CSM Storage for University of NSW Electrical Engineering

CSM were proud to provide the storage solutions on the University of NSW Electrical Engineering project

(see recent news item on CSM Talks with Hassell).

Stage 1 was completed in March 2018 with Stage 2 completed in February 2019.

Designer: Hassell

Contractor: AW Edwards

Description: Two stage complete refurbishment & modernisation of the existing six-storey Electrical Engineering building located in the centre of the UNSW Kensington Campus.

The building, which is home to the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications (EE&T), Learning Environments (CATS) and Nura Gili, is equipped with new learning, teaching and research spaces to continue the world-class innovation and discovery that UNSW is known for.

“The School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications is the largest school in Australia, with the widest range of disciplines, and is ranked in the top 50 worldwide. This $104M project has created a landmark facility for generations of future research breakthroughs and innovations in learning and teaching.” Eliathamby Ambikairajah, Head of School Professor.

CSM supplied a wide range of storage solutions for this project including:

CSM Self-Based Mechanically Assisted Rolling Storage

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CSM Systems Shelving with decorative end panels and adjustable shelves

Tambour Door Caddy’s with draws

Work Station Towers with planter boxes on top (with a weave perforation)

Kache Lockers- with CSM mechanical combination lock

Other products include: CSM Open Book Cases, Long Span Shelving and Infinity Door Book Cabinets with a joinery top panel and slotted shelving

Photo: Courtesy of Robert Walsh


Should you have a project that requires either standard or customised storage solutions, please contact CSM today on 02 9540 2111 or email sales@csm-office.com.au.



Benefits of Steel Lockers

CSM have seen an increase in the number of CSM Kache Lockers being specified on projects. Why could this be?

Steel lockers are extremely sturdy and functional, offering an aesthetically pleasing product in a cost-effective way. The lockers can be used across a wide array of environments, predominantly for heavy duty use. However, they can also be used for more delicate projects, choosing from a range of  finishes including powder coat colours and graphics allowing for a more customised solution.

Here are a few benefits of using a steel body locker on your next project.

Modular/ Reconfigurable

Should the team need to move or change offices, these types of lockers can be reconfigured, added to, removed or be changed without replacement of lock or electrical components. This is a huge cost saving during a new fit out.


Steel body lockers may be reused, resprayed and at end of life may be fully recycled.

No chemicals are used in the manufacturing process of steel lockers, including metal pre-treatment, and within our manufacturing facility, all storm water is recycled. This has all helped CSM gain both GECA and ISO9001 and ISO14001 approvals but more importantly, reduces our environmental footprint on this earth.


The steel body is very robust with smooth internal finishes. Compared to timber, it is non combustible, which is important with the addition of cabling and other components.

Low Maintenance

The long term costs of maintaining metal lockers is very low. They can also be repainted.


Metal lockers can have a variety of locking systems, ranging from the basic key lock to incorporating the  more advanced RFID card swipe technology.

Metal also allows for various colour options to be applied and different surface finishes including graphics, chalk board, whiteboard and mirror type finishes to the doors.


CSM stand behind the quality and longevity of its lockers. CSM Lockers also have a manufacturers warranty of 5 years and can be extended to 10 years or even lifetime.*

*conditions apply

Should you require any information in regards to CSM Lockers, please do not hesitate to give one of our team members a call.


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One of our most loyal and cherished employees, Kate Spivey, Sales Administration Manager has been an integral part of the CSM family for almost 20 years.

With almost 20 years of experience at CSM, Kate knows what needs to be achieved to offer a high level of customer service and to get the job done. Kate is the main point of contact for all client orders and ensures they are processed in a timely manner. Kate’s key accounts are within the workplace, government, education and health sectors, offering unparalleled service. We asked Kate a few questions about her experience with CSM.

How long have you been working at CSM?

I started working at CSM on the 24th January 2000. So before too long I will be celebrating my 20th year.

What is your role?

As Sales Administration Manager, I am the main point of contact for all new client orders, once the purchase order has been received.  I ensure the order is processed in an efficient manner and the delivery date is confirmed.  I am in daily contact with our production team to ensure we are committed to all installation dates. It is extremely important that communication with the client is prompt and efficient and I offer the highest level of customer service possible. My account portfolio encompasses the larger government clients and project tenders and ensuring they are all managed competently.

What does your typical day look like?

Each day is different, making my role highly interesting.  Half of my time is meeting clients face to face, to ensure their needs are being met or measuring up a site. For the other half of my week, I am processing or tracking orders and communicating all updates to clients.

What’s the best thing about your job?

I am passionate about delivering a solution for our clients. CSM has a solid reputation in the marketplace for being a trusted advisor. I feel inspired every day knowing we are helping our clients deliver a solution of which they too can be very proud. The industry itself is very dynamic and it is great to work on a variety of projects across various sectors.

What is one of your proudest moments?

There is no one single proud moment. CSM is a unique business as it is one of the few remaining metal manufacturers in Australia, designing, manufacturing and installing storage solutions for the commercial fitout industry. It provides a stable working environment that has given me a myriad of experiences over time. I am very proud to say I have enjoyed working for a company my entire working career, which is very rare in today’s society.

