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Celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) – Q&A with Sarah Hogan

Celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) – Q&A with Sarah Hogan

Describe your career journey and an overview of your current role. I have been privileged to work at MPA for nearly two decades. My role is ever evolving and keeps me busy in market engaging with our customers and facilitator’s. What are your future aspirations in the construction industry? My aspiration is for more women to be involved in the property and construction industry. What does IWD mean to you, personally and in terms of your career? International Women’s Day has been part of my construction journey. It's a day to check in, reflect and connect with colleagues and friends both professionally and personally. How do you think the construction industry can further #breakthebias? The property and construction industry has a big job ahead educating industry leaders on the value and balance women bring to the table #breakthebias. We have a responsibility to give back and educate young girls to make the right choices and that there is a great career path in the property and construction industry for them. If you could give your younger self, just starting out the their career some advice, what would it be? Dream big, back yourself and don’t give up when things get hard. Challenges and hard work convert to growth and being your best. Be fearless, be brave and never give up! What is your career highlight? Describe a moment, project, campaign or cause you’re most proud of. Travelling to Nepal in 2011 with Habitat for Humanity with 100 amazing women to build homes for homeless widows. We celebrated IWD there together and we were able to make an amazing impact for others to have a better life. It was a foundational experience for me, amazing memories, and lifelong friendships.

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Celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) – Q&As with Anastasia Fulton

Celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) – Q&As with Anastasia Fulton

Describe your career journey and an overview of your current role. As an architect I have always had a passion for integrating design with commercial outcomes. Globally influenced, I have worked in London, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumper. At MPA, as Project Director I am responsible for the Design and Construct division. I work collaboratively with clients, consultants and amongst our teams to ensure the design of a project meets the brief with regard to intent, purpose, program and budget. Think of me as a coach, I put together the right team with the right skills and resources, pushing and pulling the levers and challenging solutions to ensure project success. What are your future aspirations in the construction industry? I view my role as an opportunity to mentor those in my team; to nurture and support them to grow into their roles, and to show them the importance of how to collaborate and manage outcomes. I believe that if you work hard and prove yourself and be a good human being you will leave a positive legacy. What does IWD mean to you, personally and in terms of your career? As an industry we need to do more to recognise talented women, to reflect on the value that women can bring to projects and how a diverse approach will enhance the outcome. How do you think the construction industry can further #breakthebias? We need to be confident with our ability and speak up. People need to be conscious that if you want to grow – we benefit by creating an environment that is diverse and welcomes ranges of opinion. In my role, where I manage, mentor and coach teams – I advocate the importance of nurturing relationships, showing my team the importance of collaborating to manage outcomes. A successful project is not just one that delivers the brief but has also engaged positively with the team and celebrates the people who have contributed. If you could give your younger self, just starting out the their career some advice, what would it be? Find a mentor who will advocate your continued growth and provide a more mature and experienced lens to assist you to navigate your career decisions. What is your career highlight? Describe a moment, project, campaign or cause you’re most proud of. I have been most proud to have left a positive lasting impression on previous team members I have lead. I feel extremely rewarded watching their careers thrive after they have left my teams, been promoted and still come back to me for advice. That is the positive legacy I wish to leave on people.

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Celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) – Q&As with Shehani Weragama

Celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) – Q&As with Shehani Weragama

Describe your career journey and an overview of your current role. I’ve always been inspired by the built environment and commenced my career as an Interior Designer for Scott Carver Architects. I’ve now been with MPA for four years and have had the benefit of growth and development firstly as a Project Coordinator and now as a Project Administrator. My role as a Project Administrator has me involved in the planning and delivery of projects from end to end. Alongside Project Managers, I am responsible for ensuring that projects are delivered on time and as per program. What are your future aspirations in the construction industry? I’d like to make impact and inspire new generations of women to join the construction industry. I welcome opportunities to share my journey and impart my experience with the intent to demonstrate how challenging but rewarding a career in construction can be. I look forward to an enduring career within the industry, and one where I can nurture and mentor others and support their personal and professional growth. What does IWD mean to you, personally and in terms of your career? International Womens’ Day to me, is a simple moment throughout the year where we show appreciation to women, where we recognise their roles and contribution, and further, reflect on and celebrate how we now increasingly represent in roles and industries where years ago it would have been unheard of. It’s a day of solidarity, where we can stand alongside a bunch of other passionate, driven and accomplished women who are also trying to pave the way. How do you think the construction industry can further #breakthebias? I’d like to see women increasingly recognised, and not just limited to IWD. A future goal would be to not have that day because diversity, equality and inclusivity will have been achieved. As an industry, I think we’ve come a long way but we have further to go in terms of championing construction organisations as great places to work. I would like to see initiatives which nurtures employees; health and well being become the norm, rather than the exception. Initiatives including paid parental leave and flexibility for women and carers have significant impact on women and their careers. If you could give your younger self, just starting out the their career some advice, what would it be? Trust yourself, your ability and take the leap. Don’t be afraid of being challenged as it is the process of continuous learning. What is your career highlight? Describe a moment, project, campaign or cause you’re most proud of. What I enjoy most about my job is the day of project handover – the moments where the project is completed, when you see the reaction on the client’s face as what was once planned on a piece of paper comes to life. A memorable project for me was delivering the Norton Rose project. Significant and iconic, it was a large fit out project with significant challenges to program and complex technical requirements. But it’s a career highlight because it demonstrates the power of collaboration and teamwork. I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of that team, the leadership displayed and the supportive environment which was fostered. Winning a Master Builders Award for the project was the icing on the cake. Another highlight is having the opportunity to speak at a Careers talk for my old high school. I truly believe that there is opportunity to inspire others early, when they are first thinking about their career paths. I felt extremely rewarded to be able to impart my experience and share my passion for the construction industry with the next generation of future female leaders. I felt that was my moment to #BreakTheBias.

