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Our team operates as a cohesive unit to provide consistent and quality cost services. Our cost estimators attend site investigations, charrettes, on board reviews (OBRs), and other team meetings to fully understand the project scope, provide insight on cost, and suggest alternatives that achieve client goals.

All estimators are trained in MCACES 2nd Generation (MII) cost estimating software. Cost estimate submittal using MII is a requirement for certain government agencies, such as U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC). The majority of our estimates are presented using our custom-built cost profile, which presents meticulous cost details in a way that is easy for clients to read and understand.

Joseph Uno, CCP, LEED AP BD+C
Joseph Uno, CCP, LEED AP BD+CPresident & Senior Estimator
Joe Uno founded J. Uno & Associates, Inc. (UNO) in 1989 after earning a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Business Administration at Hawaii Pacific University. His wealth of experience spans over 37 years of providing high-quality cost consulting services to architectural and engineering professionals.

Joe is one of only three Certified Cost Professionals (CCP) in Hawaii and is LEED AP BD+C accredited. In his free time, he serves as Chairman of the Board for the Ho‛okāko‛o Corporation. Joe is trained and proficient in Success Estimator and MCACES (MII) cost estimating softwares.

Brett Katayama
Brett KatayamaVice President & Senior Estimator
Brett Katayama joined UNO in 2011. After attending Punahou School, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Brett oversees operations and estimates as well as maintenance and growth of existing customer relations. He is an active member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), and the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) Hawaii Chapter. Brett is trained and proficient in Success Estimator and MCACES (MII) cost estimating softwares.

Thomas Uno
Thomas UnoProject Estimator
With 25 years as a construction cost estimator and 20 years as an electrician, Tom Uno extends electrical estimating expertise. Dedicated to accurate takeoff, he visualizes the entire construction process to foresee and trap potential cost impacts and maintains close communication with clients, consultants, and suppliers to obtain accurate pricing.

Tom is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International (AACE), and he is trained and proficient in MCACES (MII) cost estimating software.

Hector Garcia
Hector GarciaProject Estimator
Based in Florida, Hector Garcia comes from a civil engineering background and worked as a safety inspector for construction projects and companies in Puerto Rico. After joining UNO in 2015, he earned a master’s degree in Engineering Management and now enjoys serving as a guide for architects and engineers throughout design phases to keep their budgets on track.

Hector is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International (AACE), and he is trained and proficient in MCACES (MII) cost estimating software.

Vinson Hiraoka, AIA, CSI
Vinson Hiraoka, AIA, CSIProject Estimator
Vinson Hiraoka is a licensed architect with 17 years of experience in the construction industry. As an architect, he has worked on federal, state, military, educational, and public housing projects. Born and raised on Oahu, Vinson earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree at the University of Hawaii at Manoa after attending Iolani School.

He is a current member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), AACE International, and the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME). Vinson is trained and proficient in MCACES (MII) cost estimating software.

Takaaki Ito
Takaaki ItoProject Estimator
Takaaki Ito was raised in Burkina Faso, Africa before moving to Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands. With four years of experience in the construction industry, he earned a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Civil Engineering from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2016. Takaaki is fluent in English, Japanese, French, and Marshallese.

He is trained and proficient in MCACES (MII) cost estimating software as well as HCSS HeavyJob and Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate (formerly Sage Timberline Office).

David Baggett
David BaggettProject Estimator
David Baggett has 28 years of experience in Hawaii’s construction industry. With specialized experience in cost planning, change order management, and project management, he brings valuable insight and knowledge to the UNO team. David is proficient in Timberline and MCACES (MII) cost estimating softwares.
Rachel Mamiya
Rachel MamiyaProject & Marketing Coordinator
Rachel Mamiya joined UNO in January 2016 with a background in marketing, customer service, technology and web programming. Born and raised on Oahu, Rachel earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from New York University Tisch School of the Arts after attending Punahou School. She currently serves as Secretary for the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) Hawaii Chapter.