Project Spotlight: Mākena Golf & Beach Club is on the road to completion

Mākena Golf & Beach Club Maui

Mākena Golf & Beach Club Maui

The highly anticipated Mākena Golf & Beach Club is on the road to completion.

Construction of the new community on Maui’s south shore began in the spring of 2017. The 24-acre site overlooking Maluaka Beach encompasses the former Maui Prince Hotel (constructed in 1986), which underwent several ownership changes before closing in 2016 as the Mākena Beach & Golf Resort. Once complete, the Mākena Golf & Beach Club will be composed of 65 single-family and multifamily residences, a clubhouse, pool, spa, and various outdoor amenities.

Demolition of the vacant seven-story hotel took place in 2018. Prior to soft and structural demolition, GBI’s subcontractor, Northwest Demolition, performed hazardous materials abatement of the 310-room hotel, its 5,200-square-foot ballroom, and pool area. Once the abatement was complete and all hazardous materials were properly disposed of, the soft demolition of the hotel’s interior began, followed by the structural demolition, which included 40,000 CY of onsite concrete and steel processing, as well as the demolition of 4,800 LF of existing underground utilities and 23,000 SY of existing hardscapes.

There was a concerted effort to make the demolition as green as possible. Recycled water was used for dust control, building materials (such as doors, windows, and railings) were repurposed, rebar and other metals were separated from the rubble to be recycled offsite, and most significantly, concrete from the former building was reused as general fill to help complete the new project grading work. This also minimized truck hauling and overall project waste.

Mākena Golf & Beach Club MauiThe demolition work was completed on schedule, and in May of 2019, GBI began the site work for the residences and clubhouse located within the former hotel’s footprint.

The scope of work for this design-build/assist project includes clear and grub, mass grading, and 70,000 CY of mass excavation with drill/shoot and onsite crushing. Other work performed included 130,000 CY of embankment; 5,100 LF of sewer main and laterals; 5,700 LF of drain; 7,100 LF of electrical, telephone, and cable infrastructure; 13,000 LF of water and fire system; 3,400 LF of reclaimed water irrigation line; 5,500 LF of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG); and low-impact design (LID) features, including a 54,000-square-foot bioretention system. There are also 1,800 LF of site retaining walls (structural concrete, precast block, CMU, and dry stack), as well as 12,000 SY of asphalt pavement, and 75,000 SF of architecturally stained and colored concrete roadways, pathways, and sidewalks.

Mākena Golf & Beach Club MauiThe Mākena Golf & Beach Club was designed with sustainability in mind. For instance, to protect downstream waterways, including the neighboring Maluaka Beach, Mākena Bay and Mākena Landing, bioswales were installed in areas that collect stormwater runoff, such as roofs and parking lots. These bioswales contain a blend of coconut coir, compost, topsoil, and sand to promote the growth of healthy bacteria, which helps consume and filter out pollutants before they enter the site drainage system. In addition to the bioretention systems, large (> 16,000 SF) stormwater detention systems located at the bottom of the project help retain and percolate stormwater to minimize surface runoff.

The civil site work project is expected to be completed by July 2020, with building work taking place over the following years.

GBI is privileged to be part of this project team and is proud to help build a community that prioritizes the protection of Mākena’s natural, coastal, and cultural resources.

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