Posted on | September 3, 2010 | Comments Off on Governor Releases $62.8 Million for UH Projects
Governor Linda Lingle released $62,792,000 to the university to finance capital improvements to campuses statewide, as well as to construct the university’s first information technology center.
“Providing our university and community college students with modern facilities and cutting-edge information technology capabilities is essential to ensuring they receive the high quality education they need to prepare for their careers,” said Lingle. “These construction projects will also help stimulate our economy and create jobs for residents statewide.”
“We are pleased to be able to move forward on these important projects,” said President M.R.C. Greenwood. “The release of these funds will clear the way for critical upgrades to our information technology system and help bring to fruition some much-needed upgrades through our Project Renovate to Innovate. These CIP projects deliver a triple bottom line for the state–they generate jobs, enhance our ability to compete and pursue work that benefits the community and they maximize our return on federal dollars.
The majority of the funds released, $48,302,000, will be used to complete the design and construction of a systemwide information technology center on the Mānoa campus that would support systemwide information technology needs. The development of the information technology center is critical to address the vulnerability of the university’s information and communications infrastructure.
The university will use $12,490,000 to renovate buildings on the Mānoa and Hilo campuses as part of the UH Project Renovate to Innovate initiative passed under Act 180 this year. The renovation projects include Mānoa’s Webster Hall and Snyder Hall and Hilo’s Wentworth Hall and Keaukaha and Panaʻewa Research Facilities.
Two million dollars will be used to fund design and construction of capital improvement projects at UH community college campuses. These include renovations of Kauaʻi classroom to a science laboratory, renovation of Maui’s existing Science Building for Allied Health Programs, structural repairs, interior renovations and improvements to Leeward’s theater and renovation of Windward’s Hale Naʻauao for classrooms, offices and support spaces.