New architectural renderings provide a glimpse of the $53-million student success center on the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa campus that will further enrich the student life experience. The Swinerton/G70 design-build team has been awarded the contract to renovate Gregg M. Sinclair Library and transform it into a state-of-the-art center with modern, comfortable spaces for individual and group study along with on-site student support services and academic advising. Work on the four-story, 115,000-square-foot, 66-year-old building is tentatively scheduled to begin in summer 2023 and completed in fall 2024.
Located next to Hemenway Hall, Campus Center and the Warrior Recreation Center, the student success center is projected to be a vibrant hub of student activity and interaction that will encourage students to remain on campus between classes and after hours.
The design-build project was funded by the state Legislature and is part of the UH Mānoa Campus Framework and Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) from 2020 that has been incorporated into the UH Mānoa Framework for the Future, a commitment—informed by regularly updated data—that campus projects represent UH Mānoa’s core values as identified in the Mānoa Strategic Plan (PDF).
Design-build is a national best practice adopted by the UH Office of Project Delivery where there is a single contract for the design and construction with a fixed lump sum cost. Design-build projects are more likely to be completed on time and with fewer cost overruns, compared to the typical design-bid-build process.
The university system’s first major design-build project, the UH Mānoa Life Sciences Building completed in 2020, was honored in May 2022 with a Kukulu Hale Award for nonprofit project.