people moving desks in classroom

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.

people sitting on desks after social distancing measures

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.

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

desks lined up before accommodating for social distancing
Kuykendall Hall desks before social distancing accommodation

triangle stick to measure distances between desks

classroom reconfigured to accommodate social distancing
Kuykendall Hall classroom reconfigured to accommodate safe social distancing