AIS is pleased to announce the company is a proud participant of ABC Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. In the 5th season premiere, AIS furnished over 20 office spaces in the rebuild of the Keiki O Ka Aina Family Learning Center located in Honolulu, Hawaii. This assignment represents the most traveled distance and largest build in the history of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. The season premiere will air September 30, 2007 7/6c.
AIS was contacted directly from the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition design team. AIS took on the daunting task of manufacturing, delivering, and installing 16 AIS Matrix workstations, 4 private office suites, 2 conference room tables, 15 training room tables, 45 filing cabinets, and 46 Element Task Chairs in under 10 days. The challenge was made all the more difficult by the simple reality of product having to travel from Boston to Honolulu, which even under ideal conditions takes 10-14 days in transit.
“We were both thrilled and somewhat terrified about committing to EMHE when the call came. We had to literally begin production within a day of getting the call, and that includes designing and layout of product for 26 employees of the Learning Center. When we heard the story of the Akana Family, and just how remarkable Momi Akana had been to the community through the Keiki O Ka Aina learning center, we decided to attempt the impossible,” said Michael DuGally, President of AIS.
Traveling to Honolulu, Hawaii, the Extreme Team decided to not only build a complete home for the Akana Family, but also a youth learning and community center run by Momi Akana called the Keiki O Ka Aina learning center. The makeover represents the most challenging construction conditions in the show’s 4-year history.
Working with The Systemcenter of Honolulu, an AIS dealer and one of the top installations companies in the state, product arrived from AIS to Hawaii just 48 hours before the infamous “Move that bus” was scheduled to take place. With the new community center still only partially complete, the AIS Extreme Team was the last major group allowed to work as carpeting, painting, and even power was not yet wrapped up.
“I was very nervous having myself and 10 installers sitting on 16 skids of workstations and private offices, not to mention less than 30 hours before the family was due to arrive,” said David Wilhelm, Project Manager of AIS. David along with Michael DuGally traveled to Honolulu to oversee the final installation. After a grueling 26 hours of working non-stop, the finishing touches were made and the entire installation complete.
"Along with our home builder, Brookfield Homes, AIS by far had the most difficult challenge in the entire Hawaii build. We are proud that AIS stepped up to make a difference not only for the Akana family, but the thousands of families that will be helped by the Keiki O Ka Aina Family Learning Center," comments Diane Korman, Senior Producer for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
The 2-hour season premiere of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will air September 30th 7/6c. This marks the 5th season for the Emmy Award winning show.