Our company is expanding and needed to find a new home. Alan Shintani Inc. decided to build its own warehouse. It took a few years to design, build and, is near completion. The new Shintani Warehouse consists of four levels and will house over 30 employees. The company decided that it was important to include some sustainable features; using AAC (aerated autoclave concrete) was the start. The fire rating and insulation factors of the AAC have allowed us to minimize the mechanical cost of fire sprinklers and air conditioning. The PV (photovoltaic) panels will allow us to minimize our dependency on HECO and in the event of any power outage ensure that we will not lose data or disrupt our capability to communicate. With the talent and commitment of staff, in 2008 our Christmas gift came in the form of a new office and warehouse.