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Otago Business School Building Redevelopment

Update 44

Friday August 11, 2017

Another big week on site this week, with the last of the wall panelling to go up, then the final section of scaffolding will be removed. Glass balustrades will also be completed to the first floor.

The mechanical upgrade to Levels 2, 3 an d 4 are nearing completion.  There will again be some noise with the ceiling installation work, but it will be of short duration.

This week will see new fire exit-only stairs installed where the entrance stairs from Union St East used to be, and painting and finishing on the ground and first floors, while outside, the front canopy work and the new exterior wall cladding is on-going.

Network upgrade activities: This week installers will be removing redundant cabling on levels 4, 5 and 6.  Cabling and transitioning users to the Future State Network will start on levels 6 and 7.

Update 43

Friday August 4, 2017

A really big milestone next week and late this week – the scaffolding is coming down on the ground floor.  This will open up the area and from vantage points on level 4 and 3 you will be able to start to see what’s been happening.

Upgrading the toilets on level 3 has also finished.

There will be some noise this week from the on-going ceiling grid installation around the concourse area, but it will be for short durations. The new stairs on the Union Street side of the building and Stair 5 will be installed later next week once the concrete slab has been poured. Next weekend the ground floor concrete will be poured from the Union Street East.

Services are now going in on the ground and first floor, while the fourth floor upgrade and installing of wall panels is on-going.

Network upgrade activities: Installers will continue to remove redundant cabling on the third and fourth floor, and transitioning users to the Future State Network and removing redundant cabling on Levels five and six.

Update 42

Friday July 28, 2017

Get ready for ORB 101 FAIRTRADE coffee, found only at the Otago Business School’s café.

As much of the internal redevelopment work at the Business School edges closes to completion, the University Union has been busy planning the new café on the ground floor.

To get the coffee as good as it can be, Heads of Departments, Business School staff, post grad students and most recently, the undergraduates (pictured above) have taken part in four separate customer blind coffee tastings at the Cerebos Greggs factory.

Each individual tasted four coffees in the same order, the result being that coffee “C” – ORB 101 FAIRTRADE – was the overall winner. This blend is not currently available at any University outlet, and will be exclusive to the Otago Business School.

On-site work over the next week will see the ceiling grid work around the concourse area so there will be concrete drilling and noise, but in short durations.  There will also be concrete cutting to the new stair area at the Union Street side of the building on Monday night after 4.30 pm.

The internal scaffolding is coming down this week, which is the first chance to see the extent of the work being done. The mechanical upgrade on Level 3 has finished, and is moving up to Level 4.

Network upgrade activities: This week, installers will be removing redundant cabling on the third and fourth floor, and transitioning users to the Future State Network and removing redundant cabling on Levels five and six.

Property Services toilet upgrades: The toilets on level 3 will be finished and re-opened on Wednesday 2 August.

 

Update 41

Friday July 21, 2017

Noise levels will continue to be higher than usual over the coming week as the ceiling grid installation into existing concrete floors is completed.  The drilling work will be in short durations.

Work on the level 3 mechical upgrade will be completed next week, and will move up to level 4 towards the end of the week. A big thanks from Naylor Love supervisor Ross Duncan and the team for building users’ patience while this section of work is being completed.

The Level 3 ceiling fin install will be completed by the end of July, then the internal scaffolding will start coming down!

Canopy work over the Union Street East entrance continues, as does internal framing and lining, and service work internally.

Network upgrade activities

Installers continue to work in office spaces on levels 4 and 5, transitioning users to the Future State Network and removing redundant cabling.

Update 40

Friday July 14, 2017

Noise levels for next week may be slightly higher because of ceiling grid install which includes drilling into concrete slabs, but this work will be in short durations.

More finishing work is planned for the Otago Business School redevelopment this week.

Work continues on the front canopy over the new Union Street East entrance, on ceiling fins for the main roof area, exterior wall panels, and on internal timber framing and lining work.

