Why We Do Our Own Design Estimates To design projects to meet costs, you have to know costs. We believe all our designers—whether an architect, civil engineer, or mechanical engineer—must understand the cost of what they are proposing to an Owner. In our industry, many designers prefer not to do their own cost estimates because, […]
About Ron Fisher
As a Principal and the Director of Operations, Ron Fisher is responsible for making sure that every member of the Schmidt Associates team is providing better foresight, better insight, and proving better on-site for every client in every studio.
Ron believes in engaging the owner at every step to ensure quality in product and service. Successful projects are ones that evoke emotion, transcend the unexpected, and are delivered on time and on budget. It’s this challenge Ron has been helping owners navigate since he joined Schmidt Associates in 1979.
Entries by Ron Fisher
Integrating specific academic environments into five Ball State University Residence Halls was a key early design consideration for the combined $144+ million projects. There was an opportunity to create an interplay between pre-millennial student lifestyle, academic, and career interests while also optimizing for energy efficiency. By adding the latest technologies, new amenities, and flexible design […]
“Value engineering” is perhaps the most overused and under-realized term in the design/construction industry today. It has become the catch bucket for any exercise that involves reducing costs. By definition, value is the ratio of function to cost. Value is increased by improving function or reducing cost. A great example: the benefit analysis of solar […]
In our last blog on Construction Manager as Constructor (CMc), we discussed what differentiated this delivery method from others. We also talked about what made a CMc different from a more traditional CM or Construction Manager as Adviser (CMa). This blog will look at the process required by law to formally select a CMc on a […]
For public institutions, there are three project delivery methods approved by state law: Design-Bid-Build Design-Build Construction Manager as Constructor (CMc) In this blog, we will discuss Construction Manager as Constructor (CMc)—a new construction project delivery method signed into law in March 2014. Public educational institutions have been able to use the CMc method since that […]
What if I told you that utility companies will pay you to reduce your utility bill? Is that too good to believe? Well, believe it! “Energizing Indiana” offers energy efficiency programs that bring savings to communities across the state. With programs for homes, schools, businesses, and commercial facilities, Energizing Indiana provides education, tools, and incentives […]