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Otago Business School Building Redevelopment

Update 24

Friday March 24, 2017

All major structural steel elements for the new roof have now been installed – Naylor Love wants to pass on thanks to all building users for coping with the extra noise during this section of work.

The first fire evacuation was held this week and highlighted some issues which are being fixed.  A reminder that the exit stairs are currently all on the Leith side of the building and take us out onto street level either behind the old MBA space (stair two) or through the garage (stair one).

Next week

It will be another busy week onsite next week, but construction noise will be back to usual levels.

Work to the Goddard Building next to the Business School will also start next week, which will mean that building will be without heating for the week – there will still be hot water to services in the building though.  The reason behind this work is that hot water from the Goddard building also heats the Otago Business School.

Roof framing will continue on level three and four, and workers are installing membrane to all main roof levels and the pop-out roof structure at the Leith side of the building.

The crane is leaving site next week once all roof materials have been lifted up on to the roof, and will return later to install new windows and ceiling fins.

Once the crane is off site the existing main stairs onto Union Street East and the concrete stairs will be demolished. Excavation for the new entrance canopy foundations will start later next week.  This will require concrete cutters but all internal cutting will start after 4.30 pm to minimise inconvenience.

The contractors also hope to finish demolishing the old Dean’s office, and will be demolishing the concourse area near the office. They will also be starting to erect the Atrium internal walls, and installing Stair 3 at the Union St East side of the building.

Reminders

Access to the Dean’s office is only via stairs from Level 2 – it is well signposted from the lifts at level 2 . If you have mobility issues and want to talk to someone in the Dean’s office let them know and they’ll arrange a suitable location to meet.

Level one (formerly 3) is now a construction site and closed to ALL staff and students – there is no lift and stair access to this level.

Emergency exits

In the event of an emergency, building occupants will use two exits on the Leith side of the building, either using:

Stair 1 – the existing stairs nearest Clyde Street

Stair 2 – the new stairs nearest the Dean’s Office.

1.     Those on the East side (nearest Clyde Street) proceed towards the Stair 1, down the stairs all the way to the basement carpark, out onto Clyde Street, and then proceed up to the usual assembly point in Union Street East, by Allen Hall.

2.     Those on the West side (nearest Psychology buildings) including the Dean’s Office, take Stair 2 down, through the old MBA office, around the path, up Leith Walk to the usual assembly point in Union Street East, by Allen Hall.

 

 

Update 23

Friday March 17, 2017

The Dean’s Office is now on the ground floor of the Atrium (formerly known as level two). Last week was a big week as staff packed up and farewelled their old offices but they are now back in business and loving their new location.

Access to the Dean’s office is only via stairs from Level 2 – it is well signposted. Turn left after exiting the lift at level 2, walk around the corridor on the Leith side to the new stairwell just before the Board Room suite, then walk down the stairs to the ground floor. This will take you directly to the front entrance doors to the new Dean’s Office area. If you have mobility issues and are wanting to talk to someone in the Dean’s office let them know and they’ll arrange a suitable location to meet.

Level one (formerly 3) is now a construction site and closed to ALL staff and students – there is no lift and stair access to this level.

One of the building’s defibrillators has been relocated to the ground floor now that level 1 is closed off. It will be housed temporarily in the staff room on the ground floor, then will shift to its permanent position in the new public space in the Atrium once the redevelopment is finished. The second defibrillator is on level 5 in the lift foyer.

Your continued help in guiding students or visitors to the building is appreciated. Please direct students to the Library or the Bill Robertson Library for study space.

This week

The concrete cutters are back on site next week to remove the existing concrete floor to the North stair on Union St, and the existing stairs from the level 1 up to the second floor.  Most of their work will be out of hours, starting at 4.30pm.

 

All structural steel is now installed on the new Atrium roof; work now is focused on installing timber framing and the new membrane roof. There will be noise with this work.

 

Work has also started on the refit of level one.

Emergency exits have changed

In the event of an emergency, building occupants will use two exits, either using:

Stair 1 – the existing stairs nearest Clyde Street

Stair 2 – the new stairs nearest the Dean’s Office.

 

  1. Those on the East side (nearest Clyde Street) proceed towards the Stair 1, down the stairs all the way to the basement carpark, out onto Clyde Street, and then proceed up to the usual assembly point in Union Street East, by Allen Hall.
  2. Those on the West side (nearest Psychology buildings) including the Dean’s Office, take Stair 2 down, through the old MBA office, around the path, up Leith Walk to the usual assembly point in Union Street East, by Allen Hall.

 

Please note that you can no longer use the North stairwell on the Union St East side of the building.

If you have any queries or concerns, please talk to your fire warden.

