Ngati Hine Health Trust
Office Fit Out, Strategy, Design and Construction Delivery
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When we engaged with Studio DB, we shared a vison of utilisation of some space on the ground floor here, and out of that vision we worked together on a plan and one of the the key bits we really liked about Studio DB was their willingness to engage other artists and cultural people to being that vision to life which ultimately has lead to this whanua hub we are standing in today that looked exactly like the vision that was plan end a year before it.
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Studio DB were proactive in their approach while running out progressive budgeting after key design revisions. They listened to our needs and while keeping the space functional and clean, they maximised the floor space to get the best return on investment for us.
Ray White
Office relocation and fit-out
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From conception to completion, Studio DB delivered an inspirational yet highly functional office design on time and within budget. They took care of everything from the onset and kept us informed every step of the way.
Office design
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Studio DB created a modern, professional, and state of the art showroom. We chose Studio DB because they were local and provided both quality products and quality finish in work. Studio DB made a great office space that has increased staff morale, productivity and general well-being.
Office relocation and fit-out
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Their process enables projects to be completed quickly from concept to completion, while maintaining a high level of quality in the finished product. While they are a design led project management firm, they realise that fit outs have to be on budget for it to work for the tenant, and ultimately for a lease to proceed.
Oyster Group
Various office fit-outs
What really stood out, listening to the approach from Studio DBs is their collaborative and inclusive approach in evaluating our options and developing a strategy for our future workplace. They will conduct 1:1 interviews, employee surveys and build design teams that will help to develop customized strategies that are in line with our ways of working and thinking.
Sebastian Hurst, Finance & Operations Director
Studio DB recently completed 3500sqm of landlord and tenant works over 4 full floors in one of the commercial buildings that Barfoot manages. Studio DB completed the project within a timeframe and within budget being very professional and efficient. They were involved with the total demolition of the site, complete base build, and full fit-ou for the tenant. The team from Studio DB was always in communication and proactive to ensure the project went smoothly from start to finish. I would highly recommend Studio DB for any projects, and we will be definitely using them in the future for any projects we have upcoming.
Tyrell Snelling
Barfoot & Thompson Commercial Property Management
Studio DB have been instrumental in assisting with the leasing of a tricky vacancy in my property at 5 High St. The character tenancy was empty and did not have a meeting room. Studio DB did some renders showing indicative layout options and provided these very quickly and cost effectively. I could then share these with the agents and shortly thereafter we got the tenancy leased. Studio DB then carried out the small amount of works that the tenant required in a professional manner. Whilst this was a small job for them in terms of both renders and works, it added a lot of value to the leasing process and therefore to the owners.
Richard Bowker, Director
Terra Firma
Eves engaged Studio DB towards the end of last year after working with them on a number of previous successful projects. We tested the market and found them to be competitive in terms of what we were requiring. The Studio DB team were excellent in the process of council consenting and managing other tenants through this process. We then discussed the target delivery to be pre-Christmas which was achieved with practical completion and CPU from council. There were some hiccups from Council, not the making of Studio DB in any way, but the Studio DB team dealt with them without hassle or fuss and got the job done in time. They helped to refine the design and value engineer finishes to maintain our desired look and feel and manage the project easily from a budget management point of view. The team’s technical knowledge meant we had no concerns with the external building entry/change and all compliance was handled smoothly. The way they handled the landlord works in conjunction with our works was brilliant. They made sure the timeline wasn’t affected in anyway and worked through the breakdown in costings so we could clearly articulate this to the landlord. The communication from start to finish was great and Jared worked really well with the team to make sure the small number of defects were dealt with accordingly. The team at Studio DB did a very good job and it has been a very successful partnership for all parties. In essence I would highly recommend Studio DB for any future works.
Mark Macky, Director
Eves in the North
We retained your firm again as we enjoyed working with you when you completed our prior office fit out nine years ago – that fit out proved to be very functional and effective for the full nine years and it is still in excellent condition after intensive use. There is always some trepidation when a new office fit out is commissioned as to whether it will ‘work’. We utilised your design and layout process because the previous fit out had been so successful and accepted your recommendations for equipment, layout, colour coordination and office functionality. The pure workstation configuration is practical, functional, and aesthetically pleasing. The results speak for itself – our team members are all readily enjoying the new environment. We have received many compliments from clients as to layout and colour coordination and this has greatly eased the transition to a new location.
