HONOLULU (AP) – The Hawaii Tourism Authority plans to seek $ 64 million from the state’s capital improvement budget to fix a leaking rooftop terrace at the Hawaii Convention Center.
That’s more than double what the agency last predicted that it would cost to complete the building’s largest deferred maintenance project, which opened in 1998, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported. .
This is a substantial reinvestment in a center that cost $ 200 million to build.
Julian Anderson, who made recommendations to the Hawaii Tourism Authority board on behalf of Honolulu-based property manager Rider Levett Bucknall on Thursday, said the bridge was still structurally safe.
However, he said, the components in the Nordic / PCL contractor’s design were only warranted for 15-20 years, so it’s high time to tackle the leaky roof.
âThis is a problem that has existed since the design of the building. Repair is not an option; replacement is needed, âhe said. âIf the work is not done, the amount of damage will continue to increase and more rental space will be taken out of inventory. “
Center officials requested about $ 27 million from the Legislature in 2017 to repair the rooftop terrace. However, lawmakers have not approved the improvements.
Repair costs for the project now start at $ 54 million, which would include repairing two staircases and repairing the apron by adding pedestrian pavers and possibly concrete sheathing to increase load capacity and resist cracking. future.
But the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s latest capital improvement request is $ 64 million, which also includes installing blinds to cover 50 percent of the rooftop terrace. Hawaii Convention Center general manager Teri Orton recommended investing in blinds, which would refresh the space, eliminate the need for tents, and provide more options for guests in inclement weather.
The center, on the outskirts of Waikiki, is the state’s largest meeting room. It has ballrooms, meeting rooms and a roof garden. Normally, it hosts large gatherings of organizations and trade associations. During the coronavirus pandemic, it housed contact tracers and state agents processing unemployment claims.
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