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. 



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.



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

Completed: PICAC Narre Warren

Developed by PICAC in partnership with international research and certification organisation IAPMO, the new $30m PICAC Narre Warren campus is targeting to be Victoria’s first Net Zero Energy (NZE) certified education facility. A comprehensive training and research facility dedicated to training the plumbing industry, PICAC Narre Warren will generate all energy required to support the operation of the building on site through the incorporation of several renewable energy technologies.

Learn more about this innovative project and the landmark use of geothermal energy in the education environment here.

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.

PICAC Narre Warren official inauguration

Today members of the FMSA team attended the inauguration of the new PICAC Narre Warren campus. The innovative education facility is set to be Australia’s first Net Zero Energy training facility. Having working with PICAC since 2007, FMSA is proud to have contributed to realising PICAC’s vision for a leading education facility that will ensure the continuing excellence of professionals in the plumbing industry.

The inauguration was a true celebration of the project, with attendees able to tour the facility including the solar PV array comprised of 770 panels generating up to 275kW of electricity installed to contribute to the energy needs of the building.

The project is the result of a true collaborative effort between the client, project supporters, builders and engineers. We congratulate FMSA’s project team led by Principal Peter Sandow and Project Architect James Kazalac on their commitment to delivering a landmark education facility.

Congratulations to PICAC, IAPMO Oceana, Master Plumbers Association, and the Plumbing and Pipe Trades Employees Union and all project partners. We are honoured to have the opportunity to work with clients who share our commitment to collaborative design and leading solutions.

Celebrating World Plumbing Conference & Fire and Plumbing Awards Gala

In our role as Architects for PICAC campuses in Brunswick, Geelong, Beenleigh, and now Narree Warren; we appreciate the contribution that the plumbing industry makes to the sustainability and livability of the built environment.

As a silver sponsor of the 2019 World Plumbing Conference, FMSA is proud to support the global plumbing industry in their continued commitment to innovation frameworks that bring better outcomes to all, with the outcomes ranging from greater availability of clean water and efficient sanitation services to improved prosperity and professionalism of plumbing businesses and increased industry growth.

FMSA was proud to attend the conference, and the Fire and Plumbing Awards Gala. Both events demonstrate and celebrate the achievements of the local and global industries. Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners on the night.


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.

Press: FMSA Architecture creates Australia’s first ‘scenario-based’ family violence training centre

The recently completed Victoria Police Centre of Learning for Family Violence has been featured on Australian Design Review.  The Centre, which is designed by FMSA Architecture for Victoria Police, includes Australia’s first scenario training and simulation spaces dedicated to training those on the front-line of family violence.

Of the project FMSA Director Greg Anson comments “As architects we have a unique opportunity to shape the way we live, work and learn. The Centre of Learning for Family Violence demonstrates how informed and collaborative design can boost the quality of training environments for front line agencies like Victoria Police, which in turn improves social outcomes for the wider community.”

Read the full article on Australian Design Review

Project Update: PICAC’s first interstate campus is under construction in Beenleigh

We are excited to announce that PICAC’s fourth training campus is under construction. Located in Beenleigh, Queensland – the new campus will be PICAC’s fourth practical training campus and the first to be based outside of Victoria.

FMSA Architecture is proud to be involved in our fourth project with Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre.  We support their mission to provide industry-led world-class training in plumbing whilst spearheading the world’s leading sustainable technologies embedded within its campus facilities.

With Stage 1 construction underway, the Beenleigh campus will deliver a number of innovations that will build upon the precedents for training excellence set at the recently completed Narre Warren & Geelong campuses, as well as its inaugural Brunswick campus.

We look forward to sharing more updates as this exciting project progresses.

Centre of Learning for Family Violence – Australia’s first dedicated family violence training facility

FMSA is proud to announce the completion of the new$11.7m Centre of Learning for Family Violence for Victoria Police. The new state-of-the-art training facility is the only dedicated family violence training facility in the country.

Victoria Police’s response to family violence continues to be bolstered with the launch of this new facility. The dedicated training centre, located at the Victoria Police Academy, will provide training to all police officers to improve the way they respond to family violence.

Following a competitive tender process, builder Ireland Brown Construction and FMSA Architecture were engaged by Victoria Police to deliver the training and office accommodation facility under a design and construct arrangement. Designed and built in 10 months, the new facility collocates practical training spaces for cadets with office accommodation for Victoria Police Academy staff.

FMSA Architecture is proud to have been involved in this landmark project – it is a testament to the excellent results we can achieve with true collaboration between the client, builder and consultant team.

Learn more about how the Centre of Learning for Family Violence is shaping how Victoria Police respond to family violence situations:




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: