K-12 And The “Space Race”

With Schmidt Associates’ 40th birthday just celebrated, we thought it would be interesting to explore some of the ways in which the challenges and expectations of our clients and their stakeholders have evolved over the last four decades. Over the next four weeks, we’re publishing four spots on what “40  years on” have meant for […]

Part Four: When Did You Know?

This third series of “when did you know?” focuses on a handful of architects from our team, each telling us about their “aha moment” in life. During my Catholic School days, I was really good at art and math. I ran out of classes to take one year, and my calculus teacher suggested I take drafting. I had […]

Art’s Principles: Lessons Learned from a World-Class Service Firm

        Art Gensler started his architecture firm in 1965 and it has grown to one of the largest firms in the world with more than 90 offices across the globe. His book, Art’s Principles, covers many of the lessons he has learned over the years. After a few of us around the […]

Third in the Series of Four Core Principles of Design at Schmidt Associates – A Closer Look at the Stewardship Principle

Design at Schmidt Associates flows passionately and intentionally out of our Core Principles of Design. We covered the strategic principal in our previous post of the series. The second of these principles is Stewardship. Design solutions respond to this principle through their functional usability and the way in which people are able to flexibly activate their […]

About Turning 40

Turning forty for a business is different than it is for a person. For one thing, there are no teasing implications that “it’s downhill from here”. More the contrary—if a company weathers all the challenges it will encounter over that length of time, it is probably proving itself multi-generational. That takes us into the province […]

40th Anniversary Recap

Schmidt Associates celebrated our 40th Anniversary with an open house last Thursday night. We all had a wonderful time reminiscing about the past and looking forward to the future with our clients and coworkers. To give you all a quick recap of the last 40 years, take a look at our infographic and a few words from our […]

Part Three: When Did you Know?

This third series of “when did you know?” focuses on a few staff members from our construction administration and engineering team, each telling us about their “aha moment” in life. My uncle was a home builder, and most of our family worked there. I went to work summers on a framing crew in my early teens. I just always […]

Trusting

These past few months while we were considering the five pillars of trust necessary to lead a team of jet pilots through tight aerobatic routines and how those criteria apply to leadership at large, the nation has been having a larger discussion about leadership. Many citizens do value character, commitment, competence, connection, and communication. They […]

The Tenant Build-Out Design Process

Tenant improvement/build-out projects occur when a commercial real estate agency works with a building owner to lease an entire building or a suite within a building. When a prospective tenant wants to lease a space, their space needs could vary widely, but they typically need: Additional Restrooms Private Offices Accommodations for additional technology Interior Finishes […]

A Case Study: “One Stops” by Ivy Tech Community College

First things first, a “One Stop” is best defined as a central place to meet with an academic advisor, register for class, pay tuition, etc. A model for excellence in integrated student service, a college One Stop ensures customer convenience and enables the best possible customer service for students. Ultimately, One Stops should make the process of […]

Lessons Learned from the Field

There is always the potential to run into a few bumps along the road in the construction process, but it is important to learn from them. One way we do that here at Schmidt Associates is to take the time to reflect on projects currently under construction or recently completed. We always want to improve […]

Part Two: When Did you Know?

This second series of “when did you know?” focuses entirely on our talented interior design team, each telling their story about when they first realized they wanted to be an interior designer.   “The moment I realized that I wanted to be an interior designer came after I had spent my entire childhood helping on many home […]

Designing for Function in Educational Spaces

When it comes to designing a new education space, you need to think from the perspective of those who will be using it the most: students and teachers. The space needs to function in ways that will serve their functional needs, spark their creativity, and enhance collaboration. There are both similarities and differences in what […]

Mixed-use Development Challenges

Mixed-use development combines two or more uses; residential, commercial, cultural, institutional, or industrial into an integrated structure or area. This can be a single building, a conglomeration of several buildings, or sometimes an entire neighborhood or development area. Blending together restaurants, boutiques, and apartments can bring a lot of life to a city corner while […]

Second in the Series of Four Core Principles of Design at Schmidt Associates – A Closer Look at the Strategic Principle

The purpose behind design at Schmidt Associates is to act passionately and intentionally out of our Core Principles of Design, which are the mirrors of our kaleidoscope. The first of these principles is to be Strategic.  Design solutions respond to this principle most strongly by responding to the context of the client in the built […]

Designing for Accessibility

At Schmidt Associates, we’ve been sensitive to the design needs of those with disabilities for a long time. For one of our more recent projects, The Erskine Green Training Institute and Courtyard Muncie, we met with Self-Advocates from The Arc of Indiana before jumping into the planning and design process. Several Advocates use wheelchairs and […]

When Did you Know?

Have you ever had a pivotal “aha moment” in life? That moment where something just… clicks! Whatever profession or industry you are currently in, you probably had one of those moments where you realized “this is truly what I want to do.” We are starting a series called “when did you know?” that will reveal […]

Show Me

We are midway through George Dom’s illumination of the Blue Angels’ leadership model gleaned from his experience as C.O. and flight leader in the 1980s. The world’s best aerobatic team operates on a platform of trust built on five core competencies. These are the determinants for all effective leadership. Could asking questions that reveal these […]

Inspiring a Drive to Create

I had the pleasure of speaking to the Senior Designers at Purdue University for their Professional Development course this week. It is always great to step back into the classroom and talk about our industry from a professional level while reflecting back on my experience preparing for graduation and finding the job that is the […]

How Architects Measure Success

In a recent meeting, we were asked “what does success looks like?” at Schmidt Associates. Four Schmidt Associates architects weighed in… Success is measurable in multiple forms. At this point in my career, success is based on the design process. One of the ways I measure success is by how the documents are executed in […]

Urban Environments Archibabble

 Checkout our short quiz – Urban Environments Archibabble  Just click on the link below, and you’ll be directed to the quiz where you can compete, learn and have a good laugh too. Take our quiz here! Feel free to share this with others at your college/university who might enjoy.

