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The Honolulu Advertiser
Updated at 5:31 p.m., Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Final protest on UH's Ching Athletic Complex rejected

Advertiser Staff

Renovations can begin on the University of Hawai'i-Manoa's Clarence T.C. Ching Athletic Complex (formerly Cooke Field) after the final protest against the awarding of the contract was rejected.

The second of two protests, by Ching's Nursery the fourth lowest bidder was dismissed today by the State Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs' Sheryl Nagata after a hearing last Thursday.

The other firm contesting the bid award was CO-HA Builders, Inc. which withdrew its protest last week. It was the second-lowest bidder.

"I'm tremendously pleased that legal obstacles are now removed and that we begin work on the project," said UH Manoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw in a release.

The contract of $862,381 was awarded by UH on Aug. 13 to the lowest-bidder, RMY Construction, Inc., to install a new synthetic playing surface.

The Legislature this session appropriated $1.2 million for the turf replacement project and the Ching Foundation is providing $5 million for the athletic complex.