Diversifying for Success

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-By John Boley

FDC Construction & Fitout was established in February 1990 as FDC Building Services. The company initially focused on the design and construction of high-tech installations and communications facilities.

Realising potential outside of this specialised niche and acknowledging the fundamental integration of technology to most contemporary construction and fitout projects, FDC embarked on strategic expansion into the commercial fitout and building refurbishment market. FDC now operates as three divisions.

FDC Construction & Fitout provides a comprehensive service from concept to completion. In the capacity of construction manager, head contractor or design and construct leader, FDC provides a multi-disciplinary approach to the process of building, leveraging extensive buildability experience and a proactive attitude to deliver innovative and outstanding results.

The construction portfolio includes greenfield and redeveloped buildings for commercial, industrial, technology, telecommunication, education, health, science, hospitality, retail and specialised use. By engaging with its other divisions, the FDC Group becomes a convenient, efficient “˜one stop shop’.

FDC Fitout has a reputation based on cooperation, reliability and performance, with scores of successful projects across the eastern seaboard. Upon a project’s completion, FDC offers post-occupancy services such as maintenance and churn management. The Interior Fitout portfolio includes both large scale and boutique fitouts for corporate offices, hi-tech sites, education, science, health, biotech, hospitality and specialised use.

FDC Technologies provides a diverse service covering the design, supply, installation and servicing of innovative voice, data, power, lighting security services and air handling requirements. The FDC team ensures close liaison with engineering consultants, client’s IT managers and the builder, prior to and during the works, to ensure streamlined integration, testing and commissioning.

Projects include anything from the most sophisticated data centres in Australia to basic warehousing projects, large scale corporate offices to highly technical, high security facilities. FDC can work in conjunction with FDC Mechanical to provide an integrated, multi-services package to any construction or fitout project.

FDC Mechanical Services is a specialist group, adding valuable input to all projects and allowing a turnkey solution where feasible. The group has a large portfolio of technical achievements across data centres, office workspaces, industrial and retail centres.

At present, Mechanical Services has more than 200 employees and a turnover in excess of $340 million per year with offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

The company says it is pragmatic in its approach to sustainability and understands that environmental initiatives need to be balanced with commercial feasibility. FDC works with the project team, if so empowered, to develop the design intelligently, seek innovations, source the latest technologies and determine the best way to build, which helps to find that balance.

FDC has led or participated in a range of projects with formal GreenStar and/or NABERS ratings, plus others which have achieved “best practice” for the respective client. FDC’s experience in such projects includes CSR, ING, RTA Parramatta, RTA North Sydney, BRI, 50 Pitt Street, AMP, Sydney Ports Authority, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Medtronic, 255 Elizabeth Street, Boehringer Ingelheim, Rondo, Viridian, CSC Docklands, PMA and Aegis Media. In addition, FDC has received MBA environmental recognition with prestigious awards for “Resource Efficiency” and “Best use of Timber” for the Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club development.

The company’s own offices in Sydney reflect its commitment to promoting sustainable workplaces. An historic warehouse space was transformed into contemporary offices, prudently but intelligently, with a host of environmental initiatives positively influencing services and energy consumption, plus sensitive selection of products and finishes. The company encourages sound environmental practices on site and in office operations, covering the use of office consumables, energy, water and fossil fuels. Single use products are discouraged and recycling is rewarded.

Company management also aim for a positive working environment, encouraging collaborative relationships with all team members. FDC is “˜non-contractual’ and “˜non-adversarial’ in its approach, preferring to work with all team members in the management of risk and execution of diligent processes on each project and to focus on finding solutions rather than problems. FDC is equally capable of responding to a pre-existing design or taking full design and construction responsibility. The cornerstone of FDC’s success, according to the company itself, is its focus on client loyalty. A majority of clients have engaged FDC on numerous occasions, validating its mission statement that “the more we contribute to your success, the more we contribute to our own”.

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July 16, 2020, 11:11 AM AEST