Turning an outdoor space into a functional work area has been a trend in the corporate world for years. The mental and physical benefits of giving employees access to natural daylight, fresh air, and a change of scenery have been well documented. As a global pandemic turned the working world on its head, outdoor office […]
About Craig Flandermeyer
Craig Flandermeyer serves Schmidt Associate clients as Sustainable Design Advocate, combining his love of nature and expertise in landscape architecture to ensure sustainability in each project. Craig’s input challenges conventional designs to meet a higher standard of working with their surroundings, often heard reciting things like “Don’t beat nature into submission; work with it.” As a result, he works with project owners to champion sustainable integrations that mean better biodiversity and fewer maintenance inputs for owners.
Entries by Craig Flandermeyer
At Schmidt Associates, sustainability is something we strive for in each architecture and engineering project we do. We work with clients to implement designs that are energy efficient, use renewable energy sources, gain LEED certification if desired, or even reuse existing structures and materials when possible. This focus on sustainability is, in part, why we […]
Better buildings! It’s the goal of the LEED Certification rating system. As such, each new version raises the bar; challenging owners, designers, building managers, manufacturers, and contractors to continually improve. One example of a higher standard is LEED version 4. Referencing ASHRAE 90.1-2010, it is an energy code more stringent than Indiana’s current energy code. High […]
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 […]
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 […]