Builder stresses safety, continues with projects
While observing COVID-19 precautions and protocols both in the office and in the field, Homeworks Construction has seen little impact on scheduling as it moves ahead with home-building and remodeling projects.
“Over the past few months, we have wrapped up several projects and our starts are proceeding as scheduled,” said Homeworks president and chief administrative officer Marshall Hickox. “At all times, we’ve been mindful of the health and safety of our office staff, workers in the field and our clients, who have demonstrated their trust in us, which is gratifying. It’s all about communication and letting the clients and field personnel know we are doing everything in our power to protect them and their families. We also keep in touch with our suppliers to make sure they are on the same page when it comes to workplace safety. On the supply side, so far, we have not encountered slowdowns in delivery of materials. There has been a slight delay in getting bids back, but this is attributed to more people working from home, according to the suppliers. With regard to permitting, we have actually seen permit times decrease despite DPP reporting the same amount of permits being requested.
“Although we have temporarily suspended our monthly ‘Build New or ReDo’ seminars, we continue to hold private consultations (see photo below) at our office and showroom in the Homeworks Building, which is entered from Beretania Street.
All surfaces are completely sanitized before and after each meeting. Convenient parking is available in the Homeworks parking lot behind the building. We can also make arrangements for meetings at job sites.”
Homeworks president and chief of field operations Sylvio Boucher added that field crews are trained to work safely (see photo on facing page) and are reminded of protocols for social distancing and maintaining healthy work practices through weekly safety meetings.
“In the past few months we have demolished older homes and started new projects in Palolo, Kaimuki, and Manoa,” Boucher said. “We have stayed on schedule for ongoing foundation work and framing, as well as kitchen and bath installations, for our projects islandwide. A home in Nuuanu was completed recently on schedule, and another in Diamond Head will be ready for occupancy soon.
“Owners of older homes planning to rebuild or remodel are welcome to make an appointment to meet with a Homeworks representative at a their project location to learn more about our procedures and to receive a free estimate,” Boucher added.
To arrange a consultation and view completed Homeworks projects, including many of its award-winners, visit homeworkshawaii.com or call the office at 955-2777.
ADDRESS 2111 S. Beretania St., Honolulu