Contractors are putting in seven-day weeks to make sure the
extensive earthquake strengthening and refurbishment of
Selwyn College is complete before students move in next week.
The hall has been a hive of activity over the summer months,
as workers rush to complete about $3.8 million worth of work
in a short amount of time.
Arrow International project manager Sam Cadden, who also
worked on the $12.1 million earthquake-strengthening and
extension completed at Knox College last year, said the aim
was to have the project finished by Wednesday, when the first
students were due to arrive.
As was expected, it had been a close run thing. Contractors
would have to work both today and tomorrow to get the work
completed on time, Mr Cadden said.
''When you have only got a window of opportunity and you are
doing refurbishments of this scale, it is always a close
Despite the project being a smaller job than the Knox
refurbishment, it had been more difficult, largely due to
fact contractors were working in more confined spaces.
''Because it's a smaller area ... we literally had people
working on top of each other.''
The project had gone ''fantastically'' well, in large part
due to engineers and architects being on call whenever issues
came up, as was expected with such an old building.
The work that remained to be completed was largely cosmetic
but there would still 60 to 70 contractors working on the
site today and tomorrow.