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. […]

10 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 10 Commandments for University Design. Overall, designing for a university takes a lot of collaboration between the design […]

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 […]