Four Core Principles of Design at Schmidt Associates

The purpose behind design at Schmidt Associates is to act passionately and intentionally out of our Core Principles of Design, which are the mirrors of our kaleidoscope. The components of a design project are like the pieces of a kaleidoscope. The pieces can fit together in countless ways, and with each turn of the kaleidoscope […]

Synthetic Turf 101 Infographic

Synthetic turf is quickly becoming the norm for many sporting venues at a variety of levels: professional, college, high school, and parks and recreation. This product makes sense when a variety of sports are played year round, and field use is at a premium. However, it does come at a high initial cost and is currently […]

Walking the Talk

George Dom, commanding officer and flight leader of the Blue Angels during the late 1980’s, has never seen levels of trust as low as they are now. The crisis of trust is vividly apparent to someone whose leadership/team experience meant those who inhabited his world personally came to work every day and literally put their […]

Interior Design that Encourages Collaboration in the Corporate Environment

When planning for corporate environments, the color of the walls and pattern of the carpet are important but not nearly as critical as creating an environment that encourages collaboration. Two main styles of collaborative spaces should be considered. Laid-back Lounge Comfortable areas in business offices are trending within the interior design world. By using sofas, […]

Five Tips for Early Childhood Facility Planning, Design and Construction

Most of us may have a difficult time remembering what it was like to be in preschool, but try to put yourself there for a moment. Everything seems so much bigger than you, your imagination is running freely, and you are actually encouraged to nap in the middle of the day. It is important to […]

Project Blogs: What are They and how do They Work

Schmidt Associates believes it is important to keep Owners, users, and the members of the surrounding community involved with the design process. However, it can be a challenge meet with all of those people and keep them informed without delaying a project’s schedule. To address this need, Schmidt Associates has developed project blogs to serve […]

The 7 Types of Building Systems Engineering

When my eight year old asks what an engineer is, I say “we make things work”. People don’t think about how something works, until it doesn’t. Below is a basic description of the seven types of engineering systems that affect a building. 1. Civil Civil engineering related to building systems primarily deals with the routing […]

Schmidt Associates Scholarship Recipients

The Schmidt Associates Scholarship was established in June of 2000 by the partners of the company. Schmidt Associates will match two for one, the contributions of its employees. One scholarship is awarded each year for a minimum of $1,000 to a Ball State University student. The purpose of the fund is to provide financial assistance to […]

Technology Integration Series

Schmidt Associates has developed a two part series on technology integration in a healthcare educational environment including: technology basics, its impact on an overall campus, and specific implementation in a new medical school and medical research environment. Technology Basics in Healthcare Education and Research Technology has become a huge recruiting tool for healthcare programs at […]

Out of the Blue

It’s 2016, so let’s have a happy new year. And in this space over the next several months, let’s chew over how we know and choose good leaders. We will explore from an angelic perspective—Blue Angel, that is. The members of our US Navy’s precision flying team are ‘youngish’. There is nothing abstract about the […]

A Different Perspective

There is an old saying that says “there is nothing more dangerous than a person with only one idea.” Having one brilliant idea is a great thing, but it was likely honed from multiple ideas at some earlier point in time. Building design is like this as well. When each of us is first presented […]

Led by Grace

It frequently happens at this time of year—this stretch between Thanksgiving and year-end holidays. We are apt to be a few degrees out of our normal routine—auto pilot off—when suddenly, ZING! A moment of grace, instead of passing unnoticed, slips through and hits home. We are fully awake to life in that instant. And somehow, […]

Current trends of K-12 media spaces

  Media Centers are always evolving in the school setting. Thoughtful design is mandatory to ensure spaces are utilized to their maximum potential and tailored to the ultimate goal of enhancing the student, teacher, and community member experience. Here are some current trends critical to a school’s Media Center space. Flexibility Looking at how the […]

Hey Sport!

All Indianapolis mayoral administrations of recent decades will testify that professional sports are essential to the city’s financial health. The same is true in cities across the nation—and benefits do not end on the bottom line. Sport enterprise pumps money through the community, draws desirable residents, commerce, and industry, and instills vitality in the culture. […]

Philosophy of Space Planning and Design

In order to produce a strong space plan and design, Schmidt Associates believes a proven process must be followed. In simplest form, the process can be defined as having five main components: Mission and Goals A “Core Group” comprised of key decision-makers will help define the objectives, desired culture, and vision. By creating common expectations, […]

Thought Leaders

Stop reading at the end of this sentence and choose someone whose thinking you pay attention to, someone whose opinion you value. The person you hold in mind is a thought leader. You may well be a thought leader yourself. At the very least, you have the potential and opportunity to rival the best because […]

Making Magic – Approaching Conceptual Design

Many people seem to think there is some sort of magic that happens when architects develop early project design concepts. It’s a big part of the fun; the first steps in connecting the client to their dreams. Not that it’s a simple exercise, but it actually involves many of the same replicable steps each time. […]

Two Questions

The founding fathers explicitly warned fellow countrymen to distrust government and to remain vigilant in their suspicion. They knew full well the tendency of those with a measure of power to steadily encroach on those with less, until the latter are fully subjugated. We were to be a nation of citizens, not subjects. That meant, […]

Culinary Centers: Sequence of Events

In a previous blog post, we talked about the Growing Demand for Culinary Centers and What is in a Culinary Center. You can review it here. The focus today is The Sequence of Events and Main Takeaways. The Sequence of Events Once the programming (types of labs) is determined, the next most important component in […]

Roof 101: Low Slope Roof Material Options

Like steep-slope roofs, low-slope roofs have 3 main options- built-up, single-ply membrane, and monolithic sprayed foam. To begin with, built- up roofs can be of two basic types and have a fabulous reputation at Schmidt Associates. Built-up roofs can be composed of coal tar or asphalt and the asphalt can be hot applied or cold […]

Designing Culinary Centers

Culinary centers are unique from start to finish, from the initial planning of the lab layout to the finishing technological touches. Schmidt Associates has experience in designing such state-of-the-art facilities. We’ve outlined 4 things that you should know about culinary centers. The Growing Demand for Culinary Centers What is in a Culinary Center? The Sequence […]

Roof 101: Steep-slope Roof Material Options

Steep-slope Roof Material Options There are 4 main material options for steep-slope roofs- shingles, slate, clay tile, and metal. The most commonly used material is shingles, which has an average useful life of 20 years. Shingles can come in traditional asphalt form, as well as in rubber or steel.   Slate and clay tile, while […]

Pavement Inventory & Maintenance Studies

What is it? A few school corporations and townships have recently been asking Schmidt Associates to put together a plan book regarding the conditions of their pavements. In short, these pavement inventory and maintenance studies are analyses of the existing pavement conditions, asphalt or concrete, at a particular site. Here’s how it works… The pavement […]

