Building and Construction

Kiewit Wins Hawaii Ports Contract

02 October 2017

Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. won a contract to build the first phase of the Kapalama Container Terminal in Honolulu Harbor in Hawaii.

The project at Piers 41, 42 and 43 is a centerpiece of the state’s Harbors Modernization Plan (HMP) and features an 84-acre container yard and 1,800 linear feet of new berthing space.

The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) says in a statement that it received six sealed bids for Phase I, with Kiewit submitting the lowest bid of $163,521,093.

Work on the container terminal is scheduled to begin in December.

TOTE Maritime will operate at Piers 1 and 2 and on 45 acres of adjacent land. As part of the agreement with the company, HDOT will improve and develop Piers 1 and 2, allowing TOTE to launch operations.

More than 80 percent of all goods consumed in Hawaii are imported, and about 99 percent of the imported goods enter the state and are delivered to each island via one of 10 commercial harbors.

The container terminal project will be built in two phases over a four-year period with an estimated project cost of $448 million. Its location bordering the existing inter-island cargo yard is expected to allow around 50,000 truckloads per year to move between the facilities.

Phase I, also known as Landside Construction, is scheduled to begin in December. Phase I includes an 84-acre container yard with an elevated two-foot grade to accommodate sea level rise, construction of support buildings, entry and exit gates, security fencing, parking, gantry cranes and container-handling equipment, on-site utilities, energy efficient lighting, an HDOT-Highways weigh station and other ancillary features. This phase also includes paving surface streets leading to the adjacent existing inter-island cargo facility.

Phase II, known as Waterside Constructions is tentatively scheduled to be out to bid in 2018, pending permit approvals.

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