University of Hawai'i
(808) 956-8856 Telephone
|For Immediate Release:||
January 23, 2002
Shawn Nakamoto, (808) 956-9095 or
Kristen Cabral, (808) 956-5039
|UH Health And Wellness Center Phase I On Track|
HONOLULU The University of Hawai`i has taken a critical step toward
construction of the new Health and Wellness Center in Kaka`ako on track
with the aggressive timetable established after the legislature approved funding
for the project in October.
Three joint venture partnerships have been short-listed to receive the Request for Proposals (RFP) for pre-construction and construction services for Phase I of the Center. They are ACK + McCarthy, a joint venture; Hawaiian Dredging/Kajima, a joint venture; and Kiewit/DPR, a joint venture.
"We are still on target to break ground for the project in the fall of this year and complete Phase I construction within three years," said Deane Neubauer, Interim Chancellor for UH Manoa. "This fulfills our pledge to the legislature and to the Governor that the university will do whatever it can to stimulate the states economy through this significant investment in human and intellectual capital."
Prospective general contractors responded earlier this month to a request for qualifications (RFQ) published in December. The three qualified entities selected from a total of thirteen companies who replied to the RFQ were named today after review by a Health and Wellness Development Advisory Committee, appointed jointly in December by UH President Evan S. Dobelle, medical school Dean Edwin S. Cadman and UH Cancer Research Center Director Carl-Wilhelm Vogel.
Dean Cadman chairs the Development Advisory Committee, which represents a broad perspective of community interests. "It is critical that this project move forward as a total community effort since the new facility will have a tremendous positive impact on all of us," Cadman said. "We are well underway in turning challenges and opportunities into reality."
In the next part of the two-stage process, the short-listed General Contractors will now respond to the RFP due February 15. Selection of the General Contractor to proceed with the project is expected in mid-March.
The construction plan would have the designated General Contractor in a proactive role in the pre-construction phase assisting the architect and engineers in overall project development in a "design/assist" process.
"Since we will have the contractor involved in the early stages of the project design, we should be able to reduce and control costs," Dean Cadman said. "The team approach contractor, architect and engineer should minimize change orders and allow us to work much more quickly."
Phase I of the Health and Wellness Center will consist of the John A. Burns School of Medicine and related educational and administrative offices, laboratories and support facilities. Site development will also include surface parking and a centralized mechanical plant. Construction costs for Phase I are expected to be in the $100-120 million range.
The UH Cancer Research Center will also be a Phase I tenant as planning proceeds for the Centers permanent relocation to Kaka`ako from its site adjacent to Queens Medical Center. "We are looking forward to being a part of this venture," said director Carl-Wilhelm Vogel. "With the move to Kaka`ako, we will be in a position to compete much more aggressively for additional research funds for our excellent programs." Vogel said that a full day Charrette (intensive planning exercise) is scheduled for the Cancer Center construction at the end of January.
In addition to permanently co-locating the Cancer Research Center in Kaka`ako, later phases of the project call for renovation of the existing Biomedical Sciences building at UH Manoa, and creating a Center for Biotechnology at Kaka`ako.
Health and Wellness Center Development Advisory Committee
Dr. Edwin C. Cadman, Dean, John A. Burns School of Medicine Chairperson
Bruce Coppa, Pacific Resources Partnership
H. Mitchell DOlier, Victoria Ward, Ltd.
Linda M. Fernandez, Fernandez Entertainment, Inc.
Randall Fujiki, AIA, City & County of Honolulu
Kalowena Komeiji, Hawai`i Public Television
Richard Lim, City Bank
Duncan MacNaughton, The MacNaughton Group
Dr. Hamilton McCubbin, Kamehameha Schools
James G. Freeman, AIA Honolulu Chapter
Dr. Carl-Wilhelm Vogel, Director, Cancer Research Center of Hawai`i
Donna Tanoue, Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel
Dr. W.H. Raymond Yeh, Dean, UH School of Architecture