If you could switch your job with anyone else in the company, who would it be?

I have been fortunate to have gained experience across all divisions at CSM, even the powder coating division at the manufacturing facility. I would have to say that my present role is my favourite to date but if I were to switch with another team member for the day, I would say Daniel Lupica, CSM Project Manager, as he gets to solve all types of problems on live projects and then hand over the finished product to a happy client.

What has been your favourite project to work on?

There are too many to list ! Every order at CSM is unique as no two orders are the same. CSM has a range of standard products but our specialty is offering customised products that work in to a particular design. Early engagement is important, as it allows for the best outcome for the client, designing product to a budget and delivering on-time. So I would have to say it is those projects whereby we see the concepts from the beginning that are my favourite. Examples of these projects include The Australian Museum (storing of artifacts and artworks) and the Coroners Court at Lidcombe (customised tambours, cabinets, lockers and rolling storage).

What does the next 20 years have in stall for yourself and CSM?

CSM has been a local manufacturer for over 65 years, with a reputation for offering high quality products. The market remains very competitive but as we continue to be flexible, agile and innovative, CSM will continue to uphold its strong reputation in the marketplace. I will continue to place my clients’ needs at the forefront and offer a high level of customer service. During my career, I have enjoyed being part of a growing business and I look forward to the next 20+ successful years ahead.


Lionel Bowen Library was officially opened as the Bowen Library on Sunday 25 August 1991 and is named after the late Deputy Prime Minister Lionel Bowen, in appreciation of the contribution he made to the local community. Randwick City Council was looking to replace the existing motorised compactus shelving unit, which is housed in a public space of the library on level 1, as it has reached the end of its life.

CSM were engaged to remove the entire existing unit comprising of 18 moving rows and one central pillar with floor rails and supply and install a new CSM fixed track power operated rolling storage unit. The local studies materials and archives were carefully housed on site in crates and returned to the new unit.

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CSM were the successful tenderer due to their knowledge and expertise in dismantling an existing unit and installing a CSM product that was the best solution for this project, all within a public space, minimising the impact on the staff and library patrons.

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Features of the new power operated rolling storage unit include:

  • 238 bays in total, providing 114 liner metres of shelving
  • Dual drive 4 track system
  • Logic Plus Mobile Controller System
  • Decorative vinyl panels, paying homage to the rich history of the Randwick City Council electorate
  • An open ‘pass through’ carriage on the end carriages to store larger archive boxes
  • Ramp gradient is BCA and DDA compliant to ensure it is not a trip hazard
  • Photocell infrared beam as part of the Motor Current Monitoring System (MCMS), as part of the safety device

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Photos Courtesy of Robert Walsh

Dynamic, agile and empowering spaces with CSM

The University of New South Wales is passionate about creating spaces that engage and inspire the student community. The new refurbishment of the Electrical Engineering Building looks to elevate the learning environment with superior products by CSM.

The role of architecture has an inimitable power to redefine the way we experience and use our spaces. Within the educational sector, there is a great value in designing environments that empower and inspire students – to enhance and revitalise the way that the learning space is seen. Dynamic and agile environments are leading the game with a focus on design that fosters collaboration and interaction, crafting a space that puts the needs of the students at the forefront.

Located in Sydney’s east, The University of NSW Electrical Engineering Building Randwick sets a precedent for addressing the advantages and importance of agility in education spaces.

Originally built in 1963, the building is located on one of the main thoroughfares of the university campus. Creative powerhouse, HASSELL Studio was engaged to offer a contemporary facelift to the south and north block buildings.

The refurbishment looked to offer a new generation of students with a space that ensured a world-class teaching, learning and research facility. In collaboration with head contractor, A W Edwards completed the $104m project which included new façade elements, an accessible roof, an upgrade of all services and a production supply of premium-grade CSM Office Furniture Solutions products offering a contemporary, new fit out to support one of the most esteemed Electrical Engineering schools in the world.

Inspired by the original fabric of the building, the design team wanted to showcase this impressive reputation with a vibrant space that celebrated the students in today’s context with design longevity for the future generation.

“It was a really unique challenge as the building itself dates back to the 1960s and was largely in its original condition. The first walks were quite inspiring and we really tried to work with the original features, including timber floors, beautiful fluted glass, articulated angled concrete soffits and the building itself having a variegated blonde brick facade. These features are quite iconic and quite nostalgic,” expresses Nathan Humphries, the Senior Associate at HASSELL.

Working closely with HASSELL and the construction team at A W Edwards Pty Limited, CSM were able to create the desired environment with a refined product selection. This included the Self Based Mechanically Assisted Rolling Storage units and tambour door caddy’s with drawers; Systems Shelving with decorative end panels and adjustable shelves to suit the individual; Work Station Towers with planter boxers in a weave perforation; Open Book Cases; Long Span Shelving; Infinity Door Cabinets and easy access Student Lockers with pin-code battery locking.

CSM spoke with Nathan Humphries about the design process, considerations and inspiration for this project.

CSM: How did you incorporate the original elements of the building into the contemporary design?

Nathan Humphries: The project itself was very technical. Trying to retain a lot of the original fabric, the palette of materials we worked with is empathetic with the base building. We then treated lift cores and key circulation points with a black textured cladding as a way finding device – to orientate yourself through the building and then all of the informal spaces, lab spaces, teaching spaces and workplace were treated as a new insertion.

Due to the linear nature of the building we wanted users to the building to experience a journey through Electrical Engineering and we conceptualised this arcade of ‘discovery’. Each discipline has its own character or its own articulation.

We tried to keep the language consistent with sympathetic materials and a paired back aesthetic that reflects engineering, rubber plywood, expanded metal mesh, and raw materials with aim to maintain that honesty.

What were the main drivers for the project in regards to meeting the clients brief?

They wanted to increase the connectivity both within the university and also to industry, highlighting the change in universities. With the high reputation of the engineering curriculum, the building then became a mechanism to start to attract and really enhance that offer as well.

Visibility on campus was a high priority – it was important that the fit out was driving the architecture and it gave Electrical Engineering its own identity on campus.

The second driver for the school was that they wanted a space that enables them to respond to the nature of 21st century research and teaching with the integration of a digital overlay.

There are about four or five spaces which are at different ends of the building, which can all be interconnected digitally, so up to can be 150 students can be participating in the same lecture simultaneously but in different locations extending to Partnering Universities in other countries.

What Innovative Design elements were you proud of in this project?

As an interior designer, I was really proud about the holistic way the design was conceived with the interiors being the primary driver in a lot of the architectural functions. In terms of innovation, we took a 1960s building and provided an upgrade to the building fabric, to provide a 40-year building life. Sustainability compliance is really quite tricky – getting natural light in, getting the thermal performance right, and getting energy right was very important.

The full-height punched bay windows on the south façade allow the user internally to actually physically be protruded and canter levered out over the University Mall, giving a different dialogue into the public realm. The engineering for that consists of a 20mm aluminium plate with a really complex construction methodology. The building didn’t have any mechanical ventilation. It required a huge new plant on the top so getting all of the services to work in an extremely low floor to floor space (of only 2.9), was incredibly challenging along with to-ordination of the mechanical data, power and other infrastructure.

New innovative ways of approaching teaching were also incorporated. One of the course requirements is to spend a certain amount of hours working outside timetabled fundamental courses. We were able to unlock this concept with a skills lab, which can be accessed outside of timetable hours, where students can work on projects and develop skills and apply a skill base in class.

From a storage point of view, what were the main factors of consideration when allocating storage for this project and how did CSM products respond to these considerations?

Since the 1960s, the professors’ labs were full of motherboard circuit boards and old computers and these guys hadn’t changed the way they worked. The project presented a great challenge in understanding firstly what they needed to store and how they were going to store it. However, the project was an enabling force, as they needed to move out during occupation, forcing them to think about storage in a different way with a more flexible and agile mindset.

We looked at a number of storage products from CSM that gave us flexibility including mobile solutions for the lab spaces, where the technical staff could wheel in and out experiments. Students could also wheel tools during classes, which gave them the flexibility and mobility to move and reconfigure things around. Various CSM custom storage solutions in the workplace integrated planters and green space to help soften the hard space.

CSM products provide semi-private acoustic and screening with ability to reconfigure the levels of privacy within the academic circles. Higher storage units allow privacy when sat down and standing, but still inclusive within the space. The offices themselves were designed with a very modular approach. We used CSM standardised interchangeable shelving units that can adapt from a single person office to a dual office.

The CSM combination locking system on the student lockers also offered an easy solution for student use, as well as for facilities management to maintain. Apart from offering flexibility, it also supports to move to sustainability, using products that meet sustainability requirements on the project.

Click here for a detailed interview with HASSELL about the design considerations for this project.

Photography by Brett Boardman.

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CSM are proud to announce that we are Platinum sponsors of this year’s “Dance For Life” event. Architects and Interior designers are coming together to Dance the night away for a good cause. Support your team by sponsoring them and coming along to the event! Click here to make a donation.  

The fundraiser will support Reach Out an organisation that provides youth with much needed mental health services and programs. Every dollar raised will help to deliver these services.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Australian Educational Standards Have Fallen Below Par

In the effort to improve our comparative educational standards, the Australian A+D community is becoming more involved in creating a new culture of learning country-wide.

Recently, Australia was delivered one of the most shocking wake-up calls:

“[Q]uite well, given the circumstances; but, there’s clear potential to do better”.

While laced ever-so-slightly with encouragement, this nonetheless damning assessment from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on Australia’s position within global education standards has left many worrying over this country’s comparative educational performance. And so it should.

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The State of Education: A Report Card

This statistical report (on global educational performance from 2001-2012, with a prospectus up to 2020) outlined several shocking indictments levelled at the full spectrum of education across this country: at educational institutions, at legislators, at education providers, and finally at students as well. While the average public expenditure on improving educational facilities averaged 6.2% and rising, in Australia it has fallen to below 4.4% and continuing to plummet. Coming in at the 22nd position of the 29 OECD countries assessed, Australian students’ comparative performance has slipped to a scandalous level and, meanwhile, unemployment continues to rise as an entire generation is finding it impossible to enter the professional pipelines.

