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E-retail Case Study: OfficeMax


OfficeMax New Zealand is a leader in both business-to-business office product solutions and retail office products.

The company’s mission is simple: to help its customers do their best work. To achieve this, it has approximately 800 staff nationwide, OfficeMax sought to combine its head office and distribution under one roof.


OfficeMax desired to integrate its 4,500 sq m head office with its 15,000 sq m distribution facility and approached property partners Goodman with its wish list.

A functional and efficient building that facilitated staff interaction and satisfaction were key components of the design brief.  Equally important was the desire to achieve a property solution that was environmentally sympathetic as well as cost effective.

Feedback was sought from OfficeMax staff throughout the design and build process.

“We are more than pleased with the comprehensive design solution delivered by Goodman,” says OfficeMax managing director Kevin Obern

“Not only have we got good design and construction, but a really brilliant interpretation of the staff and company’s needs.”

Goodman Solution

The office and warehouse was designed to maximise operational efficiencies for OfficeMax while meeting sustainable best practice guidelines.

Natural materials were left in their raw state where possible and the building was orientated and designed to maximise energy efficiency.

Comprehensive on site amenities were provided for staff and a  ‘street like’ central atrium was created, forming a social heart through which all employees enter and circulate.

“Being environmentally conscious is not just about being a good corporate citizen, it makes good business sense too,” says Mr Obern.

Goodman oversaw all aspects of the project from site planning, obtaining consents, design and build and implementation of the fit out.


A satisfied customer with a functional and award winning property solution was the result.

The OfficeMax complex won the 2009 Property Council Excellence Award for Industrial Property.  The judges were impressed by the sustainable and aesthetic elements of the design, the facility’s scale and its financial parameters.

OfficeMax has also been impressed with its new surroundings.

“Highbrook provides a fantastic park-like environment with excellent views and all amenities nearby,” says Mr Obern.