University of Hawaiʻi architects and engineers are reconfiguring UH Mānoa classrooms and teaching laboratories so students and faculty are able to practice safe social distancing when in-person instruction resumes in fall 2020.
The Space Planning, Preparation and Utilization working group, led by UH Vice President for Administration Jan Gouveia, is responsible for the effort. The group is one of eight working groups preparing for the reopening of campus after it was abruptly closed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Related UH News story: UH preparing for safe return to campuses in fall, May 4, 2020
A team of 14 people from the University of Hawaiʻi Office of Project Delivery staff, normally responsible for managing campus construction projects, is assessing 435 classrooms and marking a 6 foot distance between each desk/chair.
The assessment is expected to be completed by mid-June. The overall plans for the fall semester will be announced by June 30, if not sooner.
A classroom before and after