This is one of the entrances to Saunders Hall on the University of Hawaii campus in Manoa. The building was designed by noted island architect Vladimir Ossipoff back in the 1970s, but has had problems with spalling of its concrete exterior.
A contractor started work in 2011 to remove loose concrete and seal the exposed areas to prevent further structural damage.
The central courtyard on the bottom floor of the building was closed at the beginning of 2012 due to the danger of falling concrete as work proceeded on repairs to the balconies of upper floors.
At the beginning of 2013, four pieces of concrete broke off and fell to the ground between Saunders and the student services building next door, according to news reports. Luckily, no one was inured.
On the exterior of the building, loose concrete was removed to expose the steel rebar, which was then sealed against weather damage.
Then work apparently just stopped. The contractor packed up and left. After classes began this fall, people slowly realized that equipment and workers from the spall repair project were gone, leaving the building looking like it had been damaged in battle. When questions were raised earlier this month about the status of the repairs, no one seemed to know what is going on.
A follow-up memo in response to the questions reported “that the exterior repairs is an ongoing project, UH Facilities is seeking the right contractor to do the very careful work the building’s concrete finish requires.”
So some three years after the project began, it’s in limbo.
Quipped one staffer:
If they’re unable to locate an appropriate contractor, perhaps we could opt for plan “B”…