Funds released for key campus projects at UH Manoa

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Gregg Takayama, (808) 382-3212
Office of the Chancellor
Posted: Mar 5, 2007

HONOLULU - About $3 million in planning funds have been released by Governor Linda Lingle for major projects to enhance the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

"These projects will provide a new, attractive ʻfront door‘ to the Manoa campus, offer students an around-the-clock activities center, and fund much-needed classroom modernization and expansion," says Interim Chancellor Denise Eby Konan.

"UH Manoa needs these improvements to fulfill our vision of a truly livable campus, one that offers a morning-through-night community in which to learn, work and play," she said.

The released capital improvement funds provide:

  • $1 million to plan improvements and expansion of the Campus Center into an activities center for students, including a 24 hour fitness facilities, shops, restaurants, activities, and gathering rooms. The student-designed project will also expand meeting rooms, conference facilities, and study spaces for students.

  • $1.1 million for planning and designs for the renovation of historic Gartley Hall, to correct major safety, health and accessibility problems. The 85-year-old building is home to the Department of Psychology, which has the largest number of majors on the Manoa campus. Gartley Hall is on the State Register of Historic Places.

  • $500,000 for expansion and renovation of the William S. Richardson School of Law, a project that also will help provide an attractive campus gateway for thousands who use the lower campus parking structures. In addition to expanding the Law Library, the project will renovate the Law School courtyard and will create gathering and eating places for Mānoa students and staff.

  • $380,000 to plan construction of a new 3-story classroom building on the site of Henke Hall. This would be the first major classroom addition at the Manoa campus in forty years.

The planning funds were approved by the 2006 State Legislature, while construction money for the projects is being considered by the current 2007 legislative session. All of the proposed projects will incorporate "green" sustainable building elements and will promote a Hawaiian sense of place.

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