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Celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) – Q&A with Vanessa Borg

Celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) – Q&A with Vanessa Borg

Describe your career journey and an overview of your current role. My career in construction started out as an Executive Assistant to the two Managing Directors of a commercial construction business, focusing on new builds (fire Stations, police stations, schools, childcare centres).  After 8 years I decided it was time I ventured off into a faster paced environment and joined fit-out. My current role at MPA as a Project Manager sees me delivering projects of scale anywhere between from $2mil - $20mil. I am currently delivering two projects with a team of 6 members. As stressful as projects can be it is so important that we (the team) have a fun time doing it together. What are your future aspirations in the construction industry? To lead the delivery team and inspire others to be the best version of themselves they can be. What does IWD mean to you, personally and in terms of your career? When I first started this construction journey especially in the new build sector, females were not seen on site. It is great to see how far the entire industry has come and how great it has been. All of my mentors have been males to date and they have inspired me to never give up on being yourself and accepting who you are. How do you think the construction industry can further #breakthebias? We need to be provided more opportunities to do those decision making roles. Seeing more women in leadership with decision making authority will change the way businesses operate. If you could give your younger self, just starting out the their career some advice, what would it be? Get your unlimited commercial builders licence – that creates so many more opportunities for you.

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Celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) – Q&A with Sophie Walsh

Celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) – Q&A with Sophie Walsh

  Describe your career journey and an overview of your current role. My career journey has been varied; however, my approach has always been consistent. I have a passion for connecting with people to develop lasting relationships and identifying opportunities to support them. My role as MPA Relationship Manager enables me to play to my strengths and do what I enjoy doing. Communicating with people to identify a need or desire within the commercial industry and then facilitating a successful outcome to support them. What are your future aspirations in the construction industry? My future aspirations in the construction industry are to champion a circular economy approach to all our projects within the commercial property industry. My role as VIC Chair of the Property Industry Foundation, Furniture Fund is of particular focus for me. Encouraging the reuse and repurpose of furniture and IT equipment to support our customers achieve their sustainability goals and targets, while also contributing to improving the quality of living for youth affected by homelessness. What does IWD mean to you, personally and in terms of your career? I am fortunate to have been empowered and encouraged by strong women. IWD to me means sharing my strength with other women and empowering them, to be their best and play to their strengths. How do you think the construction industry can further #breakthebias? I would love to see more women in leadership roles, making decisions, influencing great outcomes from the front, not just behind the scenes. If you could give your younger self, just starting out their career some advice, what would it be? Be brave and don’t waste too much time doubting your ability. Identify and know your strengths and lead with them in everything you do, personally and professionally. What is your career highlight? Describe a moment, project, campaign or cause you’re most proud of. Honestly, there’s not one highlight because the bar is always set a little higher each time and there’s so much more opportunity to come. But right now, I am most proud of the work Sarah Hogan and I are doing, in partnership with industry leaders to support the Melbourne Fashion Festival, First Nations program and inaugural KIN Fashion Exhibition. Diversity and inclusion are not limited to gender but broad-minded equality is really powerful.

