Do You Need an Energy Incentive Administrator?

When it comes to energy incentive/rebate programs, you may know your stuff. You understand the difference between a prescriptive and a custom energy incentive. You’re familiar with the programs offered by your utility company, and you’ve even filled out a few of the applications yourself. Maybe you work for a university, hospital, school district, or […]

Efficient Architecture: How Building Design Impacts Energy Consumption

When you think about a building’s energy efficiency, you likely think about its mechanical systems, such as HVAC and lighting. Improving building system design and using new technologies are critical in reducing a facility’s energy consumption. However, the building’s architectural design also plays a role in its efficiency. In fact, it sets the very foundation […]

Net Zero Buildings Explained

“Net zero”—also called “zero energy”—is a term that gets tossed around frequently when talking about sustainable design, but many building Owners don’t know what it really means or what a net zero project entails. Let’s talk about the basics: What is a net zero building? The concept of a net zero building is simple: the […]

4 Ways to Improve School Safety Through Site Design

School districts regularly tell us that student and staff safety are top priorities when taking on a new project. But safety and security don’t just mean cameras and metal detectors. As designers, we can implement strategies that help create a secure environment before you ever walk into the building. Crime prevention and traffic control are […]

Does Your K-12 School District Need a Master Plan?

The short answer to this question is, “Yes.” If your district doesn’t have one, or you have never been involved in a master planning process before, you likely have a lot of questions. Let’s start with the basics. What is a master plan? A master plan is a roadmap for the future of your school […]

COVID Healthcare Redesign: Start with the Emergency Department

Infection control has always been important in healthcare environments, but thanks to COVID-19, the stakes are suddenly exponentially higher. Hospitals and other healthcare facilities must now take even more precautions, overhaul processes and procedures, and start thinking about both short- and long-term changes that will need to be made to physical spaces. However, the sheer […]

Material Selections to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in Healthcare Facilities

By Elizabeth Bishop, Interior Designer specializing in Healthcare. The COVID-19 pandemic was an unexpected blow to the healthcare system. Just weeks into the pandemic, we were talking about dramatic changes to how hospitals and other healthcare facilities should be designed and operated in the future. If you didn’t have a renovation already in the pipeline, […]

4 Methods We Use to Maintain Budget Control in K-12 Projects

Maintaining the project budget is one of the primary concerns for virtually all Owners of K-12 facilities. There are a variety of tools integrated into our design process that help us stay within the Owner’s budget. A few of these include: In-house Cost Estimating We are a full-service architectural and engineering firm, so our expertise […]

Project Engineer

Schmidt Associates is looking for Project Engineer to provide accurate and efficient Engineering systems(s) building design. This position requires a strong competency in engineering building systems and a strong drive to proactively lead engineering teams.  Skills in implementation of quality procedures are necessary. The ability to coordinate and integrate engineering into the firm’s facility design […]