Entries by Tom Neff

A Perspective on Pools

At Schmidt Associates, we know pools are community assets—no matter their location. Today’s generation is able to experience pools built for specific purposes to maximize the experience and benefit. There are four basic categories of pools: competition and diving, instructional, recreational, and therapy pools. Competition and diving pools are designed and constructed to meet strict state […]

Assessment-Based Insights

Building Quality Depends On Decision Quality. And Quality Decisions Need Rock Solid Foundations. In times of budget pressure, every capital project in every school has to make the best possible sense for all stakeholders. Our assessment-based approach provides a trustworthy and transparent foundation for key decisions. Every Decision Rationale Needs To Be Rational It goes without […]

Components of a Facility Assessment

As a school corporation determines the future of its buildings, it must look at both the physical conditions of the existing buildings and systems, as well as their capacity to serve the needs of the educational programs. Step one is a Facility Assessment to develop priorities for upgrading, repairing, or even replacing each building. The […]

An auditorium is an auditorium, right?

Planning for a new or renovated auditorium in your school is more complex than one may think. You must design for what audiences SEE, and for the parts they don’t see as well. There are three main components to auditorium design projects:  1. The Main Seating Area Seating is based on approximately 18 s.f. per […]

Safety & Security in School Planning

To K-12 student and parents, learning in a safe and secure environment is just as critical as the quality of education provided. Tom Neff, a Principal of the firm, put together a short white paper that covers the basic guidelines to design ‘safer’ schools according to Campus Safety Magazine, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). Read […]

Communities Build Schools

With Schmidt Associates’ 40th birthday just celebrated, we thought it would be interesting to explore some of the ways in which the challenges and expectations of our clients and their stakeholders have evolved over the last four decades. This month, we’re publishing four spots on what “40 years on” have meant for the team in […]

“I Blame the Schools!”

With Schmidt Associates’ 40th birthday just celebrated, we thought it would be interesting to explore some of the ways in which the challenges and expectations of our clients and their stakeholders have evolved over the last four decades. This month, we’re publishing four spots on what “40 years on” have meant for the team in […]

School’s Out for Summer?

With Schmidt Associates’ 40th birthday just celebrated, we thought it would be interesting to explore some of the ways in which the challenges and expectations of our clients and their stakeholders have evolved over the last four decades. This month, we’re publishing four spots on what “40 years on” have meant for the team in […]

K-12 And The “Space Race”

With Schmidt Associates’ 40th birthday just celebrated, we thought it would be interesting to explore some of the ways in which the challenges and expectations of our clients and their stakeholders have evolved over the last four decades. Over the next four weeks, we’re publishing four spots on what “40  years on” have meant for […]