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  • Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree

    The annual Christmas tree has been a tradition in our office for over 40 years. Each year we venture out and find the perfect tree to fill our office with the scent of fresh evergreen; the perfect way to get us all into the Christmas spirit!

    Back at the office we put on some Christmas tunes, lit a YouTube fire, and drank some hot cider while we trimmed the tree. Be sure to drive or walk by the office on Hollis St. to see it shining bright in our front window!

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  • FBM Wins Two Lieutenant Governor's Awards in Architecture

    FBM awarded two Lieutenant Governor's Awards for Excellence in Architecture. 

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  • FBM Welcomes Six New Members to Architecture and Interior Design Teams

    FBM continues to expand their ranks with the addition of six new team members over the last couple of months.

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  • FBM Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

    For the second year in a row FBM took home one of the Mayor's Prizes in Architecture - this time the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award.

    The event, hosted by Mayor Mike Savage and the Nova Scotia Association of Architects, was held on Monday, November 19th at the Lord Nelson Hotel.

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  • Dennis Ramsay joins FBM as new Health Care Lead

    Forecasting the emerging opportunities in health care infrastructure renewal that lay ahead, FBM has added respected architect Dennis Ramsay to their roster as their new Health Care Lead. 

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  • Shaping the Cogswell Experience: Public Engagement and Design Charrette to inform the final design for the Cogswell District

    In August to September 2018, FBM facilitated a robust engagement process to produce design feedback on bringing the 60% Design for the Cogswell District to the 90% or Final Design stage. This work was done in concert with the Cogswell Redevelopment Project team at Halifax Regional Municipality and the WSP design team.

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  • FBM Partners with United Way Halifax for Nocturne 2018

    On October 13th, FBM partnered with United Way Halifax to take part in the 2018 Nocturne Art at Night event.

    Our office space on Hollis Street became "Unignorable" - showcasing the new campaign by United Way in collaboration with the Pantone® Color Institute.

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  • FBM Interiors Delivers on a New, Functional, and Inspiring Student Learning Commons for Dalhousie's Agricultural Campus

    FBM has long enjoyed a productive professional relationship with Dalhousie University, working on a number of diverse projects over the years.

    Most recently, the new Student Learning Commons at Dalhousie’s Agriculture Campus, effectively demonstrates the value of FBM Architectural and Interior Design collaboration and their skill and enjoyment in developing creative content.

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  • End of Summer Harbour Cruise!

    The staff here at FBM bundled up and set out on the Captain's Pride for a harbour cruise to celebrate the last day of Summer. A&M Charters were amazing hosts and took us for a tour around the Northwest Arm, McNabs Island, and along the Halifax waterfront; what a great way to see Halifax! 

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  • Dartmouth Pizza Oven!

    FBM staff put on their chef hats this past Friday at the Dartmouth Commons Community Pizza Oven. The Pizza Oven is adjacent to the park garden, where visitors can help themselves to local herbs and veggies. This volunteer-run initiative celebrates growing, cooking, and eating together. More information on the Park Oven can be found at http://www.parkoven.ca/about/. We will surely be back next summer!

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  • Nikki Steele named Partner at FBM

    Nikki Steele has been named Partner at FBM Architecture | Interior Design, joining the firm’s other Partners; Susan Fitzgerald, Craig Davidson, Mark Gammon, Wayne Duncan, and President George Cotaras

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  • FBM brings home four prizes at Inaugural Maritime Architectural Design Excellence Awards

    FBM won big at the first ever Maritime Architectural Design Excellence Awards held on Friday, June 1 in Saint John, New Brunswick. The awards were presented by the Architect Association of Prince Edward Island, the Architects’ Association of New Brunswick, and the Nova Scotia Association of Architects.

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  • Dalhousie University Officially opens Fitness Centre

    On Friday, May 25th, Dalhousie University officially opened the doors to its new Fitness Centre at an event attended by about 200 people.

    FBM designed the new facility in association with  MJMA Architects in Toronto.

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  • FBM Takes Home Two Urban Design Awards

    FBM was presented with two Urban Design Awards at an event Friday night at the Halifax Central Library – coincidentally one of the locations for which FBM was being celebrated.  The 2018 Halifax Urban Design Awards honoured excellence in the field and included categories for Urban Design Plans, Urban Architecture, Civic Design Projects, Urban Elements and Community Connections & Initiatives.  FBM took home the prize for Excellence in Urban Architecture and shared the award for Community Connections & Initiatives with the Hope Blooms project.

    Featured Project:

    Halifax Central Library

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  • Throwdown at HaliFAXE Timber Lounge

    The FBM office expanded their talents to include axe throwing this past Friday at the HaliFAXE Timber Lounge. Among our skilled staff, Nikki Steele was victorious, coming in first place. This was a proud defeat against the predicted champion, Maureen Aubut who tailed closely for second. A lot of fun was had by all and a rematch has been set. 

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  • FBM Launches New Planning Division

    FBM is starting its second century by adding a planning division to their architecture and interior design practice with the arrival of Jeffry Haggett.

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  • Susan Fitzgerald in Halifax Magazine

    Susan Fitzgerald, Partner and Architect at FBM, is featured in the March edition of Halifax Magazine.

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  • FBM Receives Two Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize Nominations

    The College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology established the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP) to recognize the most distinguished architectural works built on the North and South American continents. FBM Architecture and Interior Design's Bible Hill Consolidated Elementary School and House in Scotch Cove are among the 2016-2017 nominees. A dossier of each nominated project will be part of a visual exhibit held at Mies Crown Hall in Chicago, Illinois. 

