Also, because of the existence of their Inspection Branch, the State automaticallysaves 5-6% for Construction Management (
fees during construction.
I have come to the conclusion that although DAGS' design fees are among thelowest compared to other State agencies their efficiency throughout the projectmakes up for it.On the other hand, working with the
Office of Capital Improvement (OCI) and itsDirector BRIAN MINAAI (Brian) has been a nightmare for members of our firm workingon the
Hila Student Housing, Phase
In the process of giving us a difficult time,Brian gave away millions of dollars on this project alone and should be investigated forBLATANT MISMANAGEMENT.A. Brian's process for selection
non-bid consultants is highly suspect.
His selection committee consists of his two "Yes Men" assistants and athird member from the department involved with the particular project.
essence since he controls two oul of the three votes he himself makeseach selection.2. With the exception of MAl, he on
selects his friends from a pool ofhundreds of qualified Architects and Engineers in Honolulu.Investigation will show that the consultants he selected were very smalland not the best qualified for the projects he "gave" them.
A.small firm he selected to
major renovations to the Gateway HallDormitory complex was ARCHITECT BRYCE UYEHARA.
If you can recall, Bryce Uyehara was the Architect who made majorerrors
designing the Girl's Softba
Manoa.He designed the "line of sight" too high, so the spectators in thestands couldn't see home plate and
e batters' lower body. Iremember that it cost the State and UH over $500,000 to make thecorrections.4. We believe that MAl was selected for the UH Hilo Student Housing Projectbecause of UH Hila's strong and insistent endorsement of MAL If not forUH Hila's active participation in the selection process, we all consensuallybelieve that Brian would have
ven the project to his friend.