Gov. Neil Abercrombie announced Wednesday the release of more than $64.7 million for various capital improvement projects that will help stimulate the state's economy through increased construction work and improve dozens of state facilities, including the Aloha Stadium.
"Many of these projects will address much-needed repairs and improvements to create a safer, more efficient state infrastructure and a more productive workflow," Gov. Abercrombie said. "These funds will further vitalize the construction industry, which is forecast to lead Hawaii’s economic and job growth over the next year."
Allotment of funds for the following projects, identified by state legislators, has been approved by the Governor:
$13,542,000 – Aloha Stadium Health and Safety Improvements (Phase 3), Oahu – Construction for ongoing efforts to implement health and safety improvements at the facility. Work will include corrosion mitigation and various upgrades to the structural framing system, stairs, and wall panels, and drainage improvements beneath the seating stands. Because the stadium is permanently locked in the football configuration, the work will also include removal of the machinery that was used to move the sideline seating stands.
$10,028,000 – Waimano Ridge Buildings and Site Improvements, Oahu – Additional design and construction funds to repair, renovate and extend existing structures to relocate Department of Health (DOH) employees from the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) building.
$7,575,000 – Information and Communication Services Division (ICSD) Radio Facilities, statewide – Equipment funds for health and safety improvements to support the state’s Anuenue and Hawaiian Microwave Radio Systems, as well as the windward, north shore and central Oahu radio sites. These systems provide critical first responder and public safety communications infrastructure.
$7,365,000 – Capital Improvement Program Staff Costs, statewide – Finances Department of Accounting and General Services (DAGS) Public Works Division’s project-funded staff positions for Fiscal Year 2014. This staff implements the various capital improvements program projects for DAGS and DAGS-assisted agencies.
$6,000,000 – Transpacific Landing Stations Broadband Infrastructure Deployment, statewide – Finances project to provide statewide transpacific carrier-neutral fiber-optic cable landing sites and stations. These sites and stations will ensure the installation of future submarine fiber-optic cables and terrestrial broadband infrastructure and improvements.
$5,300,000 – Enterprise Information Technology (IT) Infrastructure, statewide – Finances equipment and software for the establishment of the State of Hawaii Government Private Cloud. This is an abstraction and consolidation of all the necessary IT resources in order to provide robust, scalable, reliable and cost-effective computing environment for the state.
$4,994,280 – Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), statewide – Finances a Program Management Office for the statewide ERP Program. The program will provide the state with an integrated, streamlined approach to financial management (including budgeting), human resources management and acquisition management.
$4,665,000 – Waimano Ridge Uluakupu Building Interior Renovation and Mechanical System Improvements, Oahu – Additional design and construction funds for improvements to renovate the air conditioning system for the building. The improvements will include the installation of a central air conditioning system, modification of interior spaces, replacement of energy-inefficient jalousies with awning windows, as well as improvements to the electrical and plumbing systems.
$3,625,000 – Hardening of Hurricane Shelters, statewide – Design and construction funds for improvements to harden various school facilities (used as emergency shelters) with hurricane-protective measures. Improvements include upgrading windows, doors, skylights and other building components that are vulnerable to high winds and flying debris.
$460,000 – DOH Waiakea Complex Roof and Other Improvements, Hawaii Island – Additional construction funds to re-roof majority of the buildings, which are wooden structures that have extensive termite damage and are more than 50 years old.
$400,000 – Statewide Financial System Enterprise Reengineering (ERP), statewide – Finances the Agreement for Special Deputy Attorney General Services dated March 28, 2013 and Supplemental Contract No. 2 between the state Department of the Attorney General and Kaye Scholer, LLP, to review and provide advice and counsel to the state and the Office of Information Management and Technology regarding the adequacy of the request for proposal for the ERP project.
$265,000 – State Capitol Upper Roof Replacement, Oahu – Finances design costs for a new roofing system on the upper roof of the building. The existing roofing system has aged beyond its useful life, and it is no longer feasible to patch-repair the roof. Replacement is necessary to ensure that the roof is watertight for the offices below.
$200,000 – Kulani Correctional Facility (KCF) Renovations and Improvements for Reactivation, Hawaii Island – Design and construction funds for renovations and improvements to reactivate the facility, which was closed in 2009 due to budget restrictions. Renovations will allow the facility for reoccupation by minimum-security male inmates. KCF will eventually house up to 200 inmates. The facility is currently occupied by the state Department of Defense’s Hawaii National Guard Youth Challenge Academy, which will be relocating to the Keaukaha Military Reserve facility.
$182,000 – Waimano Ridge Uluakupu Building Reroof, Oahu – Design and construction funds for improvements to reroof the facility. This request will help to move approximately 70 staff as part of the relocation from the AAFES building to Waimano Ridge for the state DOH’s Safe Drinking Water Branch and the Hazard Evaluation and Emergency Response Office. Additional construction funds required because the initial estimate did not include the cost to install insulation for the roof, which is now required by the current building code.
$90,000 – State Civil Defense Building 303 Air Conditioning and Accessibility Improvements, Oahu – Additional design and construction funds to replace/upgrade the existing air conditioning system and accessibility improvements for the administrative office spaces in the building. The facility houses the Media Center and other critical support functions of the Emergency Operation Center. The existing air conditioning system is old and undersized.
$63,275 – Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), statewide – To finance Special Deputy Attorney General Services to provide advice and counsel to the State and the Office of Information Management and Technology, the ERP Steering Committee and the State Procurement Office related to ERP solution. Services include reviewing vendor questions, assisting in preparing responses to vendor questions, providing input related to the evaluation process and providing assistance in connection with any protests. The implementation of ERP requires the expertise and guidance of legal counsel services that specialize in solutions of this magnitude. For this purpose, professional assistance is needed to protect the state from potential contractual issues.