Monash Uni Student Residences

The West Residences Student Accommodation expands the existing on campus student accommodation at the Monash University Churchill campus (now Federation University Gippsland Campus).

Enveloping a landscaped courtyard, the two separate buildings house 50 student accommodation rooms forming wings. The wings are entered through a central hub with a shared kitchen, lounges and study rooms leading to the individual student rooms with ensuite and the shared laundry room.

The building’s layout and appearance were strongly dictated by the University’s ethos of encouraging a sense of community amongst residents and their focus on sustainability. The palette of external materials was developed to impart the textural qualities of the surrounding rural landscape. Timber is a key component of the building and is used for both the main structural framing and many of the building’s external features.

Wodonga TAFE Logic Campus

The Wodonga TAFE Logic Campus provides a key training hub for the region, bringing the National Industrial Skills Training Centre (NISTIC), Motorsports Training Australia (MTA) and the Driver Education Centre of Australia (DECA) together in one easily accessible facility. 

Located on over 40 hectares of land at Barnawartha, south of Wodonga, the Logic Campus provides a purpose built learning environment for driver training, transport, logistics, warehousing, forestry and civil construction students. FMSA Architecture was responsible for the provision of architectural, interior design and masterplanning services for the project.

In addition a series of track and open air training areas, the Logic Campus also provides a large training warehouse structure, a building to house administration with training rooms, staff offices, meeting rooms and staff and student amenities and a car park for 80 cars.

MLC Marshmead Campus

MLC Marshmead is a learning in residence campus situated on a 114 hectare farm bordering the Croajingolong National Park in far East Gippsland. Designed as a community village, the learning in residence style campus accommodates for 120 staff and students in 8 week terms.

The original vision for the campus was to promote student development, energy efficient living and leisure and life skills. Since the campus was built in 1990 the delivery of education has evolved as much as the global focus of our environmental impact.

FMSA worked closely with the client to design a masterplan and 10-year education strategy to steer Marshmead towards a ‘carbon conscious’ model village.

The masterplan created new precincts for staff, students, community and agriculture. The masterplan was executed in stages to allow the campus to continue functioning. Works included the relocation of existing building, construction of new facilities including classrooms, residences and support buildings, and the integration of environmental systems.

Upgrades to the remote area solar and wind generation with additional grid interactive 1kw solar arrays feeding back into the ‘Marshmead’ grid, one of only 2 of its kind in Australia. Water harvesting, treatment and reuse plus grey water systems are also a key focus. As metering and monitoring system linked to all aspects of daily living will allow students to access daily collection and consumption data both in their houses and across the campus.

Monash Uni Student Precinct Masterplan

In 2009, FMSA Architecture was engaged by Monash University to design the West Residences Student Precinct Masterplan for the Gippsland Campus (now Federation University Gippsland Campus).

The masterplan responded to the University’s requirement to address the growing need for on-campus accommodation and create a better connection between the existing University campus and the Churchill town centre.

The existing student residential precinct was insular and did not encourage a thriving residential academic community, providing little opportunity for the establishment of strong communal interaction and residential support infrastructure. Suitable accommodation options were not offered to meet the differing requirements based on year level of study, and the buildings did little to satisfy housing needs of a growing post-graduate market.

The new Precinct Masterplan consists of a combination of accommodation types for students, staff and visiting academics. The new precinct includes short and medium term provision of accommodation for up to 600 students in a variety of housing types responding to the different needs and budgets of prospective students.

Stage one of the masterplan was completed by FMSA Architecture in 2012.