The city of Honolulu on Nov. 17 signed a project labor agreement with 12 building trade unions that will pay workers prevailing wages and protect the city against strikes or lockouts during construction of the $5.5-billion Honolulu Rail Transit Project. “When you have a project of this magnitude, you want to make sure there is no work stoppage,” says a project spokesman. Construction of the 20-mile elevated rail project is to begin in late January, with Vancouver, Wash.-based Kiewit Pacific Co. building the 6.5-mile design-build first phase from Kapolei to Pearl Highlands. The entire project, from Kapolei to Ala Moana,
Despite a faltering international market, 2015 and the beginning of 2016 are proving to be strong years for U.S. contractors, with steady domestic growth and only moderate strain from workforce shortages.