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  • FBM's Intern Architects take the Stage at Dalhousie University

    Earlier this month, two of FBM’s Intern Architects, Nataleah Irvine and Kaitlyn Labrecque had the pleasure of sitting on an Intern Architect panel during the Dalhousie School of Architecture Professional Practice Week. At this time, they were able to represent the Firm and answer questions from students who were wondering about the journey to become an architect. The most frequently asked questions related to documenting hours of experience, roles in the office as an intern, and logistics of working outside the province. 

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  • Halifax Central Library Wins Mayor's Prize in Architecture

    The Halifax Central Library has won the 2017 Mayor's Prize in Architecture. His worship Mayor Michael Savage presented the award to George Cotaras at the Halifax City Hall this past fall during Architecture Week. George accepted the award on behalf of FBM Architecture and Interior Design and Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects. The award celebrates local architectural excellence and is an example of the Nova Scotia Association of Architects' continued initiative to connect the public with architecture. 

    Featured Project:

    Halifax Central Library

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  • FBM Holiday Extravaganza

    Our office celebrated the holiday season with family and friends this past Friday at our annual FBM Christmas Party. There were gift wars, fancy cocktails, and festive munchies - a celebration our office looks forward to all year long!

    Check out our photo album below. Our resident photographer, George Cotaras, was busy snapping pictures all evening.

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  • FBM Represented at Autodesk University Convention in Las Vegas

    Last month, our colleague Carl Hicks, BIM Manager, had the opportunity to attend the Autodesk University Convention in Las Vegas.

    Autodesk University provides an, “opportunity for over 10,000 professionals from the architecture, design, manufacturing and media industries to come together for three days of learning, inspiration and in-depth skills development.”

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  • The House that Family Built: The Scotch Cove Residence

    The design is grounded in family connections; healthy living and responds to the needs of aging in place. "Our clients really wanted a home that integrates seamlessly with this spectacular landscape," said Susan Fitzgerald, lead architect on this project and Partner at FBM. "Family time is important to them as well as the quiet moments on their own – and home works well for multiple activities."

    Featured Project:

    House in Scotch Cove

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  • It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

    This year we took to the forest to pick the perfect FBM 100-year Christmas tree. We hung ornaments and drank cider with glee! This 40-year old tradition fills our office with holiday spirit and the smell of pine, and if you're passing by 1660 Hollis street you too can enjoy the tree as a spectacle glimmering in our window. Feel free to snap and share pictures using the hashtag #FBMChristmasTree!

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  • FBM Talent Receives Passive House Certification

    Two of our colleagues have recently been designated as "Passive House Certified" after completing courses through Passive House Canada.

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  • FBM Celebrates Latest Feat with Opening of Bible Hill Elementary School

    On November 14th The Bible Hill Elementary School celebrated its official opening, with students being welcomed a few months earlier at the start of the school year in September.

    In planning the design for the new school, which is located within the agrarian landscape of Bible Hill, FBM wanted to hear directly from the people who would be benefiting from a new space to better understand what they needed from the physical building to support all styles of learning. 

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  • Miawpukek First Nation School Opens its Doors

    This past September approximately 180 students walked through the doors of The Miawpukek First Nation K-12 grade school for the very first time. 

    Located in Conne River, Bay D’Espoir, Newfoundland, directly adjacent to the community's Powwow grounds, the design build project for Se't A'newey Kina'matino'kuom (St. Anne's School) was led by Bird Construction, with FBM Architects + Interior Design and Gibbons and Snow serving as the co-architect consultants.

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  • Charlie Fowler comes to visit

    Last week we were lucky enough to have Charles A. E. Fowler come to visit our office space in downtown Halifax. Not only is Charlie the son of our firm's founder, Charles Allison Dewitt Fowler, he himself served as president of FBM between 1950 and 1980.

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  • First Day of Fall

    Some FBM staff took to the ocean this past Friday for a sunset kayaking excursion in Terrance Bay, Nova Scotia!

    What better way to celebrate the first day of Fall?

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  • Nikki Steele to take helm of FBM’s Interior Design Division

    FBM has had a lot to celebrate this month. In addition to hosting their 100th Anniversary event earlier this month, the firm has brought on Nikki Steele who will join D’Arcy Dennehy in leading up their interior design division.

    “We felt strongly early on in our recruiting process that Nikki was the right fit to join the FBM team,” says George Cotaras, President of FBM Architecture and Interior Design. “Obviously her experience in the industry and her leadership roles impressed us, but more importantly we needed to find the right person who would wholeheartedly embrace our vision of people driven design; that was Nikki.”

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  • Party of the Century!

    FBM's 100th Anniversary event at the Halifax Central Library Friday evening was a fantastic success. Thank you to all that came out to celebrate with us! Please watch below the short video that was featured during the event.


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  • FBM marks 100 years in business

    On September 8th, FBM will host clients, partners and community leaders to celebrate 100 years of people driven design. 

    “It’s remarkable to think of the impact the firm has had in Atlantic Canada, and even outside of our region, over the last century,” said George Cotaras, President of FBM. “When we look at the various projects that have been designed and executed across the decades you can absolutely see how our firm has evolved – but one thread remains consistent throughout – we have, and we will continue to, design spaces that feel good and strive to build and strengthen communities.” 

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