University of Otago Dental School

University of Otago Dental School

Project Overview

Sector: Education, Health & Research
Location: New Zealand – South Island
Status: In Progress

Project Features

  • New 8,000 sqm clinical services building
  • Refurbishment of existing 10,000 sqm building
  • 1,800 sqm interconnecting atrium
  • 11 specialist clinics
  • Innovative surgery design
  • Undergraduate and Postgraduate teaching facilities
  • Academic accommodation

Project Details

Benmax is proud to be delivering the mechanical services for the major University of Otago Dental School Redevelopment Project. The NZ$125 million project, to be managed by a Leighs Cockram Joint Venture, is the largest capital redevelopment the University has ever undertaken. It will see the existing 10,000 sqm Walsh Building refurbished and a new 8,000 sqm Clinical Services Building constructed. The buildings will be connected by an 1,800 sqm atrium ensuring a tasteful, modern, and energy efficient facility reflecting the already world-class campus setting.

Stage one of the project, construction of the new Clinical Services Building, was completed in early 2019 with the new facility opening to students and the public in June 2019. The building supports the radiography, oral surgery, paediatric dentistry and orthodontics services, as well the university’s undergraduate clinics and includes facilities for over 200 brand-new, state-of-the-art dental chairs and examination spaces.

The Benmax team is now on site delivering stage two works, extensively refurbishing the 10,000 sqm Walsh Building and delivering services for the new 1,800 sqm atrium to connect the new and old buildings. When complete, the Walsh Building will house laboratories for research, academic offices, student support services and teaching spaces.  It will also provide a new home for the Sir John Walsh Research Institute.

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