Top Trends at NeoCon 2015

About NeoCon For Laura and Liam, interior designers at Schmidt Associates, NeoCon is simply an event that can’t be missed. NeoCon is the largest commercial interiors show in North America, and has been held at The Merchandise Mart in Chicago since 1969. The three-day event, buzzing with over 1 million square feet of exhibition space, […]

Roof 101: Pros and Cons of Steep-Slope and Low-Slope Roofs

The Basics Let’s take it from the top. Roofs fall into 2 main categories- steep-slope and low-slope. Believe it or not, there is no such thing as a flat roof. Steep-slope roofs can be covered with shingles, slate, or metal, and low-slope roofs have the options of built-up, single-ply membrane, or monolithic sprayed foam. Pros […]

Elevate Your Expectations for Downtown Development, Part IV

In my Indianapolis Business Journal column listing 10 things Indianapolis could do to make our already thriving downtown an even better place to live, the fourth item was: Face up to the fact that urban dwellers may not have cars, which means we’ll need more forms of public transportation. Yes, the Indiana Pacers Bikeshare is […]

Why Should I Use Native Plants?

Schmidt Associates predominantly utilizes native plants in our landscape designs. A simple definition of native is a species that originated in a geographic region without human involvement. These plants are best adapted for Indiana climate variations and the local pests.  Drought and disease resistance are great attributes of native species, but as evidenced by the […]

What are Net Zero Energy Buildings? (and Why Should you Care?)

The term ‘Net Zero Energy’ is gaining in popularity.  But what does it mean?  According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the most common definition is ‘a building that produces at least as much renewable energy as it uses in a year.’ Why is this important?  From 2001 to 2011 the average price of […]

Hasten Slowly

“Make haste slowly” was the motto of Emperor Augustus who found rash behavior abhorrent especially in military command. Emperor Titus expressed the same, having Roman coins inscribed with the motif of a dolphin entwined about an anchor. The tireless speed of a dolphin and the grounding stability of an anchor were symbols Romans could readily […]

Designing Spaces for a College of Osteopathic Medicine

What kinds of spaces does a modern college of osteopathic medicine need?  Classrooms and labs, right?  Yes, but the details are a little more complicated. When we started designing the Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences at Marian University, we looked at both the requirements for a medical school and the environment students would […]

Crime prevention through environmental design

As communities work on neighborhood revitalization, one strategy of note is to deter crime through design. When Schmidt Associates studies opportunities in a neighborhood, we use a variety of crime deterrence design strategies including; Natural Surveillance – adding first floor windows onto the street, lowering hedges and fences, providing proper lighting, all provide both the […]

Elevate Your Expectations for Downtown Development, Part III

In my Indianapolis Business Journal column listing 10 things Indianapolis could do to make our already thriving downtown an even better place to live, the third item was: Mix in more housing individuals can afford. Starter living units with lower price points will lure sought-after young professionals earlier. Energy consumption will make housing and retail […]

Leadership Moment from April

Ford Motor Company provided an exemplary model of communicating their core value when they launched “Quality is Job One”. That concise message not only informed prospective buyers where Ford’s major emphasis was placed, it communicated to Ford’s employees the intention they were to fulfill. The word may seem a nebulous abstraction but “value” is the […]

Look Up

With the recent launch of Look Up, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) is working “to reconnect the public with architecture and position new generations of architects as catalysts of growth and visionaries for renewal.” Since its inception, Schmidt Associates has a legacy of active AIA generational involvement whose roots lie in servant leadership, a […]

Elevate Your Expectations for Downtown Development, Part II

In my Indianapolis Business Journal column listing 10 things Indianapolis could do to make our already thriving downtown an even better place to live, the second item was: Have the guts (and the money) to build more than five stories. Downtown Indianapolis has a few notable existing and planned high-rise places to live, but many […]

Alternative Stormwater Options

Stormwater runoff is generated when precipitation from rain and snowmelt events flow over land or impervious surfaces (paved area and building rooftops). The more impervious surface areas are in the project site, the more stormwater runoff will be generated. As the runoff flows over the land or impervious surfaces, it accumulates debris, chemicals, sediment, or […]

Leadership Moment from March

Messaging, nuance, spin—are words used when truth is massaged to create a desired narrative and to influence (if not control) others’ reactions to what is being spoken of. It’s nothing new. Human nature predisposes us to manage outcomes to our advantage. Capitalism further exposes us to this dynamic as Americans are constantly being marketed to. […]

12 Commandments for University Design

There are many constants when designing a building, regardless of the end user. These include space layout, aesthetics, function, cost, and durability. Designing for a university use has some differentiators, though. The list below culminates Schmidt Associates Commandments for University Design. Overall, designing for a university takes a lot of collaboration between the design team, […]

What Makes a Hotel Easily Accessible?

There are plenty of rules and guidelines when it comes to designing accessible spaces—but there are things that still do not make it EASY for people to use. When working with The Arc of Indiana to design their new Training Institute and Teaching Hotel, we had the opportunity to sit down with a group from […]

Elevate Your Expectations for Downtown Development, Part I

A couple of months ago I was honored to write a column for the Indianapolis Business Journal about 10 things Indianapolis could do to make our already thriving downtown an even better place to live. Number one on my list is investing in more parks as an amenity to keep young urban dwellers downtown after […]

What are the Design Components for an Auditorium?

An auditorium is an auditorium, right? Actually, planning for a new or renovated auditorium in your school is more complex than that. You must design for what audiences SEE, and for the parts they don’t see as well. There are three main components to auditorium design projects:  The Main Seating Area Seating is based on […]

Leadership Moment from February

As much as we may wish for simplicity, our world is increasingly one of complexity. Reality is immune to our wishing. What strategy is required for success today? One may have an objective, idea(s), even a plan—but between that and execution is a process step that determines satisfaction of outcome in any endeavor. Ignored, we […]

Sustainability: Indiana University Rotary Building

The Rotary building on the IUPUI Campus in Indianapolis was originally constructed in 1931 as a home for orphaned and ill children. It was later turned over to IU for academic and administrative purposes.  The facility is one of the few remaining historic structures on the IUPUI campus. Its location offers the building as a […]

Hands-On Healthcare Education

What makes a successful learning environment for training much-needed healthcare providers? Facilities geared toward experiential learning! Students today learn differently and have far more information to retain than ever before. Designers of healthcare teaching facilities have been tasked with creating experiential learning environments to fulfill this need, and Schmidt Associates has worked with collegiate partners […]

