For Tour Day 2021 we were thrilled to have a number of tours return to in-person formats, as well as many tours that offered a hybrid option, allowing attendees from both near and far to participate. This year's events explored the ways that midcentury travel and leisure trends influenced the modern landscape, from residential homes to roadside structures to infrastructre and beyond.
Alfred Yee | A Modern Pre-cast Pioneer
Mahalo to all of those that attended this year’s Tour Day event.
The 2021 Annual Walking Tour focused on Alfred Yee, one of the most influential and innovative structural engineers in Hawaii’s history. Yee helped design some of Honolulu’s most complex structures, including Alfred Preis’s floating Arizona Memorial to Ossipoff’s Diamond Head Apartments, the first precast & prestressed concrete tower in the country.
The hybrid event allowed participants from around the country to attend the tour virtually while also giving local residents the option to take a self-guided tour to the sites in-person. The tour included eight projects from the Waikiki/Ala Moana area, including: 1717 Ala Wai, Waipuna Apartments, Ilikai Hotel, The Equus, Sunset Tower, Ala Moana Hotel, Ala Moana Parking Garage phase II, and 1350 Ala Moana. Guest speakers Suling Yee, Chang Nai Kim, Myles Shimokawa, Roy Noda, Tim Goshi, Jimmy Lam and Ian Robertson all made great contributions to telling the history of Alfred Yee and his work.
It was one of the chapter's most well-attended events so far.
Thank you to Fung Associates, AHL, Akamai Structural LLC, Allison-Ide Structural Engineers, Down Stream Inc, GRMP, HonBlue, KAI Hawaii Inc, Martin Chock Carden, Nagamine Okawa Engineers, Tadpole Studio, and TileCo Inc for sponsoring the event.