Joy Davidson, AIA
August 1, 2013
In June of this year, MAI's Joy Davidson, AIA was nominated by Historic Hawaii Foundation as their representative to The Diamond Head Citizens’ Advisory Committee. The Committee voted to appoint Davidson in July.
The Diamond Head Citizens’ Advisory Committee was established in October of 1977 to develop the Diamond Head State Monument Plan, a conceptual park plan for Diamond Head crater. The Committee continues to “provides a stabilizing force toward this goal as segments of government have grappled with setting aside such a large land area within urban Honolulu for preservation of natural beauty and historical aspects and public use for recreational purposes.” (From page3 of DLNR's Sustainability Hotspot)
Ming-Yi Wong aboard the Antigua
July 15, 2013
MAI’s Ming-Yi Wong, a self described ‘maker of things’, has long been fascinated with the high Arctic, recently returned from an unique opportunity where she joined a small crew of scientists, artists, and writers chosen to participate in a 2-week expedition aboard a Barquentine tall ship sailing north of Norway.
“The Arctic Circle” is an annual expeditionary residency program that takes artists of all disciplines to Norway’s Svalbard archipelago providing opportunity to pursue personal projects while also exploring collaborations. The adventure provided research materials for Ming to explore the ways “we experience/interact with this extreme terrain and how our presence reveals itself in the potential for varying scales of impact”. While abroad, she was able to record sound and audio materials for subsequent sculptural works in glass, in architectural mappings and drawings.
What was your biggest fear in preparing for this trip?
Not being prepared for the artistic aspirations of this trip – that I would be lacking certain equipment or tools, or more truthfully, that I would not find the Arctic to be all that I had hoped. I’ve dreamed of going up there for so long that I could have raised the bar too high.
What was the most fulfilling moment of the trip?
There wasn’t a specific moment but more of a series of moments when the feeling of awe would be overwhelming – that I was able to experience, to see/to be a part of this extreme and beautiful landscape. I think back to all the times that I stood on the deck of the ship, looking out over the waters to the sheer scale of the terrain, wondering about the limited color palette and feeling the coldness, and I can still bring up that unique feeling, it was unlike anything I had ever experienced. I have been fascinated with the Arctic for a long time so that feeling just confirmed the uniqueness, the specialness of that place for me.
If you were provided with unlimited resources where would you go next and why?
I would want to go back to the high Arctic and spend a significant length of time living there – for the experience of that place to be more than cursory, less touristy, which would come from just spending more time there. I know that some people would like to go south, after going north, to the other pole but the Arctic has always been foremost on my mind. I would love to travel across the Canadian Arctic - there's more of a cultural history of people living there and possibly less about an industrial occupation of the land.
May 1, 2013
Ready for more than 1,800 photovoltaic panels
Kwajalein Island, the largest island in the Marshall Islands' Kwajalein Atoll, is approximately 1.2 square miles in size and home to Bucholz Army Airfield. MAI has been involved with two projects on the base since mid-2012.
John Fullmer, AIA and Kris Powers, LEED Green Associate are project managers on the installation of a 468 kW solar PV system across three facilities to tie into the existing grid as part of the US Army Corps of Engineers' push to generate more sustainable power in remote locations.
Two factors that provide challenge for an otherwise standard installation are high corrosion rates due to a near constant salt spray and the required shipping of all construction materials to the remote location (2,100 miles southwest of Honolulu).
The second project is the repair of a 50-year-old water treatment plant serving the entire island. The structural framing and exterior metal siding and roof of the water treatment plant will be replaced and updated - or 'reskinned'.
Work consists of replacing the steel structural support systems, metal roofing and siding and installing new exterior gutters, downspouts, and skylights. An additional challenge for this project is that the water plant must remain in operation during construction; therefore, project phasing, temporary partitions and roofing, and relocation of operational needs, such as lighting and equipment, are required.
