The general contractor for the University of Hawaiʻi Information Technology Center, dck pacific construction, LLC, was recently awarded the highest recognition in the state by the General Contractors Association of Hawaiʻi (GCA) for their work on the UH Information Technology Center project. The GCA event showcases the best construction projects in Hawaiʻi.
There were 20 categories of awards at the 11th anniversary GCA showcase event held on April 19. dck pacific’s work on the UH Information Technology Center project won first place in the category of Excellence in Building Construction more than $40 million. It was then selected for the Grand Award, which is chosen from all entries submitted and is considered the “best of the best” as voted by the judges. Projects are judged on eight criteria including meeting the challenges of a difficult job, excellence in project management, innovation in construction techniques, state of the art advancement, sensitivity to environment and surroundings, excellence in client service, contractor’s contribution to the community, and safety.
“Receiving the Grand Award by our industry peers for the UH Information Technology Center building is the utmost honor for dck pacific, especially this year as we celebrate our 75 years of doing business in Hawaiʻi,” said Eric G. Tessem, senior vice president and general manager of dck pacific. “This was a complex and challenging project, which included the installation of numerous ‘first of its kind’ systems for the university. The recognition of our project team’s efforts in receiving this award is one that is well deserved. dck pacific is proud to have been a part of this award-winning building that will be the hub of the university’s future.”
The six-story, 74,000 square-foot UH ITC includes UH’s first modern, secure, energy-efficient data center to house the university’s enterprise information and communications technology systems. The state-of-the-art facilities in the center allow faculty to develop and produce engaging digital media content for education and research and support advanced teleconferencing and collaboration environments for members of the university community to work with colleagues and peers around the world. The UH Information Technology Center also brings together the UH systemwide Information Technology Services staff from seven different locations around campus. The building design incorporates many “green” features that the university hopes will lead to a LEED Silver certification; the LEED program encourages sustainability in the construction of buildings and efficiency in use of utilities.
“We are incredibly proud of dck pacific and the entire team responsible for the new UH Information Technology Center,” said UH Interim President David Lassner, who served as Vice President for information technology and chief information officer during construction. “This building has been needed for years and is already changing the way we support the use of data, communications and information technology across the entire UH System.”
General contractors from the four major islands of Hawaiʻi formed the GCA in 1932; it is a chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America, which was established in 1918. dck pacific, a dck worldwide company headquartered in Pittsburgh PA, has been a member of the GCA of Hawaiʻi since 1941.