The University of Otago will carry out earthquake
strengthening at Carrington College over the summer holidays as
it awaits the results of further assessments on some of its
The work at the residential hall Carrington College is part
of a $50 million earthquake-strengthening programme unveiled
by the university earlier this year.
At the time, Otago University chief operating officer John
Patrick said it was hoped to complete strengthening work by
2019. After the first round of building assessments, only the
Scott building - at between 25% and 30% of new building
standard (NBS) for earthquake strength - was found to be
Other buildings assessed in the round including the School of
Medicine's Lindo Fergusson building and Scott building, the
arts building and the clocktower buildings were found to be
less than the university's draft target of 67% of NBS for its
older buildings - meaning that work would have to be carried
out to bring them up to that standard.
Since then, Linton House at Carrington College had been found
to be earthquake prone - at 28% of NBS - in July.
Otago University director of property services Barry MacKay
said the university would be carrying out strengthening work
at Carrington College over the summer holidays while students
were away. The cost of the work was not known.
No strengthening work on other buildings would be carried out
over the holidays and the university was working through its
detailed assessment earthquake-strengthening programme with
consultants Hadley and Robinson and Opus International, Mr
As part of its second round of building assessments, the
university had found that Arana College and the Zoology
building were not earthquake-prone.
Further second-round assessments - for its property services
building, the professorial houses, Marama Hall, Archway
building and the school of surveying building - were expected
The university had also started its third round of
assessments looking at Studholme, Aquinas, Hayward, Unicol,
Abbey and Toroa Colleges.