University calling Property Services

The University of Otago has expensive real estate and facilities at Dunedin, substantial numbers of heritage and modern buildings, tracts of housing, halls of residence and colleges, a space programme and a campus master plan. The university always has some sort of building and construction work going on most of the time.

The Property Services Division, headed by Barry MacKay (pictured), states its raison d’être as:

Barry MacKay - Director Property Services Division, University of Otago“We create, develop and maintain the Otago campuses in a way that inspires and supports excellence in all that experience them. We’re proud to support the ongoing academic mission of New Zealand’s first university by providing the best facilities, services and physical environment in which staff, students and the general public can learn, teach, live and play. From overseeing the design and construction of award-winning buildings, fixing broken light bulbs, booking office space, cutting the grass and trimming hedges, we’re the highly-trained men and women who help keep the five University of Otago campuses humming.”

Despite the amazing upbeat veneer of professionalism and competence….

Imagine the university’s shrill consternation over an ‘outstanding’ Code Compliance Certificate (CCC) —for work to Aquinas Hall in 2008.

Just this week the university started contacting members of the local building fraternity…. confusing particular builds and industry players, with SO MUCH BLAMING and, decidedly, no track of its own on which relevant project or missing CCC….

Turns out, the Stage 2 Aquinas job had been project managed by the university. Property Services should’ve called Property Services.

Too many light bulbs need to be changed. Not enough energy, Mr MacKay, put into your project management systems.

█ A code compliance certificate is a formal statement issued under section 95 of the Act, that building work carried out under a building consent complies with that building consent.

Code compliance certificates – Ministry of Business …

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Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


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2 responses to “University calling Property Services

  1. Elizabeth

    (formerly known as the Burns Building)

    The [Arts] building – built in 1969 – was expected to be replaced in 2019 as part of the university’s widespread construction plan.

    ### ODT Online Sat, 26 Dec 2015
    ‘Cancer’ affected balconies being removed
    By Carla Green
    The University of Otago’s arts building is shedding its balconies. In 2013, the university announced the building had decaying concrete – “concrete cancer”. […] Earlier this month, the university started taking down balustrades and balconies on the west face of the building.
    Read more

    • Elizabeth

      ### ODT Online Sat, 2 Jan 2016
      Asbestos removed from uni building
      By Carla Green
      Asbestos has been found in balconies being taken down on the University of Otago campus, but the university says it is taking precautions to make sure staff are not affected. The balconies are being removed from the university’s humanities building, which is due to be replaced in 2019.
      Read more

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