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:
“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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