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UH releases Inouye Center design concepts

By Star Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 03:50 p.m. HST, May 07, 2014

The University of Hawaii unveiled preliminary design concepts for the future Daniel K. Inouye Center for Democratic Leadership Wednesday featuring not only space for the late senator's papers but areas designated as "student innovation zones" and "civic engagement areas."

The concepts are part of the pre-design phase for the multimillion-dollar building and face another year of tweaking before the plan is finalized.

Many of the conceptual ideas for the three-story building came during workshops with students, faculty and the community, said architect Janine Clifford of Honolulu.

Incorporated into the plan are some sustainable features, including use of the tradewinds for natural ventilation.

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Kalaheo1 wrote:
Well, that looks like a huge waste of money that would be better spent shoring up UH's crumbling, shabby and leaky buildings.

And "student innovation zones" and "civic engagement areas"? Really? How about we all save $20,000 and do our innovating and engaging in the grass.

on May 7,2014 | 12:02PM
MalamaKaAina wrote:
More Pork for the King of Pork....RIP Dan!
on May 7,2014 | 03:49PM
Bothrops wrote:
"Incorporated into the plan are some sustainable features, including use of the tradewinds for natural ventilation." Natural ventilation and archives go together like ground termites and a wooden house. Visit Sinclair library to see for yourself how the books are mouldering with mildew.
on May 7,2014 | 12:21PM
Ronin006 wrote:
In all the stories about the Inouye Library, there has not been one mention of the size of his paper archives. If we need to build a library in which to house his papers, they must be in storage somewhere. Are we talking about a few file boxes or one or two self storage rental lockers? It would be nice to know if the volume justifies the expense. Since Senator Inouye was a law maker and not a decision maker, I suspect most of his papers relate to communications between him and his constituents and people seeking favors. I also suspect that those who sought and received favors would rather not have the papers made public.
on May 7,2014 | 03:21PM
smilincoco wrote:
Congradulations Janine, you're the best!! Professional design incorporating latest technoligies and design concepts, can't wait to see the final design.
on May 7,2014 | 12:28PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
Yeah, right.

A giant building that's all wasted space. Did you see where most of it is open air with 50 ceilings? We had building like that when when I was in college. Most of them were built in 1970s and were practically useless.

It looks like A 1970s motel on the outside and the inside is all wasted space.

If Senator Inouye was still alive, he could easily push through such a pointless, useless, and obscenely expensive project, but he's long gone.

How about spending that $20,000,000 on a little maintenance or at least a building with actual classrooms.

on May 7,2014 | 03:33PM
ryan02 wrote:
"student innovation zones" and "civic engagement areas" -- I'm having trouble "differentiating" between the two. Which one is an area where people can "proactively" "conceptualize" new "paradigms" that will provide "value-added" "initiatives" to "synergistically" "engineer" "catalysts for change"?
on May 7,2014 | 12:43PM
kekelaward wrote:
Yeah. I don't see any "Sustenance Kiosks" in the plan. Can't I get some munchies while civilly engaging?
on May 7,2014 | 06:38PM
ryan02 wrote:
Also, should the University really be calling this place a center for "Democratic" leadership? And I say this as a democrat.
on May 7,2014 | 12:45PM
loquaciousone wrote:
It's sort of like the Democratic Perople's Republic of North Korea where workers are free of oppression and stuff like that.
on May 7,2014 | 03:11PM
pcman wrote:
IRT democratic . The Dems can learn how to lie, cheat and steal like Dems before them. They might try to learn how and why the Dems screwed up cities like Detroit, Chicago and DC by Dem policies and politicians. Maybe they can learn how and why states like Hawaii are so screwed up in public education, transportation, traffic, high cost of living, corruption by Democrat politicians, etc. Repubs can learn from them too, how Dems monopolize the politics and get away with corruption.
on May 7,2014 | 06:21PM
kekelaward wrote:
I thought that was what the Richardson School of Politics was for.
on May 7,2014 | 06:39PM
HD36 wrote:
Tell you the truth, I think most politicians don't have to learn because that's how they got there in the first place. Civic duty is what it should be about with term limits. No lifers like John Mizuno.
on May 7,2014 | 07:17PM
Ronin006 wrote:
The Late Great Senator Inouye was just that, a Senator. It is one think to name a building or other facility after him, but to spend millions of dollars we do not have to build a library to house his congressional papers defies logic and common sense. He was not, like a president, a decision or policy maker; he was a law maker. What papers could he possibly have had that would of interest to scholars and researchers? This is political pandering at its worst. I will be surprised if this comment is not sent for approval.
on May 7,2014 | 03:08PM
false wrote:
I'd rather see his library papers than the other guy's - what's his name - barry something or the other.
on May 7,2014 | 06:04PM
kekelaward wrote:
The only papers that other guy has are Zig Zags. Actually, I bet he was the guy who always had a crutch, but never any dope.
on May 7,2014 | 06:42PM
kekelaward wrote:
You were surprised!
on May 7,2014 | 06:40PM
BlueDolphin53 wrote:
Is this a building that is really needed and going to be put to good use? Or just a monument to Inouye? If it's the later, I say just build him a nice marble monument and save the cash.
on May 7,2014 | 03:39PM
inHilo wrote:
Agreed. Please put the money to good use. And at a time when we need to work together, can we leave out the "Democratic" and just go with "leadership"?
on May 7,2014 | 04:12PM
iwanaknow wrote:
On one hand 20 million is not small coin..............on the other.......that outdoor seating will just house the homeless overnight?
on May 7,2014 | 04:05PM
Anonymous wrote:
They of course mean the "Center For Democratic [party] Leadership".
on May 7,2014 | 04:25PM
HD36 wrote:
Why not build it right next to the Obama library and build a bridge connecting the two. Then when viewed from Google satellite Hawaii will be known as having the world's largest Dumbell.
on May 7,2014 | 07:13PM
HealthyandHappy wrote:
Thats the best one so far this year.
on May 7,2014 | 08:31PM
808reawake wrote:
ive been ASLEEP!!!.....AWESOME Comments!!!....its sickening that we idolize Inouye for the money he brought in for the WARS!!!..im waking up...hoping to wake others as well..THANK U FOLKS!!!
on May 7,2014 | 10:42PM
NYUH wrote:
Love it. Just don't make it cheap. The Senator deserves the best for his extraordinary service.
on May 8,2014 | 12:40AM
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