While this remains an alarming condition for our educational capacity, the past decade of Australian education has, however, observed an unprecedented degree of experimentation intended to alleviate our dwindling prowess. Landmark federal legislation, blanket curriculum standards, streamlined testing, and greater access to secondary language programmes have all contributed to the effort of dramatically reimagining Australian educational processes and institutions. But while the results of these efforts are yet to yield, many decision-makers in this sector (including privately- and government-funded institutions) are turning also to the intelligent design solutions of our A+D community to create a more effective culture of learning that can persist sustainably for the longer-term.


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Designing a Smarter Tomorrow: Design-Thinking and Education

While testing, curriculum reviews and teaching processes undeniably exist at the core of this wholesale education revamp, landmark research indicates that greater emphasis needs to be placed on challenging traditional concepts that drive those campus structures informing teaching and learning pedagogies.

The more traditional model of education under which we all were schooled from primary to tertiary years was devised to actively produce a particular breed of graduate – principally, an industrial worker. Placing the instructor at the front of a given space, often elevated, and followed by seating arrangements (usually sterile and uniform in blandness) that face said instructor, this format of designing educational spaces was instituted during the high-Victorian era. Consequently, it was also borrowed directly from Victorian workplace arrangements produced by new industrial technologies and Fordist philosophies. While proving to be fantastic for levelling out individual difference – the industrialist philosophy of ‘another cog in the machine’ – a recent and incredible drive in research and development surrounding behavioural psychology in the education sector has called for design solutions that facilitate self-directed learning. Now seeking to empower each individual’s unique approach to learning and digesting information, A+D is invested in inspiring our students to become truly global citizens with agile problem-solving skills that celebrate critical and creative cognitive patterns.

This entire micro-history of design-thinking is known, currently, by the shorthand ‘Sticky Campus’ approach. Centred around the concept that students, staff and administrative stakeholders can enrich the educational experience through building interpersonal relationships that lead to collaboration, cross-discipline exposure, and valuing the distinctly individual modes of teaching and learning, achieving the ‘sticky campus’ is an exercise in … surprisingly … the art of lingering.

Recognising that a central tenet of educational best practice is the celebration of variety, diversity and the ability to enact creative problem-solving, the ‘sticky campus’ aims not to recreate what is taught, but rather the way we are taught. In short, it attempts to improve functionality and convenience, embracing flexibility to provide a meaningful culture that can support continually improving educational practice. As a beneficial addendum, such an approach to spatial arrangement and design practice also seeks to foster all-important social relationships and patterns of communality, inherent in effective learning.


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The Case of Moore College

Located in the Sydney city suburb of Newtown, the Moore Theological College remains one of the largest Anglican seminaries in the world and houses the Moore College library – the largest theological library in the Southern Hemisphere. Under a recent renewal project led by the construction group Kane and architectural firms Geyer and Allen, Jack + Cottier Architects, a reimagined Resource and Research Centre aimed to unite the design-thinking practices surrounding the ‘sticky campus’ movement whilst also attempting to challenge traditional ideas surrounding campus structures.

As requirements for libraries and educational institutions continue to change and challenge pre-accepted norms, the recent consolidation of Moore College’s infrastructure, facilities and administration brings a vast array of stakeholders together under one roof in a bid to promote connectivity and collaboration as key to the college’s educational services.

Through all elements of the design process, it is evident that the design team at Geyer brought to the table their strong backing in reimagining commercial environments to be more in line with the productivity- and collaboration-focused initiatives of the ‘agile workspace’. As an ‘agile educational space’, the Moore College redevelopment is a staggering example of how intelligent design solutions can benefit the institution’s entire community without need of a drastic re-build.

For instance, while the previous college infrastructure only allowed a mere 46 study spaces in the library and a further 20 collaborative zones throughout the entire main campus, Geyer radically transformed existing environments to allow the new college campus comprise 222 reflective study spaces within the library and an impressive 100+ collaborative study spaces throughout the main campus. And, while the Moore library may be one of the largest in its class, administration was only able to retain 60,000 units of the collection onsite. Maximising capacity through a solutions-driven storage design – thanks to the spatially economising library shelving, static shelving, rolling storage units and tambours (pictured) supplied through CSM – has enable the new library to adequately store, maintain and offer over an additional 40,000 units from the library’s growing archive.


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In a locale of rising overheads, urban density and inflated property prices, optimising existing infrastructure with intelligent and space-saving storage solutions is undeniably a pressing need. CSM’s design offering allows the reimagined Moore College not only a flexible and quality range of storage devices that add value back to the library’s collection, but also celebrates the fact that this college will continue to grow alongside increasing demand. The collective design team, then, were required at all times to remain cognisant that the college will inevitably need to expand their storage capabilities in the future. CSM’s suite was an inspired choice: a holistic system that is both highly adaptable and modular while also compatible with any number of similar systems within their portfolio.


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Executed in a bright, uplifting tonal palette of citrus accented with clean whites, Moore College’s new resources are a stellar example of motivational spatial design. The library (pictured) with its recent additions for solo or collaborative breakout zones successfully integrates socialising with studious productivity. With an aim to create a stimulating environment that both energises and inspires learners, teachers and all staff, this redesign of Moore Colleges campus is readily adaptable to the different needs and modes of all stakeholders. With interstitial spaces, areas for sociability, focus and retreat, and broad open areas for collaboration, this intelligent development is helping to shape the very people who will in turn shape our tomorrow.

