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            Acting Mayor Kirk W. Caldwell today announced the City and County of Honolulu has awarded a contract to construct the new Ocean Pointe Fire Station in Ewa Beach.


            Acting Mayor Caldwell said, "This is another City improvement for Ewa Beach, joining the improvements we've made or are making to Geiger and Ewa Mahiko parks, Kapolei Parkway, Honouliuli Wastewater Treatment Plant, and other infrastructure to better serve the residents of this area.  There's no greater City priority than public safety, and this new fire station will ensure our first-responders have the facilities they need.  Projects like these also create construction jobs at a time when we need to put people back to work."


            "We're grateful to Haseko for providing the land for this facility," he added.


Haseko Assistant Vice President Sharene Saito Tam said, "At Haseko, we are committed to making Ewa Beach a better place in which to live, work, and play, and we're honored to be able to play a role in bringing this much-needed fire station to the community.  Land donations such as these are part of Haseko's active stewardship program and reflect our commitment to being good neighbors."


            The 12,000-square-foot Ocean Pointe Fire Station, which will replace the old Ewa Beach fire house, includes two fire apparatus bays, an office, dormitories, a kitchen, dining room, exercise room, and support facilities for a five-firefighter engine company, plus parking and landscaping.  It has been designed to accommodate a second fire company in the future.  A multi-level training tower has been incorporated into the design to replace the iconic, but obsolete, hose towers of fire stations of the past.


         Fire Chief Ken Silva said, "Haseko has provided an outstanding location for the new Ocean Pointe fire station.  This location will help us maintain our response time standards in the Ewa community and provide a 21st century, modern fire station."


         The fire station will be the first City project built to achieve the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The project is budgeted at $4.6 million.  Planning and design were completed by Kodama Okamoto Architects, Inc.  The construction contract was awarded to 57 Builders.

Once the existing Ewa Beach Fire Station is vacated, the building may be used for other projected fire department operational needs.  If HFD determines the site is longer needed for its operations, it will be returned to the City property inventory. 



Bill Brennan, 768-6928