Project Completion: Carpet Call Seven Hills

Following the successful delivery of the Carpet Call Victoria headquarters and timber and carpet warehouses, FMSA was engaged by Carpet Call to deliver a new interstate headquarters and operational warehouse in New South Wales western suburb Seven Hills.

Recently completed, Carpet Call NSW Warehouse and Headquarters is the companies largest facility to date at over 6,000 sqm warehouse floor space. Features a included a dedicated trade showroom, office space, warehousing and basement carpark to maximise the developable area of the site.

Delivered via design and construct contract FMSA as Architect and Superintendent worked collaboratively with the client and builder Vaughan Constructions to deliver a quality solution that is consistent with the Carpet Call brand and service philosophy.


PICAC Narre Warren to be Victoria’s first Net Zero Energy education and research facility

FMSA is proud to be involved in the design of our third training facility with PICAC.  Set to be Victoria’s first Net Zero Energy education and research facility, the new Narre Warren facility is a world class training facility, and showcases innovative ESD and construction technologies.

Most notably, the facility is the first in Australia to utilize building foundation screw piling to source geothermal energy for the buildings heating and cooling requirements. 192 x 13 metre deep energy piles and 28 geothermal bores were drilled to a depth of 100 metres using a new specialized Commachio drill from Italy. Together the 220 wells are used for the Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP) system to heat and cool the building. The GSHP system integrates thermal heat loops within the structural screw piles for geothermal heat exchange.

Learn more via the fantastic showcase video:


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.


PICAC Narre Warren is under construction

Construction begins on new $30m PICAC Narre Warren training centre

We are pleased to announce that construction has commenced on the new $30m PICAC Narre Warren training centre.

Following the success of the PICAC Brunswick and Geelong campuses, FMSA Architecture has again collaborated with PICAC to design an innovative comprehensive training and research facility dedicated to the continual improvement of the plumbing industry.

We will share more about the project as construction progresses.


headspace Adelaide highlighted as best practice in designing spaces for young people

The headspace youth centre that FMSA designed for headspace Adelaide was recognised as a case study for best practice in designing spaces for young people in a new book titled ‘Child & Adolescent Wellbeing & Violence Prevention in Schools’ published by Routledge. 

The chapter and research titled ‘Enhancing the wellbeing of young people: The co-creation of a youth mental health space’ (K Koehne, A Hutton, S Hough and C Slee) was undertaken in partnership with Flinders University, SWAPv Conference, headspace Onkaparinga.

Congratulations to the research team and headspace on their important work supporting youth around Australia – learn more about the book at https://www.routledge.com/9781138104785


FMSA supports Redfire Engineers charity trivia event

Last Friday night a keen group of FMSA staff headed to the annual Big Ask Trivia Night organised by RED Fire Engineers to raise money for  ChildFund Australia.

FMSA teams ‘Double Up’ and ‘Finland Mamamia Secret Animals’ competed against a room of keen trivia teams in categories such as Europe, 1980’s Movies, Marvel Cinematic Universe and Famous People. While we may not have know all of the answers (it was super hard guys!) we did manage to walk away in 3rd and 4th!

A big thank you to RED Fire Engineers for organising such a fun night, and congratulations on raising $3341.85 for ChildFund Australia.


Inspired by Living Small, Gardening Big

Our Business Development Manager Karen Tan attended the “Living Small, Gardening Big: Bringing greenery into our homes and communities” panel discussion last night at VU at Metrowest. Karen says ‘It was inspiring to hear their views and I agree that plants are underestimated and we need to incorporate more of them into our spaces, as their therapeutic value is so high and contributes to the health and wellbeing of the people in the spaces.”

Her takeaways from the panel discussions were: Don’t be afraid to give it a go! Gardening is great for social connectivity! The discussion inspired Karen to increase the number of indoor plants in our office!


Press: New Centre second home for the disabled

Recently FMSA Director Riordan Gough sat down with journalist Stephen Crafti to discuss the Eastern Hub project. The result was published this week in The Age in the form of the article titled ‘New Centre second home for the disabled.’

The article highlights how our solution delivered a centre that promotes inclusion, supports the needs of the wider community and the client Karingal,. and creates an environment for everyone. The success of the Eastern Hub continues to grow as the community embraces the new facility and makes it their own.

Read the full article online : http://www.theage.com.au/business/property/new-centre-second-home-for-disabled-20170614-gwrgrm.html

 

 


Eastern Hub main facade and entry

Awards: Eastern Hub shortlised for 2017 Victorian Architecture Award

We are thrilled to share that the Eastern Hub has been shortlisted for the Regional Prize at the 2017 Victorian Architecture Awards.

We feel honoured that this unique project has been shortlisted for the awards. A true whole community facility, the Eastern Hub creates an opportunity for people to meet in an inclusive environment that is both socially and environmentally sustainable.

Good luck to everyone nominated in this years awards. If you would like to view this years entries there is an exhibition of entries running at the No Vacancy Galley QV from 23rd May to the 4th June.

 


Seasons greetings from FMSA Architecture

From all of us at FMSA Architecture, we wish you a happy and safe holiday season and look forward to working with you in 2017.

The studio will be closed from Friday 23rd December 2015 and reopen on Monday 9th January 2016.