A $12 million upgrade of two of Otago Polytechnic's main
campus buildings has been approved and construction is set to
start on Monday.
Chief operating officer Philip Cullen said the project, which
involves building an atrium linking the polytechnic's F and H
blocks, was given final approval by a council subcommittee
The first stage of the project - which involved fire
compliance in H block - was completed in January and final
approval for the rest of the project came a few weeks after
tenders for the rest of the work came in.
It was planned the upgrade would be finished by October next
year, Mr Cullen said.
The upgraded complex would include collaborative and social
learning spaces and areas for exhibitions to be held.
The aim was for complex to ''draw people to the campus'' and
give it a ''competitive edge''.
Mr Cullen said the polytechnic was happy with the final
estimated cost of $11.9 million for the project, despite it
being at higher end of its original $10 million to $12
Changes to building requirements and the scope of the
building meant, at one point, the cost had been put at $13.6
However, in large part due to a ''pleasing'' tender process,
this had been brought back to $11.9 million.
As project manager, Signal Management Group would oversee
about 20 subcontractors who would work on the project.