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Otago Business School Building Redevelopment

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.

Update 50

Friday, September 22, 2017

The planned switchboard upgrade will continue through to the beginning of next week, with power outages in short durations first thing in the morning. Your floor manager has details.

Work this week includes completing the stairs from the ground floor to the first level – see the progress photo – and preparing the front entrance for a concrete pour. Ceiling grid installation, painting and installing services is ongoing, including ceiling heater panels.

Site tours:  Small groups of people are being taken through the construction zone to view the redevelopment – email claire.ramsay@otago.ac.nz to register.

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 49

Friday, September 15, 2017

A planned switchboard upgrade next week on Levels 7, 8 and 9 will mean minor power outages from 7-8 am and then 5-530 pm. Floor managers have details on this for each level.

Excavation for the new front entrance is starting this week, and contractors will also be installing the new internal stairs from the ground floor to the first floor. There will be some concrete-drilling noise associated with this.

Ceiling grid installation, painting and installing services is ongoing, including ceiling heater panels.

Site tours:  Small groups of people are being taken through the construction zone to view the redevelopment – email claire.ramsay@otago.ac.nz to register.

Network upgrade activities: Over the next week, installers will installing cabling on the 7th floor, and removing redundant cabling on the 5th and 6th levels.

Update 48

Friday, September 8, 2017

The last of the internal scaffolding is down, and work is focusing on ground floor wall framing and lining, and painting. New lights are being installed around the concourse area. Work continues on forming the Union Street East entrance.

The ceiling grid install is ongoing both floors, and ceiling heaters are being installed – there will be some noise with this activity.

Site tours:  Small groups of people are being taken through the construction zone to view the redevelopment.  If you would like to join a tour, please email claire.ramsay@otago.ac.nz to register your interest. It is planned to take the tours at noon on Fridays, but still register if this doesn’t work because of Department seminars or lectures, and we will make other arrangements.

Café naming:  We want your input into the café name – please take part in the survey for Otago Business School building users.  Options are Manu, Puhikai, Te Mātiti and Owheo.  Follow the link to read the story behind each of the four names, and to register your preference – you have until September 14  http://www.business.otago.ac.nz/Surveys/Cafe

Network upgrade activities: Over the next week, installers will installing cabling on the 7th floor, and removing redundant cabling on the 5th and 6th levels.

Update 47

Friday September 1, 2017

The concrete slab on the ground floor area of the Otago Business School is now laid. Scaffolding at the Union Street East entrance will be coming down later next week, then work will start on forming the entrance slab to the building.

Finishing trades are work through both the ground and first floors, and upgrades to emergency lighting will continue on levels 2 and 3 – there will be some inconvenience with this.

Site tours:  While the area is still a construction zone, small groups of people can be taken through to have a closer look.  If you would like to join a tour (most likely at midday on Fridays), please email claire.ramsay@otago.ac.nz to register your interest.

Café naming:  We are surveying Otago Business School building users to come up with a name for the new café on the ground floor.  Options are Manu, Puhikai, Te Mātiti and Owheo.  Follow the link to read the story behind each of the four names, and to register your preference – you have until September 14  http://www.business.otago.ac.nz/Surveys/Cafe

Network upgrade activities: Over the next week, installers will installing cabling on the 7th floor, and removing redundant cabling on the 5th and 6th levels.

Watch Channel 39’s  Otago Business School rebuild  story. Visit the Redevelopment web blog for more information.

Update 46

Friday August 25, 2017

Concrete laying has started on the ground floor area of the Otago Business School, as part of the floor preparation.

Electricians are working on Level 2, running cables to upgrade emergency lighting. There will be some inconvenience with this, and there will still be noise associated with the ceiling grid installations on the ground and 1st floor.

Finishing trades such as painting, electrical and plumbers continue on the ground floor and level one, as does ceiling work.  Emergency exit stair preparation work at Union St also continues.

Network upgrade activities: Over the next week, installers will installing cabling on the 7th and 8th floors, and removing redundant cabling on the 5th and 6th levels.

Watch Channel 9’s  Otago Business School rebuild  story. Visit the Redevelopment web blog for more information.

Update 45

Friday August 18, 2017

Concrete is being poured to the ground floor area of the Otago Business School redevelopment next week, as part of the floor preparation.

Finishing trades are now working on both the ground floor and level one over the coming weeks.  Ceiling grid installations continues, so there will be some on-going noise with this. Ceilings are being reinstated on level s 2, 3 and 4 after the mechanical upgrade.

Work is also continuing on the new fire exit-only stairs where the entrance stairs from Union St East used to be.

Electricians are running new cables for emergency lights in the corridors for all floors of the building.

Dunedin’s Channel 39 television crew joined a tour of the redevelopment this week, with their Otago Business School rebuild  story airing on Wednesday.

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.