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University of Hawaii Cancer Center hosts first media construction tour

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Kellie Tormey, (808) 564-5815
University of Hawaii Cancer Center
Posted: Apr 18, 2011

WHAT:       The first media preview and construction tour of the UH Cancer Center to showcase
                    completion of the building foundation, a project milestone.
                    As the walls begin to rise, you’ll see the building progress, and tour one of O‘ahu’s largest
                    construction projects—the $120 million University of Hawai‘i Cancer Center. New architectural
                    renderings will be presented along with the first “virtual tour” of the building in CD format.
                    Kahu Kalekona Bishaw will preside over the burial of a lauhala “remembrance basket”
                    containing the hopes of hundreds of cancer survivors and community partners.
                    The building is being constructed to the highest standards and will feature state-of-the-art
                     technology and optimal design for inspiring innovation and discovery. Scheduled to open in
                     early 2013, the 150,000 square foot project will be a focal point of the UH medical campus in
                     Kaka’ako, next to UH Mānoa’s John A. Burns School of Medicine.
WHEN:         Wednesday, April 20, 11-11:50 a.m.
                      A brief presentation will be followed by a “hard-hat” site tour.
                      Informal box lunch will be served.
WHERE:       Reserved parking for the event is available in the Kaka‘ako Waterfront Park lot, near the corner
                      of Cooke and Ilalo streets.
WHO:           Hear remarks from UH Mānoa Chancellor, Dr. Virginia Hinshaw, and Cancer Center Director,
                      Dr. Michele Carbone.
                      They will be joined by UH Cancer Consortium partners Art Ushijima, CEO, The Queen’s Health
                      System; Dr. Virginia Pressler, Executive Vice President, Hawai‘i Pacific Health; and Quin
                      Ogawa, Chief Financial Officer, Kuakini Health Systems.
                      A construction update will be provided by Kathy Inouye, COO of Kobayashi Group, and project
                      architect, Jeff Nakamura of Shimokawa Nakamura.
WHY:            The foundation is completed for the new UH Cancer Center, a milestone of the $100 million
                      plus project. The new Center will be home to some of the nation’s leading scientists, united in
                      their quest to combat and cure cancer.
              The event also symbolizes the “cementing” of the UH Cancer Consortium, an alliance of
              health-care partners joined in their commitment to deliver the most advanced cancer care: The
              Queen’s Medical Center, Hawai‘i Pacific Health, Kuakini Health Systems, and JABSOM.   
HOW:            For media interested in attending, please contact Kellie Tormey, Director of Communications
                      and External Affairs, UH Cancer Center, at or 808-564-5814.