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Tighten control of UH construction


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Mar 12, 2014

~~<p>The audit of the development of the Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex is a story of missed opportunities. The revitalization of Cooke Field should have been a moment of glory for the University of Hawaii-Manoa, capitalizing on the largest donation ever pledged to UH Athletics. Instead, the facility's construction is overdue and overbudget, and better management could have prevented many of the problems.</p>
<p>As the UH's Office of Internal Audit makes clear in its report on the matter, the UH Office of Facilities and Grounds should have run a much tighter ship to reduce the cost overruns and delays associated with the design and construction of the complex, which is at least $3 million overbudget and about a year behind schedule. Along with the higher costs to taxpayers, the delays temporarily got UH in hot water with the NCAA, given that completion of the complex is key to the university meeting Title IX gender-equity requirements in college sports.</p>
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The audit of the development of the Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex is a story of missed opportunities. The revitalization of Cooke Field should have been a moment of glory for the University of Hawaii-Manoa, capitalizing on the largest donation ever pledged to UH Athletics. Instead, the facility's construction is overdue and overbudget, and better management could have prevented many of the problems.

As the UH's Office of Internal Audit makes clear in its report on the matter, the UH Office of Facilities and Grounds should have run a much tighter ship to reduce the cost overruns and delays associated with the design and construction of the complex, which is at least $3 million overbudget and about a year behind schedule. Along with the higher costs to taxpayers, the delays temporarily got UH in hot water with the NCAA, given that completion of the complex is key to the university meeting Title IX gender-equity requirements in college sports. Login for more...



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