UH regents approve construction moratorium

HONOLULU (AP) - University of Hawaii regents are placing a moratorium on new construction to focus resources on maintenance.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports new construction will be placed on hold for three years with the exception of 13 projects costing $170 million.

The board will direct capital funds to a repair backlog that has reached $487 million. About 84 percent of the maintenance needs are at the Manoa campus.

Exemptions cover major projects such as the College of Pharmacy at UH-Hilo, Kapiolani Community College's Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Diamond Head and an advanced technology training center at Honolulu Community College.

Regents are seeking money for nine other projects in the proposed university budget.

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