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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 14, 2002             

CITY WINS UNPRECEDENTED AWARD

            Mayor Jeremy Harris announced today that two major City sewer projects were awarded top honors recently by a national engineering organization, finishing an unprecedented first and second place in the prestigious competition. 

            The North American Society for Trenchless Technology presented the awards in ceremonies last month.  The Nimitz Highway Reconstructed Sewer Project won the top honor in the “Project of the Year – New Installation” category; the Hart Street Wastewater Pump Station Force Main Replacement placed second.  

            “We are pleased to once again be reminded of the outstanding quality of Honolulu’s improvement projects,” said Mayor Harris. “I am proud to point out that this is the first time in the history of this competition that the winning and runner-up entries were selected from the same jurisdiction.” 

            Both projects were completed using a technique called microtunneling, which enables contractors to place sewer pipes underground via boring rather than laying them in an open trench.  Microtunneling causes far less disruption to traffic and nearby businesses and homes. 

            The $21 million Nimitz Highway Reconstructed Sewer Project installed a major sewerline under one of the busiest traffic corridors in the State with a minimum of negative construction impact.  The project contractor was Frank Collucio Construction Corporation and the engineers were M&E Pacific and URS Corporation.           

            The Hart Street Wastewater Pump Station Force Main Replacement successfully installed two 40-inch diameter force main lines beneath and across Honolulu Harbor.  The project contractor was Modern Continental Construction Co., Inc., with subcontractors, Michels Directional Crossings and Layne GeoConstruction.  The engineers were:  Wilson Okamoto & Associates, Inc.; O’Donnell Associates, Inc.; URS Corporation; and Brown and Caldwell. 

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Tuesday, July 09, 2002

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