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UH picks architectural firms for Daniel K. Inouye library

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 05:53 a.m. HST, Nov 20, 2013

Internationally renowned architectural firm Pei Cobb Freed & Partners of New York City has been selected along with Honolulu-based Clifford Planning & Architecture to design the Daniel K. Inouye library at the University of Hawaii.

Interim UH President David Lassner made the announcement Tuesday in Washington, D.C., at a reception hosted by the Daniel K. Inouye Institute. The late senator will be honored Wednesday with the Presidential Medal of Freedom -- the nation's highest civilian honor -- at the White House.

Pei Cobb Freed & Partners says it has completed nearly 250 projects in more than 100 cities worldwide since its founding in 1955, including UH-Manoa's East-West Center.

Some of the firm's other works include the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston; the San Francisco Main Public Library; the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland; and the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C.

Clifford Planning's projects have included renovating the Prince Kuhio Federal Building and designing a surgical clinic at Tripler Army Medical Center, according to its website.

Last month, the UH Board of Regents agreed to slow the process for pursuing the planned center to house Inouye's congressional papers and dramatically cut the state funding it will initially seek for the project.

The move came about after Inouye's family asked that UH take more time to get public feedback and to obtain more accurate information on the size and cost of the project.

The UH administration had planned to ask the regents to approve expedited plan for a proposed $27.5 million facility, including $15 million in state general obligation bonds and $10 million in federal funds. The regents instead approved requesting $5 million in state bond financing.

The planned project generated criticism not only for the speed in which UH was pursuing it but the hefty price tag. At $27 million, it would have been the priciest new building on a per-square-foot basis that UH has pursued in years.

