Developer teams cherry-picked for NASED

Video: Crawford Architects (YouTube)

The State of Hawaii (US) has priority-listed three crème de la crème developer teams for the New Aloha Stadium Entertainment District (NASED). The pick of three developers have been zeroed in following a thorough review of responses the State received to a Request for Qualifications (RFQs) issued in March this year.

The NASED project will encompass the construction of a new stadium in addition to related ancillary development that will serve to create a New Aloha Stadium Entertainment District (NASED) on the grounds of the existing Aloha Stadium site in Hālawa (US).

The 50,000-capacity Aloha Stadium is a multipurpose stadium located in Hālawa, Hawaii, a western suburb of Honolulu. It is the largest stadium in the State of Hawaii. Aloha Stadium is home to the University of Hawaiʻi Rainbow Warriors football team.

The stadium will be downsized from its existing capacity of 50,000 seats to a capacity of approximately 35,000 seats. It will be configured to support a variety of sports and entertainment events, including football, soccer, rugby and other sports that are played on a rectangular field. In addition, concerts, community functions and family-oriented events will be hosted in the facility.

These RFQs includes the new Aloha Stadium which will be complemented by added attractions that will connect the stadium to the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) station.

The three developer-led teams cherry-picked include a mix of international expertise, national sports design and construction experience, and outstanding local industry talent.

Observed Chris Kinimaka, Public Works Administrator, Department of Accounting and General Services (DAGS), “We are very fortunate to have been able to select three highly qualified potential partners who are as committed and passionate about moving the NASED forward as we are, particularly at this time when Hawaii needs to spur our economic recovery and sustainability.”

The DAGS is proactively working on paving the procurement path for the next step: The Request for Proposal (RFP) process. During this stage, each respondent will be required to come out with their own designs for the new arena, as well as their plan to construct, finance and maintain the facility, and a master planning approach for the district.

The State is planning to commence the RFP process by mid-2021 and execute a contract with the selected public-private partnership (P3) development partner by the year-end.

The three developer-led teams that were priority-listed include:


Aloha Stadium District Partners, a consortium comprising:

  • John Laing Investments Limited, Civil & Building North America Inc. and Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company, Inc. as the lead equity members;
  • NBBJ Hawaii, Inc. and RMA Architects as the design team;
  • Civil & Building North America and Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company, Inc. as the construction team; and
  • Aramark Management Services Limited Partnership and Honeywell International Inc. as the services (maintenance) provider.


Aloha Stadium Hui Hilina‘i, a consortium comprising:

  • Plenary Americas US Holdings Inc. and PCL Investments Canada Inc. as the lead equity members;
  • M. Arthur Gensler Jr. & Associates, Inc. and KYA, Inc. as the design team;
  • Nordic PCL Construction as the construction team; and
  • Johnson Controls, Inc. as the services (maintenance) provider;


Waiola Development Partners, a consortium comprising:

  • EllisDon Capital Inc., Kobayashi Group LLC and BSC Acquisitions II, LLC as the lead equity members;
  • Design Partners Incorporated and MANICA Architecture as the design team;
  • Turner Construction Company and Nan, Inc. as the construction team; and
  • Spectra as the services (maintenance) provider.



On March 27, 2020, the State formally kicked off the process to select a developer to deliver the new stadium part of NASED by issuing RFQs to the industry.

The objective of RFQs, which was the first step in the two-stage process, was to identify qualified teams, based on their experience, capability, capacity, and other relevant factors. The final deadline for submittal was two months later, on May 26th, 2020, and six responses were received.

The RFQs’ Evaluation Committee did a thorough scrutiny of the submittals, which included analysis and inputs from various subject-matter experts. Given the quality of the bidding consortia, the Evaluation Committee took up the challenging task of shortlisting the field to three priority-listed teams, as was the goal of the RFQs.

The three priority-listed teams comprise consortia boasting highly skilled and credentialed members, whose forte lies in P3 development and stadium design, construction and maintenance industries, including major Hawaii-based construction and consultant firms.

A quick glance

  • The NASED is envisioned to be a mixed-use development, offering a full complement of live, work, and play components, as well as community assets;
  • Below is a link to a flyby video that highlights concept renderings for the new Aloha Stadium and NASED, providing a virtual view of some preliminary possibilities for the 98-acre parcel of land. Click on the link to view the video:;
  • The flyby video displays three contemplated locations for the new Aloha Stadium that have been under consideration. The video also shows possible amenities that could be included in NASED;
  • NASED will appeal to a wide variety of people, including both residents and visitors. Proposed amenities include entertainment venues, retail stores, eateries, housing, hotels, recreational sites, cultural amenities, green space, etc.;
  • From the opening day of the new Aloha Stadium, NASED will be a vibrant, mixed-use district that will build up over time as the development continues to grow;
  • An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and master planning process is underway and is expected to be completed by Fall 2021;
  • The EIS is known as a ‘Programatic EIS’, which means that a mix of uses for the Hālawa site is required, while stipulating that a range (maximum and minimum) of development area for each use must be satisfied. This is to ensure that the desire for a vibrant, mixed-use project is delivered; and
  • With the United States still reeling under coronavirus’s disastrous effects, and the COVID-19 pandemic’s negative impacts to the State economy, even greater, long-lasting benefits may be realized with expedited development of the new Aloha Stadium and the Stadium Development District.

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