AIA Sustainable Architecture Award commendation for PICAC Narre Warren

FMSA’s commitment to sustainability was reinforced with the recent recognition of the PICAC Narre Warren by the Victorian AIA Chapter Awards Jury. The project received a Commendation in the Victorian Chapter Sustainable Architecture Award announced in June 2021.

Jury Citation | Sustainable Architecture Award Commendation

Victoria’s first net zero energy education and research facility, PICAC Narre Warren is a climate action centre accommodating training for plumbers and research and certification of emerging plumbing technologies. The project served as a test bed for an innovative new hybrid screw pile/geothermal bore system reducing heating and cooling energy consumption. PICAC not only deploys sustainable building systems operationally but reveals them throughout the building, benefiting learners and showcasing them to industry, accelerating the adoption of these systems.

Jury
Dr Ben Milbourne | Jury Chair
Mark O’Dwyer | Juror
Elizabeth Campbell | Juror


Careers | BIM Manager

FMSA Architecture has an existing opportunity for an experienced Architect to join our team.

Learn more about how to apply:

About FMSA Architecture: 

FMSA Architecture shapes spaces for community that educate, inspire and offer hope.

Based in North Melbourne, Victoria on Wurundjeri Country, we collaborate with clients across Australia, with an emphasis on education, residential, civic, institutional and commercial sectors.

Approaching 50 years in practice, we understand architecture’s greatest strength is its capacity for humanity; elevating lived experience. By deeply considering the psychology behind each site, we design spaces that solve complex social and environmental problems, strengthen community bonds and encourage positive behaviours and thoughtful interactions.

We believe a building is never experienced in isolation. On arrival, visitors bring their own lived experience and any hopes and expectations for ease of use and belonging. Our designs first address the geographical, ecological and social influences of context.

To achieve superior outcomes for our clients, and to replicate and improve on these successes in future projects, we must maintain a commercially prudent approach.

We create architecture for people and place led by our values of Community, Creativity and Collaboration.

FMSA Architecture takes pride in fostering a culturally safe and diverse workplace. As an equal opportunity employer, we recruit based on skills and experience. We encourage applications from persons of all gender identifies, racial and cultural backgrounds, ages, neurodiversity, disability, sexual orientation, religions and sexual orientations.

The role: 

FMSA Architecture is seeking an experienced BIM Manager to join our team. The BIM Manager is responsible for the development and ongoing implementation of the practice documentation and BIM standards. In this role, you are responsible for the development and management of the CAD template in ArchiCAD, and workflow procedures including providing support, assistance, support, training, mentoring and model reviews. This role is central to supporting the design team and contributes to the efficiency, consistency and quality of documentation produced by the practice team.

This is a full-time position based at our studio in North Melbourne. FMSA Architecture supports flexibility and will engage with the applicant to discuss flexible work opportunities.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Develop and manage the ongoing implementation of Practice BIM and CAD templates, workflow and standards.
  • Coordinate and manage ongoing development of common BIM platform environments for third party collaboration.
  • Create and maintain CAD template files in ArchiCAD.
  • Ensure consistency in project documentation.
  • Coordinate and deliver in house staff training in ArchiCAD and BIM software’s.
  • Share ArchiCAD tips and tricks with the studio, and take ownership for group learning and skill development.
  • Provide regular guidance to the documentation team related to CAD and BIM production and file management.
  • Perform audits of CAD and BIM project files for accuracy and coordination in line with QA protocols.
  • Research of latest developments in new CAD/BIM applications, and advise on integration.
  • Work across multiple projects at varying stages as required.
  • Be open to system reviews, and incorporate learnings into future system management.
  • Contribute to FMSA’s culture and organisational advancement of the practice.

Mandatory Requirements: 

  • Advanced ArchiCAD skills and knowledge.
  • 5 + years in architectural practices as a BIM Coordinator or Manager.
  • Experience in establishing digital workflow processes and procedures.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Detailed knowledge of design, construction detailing and presentation.

Desired Skills: 

  • Highly motivated team player with a collaborative attitude.
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to mentor and train others.
  • Experience in medium to large scale projects.
  • Understanding of current construction detailing, building performance and ESD standards.
  • Experience working within an ISO 9001:2015 quality-controlled environment is preferred.

Benefits:

  • Flexible working policy.
  • Modern office environment.
  • Professional development opportunities.

Application requirements. 

Applications to include a cover letter, CV and short portfolio in PDF format.

