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(Thurs., June 24, 2010) — Mayor Mufi Hannemann announced today the contract to design and build the Maintenance and Storage Facility (MSF) for the Honolulu Rail Transit Project has been awarded to a joint venture of Kiewit/Kobayashi.


“I congratulate the winning team. Their proposal was scored highest by the selection committee and offers the best value to taxpayers,” said Mayor Hannemann.


The MSF contract award is approximately $195 million. This is about $60 million less than budgeted for the MSF.


Mayor Hannemann noted that with this announcement, the City has awarded rail contracts that are $150 million less than budgeted. “I am being fiscally prudent and taking advantage of the favorable bidding climate to reduce our construction costs. 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.”


The MSF will be built on 43-acres next to Leeward Community College and Waipahu High School. There will be four buildings on the MSF site: the operations and servicing building for the rail project, the train wash facility, and two additional maintenance facilities.


The City requires the MSF to have green, environmentally friendly buildings. Sustainable features will include:

  • Photovoltaic panels on roofs to generate electricity
  • Vegetated roofs to help cool sections of the buildings
  • Recycled materials will be used when possible
  • Natural lighting and ventilation in buildings
  • Water-efficient landscaping