Good design is adaptive

Good design is adaptive. FMSA’s COVID 19 response

These are unprecedented times, but we want to assure our clients, suppliers and consultants that we are doing our part to protect our communities and the business we manage.

As we do with all of our projects, we are assessing risk during the Coronavirus pandemic and reviewing protocols daily. Planning for and adapting to change is best practice in architecture, and we will continue to monitor official government advice and assess and respond to our team’s unique needs to ensure our work can continue safely.

No industry is immune to the impacts of the Coronavirus, but our team is well prepared for the changes that will be required over the coming days and weeks. Currently our office remains open, but we have begun to implement a series of changes to how we work. 

 

LIMITS TO TRAVEL AND FACE-TO-FACE MEETINGS

Where practicable, we will be limiting travel and will participate in all meetings virtually. This will mean fewer site visits and more virtual conferencing.

All visits to our offices and presentations from our supplier networks have been suspended to limit unnecessary exposure. In place of face-to-face meetings, we will maintain communications virtually via platforms including Join.Me, and the usual email and phone channels. We use all of these platforms daily in our practice, and they will continue to support us in our collaborations with consultants, clients and community throughout this period, whether from the office or at home.

 

REMOTE WORKING PROTOCOLS

We have implemented a remote working plan to support our staff to continue their work off-site as needed.

As at 18 March, almost one quarter of our team has commenced working remotely and we are testing new protocols that will help to coordinate efforts and ensure continuity of service delivery on our busy portfolio of projects.

 

HYGIENE AND DISTANCING MEASURES Those who show signs of being unwell will be asked to work from home or rest as required.Until health department directives change, we are taking no unnecessary risks and are practising social distancing as a precaution within our office. Our staff members are also practising vigilant hand hygiene and will self-isolate should they suspect they are unwell.

There is much we do not know about this pandemic, but what we do know is that this level of disruption will eventually end. Now, more than ever, we see thoughtful and adaptable design as crucial to the advancement of healthy and resilient communities. We continue to deliver our rigorous and reliable services with this long view in mind and will keep you informed about any major changes as the situation progresses.

Stay informed and stay well.

FMSA Architecture


Pink Ribbon Morning Tea

Supporting the Pink Ribbon Morning Tea

Recently the FMSA team hosted a morning tea to support the Cancer Council Victoria Pink Ribbon campaign. The Pink Ribbon campaign raises awareness about breast and gynaecological cancers, as well as much needed funds for prevention programs, support services and vital cancer research.

This year the team hit their kitchens to whip up a spread of delicious savoury and sweet treats. The whole team gathered to support the cause, and learn more about the campaign. Thanks to the generosity (and excellent baking skills) of the FMSA team for supporting the cause.


FMSA staff visit the Victoria Police Centre for Family Violence

FMSA staff toured the new Victoria Police Centre for Family Violence facility at the Victoria Police Glen Waverley campus. Delivered under a design and construct with Ireland Brown Constructions, the $11 million project has been constructed in 7 months. The new complex has been designed to facilitate the domestic violence training centre, complete with practical classrooms, syndicate rooms and office space for staff.

Led by Project Architect Hao Lee, staff spent a sunny Saturday morning touring the unique building. The team enjoyed the behind the scenes look at the cadet and staff spaces including practical scenario classrooms and auditorium. Several staff in attendance were involved in different stages of the project and were excited to see the design intent realised so well.

Thank you to Project Architect Hao Lee, and Ireland Brown Construction for facilitating the visit.

Photos: FMSA Architecture.


UIB Wellness Workshop – How is the built environment impacting your health?

“90% of our lives are spent indoors and it has a lasting impact on our health”.

Last Friday, Karen Tan from FMSA presented alongside Robert De Nardis from Ergologic and Lisa Middleton – Advanced Sports Dietitian at the United in Business workshop on “Wellness” to understand further how to make positive change in life & those around us.

Karen spoke about the built environment and how it affects our health in varying degrees. The role the built environment and our habits were explained and participants took away 3 top tips on how to reduce their built environments impact on them.

Want to learn more? Contact Karen at our office!


FMSA supports the MS Walk & Fun Run

Congratulations to the FMSA team on their efforts over the weekend at the MS Get Involved Melbourne Fun Run & Walk.  Taking place on a crisp but clear Melbourne winter morning, the atmosphere was full of fun and positivity from the crowd gathered at Albert Park Lake to support the great work that the organisation does for MS research and support services.

James, Joel and Jess successfully hit the pavement in the 5km events, with Riordan doing the double backing up his 10km run with the 5km walk. Great effort team!

Thank you to everyone for supporting the team in raising $865 for the great work this organisation does.


FMSA set to support the 2018 MS Fun Run & Walk!

Team FMSA are excited to be participating in the MS Walk & Fun Run in June! The fantastic event raises funds to help people living with MS get the support they need to achieve their goals and live life to the fullest.

If you would like to support our team in raising money for this great cause, please visit our team donation page here.

Stay posted for updates from our training runs and upcoming fundraising events in the coming months.


Sonya Iskandar joins FMSA associate team

Senior Interior Designer Sonya Iskandar promoted to Associate

We are proud to announce the promotion of Senior Interior Designer Sonya Iskandar to Associate.

Since joining FMSA in 2010 Sonya has played a pivotal role in the design of projects across the practice including Siles Health Clinic, Eastern Hub, FMSA Office and Wodonga TAFE Logic Campus.

Her commitment to aesthetically and functionally purposeful interior solutions, combined with her leadership at a project and practice level are a strength to the FMSA team and practice.

We are excited to have Sonya apply her passion for great design to shape and grow the presence of our Interior Design services.


DELWP Corryong Airbase completed

Completed: new DELWP Corryong Airbase

We are excited to share our latest completed project for the Department of Environment, Water, Land & Planning (DELWP) – the DELWP Corryong Airbase.

FMSA Architecture was engaged by DELWP as Principal Consultants to design facilities to support the establishment of a permanent fire bombing & support facility at Corryong Airport on land owned by Towong Shire Council.

The new $1.5m DELWP Corryong Airbase facilities include a multipurpose building comprising communications/operations room, staff kitchen, amenities, & briefing area. Support infrastructure includes a new retardant mixing shed, concrete hardstands for filling and refueling, taxiway expansion & site security improvements.

“FMSA provided a high level of service throughout the duration of the project and ensured that the facility was accurately documented on time and built within budget expectations. Although based in Melbourne FMSA demonstrated an understanding of local conditions and were prepared to attend site when required. I would not hesitate to recommend FMSA for similar projects.”

DELWP Project Manager

Congratulations to Project Architect Josh Valentine on the successful project. Learn more about FMSA’s long term collaboration with DELWP in the project section of our website.


Farewell 2017 + Happy Holidays

2017 has been an busy year in the FMSA studio which saw us push the limits with new technology creating the Kooky Cubby, welcome several new faces to the team and design several exciting new projects. With many exciting projects under construction we are looking forward to sharing more work with you in 2018.

From the everyone at FMSA Architecture, we wish our clients, consultants and collaborators a happy and safe festive season. 

Our office will be closed from 5pm on Thursday 21st December and will reopen on Monday 15th January 2018.