Kawada is pleased to announce that Midori-chan, our patented and revolutionary green roof system designed to maximise vegetation growth and recycle waste, was selected as a finalist for Construction
Industry Council's ("CIC") Innovation Award 2015, the award organized by the CIC for spearheading the development of new concepts to enable continuous enhancements in the construction industry of Hong Kong.
Sean Johnstone, the General Manager of the Global Business Operations & Business Development Division of Kawada, attended the Panel Interview and the Award Presentation Ceremony in December 2015 and presented
the applicability and benefits of Midori-chan which have been proven by our numerous works and 5-year trial in Hong Kong that not only does our system require virtually nil irrigation but it also drastically
reduces maintenance costs.
Kawada will continue its contribution to the sustainable development of Hong Kong through our corporate mission, "serving society through technology".
Kawada visited the Victoria Shanghai Academy on 15 June 2015 to assist students to install the Midori-chan greening system on the 5th floor of the school. Year 7 students had a great time putting it in place and will now monitor its progress over the next 12 months through their Science work.
Here are some student's impressions of Midori-chan:
"The Kawada system conserves water and is very environmentally friendly" - Lydia, Lotus, Eva & Victoria.
"Installing Kawada's Midori-chan was a wonderful experience as its environmentally friendly system is irrefutably transforming our school into a greener place" -
Chantelle, Lydianne, Alyn & Charmaine
"Kawada has a really good experience in building eco-friendly structures, hope this can continue and be spread over the world to promote this kind of system
composition" - Monique & Gisele
"It was really fun and enjoyable where we could experience what Kawada Midori-chan system does. Although we got our hands dirty it was worth it" - Evelyn, Tiffany,
Sinead & Eunice
"Kawada Industries is an amazing company that ensures everything done is environmentally friendly. The Midori-chan project has been a wonderful experience which is eco-friendly, saving water and using recycled materials, creating a healthy habitat for plants to grow" - Hannah, Rose, Heidi & Karen
"We as a group feel that Kawada Industries has a simple yet great approach towards the environment as well as promoting environmentally friendly acts around the
world" - Javier, Yang, Max & Matthew
"The Kawada company do not just build bridges, buildings and robots. They make the company so much better with environmental constructions. It is environmentally
friendly" - Jacky
"This Kawada system is effective and environmentally friendly" - Rachel, Athena, Vien & Katrina
Upon 4 years of experience in Hong Kong, the comparative sustainability and lifecycle costing advantages of Midori-chan, the only true "green" green roof system in the market, are catching a great deal of attention. On 1st April 2015, Midori-chan was introduced within an article in the South China Morning Post, one of the most authoritative newspapers in Hong Kong. Check our developing story of Midori-chan and Kawada in Asia:
In November 2013, Kawada's patented Standard-type Midori-chan rooftop greening solutions, comprising of the 70mm-deep water storage units, were effectively adopted on WSD's pumping station rooftop, effectively replacing a previously failed system. Moreover, prior to completing such greening initiatives, to ensure durability of the structure, Kawada's waterproofing partners, Green-Works Asia Limited and Euro Pacific Waterproofing Limited, performed retrofit waterproofing works backed by a 20-year warranty.
To further promote the unquestionable effectiveness of Midori-chan's water conservation and low-maintenance capabilities and to meet strict budgetary constraints, even within a harsh environment highlighted by high salt content, strong winds, and considerable shading, Kawada along with its landscaping partner, Birkdale International Limited, elected to adopt its Standard-type rooftop solutions with a maximum growing medium depth of 100mm. Without any irrigation outside of natural rainfall, Kawada firmly believes that the 4 specified species selected specifically for these works (Alternathera dentate dwarf, Ophiopogon intermedius 'var', Phyllanthus multiflorus, and Sansevieria trifasciata 'var', respectively) will flourish in the prevailing harsh environmental conditions.
In October 2013, Kawada's patented Slim-type Midori-chan rooftop greening solutions, comprising of the 40mm-deep water storage units, were effectively adopted on WKCDA's site office, which is envisaged to be in usage for the upcoming 10 years. The West Kowloon Cultural District will establish a major centre for performing arts and visual culture on a dramatic harbour-front site in the heart of Hong Kong.
