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Commercial | LEDCOR CONSTRUCTION HAWAII LLC Aloha, Ledcor W hen Ledcor Construction first entered Hawaii 20 years ago to build for an existing client, the company opened an office in Honolulu and has since grown to become the fourth-largest contractor in the state. This could be attributed to its acquisition of U.S. Pacific Construction five years ago or to the multimillion-dollar developments that have been repeatedly awarded to the company throughout the recent construction boom. But Jeff Thompson, vice president and branch manager, credits Ledcor Construction Hawaii LLC’s success to its experienced work force. “Our strength is our people,” he says. “We have an excellent team in Hawaii with very different backgrounds and lots of complementary skill sets, so we can handle anything that comes our way. The diversity and breadth of experience across Ledcor is second to none in the industry, and we have the systems in place to transfer that experience between offices as needed.” Thompson spent the first five years of his career with Ledcor at the company’s head office in Vancouver, British Columbia. He then transferred to the Calgary, Alberta, office for two years, before arriving in Hawaii three years ago. “Hawaii is a great place to work,” he notes. “There is definitely an Aloha spirit down here. The Ledcor model always has been focused on a lot of negotiated work with very high levels of service to repeat clients. This approach fits in and works extremely well in Hawaii. We are definitely a relationship, service-oriented contractor.” In a recent interview with Construction Today, Thompson discussed Ledcor’s relationships with its subcontractors and clients in Hawaii, its role in some of the state’s largest projects, as well as new developments the contractor is working on. One of those is a push for federally funded projects such as a $600 million design/build contract to construct the Honolulu High-Capacity Transit Corridor Project, an elevated, light-rail transit line running from Kopolei to Pearl City, Hawaii. Ledcor, along with joint-venture partners Flatiron and SNC-Lavalin have bid on the highly anticipated development, which is expected to be awarded this fall. AS A LEADING CONTRACTOR IN HAWAII, LEDCOR WINS ITS LARGEST DEVELOPMENTS. BY KATHRYN JONES Construction Today: It seems that many of the nation’s largest construction companies have opted to team up on these enormous infrastructure projects. Why is this so? Jeff Thompson: It’s primarily to provide the best team and experience to the owner. Also, given the size, risk and pursuit costs associated with these jobs, it makes sense to spread those issues across more than one company. CT: Your largest project to date was the Honua Kai condo and hotel resort in Maui. Can you tell us about that? JT: Honua Kai is a $500 million, 700-unit condo/hotel project on the west side of Maui. The project consists of two towers, each a half-a-million square feet and 10 levels – all on a 40-acre site. We began construction at the end of 2005. We opened the first tower in January 2009 and will be completing the second tower by Christmas this year, several months ahead of schedule. The client is very happy with the project – they’ve been ecstatic. Ledcor Const Hawaii LLCruction www.ledcor.com • 2008 revenues: $270 million • Headquarters: Honolulu, Hawaii • Employees: 60 • Services: Construction management, general contracting and design/build » 16 Large-scale projects such as the Ritz Carlton at Kapalua are Ledcor’s specialty in Hawaii. “Hawaii is a great place to work.” –Jeff Thompson, vice president and branch manager CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM OCTOBER 2009
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Construction Today - October 2009
Construction Today - October 2009
Regional Spotlight: Southwest
Ledcor Construction Hawaii LLC
C.H. GUERNSEY & Co.
First Gulf Development Corp.: Meadowvale Corporate Centre
Jacobsen Construction: Workers Compensation Fund Headquarters
Novak Construction Co.
Affordable Concepts Inc.
HBD Construction Inc.: Edwardsville Crossing
Ledcor Construction: Napa, Calif.
Mared Mechanical Contractors Corp.
Myers & Chapman Inc.
Summit Contractors Group Inc.
Wilcox Construction Inc.
Special Focus: Mergers & Acquisitions
Hensel Phelps: Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl. Airport Sky Train
Circle Construction LLC
Electrical Contractors Inc.
Everett, Wash., Department of Public Works
Imco General Construction Inc.: Arlington WWTP
New Prince Concrete Construction
R.N. Rouse & Co. Inc.
Stanek Constructors Inc.
Fort Lewis: New Barracks, Army Growth Complex and Support Battalion
Torcon Inc.: Brookhaven National Laboratory’s National Synchrotron Light Source II
Bovis Lend Lease: FBI Denver HQ
Stuart Olson: University of Lethbridge Markin Hall
Bird Construction Co.: Shearwater Helicopter Base
Carbon Constructors Inc.
Consultants & Builders Inc.
Emerick Construction Co.: Rock Creek Middle School
Broadmoor/Boh Brothers Construction Co.: U.S. Coast Guard Integrated Support Command
Cahill Contractors Inc.: The Oakland Museum of California Phase 1
Flintco Inc.: Germantown Women & Children’s Pavilion
Gamma Construction Co.
Kreizenbeck Constructors: BSU Student Union
Pizzagalli Construction Co.: FAHC Radiation Oncology
Robins & Morton: Lincoln Hospital
Steele & Freeman Inc.
Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corp. (TNDC)
W.G. Yates & Sons Construction: Armed Forces Retirement Village
BBL Construction Services LLC: The Glen at Sugar Hill Apartments
Chelsea Investment Corp.
Affirmed Housing Group
Westland Construction Inc.: Bridges at Citifront
Product Showcase: Plumbing Equipment
Hunzinger Construction Co.: Johnson Controls Headquarters
B.L. Harbert International LLC: S.O.F. 5th Special Forces Battalion Operations Complex
Duke Construction: Monarch Beverage Co. Headquarters
Irish Construction Co.
TMU LLC (Triune)
Last Look: Consultants & Builders Inc.
Construction Today - October 2009