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HART awards $46M contract for next phase of Oahu rail transit

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:41 a.m. HST, Nov 27, 2013

Local transit officials announced Tuesday they have awarded a $46.1 million contract to the consulting firm CH2M Hill Inc. to help oversee the next phase of Honolulu's rail project.

The contract will cover "oversight support" for the $5.26 billion project's design-review, scheduling, cost-estimating and other engineering-related tasks, according to the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation.

It will replace a previous $150 million general engineering consultant contract with transportation firm Parsons Brinckerhoff that ends next year, according to HART.

Englewood, Colo.-based CH2M Hill is a global consulting firm with 28,000 employees. The company's Honolulu office on Bishop Street has 50 employees, according to HART.

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JoyinHI wrote:
CH2MHill is not a Honolulu-based firm. They have an office in Honolulu, but their headquarters are in Colorado. Come on guys that description is insulting to firms that are headquartered and based in Hawaii.
on November 26,2013 | 02:27PM
JoyinHI wrote:
Wow, good job on quickly changing the description of the firm.
on November 26,2013 | 02:48PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
Thank YOU for catching it and holding their feet to the fire. They get a little lazy when they reprint press releases as news.
on November 26,2013 | 03:10PM
what wrote:
Billions of dollars are leaving Hawaii, flowing into the pockets of Ansaldo of Italy, Kiewit of West Coast, Steel industry in Midwest, Parsons of East Coast, imported mainland construction workers, and now CHWMHill of Colorado. If Honolulu had spent billion to build bridges over Pearl Harbor or double deck and upgrade our highways, or build flyovers, instead of this rail disaster, much of the money would stay in Hawaii. Honolulu is 5 times smaller than other city stupid enough to spend this much money on a elevated heavy rail. Bend over Oahu!
on November 26,2013 | 05:45PM
CnDnM wrote:
Other than Ansaldo, why do you think that a bridge over Pearl Harbor would be any different? It still needs engineers, contractors, and materials.
on November 27,2013 | 09:18AM
Bumby wrote:
Is this cost part of the original budget? If not we are definitely going over.
on November 26,2013 | 04:13PM
palani wrote:
Isn't CH2M Hill a subsidiary of Canadian based Obamacare head contractor CGI? :)
on November 26,2013 | 05:16PM
localguy wrote:
Wanna bet the Honolulu office of CH2M Hill Inc is a postal mail box store and they are counting all the employees in the building as their own? Sooo is this supposed to be a savings or is the first contract over? Notice how little HART say about how they spend our money? And how no one from HART would give their name for this information. Why not? Who wants to be caught in another case of willful misconduct from HART? Losers all of them.
on November 26,2013 | 02:53PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
I have a friend at CH2M Hill who is an environmental engineer and I've actually visited him at his office so I would contend that your accusation is baseless.
on November 26,2013 | 03:02PM
kaupena wrote:
What Elementary school did this person go to? Kapalama? Aina Haina? Nanakuli? We are giving 46.1 million change orders of our taxpaying dollars to CH2M Hill from Colorado? STAY IN COLORADO and let a LOCAL firm enjoy my taxpaying dollars.
on November 26,2013 | 04:32PM
localguy wrote:
And you believed him?
on November 26,2013 | 07:06PM
satcat808 wrote:
How many consultants do we need this is another big waste of tax dollars/ Is this what HART suppose to do why to we have to pay $46.1 million contract to the consulting firm CH2M Hill Inc. to help oversee the next phase of Honolulu's rail project. So now HART oversees CHEM who oversee's the contractor who oversee's the subs. So who is actually building this thing?????
on November 26,2013 | 03:49PM
Bumby wrote:
Make so much sense and only in Hawaii we are constantly being played. How can we use our constitutional rights to say that we do not want to pay taxes for this project?
on November 26,2013 | 03:57PM
honopic wrote:
Can't be done. They won't have enough ballots before the polls close. Oh - wait! That already happened.
on November 26,2013 | 06:33PM
Bumby wrote:
The world of capitalism is getting out of hand. When the greed and power gets to a point in the human race WWIII will probably become a reality. It will be a sad time for all the people on the planet when the world would be war.
on November 26,2013 | 03:59PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Anybody find the 10,000 jobs Mufi promised?
on November 26,2013 | 04:13PM
honopic wrote:
Mufi got one at MIDWEEK. That only leaves 9, 999 to go. These things take time. Trust the gov't - it's here to help us. ; = )
on November 26,2013 | 06:34PM
luvshawaii wrote:
Lies, lies and more lies.
on November 26,2013 | 04:21PM
wondermn1 wrote:
on November 26,2013 | 10:40PM
Aloha wrote:
Lesson in real time, happening now. Stand up before it is too late for you. Be aware of the BILLION$ California faces for a train that is not wanted, not supported by voters, and makes no sense. Huge money. Huge waste. (Not related to CH2M Hill, Inc. oversight that I know of, just posting so you can see another mess.) ~ Aloha http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-judge-blocks-state-funding-bullet-train-20131125,0,725258.story#axzz2loWGB2sU http://bigstory.ap.org/article/judge-blocks-sale-calif-high-speed-rail-bonds
on November 26,2013 | 04:48PM
Skyler wrote:
I tried to post that yesterday & got shot down by the SAd ModBot. Good job, though. We've asked for another vote but no one's stepped up to put it on the ballot. Need I say that several who were for rail here are now against it? Some have changed their minds because shoed-in candidate Caldwell didn't keep his promise to "do Rail right.' Instead, he's rubber-stamped whatever MH & the Unions, etc. came up with.
on November 26,2013 | 06:16PM
Smiley7 wrote:
Why? Not enough qualified people in this state? No wonder the other states laugh at us for being so incompetent. Auwe!
on November 26,2013 | 05:16PM
engineersoldier wrote:
I did not realize that PB was not doing a good job for HART. Changing horses in mid-stream--usually not a good idea. Lots of institutional knowledge and continuity lost, it seems.
on November 26,2013 | 05:47PM
Squidy wrote:
How many of their former employees now work for HART? Or vice-versa?
on November 26,2013 | 06:04PM
localguy wrote:
Expect to find a lot of bureaucrats in HART who have family members looking for work suddenly find a job with this company. Nepotism is big in the Nei as is union feather bedding.
on November 26,2013 | 07:08PM
whs1966 wrote:
Go, rail, go!
on November 26,2013 | 07:31PM
Rapanui00 wrote:
Rail will not go - mark my words it will be stopped in the ninth circuit court of appeals in SFO. HART is a criminal enterprise!
on November 26,2013 | 08:25PM
wondermn1 wrote:
on November 27,2013 | 05:18AM
Pukele wrote:
Now is a good time to ask HART to show us the Rail Checkbook for the last 7 years.
on November 26,2013 | 08:32PM
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