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About Customer

Company: Albert C. Kobayashi Inc.
Project Location: Honolulu, Hawaii

Project Overview

Located at the corner of Keeaumoku and Makaloa Streets, Azure Ala Moana is a new 41-story residential tower centered in the Ala Moana and Kapiolani Boulevard area of town.

Formwork Specialist – Seattle

Garrett Holm, EFCO Sr. Territory Manager
Dennis Philpot, EFCO Field Supervisor
Andrew Gray, P.E., EFCO Engineer

Project Requirements

Concrete Forming Solution

  • Main Elevator Core
  • Stair Core

Formwork Used



Customer Benefits

Hydraulic Core Lifting System

EFCO’s POWER TOWER® PT-100 hydraulic core lifting system, EFCO hung PLATE GIRDER® panels from overhead beams to enable deck to deck placement.

POWER TOWER PT-100 Spacious Design

The lobby slabs were able to be placed with the poured wet deck, typically, the internal lobby slabs would be placed later.

Top Deck Used for Working And Storage Platform

Column forms typically dropped to the ground were now being stored closer to the active work deck, creating a safer workspace and saving crane time.

Stripping Corner Speeds Cycling Time

Each core was stripped using EFCO’s NEW Hydraulic Stripping Corner, making for faster cycling with less labor.

EFCO has heightened safety and efficiency with the POWER TOWER® PT-100 system. In comparison with the PT-50, the PT-100 is smoother in climbing and jumping. Another new feature that is highly valued by our field operations, are that the cylinders are jacking and pushing at the same time, so now there’s no challenges with the levers in controlling and balancing the cylinders to go up at the same time, making for a smooth and safe operation.

Another advantage is the remote operation, computerized machine and hydraulic stripping of forms. Our employees no longer have to carry the heavy shoes, which reduces the risk of strains, sprains and back injuries.

In addition, EFCO provides invaluable field service with highly experienced field technicians who we have collaborated with on safety pre-planning and safety tool box talks. We were also provided with helpful safety material and the field technician was able to answer any questions we had and suggested ways that we could incorporate safety into production.

  • Jolene Furumoto, Kobayashi, Project Safety Administrator
Azure Ala Moana
Honolulu, Hawaii
Azure Ala Moana
Honolulu, Hawaii
Azure Ala Moana
Honolulu, Hawaii
Azure Ala Moana
Honolulu, Hawaii
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1004 3rd Avenue South
Kent, WA 98032-6101

Phone: (253) 852-3800