State rejects second protest of UH Manoa Ching Field resurfacing contract

HONOLULU (KHNL) - The State Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs dismissed the second of two protests against the award of a contract for the resurfacing of UH Manoa's Clarence T.C. Ching Athletic Conference, clearing the way for the project to begin.

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

DCCA Sherly Nagata rejected arguments by Ching's Nursery, the 4th lowest bidder.  She approved the UH's request to dismiss Ching's protest, following a hearing last Thursday.

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

The university awarded a contract of $862,381 to RMY Construction, the lowest bidder, to install a new synthetic playing surface.