Elite Pacific receives second DHS Small Business Achievement Award

May 09, 2012  |   News   |
(L to R): Dan Clever, DHS Deputy Chief Procurement Officer, Mathew Lee – President of Elite Pacific Construction,
Edwin Barlongo – Project Manager, Kelly Curtin, USSS Chief Procurement Division


WASHINGTON D.C. – Elite Pacific Construction, Inc. was the recipient of
the “2012 DHS Small Business Achievement Award” by the U.S. Department of
Homeland Security (DHS) for its work on a project for the DHS in support of the 2011
APEC Summit in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The award was presented at the 8th Annual DHS Small Business Awards Ceremony held in Washington, D.C. on April 18th. This is the second time in three years that Elite Pacific Construction has received this prestigious recognition from the DHS.

“This was an extremely quick turnaround and high profile Design/Build project with major implications if not completed on schedule.  Through the efforts of Edwin Barlongo and Danny Kanzaki, our Project Manager and Superintendent, they were able to successfully hand over the space ahead of schedule to the DHS for their use,” said Mathew Lee, President of Elite Pacific Construction.

This fast paced project entailed the design and complete interior renovation of an existing structure to house a temporary command post for the Department of Homeland Security along with other agencies during APEC. Elite Pacific Construction and design partner, DKKY Architecture Studio, developed the project documents while simultaneously negotiating the contract with the DHS to meet their aggressive schedule. Construction was fast tracked to eight weeks to allow the DHS access time for their follow on work prior to the start of APEC. With safety being paramount on all Elite Pacific Construction projects, this project logged over 3,600 man-hours worked with no lost time accidents.

In a meeting with Elite Pacific Construction after the ceremony, Senator Daniel K. Inouye stated “It makes me very proud to see 8(a) companies recognized for exemplary work. Firms like Elite Pacific more than hold their own when competing with larger contractors and their continued success helps highlight the good work being done by 8(a) firms in Hawaii and throughout the country.”

The criteria for Elite Pacific Construction’s nomination for the 2012 Small Business Achievement pricing and providing an outstanding job to one of the components of the Department of Homeland Security. Elite Pacific Construction is the only Small Business general contractor in the State of Hawaii ever to receive this award and one of few companies in the United States to have received it twice. The first occasion was in 2010 for work performed for the United States Coast Guard.

Elite Pacific Construction is a SBA certified 8(a) and State of Hawaii certified DBE general contractor. Specialties include the military market, commercial, health care, and heavy engineering. Headquartered in Kaneohe, Hawaii for over 5 years, they currently employ 10 full time professionals, 5 of whom are licensed engineers.

In February, Elite Pacific Construction was awarded a $2.2 million Design/Build contract to repair airfield pavement at Hickam Airfield, Joint Base Pearl Harbor, for NAVFAC HI. They also recently successfully completed the $6.5 million Design/Build Phase I Renovation of the Hickam Fitness Center Facility at Hickam Air Force Base on Oahu for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

(L to R): Mathew Lee – President of Elite Pacific Construction,
Senator Daniel K. Inouye, Edwin Barlongo – Project Manager