The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo held a groundbreaking ceremony on June 22 for the University Village Phase I. The project, located on 33 acres fronting the university’s main entrance on Kawili Street, will feature approximately 300 student housing units in apartments and suite-style residence halls.

The new units are the first to be built on the campus since 1989. UH Hilo currently has just 600 housing units on campus serving an enrollment in excess of 4,100.

“This project will ensure our continued growth and development,” said Chancellor Don Straney. “We deeply appreciate the efforts of our Hawaiʻi Island legislators along with the support of Governor Neil Abercrombie that made this initiative possible.”

University Village Phase I

The building will feature a trio of three-story residential wings comprised of two-bedroom units housing 302 students and a one-story resident life common area that interlocks with two exterior courtyards.

In addition to servicing the university’s growing enrollment, the new units will help create a supportive living and learning community. Students from the sophomore class and above will be housed in the new units, allowing the more centrally located housing on campus to be utilized for promising new student success initiatives, like a freshman village.

“This gives UH Hilo a chance to distinguish itself as the state’s residential campus and to be on the leading edge nationally for promoting a positive student learning environment,” said Luoluo Hong, vice chancellor for student affairs.

Adapted from a University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo news release

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