Hensel Phelps Construction Company has been awarded a $140m contract by the Department of Accounting and General Services (DAGS) in Hawaii to design and construct a new forensic psychiatric facility for the Hawaii State Hospital in Kaneohe, Honolulu.

Under the terms of the design-build contract, the new hospital with 144 beds will be constructed that will help ease congestion at the hospital’s Windward Oahu campus.

Hawaii Governor David Ige said: “Our community has needed a new forensic mental health facility for years, and we are accelerating its design and construction. I’m pleased to be moving ahead with a project that will help some of our most vulnerable community members.”

A total of $160.5m has been allocated by the Hawaii government for the new building, of which $20.5m will be spent on planning, construction administration, construction contingencies, and other related project expenses.

Site work for the new hospital building is slated to commence in March.

The work is expected to be completed in the summer, subsequently the construction will start and is expected to be completed in less than three years.

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The hospital is likely to start functioning in the new building in 2021.

Spanning over an area of five acres, the building will feature nearly 180,000ft² of patient, treatment, and support space in a multi-storey building in addition to parking space for 255 cars.

The new building will house a 24-bed admissions unit, a 24-bed high-risk unit and four 24-bed units for patients requiring routine care. It will feature a ‘treatment mall’ for services such as occupational, recreational, and rehabilitation therapy in a ‘therapeutic environment’.

Additionally, the treatment areas will feature a therapeutic environment with separate interaction areas for activities as well as a secured outdoor yard area for walking and exercise.