We welcome new building tenants, ALTRES!
This past April, the Hawaii Nurses Association left our building to relocate to larger premises.
There was concern about losing rental income, but beginning May 1, 2017, ALTRES entered into a new lease with us to take over all available office space at our 949 building.
ALTRES is a prosperous company that has been a strong supporter of our Hawaii Symphony Orchestra. They have made great improvements to the premises with new carpets, paint, and repairs to ceilings and walls — and are nice people to have around as well.
Other 949 Building Improvements:
949 restrooms have been refurbished. Hallway and parking lot lights have been upgraded to LED fixtures. John LeBlanc is in the process of installing PA speakers in Studio 6 and is making plans for backline there as well.
Mahalo to attorney Nathan Aipa for his generous assistance in updating our commercial tenant lease.
Big thanks also to commercial realtor/developer John Morioka of Pacific Acquisitions for his extensive, valuable advice in guiding us through the negotiating and leasing process with Altres.
John LeBlanc, Ken Hafner, and Liz and Kalani Perreira have all been very generous with their time, helping with repairs and sprucing up both 949 and 909 buildings.
If any members are interested in helping with building projects, please contact the office and let us know!
On Monday morning, August 21, a leak in the women’s bathroom and kitchen area was discovered when 909 security passed by and noticed water running under the double-glass doors facing Kapiolani Blvd. We managed to shut off the water and isolate the problem to the chiller pipes that carry and return chilled water from the air conditioning condenser on top of the 949 building to the handler unit in 909. We called our air conditioning maintenance company to inspect and repair the pipe. It was determined that a clamp had failed due to a rusted cadmium bolt.
What’s of great concern is that there are several more of these clamps along the pipes’ route. However, because they’re under insulation, they cannot be visually inspected. We have consulted with a mechanical engineer who’s familiar with 909 and he determined that even though we have had previous issues with the insulation failing, the installers should’ve known that stainless steel bolts should’ve been used instead of cadmium. Therefore, we’re sending a demand letter to the sub-contractor, Critchfield Pacific, to address the problem and replace all of the affected clamps.
This may eventually lead to the Studio being closed temporarily. However, the severity of this leak has shown that we must deal with this issue, hopefully at the contractor’s expense, before more damage will occur.