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University of Hawaii mulls construction moratorium

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HONOLULU (AP) - The University of Hawaii's board is considering freezing construction to give the school an opportunity to address a half-billion dollar repair and maintenance backlog.

Board of Regents member Benjamin Kudo proposed the moratorium on Thursday.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports he's concerned that spending too much on new projects is affecting the school's ability to take care of the rest of its buildings.

Repair and maintenance needs across the 10-campus system total $487 million. More than 80 percent is on the flagship Manoa campus. Some date from the 1990s.

The school opened a $120 million cancer research center in recent years. It's now building a $43 million information technology center.

Regent Barry Mizuno volunteered to vet the proposal at a public meeting of the Planning and Facilities Committee.

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