The BIA Renaissance Building and Remodeling Awards, established in 1986, celebrates excellence in design and construction of new and remodeled projects in Hawaii. This showcase recognizes competing categories including New and Remodeled Residential Building, New and Remodeled Commercial Building, Kitchen & Bath, Landscape, Outdoor Living, High Rise Lifestyle Residential, High Rise Lifestyle Commercial, Public Works, Hawaii BuiltGreen™ and Historical.

The 29th annual Awards Ceremony was held May 28, with 27 entrants from Maui and Oahu representing an exciting year of statewide participation. The entries were judged on creativity, use of materials, environmental & sustainability, functionality, design principles, value, interior space, overall quality and workmanship.

Overall Grand Award winner in the New Commercial Division, "FBI Field Office" by Architects Hawaii Ltd.

Overall Grand Award winner in the New Commercial Division, “FBI Field Office” by Architects Hawaii Ltd.


The highlight of the awards ceremony was the recognition of the top four Overall Grand Awards and the Carl Reppun Award. Today’s column will feature the winner of the Overall Grand Award in the New Commercial Division. The winner is Architects Hawaii Ltd. for “FBI Field Office.”

This LEED® Gold Certified building, a 24/7 state of the art field office serving the people of Hawaii and the Pacific, symbolizes the collective commitment of the entire team. High performance standards for a high-security facility are combined with design elements common in traditional Hawaiian culture.

Cultural and environmental sustainability aspects are reflected in the architectural design, shown by the incorporation of the weaving patterns of lauhala, the humility of kolokolo and the latest technology in green design. 50,000 square feet of PV panels provide 20 percent of the power demand, while drought resistant xeriscape landscaping, non-irrigated grasses and indigenous kou trees thrive in the arid and dry Kalaeloa location.


Karen Nakamura is CEO of the Building Industry Association of Hawaii.