Update 22

Friday March 10, 2017

Staff in the Dean’s Office are shifting to their new site, and from Monday 13 March will be on the ground floor of the Atrium (formerly known as level two).  You can access the office via Level 2 – turn left after exiting the lift at level 2, walk around the corridor on the Leith side to the new stairwell just before the Board Room suite, then walk down the stairs to the ground floor. This will take you directly to the front entrance doors to the new Dean’s Office area. There is plenty of signage to guide you there.

Level one (formerly 3) is now a construction site, and the former offices and study spaces are closed to ALL staff and students from Monday morning.  All lifts and stair access at level 1 close from Monday March 13.

That does mean anyone with mobility issues will be unable to access the Dean’s Office at present, but staff can meet on Level 2 or at a mutually arranged location – please let us know.

A reminder there is taught masters hot desk space available on Level 3.  Otherwise, please direct students to the Library or the Bill Robertson Library for study space.

Roof installation and framing work also continues next week and there will be noise around the concrete drilling.

Please continue to help to guide any students or visitors in the building.

Emergency exits have changed – the level one exit onto Union Street East is now permanently closed (the big stairs to the street). Please familiarise yourself with the new plan. There will be a fire drill within the next couple of weeks to go through it.

Emergency exits

All fire escape exits will be via stair 1 and 2 which are on the side of the building nearest the Leith. Do not use the lifts.

  1. For departments on level 2 and above, the emergency exit will be down the South stairs only – these are the main stairs.  Follow the signs and exit through the hoardings on the lower ground level (through the garage). Fire wardens on ground level, will direct people along  Clyde Street, up Union St East to the usual evacuation assembly area in front of Allen Hall on Union Street East.

 

  1. People from the Dean’s Office will use the new stairs (stair 2) on the south/west side of the building), and head up towards Psychology buildings to meet East to meet at the usual evacuation assembly area in front of Allen Hall on Union Street East.

Update 21

March 3, 2017

Exciting times for the Dean’s Office this week.

Staff will be moving to their new site on the ground floor of the Atrium (formerly known as level two) from midday on Thursday 9 March.  That means service, including computers/email and phones will be disrupted, until they reclaim their space on Monday 13 March.

If you need to contact the Dean’s Office, please phone 021 331 240 over that period of time.

Entry to the new Dean’s Office from Monday 13 March will be via Level 2. Take the lift to Level 2 and turn left, walk around the corridor on the Leith side and along to the new stairwell just before the Board Room suite, then walk down the starts to the ground floor from there. This will take you directly to the front entrance doors to the new Dean’s area.

Anyone with mobility issues will be unable to access the Dean’s Office at present, but staff can meet on Level 2 or at a mutually arranged location – please let us know.

The study spaces on Level 1 will be closed from now on as construction work focuses on redevelopment of this floor.  There is taught masters hot desk space available on Level 3.  Otherwise please direct students to the Library or the Bill Robertson Library.

Please help to guide any students or visitors in the building.

Over the next week the Naylor Love team will continue with roof work – this week lining the roof at Level 5 and installing the next section of roof at Level 4.  There will be noise around the concrete drilling.

Update 20

February 24, 2017

It’s another big week coming up, as the steel frame for the section of new roof at Level 5 is almost completed, with timberwork due to commence on Tuesday. This means that carpenters will be working on the roof, and there will be some noise associated with this work. Steelwork installation to the Level 4 section of roof will follow in a couple of week’s time.

Excellent progress has been made on the new Dean’s Office on the ground floor. The joinery install is complete and the floor coverings have been laid.  The second fix of all services trades is are close to finishing, then the cleaners will be in next week in preparation for handover in early March.

Painting, floor coverings, balustrade and handrails are finished on Stair Two next to the Dean’s Office, and it too is having its final clean before its intended use as a temporary access route from Clyde St to the Dean’s Office.

All work in altering the lift operating buttons and indicators has now been completed. Please help to guide any students in the building who are confused by the new floor numbering or closure of the Atrium . If you notice any lift issues can you please report them immediately to the Dean’s Office either on business@otago.ac.nz or on ext 5197.

Thanks for your patience.

Update 19

February 17, 2017

The crane in Union Street East has been busy – activity this week on the Atrium roof has centred around gas cutting the existing roof steel brackets on Thursday and Friday. This has created some noise and dust by the level five offices, so staff were advised to keep windows closed. Demolition will be finished on Friday evening, allowing the construction of the new atrium roof structure to commence.   Some noise is also expected during that construction work.

Contractors are preparing for the Level 1 concrete slab pour on the southern “popout” structure, overlooking the Leith. The new Dean’s Office refit is progressing well, with painting, joinery and internal glazing installation now completed.

A reminder that the only entrance to the Otago Business School remains the lifts, accessed off Clyde Street. Signage in the entry foyer, in the lifts, and on each floor shows the new floor numbering now in place for the building.

