Term One Done and Dusted!

The first term of study for our residents is now complete!

Because we house students from a range of institutions we were not completely deserted over the break but it certainly was a bit quieter!  Leading up to Easter we ran a number of really fun events, we have pictured a few below.

In June we will begin finalising our plans, prices and partners for 2015 so keep an eye out for any news or updates.

We had a Easter Bunny Hunt where residents had to find a range of hidden items in the hall and have their photo taken to get yummy chocolate treats.

We had a Easter Bunny Hunt where residents had to find a range of hidden items in the hall and have their photo taken to get yummy chocolate treats.

We held a family dinner with spit roast and waffles for everyone!

We held a family dinner with spit roast and waffles for everyone!

On Sundays we have a Sunday Roasts prepared by various floors and apartments and eaten together in the common room.

On Sundays we have a Sunday Roasts prepared by various floors and apartments and eaten together in the common room.

We held Triplet Tuesday.  Residents had to dress up as a threesome of some description.  Here are our winners the Three Blind Mice.

We held Triplet Tuesday.  Residents had to dress up as a threesome of some description.  Here are our winners the Three Blind Mice.

We took a group to a Phoenix Football Match

We took a group to a Phoenix Football Match

On St Patrick's Day we held a Leprechaun Hunt around 222!

On St Patrick's Day we held a Leprechaun Hunt around 222!

222 Willis is Buzzing!

222 Willis is now full of students (around 270) and buzzing!  Over the last two and a half weeks we commenced full operation and moved in students from a diverse range of institutions (9 at last count).  We will be changing the name of our blog - we are looking for suggestions so please post your thoughts below!

Our amazing David Trubridge lights have recently been added.

Our amazing David Trubridge lights have recently been added.

The parcels are already starting to pile up in reception!

The parcels are already starting to pile up in reception!

Our lovely redecorated mail boxes.

Our lovely redecorated mail boxes.

One of the many walking buses departing 222 this week!

One of the many walking buses departing 222 this week!

In and Sorted

We are in and we pretty much sorted!!  There are now 20 residents at 222 Willis with a further 15 arriving this weekend and many more next week (250 odd) so we are nice and busy. 

The team have been working very hard setting up the building, finishing off little bits and pieces and the Residential Assistants have just finished some fun but intense training. 

We are receiving amazing feedback on the apartments and next week marks the commencement of our full operation. By the end of February we will be fully occupied with a range of students studying diverse things at over ten different tertiary institutions. 

Check out some pictures below from RA training, our building wash and other fun and games!

To clean the atrium we had to hire a scissor lift and try to fit it into the lift!

To clean the atrium we had to hire a scissor lift and try to fit it into the lift!

It fitted.....just!

It fitted.....just!

The building wash was started at 3am because they were not allowed to disrupt the traffic on Willis St.

The building wash was started at 3am because they were not allowed to disrupt the traffic on Willis St.

The first BBQ held in the BBQ area.

The first BBQ held in the BBQ area.

RA Training included some games like 'human knot' and 'traffic jam.'

RA Training included some games like 'human knot' and 'traffic jam.'

A view down Willis St at the building wash rig.

A view down Willis St at the building wash rig.

One More Sleep

There is only one more sleep until our first arrivals!!! 

This week has been partly about setting up the basics in the building so our pioneering early arrivals will be comfortable from day one and partly about preparation for all the rest of our new residents. 

Our Residential Assistant team arrives in just over a week to commence their training then the bulk of our 222 Willis Community will arrive sometime between the 15th and 23rd of February (depending on when their course of study commences). 

Over the next week we are also farewelling one of the founders and creators of 222 Willis, the Director of Special Projects at WelTec, Michael Hesp. 

Michael has been a key contributor to the development and formation of 222 Willis.  His vision helped to bring this unique, multi institutional facility to Wellington City and students will benefit from his work for years to come, thanks Michael!

We have been working on on the WiFi system at 222 Willis - we are working really hard to make sure the residents have great coverage and a great experience!  This is a picture of some of the preliminary testing we have been doing.

We have been working on on the WiFi system at 222 Willis - we are working really hard to make sure the residents have great coverage and a great experience!  This is a picture of some of the preliminary testing we have been doing.

A video of the team from Arrow Construction moving the mailboxes at 222 from the 1st floor to the ground floor near the lifts!

We have been configuring and testing our swipe card system.  All the exterior doors into 222 Willis and the apartment doors are on a swipecard system.  We will be starting to load all the room cards up next week.

We have been configuring and testing our swipe card system.  All the exterior doors into 222 Willis and the apartment doors are on a swipecard system.  We will be starting to load all the room cards up next week.

Only days to go!

Well it is only weeks before some of our early arrivals take up residence in 222 Willis!  The building is essentially finished but there are still a lot of workmen running around doing all the final touch ups!  The new Community Manager has moved in and we are moving our main office on site over the next week.  Here are a few more pictures that show  the finished product - now we just need all the residents to arrive!!!!!

The front lobby looking out to Willis St.

The front lobby looking out to Willis St.

The Atrium couches and tables.

The Atrium couches and tables.

It is not just building work keeping the team busy at 222 Willis, a lot of work has been going on behind the scenes as well.  We have processed mountains of applications, contracts, payments and queries.  We are also using a new database which is going live in the next few days (just in time to send out room allocation emails)!

StarRez - our database of choice!

StarRez - our database of choice!

The events area with some of the tables and stools in it.

The events area with some of the tables and stools in it.

The view from the BBQ area windows.

The view from the BBQ area windows.

The side carpark now all asphalted and clear of construction gear (well most of the time)

The side carpark now all asphalted and clear of construction gear (well most of the time)

Piles of contracts being processed

Piles of contracts being processed