The owners of buildings leased to the University of Otago
have been asked to carry out engineer's assessments to test
if they are earthquake-prone.
Otago University property services director Barry MacKay said
the university had contacted all owners of buildings it
leased and asked them to provide engineer's assessments. A
total of 22 buildings are leased by the university in
None so far had been found to be earthquake-prone, but the
university was still awaiting some reports, Mr MacKay said.
The university's seismic strengthening policy applied not
only to the buildings it owned, but also to those it leased,
This meant if buildings were deemed unsafe they would be
vacated and any strengthening work required would be
negotiated with building owners.