A groundbreaking ceremony Monday morning marked the beginning of a renovation project for on one the University of Hawaii at Manoa's oldest buildings. A building that has been out of use for over two and half years.
Gartley Hall was constructed in 1921 and recently housed an array of university classes, including the psychology department. However, all classes and operations were removed from the building when it was closed in September 2009 after structural problems were discovered.
Officials believe the building's foundation began to sag back in 2006, when they began to use wood beams to reinforce the sinking building. They added that poor drainage in the area was likely the culprit, adding that it had been a continuing problem for some time.
Renovations are expecting to cost $12.5 million, with plans to also improve the aging building's interior space.
When it is finished, it will house the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work. It was originally designed to be a facility for chemistry classes. The university did not provide an estimated date of completion prior to the groundbreaking.