Entries by Desma Belsaas

Why Is Adaptive Reuse Important in Today’s World?

To understand the importance of adaptive reuse, one must first appreciate the value of old buildings and architecture. While it can feel “progressive” to tear down the old in order to make room for the new, adaptive reuse defines progress differently. Rather than creating a narrow vision that imagines possibilities with a blank slate, reuse […]

BIM in Dispute Resolution – KGR

I had the opportunity to read a great blog post by my friend Greg Cafouros at Kroger Gardis & Regas (KGR). At Schmidt Associates, using Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a standard practice for all of our projects. We see the direct benefits it has on reducing errors and saving costs for our Owners. It […]

Designing ADA for Independent Living

The Erskine Green Training Institute and Courtyard by Marriott – Muncie developed under the dream of The Arc of Indiana with the helpful insights from Self-Advocates of Indiana. This hotel and training institute is now a place where individuals with disabilities can gain post secondary education in an immersive learning environment. The students stay in the hotel for the […]

Planning for the Future: Facility Assessments and Master Plans

“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” – Yogi Berra Most organizations see great value in planning for the future. Time is often spent on developing both long-term strategic plans as well as yearly actionable business plans. If you are an organization that owns your own facility, one piece […]

The Importance of Safe Buildings

I want to start out this post by expressing my deep sadness for the recent tragedies associated with the earthquake in Mexico. The loss of life is always deeply depressing, but buildings collapsing and trapping children is an epic level of heartbreak. I want to go pull my first grader out of school, give him […]

The Heart of the Placemaking Process

Every place evokes feelings for people. A great place feels welcoming, exciting, curious, comforting—and maybe even inspiring. Your designated place always has the opportunity to evoke vastly different feelings than it does now. In downtown places, reinvestment from all parties is evident and necessary—and generates a lot of interest and excitement. A Placemaking Plan does […]

Trends in Church Design

We have been fortunate to have many wonderful church projects come through our office. Let’s take a quick moment and reflect on some of the current trends we are seeing when it comes to designing these sacred spaces. Multi-Site Approach – Growing a congregation and reaching out to new believers has long been a focus area. Now, in […]

A Tiny Trend in Urban Living

Almost every home improvement channel has a show dedicated purely to the design and construction of the trendy tiny house. People are downsizing and compacting their lives to fit into these homes comprised of only a few hundred square feet. Smaller living rooms. Smaller kitchens. Smaller fixtures. Smaller everything. It is not just a HGTV […]