How Learning Environments in K-12 Education Influences and Enhances Outcomes

By Kathryn Roche, Anna Marie Burrell, and Dainen Tolman The role of spatial design in K-12 education is multifaceted and ever-changing, impacting everything from students’ feelings of safety and inclusivity to the effectiveness of teaching methodologies. This blog will explore these aspects, highlighting the importance of early engagement in design conversations, the role that furniture […]

Decarbonizing the Built Environment: How the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth Are Going Green

The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth (SCN) are setting a commendable example of environmental stewardship by decarbonizing their historic convent in Bardstown, Ky. Recognizing climate change as a significant threat to all life, especially the vulnerable, they have committed to a bold plan to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2037 at their ministries in the […]

The Impact of the Indiana Farm Bureau Fall Creek Pavilion on 4-H and the Local Economy

The Indiana Farm Bureau Fall Creek Pavilion has emerged a hub for community engagement and economic growth in Indianapolis. With a $50M investment from the State of Indiana, this versatile venue has become the epicenter of a wide array of events, ranging from sporting competitions and swine shows to vehicle auctions and flower shows. Beyond […]

Nurturing Growth With K-12 Playground Design: How Unstructured Play Leads to Positive Outcomes

In K-12 schools, playgrounds have long adhered to standardized equipment and predictable layouts. However, a revolution is underway, championing the integration of unstructured play opportunities, particularly those inspired by nature. The versatility of nature play transcends the boundaries of conventional playgrounds, offering a diverse array of possibilities that can be implemented anywhere–from personal yards to […]

Illuminating Excellence: The Innovative Lighting Design of Indiana Farm Bureau Fall Creek Pavilion

Centrally located in Indianapolis, the Indiana Farm Bureau Fall Creek Pavilion stands tall, not just as a structure but as an example of innovative lighting design. This blog truly sheds light on the unique features designed by the Schmidt Associates engineering team that make the lighting design at the Indiana Farm Bureau Fall Creek Pavilion […]

Education Redefined: A Conversation with Dr. Nikki Woodson

Since May 2011, Dr. Nikki Woodson has served as superintendent for the Metropolitan School District of Washington Township. Overseeing a diverse student body of over 12,000 and nearly 1,600 staff, she leads a comprehensive K-12 public system with a  mission to foster equitable, affirming, and responsive education. As Marion County’s first African American female superintendent […]

Charting The Course: A Stellar Year in Review

Oh, what a year 2023 has been for Schmidt Associates! This year, the firm celebrated an impressive array of achievements, highlighting a commitment to excellence and rising prominence in the AEC industry. Read on to learn about one epic year for the books. A Year of Prestigious Awards Throughout the year, Schmidt Associates received a […]

HVAC Innovation at Indiana Farm Bureau Fall Creek Pavilion

The Indiana Farm Bureau Fall Creek Pavilion on the grounds of the Indiana State Fairgrounds and Event Center is more than just a venue—it’s a dynamic space that hosts a variety of events, from agricultural fairs to sporting events and commercial tradeshows. One of the key challenges faced during the design phase was creating an […]

Preserving History, Building the Future: The Transformation of Indiana Farm Bureau Fall Creek Pavilion

On the grounds of the Indiana State Fair and Event Center, a piece of agricultural history was on the brink of being lost to time. The Swine Barn, a century-old structure to accommodate the unique transportation needs of that era, had fallen into disrepair and obsolescence. However, rather than letting this iconic building fade into […]

Empowering a Clean Future: Designing Electric Vehicle Charging Stations for Sustainable Infrastructure

In recent years, the electric vehicle (EV) revolution has gained significant momentum, with an increasing number of drivers opting for clean and sustainable transportation options. As EV adoption continues to evolve, the demand for well-designed and strategically located charging stations is also on the upswing. Read on to learn the key considerations in the design […]