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Ronin006 wrote:
This is unbelievable. The last I read about the proposed $27 million Inouye Congressional Library was that it needed about $5 million from the state, which has not been approved, that it was hoping the get $10 million from the federal government, which has not been approved, and the remainder was to come from private donations, which have not yet been made. UH has deferred repair and maintenance projects estimated to cost almost one half BILLION dollars, money it does not have and which it intends to borrow by issuing bonds, yet it is charging off full speed to build the Inouye Library which is of questionable value and with money it does not have. It makes absolute no sense. UH admin has gone amok.
on November 19,2013 | 04:19PM
DRD wrote:
on November 20,2013 | 03:53AM
serious wrote:
Agreed also!!! Where is the adult leadership--this is worse than the Obama Administration.
on November 20,2013 | 05:41AM
localguy wrote:
$15 million in state general obligation bonds? Really? Where is the money coming from to pay for this? UH has no money, can't even pay for required facility maintenance. Oh wait, there is still money to waste on bureaucratic staff who must be paid just for showing up and breathing. UH bureaucrats who never get it right need to step back and ask themselves, "What is most important to you, paying for a fancy palace very few will ever visit, or take care of the very students paying for their education." Hmmm, I think I know the answer. Here UH goes again, more money wasted.
on November 19,2013 | 04:35PM
RandolphW wrote:
Let the University of Hawaii continue on with a broken down physical plant, as the Regents sort through their priorities.
on November 19,2013 | 04:43PM
syhud wrote:
Danny would have say" use that money to concentrate on other things that the UH needs.
on November 20,2013 | 03:29AM
oahuresident wrote:
Dan Inouye was a great war hero and great senator. The money for a library in his honor would be well spent.
on November 19,2013 | 04:54PM
Mythman wrote:
The relentless PR campaign that Inouye's group put out for 50 years brain washed folks, like "Mr Oahu resident" to think Sen Inouye was "a great senator" - the war here part didn't need any PR, as it was so. The PR behind the late senator is only matched by KSBE's relentless decades of PR BS.
on November 19,2013 | 05:32PM
hanalei395 wrote:
There is not too many honors for this great senator. He was well loved by the people of Hawai``i.
on November 19,2013 | 06:09PM
lee1957 wrote:
Digitize everything and sell the Daniel K. Inouye thumb drive.
on November 20,2013 | 10:32AM
Ronin006 wrote:
Great war hero? Did you about how this "war hero" used a trench knife to pry a ring from the finger of a dead French woman during World War II, something for which he should have been court-martialed? I didn't think so. I am sure the woman’s husband or family would have wanted her to be buried with the ring, but thanks to the late senator, she was not. Those of you who think I am making up this story might want to go read the story that appeared on page A-1 of the Star-Bulletin on Saturday, March 27, 1993. The headline reads “Battlefield act haunts Sen. Inouye. A friend reveals that the war hero took a ring off a dead woman.”
on November 20,2013 | 04:33PM
Mythman wrote:
hero not here
on November 19,2013 | 05:32PM
eagleHI wrote:
IS There ANY True Greatness in Yout Myopic and Cynical View of T
on November 19,2013 | 09:30PM
Mythman wrote:
Sen Inouye doesn't deserve "greatness" as per his career in congress due to his failure to handle the native Hawaiian situation according to federal policy, resulting in abject poverty for the natives recognized in 1921 in the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act - Jennifer played a role in screwing these folks. There is proof and evidence of this, it is not an opinion I hold based on how I feel or think. It is based on facts developed by scholarly research. Be careful in glossing this over in honoring him, U of H, it might come back to bite you.
on November 20,2013 | 04:34AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Mythman .... YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT! .... Keep the Hawaiian people out of your hatred for Sen. Inouye, and your lies about him.
on November 20,2013 | 05:01AM
Mythman wrote:
Unfortunately, I do know what I am talking about. I apologize for hurting your feelings but the truth is the truth and neither of us can change it.
on November 20,2013 | 11:03AM
hanalei395 wrote:
Actually, you do know what you're lying about.
on November 20,2013 | 11:26AM
Mythman wrote:
I have an idea Mr Hanalei395: since you claim, falsely, I am lying, why not file a lawsuit against me and prove it in a court of law. A jury would be compelled to listen to the evidence uncovered and you and your team would have an equal chance to back up your feeling that a great man cannot be lied about, as you say. How about it?
on November 20,2013 | 11:52AM
Mythman wrote:
And who are we honoring here, Sen Dan or Jennifer - Jennifer is the "institute". Can't she find a real job with all her contacts and experience and talents? Let it go, Jennifer. It's over.
on November 20,2013 | 04:31AM
Mikehono wrote:
I guess no local architects were good enough for the good Senator who always wanted to take care of local businesses. Sad.
on November 20,2013 | 05:23AM
steven_mark wrote:
One of the firms, Clifford, is from Hawaii. As for Pei Cobb Freed, this is the firm of perhaps the most famous architect in the world today, I.M. Pei, who back in the day designed the East West Center as one of his first projects, as well as the glass pyramid at the Louvre in Paris. One can argue over the cost of this project, and whether the money might be better spent elsewhere, but the choice of the firm is a good one, as it reflects the stature of Sen. Inouye.
on November 20,2013 | 11:57AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Is there still a half a billion dollars worth of deferred maintenance?
on November 20,2013 | 07:23AM
islandsun wrote:
Inouye deserves to have rail named after him period. That was his cash cow gift to Oahu developers and contractors.
on November 20,2013 | 07:58AM
mijlive wrote:
you can't take care of what you have now--so you are going to add on instead of clearing the huge backlog of repairs? dumber than a box of rocks.
on November 20,2013 | 08:16AM
CriticalReader wrote:
Let's play "guess the scandal to come". Will it involve an UH official actually receiving money? An UH official giving stuff and contracts to friends? Triple the estimated cost change orders? Native Hawaiian burial rights claims? UH Faculty protests? UH student senate protests? Fact finders? Legislative hearings? What documets will not be turned over? Will Olelo boradcast everything or just some? If Donna Kim is in Congress, will she return to chair the hearings? What comment will Mark Takai have on behalf of the UH Letterwinner's Club? Which UC Davis glass ceilinged administrator will be selected to run it? How many people will Rockne Freitas allow to sit on the search committee? How many scandals have to ignite over this before the BOR chair resigns? Does Jay Mustow have a clear understanding of how this is unfair to the union yet (shouldn't that be worked out first? - to save time?)?. HEY! DOES THIS INVOLVE WETLANDS???? (considering the time it takes to get things done at UH and the impact of global warming, it might). What about the lighting design? Baby bird friendly or not??? Can the place be rented out for same-sex marriages? But, here's the BIG question that ought to be dealt with first and foremost: Does this help or hinder UH membership in the PAC-20? There's lots of checking to do on all of the above.
on November 20,2013 | 09:53AM
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