Brady Edwards loves hiking. He’s pictured here at the end of the Nualolo trail which overlooks the Napali Coast of Kaua‘i. He says the Napali coast is one of his favorite spots on earth.
Brady Edwards, Sr. Project Manager, has been recognized by ENR California and Hawaii as a Top Young Professional. This annual program honors individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary expertise, leadership and community service in their careers. This year’s contest saw a high number of entries, but despite the extra competition, Brady was judged a winner and was the only professional from Hawaii to make the cut.
As a student, Brady Edwards was a zoology major and planned to pursue a career in medicine. While completing his studies, he also worked as a housing manager responsible for maintaining and remodeling 75-80 apartments and houses. That’s where he fell in love with construction. So, eight credit hours away from graduating with a degree in zoology, he decided it wasn’t too late to switch his major to construction management. This added three years to his schooling, but Brady says it’s the best decision he’s ever made.
Brady joined Layton’s Hawaii business unit as a Project Engineer on the $100-million Koloa Landing at Poipu Beach project in 2007. Just two years later he was promoted to Project Manager and completed the first phase of Koloa Landing. With his contribution, Layton’s Hawaii unit has enjoyed fantastic growth. Throughout his 10 years with Layton Construction, it is noteworthy that Brady continues to find incredible success through hard work and team building. Most recently Brady has transitioned to a Sr. Project Manager role where he acted as a Construction Manager, providing executive oversight of major projects on Kauai totaling nearly $200 million in value. His focus on the training and development of project teams has contributed to project success.
“Brady is one of Layton Construction’s greatest assets in the Hawaiian Islands,” says Todd Hadley, owner’s representative for Layton client Poipu Beach Villas LLC. “For almost a decade, I have had the privilege of working with Brady as he managed the construction of multiple phases of our resort. In fact, as we negotiated the contract with Layton for the phase recently completed, we specified that we wanted him to be project manager.”
Though the demands of being a key player for a thriving construction company are great, Brady remains devoted to his Ohana (family) – both at home and in the community. For years, he has been involved with Boy Scouts, coached community youth basketball teams, and served in volunteer roles in his church. Work life balance is a struggle, and Brady believes it takes work and planning for good results. Despite heavy community involvement and his senior role in the construction industry, Brady would likely indicate his greatest aspiration is being a good husband and father to his wife and three young kids. He believes the most important thing you can build is family relationships. He is dedicated to his family and to creating good memories.
Currently, Brady is overseeing construction on projects including:
- Kauai North Shore Urgent Care: A much needed care facility and doctor’s residence.
- Kapaa Elementary School Library – New library shell construction in the middle of an elementary school campus.
Some of Brady’s other projects include:
- Kainani Villas: Multi-family housing structure in upscale residential neighborhood. Includes five buildings with four high-end units. Phase 1 includes two buildings at $12.5 million.
- Koloa Landing Resort at at Poi’pu Beach Phase 3: An $85 million project including the resort’s main amenity core, four new residential buildings with 208 units, large main pool with waterslide and infinity edge, convention building, snack bar, restaurant building and more. The entire construction of this phase took place concurrently with the adjacent operating resort.
- ENR California/Hawaii “Best of” Merit Award.
- Koloa Landing Resort at Po’ipu Beach Phase 2, Kaua’i: $15 million project included spa, sales offices and fitness facility building. This project won the following awards:
- ENR California “Best of” Merit Award
- ABC Hawaii Excellence in Construction Award
- Build Hawaii Award of Excellence
- Koloa Landing Resort at Po’ipu Beach Phase 1: Over $100 million project included two pools, five residential buildings and reception/lobby building.
- Ka’anapali Beach Club Bali Gardens & Porte Cochere Improvements