The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s plans to transform Sinclair Library into a state-of-the-art student success center has taken a significant step closer to become a reality. The Hawaiʻi State Legislature has approved the $41 million funding request by UH and Gov. David Ige for the center.
“We thank the governor for supporting the vision by including in his budget.” said UH Vice President for Budget and Finance Kalbert Young. “The center will greatly improve the Mānoa student experience by providing contemporary spaces for studying and collaboration, along with easy access to academic advising and campus services, in one centralized location.”
UH administrators say state lawmakers have thoroughly reviewed the project, which was a top priority for the university.
“We want to especially recognize the lawmakers and their staff for their commitment to being part of the solution,” said UH Vice President for Administration Jan Gouveia. “They spent the necessary time and effort to work with us to understand our challenges and greatest needs.”
The governor still has to officially approve the request with the funding likely to be released in the next six months during the 2019–2020 fiscal year. However, planning is already underway thanks to a previous $700,000 state appropriation. Internal meetings have begun, and meetings with stakeholders are expected to begin in the next month. The purpose is to create a clear vision of the elements needed for a successful student center. The renovation work is expected to begin by the end of next year and take about two years to complete.
The project will convert Sinclair Library into a vibrant hub of student interaction with modern, comfortable spaces that encourages students to remain on campus in between classes and after hours for individual study, group study, academic advising and tutoring, and much more.
Sinclair Library, adjacent to Hemenway Hall, Campus Center and the Warrior Recreation Center, is in a prime location for a student success center, making it the perfect candidate to undergo modernization and deliver the type of space needed to keep UH Mānoa competitive with other universities.
A complete recap of the 2019 legislative session by Vice President Young will be posted the week of May 6.