There will be signage in the lifts and lift lobby directing students to departments but please try to assist students as much as you can if they look lost. The lifts are likely to be busier than they have over the (so-called) summer. If you notice any lift issues can you please report them immediately to the Dean’s Office either on business@otago.ac.nz or on ext 5197.

Contact Claire Ramsay, Commerce Division Director, Administration, claire.ramsay@otago.ac.nz if there are any problems arising from the redevelopment that need addressing the new semester begins.

Update 18

February 10, 2017

The crane is back on-site in Union Street East, and is being set up to start erecting the level five roof on the south side of the building.  There will be drilling noise associated with this work this week – we appreciate your patience with this.

Structural steel has been installed in the south elevation (Leith side) glass “pop out” extension on the ground floor and level one over the week, and contractors are preparing for the level one concrete pour.

The new Dean’s Office refit is on-going, with joinery installed and painting continuing over the week. Removal of the existing wall cladding to the Atrium area is now underway.

A reminder that the only entrance to the Otago Business School remains the lifts, accessed off Clyde Street. Signage in the entry foyer, in the lifts, and on each floor shows the new floor numbering now in place for the building.

Please get in contact with Claire Ramsay, Commerce Division Director, Administration, claire.ramsay@otago.ac.nz if there are any problems arising from the redevelopment that need addressing as we prepare for the new semester.

Update 17

February 3, 2017

The new Otago Business School Atrium roof is now in production; the crane will be back on-site in a fortnight so the steel installation preparation can start.   Work on the new Dean’s office on the ground floor is progressing well – painting has started, joinery will be arriving on-site next week, and ceilings are being installed. Windows are now being installed in the south elevation (Leith side) extension on the ground floor and level 1. This glass “pop out” will frame the view from the new café on the ground floor and study space on level one within the completed building.

All the Precast landings and treads are in place on the stairs and gib wall linings installation is under way.

Don’t forget to remind visitors that the floor numbering in the building has changed-over, and they need to get off two floors earlier – what was level two at the Atrium level is now the ground floor, and level one is now the current Dean’s office (formerly level three) etc. Signage in the entry foyer, in the lifts, and on each floor shows the new numbering. The only entrance to the Otago Business School remains the lifts, accessed off Clyde Street.

Update 16

January 27, 2017

The crane has now gone from Union Street East, and will return when work begins on the new roof later in February. Work is underway preparing the scaffolding for the new roof construction.

Work continues on the south elevation (Leith side) extension on the ground floor and level 1. This glass “pop out” will frame the view from the new café on the ground floor and study space on level one within the completed building. You can see the structure starting to take shape from across the Leith.

Work is also continuing on the new Dean’s Office fitout on the ground floor (formerly level two) and reconstruction of the stairs on the river side of the building.

By now you will have noted that floor numbering in building has changed-over – what was level two at the Atrium level is now the ground floor, and level one is now the current deans office (formerly level three) etc. Signage in the entry foyer, in the lifts, and on each floor shows the new numbering. Remind your visitors they need to get off two floors ‘earlier’ than you used to.  The lifts are almost completed; although at this stage there are still updated buttons to come for one panel.

The only entrance to the Otago Business School remains the lifts, accessed off Clyde Street.

Update 15

January 20, 2017

The Naylor Love team has been busy on the Otago Business School redevelopment site since January 9, and is pleased with progress despite being faced with some challenging weather conditions over the last few days.

The glass and the roof trusses are now completely removed from the Atrium roof, and the crane will be taken away shortly. Installation of the new roof will begin later in February.

The new Dean’s office fitout on the ground floor (formerly level two) is progressing well, with gib-stopping close to completion, ready for painting.  Completion date of this is expected to be early March. The reconstruction of stairs one and two is also underway.

Work for this coming week will focus on the south elevation (Leith side) extension on the ground floor and level 1. This glass “pop out” will form the view from the new café on the ground floor and study space on level one when the build is complete.

What’s new

Floor numbering in the Otago Business School has now changed-over – what was level two at the Atrium level is now the ground floor.

  • Level 1 =  Formerly Level 3
  • Level 2         =  Formerly Level 2
  • upwards

Signage in the entry foyer and on each floor shows the new numbering, and the changes necessary to the lift buttons and level indicators will be made this coming week to complete the transition. We’re expecting it will take a little time to adjust to getting off two floors ‘earlier’ than you used to, but please help visitors to the building by letting them know where they need to be prior to their arrival, and also please take the time to guide anyone if they appear lost or confused.

The only entrance to the Otago Business School remains the lifts, accessed off Clyde Street, including to the Dean’s Office, at present still on level 1 (formerly level 3).  The external access stair to Union Street East is not available, except for emergency exit only. Please remind your visitors of this.

A big thank you

The project team would like to thank all of the building users for their patience and assistance in working in a construction zone.  Site Manager Ross Duncan says the cooperation of the building users has made his job much easier and ensured that the project stays on track.

Thank you!