Service work is also on-going on both floors.

The third floor window to the West side of building will be installed mid-week – these windows overlook the internal atrium area where there was formerly a balcony. Second floor glass handrails are also going in. The mechanical upgrade on Level 2 is complete and contractors have moved up to Level 3.

Network upgrade activities

Installers continue to work in office spaces on levels 4 and 5, transitioning users to the Future State Network and removing redundant cabling.

Update 39

The finishing touches are going on to the MBA offices this week, with only the joinery install to finish. Cleaning will follow completion of this area.

The membrane is being installed on the front canopy over the new Union Street East entrance, so expect to see changes here also this week.

New exterior wall panels are going on the roof area over the next few days. Internal timber framing and lining work, and service fixing continues on both the ground floor and first floor. Doors and windows are going in on level 1, and the mechanical upgrade on levels 2 and 3 is ongoing.

Normal construction noise is expected for this week.

Update 38

Friday June 30, 2017

Work on completing the new MBA office on level one is now on the home straight. Carpet tiles laying will finish next week, and kitchen joinery is to go in.

A temporary roof has been installed over the front canopy  as it is too cold to lay membrane at the moment.

Timber wall framing and installing services continues on the ground and first floor, and lining is about to start. Ceiling fins are being installed on levels three and four, while plastering work to the pop-out on the Leith side of the building is on-going.

Normal construction noise is expected for this week.

 Network upgrade activities

Installers will be working in office spaces on levels 4 and 5, transitioning users to the Future State Network and removing redundant cabling.

Update 37

Friday June 23, 2017

The ceilings are now finished in the shared space on the ground floor, and look great.   Also now complete is the window install on the west side (Psychology Building) to level one.

The crane has been back on-site to move the new wall cladding panels for the area above the new roof.

Next week will see painting and carpet laying in the MBA space. Service fixing continues on the ground and first floor, and ducting installation is planned for the Level 2  Leith side corridor after the ceilings were partly removed during the week. Scaffolding will be removed over the next four weeks .

Normal construction noise is expected for this week.

 Network upgrade activities

Installers will be working in office spaces on levels 4 and 5, transitioning users to the Future State Network and removing redundant cabling.

Update 36

Friday June 16, 2017

Otago Business School users and neighbours will be pleased to know the demolition stage of the building redevelopment is over!  Naylor Love Site Manager Ross Duncan would like to pass on his team’s thanks to all building users for their co-operation and on-going patience with noise over the last few months.  It has been appreciated.

With the café window on the Leith side now completed, plastering has started for the pop out structure.

Work on level 2 is starting end of the week – sections of existing ceilings along the full length of the Leith side corridor will be removed to install ducting. A clear path in the corridor for access to Stair 2 and offices will be maintained. Offices will not be affected at this stage, but Naylor Love will work around office users when installing ceiling grills.

Activities on-site next week will also include window installs on the west side of the building (next to Psychology) and membrane will be installed on the front canopy on Union Street East, weather permitting. The MBA is being painted and timber framing and service fixing will start on the first floor. The Level 4 ceiling fin is being installed.

Scaffolding from level 5 will continue to be bought down.

Normal construction noise is expected for this week.

Network upgrade activities

Installers will be working in offices on Level 4 transitioning users to the Future State Network.  There will also be staff working in offices 2.21- 2.25 installing cabling.

Update 35

Friday June 9, 2017

Glass has been installed into the pop-out windows on the Leith side of the Otago Business School, and looks great.  The ground floor café is really starting to take shape.

The ceiling work on level five has now finished. Work on the external Otago Business School entrance canopy at Union Street East continues, as does the internal panelling work on the ground floor common space.

This week will see the scaffolding being removed –some noise is expected with that.

Network upgrade activities

Installers will be removing redundant cabling from offices and hallways on level 3. Cabling installation will continue in the construction areas, and the transition to the future state network, including phones in office spaces on the 4th floor, is now underway.