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 of the building, […]