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Melbourne Fashion Festival 2022 Indigenous First Nations Program Consortium Partnership

Melbourne Fashion Festival 2022 Indigenous First Nations Program Consortium Partnership

MPA joins forces with other leading property and design firms to support Melbourne Fashion Festival’s First Nations Program and inaugural KIN Fashion Exhibition MPA is delighted to unite with leading design, property and construction firms Slattery, Architectus and Brookfield Properties in support of Melbourne Fashion Festival’s First Nations Runway and KIN Fashion Exhibition, sponsored by Kinaway Chamber of Commerce. The First Nations Program complements the MOB in Fashion employment pathways program led by Indigenous model and designer, Nathan McGuire. Held on the lands of the Wurundjeri people, the First Nations Runway will feature an all First Nations Designer line up. Presented by Vogue Australia and Samsung and also referred to as Runway 5, the event will be held on 11 March at ACMI in Federation Square, with two sell-out shows. Client Relations Director, Sarah Hogan said: “MPA is passionate about contributing to Australia’s community and cultural landscape. The Consortium’s partnership with MFF and Kinaway highlights our shared dedication to improving Aboriginal economies across multiple industries. We’re proud to be supporting emerging First Nations designers and celebrating Australia’s future of fashion.” The KIN Fashion Exhibition will showcase nine First Nations clothing and homeware designers. The space will include an exhibition of campaign imagery, along with designer bios and a central textile installation representing their work. This can be viewed from 3-12 March at Federation Square. The design, property and construction industries are widely committed to Reconciliation Action Plans. MPA is proud to be partnering with peers who each share a vision of exceeding the state government’s one percent employment target for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander employees and supporting First Nations employment pathways across various industries. MPA is passionate about collaborating for impact and fostering inclusion. Our partnership with Many Rivers Microfinance Ltd helps grow indigenous business ownership and employment, and is an important pillar of our reconciliation journey. The Consortium has also contributed $10,000 towards a bursary to support the MOB in Fashion program, led by Nathan McGuire. Coverage: Indigenous.gov.au Architecture and Design

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Property Industry Foundation – Tour de PIF!

Property Industry Foundation – Tour de PIF!

In November, the MPA team participated in the annual Property Industry Foundation Tour de PIF, powered by The GPT Group. The Tour commenced at RACV Club in Healesville, where our team of six took to the hills to raise funds for homeless youth. Thanking our incredible team members who participated & volunteered at the event. Thankyou to all those who donated & contributed to our target goal & massive congratulations to MPA team who took on the challenge!

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It’s MPA’s 22nd anniversary!

It’s MPA’s 22nd anniversary!

This milestone is a testament to the hard work of the MPA network and the invaluable support of our clients, consultants and subcontractor base. Our genuine partnerships have led us to create some of Australia's most impressive fitout and refurbishment projects, and helped us grow into the business we are today. Thank you for your work and support over the last 22 incredible years. We’re extremely proud of everything we have achieved together.

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MPA appointed as Head Contractor on the repositioning of 255 George Street

MPA appointed as Head Contractor on the repositioning of 255 George Street

MPA is proud to be appointed as Head Contractor on the repositioning of 255 George Street, Sydney (https://lnkd.in/gQcz2mA) which is being managed by AMP Capital. This project will set a new benchmark in the building refurbishment space and we are delighted to be bringing the vision to life. MPA will be working on the ground floor lobby, central plant upgrade, on floor refurbishment of 16 floors and an extension of the bike storage facilities. The flexibility in MPA’s approach will ensure existing & future tenants of 255 George Street have a seamless and exceptional experience. Consultants: AMP Capital, Mostyn Copper, WMK Architecture, Cox Architecture, Richards Stanisich, Norman Disney & Young, Evolved Engineering, Taylor Thomson Whitting (TTW), Steve Watson & Partners , WT (Australia & New Zealand), Slattery, Urbis, Stantec, Sprout Studios, Morris Goding Access Consulting (MGAC), Atelier Ten, Form — A Studio, Elevator Project Management, Light Practice

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“Secret Stars of Property” with MPA Director – Workplace Paul Andreatta

“Secret Stars of Property” with MPA Director – Workplace Paul Andreatta

While it’s no secret to us, MPA Director - Workplace Paul Andreatta recently shared insights into his success in construction with the Property Council of Australia for their “Secret Stars of Property” series. (more…)

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A Night at Valhalla

A Night at Valhalla

Last month MPA hosted industry friends, facilitators, and clients at an intimate networking event at Work Club Global's moody Valhalla Bar. Completed by MPA in 2020 during challenging circumstances, and situated at the iconic Olderfleet Place on Collins Street Melbourne, the scene was set with an autumnal theme, bespoke cocktails and delicious catering. MPA Director Edward Singleton welcomed guests on the evening, expressing pride in what MPA had delivered for Work Club during a period of extensive restrictions in Melbourne. Thank you to everyone for attending, and we look forward to seeing you at our next event. (more…)

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National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week

2021 marks twenty years of Reconciliation Australia, and almost three decades of Australia’s formal reconciliation process. National Reconciliation Week encourages all Australians to reflect on the part they play on the journey towards reconciliation. It is also a time to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements to contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. MPA is committed to taking meaningful action towards Reconciliation and will continue working with First Nations owned businesses to provide indigenous art and products to our projects. (more…)

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Returning to the Workplace

Returning to the Workplace

In the first instalment of MPA’s new interview series, MPA Marketing and Client Relations Director Sarah Hogan interviews Kirsti Simpson, Principal and Sector Leader for Commercial and Workplace at Hassell about the topic of the moment – returning to the workplace. (more…)

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Success at 2020 MBA Excellence in Construction Awards

Success at 2020 MBA Excellence in Construction Awards

At the 2020 NSW Excellence in Construction Awards, hosted by the Master Builders Association, MPA (virtually) walked away with four awards. We would like to thank our clients for partnering with us, and our teams for their continued hard work and dedication on each of these award winning projects. (more…)

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Habitat House – 64 Kippax

Habitat House – 64 Kippax

MPA was engaged by April Group to re-position their building as a premium offering, combining lifestyle and amenities. The demand for commercial properties on the fringe of Sydney’s CBD has surged, as suburbs such as Surry Hills, Redfern and Chippendale become more desirable. Habitat House is perfectly positioned in Surry Hills and provides high-end facilities for like minded tenants. [video width="720" height="480" mp4="http://mpa.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/64-Kippax_MPA-Edit-LR.mp4" poster="http://mpa.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/64-Kippax-Video-Image_1920-x-1080-1.jpg"][/video]   The Design & Construct project was completed across eight commercial levels, two basements including an end of trip facility, and a conversion of the vacant roof into a vibrant rooftop garden. Designed by architects The World Is Round, the innovative space focuses on collaboration and wellness. The end of trip facility also encourages tenants to embrace healthy living and sustainable habits. Tenants can also enjoy the rooftop terrace, which provides a space for socialising and relaxation. The lobby area features a curved wall made from glass bricks and charred timber wall paneling, adding an edginess which feels right at home in the chic city fringe suburb. In preparation for the refurbishment to the 6,000m2 base building, all fitouts and infrastructure were completely stripped. Heavy remediation to façade glazing and spandrels were undertaken across the eleven levels. With substantial works being carried out on the roof, a large crane was positioned in the street to carry up a smaller crane. The smaller crane was then situated on the rooftop for the duration of construction to move around the heavyweight rooftop materials. Alongside the base build upgrade, MPA was also engaged to undertake integrated fitouts of various floors on behalf of clients including Guzman Y Gomez (792m2), Blackmores (2,200m2) and Audinate (700m2). Set to become Surry Hills’ leading commercial space, the fully repositioned 1960’s office building is drenched in natural light with a creative and modern atmosphere.  

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Workplace trends – Interview with MPA Designer Tara Kerse

Workplace trends – Interview with MPA Designer Tara Kerse

The way we work is ever-evolving and our workplace trends are following suit. (more…)

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MPA takes home two

MPA takes home two

At this year’s Master Builders Association (MBA) Excellence in Construction Awards, MPA took away two awards for work on Havas and Canterbury League Club’s projects. (more…)

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Interview; Diana Jones 2019 NAWIC NSW Award winner

Interview; Diana Jones 2019 NAWIC NSW Award winner

MPA sponsored the award for ‘Achievement in construction – refurbishment and fitout’ at the NAWIC NSW 2019 Awards for Excellence. (more…)

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MPA Victoria Transform Thales

MPA Victoria Transform Thales

2018 was an impressive year for MPA Victoria, delivering multi-million dollar projects for clients including Nike, The Executive Centre and Fujitsu. Another great example of project success is our collaboration with Group GSA and Aston Consulting to deliver a large-scale workplace transformation project for Thales, a multinational defence, aerospace, space, security and transport group. (more…)

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2018 NAWIC NSW Awards For Excellence

2018 NAWIC NSW Awards For Excellence

Women were recognised for exceptional talent and leadership in the property and construction industry at the 2018 NAWIC NSW Awards for Excellence (more…)

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International Women’s Day Scholarship

International Women’s Day Scholarship

NAWIC NSW held its annual International Women’s Day (IWD) Breakfast in March at CULT Studio in Chippendale, during which we were proud to announce the winner of the 2018 NAWIC IWD Scholarship. Supported by long-term sponsor CULT, this annual award is the most significant scholarship for female professionals in the property and construction industry. (more…)

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Supporting Causes Close to Our Heart

Supporting Causes Close to Our Heart

MPA are a proud supporter of Redkite, a charity which provides financial assistance, emotional support and education assistance to children and young people with cancer, and their families. At present approximately four families a day receive a childhood cancer diagnosis in Australia, and thousands more are currently on treatment and close medical follow up. (more…)

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MPA’s Dominance in the Hospitality Sector

MPA’s Dominance in the Hospitality Sector

The influx of restaurants opening in the Sydney CBD has contributed to MPA’s increasing dominance within the hospitality sector, delivering numerous high-end hospitality projects over the last few months. (more…)

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