|Hawaii Carpenters Union Opens $25M Training Center|
|Written by Stryker Weiner & Yokota|
|Saturday, May 23 2009|
Kapolei Facility Shows Union Commitment to Providing High Skill Workers
The Hawaii Carpenters Union, Local 745 (HCU), the state's largest building trade union, celebrated the opening of its new, $25 million training center today with a traditional Hawaiian blessing. The 56,000 square foot facility at the Kapolei Business Park will provide needed space for additional job skills training for the union's apprentice and journey carpenters and drywall installers.
"The new Hawaii Carpenters Union Training Center represents our union's commitment to developing high skill workers," said Ron Taketa, HCU's Financial Secretary and Business Representative. "Even in this down economy, we believe this investment in our members and in Hawaii's future are absolutely essential to our sustainability and Hawaii's long-term economic health."
With 12 classrooms, a computer lab, and a 25,000 square foot, three-story wood shop and studio, the HCU new multi-purpose training center will greatly expand available space and capability for the union's apprenticeship training programs in Honolulu, which are now held at Honolulu Community College.
When apprenticeship classes now on break resume in August, the training center will serve to supplement H.C.C.'s curriculum as dictated by local industry conditions for particular apprentice instruction that teaching space or timing may not allow on that campus.
The facility will also allow HCU to offer more skills-improvement and new technology instruction to its corps of journey members, as future developments in building materials, systems and designs bring changes to the building industry.
The center also includes a 5,000 square-foot, hotel-quality multi-purpose hall equipped with presentation and banquet accommodations for meetings and catered affairs. The flexible room features a raised stage and can be divided for smaller gatherings.
"We have high-tech classrooms, state-of-the-art equipment, great skills training space, and comfortable meeting facilities all brought together in one facility that can inspire our members. We believe the investment in this facility and in our workers will pay off for years to come in the form of good skills for good jobs," said Taketa.
"The Hawaii Carpenters Union again raises the bar with their strong commitment to training and their vision for the future. This facility demonstrates Local 745's pledge to Hawaii's unionized builders that its members will continue to set the pace on the jobsite, and that we will further enjoy and benefit from our association with the Hawaii Carpenters," said Conrad Murashige, co-chair and management trustee of the union's training trust fund.
The training center also incorporates several "green" design features including a multi-zone air conditioning system which allows areas of the building to be shut down when not in use, north-facing windows for natural light in the lobby and gallery spaces, and natural ventilation in the carpenters studio. Installation of a photo-voltaic system on the building's roof is also under discussion.
Douglas McCarron, General President of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, and Mike Draper, Western District Vice-President, represented the union's national office at the grand opening celebration.
The Hawai`i Carpenters Union Local 745, with 7,500 members, is the largest construction union in the state. We believe that craftworkers who are well-compensated and well-trained build quality structures that are safe and last over time. This ultimately serves the community. Across the islands, our work is reflected in world-class resorts and hotels, office high rises, shopping malls, government buildings and infrastructure, highways, schools, hospitals, military facilities, private residences and innumerable other structures.
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