With the wrangling over the state budget complete, Hawaii is poised to infuse more than $3 billion worth of construction projects into the economy over the next year.

Lawmakers agreed to add about $430 million in new bond financing for capital and repair and maintenance projects, allotting a total of $825 million in general obligation bonds for the year that starts July 1. The added funding was a compromise between the $500 million the Senate envisioned and the $300 million the House and Gov. Neil Abercrombie had proposed for CIP.

Last session, legislators planned to spend about $1 billion on capital projects for the 2013 fiscal year. But the total has climbed to $3 billion when other revenue sources are added in.

Along with the general-obligation-bond financing, projects will also be paid for using revenue bonds ($1.5 billion); federal dollars ($407 million); special funds ($370 million); and, to a lesser extent, private funds and county funds.

Here’s a look at some of the newly funded projects.

Abercrombie Initiatives

  • $15 million for state’s chief information officer to modernize outdated information technology infrastructure. The money would be used for a “development and implementation of an integrated financial management system for the state.”

  • $17 million to renovate the state-owned Kamamalu Building in downtown Honolulu. The money would be used for asbestos mitigation and renovations. The boarded-up building (pictured above) has sat vacant since 2003.

Public Schools

  • A total of $295 million (up from $171 million previously) would go toward public school campuses. The money would go into the State Educational Facilities Improvement Special Fund at the Department of Education.

Public Hospitals

  • $20 million for repair and maintenance projects at the state’s network of rural community hospitals, run by the Hawaii Health Systems Corp.

University of Hawaii

  • $50 million (up from $10 million) for systemwide capital renewal and deferred maintenance at the University of Hawaii.

  • $12.5 million for improvements to athletic facilities at the University of Hawaii-Manoa.

  • $12.5 million for a new research lab at the University of Hawaii. The money would be used for “plans, design, construction and equipment for a Pacific Health Research Laboratory on Oahu. This project is deemed necessary to qualify for federal aid financing or reimbursement.”

  • $10 million for the planned Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Kapiolani Community College.

  • $10 million for capital renewal and deferred maintenance projects across the University of Hawaii community college campuses.

  • $7.5 million for the planned Hawaii Community College at Palamanui campus. The money would be used for construction and equipment for the first two phases of the campus, located about a mile north of the Kona Airport.

  • $825,000 for the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii-Manoa. The money would be used for expanding and modernizing the west wing of the school.

Public Housing

  • $25.8 million to the Department of Human Services for repair and maintenance improvements, renovations, interior and exterior repairs and site improvements statewide. The money is to include health and safety improvements at Public Housing Authority facilities.

Ag Inspection Facilities

  • $2 million for the design and construction of agricultural inspection facilities statewide.

  • $3.6 million for a packing and processing facility in Wahiawa. The money would be used for “plans, land acquisition, design and construction to purchase 24 acres and for infrastructure improvements for an agricultural packing and processing facility.” Purchasing the land (owned by Castle & Cooke) will account for $2 million of the project, with construction pegged at $999,000.

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