April 29, 2022 | Source: Pacific Business News

Construction underway on $31M Kaimuki office building

Work is underway on a $31 million office building in Honolulu’s Kaimuki neighborhood.

The property is owned by 3650 Waialae LLC, an affiliate of The Omidyar Group, a collection of companies and organizations created by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife, Pam Omidyar.

Located at 3650 Waialae Ave., plans call for a 65,000 square-foot, four-story building with an underground parking garage that will have 90 new tenant parking spaces.

An artist rendering, which is subject to change, of a new $31 million office building currently under construction at 3650 Waialae Avenue.

Sustainable design features include a rooftop solar PV system with battery storage, parking for electric vehicles including 16 EV chargers, and 39 bicycle parking spaces for tenants, according to the project website.

Eric Crispin, vice president of 3650 Waialae LLC, told Pacific Business News in an email that the demolition of the existing building on the site was completed earlier this year.

Work now is underway on the below-ground parking garage, the lowest level of which is complete, he said. The project, which Crispin said is privately financed, is expected to be finished in fall 2023.

“The project is currently on schedule and the team is actively working to manage and mitigate any potential future impacts from supply chain issues,” Crispin said. “There are no updates to the project cost at this time.”

He said, too, that the project has been “very fortunate” to not experience any pandemic-related delays.

Pacific Business News reported in May 2021 the existing 26,593-square-foot building, which had Goodwill Hawaii as a longtime tenant, was constructed in 1950.

Goodwill Hawaii will return as an anchor tenant, and plans for the new store include a number of enhancements, such as an improved donation drop-off area, according to the project website.

Crispin said project leaders have not yet identified a restaurant or specific tenants for the remainder of the space.

Construction activity is expected to increase in the coming months, and as a result, a portion of Wilhelmina Rise between 3650 and 3660 Waialae Avenue may be closed for brief periods.

The sidewalk fronting the property will remain open during construction but sidewalks adjacent to 3650 Waialae along both Koko Head Avenue and Wilhelmina Rise will remain closed during construction.

“We have been working closely with the business community – in addition to communicating with our immediate neighbors – to support them during the construction process,” Crispin said.

G70 is the project architect and Nordic PCL Construction is the contractor.

According to the Department of Planning and Permitting, building permits for site work and construction were issued in February.

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