Owner Perspective: Ball State University North Residence Hall

This semester, students moved into the new North Residence Hall at Ball State University. A part of the campus’ North Residential Neighborhood, the hall closely accompanies two other residence halls, a dining hall, and a fourth residence hall currently under construction. The 496-bed residence hall is a science, technology, and math Living-Learning Community. It includes […]

Full Circle: Ball State Grads Now Make Design Contributions to Campus

Kevin Shelley, AIA, LEED AP, principal and project manager, and Ryan Benson, AIA, associate and senior project architect, both embarked on their first design project at Ball State University in 2007. For the past 13 years, they have played a vital role in the transformation of Residence Life facilities on campus. And they are both […]

How an Energy Audit Can Help You Retain Tenants

If you’re in commercial real estate, securing new tenants is only half your battle. Perhaps most important is retaining them. A variety of factors contribute to a tenant’s likelihood to renew their lease. Energy efficiency can help. In fact, according to the Institute for Market Transformation, high-performance buildings have higher occupancy rates (and higher asset […]

How a Wind Study Informs Building Design

A wind study is an engineering tool we can use to help clients make informed design decisions. It’s not a primary component of most projects and is not done for every building design, but when it is needed, the results can make a significant impact on the daily experience users have with a building or […]

Construction Insights: Ball State University North Residence Hall

Interview with Kelly Knable, Director of Construction at Ball State University A residence hall—particularly one like North Hall at Ball State University, which is designed as a living-learning community for science, technology, and math majors—includes several different project types rolled into one. It serves as a space for occupants to live, socialize, and study. It […]

Ask an Architect: COVID-19 Office Changes

Watch the Video Playlist:    Watch on YouTube   Now that many industries have spent several months working from home, business leaders have new questions about office needs and design. Do we even need a physical office anymore? Should we transition from an open office plan back to cubicles or walled offices? What changes can […]

3 Types of Tenant Complaints You Can Prevent with an Energy Audit

Both tenants and building managers benefit from efficient systems If you manage a residential or commercial building, maintenance requests and tenant complaints can be a huge headache. By understanding your building’s current energy usage and identifying areas of improvement, you can help eliminate some of the common complaints and requests, saving you time and improving tenant […]

How Does Energy Efficiency Impact Your Brand?

Building owners can see a ripple effect from good energy practices Making your buildings more energy efficient is a win-win. Not only does it conserve resources and save money on operational costs, but earning that LEED certification or Energy Star rating can actually be good for business. Your brand is more than your logo or […]

Design Podcasts to Add to Your Queue

By Cassidy O’Hara  |  Cassidy is an architecture student at Ball State University, completing an internship with Schmidt Associates.   As a self-described lifetime learner, I love trying new things, teaching myself new skills (most recently rollerblading and sewing), and learning about anything and everything. Yet as a full-time architecture student, I don’t always have […]

How to Convince Your Boss You Need an Energy Audit

You may be convinced that you need an energy audit in the building(s) you manage. But if you need approval from your owner, CFO, or someone else to sign on the dotted line, you may have to make your case. Share with your boss these five reasons you need an energy audit: 1. Energy Audits Save […]