Legislature approves major UH Hilo initiatives

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Date: Monday, April 26, 2004
Contact: Gerald De Mello, (808) 974-7567, Ken Hupp, (808) 974-7642

For Immediate Release

A delegation of Big Island state lawmakers and University of Hawai`i at Hilo officials today unveiled a package of approved University initiatives that will significantly boost strategic growth plans. "This is a huge day for UH Hilo," said Chancellor Rose Tseng. "With the approval of these projects, we are about to enter an exciting new chapter in the development of this university that we will look back on one day as a landmark event."

State House Finance Committee Chair Dwight Takamine says the initiatives represent the type of expenditures that deliver the most "bang for the buck," which is critical during tough economic times.

"By promoting the development of UH Hilo we are also priming the pump of a major state-wide economic engine," Takamine said. "We view these initiatives as an investment that will produce benefits far in excess of the actual dollar amount."

The centerpiece of the 2004 appropriations is $15 million for Phase I construction of a Student Life and Events Center Complex. Under the University's phase-in plan, the project will begin with the student life component. Key elements will include a fitness room, aerobics, martial arts, human performance testing, swimming pool, an open covered deck,
classrooms, lockers, a shower and weight room facilities along with a poolside juice bar, indoor caf

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