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Wheki Building - Canterbury University

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The Wheki Building project at University of Canterbury involved painting the entire exterior of the building on all four elevations. This included the preparation and painting of various different surfaces, including the timber fascia, timber soffit, concrete walls and pillars, steel handrail supports, H-beams, timber wall cladding and a maintenance area on the roof (air conditioning units and other mechanical features that help run the building).

The project took approximately six weeks by a team of four to eight painters in four stages, over a three month period. Each of these stages were signed off by a Resene representative to ensure high quality standards were maintained by Switched On.

The Wheki Building is a four-storey building that was built in the 1980s. It is a concrete, steel, timber and glass structure that is used for student accommodation, lectures and functions at the University of Canterbury’s Dovedale Campus. The building’s exterior update sits alongside a large Campus Master Plan programme of works at the University.

While the building colour scheme remained the same, the repaint gave the building a fresh, rejuvenated appearance with it looking like it had just been built.


A key challenge of painting the building was preparing the surface, which required special attention after damage from bird droppings that contain uric acid. Our team co-ordinated with a sub-contractor to remove the droppings, as well as liaising with students and University management to ensure that the debris from the preparation work did not become a hazard.