This article is presented by CSM on Indesignlive.com http://www.indesignlive.com/advertorials/australian-educational-standards-fallen-par

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‘Vertical’. ‘Sticky’… What Has Happened to Education Sector Design?

How do you design a campus that encourages students and staff to linger? And how do you foster a sense of connection in a vertical tower block?

As anyone in the A+D world that works in education will attest, one of today’s biggest challenges is creating the highly sought-after ‘Sticky Campus’ – a campus where students actually want to spend time. Not just through spaces that are more visually lively than the formal institutions of old, although this is important, but by designing environments that encourage interaction and collaboration. Because when students forge strong bonds with their contemporaries and educators, and have an appealing environment in which to socialise together, they are much more likely to spend time there. Not because they have to but because they want to.

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Building Up: Education Reaches New Heights

The new Western Sydney University (WSU) campus in the centre of Parramatta’s CBD is a brilliant exemplar of how this can be achieved. What’s more, the team at Woods Bagot who were tasked with designing the campus, were working within the challenging parameters of a vertical tower block in which the campus would be stacked over several floors; a set-up that is typically inhibitive to connectivity and interaction. So how did they overcome this?

They began by designing the campus around a vast, open central atrium. This completely opened up the space and enhanced the sense of fluidity and community, allowing for greater mobility whilst adding sightlines between floors. The provision of interconnecting stairs and voids encourages collaboration and organic conversation between students, staff and industry. And, as a key element of Woods Bagot’s initial brief was to blur the lines between a traditional commercial office tower and a functional university campus, this was crucial to its success.

“Our vision was to create a campus multidisciplinary in function, innovative in approach and entrepreneurial in spirit. […This meant] creating a unifying, central and flexible vertical campus environment for WSU students via an evidence-based design approach, applying future-focused education principles”. – Woods Bagot Design Team.

Client briefing also led to proposals for a mixed-faculty occupation of the campus building and so, in a departure from the norm, Business, Economics and Engineering faculties are all intertwined. To cater for this, the campus comprises a diverse range of fully flexible spaces that can accommodate multiple learning landscapes and different academic disciplines. As Alan Duffy, Woods Bagot’s regional education sector leader, says: “This allowed us to test the blend between formal and informal learning spaces and the outcome is a flexible, adaptive environment that encourages learning through conversation.”

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Is This The Direction of Education In The Future?

There are also no lecture theatres in this agile, future-proof campus! Rather, a typical floor features four teaching studios or ‘flipped’ classrooms, which are completely re-configurable. So the lecturer can stand either in the centre of the room or at the front, at a retractable console, whilst the student desks are mobile. To ensure the lecturers felt comfortable with this new environment, however, prototypes were set up at two other campuses over two years.

In the spirit of promoting a greater connection, offices also aren’t enclosed. There are just a few private rooms for student consultation, male and female prayer rooms and women’s and parenting rooms. Even the academics were asked to forego their offices and work instead in an open-plan setting where they have dedicated desks and storage amenities.

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As with every detail in this project, storage has been very carefully considered and the design team called upon Australian company and all-round storage experts CSM Office Furniture Solutions. CSM has been manufacturing high- quality office furnishing and commercial storage systems for 60 years and so were perfectly placed to help. And with ample personal storage space provided for everyone, staff and students are invited to disburden themselves of their belongings and make themselves feel more at home; another subtle feature that encourages people to linger on campus. Across student and faculty spaces, CSM’s vast portfolio of storage and furniture solutions adorns ten separate floors of the reimagined campus. Throughout levels one to ten, the design team’s extensive use of the Infinity Hinge Door Cabinet provides both staff and students adequate and generous options for storage – a much needed element in such extensive and mobile spaces. Whether for storing vital documents and accessories for a large volume of itinerant hot-desking staff and students, or housing the university’s archives, this lockable unit is future-proofed for generations yet to come, being 100% steel and highly resilient to repeat use.

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Where desks are no longer merely desks, and education environments are no longer merely just classrooms, personal storage, too, needs to respond to broader design values

Meanwhile, bold visual statements are made through a system of workstation storage: CSM’s Workstation Towers throughout levels eight and ten. With a pearlescent exterior white enamel, these integrated desk storage elements playfully engage with interior and exterior design features. Finished internally in either bright Horizon Blue or Blaze Blue, they’re an inspired design feature that contrasts WSU’s branding, while also passively demarcating spaces for personal storage to free up vital workstation space. Counterproductive desk clutter has magically disappeared, while coupled with Systems Shelving across the same span of storeys, this integrated storage system offers all users a superior and modular solution to economising on space, all the while complementing a variety of different working and educational behaviour requirements. For those more hefty storage requirements, CSM’s Long Span Shelving provides the basement level of the campus maximal clearances and higher efficiencies.

