Ali'iolani Hale

Exterior Alterations and Improvements

Architect: Mason Architects

Size: Two Stories

Construction Cost: $3,700,000

Client: Department of Accounting and General Services

Completion: June 2014

Located just behind the Kamehameha Statue in Honolulu, the restoration of this iconic building was completed in concert with Mason Architects. This two story building was suffering from deterioration in parts of the columns, roof, and the four clock faces on each side of the tower. In order to preserve the original look of the clock and maintain the integrity of the structure, the architects suggested that the original wood be restored instead of replacing it entirely. In order to accomplish this, Constructors Hawaii Inc (CHI) used an epoxy wood hardener at areas where the wood surface was rotted and suffering from cracks. We were then able to paint on the numbers, add on new fiberglass hands, and incorporate the repaired gears done by The Clock Collection to complete this portion of the restoration.

As with any historical project, this preservation project needed to be treated very delicately. Delivery of concrete to the roof of the clock tower was enabled by a boom pump, which made the process safe for the building. Since some areas requiring renovation were above the offices of the Supreme Court judges, work was performed after hours to limit the amount of disturbances for those working in the building.      

The completion of this project also included window repairs, new landscaping, and new roof drains with down spouts.

Ali’iolani Hale is just one of the many projects that Constructors Hawaii Inc has done with the Department of Accounting and General Services (DAGS). Past public projects include various historical repairs to ‘Iolani Palace and the Performing Arts Center at Moanalua High School.