Hawaii’s Top Contractors: #15 PDF Print E-mail

Developer Michael Harrah’s Pinnacle Condominium project helped Ledcor – US Pacific Construction Inc. Make Building Industry’s Hawaii’s Top 25 Contractors List.  Coming in at number 15, Ledcor – US Pacific Construction Inc. broke ground on the Pinnacle and far exceeded revenue increases—coming in at a 75% increase in revenue over the previous years, as opposed to the expected 25%.

Read More in the July 2006 Building Industry 


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Ambitious downtown Santa Ana building projects are only part of Michael Harrah’s story

Called Santa Ana’s patron saint of the arts, Mike Harrah is more than his gruff exterior would suggest.  Opening the OC Pavilion Performing Arts Center in 2005 at a cost of $28 million, Harrah has transformed a former bank building into a state of the art music venue that’s showcased such talent as Kenny G, Earth Wind and Fire, and Leann Rimes.  Just above the music venue is Ambrosia, a fine dining restaurant the was first opened in the late 1960s on Balboa Peninsula. While Harrah has worked to make downtown Santa Ana arts and entertainment friendly, perhaps his most “saintly” act was his 5-month restoration of a vacant building in order for the Orange County High School of the Arts to keep its charter and open on time.  Since the OCHSA’s move from its Los Alamitos location to downtown Santa Ana, Harrah has given the school $1.8 million of his own money and renovated the adjoining building, a former Christian Science church, into a 206-seat performance hall.  Harrah is a self-proclaimed “ultimate-risk taker” and the largest tenant improvement contractor in Orange County, but he says it’s never been about the money.  He enjoys knowing that he’ll be able to look back and see he gave back to the community.

Read More in the July 2006 Orange Coast 


The Pinnacle: The New Jewel of Downtown Honolulu PDF Print E-mail

Blessing & Celebration Mark the Start of Construction

The highly regarded Hawaiian reverend, Kahu Kaleo Patterson, offered a traditional Hawaii blessing at the May groundbreaking ceremony of The Pinnacle Honolulu.  The Pinnacle has been featured on KHON-TV, Hawaii’s top rated television station and the nation’s highest rate Fox affiliate.  Veteran reporter Leslie Wilcox began with the phrase, “Walk to work” and proceeded to describe the prime location and luxury that supersedes other nearby condominium developments.  Instead of “squeezing out more units,” developer Mike Harrah chose to build only 39 spacious and executive units.  Harrah described his work, “My plan and my scope of work that I’ve built in the past is high-end luxury.  So in this case, we’re not looking to have a bunch of small pigeon-hole type condominiums.”   The Pinnacle promises to be a spectacular transformation of an empty parking lot into a skyline jewel.

Read More in the June 2006 Aloha News

Harrah Builds Lavish Theater—With Office Tower in Mind PDF Print E-mail

Originally budgeted at $5 million, the OC Pavilion has been finished with a price tag of $22 million.  Owner and developer, Michael Harrah, designed the theater with himself in mind, hence the $3.5 million sound system and the private dining room with an antique Steinway piano.  While it’s easy to trace Harrah’s passion for music to his passion for building a premier music venue, Harrah has greater motivation.  “It’s part of my master plan to redevelop downtown Santa Ana.” Harrah has said.  As he looks to draw tenants to his planned office tower at One Broadway Plaza, Harrah realizes that amenities like restaurants, entertainment venues and even the Orange County High School of the Arts which he helped remodel.  Just like a 57 T-Bird, Harrah has tinkered with every aspect of the OC Pavilion, turning what was originally planned to be a modest office building into one of the county’s finest entertainment venues.

Read more in the September 19-25, 2005 Orange County Business Journal


Michael Harrah Orange County’s Renaissance Man PDF Print E-mail

Mike Harrah and his crew live by the motto. “no compromise.”   In this article, Jeff Cushing describes the many aspects of Harrah’s storied career.  From bringing the London Bridge across the Atlantic then reassembling it in the middle of the Arizona desert to flying his attack helicopter in the movies to developing a major resort property in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Harrah has always believed, “Yeah, I can do that.  He’s infused this attitude into his crew and cross-trained as many people as possible.  He believes this keeps good people from being idle but more importantly, it increases productivity, keeps down costs, improves profit margins and speeds up completion dates.  It’s a win-win proposition for any developer, particularly for Harrah. 

Read More in ATSC’s Newport Coast Concours d’Elegance 

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