Thursday, 24 September, 2015
Ford Island Master Development Agreement
U.S. Navy and Ford Island Properties, a joint venture between Hunt Companies, Inc. and Fluor Federal Services, LLC, formed a public-private partnership to develop Ford Island, a National Historic Landmark within Pearl Harbor. Special legislation passed by the U.S. Congress allowed the U.S. Navy to transfer control of unnecessary and underutilized assets on the Island of Oahu, HI, in exchange for $84 million in infrastructure and real estate improvements on Ford Island. The improvements included upgrades to the roads, as well as upgrades to the electrical, communications and sewage systems. With the upgraded infrastructure in place, additional projects (to construct new housing, to repurpose an historic theater into a state-of-the-art conference center, and to develop additional military and governmental facilities) transformed Ford Island into a center of naval activity.
O’C&L was retained by the contractor responsible for upgrading the sanitary sewer facilities. The work, originally estimated at approximately $10 million, consisted of constructing 7 pump stations; rehabilitating 1 existing pump station; installing new force main and gravity sewer lines; demolishing existing facilities; commissioning the new facilities; and restoring the site. The contractor’s work was subject to a series of delays throughout the course of the project. O’C&L identified 29 discrete delay-causing issues and created a detailed Time Impact Schedule Analysis to quantify the effect of those issues, both individually and collectively, at monthly intervals through the life of the project. The analyses helped the parties to both resolve their disputes and to agree upon mutually beneficial settlement terms.