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Grand opening set for delayed UH rec center

MANOA (HawaiiNewsNow) - The new Warrior Recreation Center at the University of Hawaii at Manoa was supposed to be built by December 2012, but the project has been plagued by delays. The facility is finally set to open next month, but some students who have been paying for the center told Hawaii News Now that the grand opening is too late.

UH seniors Alex Saunders and Hank Dorrance are eager to check out the facility, but they're graduating about a month after the April 11 opening date.

"I've seen it go up. They started blocking off stuff on the side. Now it's almost done, but it's a little too late for me," said Dorrance, a business student.

"It kind of sucks, but I guess it's just part of construction. Sometimes it happens. It would be nice if it hadn't. I know everyone's been excited about it for awhile. It's a good selling point for UH," said Saunders, a business student.

The $33.9 million project is now 16 months behind schedule. The delays were due to factors including design and contractor performance-related problems, subcontractor bankruptcy issues, and unforeseen site conditions, according to a UH spokeswoman. Part of the funding comes from a $175 campus center operation and recreation fee that UH Manoa students already pay each semester. Those students will have access to the facility.

"I kind of already knew I was paying for it, but you can't do anything if you don't pay for it. You'll get fees and fined. You'll have the holds on your account," Dorrance said.

The two-story building next to Campus Center includes a gym, indoor jogging track, fitness center, locker rooms and showers.

"I wish I could use it for a bit longer and I wish I could have it for more than a month, but it is what it is. You just kind of learn to deal with it," Saunders said.

A UH spokeswoman said crews are taking care of final items such as touch-up painting and installation of door hardware. The building should be done by the grand opening, but some work identified during pre-final inspections may need to be finished later.

Faculty, staff, alumni, and other UH affiliates will be able to try out the facility for free for the first two weeks. The fees will range from $240-$300 for a 12-month membership, $135-$165 for a 6-month membership and $25-$30 for a monthly membership.

The center is tentatively set to be open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekends.

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