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From the Resene News – issue 3/2002

Back to the future - Information Services Building, Otago University

Information Services Building, Otago UniversityThe all new $46 million Information Services Building (IS Building) at Otago University, Dunedin consumed a mountain of building materials from 200 tonnes of structural steel to 5500 tonnes of concrete and 2.5ha of Gib. Board. An astounding 27,800 square metres required 2,500 litres of paint. A hub of information services, the ISB has already stamped its mark on the North Dunedin streetscape.

The steel substrate was treated to an engineered coating system of Resene Zincilate 11 inorganic zinc silicate, Resene Armourcote 510 high solids epoxy and topcoated with Resene Imperite IF 503 Metallic tinted to a metallic finish specially created for this project and affectionately referred to as IF Silver.

Resene Zylone Sheen was applied throughout the spacious interior broadwall areas for an attractive low sheen finish with minimum odour. The spacebreaking feature columns have been protected from wear and tear with Resene Multishield+ acrylic glaze The interior vista is of an almost cavernous library facility punctuated with constant metallic glints provided by Resene Imperite IF 503.

Teeming with students and staff by day and lit strategically by night, the ISB deservedly draws an inordinate share of attention from passers-by.

Architect (partnership): Jeff Thompson, Opus International Consultants
Building Contractor: Ian McKie, Naylor Love
Painting Contractor: Stewart Driver, James Wren & Co
Resene: Nelson Dickson, Dunedin Branch Manager


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