Specifying CSM product was an inspired choice. After all, storage solutions are far more than just simple shelves, units with lock-up exterior and drawers that tend to normally be specified at the tail end of the design process. Rather, here, we see the virtue in integrating storage facility early on in the design intent. After all, such solutions  define space and priority – they, that is, demarcate the space of the individual within that of its public. Reducing personal space from an entire campus, in this case, to a small microcosm and its user’s place within it. They are, in essence, the most concrete example in which the extensive totality of one’s life at WSU – education, sociability, and personal growth – is directly accessible. Personal fulfilment made material, as it were. But in this world of blended typologies where desks are no longer merely desks, and education environments are no longer merely just classrooms, personal storage, too, needs to respond to broader design values. No longer relegated to the position of being the last element specified in the design process, CSM’s locking storage solutions are beginning to leave a bold visual and functional statement.

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In other words, mission impossible became mission complete.

It’s a deft touch for the design team who at all points attempted to celebrate the diversity of materials and textures across the project. Solid, natural materials have been used to define the formal learning zones, which, in turn, are surrounded by continuous informal and social spaces. This includes breakout zones where comfortable, reconfigurable furniture encourages staff and students to relax and socialise with one another. The social spaces are also enhanced by transparent glazing, which extends across the podium’s entire southern elevation, allowing natural light to pour through and create a visual connection with the outdoors.

A final noteworthy highlight of the new campus, which adds to its tomorrow-proof design, is its assembly of high-tech features. This includes a library, which is largely digital and where wall queuing panels tell students where they are in the queue. There is also a touch screen in the downstairs lobby, which tells them how long they have to wait for their train!

With its prime location in the heart of Parramatta’s CBD, the ground floor of the building has been given over to a commercial lobby as well as retail and hospitality outlets. The upper levels, meanwhile, are home to commercial and government tenants. Thus, the end product is a vertical learning environment that successfully blurs the lines between business and community and between staff and students. It is the ultimate showcase of a blended learning pedagogy in a future-focussed, spatially diverse and student-centred environment.

…Or, in other words, mission impossible became mission complete.

This article is presented by CSM on http://www.indesignlive.com/the-work/vertical-sticky-happened-education-sector-design

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Luxurious finishes coupled with bold contemporary design create a modern look for this Corporate End of Trip facility at 101 Miller Street.

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Sustainability was a key driver for the refurbishment of 101 Miller Street, North Sydney, a premium grade building co-owned by Mirvac Group and TIAA CREF.  Since 2007 this existing building has undergone a considerable upgrade with a holistic approach to the  refurbishment and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.  This iconic building represents an award-winning retro-green asset, now capable of functioning for years to come without excessive energy inputs or substantial demolition waste generation.

It is becoming standard practice to integrate End of Trip facilities into new and existing buildings. The benefits of having these amenities are two-fold, contributing sustainability credits towards a building’s GBCA Green Star rating and also a major draw card for attracting new tenants.

Wellbeing is now rapidly becoming a key focus for companies wishing to optimise their operations, and workspaces are now being designed with this is mind. Recent studies by the National Institute of Wellness Australia found that companies focusing on “wellness” in the workplace saw significant improvements in performance, with a 3.5 increase in creativity and innovation, and an employee retention rate increased 4.5 times over a 12-month period. It’s no surprise then that End of Trip facilities are in such high demand.

The design, management and construction of 101 Miller Street’s new End of Trip project was entrusted to enfold  who delivered an outstanding contemporary facility for the end user.

Within the complex there is now storage for more than 170 bicycles conveniently located in the car park, with further refurbished bathrooms, showers and nearby staff lockers supplied by CSM Office Furniture Solutions who worked in collaboration with METRA Australia’s locking systems to address user concerns.

We spoke to Pamela Kamenitsas lead designer at enfold about their design vision for this project.

Enfold consistently advocates environmentally sustainable design for their clients. What were the key drivers and vision for this project?

The client was looking to create a premium facility that would attract larger companies and corporate tenants. A key driver was to align the style of the design with the existing aesthetics found in the rest of the building, so we worked to create a design that would match the finishes on other floors.

From a design perspective we wanted this EOT to feel more like a hotel spa experience in order to create a nicer experience for users on arrival. We aimed to create a light and fresh space whilst still keeping a feeling of warmth and we did this by using a natural colour palette.  For the lockers in the changerooms we used one of the latest Polytec laminates which give a very realistic wood texture matt finish and is durable and long lasting for a high traffic usage area. We juxtaposed the darker timber tones with a light-coloured floor to tie into the limestone flooring found in the rest of the common areas upstairs. By adding the shoe racks beneath the lockers in white we lightened up the space as the lockers are elevated and appear to float.

We decided to replace traditional benches with a more comfortable ottoman seating, with rounded corners which are more user friendly. We also added subtle organic shapes to soften the interior such as the round mirrors in the ladies’ hair stations and added brass finishes for a luxury accent.


What innovations or technology were factored into the design in order to facilitate user ease?

 The client was looking for the best solution possible; a system that would enable users to use only one swipe card to access all areas in the building and would integrate with their existing system. To have only one access card for all available building services from the car park, building entries, lifts and available for tenancies was a must.

Following investigation and visits to the various EOTF it became obvious that the simple convenience of using one building access card was not generally available.

We worked in collaboration with CSM to develop storage with integrated locking systems to address user concerns and facilitate ease of use. The Swipe card system we integrated is user friendly and has met with the client’s goals of reducing tenancy service cards from 3 to 1.

