Hawaii, a planning, design and consulting firm, announced the merger of their two Kama'aina firms to offer enhanced services and capabilities to their clients. The transaction closed January 1, 2020 with the two companies sharing their unified vision for client-focused culture.
"We have built a culture dedicated to our clients and teamwork. We are excited to develop a larger team with the same goals and culture by expanding our services," said Brian Bowers, chief executive officer (CEO) at Bowers + Kubota Consulting.
"This opportunity represents a trend both globally and nationally in which firms merge to offer comprehensive and complete services. What we are doing will bring a lot more value to our clients," said Aaron Akau, CEO at Belt Collins.
Since Bowers + Kubota's establishment in 1980, they have completed numerous projects of varying scale and complexity throughout Hawaii and the Pacific Rim. They have received a multitude of honors and awards for their work, including being selected in 2019 as the No. 1 engineering firm to work for in the United States. The firm is also a 12-time winner of “Hawaii's Best Places to Work.”
Founded in Hawaii in 1953, Belt Collins was one of the first consulting firms to integrate resort master planning and design. After developing the first integrated resort master plan for Kaanapali Beach Resort in 1955, they soon became recognized as an innovator and leader in destination tourism, paving the way for expansion into Asia and the Pacific region. Belt Collins is best known for its extensive work in planned resorts, residential development and community design, serving the private sector, local governments, and the military both in Hawaii and internationally.
Each year there is increased attention on building smarter in different areas of commercial, residential, industrial, instructional and civil construction services. By merging together, the unified company aims to shape their future by bringing together creative, technical and management expertise to plan for Hawaii's future landmark sites. "Each company was successful individually and will be capable of even more together," said Dexter Kubota, vice president at Bowers + Kubota Consulting.