Applications to be lodged via Seek position advertisement here: https://www.seek.com.au/job/52593568


COVID Lockdown response May 2021

Good design is adaptable, as are our business practices. In these unprecedented times, FMSA Architecture want to assure our clients, suppliers and consultants that we are doing our part to protect our communities and maintain 100% continuity of service.

FMSA Architecture is actively monitoring and 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 and respond to official recommendations from the Australian Government, the Victorian Government, and the World Health Organisation to ensure we are making the best decisions for our team, and the wider community.

In line with the Victorian Government restrictions announced on 27th May 2021, our office will be closed for the duration of the Circuit Breaker Lockdown period.

Our continuity plan is available to view here.


Careers | Architect 5+ years experience

FMSA Architecture has an existing opportunity for an experienced Architect to join our team.

Learn more about how to apply:

About FMSA Architecture: 

FMSA Architecture shapes spaces for community that educate, inspire and offer hope.

Based in North Melbourne, Victoria on Wurundjeri Country, we collaborate with clients across Australia, with an emphasis on education, residential, civic, institutional and commercial sectors.

Approaching 50 years in practice, we understand architecture’s greatest strength is its capacity for humanity; elevating lived experience. By deeply considering the psychology behind each site, we design spaces that solve complex social and environmental problems, strengthen community bonds and encourage positive behaviours and thoughtful interactions.

We believe a building is never experienced in isolation. On arrival, visitors bring their own lived experience and any hopes and expectations for ease of use and belonging. Our designs first address the geographical, ecological and social influences of context.

To achieve superior outcomes for our clients, and to replicate and improve on these successes in future projects, we must maintain a commercially prudent approach.

We create architecture for people and place led by our values of Community, Creativity and Collaboration.

FMSA Architecture takes pride in fostering a culturally safe and diverse workplace. As an equal opportunity employer, we recruit based on skills and experience. We encourage applications from persons of all gender identifies, racial and cultural backgrounds, ages, neurodiversity, disability, sexual orientation, religions and sexual orientations.
The role: 

FMSA Architecture is seeking an innovative Registered Architect with a minimum of 5+ years post graduate experience to join our dynamic team of 32 architects and interior designers. In this position you will have the opportunity to design, document and  coordinate projects from the conceptual design phase through completion of construction. In this role, the Project Architect assists with the management of a team of internal staff and external subconsultants to deliver the agreed project scope and outcomes.

Working from our office in North Melbourne, you will have the opportunity to deliver projects through all stages of development with a focus on design, documentation, and project delivery. This is a full-time position based at our studio in North Melbourne. FMSA Architecture supports flexibility and will engage with the applicant to discuss flexible work opportunities.

 

Position Requirements:

There are long term opportunities to work across a wide range of sectors and project scales. You will have the proven ability to:

  • Develop innovative design solutions.
  • Foster effective and meaningful client relationships.
  • Deliver solid documentation and detailing knowledge.
  • Contribution to the organisation and culture of the practice.
  • Contribution to interim reporting and forecasting ( including financial, resourcing, program).
  • Coordinate and document design reviews and obtain design approval from the Client at each stage.
  • Assistance with day to day management and coordination of allocated project staff.
  • Work across multiple projects at varying stages as required.
  • Assist with the management of design / documentation scope & program against agreed consultancy scope and fees
  • Obtain periodic client, stakeholder and consultant feedback on project and team performance.
  • Perform role in line with FMSA Quality Management System and responsibilities stated in The Architects Act 1991 and Architects Regulations 2015.

 

Mandatory Requirements: 

  • Current Registration with applicable Architectural Registration Board.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ post graduate experience in a similar role
  • Architectural Degree recognised by the AACA. Eg. M. Arch, B. Arch
  • Strong skills in documentation with BIM software – ArchiCAD preferred.
  • Proven experience delivering accurate detailed documentation in a high-volume work environment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

 

Desired Skills: 

  • Highly motivated team player with a collaborative attitude.
  • Experience in medium to large scale projects; in particular Educational sector experience advantageous
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to liaise with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Understanding of current construction detailing, building performance and ESD standards.
  • Experience working within an ISO 9001:2015 quality controlled environment is preferred.

Benefits:

  • Flexible working policy.
  • Modern office environment.
  • Professional development opportunities.

 Application requirements. 

Applications to include a cover letter, CV and short portfolio, highlighting working drawings, in PDF format.

Apply via Seek https://www.seek.com.au/job/52299773


PICAC Narre Warren shortlisted for AIA Vic Chapter Awards

PICAC Narre Warren has been shortlisted for the Sustainability Award at this years Victorian Chapter Australian Institute of Architects Awards.

