Friday, June 25, 2010

Another Rail Contract Comes In below Budget

Figure 2-38 in FEIS shows MSF's conceptual layout.
Honolulu rail’s maintenance and storage facility (MSF) will be designed and built by a joint venture of Kiewit/Kobayashi at a cost of $195 million, or about $60 million below the budgeted amount.

Mayor Mufi Hannemann made the announcement yesterday and said the City so far has awarded rail contracts that are $150 million less than budgeted for the project.

In October, the City announced that Kiewit’s winning bid of $483 million to build a 6.5-mile link from East Kapolei to Pearl Highlands was $90 million less than the original estimate.

Said Hannemann yesterday: “I am hopeful this trend will continue and we could see additional savings this year for the Kamehameha Highway construction contract for the elevated guideway.”

Environmental Features

The MSF will consist of four buildings located on 43 acres next to Leeward Community College and Waipahu High School and will incorporate numerous sustainability features, including photovoltaic panels on roofs to generate electricity; vegetated roofs to help cool portions of the buildings; recycled materials; natural lighting and ventilation in buildings, and water-efficient landscaping.

The project’s Final Environmental Impact Statement says in section 4.17.2 (page 4-199) that the MSF will be designed to achieve Silver certification in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program:

“This involves the incorporation of proven sustainable materials, methods, and technologies into its facility design to increase life-cycle value, including reduction of energy and resource use, and to enhance the health and comfort of employees and visitors."

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