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Developers sought for new Aloha Stadium

The state of Hawaii has issued a Request for Qualifications for contractors interested in bidding on phase one of the New Aloha Stadium Entertainment District in Honolulu.

The first five years of work will cover a replacement stadium and ancillary commercial mixed-use development and will be delivered through a public-private partnership.

Phase 1A of the project will include the demolition of the current 50,000-seat stadium; design, construction, financing and maintenance of a new 35,000-seat stadium, due to open in August 2023.

The stadium portion of the project is projected to open in time for the University of Hawaii’s September 2023 home football season opener and the state is making up to $350 million available for the building of the stadium.

The work will also include infrastructure, including roads, parking, public spaces and utilities; and connections to the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) system.

Phase 1B will include 20,000ft2 feet of retail and entertainment space; up to 700 residences; 75,000ft2 and 240 hotel rooms.

Chris Kinimaka, public works administrator for the state Department of Accounting and General Services, said:

We’re very pleased with the level of interest we have received from experienced developers and construction industry experts about the (RFQ) document.

This bodes well for the NASED project and its prospects for identifying a highly qualified P3 partner. I anticipate we’ll have a strong pool of companies to consider for receipt of the request for proposal (RFP), which is the next step in the process.