PGC Newsletters: 2016 Issue 2

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Business Made Easy

Joyce Arita-Liberman

A Message from Joyce Arita-Liberman, General Manager

“Thinking Green” in 2016

2016 is anticipated to be a big year for Pacific Guardian Center as this is the year that we prepare to apply for our LEED recertification. Since 2012, PGC has been LEED Silver certified which reflects our adherence to a high level of sustainability requirements in our building operations. This year we have decided to shoot for the even more prestigious Gold Certification, and to that end, we are working very diligently to achieve the goals set by the US Green Building Council. We are very proud of our many “green” and sustainability accomplishments, and achieving and maintaining LEED Certification reflects one of the core values of PGC’s Ownership and Building Management and our desire to make a global contribution to the conservation of our planet and our local community. Spring is the best time to learn about the many green initiatives going on both at PGC and in the greater Honolulu area. We encourage you to come to our 2016 Earth and Health Fair on April 22nd in the PGC Courtyard and hopefully be inspired to find ways to make a contribution.


Clarissa Marquart

A Message from Clarissa Marquart, Operational Manager

Elevator Modification Project

The Elevator Modification project is now in full-swing, and we’re at about the mid-point of the project, with full completion currently anticipated in June 2017. All three of Pacific Guardian Center’s buildings are being actively modified by our partner, Otis Elevators and I want to give a big mahalo to Otis for hosting the December Coffee Talk in the Dillingham Transportation Building. We had a fantastic turnout and DTB tenants received a lot of valuable information regarding the project timeline and scope.

DTB Elevators

As you are aware, all three parking elevators are now modernized and for the Towers, we have released two newly upgraded elevators in the Makai Tower (4 total now completed), with another elevator currently under modernization. In the Mauka Tower, a second elevator modernization is currently in progress and is estimated to be completed by the second quarter of 2016. Keep an eye out for our weekly PGC Tenant Bulletins which contain project updates, and are updated every Monday and posted in the elevator lobbies in the parking structure and in the ground floor lobbies.

We’re also pleased to announce that several of our major building improvement projects are well underway and on schedule, many of which are behind the scenes, but critical to the safety and operation of our property – namely our transformer replacement project, in which we replaced five Mauka Tower floors’ electrical transformers; our chiller optimization project; and our fire panel upgrade project. With over twenty building improvement projects in progress or planned for this year, your building management team is committed to maintaining Pacific Guardian Center as a Class A business center.

Dricka Thobois

LEED 101

Dricka Thobois

Building Scientist, Chelsea Group, Ltd.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) is a third party green building certification program that was created by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). The program was created to improve upon the design, construction, maintenance and operations of buildings. The building you work in, Pacific Guardian Center, is a LEED Silver Certified Building under the LEED Existing Building: Operations and Maintenance program. Your building is tracking to achieve Gold through recertification with the USGBC. The point threshold to certify a building is 1-100 points. Base Certification is 40-49 points, Silver is 50-59 points, Gold is 60-79, and Platinum is 80+ points.

LEED and related logo is a trademark owned by the U.S.Green Building Council and is used by permission.

LEED buildings are better for the environment and for its occupants. LEED focuses on tangible outcomes and benchmarks for optimal operations and improvements that can be measured; so that buildings continue to save energy, water and money as well as provide a healthy indoor environment.

    How can you help the property with the LEED certification?
  • - Be energy efficient in your offices
  • - Participate in the LEED tenant surveys on comfort and transportation!
  • - Choose alternative forms of transportation
  • - Recycle in your offices

Marites Tess Hirai

Marites “Tess” Hirai

Property Manager

Meet Tess Hirai, your new Property Manager. Tess has over 10 years of experience in commercial property management which includes lease administration, project management, client and tenant relations, as well as day-to-day operations of retail and office properties. With her background in accounting, she is versed in fiscal management, budgets, variance tracking, and property forecasting. Tess has a proven history in customer satisfaction; her proactive approach to property management allows her to quickly identify issues and address them practically and efficiently for her clients.

