Reconfiguration of DHB board office complete

Last updated 12:00 18/06/2014

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Meetings of a different kind will be taking place in an old hospital social club, which has been refurbished to house the MidCentral District Health Board's new board room.

Renovation and construction on the DHB's board office is complete after a seismic assessment earlier this year found part of the 88-year-old building did not meet earthquake safety standards.

That part of the building was demolished in February and replaced by an unused building from the Tremaine Ave end of the hospital campus, which was last used as a social club more than a decade ago and has been renovated to house the DHB's new meeting room.

Offices in the demolished building have been relocated to other parts of the board office, which was once the Palmerston North District Maternity Home and later a nurses' home.

DHB commercial support services group manager Jeff Small said he was pleased with how the reconfigured offices and upgrade had turned out.

"I am impressed at how well the reconfiguration has been carried out. Everyone involved has put in a lot of effort to ensure that current office space, within the board office, is being used as efficiently as possible."

Several features from the demolished building have also been recycled, including the front doors, leadlight glass and a carved pare made from the old building's matai wood above the entranceway.

The pare, carved by Craig Kawana, was unveiled at a blessing for the boardroom ahead of the first meeting in the room last week. It represents whanaungatanga (family connections), matauranga (knowledge) and rongoa (medicine), and is shaped like a waka, or vessel of knowledge.

Seismic strengthening of the hospital's administration building was also nearing completion, the DHB said.

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- Manawatu Standard

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