineering tactics were required to safely accomplish the demolition. General demolition from one end to the other was not an option in this project- scheduling and logistics forced demolition to be done in a segmented manner and was operated from the back end to the front end.

Another encounter that presented itself to Penhall Company of Hawaii; patron’s use of the restrooms were quickly made that much more exciting by having a 40,000 pound machine on the other side of the wall conducting demolition- the two restrooms needed to remain available, safe, and open to the public at the very edge of the building wreck during the demolition process. The Holidays created a disturbance to the scheduled work; the shopping center needed to be open for holiday shopping, so demolition had to be worked on around the busy season. Directo added, “There was a moment when this was a critical part of the schedule. Just after the project started, it was placed on hold due to disposal clearances. The project delayed for 1 month. With the project back on track, another stall occurred when shoring (props used to support or hold up something weak or unstable) of the structure to remain could not be installed."

3,000 truckloads of mixed waste, steel, cement, and other materials later- Penhall Company of Hawaii completed their assigned responsibilities and was able to get their end of the project completed on time, allowing the remaining project tasks to get underway- most importantly they were able to do it safely, with minimal interruption to the Ala Moana shoppers and employees.

In 2015, we anxiously await the completion of the project. Areas of focus on the Ewa Expansion include: upgraded food court, customer amenities, pedestrian access from Ala Moana Boulevard and the addition of more than 1,000 parking spaces in the Mauka Ewa parking structure. Penhall Company of Hawaii’s focus, dedication, and persistency permitted the projected completion date to stay on target; completion expectancy is mid-to-late 2015. In the meantime, patrons and guests are able to view construction and parking updates via the Ala Moana website.

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