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Business building takes shape

Monday, 18 September 2017 8:39pm

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A work in progress ... The ground floor of the Business School building, looking towards the new Union Street East entrance.

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The continuing redevelopment ... The ground floor of the Business School building, looking south to the Leith River.

The roof is on, the windows are in, the scaffolding is down, and the new concrete floor has been laid – the Otago Business School building redevelopment is taking shape.

The building is on target to for completion by the end of November, in time for the University graduation brunch on 13 December.

The construction work on the redevelopment of two floors of the Commerce Building started in October 2016, to bring it into line with a more modern learning environment. A new and more accessible and inviting street entrance from Union Street East is going in at ground level, and the leaking glass roof has been replaced.

The newly developed ground level will incorporate teaching, study and social spaces, an information sharing area, as well as a café and the divisional office. It will provide an engaging central common space for collaborative, formal and informal learning and social interactions for students, Business School staff and the wider business community. Commerce student groups will also have their spaces on the ground floor.

The first floor includes the Otago MBA (currently based at the College of Education), which was located in an unconnected lower-ground floor wing of the building prior to the development. Plans for the use of the lower ground floor are in progress.

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A window to the world ... The new pop-out window for the café, viewed from the outside.

The contractor, Naylor Love, is pleased with progress, particularly given the challenging weather over a couple of winter days.

Milestones have included:

  • Removing the steep stairs off Union Street East, and the stairs down into the old atrium space
  • Opening up the north and south ends of the building
  • Completing the new roof and relining the shared space area
  • Shifting the Dean’s Office staff into their new offices on the ground floor
  • New stairs
  • Installing a pop-out window on the Leith River side of the building
  • Redeveloping offices for MBA studies
  • Redeveloping lecture theatres.