Peter Byers
I know I speak for myself and the Board of Directors when I say we have been blown away by the transformation of our offices and Chapel. From the outset we put some very tight parameters on you and your team to work within, you made a difficult job seem easy. Initially you managed to come up with a new concept for our refreshment Iounge that utilised the current layout but enhanced the usability of the space and modernised the whole room. This has proved to be very successful with many favourable comments regarding the furnishings and decor.
Gary Taylor
Morris & Morris Funerals
Sudburys engaged Studio DB with a design brief to lift our team productivity and workflow processes. Studio DB offered us more than just a product. They offered us a solution displaying extensive understanding and experience regarding office systems and workflows. The quality of their products and their knowledge of effective workflow environments has benefited our business operation. The funds invested in Studio DBs products are already seeing returns. Our team are thoroughly enjoying their new work environment and as Directors we are excited to see the gained efficiency. This has been money well spent!
Stephen Sudbury
He Mihi Maioha Ki A Studio DB. To acknowledge your professional contributions in transforming our work environment. Your commitment in providing us with an excellent service and acting with integrity is deeply appreciated.
Gwen Tepania-Palmer, Executive Chair
Ngatihine Health TrustGwen Tepania-Palmer, Executive Chair at Ngatihine Health Trust
Letter of Reference having contracted the team at Studio DB for the fit out of our commercial office space, I was very impressed by the interior design plans they produced and the way they took care of all our needs. Studio DB helped with the construction of the project, as well as carrying out the paintwork, installing the electrical systems, mechanical along with custom manufacturing and installing the furniture. Studio DB have made a superb effort of our fit out, and we are very happy with the exceptional results and professional approach to project management along the way. I would not hesitate to recommend Studio DB. Yours faithfully.
Jo Douglas
Partner at Douglas Erickson
Our brief to Studio DB was for a modern streamlined office environment that would work well for both departments and that our team would be proud of. A communal kitchen/break out area where both departments could come together and relax was also important. What we received was our new office was delivered in a thoroughly professional manner. The Studio DB team were a delight to work with and their very skilled team along with their processes and communication make them experts in their field. We have seen a huge boost in our productivity and culture to be working together as one team in this amazing work environment. We would have no hesitation in recommending Studio DB to future clients.
Mike & Debbie Beazley, Business Owners
The big advantage of using Studio DB for our building fit-out came from the direct and quick communications between the Studio DB personnel who were managing the construction and us the customer. The multitude of decisions, changes, and add-ons that arose during the project were quickly discussed and resolved without the need for dealing with designers, independent project managers, and other third parties, and without all the attendant hassle and cost. We just dealt with primarily one person and Studio DB took care of the rest: design; builders; painters; electricians; council and consents etc. We are very pleased with our decision to use Studio DB for our building fit-out and believe it has produced significant cost savings. I am happy to recommend them for similar projects.
John Dykzeul, General Manager
Thomson Wilson Law
Studio DB has managed fit out works for AMP Capital on a building in Auckland. The process through original concept, design, pricing, and eventual project management was handled very professionally and having all those services under the Studio DB banner made the process very smooth and easy to navigate. They have a strong team with well experienced individuals that can deliver requirements across the board and also have enough support to manage any situations that may arise.
Craig Coote, Senior Asset Manager
AMP Capital
We entered into an RFP for the refit and extension of our office. Studio DB provided a proposed design and a quote that was very competitive and within our expectations. They planned out the project in some detail and managed the project over one of our busiest times of the year, while still enabling us to utilise the remaining office space and facilities. We had a dedicated and very accommodating project and site manager which made the management of the project through on central point much more pragmatic and effective. Like any project, once you start there is always things you want to vary, and these contract variations were dealt with in a very constructive manner with transparent and fair pricing. In addition, the loose ends to wrap-up the project were also followed up, even when some were probably outside the project scope or late variation requests. Overall, we were very pleased with the work undertaken by Studio DB. Our team love the new office environment and visitors to our office appreciate the new facilities and fresh look.
Colin Henderson, Managing Partner
They took over a bare attic and delivered a finished product, fully furnished, on time and on budget, that we believe is now the finest office in the Far North!
M W Simm, Executive Director
Fullers Great Sights Bay of Islands
Thank you from all of us to you and the team for your efforts to ensure a smooth delivery of the project. We are all delighted with our new premises and very happy indeed with the results.
Craig Investment Partners
This is a BIG thank you for allowing us to pull off a major office upgrade and move with minimal disruption. I appreciate all the hard work and long and late hours – we have a great result and staff are loving it. Thanks so much.
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