UH Manoa dedicates newly renovated student housing

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A dedication ceremony was held on Thursday, August 9 for the newly renovated International Gateway House. The two-tower residence hall on the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa campus underwent a $12 million upgrade that finished on time and on budget.

“It’s really going to be an opportunity for students to be transformed,” said UH Mānoa Chancellor Tom Apple. “To find their passion here.”

Apple, Governor Neil Abercrombie and dozens of UH Mānoa students, faculty, staff and supporters were on hand for the dedication and blessing, and the tours that followed. They got to see the upgrades firsthand including a redesigned lobby and front desk, completely remodeled rooms and new public areas such as study lounges on each floor and kitchens in each tower.

“It will support living, learning communities, where the students are,” said Apple. “They study but they also cooperate and collaborate.”

Many of the 218 students who will call Gateway home during the fall semester are happy to be the first to experience the newly renovated housing complex.

“I am excited that it is brand new and getting to see a sneak peek of the building is actually really cool,” said UH Mānoa student Katelyn Asato.

“I am very excited,” agreed fellow student Darrick Dickerson. “I feel like it’s going to be a wonderful new opportunity for a lot of students to be indulged and have some new resources.”

Governor Abercrombie used the opportunity to stress UH’s importance to the state and his commitment to the university.

“The University of Hawaiʻi has played a central role in the lives and fortunes of literally hundreds of thousands of people over the years, before statehood and most certainly after,” said the governor during the ceremony. “I want you to know that there is an individual who bleeds green and is totally committed to the advancement of this university.”

With the completion of Gateway, 60 percent of the nearly 4,000 students that live on campus will be residing in brand new or recently renovated buildings.

<p>Constructed in 1962, the International Gateway House was the first co-ed residence hall at UH Manoa. In September 2011, the two-tower building was shut down for a $12 million renovation project that will provide its 218 student occupants with modernized living accommodations. Among the renovations were new exterior paint.</p>

UH Manoa International Gateway House

Constructed in 1962, the International Gateway House was the first co-ed residence hall at UH Manoa. In September 2011, the two-tower building was shut down for a $12 million renovation project that will provide its 218 student occupants with modernized living accommodations. Among the renovations were new exterior paint.

<p>Room improvements that were part of the Gateway renovation project include new furniture. With the completion of the project, 60 percent of students that reside on campus will live in buildings that are brand new or have been significantly renovated within the last five years.</p>

UH Manoa International Gateway House

Room improvements that were part of the Gateway renovation project include new furniture. With the completion of the project, 60 percent of students that reside on campus will live in buildings that are brand new or have been significantly renovated within the last five years.

<p>Double-room suites share updated bathroom facilities in the renovated International Gateway House.</p>

UH Manoa International Gateway House

Double-room suites share updated bathroom facilities in the renovated International Gateway House.

<p>A room in the International Gateway House prior to renovation.</p>

UH Manoa International Gateway

A room in the International Gateway House prior to renovation.

<p>This exterior photo of the International Gateway House shows what it looked like prior to renovation.</p>

UH Manoa International Gateway House

This exterior photo of the International Gateway House shows what it looked like prior to renovation.

<p>A student lobby in the International Gateway House prior to renovation.</p>

UH Manoa International Gateway House

A student lobby in the International Gateway House prior to renovation.

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