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Deadline approaches for UH constructionUPDATED 7:22 PM HST Jan 08, 2014Video Transcript
deadline for the University of Hawaii. If it isnt met--it could jeopordize the NCAA certification and the university's ability to take part in athletic conferences. KITV4's Catherine Cruz joins us with more on the state of construction at the UH Manoa campus. Catherine.. The deadline is 20 days away. UH officials have assurances from the contractor that it will be met and women;s athletics program will finally have a permanant home. All this comes under intense scrutiny over the construction projects and the mounting backlog of repair projects on campus. It looks far from complete. The Ching Sports Complex is to include sand volleyball competition courts along with facilites for women's soccer, cross country and track and field teams. UH is under pressure to comply with a requirement to get the women's programs in their new home... It's already failed to meet earlier deadlines and has now been threatened with sanctions. - Steve Meder 23: 30-23:43 - "The NCAA is a major consideration so we actually shifted stages in the construction so we would be able to meet NCAA deadlines" The construction delays for that project have been a concern for UH regents. They've called for an audit of the athletic facility as well as for the UH campus center which is now running more than a year behind schedule. - Howard Todo 21: 01 21 : 06 -"The current schedule for the construction is to be completed by the end of February." Most of the efforts have been focused on the interior work to get the offices and lockers ready by the January 28th deadline. UH expects to get a temporary occupancy permit from the city, even though exterior work may still take a few more months and the project wont be totally complete until later this summer. UH officials believe costs for the Rec Center will be within the original budget of $33 million dollars. The big question is how much longer students will have to wait before they can actually get to use it. UH has also been under scrutiny for other deteriorating facilites Regents had high praises today for a plan to get the deferred maintainance and campus moderization under better control. Meder hopes the reorganization plan will mark a turning point for the university. Meder 26: 33- 26:43 - "Now the rubber has got to meet the road and we have to pull all the brains and expertise andthe expertise and all the willingness to bear, to make it happen," The proposed overhaul of the way UH builds and and manages new and old structures is the first big step toward curbing runaway costs. Back to you Paula?