Construction firm Nan Inc. received some pleasant news this week when it learned it was the new lowest bidder on a lucrative contract to build three rail stations along Honolulu’s $6.6 billion commuter rail line.

On Tuesday, the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation announced that Nan would receive the contract over Watts Constructors, which had been the previous low bidder in November when offers were first opened to build the three stations.

Doors leading into second floor offices of Nan Inc. 11 aug 2015. photograph Cory Lum/CIvil Beat

Nan Inc. will build at least six stations on Honolulu’s $6.6 billion rail project.

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Watts’ offer was $112.7 million while Nan’s was $115.8 million, but the Watts bid was thrown out because it didn’t meet HART specifications. Both bids were within HART’s projections, however, which ranged between $100 million and $125 million.

The three stations — at Aloha Stadium, Pearl Ridge and Pearl Highlands — were originally included as part of a nine-station bid package. But HART split the package into three, three-station segments when the lowest offer — also from Nan — came in $110 million more than anticipated.

HART’s announcement now means Nan should be able to build six of the nine stations it originally proposed to construct. It also won the contract to build stations at East Kapolei, the University of Hawaii—West Oahu and Hoopili.

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