What special design elements and features were considered?

We wanted to add some elements to the EOT that would make the user experience more pleasurable.  We found that many End of Trip facilities we visited had not allowed for heating and air-conditioning. As EOT’s are often located in the basement or parking of buildings these areas can be quite cold. We added air-conditioning to ensure the areas would be comfortable. In the men’s facility we also added shoe polishing areas and hair dryers and straighteners in both bathrooms to cater to user needs.

How did CSM s products and service align to your customisation requirements for this project?

We found that some locker companies will only work with limited laminate finishes, however CSM was very flexible with regard to the customisation requirements we had. CSM worked both within our aesthetic and functionality brief. We experienced a great service, as there was considerable coordination required with joiners and external providers. CSM was able to deliver the products on time and to our specifications.

” CSM and METRA Australia listened to what we believed to be achievable and provided a system capable of providing exactly what we wanted to achieve.”
Ray Marsh Mirvac

For more information on CSM projects and products contact us sales@csm-office.com.au


A senior Executive specialising in Brand Management, Marketing  and Client Relations and the personality to match her impressive resume, Renee Opperman has joined CSM as the new Director of Client Engagement.

With direct experience in the Apparel, Finance and the Property & Construction Industries, Renee Opperman specialises in Client Relationship Management and New Business Development. Renee is creative, innovative and values relationship building and community, all ideal traits for her new position.  We asked her a few questions about her past experience and ambitions with CSM.

Renee Opperman CSM’s new Director of Client Engagement

What brought you to work for CSM? 

As soon as I met the Directors, Peter Letton and Mark Durrington and learnt about the history of the business and the plans for the future, I knew straight away I wanted to be part of something special. CSM has been around for over 65 years and have a great reputation in the marketplace for producing quality product here in Australia. The company is local to where I grew up so it immediately felt very familiar and was an easy transition when joining the CSM Team. I also thoroughly enjoy working within the Property and Construction Industry and I love working with great product, so it was a perfect fit.

How would you describe your position at CSM and what do you hope to achieve in the role?

My role at CSM is Director of Client Engagement.  As part of the Management Team my focus is to help develop and drive the strategy for business growth. This includes how we support our existing clients, how we connect to potential clients and how we communicate and market our brand to the industry. CSM is a very well known brand and has a solid reputation from which to work from. I see my role as building on these foundations further to ensure CSM are the preferred steel storage solutions supplier in the marketplace. It has been a steep learning curve, getting to know all of the products (over 3500) however with the new direction of the company, offering more bespoke solutions with a design focus, it is very exciting to enter the business at this time and be part of the change.

What past experiences do you think will be beneficial or that you can draw upon to bring your own unique vision to this position?

I am very lucky to have worked across various industry’s during my career. The experience and skills developed over this time has brought me to where I am today. After University, my very first job was in the fashion industry, as the on-road Quality Assurance representative for a swimwear company, checking the quality of garments made at the local manufacturers in Sydney. This was a great experience as it taught me the value of hard work and to treat everyone as equals. Often English was not the first language of the contractors so kindness, patience and empathy were very important traits to master. Later in this industry I also worked as a Brand Manager for an International company who are the leaders in Dance Apparel. This highlighted the importance of brand reputation and consistency of your brand when marketing on an international scale. When running my own marketing agency, I understood the importance of doing what you say, don’t over promise and always over deliver. Looking after your team, even if it is a simple thank you for their commitment and dedication to the business, this has such a huge impact and can create wonderful results for everyone.  So my unique vision for the business is to utilise all of my past experiences to ensure CSM continues to be a great place to work, offers a high quality product and CSM are the first choice when it comes to office storage solutions within the property industry.

Who inspires you in your daily life?

I am very lucky to be a mother to three wonderful children. They continually inspire me to be a better person and a role model in their lives. I do enjoy the challenge that work brings and it is a huge part of my life, however it is also wonderful to walk in the door each day to the smiling faces and hugs of those we love.

What trends do you see happening in workplace environments over the next 12 months?

Wellness has definitely been the buzz word in design this past year and I believe there is a continuing shift towards a more holistic approach to workplace design with a focus on employee  “wellbeing”. Companies already spend tens of billions of dollars each year on wellness programs but often receive mixed results if they fail to integrate wellness into their workplace design to support their considerable investment of these initiatives.

Studies have shown that a lack of wellness among employees can drive costs such as health care, and contribute to absenteeism as well as lack of motivation which lowers productivity, so I think its a logical conclusion that more companies will start integrating wellness into the design of their workplace environments. Sleep pods and air filtered green walls are already realities in some workplaces and through this kind of design, employees are provided with  an environment that supports their health and well-being.  At CSM we are working on helping our clients create workplace ecosystems designed to support all their efforts to enhance the “user experience” through human focused design.

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Peter Letton and Mark Durrington at their factory in Caringbah

This year CSM is celebrating a significant milestone with 65 years in the business of providing integrated office storage solutions for clients nationwide. Indesign Live interviewed CSM about their journey from humble beginnings working in steel to how they became pioneers in customisable storage design.

