Entries by Schmidt Associates

Improving Hygiene for Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp. During COVID-19

New, permanent hand-washing stations provide improved pathogen control in elementary and middle schools When school districts began brainstorming solutions and new policies for safely bringing students back to the classroom amid COVID-19, Penn-Harris-Madison (P-H-M) School Corporation wasted no time. Early on, they explored the need for solutions to enhance hygiene practices among students, especially younger […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Survey: Indiana K-12 Schools’ COVID-19 Response

How Indiana school districts are beginning to move forward during a global pandemic In mid-May, we surveyed K-12 school corporations across Indiana. We wanted to understand what they’d seen so far as a result of COVID-19 and their plans for the future. Based on our findings, we offered insights and potential solutions for some of […]