4 Tips for Adaptive Reuse in Higher Education

How to successfully expand your campus by repurposing old buildings     Whether you have a building on campus that is sitting vacant, or you’re looking for a new space to expand into, adaptive reuse is an effective option for many higher education construction projects. “Adaptive reuse” refers to giving an existing building—often a fairly […]

A Word from Our Owners – Butler College of Education

Dr. Ena Shelley was appointed dean of the College of Education at Butler University in June 2005. Shelley’s experience with the College of Education began 37 years ago when she joined the faculty as an assistant professor of early childhood education in 1982. Now Dean and Professor Emerita, Dr. Shelley retired in the spring of […]

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 […]

A Word from Our Owners – BSU Residence Halls

George Edwards – Associate Director of Housing and Residence Life Facilities at Ball State University Joel Bynum – Assistant Director for the Coordination of Living Learning Programs at Ball State University When did Ball State University decide to implement the Living Learning Community model in their residence halls and why? It’s a long history, but […]

The Effects of Natural Daylight

It’s not a secret — it is scientifically proven that we, as humans, thrive best when we have access to sunlight. If you are having a long and stressful day at work, a walk around the block is a good way to clear the mind. Restaurants with outdoor seating tend to be packed during those […]

What are the Roles of a Design/Build Team?

Typically there are three primary team members on a design/build project. They include the Owner, the criteria developer, and the design/build (D/B) contractor. Each one is explained in more detail below: 1. Owner •  Work with criteria developer to capture needs and desires in criteria documents/contract documents •  Implement a process to select D/B contractor […]

Community Engagement

A building project is far more than pieces and parts that define spaces. Projects reflect the goals and aspirations of the communities they serve. Schmidt Associates views community engagement as an essential part of our strategic, data-based planning, giving Owners information to evaluate viable options and make good decisions. We take a proactive role in […]

Top 6 Things to Know when Considering Adaptive Reuse

We have all heard the real estate mantra “Location, location, location!” However, great location does not also lead to perfect buildings. In fact, oftentimes the least perfect building is situated right on the site you want. And while some may consider a total demolition and rebuild as the only option, there are oftentimes a lot […]

A Word from Our Owners – Marian University & The Children’s Museum

Audra Blasdel graduated from DePauw University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Computer Science and received her Masters of Business Administration with a focus in global supply chain management from the University of Indianapolis in 2009. Prior to starting her own company–Blasdel Solutions, a WBE Certified Project Management and Business Analysis […]

How Can Architecture & Design Affect Higher Education?

If you’ve spent any amount of time on a well-designed, beautifully constructed university campus, then you understand the importance of architecture when it comes to influencing higher education. Not only can architecture inspire imagination and creativity, but it can unite students, teachers, and the community to create a space that feels energized, organic, and magnetic. […]