Indesignlive spoke with Peter Letton and Mark Durrington, Directors of CSM to find out how CSM have sustained longevity over the decades through innovation to remain market leaders in an ever changing workplace.

Indesignlive: How have you seen workplaces changing in the 21st century?

The biggest impact we have seen on workplace design has been as a direct result of digital transformation. In particular digital imaging has really changed the way people store information in the workplace, gone are the days for the need of mass storage of paper copies and this transition from file indexes towards digital archiving has signalled a move towards paperless offices. This transformation also coincides with the current demand towards integrating more sustainable practices in offices today. We have more recently observed a shift in design from operational and structural efficiency in the workplace to a focus on a more holistic approach in workplace design centred around wellness of the individual.

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How does CSM continue to service an evolving workplace and office cultur

The digital age has enabled remote and flexible working, and as a result we have seen a huge shift in office culture. This is reflected in current workplace design through the increased trend towards agile and activity based working spaces. Many companies are now including collaborative spaces where employees no longer have a fixed desk or workstation. This in turn means the need for personal storage has changed. Personal item and centralised storage solutions have increased in demand, with lockers now being a key feature that are being integrated in to new workplace fit–outs. As a result, CSM has a developed a diverse range of custom lockers to meet this need.

Where previously CSM provided a standardised range of storage, we now find ourselves working directly with our clients to create individualised solutions. Different business units within a company will have vastly different storage requirements. Materials and equipment are now located in common areas for accessibility. The provision of security for both private belongings and sensitive documents is also considered in the solution, in order for companies to be compliant with legislation..

Our innovative and experienced team have developed a range of storage products that can adapt to meet individual client requirements considering the design intent, culture and wellbeing needs.

“Increased flexibility is fundamental when designing storage for the evolving workplace” 

Custom Mirror Finishes on Rolling Storage for SBS

 How important is local manufacturing to you, and to Australia?

We are vertically integrated, so our design, engineering and manufacture exist all under one roof. Having these services in-house along with a rapid prototyping facility allows a quicker response time.

One of the most important aspects of our operations being local is our ability to have our engineers meet face to face with clients. This allows us to offer more than a standardised off the shelf product, we can design and create customised storage solutions by developing new products specifically for our clients which we then build to specification.

Flipper Door cabinets

How has CSM maintained its position in storage in Australia for over 65 years?

With 65 years of experience we have built trust with government and corporate clients along with a demonstrated ability to deliver large scale projects within the property industry. We are contract suppliers for the government with over 25 years of successful delivery for the education and public sectors including the recent Service NSW rollout. Renowned for our work with steel, we have now moved towards specialised workplace storage design, integrating a range of materials to suit the client’s needs, design and budget.

Our success has been underpinned by our commitment to continuous improvement through innovation and technology.

What does sustainability mean for CSM?

Sustainability is at the core of our company ethos and we have ensured that its practice is integrated across all areas of our business. We were the first Australian storage manufacturer to be GECA certified and we removed chemical use from our manufacturing process over 20 years ago which had the added benefit of removing harmful VOC’s from our products. Our carbon footprint is minimal through our process right through to our delivery. We use transport cages and reusable protection instead of plastics and timber crates. 97% of our packaging is reused and 2% is recycled and all packaging is returned to CSM so we see less than 1% waste, this is largely enabled by the fact that we are local manufacturers. As a result of our efforts we are often specified for green star rated projects and this is something we are very proud of.

The construction methods used in the modular products allow for upcycle and refurbishment. We can take a product back and refurbish it, including the triage of doors as our metal base allows cosmetic changes without throwing out the original furniture which can be costly and contributes to landfill. 

What recent work has CSM completed that you’re particularly proud of?

We are proud of all our projects and have been fortunate to be specified for many award-winning fitouts. We enjoyed working on the CBA Darling Walk project – this was an iconic project being one of the first agile workplaces using entirely recyclable material for the supply of lockers.

We recently delivered storage for the KPMG national rollout. This large scale project included new offices in Sydney, Parramatta, Melbourne and Adelaide. It was a logistically complex project with a highly skilled team, working seamlessly to coordinate the delivery to meet time and budget restraints. Collaborating with the client and designers we were able to achieve a successful outcome meeting KPMG’s unique requirement.

What’s next for CSM?

We are always looking at ways to innovate and expand the scope of our product and services. Sustainability and wellness will always feature in our vision.

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Once again the team at CSM will be taking part in this years Tour de PIF Ride in Ku-ring-gai National Park. Supported by members of the property and construction industry, each year teams of people come together to raise vital funds for the PIF House Program. The program aims to build homes and provide  vital care for at-risk and homeless young people.

CSM is a proud supporter of the Property Industry Foundation and on Friday 19th October, Director of client engagement Renee Opperman will be riding 56kms in the Tour de PIF through the challenging hills of the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park to help raise much needed funds for this worthy charity.

‘I’m inspired by the work of Property Industry Foundation and wanted to support them by raising money as part of my participation in Tour de PIF Sydney Ride.  I have walked the short course in previous years so this year it will definitely be a challenge jumping on a bike for the 56kms. I have seen first-hand the great work PIF do to help the homeless youth around Australia and your donations would be greatly appreciated.’ Renee Opperman


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