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:

FMSA staff visit the Victoria Police Centre for Family Violence

FMSA staff toured the new Victoria Police Centre for Family Violence facility at the Victoria Police Glen Waverley campus. Delivered under a design and construct with Ireland Brown Constructions, the $11 million project has been constructed in 7 months. The new complex has been designed to facilitate the domestic violence training centre, complete with practical classrooms, syndicate rooms and office space for staff.

Led by Project Architect Hao Lee, staff spent a sunny Saturday morning touring the unique building. The team enjoyed the behind the scenes look at the cadet and staff spaces including practical scenario classrooms and auditorium. Several staff in attendance were involved in different stages of the project and were excited to see the design intent realised so well.

Thank you to Project Architect Hao Lee, and Ireland Brown Construction for facilitating the visit.

Photos: FMSA Architecture.

Media: New net-zero energy PICAC Narre Warren education centre featured in Create

Australia is set to have its first Net Zero Energy education and research facility, the Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre (PICAC) at Narre Warren.

The landmark project was recently featured by Create.Digital.  The article discusses how our collaboration with engineers NDY has delivered an ambitious design using the latest sustainable design innovations. Read more here:

Construction begins on the new Centre for Family Violence training facility

Construction is officially underway on the new Centre for Family Violence training facility at the Victoria Police Academy. This exciting new project was procured via a “true” design and construct methodology in partnership with  Ireland Brown Construction,  Meinhardt and Outlines Landscape Architecture. The new complex has been designed to facilitate the domestic violence training centre, complete with practical classrooms, syndicate rooms and office space for staff.

Featured recently on 7 News Melbourne, the innovative education facility is currently under construction.

Family violence training

Senior police have admitted they failed victims of family violence in past years, by not treating the crime seriously

Posted by 7 News Melbourne on Sunday, 17 June 2018


L-R: Kevin Casey (Asst. Commissioner), Vanessa Brotto (Vic Police – Head of Centre for Family Violence) , Andrew Crisp (Deputy Commissioner), The Hon. Lisa Neville (Police Minister), Greg Anson (FMSA), Hao Lee (FMSA), Nigel Brown (IBC).

Carpet Call NSW Headquarters by FMSA Architecture

Project Update | A new headquarters for Carpet Call NSW

FMSA Architecture is excited to share progress of our latest project with Carpet Call – their new NSW headquarters.

Located in Sydney’s north western suburb of Seven Hills, the new facility will include a dedicated trade showroom, two levels of office space, warehouse, basement carpark for 58 vehicles and underground fire sprinkler and rain water tanks to maximise the developable area of the site.

Appointed builder Vaughan Constructions have begun site works and expect to complete the project in the first quarter of 2019.

UIB Wellness Workshop – How is the built environment impacting your health?

“90% of our lives are spent indoors and it has a lasting impact on our health”.

Last Friday, Karen Tan from FMSA presented alongside Robert De Nardis from Ergologic and Lisa Middleton – Advanced Sports Dietitian at the United in Business workshop on “Wellness” to understand further how to make positive change in life & those around us.

Karen spoke about the built environment and how it affects our health in varying degrees. The role the built environment and our habits were explained and participants took away 3 top tips on how to reduce their built environments impact on them.

Want to learn more? Contact Karen at our office!

FMSA supports the MS Walk & Fun Run

Congratulations to the FMSA team on their efforts over the weekend at the MS Get Involved Melbourne Fun Run & Walk.  Taking place on a crisp but clear Melbourne winter morning, the atmosphere was full of fun and positivity from the crowd gathered at Albert Park Lake to support the great work that the organisation does for MS research and support services.

James, Joel and Jess successfully hit the pavement in the 5km events, with Riordan doing the double backing up his 10km run with the 5km walk. Great effort team!

Thank you to everyone for supporting the team in raising $865 for the great work this organisation does.

FMSA set to support the 2018 MS Fun Run & Walk!

Team FMSA are excited to be participating in the MS Walk & Fun Run in June! The fantastic event raises funds to help people living with MS get the support they need to achieve their goals and live life to the fullest.

If you would like to support our team in raising money for this great cause, please visit our team donation page here.

Stay posted for updates from our training runs and upcoming fundraising events in the coming months.