50 Letters From Architects: Our Contribution

This is part of a series of blog postings of Schmidt Associates architects’ responses to the American Institute of Architects (AIA)-Indianapolis invitation to write letters to Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard. Architects submitted big or small ideas to improve the urban built environment for Indianapolis and were on display at The Hall during June and July […]

Elevate the Expectations

The following editorial was featured in the October 17, 2014, issue of the Indianapolis Business Journal. Each month, a post will be made further describing each of my 10 ideas for elevating the expectations for downtown. Check back for more information and share your thoughts with me. Elevate the Expectations By Wayne Schmidt It’s easy […]

How to Pick a Site

The design of a school campus is crucial to the safety and efficiency of any program. When given the opportunity to choose between different locations, here are some thoughts on what elements create a successful K-12 exterior environment. Space to establish clear visibility and organization –When on a school campus, clear site lines help create […]

Leadership Moment from January

The sparkle in his eyes bears testimony. This young man will not be forestalled in his mission. We share his story of youth leadership to honor many. Derrin Slack struggled with stuttering and its stigma while growing up. Unable to afford a college mission trip to Botswana with his peers, an anonymous benefactor intervened. Derrin […]

Sustainability: Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences at Marian University

This landmark facility has been in operation over a year now. It is Indiana’s first new medical school in the last 110 years and it is the nation’s first osteopathic medical school at a Catholic university. The facility was recently honored at the 2014 Indianapolis Monumental Awards for Merit in Architecture. In March of this […]

Putting the "Active" in Learning

Many studies have been done that explore the benefits of movement and activity in learning environments. In higher education classrooms, “active learning” is becoming more and more the norm. As students morph into new learning experiences in the collegiate setting, they are greatly impacted by educational approaches and their architectural surroundings, eliciting positive psychological responses. […]

50 Letters From Architects: Our Contribution

This is part of a series of blog postings of Schmidt Associates architects’ responses to the American Institute of Architects (AIA)-Indianapolis invitation to write letters to Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard. Architects submitted big or small ideas to improve the urban built environment for Indianapolis and were on display at The Hall during June and July […]

The Importance of Art in Buildings

Good building design should consider how its interior environment not only functions well for its users and visitors, but also how it inspires and appeals emotionally. Art is a vibrant component of many inspiring building interiors—and sometimes exteriors as well. Art humanizes any environment, making it more relevant to us as a society. In our […]

Leadership Moment from December

She was six, despairingly sad, and too young to get the “we give according to our means” model of charity. Her happiness about what was under the tree for her only made worse the grief she felt—not being able to give each family member something splendid in return. It was time to learn of the […]

Higher Education Alphabet Soup

In mid-September, Schmidt Associates posted an online quiz called “Higher Education Archibabble – Knowledgeable or Naïve.” As part of the quiz, there were several acronyms (a.k.a. alphabet soup) which described higher education trends, teaching methodologies, etc. Since then, we’ve been asked to elaborate on the acronyms, as well as to share how these concepts are […]

50 Letters From Architects: Our Contribution

This is part of a series of blog postings of Schmidt Associates architects’ responses to the American Institute of Architects (AIA)-Indianapolis invitation to write letters to Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard. Architects submitted big or small ideas to improve the urban built environment for Indianapolis and were on display at The Hall during June and July […]

How to "Right Size" Your School

Has your school or district experienced influxes or decreases in student population due to shifting enrollment patterns or unanticipated variables that impacted your demographic projections? Having too few (or too many) students in a building affects space utilization, staffing, and operating costs. Typically, the capacity of a school is determined by the number of classrooms […]

Leadership Moment from November

Give someone a fish—feed them for a day; teach someone to fish—feed them for a lifetime. The adage makes a whole point with half a picture. Do you want a potato and slaw with that fish? Are you going to wear fish? …sleep on them? …use them to get around town? Clearly, man needs more […]

Fourth in the Series: 12 Red Flags for Your Construction Project

Everyone involved with a construction project hopes to avoid challenges or hiccups along the way. This series of blogs describes the red flags you should look out for if “smooth sailing” doesn’t seem to be the direction your project is going. In this final installment, we give you red flags #10 through #12: 1. Ignoring […]

Patience is a Virtue – A New Academic Facility for Ivy Tech Anderson

Ivy Tech Anderson has a defined mission to accommodate unprecedented growth over the past decade. As such, they were committed to constructing a new building to provide much needed academic space to continue the commitment to change lives in Indiana through education and workforce development.  This building will provide additional academic space for the Anderson […]

50 Letters From Architects: Our Contribution

This is part of a series of blog postings of Schmidt Associates architects’ responses to the American Institute of Architects (AIA)-Indianapolis invitation to write letters to Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard. Architects submitted big or small ideas to improve the urban built environment for Indianapolis and were on display at The Hall during June and July […]

Lessons Learned on Design/Build

Schmidt Associates summarizes lessons learned after each project to continually improve. The list below summarizes our experience with various design/build projects—acting as either the criteria developer or as a member of the design/build team. •  There can be different levels of scope or criteria development depending on the Owner’s desire for control or the desire […]

40% Reduction in Design Time Using Integrated Technology

Owners often ask for “faster, better, cheaper.” Schmidt Associates and Turner Construction recently completed an addition and renovation for Lake Central School Corporation’s high school, reducing design time through the use of integrated technology by 40%. The key elements that reduced design time were: •  Our on-site team and office teams worked directly with school […]

Ivy Tech Express Enrollment – Technology-Driven/Student-Focused

Like a toddler taking their first step, the decision a person makes to enroll in college and continue their education is the hardest part. Full of anticipation and anxiety, the toddler takes that step with independence, but under the watchful eye of a protective parent. Some are off and running, while others need a finger […]

Leadership Moment from October

A thing of the past, right? Well, not entirely. We no longer accuse neighbors of dabbling in the dark arts when crops fail, disease strikes, or one’s horse goes lame, but we do look for some culprit to blame when life goes wrong. The same innocuous seed lies at the heart of an academic research […]

50 Letters From Architects: Our Contribution

This is part of a series of blog postings of Schmidt Associates architects’ responses to the American Institute of Architects (AIA)-Indianapolis invitation to write letters to Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard. Architects submitted big or small ideas to improve the urban built environment for Indianapolis and were on display at The Hall during June and July […]

Who Do I Need on My Team?

When you decide to open a charter school, you are also tasked with deciding which professionals to partner with and when. It’s beneficial to team with professional firms that are experienced in charter school construction—and to get them involved early in the process. This will typically include professionals in the following industries: Architect and Engineer […]

Synthetic Turf—Not Just for Sports Fields Anymore

Installing synthetic (artificial) turf for sports fields instead of natural turf is no longer just for the professional teams, large universities, or “rich” high schools. Over the past 10 years, there has been a shift from synthetic turf being a luxury item to an option that simply makes good sense. In fact, Lake Central High […]

Leadership Moment from September

Among the largest one-day volunteer events in the world, Eli Lilly Day of Global Service, held each October, is impressive with 8,000 (of their 20,000 participants internationally) working right here in Indianapolis on various cleanup, beautification, and revitalization projects throughout the city. Last year, under the leadership of the Indianapolis Rotary Club, it became more: […]

Higher Ed Archibabble – Knowledgeable or Naive?

Checkout our quiz called Higher Ed Archibabble – Knowledgeable or Naïve?  Just click on the link below, and you’ll be directed to an online survey where you can compete, learn and have a good laugh too. Take our quiz here! Feel free to share this with others at your college/university who might enjoy. Thanks and […]

Getting Real About Value Engineering

“Value engineering” is perhaps the most overused and under-realized term in the design/construction industry today. It has become the catch bucket for any exercise that involves reducing costs. By definition, value is the ratio of function to cost. Value is increased by improving function or reducing cost. A great example: the benefit analysis of solar […]

How Do Security Vestibules Work in Schools

Security planning and implementation is critical to keep students and faculty safe in educational facilities. Security vestibules provide additional protection by adding a secured space. Vestibules are secured spaces with two of more sets of doors and an office sign-in area. Once a visitor has signed in and been identified as an authorized visitor, the […]

50 Letters From Architects: Our Contribution

This is part of a series of blog postings of Schmidt Associates architects’ responses to the American Institute of Architects (AIA)-Indianapolis invitation to write letters to Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard. Architects submitted big or small ideas to improve the urban built environment for Indianapolis and were on display at The Hall during June and July […]

Marchant School of Nursing

What once served as the headquarters for a medical gas supplier in Bloomington, Indiana is now a training center for health sciences professions. The new Marchant School of Nursing sits prominently on the corner of the Ivy Tech Community College campus in Bloomington and houses two nursing labs, a computer lab, three classrooms and faculty […]

Leadership Moment from August

A maple seedling sprouts from the crack of a busy city sidewalk. So little space, such dismal odds and yet there it is—fresh, green, and vibrant. We take notice when we see how life seizes upon the smallest opportunity. When the life emerging from disadvantage is human, we respond with The Arc. The Arc of […]

What are the Roles of a Design/Build Team?

Typically there are three primary team members on a design/build project. They include the Owner, the criteria developer, and the design/build (D/B) contractor. Each one is explained in more detail below. Owner —•  Work with criteria developer to capture needs and desires in criteria documents/contract documents •  Implement a process to select D/B contractor •  […]

Third in the Series: 12 Red Flags for Your Construction Project

Everyone involved with a construction project hopes to avoid challenges or hiccups along the way. This series of blogs describes the red flags you should look out for if “smooth sailing” doesn’t seem to be the direction your project is going. Here are red flags #7 through #9: 7.  Ignoring or dismissing General Requirements (Division […]

50 Letters From Architects: Our Contribution

It is good to dream about what could make our city a better place. When the American Institute of Architects (AIA)-Indianapolis invited Schmidt Associates to write letters to Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, we happily accepted the invitation to provide one page of big or small ideas to improve the urban built environment for Indianapolis — […]

Leadership Moment for July

Those moments when something sweet pops up unexpectedly carry us through a lot of mire sometimes. There is a place inside us that knows life holds such treasure. We would all work ourselves to the bone to produce it if we could, but that kind of wealth is not a product, it’s a by-product. One […]

What is Design/Build?

According to Wikipedia, design/build (commonly abbreviated D/B) is a project delivery system used in the construction industry. It is a method to deliver a project in which the design and construction services are contracted by a single entity known as the design/builder or design/build contractor. What does this actually mean for an owner? Design/build results […]

When Should a Charter School Partner with an Architect?

When you decide to open a charter school location, you are also tasked with deciding which professionals to partner with and when. It’s beneficial to team with a professional architectural/engineering firm that is experienced in charter school construction—and to get them involved early in the process. Experienced professionals will guide you through five key facility […]

What is an Energy Model?

Engineers always promise to create an energy model for each project — but what do they mean and why should you care? What should you expect at each phase? Like the rest of the facility design, energy modeling grows in detail and complexity at each stage of project development. Design Performance Modeling during concept and […]

Leadership Moment for June

The trusted friend in whose care Odysseus left his family and household while off winning the Trojan War, was Mentor. So competent and trustworthy was he, Athena saw fit to disguise herself as Mentor in order to guide Telemachus (son of Odysseus) in a quest to find his father who had been absent all the […]

Second in the Series: 12 Red Flags for Your Construction Project

Everyone involved with a construction project hopes to avoid challenges or hiccups along the way. This series of blogs describes the red flags you should look out for if “smooth sailing” doesn’t seem to be the direction your project is going. Here are red flags #4 through #6: 4. Slow submittals. In general, subcontractors will […]

The Layers of Interior Design

After the dust settles and the walls have been constructed, your facility project is still far from done. This is when the work of the interior designers really starts to take shape. There are nine key layers to interior design. •  Color – The most obvious layer is color. Establishing a theme or inspiration of […]

What's the Difference Between All These Construction Delivery Options?

Owners often inquire about the difference between various construction delivery methods, along with the pros and cons of each. The following table identifies the type of delivery method, the risk associated with each, and the typical method of compensation.

Under the Microscope of Campus Master Planning

Each and every college campus has its own unique story, its own roadmap which tells where it’s come from and where it’s going. Campus master planning plays a significant role in the development of this story, if done strategically and thoughtfully. In order to develop a master plan that will inform future decisions, it is […]

First in the Series: 12 Red Flags for Your Construction Project

Everyone involved with a construction project hopes to avoid challenges or hiccups along the way. What warnings or red flags should you look out for if “smooth sailing” doesn’t seem to be the direction your project is going? Here are the first three: 1. Incomplete Bidding Documents or Qualifications – When specifications require the contractor […]

What Strategic Planning Process Should be Followed for a Referendum?

