Arana College buildings.
Work on University of Otago residential colleges Arana and Studholme has been approved by last week's meeting of the University of Otago Council.
Work on Arana College will include significant strengthening and improvements to fire safety and accessibility. The $14.85 million project is planned to be completed by February 2024.
Arana College opened in 1943 and currently provides 404 beds to first-year students. It consists of 24 different buildings and wings, all varying in age and capacity.
Studholme College buildings.
Similarly, at Studholme College work will focus on strengthening the structure and improving fire safety and accessibility.
The $11.1 million project is planned to be completed by January 2025.
Founded in 1915, Studholme College currently houses 187 first-year students. It is made up of the main block, which has 130 beds, the west wing, housing eight students and a collection of seven smaller 'flats' which are scattered around the main block, which house the remaining 49 students.
Chief Operating Officer Stephen Willis says both colleges are vital to providing accommodation for first-year students. He says key drivers for the work include ensuring student safety, improving building flexibility and ensuring the University's accommodation meets its target building standards.
“Both these colleges have a long history of providing excellent student experiences, and great pastoral care, and we aim to future-proof them for many groups of Otago students to come,” Mr Willis says.
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