To further promote the unquestionable effectiveness of Midori-chan's water conservation and low-maintenance capabilities and to meet strict budgetary constraints, even within a harsh environment highlighted by high salt content, strong winds, and essentially zero shading, Kawada along with its landscaping partner, Birkdale International Limited, elected to adopt its Slim-type rooftop solutions with a maximum growing medium depth of only 50mm. Without any irrigation outside of natural rainfall, Kawada firmly believes that the 4 specified species (Acalypha reptans Stephie, Myoporum parvifolium, Ophiopogon intermedius 'var', and Tradescantia spathacea' dwarf', respectively) will flourish in the prevailing harsh environmental conditions.
Due to the unquestionable success of 21-months of pilot project testing in Hong Kong, major organisations are beginning to realise the vast potential for Midori-chan greening solutions, not only on rooftops but for virtually any area to be "greened". Kawada maintains its commitment to provide a one-stop shop for environmentally friendly and feasible greening works, starting from waterproofing through to on-going maintenance.
Kawada Industries, Inc. is pleased to announce the successful and timely completion of its first VE (Vitreous Enamel) Panel installation project within Japan over a significant a portion of its Tokyo-based Headquarters. Ceratec International (Hong Kong) Limited (http://www.ceratec.com.hk/), a global leader in modern VE Panel design, manufacturing, and installation works, supplied the complex mutli-panel artwork VE panels and a stainless steel support system from Taiwan (R.O.C.) and Mainland China, respectively.
Synonymous with high quality and durable products and with leading edge technologies, Kawada, Ceratec's exclusive supplier within Japan, is confident that the inclusion of VE Panels · the ultimate in high quality architectural cladding systems - within its product supply will prove most effective both domestically and abroad.
In October 2010, Kawada Construction Co., Ltd. completed the fabrication and erection of the Fudou Bridge with Kawada Industries, Inc. supplying the 838t steel pipe truss sections. This is the first bridge in the world that merges together the engineering technology from both composite truss bridges and extradosed bridges.
The bridge boasts of a total length of 590m comprising of span lengths of 63.4m,125m, 2@155m, and 88.4m respectively. Moreover, this bridge is proudly recognized as possessing both the lowest girder depth (6m) and the longest span (155m) for composite truss bridges in Japan.
With emphasis placed upon operation and maintenance issues, the truss portion of the bridge was fabricated utilising weathering steel whilst urethane waterproofing was employed on the underside thus ensuring the structure's long-term structural soundness.
Kawada Industries, Inc. is proud to announce that its Senior Executive Advisor, Dr. Tadaki Kawada, has recently released, via the ASCE Press, his English publication entitled, "History of the Modern Suspension Bridge - Solving the Dilemma between Economy and Stiffness".
On 15th and 29th September, respectively, Kawada Industries, Inc. completed the erection of two massive truss girder blocks for the side spans of the Rinkai Tokyo Port Seaside Bridge. This bridge, 2,900m in its entirety, forms an integral part of Second Tokyo Port Seaside Road Construction Project. Kawada was solely responsible for the fabrication and erection of the two massive truss girder blocks which each weigh 6,000t and boast of measurements of 232m in length, 35m in height, and 24m in width.
After fabrication of the 6,000t massive truss girder blocks at Kawada’s Shikoku Plant, they were then ground assembled at quay yards in close proximity to the site. Upon completion of the assembly works, the blocks were then loaded via three of the largest floating cranes in Japan (4,100t x1 and 3,700t x 2) onto salvage barges which took them to their final lifting locations. The same three floating cranes were then utilised simultaneously again to erect each side span in single lifts.
In consideration of the take-off and landing of aircraft at the Haneda Airport and also of passing of major vessels underneath the crossing, the structure was specifically designed to avoid the presence of tall piers typically used in suspension bridges by ensuring that the 4 truss blocks fully supported the entire structure.
The bridge is planned to open for traffic in 2011.
Kawada participates as a Silver Sponsor within the Lighthouse Club's (the Construction Industry Charity) International Construction Conference and Construction Services Exhibition entitled "New Solutions to Old Construction Problems" at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Kawada officially releases its refurbished English website.
Kawada Technologies, Inc. is established (the parent company of Kawada Industries, Inc.)
Kawada creates a specialized SC Deck Fabrication Line within its Toyama Plant capable of an annual production volume of 13,500t.
Kawada is proud to complete and ship out the final members of its 6,000t portion of the LA Live! column fabrication works to the Herrick Corporation in the U.S.
Kawada celebrates the completion of its 1,000th preflexion beam project.