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E-retail customer story: Officemax

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

Overview

Adapting to the changing needs of business and education has been a feature of OfficeMax’s long and successful history in New Zealand.

The specialist provider to workplaces has evolved from a national stationer into one of NZ’s largest office product and business consumable resellers with over 24,000 products and 14 retail stores throughout the country. As the business has grown, so has its relationship with Goodman.

Kevin Obern, Managing Director of OfficeMax New Zealand Limited said, “Goodman is a likeminded partner, and Highbrook is the location of choice for our North Island distribution centre and headquarters. Business growth, acquisitions and an increased category offering are driving our expansion.” 

“Goodman is a likeminded partner, and Highbrook is the location of choice for our North Island distribution centre and headquarters. Business growth, acquisitions and an increased category offering are driving our expansion.” 

Challenge

A design-built facility that allowed OfficeMax to integrate its head office functions with its distribution warehouse was completed for the customer in 2008. A functional and efficient building that facilitated staff interaction and provided high quality workspaces were key objectives in the design brief.  Equally important was the desire to achieve a property solution that was environmentally sustainable and cost effective.

More than 10 years later the 18,900 sqm facility is being expanded to accommodate OfficeMax’s continued growth. The project includes a large warehouse extension and new enclosed breezeway.

With a constrained site area available, existing parking and yard areas needed to be utilised and construction staged to enable the customer to keep operating throughout the project. 

Goodman Solution

The original office and warehouse were designed to maximise operational efficiencies while meeting sustainable best practice guidelines. Natural materials were left in their raw state where possible and the building was orientated and designed to be energy efficient. Comprehensive onsite amenities were provided for staff and a ‘street like’ central atrium was created, forming a social heart through which all employees enter and circulate.

In 2019 a new 7,500m2 warehouse extension commenced with the existing yard being converted into a 6,500m2 breezeway. 

Continuing the sustainability focus, approximately 680 solar panels are being installed on the warehouse extension roof. This array is expected to generate over 200KWh of electricity

Results

The original OfficeMax facility won the 2009 Property Council Excellence Award for Industrial Property. 

The extension project is another innovative property solution that showcases Goodman’s development capability with new technologies within its world-class Highbrook Business Park.