Big changes in the works

Jonz Stoneroad

It’s been four weeks since the Fall semester has begun and there are various construction projects on the campus that you may have noticed. Here are a few updates from David Tanaka, Facilities Manager for Operations and Maintenance:

Building 5 Science Building

Construction of the courtyard is slated to be completed by February 23-28, 2018. The second floor Hawaiian Center is already completed and was recently opened in the first weeks of September. The design of the courtyard is geared to be a place for students to congregate, have their lunch, and be centered around the campus services i.e. Native Hawaiian Center, Academic Advising, etc.


The cafe will continue to have the current vendor (Cooking Fresh) who is planning to expand with a coffee service area. No date has been given as to when this will occur. Speakers have been installed in the cafeteria on October 16, 2017. Servicing for the air conditioning has been rescheduled on October 20, 2017 from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

Bldg. 7 Elevator repairs

One of the two elevators has been repaired and ready for use.

Bldg. 2 Elevator repairs

There were some delays in repairing the elevators because of multiple service providers. Elevator repairs including inspection date is tentative but looking towards the end of the school year (2018). While they are operational, repairs being made. At least (1) elevator will remain operational while the others are being worked on.

Misc. Campus Areas

The security cameras on campus have been repaired and fully operational. No new cameras were installed; only replaced.

Security alarms will be upgraded in the following areas: Bldg. 13 (October 23), Bldg. 16 (October 24), Bldg. 24 (October 25), Bldg. 17 (October 26) and Bldg. 18 (October 27). The installations will occur from 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

The campus is working on ideas and plans to maintain sustainability with services that benefit the student body and school services. One of these plans is the installment of water refill stations. There is one water station on each floor of Building 2; in the auto body shop; and at the Ewa end of the library.

Parking Lot 8 will undergo repairs and repaved. The math portable will remain and will adjust to the changes and repair activities around them.
The damaged lights in Parking Lot 1 are currently under repair. There is no estimated completion date at this time.

The plans to accommodate the upcoming Rail Project will continue with adjustments in the parking lots (entrance) and possible relocation of campus services. HECO will also be replacing their electrical wires underground so that may affect the campus as far as parking (entrance) is concerned. There is no date yet for the construction of the rail on Dillingham.

Production costs are done by a need basis of each campus under the University of Hawaii. UH acquired $10,000 for the entire University of Hawaii system and then each campus is approved to receive funding. After the costs are taken into consideration, it has to be approved before they can proceed with any adjustments or changes on campus.