One of the most important components to the success of any community involvement is creating a community-based Planning and Review Committee (PRC). Members of this committee should represent key interest groups in the community and support the school district. The PRC should be manageable in size (12-18 people), as well as flexible and available to […]

Fourth in the Series of Four Core Principles of Design at Schmidt Associates – A Closer Look at the Spirit Principle

Schmidt Associates believes the purpose behind design is to act passionately and intentionally using our Core Principles of Design, which are the mirrors of our kaleidoscope. The fourth principle is Spirit. It can be the most challenging to capture, but it is the soul of the building and what makes it memorable to all who […]

Leadership Moment for April

Now a vibrant stretch of eclectic urban distinction, Mass Ave could hardly be more different from the urban ruin it was 35 years ago. Riddled with deterioration, crime, and neglect, it took penetrating vision to see what once was—and more importantly, what it could become. The historic flatiron building at New York Street—particularly prominent as […]

Does Your School Need New Construction?

Determining whether your school needs new construction begins with developing a space needs facility assessment. When used correctly, this tool accurately reflects the programs offered and how a facility should look under ideal student loading conditions. We described this tool in a previous blog here as a mechanism to establish criteria to determine equity between […]

Revisioning Building Space for Growth

We oftentimes get phone calls as institutions outgrow their existing facilities. Our response is always the same; sometimes organizations need new space—but not all growth requires a new facility. For instance, as Ivy Tech Community College’s enrollment in Batesville, Indiana grew, their current leased space no longer had the capacity to accommodate the student population.  […]

Fourth in the Series: How to Balance Your Geothermal Design with Your Building Load

The demand for heating, cooling and hot water—what architects and engineers call “building load”—is constantly changing. Note that balancing building loads is very different if you are designing a hospital versus an office building, school, or condominium.  But even buildings used 24 hours a day, seven days a week, have fluctuations in demand for heating […]

Third in the Series of Four Core Principles of Design at Schmidt Associates – A Closer Look at the Stewardship Principle

The purpose behind design at Schmidt Associates is to act passionately and intentionally out of our Core Principles of Design, which are the mirrors of our kaleidoscope. The second of these principles is Stewardship.  This principal is a hallmark of Schmidt Associates’ strong belief in Servant Leadership. We work with clients to achieve the maximum […]

The Heart of the Placemaking Process

Every place evokes feelings for people. A great place feels welcoming, exciting, curious, comforting—and maybe even inspiring.  Your designated place always has the opportunity to evoke vastly different feelings than it does now. In downtown places, reinvestment from all parties is evident and necessary—and generates a lot of interest and excitement. A Placemaking Plan does […]

Educational Facility Assessments

As a school corporation determines the future of its buildings, it must look at both the physical conditions of the existing buildings and systems, as well as their capacity to serve the needs of the educational programs. Step one is a Facility Assessment to develop priorities for upgrading, repairing, or even replacing each building. The […]

How does a Deep Bench Help Me with My Project

What is a deep bench and why is it important to you?   As consumers of services, you want those services to be easy to use and simple to navigate. You appreciate having one point of contact to address an issue. Firms often describe themselves as having a “deep bench” or a “comprehensive architecture and […]

Second in the Series of Four Core Principles of Design at Schmidt Associates – A Closer Look at the Strategic Principle

The purpose behind design at Schmidt Associates is to act passionately and intentionally out of our Core Principles of Design, which are the mirrors of our kaleidoscope. The first of these principles is to be Strategic.  Design solutions respond to this principle most strongly by responding to the context of the client in the built […]

Leadership Moment for February

Eye-level above Wayne Schmidt’s desk hangs an original canvas by Steve Stoller—once a starving artist. When homeless, Stoller and his wife Francy had taken up residence in a commercial property Wayne owned on Mass Ave. Needing to insure the building and wanting to foster some humane, temporary solution for his unexpected guests, Wayne commissioned the […]

Third in the Series: What are the Critical Steps in Designing a Geothermal System

With a growing trend toward sustainability, Schmidt Associates has received an increasing number of inquiries about geothermal heating systems. We are also designing geothermal systems for a variety of projects. This is the third in a series explaining the technology. Design procedure is critical when you are selecting a geothermal system to provide heating, cooling, […]

Eight Drivers and Economic Factors Affecting Changing Technology

Technology seems to be changing at lightning speed. But, what drives this constant evolution? Money – Manufacturers of devices and systems that we use will continue to develop applications to serve our needs. The need to generate revenues motivates this process. Mobility – We are a species that does not want to be restricted. We […]

Leadership Moment for January

It doesn’t take great care or a green thumb to grow crabgrass. It’s green, it’s free and it will hold your topsoil. If you want more, it’s going to take more. And so it is with all living things—including culture. What grows from a population of people or even micro-organisms is a ‘culture’ (i.e. the […]

Second in the Series: What are the Different Types of Geothermal Heat Pumps?

Ground source heat pumps (GSHP) can be classified into four basic types.  Choosing the right one depends on the available land area and the soil and rock type at the installation site. The design team will analyze these factors to determine the most economical choice for installing the ground loop. Closed-Loop Systems In closed-loop systems, […]

Making Art a Priority

How do you balance two priorities for a new building: a need for high-tech learning and the desire for a beautiful and inspiring space?  It’s working at the new Evans Center for Health Sciences at Marian University.  The building was recognized November 14, 2013 at Monumental Affair with an Achievement Award in the Public Art […]

Three Mindsets of a Successful Downtown Revitalization

Decades of job, education, livability, and economic trends can transform a downtown drastically.  Some Indiana cities and towns have downtown environments that provide a balanced quality of life for their residents.  Quality of life elements are often focused on economy, livability, education, job availability, aesthetics, and healthy environments.  When any of these elements start to […]

Leadership Moment for December

Celebration is really a phenomenon of the heart. When something particularly sweet happens, the party begins there. What we generally think of as celebration is the outside expression of being lit up inside. Before there was Christmas, there was Yule. Man celebrated the return of the sun, recognizing his dependence on that life-giving light—grateful for […]

First in the Series: How does a geothermal heat pump work?

