Nagatani Center unusable, for now

The Nagatani Academic Center is not accessible to students while it undergoes repairs due to water damage. / Photo by Brian McInnis

Since 2013, the sparkling, renovated Nagatani Academic Center has been a facility the UH athletic department can point to with pride.

That pride was dampened on Tuesday, when a torrential downpour, a remnant of Hurricane Lane, caused severe water damage to the Gym II practice facility, which lies above the student-athlete academic center and some adjacent women’s locker rooms.

You might have read about it in Thursday’s print edition of the Star-Advertiser.

Athletic director David Matlin, who personally helped salvage computers from the center Tuesday morning amid the storm, was relatively upbeat about the situation a day later. (It helps that the contractor that was working on the Gym II renovations is stepping up for the repair costs of Nagatani, as well.)

If this incident sounds at all familiar, that’s because it was like a miniature version of the dramatic Halloween flash flooding of 2004 that carried mud and debris all the way through the Manoa campus, and down through the parking structure and into the UH athletics facilities. Gym II was among the casualties then, too.

Matlin did not have a specific target date for getting the academic center up and running again. He said staff has been relocated on the lower campus on a temporary basis, with academic services intact.

With the contractor’s (Layton Construction) work diverted from Gym II to help repair the Nagatani Center, you might expect a delay with the Gym II refurbishment, but per Matlin, that is still expected to be finished prior to the Diamond Head Classic, which was the previous target.

Crews worked on repairing the Nagatani Center. / Photo by Brian McInnis
The ceiling and flooring are the main parts of the repair job. / Photo by Brian McInnis


  1. iGrokSpock August 30, 2018 5:06 pm

    The quarry will always face flooding potential, being the lowest point on campus. Perhaps the UH school of engineering and all of those future engineers can propose some solutions to mitigate the issue?

  2. Kevin Chong Kee August 30, 2018 6:20 pm

    Did the work being done in GYM 2 cause the flooding in Nagatani Center?

  3. TMJEBS August 30, 2018 10:13 pm

    Maybe they install something like this.

  4. Brian McInnis August 30, 2018 10:19 pm


    Yes, the renovations of Gym 2 have left the facility more exposed than it would be otherwise.

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