Project Update: Reservoir Police Station

Work continues on site at the new Reservoir Police Station. The fast tracked program has seen the works move ahead towards completion in June 2020.

Captured by builder McCorkell Construction, the feature screening has been installed on the new state of the art police station. The screens featuring work by a local indigenous artist serve the dual purpose of security screening and visual identity.


First look at Diamond Creek East Primary School

We are excited to share a first look at FMSA’s work with the VSBA to develop solutions for moderinsation works at Diamond Creek East Primary School. Currently in design development, the project will deliver an administration building featuring staff work areas, consulting rooms and reception, as well as art and science spaces.


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


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