Prior to joining PM Realty Group, Tess was a Senior Real Estate Manager for Newmark Grubb CBI and managed the Queen’s Physicians Office Building I, II, and III. She has also worked at Colliers International as a Senior Property Manager and managed the HMSA building, a highly secure and owner-occupied facility. Prior to this assignment she managed a portfolio of boutique office buildings in Downtown Honolulu, owned by a large private institutional owner. Tess started her career with the Shidler Group as an Accountant and transitioned to commercial property management as a Property Coordinator for Waterfront Plaza, also known as Restaurant Row, where she assisted with the day to day operations.

Tess enjoys watching action and mystery films and spending time with her family. She has two young girls, ages 9 and 5, who are active in sports such as swimming and ice skating. The Hirai family is an active member of the Hawaii United Okinawa Association (HUOA) under the Kochinda Chojin Kai club, one of the many clubs that organizes and perform volunteer work in the Okinawan Festival, the largest festival of its kind in Hawaii.

Please help us welcome our newest team member to the PGC Ohana and stop by the building management office and say hello.

Tenant Events Recap

One Night Art Show
October 22, 2015 & December 17, 2015

We were thrilled to be able to host the art shows featuring over 45 local artists here at Pacific Guardian Center!

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year
January 29, 2016

We definitely know how to ring in the Chinese New Year at Pacific Guardian Center with our traditional Lion Dancers and Chinese almond cookies. We’re forecasting a fantastic Year of the Monkey!

Robert Kobayashi

Art Show – Selected Works of
Robert Kobayashi
February 4, 2016

An art show benefitting the Hawaiian Humane Society and Honolulu Museum of Art was held on February 4, 2016. Robert Kobayashi, who delighted and mystified passers-by for decades with the whimsical displays of his art in the window of Moe’s Meat Market on Elizabeth Street in New York, died on Dec. 14, at his home in Honolulu. He was 90. Kobayashi studied under Willson Stamper, and although he went on to study in Paris and at the Brooklyn Museum’s art school, Kobayashi said Stamper remained the best art teacher he ever had, and changed his life. Kobayashi wished to help young aspiring artists as he once was.

Blood bank of Hawaii

Blood Drive
February 16, 2016

Thank you to everyone who participated and gave blood to the Blood Bank of Hawaii! We were able to collect and donate 25 pints!

St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s Day
March 18, 2016

Pacific Guardian Center hosted the Celtic Pipes and Drums of Hawaii on Aloha Friday to celebrate this very Irish holiday.

Architects Hawaii-Best Place to Work

Tenant Spotlight

Architects Hawaii Ltd.

We would like to congratulate Architects Hawaii for being named as a “Best Place to Work” by Hawaii Business Magazine. The magazine’s April issue recognizes Hawaii’s businesses that, via anonymous employee surveys, score well enough to be deemed a Best Place to Work.

Open for Business

To all our new tenants, our warmest welcome, and to all our existing tenants, thank you for your continued business.


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  318Showa Law Office

  419Bloom Works

  421RPAPA Construction

Makai Tower

  152Security One Lending

  190Luxury Homes


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  2340Tetra Tech

  2900Watts Constructors

Vacant Suites

Pacific Guardian Center has office space available ranging from a 287 SF office to a full-floor suite (14,139 SF) with ocean views! Please give our leasing agents at Hawaii Commercial Real Estate a call at (808) 440-2770 or visit them in Suite 151, Makai Tower.

Pacific Guardian Center

2016 Building Holiday Schedule

Memorial Day:Monday, 5/30

Independence Day:Monday, 7/4

Labor Day:Monday, 9/5

Thanksgiving Day:Thursday, 11/24

Christmas Day:Monday, 12/26

Just a quick reminder that services such as After-Hours air conditioning or visitor access to Pacific Guardian Center will not be available during Building Holidays without prior written request to the Building Management Office. Please be sure to submit your requests no later than 3:00PM of the previous work day in order to receive service. Requests can be emailed to, hand delivered to the Building Management Office (Makai Tower, Suite 1270), or by fax to 533-2047.

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