Congratulations to the FMSA team led by Peter Sandow and James Kazalac on pushing the boundaries towards Net Zero Energy.

Designed for Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre in collaboration with consultants NDY Group and builders Hutchinson Builders.

Winners will be announced 18 June. Congratulations to all of the practices shortlisted.

learn more about the project here, and watch our presentation to the jury here.


Job posting

Join our team | Registered Architect minimum of 5+ years

FMSA Architecture currently has an exciting opportunity for a registered Project Architect with a minimum of 5 years experience to join our growing team.

Applications to be lodged via https://www.seek.com.au/job/51161665

The role:

FMSA Architecture is seeking an experienced Project Architect with a minimum of 5+ years post graduate experience to join our dynamic team of architects and interior designers.

In this position you will have the opportunity to work in a team environment to deliver a range of project from small to highly complex large-scale projects.

Operating from our office in North Melbourne, you will have the opportunity to deliver projects through all stages of development with a focus on design, documentation, and project delivery. This is a full-time position based at our studio in North Melbourne, close to public transport, the CBD and Queen Victoria Market precinct.

Position Requirements:

There will long term opportunities to work across a wide range of sectors and project scales. You will have the proven ability to:

  • Ongoing engagement with Client and contribution to the Project Plan and brief.
  • Assistance with the coordination of allocated project resources (internal and external).
  • Contribution to interim reporting and forecasting ( including financial, resourcing, program).
  • Assistance with the coordination and the development of deliverables across project stages in line with agreed program milestones.
  • Coordinate and document design reviews and obtain design approval from the Client at each stage.
  • Assistance with day to day management and coordination of allocated project staff.
  • Work across multiple projects at varying stages as required.
  • Assist with the management of design / documentation scope & program against agreed consultancy scope and fees
  • Obtain periodic client, stakeholder and consultant feedback on project and team performance.
  • Perform role in line with FMSA Quality Management System and responsibilities stated in The Architects Act 1991 and Architects Regulations 2015.

Mandatory Requirements:

  • Current Registration with applicable Architectural Registration Board.
  • Architectural Degree recognised by the AACA. Eg. M. Arch, B. Arch.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ post graduate experience in a similar role.
  • Strong skills in documentation with BIM software.
  • Proven experience delivering accurate detailed documentation in a high-volume work environment.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Desired Skills:

  • Highly motivated team player with a collaborative attitude.
  • Strong understanding of Australian building standards.
  • Experience in medium to large scale projects; public and secure environment experience advantageous
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to liaise with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Understanding of current construction detailing, building performance and ESD standards.
  • Experience working within an ISO 9001:2015 quality controlled environment is preferred.

PICAC NW Roundtable

Insight: PICAC Narre Warren Roundtable: The importance of Net Zero Energy design in a post-COVID world

The Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre’s (PICAC) Narre Warren campus opened in October 2019 and serves as a centre of excellence in best practice training for the plumbing industry. Now in a 12-month monitoring period, it is anticipated that PICAC will prove its status as Victoria’s first Net Zero Energy training facility in March 2021. Current figures look promising.

On July 8, 2020, as Victoria entered the state’s second spike of the Covid-19 pandemic, the lead consultant team and client behind this landmark $30 million project met via videoconference for a recorded roundtable discussion. Key participants from PICAC, FMSA Architecture, Norman Disney & Young, and Hutchinson Builders examined learnings from this key infrastructure project, and how built environment professionals might help governments and industry to chart a course for the difficult years ahead.

PICAC Narre Warren is the first building in Australia to integrate foundation screw piling with geothermal exchange to manage its heating and cooling requirements. These foundations include 192 13-metre deep energy piles, and 28 geothermal bores drilled to a depth of one hundred metres to facilitate the heat exchange. A rooftop solar PV array generates up to 275Kw of electricity for the building on this 2.5Ha site. The project received $500K in support from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

As architects for the project, we commissioned this roundtable interview. Ahead of the 2020 Sustainability Awards, at which PICAC Narre Warren is nominated in the Education & Research category, we share the Roundtable discussion to provide further insight to the project.

