• COVID-19

    March 23, 2020

    today, March 23, based on discussions we’ve had with Mayor Caldwell’s administration and Gov. Ige’s press conference, it is our interpretation that ALL construction, public and private, are exempt from the orders and may continue working. Here’s Gov. Ige’s Stay at Home Order.

    Also, according to a Hawaii Employers Council memo sent earlier today, Trade Unions will continue to send its members to job sites to work on all construction projects. The Trade Unions believe that all construction projects are exempt from the Mayor's shutdown and projects will continue unless the project is ordered to stop.

    Additionally, Mayor Caldwell further clarified the list of exempt businesses at a press conference today, in which he stated that businesses that supply other essential businesses with the support or supplies necessary to operate are also exempt, meaning the vendors and materials suppliers that support the construction industry may also continue to operate.

    We are working on additional resources to provide to our membership as well as gathering answers to the questions members have been asking that we can provide to you in the very near future. In the meantime, please feel welcome to call me should you have any pressing questions or concerns.

     

    March 22, 2020

    As you’ve probably heard by now, Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Mayor Mike Victorino have issued emergency “stay at home, work from home” orders for the islands of Oahu and Maui. What we know from preliminary discussions with Mayor Caldwell’s administration is that public works construction will continue. Contractors who have private sector projects should confer with their owners/clients as to whether to continue working. We will continue to share information with you as it becomes available to us.

    For ALL projects that continue working, please follow all of the safety guidelines (provided in my previous emails) and implement social distancing on your jobsites to the extent it’s possible.

    The GCA staff began working from home this past Thursday. All are well and so far there is no sign of anyone having the virus (knock on wood). Essential work like the operation of the Plan Room continues uninterrupted. Our remaining work is also still being accomplished, with GCA staff available by email or phone during normal business hours (Monday – Friday, 7:00am – 3:30pm). Calls are being forwarded from our office lines to our cell phones, so you can still call the office number you have on file to reach the staff member you wish to contact. ALL GCA MEETINGS AND EVENTS FOR THE MONTHS OF MARCH AND APRIL HAVE BEEN CANCELLED OR POSTPONED, COMMITTEE MEETINGS MAY BE HELD VIA ZOOM OR CONFERENCE CALL.

     

  • The AGC website remains the best resource for industry-related COVID-19 information, including information on Federal Paid Leave mandates and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. It’s continually being updated, so check back often for information you need. AGC also held a webinar on COVID-19 and its impact on the construction industry that included valuable information. Here’s a link to the recorded webinar.

  • The GCA staff began working from home this past Thursday. All are well and so far there is no sign of anyone having the virus (knock on wood). Essential work like the operation of the Plan Room continues uninterrupted.  

  • Calls are being forwarded from our office lines to our cell phones, so you can still call the office number you have on file to reach the staff member you wish to contact.

  • Our remaining work is also still being accomplished, with GCA staff available by email or phone during normal business hours (Monday – Friday, 7:00am – 3:30pm).

  • ALL GCA MEETINGS AND EVENTS FOR THE MONTHS OF MARCH AND APRIL HAVE BEEN CANCELLED OR POSTPONED, COMMITTEE MEETINGS MAY BE HELD VIA ZOOM OR CONFERENCE CALL.