The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Campus Center is expected to undergo renovations starting the week of Sept. 16.
According to a university spokesman, the main inconvenience will be a loss of seating in the public areas of Campus Center (on the second and third floor) while tile work is being done. The forum seating area and bookstore entrance on the second floor will be barricaded during the initial phases of the project.
The contractor will open up seating as large sections are completed, but the west entry stairs (from Hemenway Hall and Sinclair Library) will be closed.
During renovations, Campus Center will still remain open for normal business hours.
UH officials said that students, faculty and staff are asked to be aware of the construction barriers and follow the wayfinding signage.
The following places can be accessed from the mauka entrance from Campus Road (the east entry stairs from the Campus Center courtyard or first floor elevator entrance from the courtyard): Food court, Jamba Juice, Simply-to-Go, Starbucks, Subway, Meetings and Event Services, Student Life and Development, Ticket and Information Office, restrooms, elevator and level three ballroom and meeting rooms.
The renovations are expected to be completed by the start of spring 2020. Additional phases of the renovation project are expected to start soon after, which include renovations to the Campus Center Ballroom and the west entry and courtyard stairs. There are also plans to improve the elevators and replace air conditioning.
The renovation project is part of a Campus Center master plan to upgrade the 46-year-old facility. Besides replacing the tile flooring, some of the plans include updating lighting fixtures with energy efficient fixtures located in the open public areas on levels two and three as well. The funding for the project was provided by the state Legislature, which costs under $3.1 million.
The most recent renovation phase of the Campus Center complex was completed in 2014, which included the bookstore entrance and Starbucks.