HILO, Hawaii (AP) - The University of Hawaii at Hilo has awarded a $31 million contract to construct a building for the pharmacy school, with plans for the project to begin this summer.
UH spokesman Dan Meisenzahl says Hilo-based Isemoto Contracting Co. could begin construction as early as June, putting the 45,000-square-foot building on track for a 2018 opening.
The announcement Monday comes after the project almost lost the funds appropriated for the Daniel K. Inouye College of Pharmacy building because construction bids had surpassed the total amount.
Meisenzahl says UH reworked its budget to come up with the necessary funds and scaled back the project to include fewer research laboratories.
The pharmacy school, which began in 2007, operates at five different sites, including temporary trailers and off-campus buildings.