Knox College. Photo by Gregor Richardson.
Students are moving into Knox and Salmond colleges this
weekend, only a few days after the completion of a $12.1
million earthquake-strengthening and extension project.
The project, which started in November, was a race against
time, with Knox College Commission chairman Dr John Kernohan
saying last year it was not certain it would be finished by
the time students returned.
Dr Kernohan said on Friday all earthquake strengthening at
Knox College was complete, with the main building brought up
to more than 80% of new building standards (NBS) for
earthquake resistance. Before strengthening began, the
building was rated at less than 20% of NBS.
Most students were expected to have moved in by the end of
this weekend, Dr Kernohan said.
Comments from those who had already been through the new
facilities had been ''very favourable'', he said.
The project also included the addition of 63 new rooms at
Knox and Salmond, all of which had been taken.
''We've got a full house,'' he said.
A formal dedication ceremony is set take place next Sunday,
when Moderator of the Presbyterian Church the Rt Rev Ray
Coster will dedicate the refurbishments and the new
The Rev Dr Selwyn Yeoman will also be formally installed as
the master of Knox College in a ceremony at Knox Church on