Oceanit Expands Project Work Hawai’i DOT Airports at HNL

Aviation, RiSE

Honolulu, HI January 21, 2023 | Oceanit is expanding our office and staff presence at Honolulu’s Daniel K Inouye International Airport (HNL), opening a brand new office space to manage ongoing and new airport projects. Over the years, Oceanit has worked closely with the Hawai’i Department of Transportation (HIDOT), Airports Division to improve and modernize Hawai’i’s front line airport facilities. In particular, Oceanit’s work at HNL has grown to encompass a variety of civil, environmental, safety, and security projects.

HNL is Hawai’i’s main point of entry, the largest airport in the state and one of the busiest airports in the U.S, welcoming nearly 21 million passengers annually. The airport, named after Honolulu native and Medal of Honor recipient Daniel Inouye, who represented Hawai’i in the U.S. Senate from 1963-2012, occupies 4,520 acres of fast and submerged land and originally opened in March 1927.

Beginning in the 1930s, the adjacent Ke’ehi Lagoon was dredged to be used by arriving and departing seaplanes, and the dredged earth was moved to HNL to provide more space for conventional planes. In 2020, Oceanit began a HIDOT contract in Ke’ehi Lagoon to remove invasive species of mangrove tree. The Mangrove trees in the Keʻehi Lagoon provided a habitat for non-native bird species, increasing the potential of bird strikes for planes during takeoff and landing at HNL. The project was completed in 2022.

Now, Oceanit is expanding our partnership with HIDOT to include a range of engineering and scientific projects, led from our new airport headquarters, which opened in January 2023.

HNL Terminal Basement Water Infiltration

Oceanit is providing engineering and design services to address groundwater infiltration in the basement of  HNL’s International Arrivals Building and Overseas Terminal. Tracking the intermittent flooding has involved thorough investigative work, data collection, and strategic civil design. Implementation of Oceanit’s mitigation plan and construction will begin in later this year.

Terminal Facilities Improvement

Oceanit is providing construction management services for Phase 1 of the Overseas Terminal Air Conditioning Modifications and Asbestos Abatement Project.  the project involves high-capacity air conditioning equipment removals and new equipment installations on the International Arrivals Building roof and in the basement. It also includes several asbestos removal events in parts of the building. Oceanit represents the State DOT-A in all aspects of the project from preconstruction through to post-construction.

Security & Facial Biometrics

In support of Federal and State mandates, Oceanit is providing construction management services on the installation of a facial recognition system at all international flight departure gates. Oceanit will oversee development of a telecommunication network that extends from these gates to the DOT-Airports Division, the U.S. Customs & Border Protection, and designated airline networks. Oceanit will also oversee all associated electrical and power modifications required to support this large project.