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Revenue bonds to ease UH’s repair backlog

  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Roughly $7 million of the University of Hawaii’s lump-sum funding for deferred maintenance will be used to make repairs to Saunders Hall, which houses many of the units in UH Manoa’s College of Social Sciences. A 2015 report listed the building’s deferred maintenance at more than $8 million. The project will include repairing all exterior surfaces of the building; replacing the roof, louvers and railings; painting; and replacing mechanical and electrical equipment.

  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Saunders Hall on the University of Hawaii’s Manoa campus is slated to get roughly $7 million of the repair and maintenance funding provided by lawmakers in the state budget. Tristan Setzer, left, and Giovanna Casazza, both UH freshmen, relax on the seventh floor of Saunders Hall. Behind them is a portion of the exterior wall that is crumbling.

  • DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Roughly $7 million of the University of Hawaii’s lump-sum funding for deferred maintenance will be used to make repairs to Saunders Hall, which houses many of the units in UH Manoa’s College of Social Sciences.

After several unsuccessful attempts, the University of Hawaii says it expects to finally begin whittling down its massive repair backlog now that lawmakers have agreed to let UH float revenue bonds that would be repaid in part with tuition. Read more

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