With a growing trend toward sustainability, Schmidt Associates has received an increasing number of inquiries about geothermal heating systems. We are also designing geothermal systems for a variety of projects. This is the first in a series explaining the technology. A geothermal ground source heat pump (GSHP) is an electrically powered system that taps the […]

Seven Technology Trends for 2014

As we enter into the new year, it’s a good time to look at a few trends that seem to be shaping our future. 1. Smartphone exclusivity – Some predictions suggest that 35% of corporate America will have eliminated the desk phone by the end of 2014 in favor of mobile devices for all communications. […]

Bridging the Historic with the New – A Successful Story of Adaptive Reuse

Historic preservation projects face many challenges.  Some of these include, but are not limited to: •  Who will use the building and does it support the many programmatic needs of this group? •  How can you repurpose the building while integrating modern building systems and technology throughout? •  How do you maintain the historic features […]

Building Sustainability Creates Neighborhood Sustainability

There are many arguments for designing sustainable buildings, varying from preserving resources to lowering operational costs. But what about the larger impacts of sustainability? How can individual initiatives become catalysts for long-term overarching sustainability? When Ivy Tech Community College’s Central Indianapolis Campus hired Schmidt Associates to create a Campus Master Plan in 2007, the goals […]

5 Basic Design Organizing Principles for Facilities

Design organization is critical for successful space utilization in facilities.  There are five basic principles used either individually or in combinations to design functional facilities – Radial, Grid, Axial, Spiral, and Cluster. 1. Radial Elements radiate out from a central, figural point.  Our solar system is the most basic radial scheme. 2. Grid A grid is one […]

Pay it Forward — Part II

The world amounts to what the world amounts to because people pay it forward. All begins with Nature’s providence; we write the rest of the story. Imagine how many shoulders each one of us stands upon. What gets created and what gets done that does not rely on what others have created or done before […]

Energize and Save $

What if I told you that utility companies will pay you to reduce your utility bill? Is that too good to believe? Well, believe it! “Energizing Indiana” offers energy efficiency programs that bring savings to communities across the state. With programs for homes, schools, businesses, and commercial facilities, Energizing Indiana provides education, tools, and incentives […]

Pay it Forward – Part I

Older Americans read PIF as “Paid in Full”, consistent with their generations’ commitment to debt repayment. They strived to pay their share even in the sociological sense, seeking to leave the world a better place than they found it. Modern Americans may read PIF as “Pay it Forward” consistent with their generations’ desire to make […]

5 Key Planning Issues for Security Planning Concepts for Educational Facilities

There are 5 key planning issues to consider for security planning for education facilities. 1.      Clear lines of sight One of the most important aspects of planning for a “secure” environment is to establish clear lines of sight. This starts at the entrance to the site. It is very important to have a clear view […]

165,000 + You?

How do you measure the benefit of a hug? Measuring the impact of the softer side of life is difficult. When our language, metrics or process strategies cannot do us justice, we occupy ourselves with other “things”. This inadequacy is troublesome; it’s what makes the figure 165,000 dissatisfying. 165,000 is how many people the Peace […]

Sustainable Project of the Month

As an outgrowth of a 2011 Strategic planning effort led by Schmidt Associates, Hoosier Energy made the decision that a new Headquarters Facility was required to enhance their overall operations.  The existing site was constrained in size, had inadequate access and parking, limited flexibility, and was challenged to provide appropriate technology and security. The new […]

Client Empathy

How, you might ask, does one get a new address, but stay in the same location? Create a new entrance! In our case not altogether new—our back door has become our front door, redesigned because an entrance is a very important thing! Ask any woman. Especially if one is an architectural firm, turning oneself around […]

Today's the Day!

Just before 5 this afternoon, Mayor Greg Ballard will help us cut the wallpaper to open the door on a new era for Schmidt Associates. In 1986, we opened our doors on Vermont Street. Since then, we’ve continued to help Mass Ave become a cultural destination for Indianapolis. While in years past Mass Ave was […]

Schmidt Associates Recycling Program

Recycling at Schmidt Associates is a personal mission for some of the Schmidt Associates workforce.  In 2007, Schmidt Associates focused its efforts on it recycling program. Wastebaskets at people’s desks were changed into paper recycling receptacles and centralized trash cans were provided for non-recyclable trash. This made recycling much more convenient for everyone and the the […]

Sustainable Project of the Month

  Indiana State University Scott College of Business   The Scott College of Business at Indiana State University was recently awarded LEED Silver Certification. This was no easy feat considering that the building’s mechanical system only contributed 1 point towards the goal.  The project was completed last fall and involved the adaptive reuse of a […]

Grow & Know

Now that the construction dust has settled and life in our renewed work space is finding its rhythm, we at Schmidt Associates are taking that all important moment to glance back and muse (if right-brain), or take account (if left brain). This reflection is a completion of an energy sequence that typifies major undertakings—and one […]

Giving a new glow to Mass Ave

Schmidt Associates has been renovating buildings along the now-trendy Mass Ave neighborhood for years. The area around our office has become a mecca for restaurants, retail shops, arts activities and urban living. It only makes sense that we are repositioning our offices so our door faces the thriving Mass Ave. It’s not as easy as […]

Ball State University – Studebaker East Residence Hall Earns LEED Gold!

Occupied by students in January 2013, the Studebaker East Residence Hall has already made an impact on the Ball State University Campus. It has become the first building on campus to achieve LEED Gold certification. A major contributor to achieving this level of certification was the use of valance mechanical units that tie into the […]

Competition

Competition is a natural occurring phenomenon—one of particular consequence in free market economies and societies prone to individualism. So Americans are understandably good at it, having created not only the most successful economy in the world, but more financial mobility for our people—vastly more. With little variance throughout our history, 80 percent of those in […]

Entitlementality

There is confusion around the word “entitlement.” Most frequently it is used in reference to government assistance programs. But occasionally it crosses a line and presumes itself interchangeable with another word—“right” as used in our nation’s founding documents. Entitlement is statutory eligibility for a benefit under some title of law. In contrast, one has rights […]

2012 Project Highlights

2012 has been a banner year for Schmidt Associates.  Below are  some of the project highlights that occurred. Completed this year, the Ivy Tech Community College Illinois Fall Creek Center won five Indianapolis Monumental Affair Awards (Honor Awards for Architecture, Adaptive Reuse, and Construction, a Merit Award for Engineering, and an Achievement Award for Community […]

Fresh Faces

A great deal is made of effective communication these days but we seldom give credit to the true masters of this art/science—babies! Seventy percent of communication is non-verbal, giving infants the edge from day one. While we handicap ourselves choosing inadequate words, a baby connects and engages with eye contact, facial expression, movement and sound. […]

