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$175 million in contracts awarded for Windward Oahu sewer tunnel

By Associated Press

& Star-Advertiser

LAST UPDATED: 10:35 a.m. HST, Nov 06, 2013

Honolulu has awarded more than $175 million in contracts for a sewer tunnel mandated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state Department of Health.

The city announced Tuesday that the contracts were awarded for the Kaneohe-Kailua gravity sewer tunnel project to the joint-venture group of Southland Contracting Inc. and Mole Construction Inc., and local construction management firm Bowers + Kubota.

The sewer tunnel will fulfill a portion of a federal consent decree to implement wastewater remediation projects on Oahu in the next 25 to 28 years.

The project involves constructing a 3-mile tunnel from Kaneohe Wastewater Pre-Treatment Facility to Kailua Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant.

City officials said that over the last two years, they have hosted community meetings about the project and, based on that feedback, the middle portion of the project's alignment was moved further from residences. The tunnel now runs behind the Board of Water Supply Reservoir near Mokapu Saddle Road. 

Southland Contracting is a tunnel excavation and wet-utility installation company, while Mole Constructors is involved in underground civil construction, according to the city.

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DAGR81 wrote:
So who got the contracts?
on November 6,2013 | 08:16AM
AhiPoke wrote:
Another party insider. That's how businessis done.
on November 6,2013 | 08:34AM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Just for you and AhiPoke I looked into the matter. The contract was awarded to SOUTHLAND MOLE JV. This is a joint venture of Southland Contracting and Mole Constructors who are out of Texas. The top three bidders were from out of state. Now before we get wild about a "local company" not getting the job, these jobs which are federally funded do not allow for a local preference, and the cheapest local contractor, and the lowest local contractor, Hawaiian Dredging/Samsung JV was $43 million more than the low bidder. So it sounds like they had a good competitive bid (7 bidders total) and they got a low bid from a mainland joint venture not some "insider". Hopefully the project will go well.
on November 6,2013 | 08:46AM
Solara wrote:
Thank you for doing the SA's homework! You oughta be on staff. LOL!
on November 6,2013 | 08:55AM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
All it took was a quick check on the City's Purchasing Division website, the another quick check to the State's Business Registration Division. All told, less than 5 minutes, seriously. Can't figure out why the SA writers didn't do that.
on November 6,2013 | 10:21AM
AhiPoke wrote:
Strong work.
on November 6,2013 | 10:29AM
DAGR81 wrote:
Good work. Don't know why SA left this information out of its article.
on November 6,2013 | 02:56PM
Bully wrote:
Hopefully the contract was given to somebody who has a track record of building sewage tunnels and not the same guy that built the system in Kakaako.
on November 6,2013 | 08:29AM
HanabataDays wrote:
I wouldn't mind working on that tunnel. Not many mineral specimens are found in Hawai`i, but that section of the island was particularly renowned for geodes, calcite and quartz back in the day before it got all paved over. That tunnel's gonna cut right through the Ko`olau caldera where most of the goodies ended up.
on November 6,2013 | 08:55AM
DABLACK wrote:
Low Bid....then some "change orders", then more changes required. Somebody following the money ??
on November 6,2013 | 10:02AM
XlllX wrote:
Build HOT lanes!!!! Panos for Governor!!!
on November 6,2013 | 10:09AM
LizKauai wrote:
Mole... good name for a tunnel company :-)
on November 6,2013 | 11:44AM
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