Foursquare Construction Management (FSCM) is a leading commercial building and construction management firm based in Melbourne. Founded 4 years ago by Directors Brendan Canavan, James Hayter, and Ash Nesbit, the business has developed a reputation for outstanding results in all aspects of construction. FSCM has grown to employ 40 staff, carrying out projects ranging between $1 million and $20 million.
FSCM’s services include cost planning, design and construct projects, fixed price sums, construction management, project management, buildability advice, and value engineering. While the company has previously focused on retail construction, FSCM also has residential, commercial, and institutional project experts within its team, and intends to branch further into the health and education sectors in the coming years.
Using its design and construction abilities to reduce the carbon footprint of its projects, FSCM analyses all aspects of a project, from the first principles of the design phase, where many of the greatest results can be achieved, all the way through to its onsite waste management processes. “It’s a holistic, end-to-end style of approach,” says Brendan.
FSCM recently completed the second stage of a redevelopment project for Northland Shopping Centre, consisting of a new entertainment district. “This was one of the major entrance areas to the shopping centre,” Mr Canavan says, “we literally constructed either side immediately in front and over the top of the main entry, while the entry remained open at all hours, providing access to many of the key tenants. Logistically it was an extremely challenging project, and we were able to achieve an outstanding result.” FSCM is currently carrying out a variety of new projects, including the refurbishment of a shopping centre in Waurn Ponds, the redevelopment of Altona Gate Shopping Centre, and a number of projects for ALDI Supermarkets and the Frankston Park Function Centre and Football Club.
In 2014, FSCM was the recipient of the MBAV Excellence in Construction Award for a Commercial Building up to $3 Million, while its Northland project was shortlisted in the Building up to $10 million category. Brendan also takes great pride in the fact that a number of FSCM’s staff members were nominated for individual achievements as well, including one of the company’s foremen for the MBAV Young Builder of the Year award.
FSCM looks to industry bodies such as the MBAV for both networking capabilities and assistance, and maintains strong links with the Property Council, as well as many of the major architectural and consulting bodies . “In terms of support, we find the MBAV to be second to none.” Brendan says. “They offer outstanding training for our staff, as well as strong additional support services.”
With the rising costs of labour and materials, Australian firms are facing an ever-increasing challenge to remain price competitive. “There have been some obvious impacts in the manufacturing industry, those sorts of things affect us as well,” says Brendan. “If we can’t keep our material costs competitive here in Australia, then I think the next area to struggle is our labour market, unless we make some changes.”
Brendan has been working alongside his two business partners throughout his career, carrying back to their time at a previous organisation. “Having that sort of bond, both professionally and in friendship, has been something that has really helped our company travel in a uniform direction,” he says. “At the most senior level of the business, we have people from trade backgrounds, university backgrounds, all walks of life. I think that’s something else that’s special about us.” Brendan’s current objectives are to consolidate FSCM’s reputation in the industry as a business that has the capacity for projects above and beyond $20 million, as well as to continue the development of his staff, both from within the business and through the recruitment of enthusiastic young professionals. “We’d like to continue to let the business grow in a way that allows those within the company to have the opportunities and the careers that they desire.”