Think About It: Can(cer) Do Attitude

November 8, 2012

Think About It: Can(cer) Do Attitude

The new University of Hawaii's Cancer Research Center does not officially open for about 115-days, but it's already expanding. How can that be? Well, according to a Pacific Business News report last week, the construction on the Center came in 14% under budget, and since that $16-million was already allocated for the project, the potential savings will be used to add the shell for an additional wing onto the project. While the infrastructure of this expansion will need additional funding to get completed, the outer core will be in place, thanks to work that was done on time and under budget, terms you don't often hear when it comes to major government construction efforts.

So kudos to the designers, planners, construction firms, and laborers involved in this great project, which should be a real boost in many ways to a UH system that could use more good news about the many fine projects it is involved in. UH will be embarking on a public relations campaign down the road to highlight the many areas in which it excels and is growing. The Cancer Center, which also was acknowledged recently for its efforts to be environmentally fit, will be a wonderful addition next door to the John A. Burns School of Medicine in Kakaako.

Keep in mind, this facility spent over a decade in planning and, as with most big projects in Hawaii, has had its share of delays, revisions, and lawsuits to work through. But now, the end is not only in sight for everyone to plainly see just makai of Ala Moana Boulevard, but thanks to some quality work along the way, even more building is being built than was originally envisioned. And that seems worthy of some praise and recognition. Think about it… 

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