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 It’s budget season, which means saving money is on your mind. 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 next year, making system upgrades, or putting up […]

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 […]

Civil Engineers: The Science of the Art of Construction

  Sometimes referred to as “The Science of the Art of Construction,” civil engineering is often the unsung hero of a project; without it, buildings and cities would cease to exist in a way that’s operable or sustainable.   Although the projects they work on have vastly changed over the centuries, civil engineering is arguably […]

Saving Money Through Building Controls and Optimization

Presentation by Bill Gruen and Andrew Eckrich – 2019 IAPPA Meeting, hosted by Independent Colleges of Indiana Bill and Andrew explain what building controls are, define terminology associated with a building’s life cycle, and give a couple examples of how we’ve saved our Owners money through energy and optimization services: