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Otago Business School Building Redevelopment

Update 60

Friday, December 1, 2017

The redevelopment of the Otago Business School shared space is finished – the handover by Naylor Love project team back to the University was carried out on Wednesday, marking the official completion of this part of the project.

The site remains closed to users until after the blessing on Wednesday morning, as furniture and other final pieces of work are undertaken in the space.

Naylor Love Site Manager Ross Duncan would like to thank Claire Ramsay and her team for their help. The OBS project would not be finished without such a positive attitude to the disruption they have managed throughout the last year. Once again a big thanks also to the building users through this project.

Conversely, the OBS staff appreciate the considerate way Naylor Love’s team and the many others working on the contract have responded quickly when there have been issues and also communicated superbly, so that we have always known what to be prepared for.  The finished product is a testament to the huge effort that has gone into making a renovation in a working building as painless as possible.

All staff and students as well as contractors are welcome to join the whakawatea  blessing at 7am Wednesday, December 6. Please rsvp to business@otago.ac.nz by TODAY Friday 1 December.  The new space and the Union Street East entrance will open following the whakawatea.

A formal opening ceremony for the building will take place in the new year.

The University graduation brunch will be held in the new space on December 13, hosted by the Alumni office.

Update 59

Friday, November 24, 2017

It’s the last week! The carpet is down and you can now see what a warm and inviting collaborative space the ground floor will be. Naylor Love will be completing and tidying up the ground and first floors in preparation for handover on Wednesday, and furniture will start to arrive from Thursday 30 November.

The Union Street East construction compound will be in place until furniture trucks have finished on Tuesday 5 December.

The new Union Street East entrance will open on December 6, so access into the building will continue to be from the lifts at the Clyde Street entrance until then.  Te Mātiti – the café – will also open that day.  The new space will open to everyone following the blessing on 6 December.

All staff and students as well as contractors are welcome to join the blessing at 7am Wednesday, December 6 with a whakawatea.  Please rsvp to business@otago.ac.nz by Friday 1 December.

The University graduation brunch will be held in the new space on December 13, hosted by the Alumni office.

Network upgrade activities: Cabling installers will continue completing network upgrade work throughout the building- this will be low impact.

Update 58

Friday, November 17, 2017

Naylor Love have all but completed the main redevelopment work.  The last of the cleaning is being done internally, while outside, tiling at the front entrance will be completed, and the Union Street East footpath will be asphalted. Furniture will arrive from November 30.

The space will be blessed on December 6 at 7am with a whakawatea – all staff and students as well as contractors are welcome to join the blessing. The University graduation brunch will be held in the new space on December 13.

Network upgrade activities: Cabling installers will continue work transitioning to future stage on levels 8 and 9, and there will also be some completion work to finish on the construction site.

Update 57

Friday, November 10, 2017

It’s the last busy week on-site as the Naylor Love team prepares for the hand-over process for the ground and first floors on November 29. Furniture will arrive from November 30.

Ceiling panels are now up, and external floor tiles to the front entrance on Union Street East are complete. Cleaners will be working through the building site next week, and television screens are being installed. The last of the wall panels are going up, and stair work and service commissioning continues.

The space will be blessed on December 6 at 7am with a whakawatea, followed by refreshments.

Network upgrade activities: Cabling installers will continue work transitioning to future stage on levels 8 and 9, and there will also be some completion work to finish on the construction site.

Update 56

Friday, November 3, 2017

We are nearly there! It’s the last big push on the remaining work for the construction team on site next week.

The front entrance external tiling and new entrance doors are being installed. On-going work includes painting, service fixing, ceiling panel installing, laying carpet tiles, and final touches to finish the stairs.

November 29 is the hand-over date for the ground and first floors. On November 30 the furniture starts arriving, and the space will be opened on December 6 at 7am with a whakawatea blessing.

Work will soon start on restoring the Lower Ground (old MBA space) so that it can be used for 2018.  The taught masters’ students and the DBA will relocate there.  The two lecture theatres will be re-established and available through the pool.

The carpark and basement will remain a Naylor Love compound until the end of the year.

Once again a big thank you from Naylor Love for everyone’s patience for the last year and a bit during the upgrade.

Network upgrade activities: Cabling installers will continue work on levels 8 and 9. They will need to gain access into some of the offices on those floors but will liaise with occupants for a suitable times.

Update 55

Friday, October 27, 2017

Parking and access from Clyde Street will be disrupted on Monday as new grills are installed to the existing wall claddings on the building.  Traffic management will set up parking exclusion zones on Clyde St.  Access will still be via the lifts as normal, but Traffic Management staff will direct building users into the front entrance.

This was a milestone week for the Business School building as Ross Hemera’s sculpture was suspended above the roof of the shared space on Wednesday morning.  If you haven’t seen it, you get a good view from the third floor – it looks stunning.

Other works for next week include completing the glass installation for the new windows on Union Street East, work on the stairs, and ongoing ceiling panel installs, painting and service fixing. Carpet tile laying will also start.

Network upgrade activities: Cabling installers will continue work on levels 8 and 9. They will need to gain access into some of the offices on those floors but will liaise with occupants for a suitable times.

Update 54

Friday, October 20, 2017

Next week will see a major milestone as the artwork will be hung above the open space.  The work is by Ross Hemera (Ngāi Tahu), an established artist, designer and arts educator. His creative works traditionally draw their inspiration from the unique landscape and culture of North Otago and the South Island of New Zealand.

His massive sculpture is a modern interpretation of traditional Māori design. While the work is inspired by the story of the Āraiteuru and the journey of the southern Māori iwi, it is not a literal illustration or translation of it. The sculpture is a visual exploration of notions about navigation, sustenance and preservation, and references underpinning values.

You will see the aluminium window frames at the front entrance on Union Street East have gone up over the week, with the glass being installed over the coming week.  The team will also be completing ceiling panels on the first floor and the ceiling heater panels on the ground floor.  Carpet laying and painting continues.  Installation of the treads on the stairwell will start next week.

The project is still on track for the blessing on Wednesday 6 December at 7am.

Network upgrade activities: Next week cabling installers will be working on levels 8 and 9. They will need to gain access into some of the offices on those floors but will liaise with occupants for a suitable times. There will also be some cabling work on level 3 south-west wing.

Update 53

Friday, October 13, 2017

Windows are being installed on the Union Street East frontage next week, while inside timber ceiling panels are going up in the new pop-out area. Finishing work includes installing joinery and vinyl in the new café Te Mātiti, installing carpet tiles, stair treads and heater panels, plus painting.  There will also be cleaning of high level timber wall panels.

The blessing or whakawatea of the Business School building will be on Wednesday 6 December at 7am.  An official opening of the building is planned for next year.

Network upgrade activities: Over the next week, installers will install cabling on the west wing of the 2nd floor, and on the 7th and 8th floors, and remove redundant cabling on the 6th floor.

Update 52

Friday, October 6, 2017

You know the job is getting closer to completion when the carpet tiles arrive on-site, as they did this week.  The wall linings are now complete, heating panels are being installed, and painting is about to commence on the ground floor.  Work is also continuing on the entrance way off Union St East.

The new café, which will be known as Te Te Mātiti, is also taking shape. Te Mātiti references a tree frequented by birds – known as a mātiti. This infers that the tree was a great source of sustenance, food and shelter for the birds who flocked to it, and a great tree for Māori ancestors to gather birds.

Thanks to those who took part in the naming survey.

The blessing or whakawatea of the Business School building, which allows it to be used, will be on Wednesday 6 December at 7am. The space will be blessed, and the Vice Chancellor and Dean will say a few words, followed by a cup of tea in the new café.

An official opening of the building is planned for next year.

Network upgrade activities: Over the next week, installers will install cabling on the west wing of the 2nd floor, and on the 7th and 8th floors, and remove redundant cabling on the 6th floor.

Update 51

Friday, September 29, 2017

Another busy week is ahead for the Business School redevelopment, with planned work including the last of the wall linings to go up, carpet being installed on the first floor, and more service installing.There will be some work on the ceilings in level two, including removing existing ceiling tiles from the south side corridor to install sprinklers.

Thanks to the building users again for their understanding during the noise and planned power outage inconvenience over the last few weeks.

Network upgrade activities: Over the next week, installers will install cabling on the west wing of the 2nd floor, and on the 7th and 8th floors, and remove redundant cabling on the 6th floor.