The full video can be below, or here: https://vimeo.com/439149330

 

Roundtable participants:

Host: Jo McErvale, Word to the Wise www.wordtothewise.com.au

Shayne Le Combre, CEO, PICAC www.picac.edu.au

Professor Tony Arnel, Global Director Sustainability, Norman Disney & Young http://www.ndy.com/

Peter Sandow, Principal, FMSA Architecture www.fmsa.com.au

Bernie Nolan, Team Leader, Hutchinson Builders https://www.hutchinsonbuilders.com.au/

Marcel Van Vliet, Construction Manager, Hutchinson Builders https://www.hutchinsonbuilders.com.au/


Centre of Learning for family Violence

Insight: Inverting trauma-informed principles to instructive effect

As experts in justice sector design, we understand the potency of calming, trauma-informed architecture. We have designed Children’s Court waiting rooms and cubby spaces that comfort victims and their families. Prison cells with more hopeful outlooks have contributed to lower incidence rates in incarceration, too, assisting rehabilitation goals. But in a recent collaboration with the Victoria Police at the Academy in Glen Waverley, we inverted this thinking to help drive innovative education outcomes for recruits.

The Centre of Learning for Family Violence opened in April 2019, and will feature this evening on Channel 31’s Sacred Spaces. In a first for police educational infrastructure design in Australia, FMSA collaborated with Victoria Police to realise an innovative simulation centre that encourages a deep understanding of the dynamics of family violence, and develops strategies and practical skills for the management of perpetrators and unpredictable scenarios.

According to Kevin Casey, the Assistant Commissioner of People Development Command – which includes the Victoria Police Academy, the police respond to an increasing number of family violence incidents every year. In the past 12 months to June 2020, Victoria Police responded to more than 88,200 family violence incidents, an increase of 6.7 per cent and the highest on record. Consuming between 40 and 60 per cent of policing time, this represents a significant policing challenge that calls for considered research and investment. The Sacred Spaces broadcast offers a crucial insight into the design of this innovative and victim centric training facility.

We know it is the accumulation of design elements that amount to either a positive or negative experience of architecturally designed space. Where trauma-informed design should be soothing, the Centre of Learning for Family Violence attempts to curate the opposite effect. Complex sensory elements are layered within the design in an effort to raise recruits’ anxiety levels, activate opportunities for decision-making, and prepare them to better respond to the incidents they will eventually face on duty.

Details demonstrate a compounding of visual and other sensory cues that might distract recruits and test their training. Beyond the high fence, long pavers draw the visitor to the front door, and wet-look grass offers a further subliminal deterrence from crossing the yard to check blind corners for potential threats first. Educators layer the built environment with “scent theatre” – acrid and overpowering smells that offer further sensory distraction.

Behind the front door, we worked with Victoria Police to detail a realistic home-like canvas that educators can customise to appear as a particular location or demographic. Today, the room might look like a student apartment, tomorrow, an elderly couple’s house in the suburbs. Actors bring the setting to life as victims and perpetrators, role playing various immersive and potentially dangerous simulations in what is a safe and supported learning environment for recruits. Long curtains, ample cupboards and multiple points of entry and exit facilitate changing scenarios and opportunities for risk assessment.

With scenarios streamed to remote learning centres in other parts of the state, and to the classrooms and lecture theatres on site, educators can discuss appropriate responses and anticipate variations unique to locale with a greater number of recruits in real-time. With this built-in technological capability, Victoria Police can train up to 1200 recruits per year. During a global pandemic, this access to current education has proved even more potent than ever.

To offer privacy to the simulations, we reworked the original plan to distance the Simulation Centre from the rest of the facilities. This generated extra room for a driveway outside the simulated home environment and with it, additional opportunities for learning.

A welcoming central atrium for the new Academy headquarters stands in stark contrast with the anonymity of the simulation centre. An extroverted canopy extends respectfully towards the historically significant chapel on site, and the open stairwell encourages interaction between recruits, staff and sworn members. The iconic Sillitoe tartan inspired skylights render this communal space even more welcoming, drawing light down to brighten the double-height void.

The offices, too, are more sociable in their design and early feedback suggests the open plan has been well received. Management reports co-location of other policing units and teams has built positive relationships and led to better collaborations and project outcomes, narrowing the gap between operational and training environments.

The Centre of Learning for Family Violence featured on Sacred Spaces in October on Channel 31 and Foxtel Aurora, and is now available to view on Youtube.

Photography: Blue Tree Studios


In conversation | The future of Educational Architecture

The way education is delivered has rapidly changed in 2020 as remote learning became the norm for many students at all stages of their education journey. Recently FMSA Interior Designer Chiara Abbassaggi joined Marcello Caspani-Muto of CBRE in conversation about the future of educational architecture.

Drawing on FMSA’s expertise in the design of education environments, Chiara and Marcello discuss how the design of schools will change, and what innovations we can expect to see in this space.

To view the interview, visit the CBRE youtube page or in this post.