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St David 2 building to be revamped

Thursday, 3 August 2017 2:13pm

The St David 2 building when it was still in use. Photo: Batchelar McDougal Consulting.

A revamp of the University’s St David 2 building will begin in mid-September – bringing a substantial existing building back to life, consolidating staff and, in time, reducing the use of leased premises.

The completed project will allow Human Resources payroll staff to move out of the Jamieson Building in Cumberland Street, making way for staff of the Faculty of Dentistry during the Walsh Building redevelopment.

St David 2 is located behind the Centre for Innovation on St David Street. It was gutted in 2015 so that it could be seismically strengthened to 100 per cent of New Building Standards. The strengthening was completed by Batchelar McDougal Consulting.

In the re-vamp, the ground floor – Level 1 – will have a new front entrance, reception and circulation area. The rest of that floor and the other three floors will be filled with modern, open-plan offices with flexible break out or meeting areas.

No tenants have been chosen yet for Levels 2 and 3 but various options are being considered. Level 4 has already been allocated to about 70 Human Resources staff.

University of Otago Campus Development Director David Perry says the Dunedin campus needs more offices partly because staff dispersed around the campus would like to co-locate and also because more space is needed for decants during the building projects proposed on campus over the the next decade.

The St David 2 project is in line with the University’s Campus Master Plan, which recommends support services be located on the perimeter of campus, but still be accessible and connected to front-of-house functions involving students and academics.

During the $9.1 million St David 2 project, the carparks behind the Centre for Innovation will not be available.

The project should be completed around May next year.

The project also aligns with the University’s vision of:

  • Excellence in research – by providing decant space to support the redevelopment of the Faculty of Dentistry’s Walsh Building
  • Excellence in teaching – by providing decant space to support the redevelopment of the Faculty of Dentistry’s Walsh Building
  • Outstanding Campus Environments – by providing modern offices
  • Sustaining Capability – by using existing resources efficiently