DLNR plans Wailuku building

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources is planning to build a new, nearly $5.7 million replacement administration building on an acre in Wailuku and next to The Maui News offices.

According to a draft environmental assessment preparation notice from consultant Limtiaco Consulting Group, the department’s current Maui administration building at 120 Mahalani St. was built in 1959 and “has approached the end of its useful life.”

“There are observable structural deficiencies in exposed interior and exterior building elements, including severe termite and wood moisture damage . . . vertical cracks and spalls on masonry walls and corroded steel support beams,” the notice says. “Sewer, water, electrical and telecommunication components are outdated and do not meet current building code requirements.”

It also notes inadequate space in the building occupied by personnel from the department’s divisions of Aquatic Resources, State Historic Preservation and Engineering.

“Construction of a new facility would allow DLNR to provide adequate space for its current operations and improved site security and infrastructure,” the notice says. “A new facility also affords the opportunity to relocate (the department’s) Land Division from its deficient office in the State Building and provide them ample office and document storage space.”

Aside from The Maui News, other neighbors include the Maui Community Mental Health Center, the Cameron Center and Maui Memorial Medical Center.

The project is at the beginning of its environmental review process, which will address environmental, social and economic impacts of the proposed new building. The project’s timeline calls for completing the draft environmental assessment in March, with completion of the environmental review process in July. Construction may begin as early as the spring of 2016.

The new building would be energy efficient and fully accessible to people with disabilities, the preparation notice says.

The project’s nearly $6 million cost includes design and construction.

Public comments should be sent to Carty Chang, chief engineer, DLNR Engineering Division, P.O. Box 373, Honolulu 96809; fax (808) 587-0283. And, a copy should be provided to Yvonne Turro, project manager, The Limtiaco Consulting Group, 1622 Kanakanui St., Honolulu 96817.

* Brian Perry can be reached at bperry@mauinews.com.