The Otago University are stripping out a 3-storey, 45-year-old building in the Dunedin Campus Science Precinct and creating new state-of-the-art research and teaching laboratories and facilities. Jacksons has been engaged as the Independent Commissioning Agent.
The Science Precinct Redevelopment is occurring in two stages.
Stage 1 was stripping out and refurbishing an entire floor in the adjacent 8 storey Science 2 building – this space was then available to accommodate research students and staff from Science 1 building during its refurbishment works.
Stage 2 (the current stage) comprises two phases – A & B. Stage 2A involves refurbishing the western half of Science 1 building – stripping the building right back to a skeleton and rebuilding from there. The remaining eastern half of Science 1 building will be done in stage 2B.
Being a science facility, air conditioning includes highly sterile, pressurised clean rooms with HEPA filtration to ensure no material is contaminated. Numerous variable volume fume cupboards are manifolded to common extraction systems and there are laboratory gases and reticulated vacuum systems involved. Interestingly, the unique Germany-designed PicoTrace metal free clean rooms facility being installed is, amongst many of its advantages, incredibly energy efficient – the air flow rates are only a fraction of that required by a conventional clean room facility and an obvious benefit being substantial energy savings for the university.
Jacksons has been engaged as independent commissioning agents – we are protecting the University of Otago’s interests with respect to the commissioning of the works, including commissioning witnessing and operating and maintenance manuals and as-built documentation quality assurance.
Stage 1 is complete and stage 2A is in progress – commissioning will commence in mid December for completion and handover early next year, ready for occupancy for the first semester of 2017. Stage 2B will commence early next year, for completion end of 2017.