American Samoa's Olosega Elementary School
March 25, 2013
Beginning in June 2012, five members of the MAI staff have been traveling to 10 islands in four US territories to evaluate over 1,500 buildings in approximately 125 schools. Lead by Helber Hastert & Fee and the Army Corps of Engineers, MAI’s Glenn Mason, AIA, Marianne Cooper, AIA, Katie Stephens, AIA, and Joy Davidson, AIA and Ming Yi Wong worked alongside local building professionals from Austin Tsutsumi & Associates, Martin & Chock, InSynergy, J. Uno & Associates, and Total Resource Management.The Insular Schools Assessment of Buildings and Classrooms (Insular ABCs) initiative announced by Assistant Secretary Babauta in March 2011, represents a partnership between insular areas (the US territories of Guam, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa and US Virgin Islands) and the U.S. Department of the Interior Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) to conduct a baseline assessment of building conditions and develop deferred maintenance cost estimates for all public elementary, middle and high school buildings. The initiative includes a school facility condition assessment to help insular governments address maintenance and capital planning in a systematic and cost effective manner. A rapid assessment of indoor environmental quality (e.g., thermal comfort, indoor air quality, lighting, and acoustics) and energy audits have also been included to identify areas to immediately improve student performance, and to identify low-cost/no-cost changes to improve energy efficiency, respectively. The assessment and draft reporting phase of this project concludes in April as the team completes the evaluation of the final series of schools in the US Virgin Islands. The team will then work with the government on the review and production of a final report.
Hawaiian Hall, Bishop Museum
March 12, 2013
The Association for Preservation Technology Hawaii-Pacific Islands Chapter in conjunction with APT International is pleased to announce a Nondestructive Evaluation Methods for Historic Structures Workshop on April 11-12, 2013. This two-day workshop held at Bishop Museum will provide guidance for designers, engineers and contractors in the use of diagnostic non-destructive testing for historic structures.The workshop includes lectures and hands-on field sessions and will address concepts, theories and application of NDE methods, including:
Hawaii/Pacific Islands chapter
February 12, 2013
In May 2012, the Association for Preservation Technology International, a cross-disciplinary, membership organization dedicated to promoting the best technology for conserving historic structures and their settings, announced the formation of the Hawaii/Pacific Islands chapter. This chapter is open to APT members in the Hawaiian Islands and US Territories in the Pacific. Davidson assumed the role of Vice-President after the original officer moved to mainland.The Hawaii/Pacific Islands chapter held their inaugural event at the recently restored World War II-era Ford Island Control Tower at Pearl Harbor on April 7, 2012. The event was hosted by the Pacific Aviation Museum who oversaw the $7.5 million stabilization project. Additional activities included a tour of Bello’s Millwork shop in Wahiawa, Hawaii. The Chapter has future plans to meet quarterly for brown bag/workshops on various aspects of materials science, behind-the-scene site visits, and outreach across disciplines.
Kana’ina Building (Old Archives Building)
January 25, 2013
On Thursday February 21, Glenn Mason, AIA joins other historic preservation experts in Historic Hawaii Foundation’s lecture series highlighting Hawaii Modernism. Mason will present “Technical Innovation and the Emergence of New Building Materials in Mid-20th Century Architecture” at noon on the 21st at the Kanaina (Old Archives) Building located on ‘Iolani Palace Grounds.The lecture series is free, open to the public and sponsored by Historic Hawaii Foundation, the Historic Preservation Program UH Manoa and Friends of Iolani Palace.
Completed reconstruction of rooftop Jali Pavilion
January 2, 2013
Mason Architects Inc. has been working closely with the Doris Duke Foundation at Shangri-La for many years and in recent months began work on the restoration of the Mughal Suite's rooftop pavilion. Originally commissioned in 1935 for Duke's bedroom suite, the first set of the marble screen panels - jalis - were damaged in transit from India. Duke had her architect, Marion Sims Wyeth, design a rooftop pavilion to use the original pieces after they were repaired.In 2011, restorative roof work required the removal of the concrete frames that supported the jalis. Last year, the removed sections of the jali were cleaned and repaired and the frames redesigned to allow for more sustainable removal of the jalis in the future. The new frames have been installed and the restored panels will be returned to reassemble the rooftop Jali Pavilion.
August 20 Update: The finished rooftop restoration is visible from the also recently restored Damascus Room, one of Shangri-la’s historic interiors. Preservation efforts in 2012 have allowed to Damascus Room to be open to tour groups for the first time.