How to Adjust System Settings When Your Buildings are Closed

Advice for K-12 and Higher Ed Facilities Staff By Bill Gruen and Dave McDowell   With many schools and universities closed through the remainder of the semester, you will likely have buildings that are essentially empty for the next several months. This means you do not need to heat and cool them the same way […]

How to Choose the Right HVAC System for a K-12 School

Many factors help us determine what mechanical systems are best for a project Owner. The decision depends on their building type and what it will be used for, as well as their financial and operational priorities. For K-12 schools, there are unique considerations we must often take into account when choosing HVAC and other building […]

A Word from Our Owners – North Montgomery CSC

Jim McBee, Director of Business and Transportation, has worked with the North Montgomery Community School Corporation for the past 15 years in his current position. He previously worked at Purdue University for six years as a business manager before coming to NMCSC and served on the school board for two years. Jim is a member […]

Are You Getting the Energy Rebates You Deserve?

Boost your budget by getting paid for energy efficient upgrades We all want to save money, and seeking energy rebates for your engineering work is one way to add dollars back into your bottom line. If you are planning renovations in your facility, making system upgrades, or putting up a brand new building, you probably […]

Q&A Session with Andrew Eckrich, Energy Engineer

Fast Facts About Andrew Discipline: Mechanical Engineering, Clean Energy Engineering Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN Education: University of Dayton Favorite Movie: Shawshank Redemption     From international adventures to playing banjo around the campfire, Andrew Eckrich, graduate engineer, has an eclectic array of hobbies—including an inherited bouncy ball collection! When did you decide you wanted to […]

Q&A Session with Bob Ross, Civil Designer

Fast Facts About Bob Discipline: Engineering Hometown: Valparaiso, IN Education: Trine University Favorite Movie: The Sandlot     As Bob Ross, civil designer, designs parking lots and detention ponds for Owners, he daydreams of visiting every ballpark in the country. Learn more about him below! Where did you grow up? I grew up in “The […]

We’re an Approved IPL RCx Study Provider. What Does That Mean?

Schmidt Associates is now an approved Indianapolis Power & Light (IPL) Retro-Commissioning Study Provider. This status helps us enhance our energy service offerings to our Indianapolis-area clients by allowing us to execute retro-commissioning studies and lead clients through IPL’s energy incentive program. Even if a building was designed to be energy efficient, as time goes […]

What is Retro-Commissioning?

  Is your building’s energy performance at its highest possible level? If you don’t know the answer to this question offhand, it’s probably “no.” Even if your building was designed to be energy efficient at the time it was built or renovated, as time goes on, building usage may evolve and equipment ages. Modern building […]

Q&A Session with Brad Wallace

Fast Facts About Brad Discipline: Engineering Hometown: Lebanon, IN Education: ITT Technical Institute Favorite Place on Mass Ave: Bru Burger or Condado     Brad Wallace, senior HVAC mechanical designer, is a country boy at heart. He’s an open book and is almost constantly smiling. Learn more about him. Where did you grow up? I […]

When to Plan for Water Boiler and Chiller Upgrades

When it comes to updating or repairing the mechanical systems in your facility, timing is crucial. This is true whether you work in an office building, school, or hospital. If a facility’s mechanical systems are functioning properly, they tend to be “out of sight, out of mind.” However, when they fail, it can cause serious […]