Seminars: Session Details

Session A1
LEEDing Hospitality Projects
Time & Location 8:00AM - 9:00AM | Room 314
Mariano Ponsiano & Ryan Wenaas
Hensel Phelps Construction Co. Pacific District
John Bendon
Green Building Hawaii

The hospitality sector in Hawaii has embraced going green. Hear from Hensel Phelps how the Hilton Hokulani was renovated from an outdated hotel in the heart of Waikiki into an upscale contemporary timeshare within the Waikiki Beach Walk retail development. The contractors will share their experience and lessons learned in ensuring that the resort received LEED Silver certification.

Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa is LEED Silver EBOM certified, the first such certification for any resort in Hawaii. Green Building Hawaii will cover how members of the Hyatt Regency Maui operations team worked closely with property owner Host Hotels & Resorts throughout the renovation process to meet the LEED requirements.

Mariano Ponsiano, Jr., project manager with Hensel Phelps, is a graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. As project manager, Ponsiano had contract authority and represented Hensel Phelps in all decisions concerning the Hokulani project. He brings over a decade of construction experience to the project management role with experience in hospitality and multi-residence featuring high-end finishes.

Ryan Wenaas, project engineer with Hensel Phelps, is a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in science and environmental design. As a project engineer, he is in charge of onsite project administration of assigned contracts. His project experience covers both public and private owners under lump sum, unit price, negotiated GMP, and design-build delivery systems.

John Bendon, LEED-AP, CEM, MRECM, is founder/principal of Green Building Hawaii, one of Hawaii’s premier green building consulting firms. The firm has worked on wide variety of project types including renewable energy analysis, building performance testing, LEED certification, green building curriculum development and training, and energy efficiency consulting and implementation management. Bendon earned a BA in environmental studies from CU Boulder and a master’s degree in real estate and construction management from the University of Denver.