Layton Construction Company was recognized for its work on the Adolescent Treatment and Healing Center in Kapaia by Hawai’i Business magazine in its October edition.
The magazine awarded Layton an annual Kukulu Hale award in a celebration of the best of Hawai‘i commercial real estate.
Since the late ‘80s, the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties’ Hawai‘i affiliate has served as the state’s foremost association of development industry leaders and decision-makers.
The magazine’s annual Kukulu Hale Awards program celebrates the best by honoring individuals and organizations that have enriched the community through their projects, professional achievements and civic service.
“Timely communication was key during this project,” said Will Summerhays, Layton executive vice president. “We wanted to address any potential scheduling needs and challenges, and we worked with our subcontractors to get ahead of long-lead items. We held weekly meetings with the client to ensure open and timely communication, and addressed any potential challenges before they became an issue.”
The award recognizes individuals and organizations that devote time to projects they claim to enhance the community through professional achievement and civic service.
One key in the success of the project was Layton partnering with local subcontractors.
Kaua‘i County partnered with Layton to complete the construction of the 20,000-square-foot facility that sits on five acres and provides live-in space for 16 adolescents to receive treatment.
“The project itself solved a major community need,” Summerhays said.
“The closest treatment facility prior to the completion of the Adolescent Treatment and Healing Center was a plane ride away on O‘ahu, forcing teens to spend time away from their families.”
The center features an outpatient wing, a volleyball and a basketball court, a certified kitchen with a cafeteria, and classroom space for parents to participate in the rehabilitation of their child.
“This treatment center is not only a place where youth go to get help, but it also becomes their “home” while they are receiving treatment,” Summerhays said. “One key difference with this project is we are trying to create a feeling of a home and comfort residence rather than provide commercial space.”
With the $7 million dollar project, which took 11 months to build and 16 years of advocating, they were able to build a facility that took 48,000 man hours to complete.
“We had zero accidents on the job, allowing all those who worked on this project to go home safe every day,” Summerhays said. “We could not have done this alone and greatly appreciate the opportunity to be a part of such a meaningful project.”