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UH Unveils Initial Designs for Daniel Inouye Center (VIDEO)

·By civilbeat

The University of Hawaii unveiled the preliminary designs today for its future Daniel K. Inouye Center for Democratic Center, which is slated for the Manoa campus.

Check out the video on Vimeo here. 

The state-of-the-art center is meant to honor the late senator and focus on U.S. history and government, public service and leadership, democracy and global awareness. It’ll host a range of presentations, lectures and outreach events, as well as an exhibit featuring Inouye’s archives, including his congressional papers.

But the project is still in its initial stages, and the architecture firm charged with designing it — Clifford Planning & Architecture — is still penciling out the details. Key parameters, such as the cost, remain to be seen. 

Last October, university administrators decided to slash the project’s budget from $25 million to $5 million, largely because Inouye’s former Chief of Staff Jennifer Sabas said UH had embarked on plans too quickly. 

The project will enter the formal design phase once the university approves the preliminary sketches. 

— Alia Wong

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