A Perspective on Pools

At Schmidt Associates, we know pools are community assets—no matter their location.  Today’s generation is able to experience pools built for specific purposes to maximize the experience and benefit. There are five basic categories of pools: competition, diving, instructional, recreational, and therapy pools. Competition pools are typically combined with diving pools—either in the same pool […]

Coming Together

Human nature is fascinating. Even if the calendar did not impose consideration of providence, reconciliation, and good will upon us as we wisely designed it to, war weariness would. This applies to all of our ‘warring’ behaviors—including contentious elections. Few of us have endless appetites for fighting. We turn from it to restore our spirit. […]

Respect

There is little art in American political warfare; it’s mostly science. Engineer a victory at all cost. This last one set us back a staggering $1 billion, but it’s the other cost that is wrecking us. The animosity incited by negative political campaigns does not evaporate after election night. It has to be neutralized, and […]

Pushing the envelope on design is good for Indy

While walking down a street in Prague recently, I made some observations. There were no potholes and no parking lots; just rows of buildings. Each building was five stories high, except one. That one had a much different façade and an angular design. It also was the building where people congregated. It was the building […]

Schmidt Associates will be the architect for the new 500 Mass Ave Project

Mass Ave. has been the beating heart of downtown Indianapolis for three centuries. Generations of merchants and residents have lived, worked, and played on Mass Ave. And during the last 10 years, we have seen new condos, shops, and restaurants; the Cultural Trail; public art; and new infrastructure—all of which has made Mass Ave the […]

Ivy Tech Science Corridor Designed by Schmidt Associates

On 10/11/12, thousands of volunteers will storm the city to make a difference along our waterways. Led by Eli Lilly Corporation in partnership with Ivy Tech Community College, Fall Creek in the Regional Center will be transformed in one day. The projects—designed by Schmidt Associates—connect three elements: 1) the mission of Ivy Tech Community College, 2) the purpose […]

Framing Choice

Now pundits are calling it a “choice election”. Some of us have been approaching November 6 as an opportunity to choose all along—dismissing the notion that second term presidential elections are purely a referendum on the incumbent’s first term. What matters more is how voters frame their choice. While some people are single issue voters, […]

Dry Spells

Nature cranked up the heat and turned off the spigots this summer. Some of us experienced the drought personally, even profoundly, like farmers, nurserymen, and those who lay sod for a living. Others were less directly affected, but there was instruction for all. There’s nothing like a long dry spell, literally or figuratively, to make […]

Competition

It’s like seeing an Orca breach 50 yards off starboard, this sense of arrest that is apt to seize us at some point in the course of Olympic events. For a moment, the world stops as we witness the climax of a fellow human being’s real story of sustained striving for excellence. The event after […]

Featured Project: Hoosier Energy Operations Center

Schmidt Associates has been working with Hoosier Energy in Bloomington for approximately 18 months to create a well-defined, long-term plan that addresses their operational needs. The long range plan is focused on preserving the mission and vision of the organization, getting input from all impacted workforce, looking at upgrades to the facility to address current […]

Culture

The word ‘civilization’ draws predictable associations in most minds—Mayan, Greek, Egyptian—typically ancient—typically in less prestigious circumstances today than they once were. How does a people elevate their society to the level of civilization, and how do those gains slip away? Once a people reliably secures life’s sustenance and are sufficiently united to maintain relative peace […]

Bike to Workers

Some stats on the May 18, Bike to Work Day, from IndyCOG: Approximately 500-600 people attended the event downtown 744 bicyclists registered their commutes (529 was previous record from 2011) 142 were new or first-time commuters 395 commuters invited new riders with them (we’ll assume since the numbers don’t add up with the first-time -commuters […]

Free minds

The magnitude of information, misinformation, and disinformation that confronts an average citizen today is daunting. How does one sort, filter, and prioritize such quantities—let alone process the portion deemed worthy? Any foray into the information abyss can swallow unseemly stretches of time, often resulting in more questions than answers. And yet people find their way […]

Bike to Work Day

Friday, May 18 is National Bike to Work Day. So dust off that two-wheeler, get some exercise, and save the gas. The city and other organizations are sponsoring some organized activities. See the link below for details: http://www.theindycog.com/events/bike-to-work-day-2012.

Followship

Some ancient shepherd or goat herder is probably at fault, having first equated human and animal behavior. The act of following is not always the mindless mimicry of herd animals, however. It is often skillful—both essential and prerequisite to leadership. Language fails us here; there is no word in our vocabulary for skilled following. Yet […]

Urban Gardens

To celebrate Earth Day in 2012, Schmidt Associates’ workers started an urban garden located on the roof of the building. The garden is an expansion of the green roof area the office has had in place for the last seven years. For the urban garden, employees brought in their favorite fruits and vegetables to grow […]

Zero to 1,000

Legacies outstanding enough to capture our attention generally come from two kinds of people: those who have it good, and those who have it God. For the sake of our nation and those citizens that our culture must nourish for generations to come, let’s hope for more of both such kinds of people. Martin University—Indiana’s […]

Sustainable Stan Award Winner

The winner of the Sustainable Stan Award in February 2012 was Kevin Shelley, AIA, LEED AP BD+C. Kevin is the Project Manager for several Ball State projects, including DeHority Complex, Studebaker East Residence Hall, and the upcoming Johnson A Residence Hall. The DeHority Complex was the first Ball State project to achieve LEED certification (it […]

Synthetic Turf

Synthetic turf is MUCH MORE than a good economic choice. Football fields have been going green lately—that is green as in sustainable and good for the environment. We all think back to the Friday night high school football game or the cool Saturday afternoon college games. We can also associate green with the color of […]

Rescue — the dark side

Earlier tribal societies had one thing easier than we do. It was easy for them to see that the individual needed the community, and the community needed each member, fully functioning—often for mere survival. Both self-sufficiency and contribution to the group were highly valued and inextricably woven into the fabric of life. The social order […]

Featured Project: Ivy Tech Illinois Fall Creek Center

The Ivy Tech Fall Creek building had its ribbon cutting ceremony on January 20. The opening of the project marks five years of design and construction efforts for this landmark facility. The project involved reuse and restoration of 64,000 square feet of the old St. Vincent’s Hospital originally constructed in 1911 that had been under-utilized for […]

What time is it?

The Greek word for time is chronos, except when referring to that supreme moment when someone opens to positive forces and experiences a core shift. That word is kairos—God’s time. A program termed Kairos Prison Ministry creates such moments for some of the worst offenders in our prison system. The facilitators within the program are […]