On February 12, 2012 a fire broke out in the building located next to our classroom building on the University of Hawai‘i’s Mānoa campus. The clinic building was untouched by fire or water but was exposed to a large amount of smoke due to its proximity to the blaze. Due to the smoke and soot, it was necessary for both buildings to undergo extensive cleaning before we could re-enter the space. During this time, access to both buildings was extremely limited so while all of our clinic and educational materials were intact we were unable to access them.
As we could not enter either of the buildings on the Manoa campus, we needed a new space to hold classes and clinic. Luckily, the department was already scheduled to move in May of 2012 to the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) campus. Thanks to some quick action by the administration team, we were able to accelerate our move so that classes and clinic could continue with minimal interruption. We are very lucky to be situated so close to the medical school for increased opportunities for collaboration.
We have been located in a professional building adaject to the JABSOM campus since March of 2012. This facility houses both the University of Hawaii Speech and Hearing Clinic as well as the University of Hawaii Department of CSD.