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The current levels 1, 2 and 3 of the Otago Business School building will be redeveloped, and the building’s Atrium roof will be replaced. The building will be renamed the University of Otago Business School.

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Lower ground (previously level 1)

The Commerce Division will vacate the present level 1 of the Business School building, currently being used by the MBA and Executive Programmes. The space will be occupied by another University of Otago department when the redevelopment is complete.

 Ground level (previously level 2)

The new ground level of the Business School building will become the public face for the Commerce Division, incorporating divisional staff offices, and social and teaching spaces.

  • The building will be opened up to the north and south, with new entrances at either end.
  • The entrance at Union Street will be directly from the street (the current level two), and will be much larger, open and more accessible. The existing external stairs that currently form the main entrance from Union Street into the Business School building at the existing level three will be removed.
  • There will be an improved student Atrium, including a café, which will be warm, weather-proof and more inviting.
  • The Dean’s Office will relocate to the ground floor (currently known as level two). Student services, including the internship and the Pacific Island Student offices, will be on this level.
  • Teaching spaces will be reconfigured – there will be three pool teaching rooms on this level.
  • There will still be shower facilities and a small staff room area on the ground floor.
  • New staircases will link the ground floor with the rest of the building.

Level one (previously level three)

  • The MBA offices will relocate into the existing Dean’s Office on the new level one.
  • Teaching spaces will be reconfigured. There will be additional new teaching rooms on this level.

Building enhancements

The redevelopment will also improve the Business School building performance and compliance.

  • The existing Atrium roof will be removed, and replaced with a solid weather-tight roof incorporating skylights.
  • Compliance upgrades will include fire safety design, seismic structural improvements, ventilation and heating improvements.

Project Stages

The commencement of construction works is still be confirmed but completion is expected to be in late 2017.

The first stage of the construction will include:

  • Lower ground enabling and preparatory works.
  • Construction of stairs 1, 2 and 3.
  • Ground floor redevelopment (including space currently occupied by the staffroom). This means the current level two, including the staff room, will be closed.