UHWO Gets $48 Mil To Expedite Construction
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UH West Oahu has received $48 million released by Gov. Linda Lingle to finance construction of the permanent campus in Kapolei.
Of the funds, $31,224,000 will be used to develop a two-story, 41,136-square-foot classroom building; a two-story, 41,798-square-foot laboratory building; and a two-story, 12,671-square-foot maintenance and mechanical building.
The remaining amount of $16,776,000 will be used for infrastructure, water-lines, a sewer line, driveways and roadways from Kaualakai Parkway to the campus, electric power lines from Farrington Highway, a 183-stall parking lot, utilities to support the three buildings and landscaping.
“We are extremely pleased that Gov. Lingle has released the funding for this important project,” said UH president M.R.C. Greenwood. “This will help us bring to fruition the university’s plan of providing higher education to the rapidly growing West Oahu region.
“Increasing the state’s educational and intellectual capital is crucial to Hawaii’s long-term success, and our West Oahu campus will help us achieve that goal.”
Construction is expected to begin this month, and the first classrooms should be ready for students in the fall of 2012.
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