Strengthening starts

Residential halls and colleges at the University of Otago are scheduled to be among the first buildings to undergo a round of earthquake strengthening.

University chief operating officer John Patrick told an audience at a recent public lecture remedial work to strengthen Cumberland College was scheduled to be carried out before students returned for the 2012 year.

Initial seismic assessments had been carried out on some of the university's campus buildings, he said.

"Most of them are OK," he told people at an open lecture to outline the university's campus master plan.

Seismic upgrades were being considered for several of the university's campus buildings, with the 14 residential halls and colleges on the list for evaluation, he said.

Work at Cumberland College, the former Dunedin Hospital nurses' home which was built in 1916, is scheduled to begin next month, Mr Patrick said.

The university is considering its response to an Otago Daily Times request, made nine days ago under the Official Information Act, for copies of seismic reports for six campus buildings which are now undergoing a round of secondary detailed assessment.


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