Only One Bidder For New $33.4 Million Honolulu Rail Contract

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BY JIM DOOLEY – The city has awarded a new, $33.4 million contract to Infraconsult LLC, the company that has already received nearly $50 million in contracts to oversee the $5.2 billion Honolulu rapid transit project.

Award of the new job to Infraconsult was posted yesterday on the city’s procurement website.


Although the city sought competitive bids for the project management contract, only Infraconsult submitted an offer, according to the procurement posting.

The same thing happened the last time the city put the rapid transit management contract out for bid in 2009.

Only Infraconsult submitted an offer for that $36.7 million contract and city officials speculated then that other possible bidders felt they could not compete with Infraconsult for the work.

The city first hired Infraconsult for rapid transit-related work under a 2007, $11.9 million contract.

Mayor Peter Carlisle’s office and the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) did not respond today to emailed requests for information about the new contract.

The 2009, $36.7 million Infraconsult contract was supposed to last for five years.

The effective date and duration of the new deal with Infraconsult are not known.

The rail management contract requires Infraconsult to oversee construction and design work for the massive public works project, which will involve operation of an elevated rail system from Kapolei to central Honolulu.

The project’s principal designer, PB Americas, Inc., has ties to Infraconsult, but city auditors found no conflicts of interest or improprieties in previous rail-related contract awards to either of the companies.

Infraconsult was incorporated in 2006 in Arizona by former executives of Parsons Brinckerhoff, the corporate predecessor of PB Americas.





  1. Oh that is just so convenient since we can use so much that PB can give us in the way of help! Considering Federal DAGS “n The U.S. General Services
    Administration has awarded Heery a
    nationwide blanket purchase agreement
    to provide agency construction
    management and project management
    services for work nationwide
    over the next five years. The agreement
    was created to support a $100
    million program of renovation and
    new construction projects including
    federal office buildings, federal courthouses,
    border stations, laboratories,
    warehouses, and other types of real
    property, funded from annual capital
    budgets as well as the American
    Recovery and Reinvestment Act
    (ARRA) of 2009. Heery-Seattle has
    already received a number of task
    orders under this agreement.”
    We may also end up with a new women’s prison? Just think what we could have without Rail and with PB!
    Go to their website and see all we could be getting without RAIL!!!
    “As part of the Parsons Brinckerhoff-
    Chicago team, Heery-Chicago won
    a portion of the Wacker Drive
    Viaduct Reconstruction Project
    from the Chicago Department of
    Transportation. The Wacker Drive
    Viaduct is a reinforced concrete
    multi-span structure and home to
    such iconic Chicago buildings as
    Sears Tower, 311 S. Wacker and
    the Civic Opera House. Built in the
    1950s, Wacker Drive is in need of a
    complete upper and lower level reconstruction
    to provide a safer and more
    efficient roadway. Heery-Chicago
    will be responsible for managing the
    Randolph Street to Madison Street
    portion. Reconstruction starts later
    this year and is estimated to cost over
    $100 million.

    t The Iowa Department of Corrections
    selected Heery-Central Region to
    manage the renovation and expansion
    of the medium/minimum security
    women’s prison in Mitchellville,
    Iowa. Originally constructed in the
    late 1800s, the Iowa Correctional
    Institution for Women (ICIW) is in
    need of considerable maintenance,
    repair and expansion. Improvements
    will increase the number of beds from
    443 to 888, upgrade educational,
    medical and exercise areas
    to improve the inmates’ minds,
    bodies and job skills, and result
    in an institution that offers efficiencies
    in staffing, treatment
    and security that will provide for
    the general safety of the public,
    staff and offenders. Estimated
    project cost is $67 million and
    it is expected to be complete in

    Of course if the Feds are giving PB a monetary hedge on contracts-would they not be the ones to bid, in that “…nationwide blanket purchase agreement
    to provide agency construction
    management and project management
    services for work nationwide
    over the next five years.”
    I mean really! Gotta do it the approved Federal way to qualify for more Federal Money, regardless if other bidders come in under?
    Oh what do I know? Nothing! I am no one, and no nothing! Only speculation. Why can we not get new highway construction that lets the car move faster through the mess? It might not be a new choo choo toy, but still it saves the view?

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