Uni requests quake tests

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 Dunedin.

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, he said.

This meant if buildings were deemed unsafe they would be vacated and any strengthening work required would be negotiated with building owners.