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Improved Gateway to open in the fall

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Posted: Monday, April 23, 2012 5:00 am

Renovations on International Gateway House are on schedule to be completed in August. Students who choose to dorm in Gateway next year can look forward to improvements on the 39-year-old building.

“Our goals were to make improvements in the areas of safety and health, accessibility, utility, sustainability, and aesthetics of the property,” said associate director of operations at Student Housing Services Dana Yoshimura in an email.

Improvements range from decorating improvements like new furniture to more serious renovations like low-flow toilets and energy-efficient LED lights.

“When the Gateway House project is completed this fall, 60 percent of our accommodations will be new or have undergone major renovations and improvements within the past four years,” said Yoshimura.

Loren Lau, an architect for the Office of Capital Improvements, which manages housing construction, listed painting, changing windows, reroofing, repairing guard rails and fixing concrete spalling as other concerns. Concrete spalling is damage to concrete structures that happens when steel reinforcement gets old, rusts and damages the surrounding concrete. It can lead to structural instability.

According to Yoshimura, future housing improvement projects include switching to more energy efficient light fixtures, as well as furniture and refrigerator upgrades in Hale Wainani. 

Improvements to Gateway include the following:

-Centralized laundry facilities in each tower

-New study lounges on floors 3 through 10

-New social lounges

-New common kitchens

-A revised and improved lobby

-Renovated bedrooms and bathrooms

-New exterior and interior paint

-New furniture in student rooms and public areas

-LED lights in the lobby, energy-efficient appliances and switches and low-flow toilets

-New windows

-Upgraded fire suppression and alarm systems

-New plumbing and electrical systems

-ADA-compliant ramp, rooms and common areas


Upcoming projects:

-Exterior Lighting Replacement Project (replacing all exterior lights around student housing with energy-efficient LED fixtures)

-Hale Wainani Refrigerator Replacement Project

-Hale Wainani Furniture Replacement Project (replacing couches, kitchen tables and chairs, and wardrobes in HW-I and HW-F towers)