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 […]

How to Avoid Negative Impacts of School Construction Projects on the Community

PART 3 IN A SERIES Consider the community that surrounds and supports your school when planning for new builds and renovations Schools are important assets to cities and towns. A neighborhood school is responsible for producing good future citizens and has a direct impact on the well-being of the community. As a result, changes within […]

Choosing a Construction Delivery Method for K-12 Building Projects

If you’re starting your first building or renovation project in your district—or even your first project in a long time—there can be a hefty learning curve. The processes are nuanced, there are endless acronyms and industry jargon, and many different people and organizations are involved. For even the savviest of school administrators, it can be […]

How to Avoid Negative Impacts of School Construction Projects on Students

PART 1 IN A SERIES Proper planning is critical to avoid unintended consequences of school construction for those who matter most—students. Initiating a new school build or a significant renovation can be a lengthy process. Getting the project approved, perhaps passing a referendum, and determining the vision for your new or updated facilities is a […]

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 […]

Our Back-to-School Memories

With design studios in both K-12 and higher education, back-to-school season is a busy and exciting time for our team. This year, some of our staff members reminisced on their favorite grade-school memories. Read their sweet, funny, and surprising stories below!   Laura Hardin – Senior Interior Designer What made school the most memorable was […]

Schmidt Associates Gains 9 Spots on List of Top 300 Architecture Firms

Schmidt Associates is proud to be named to Architectural Record’s 2019 Top 300 list. The firm earned the 195th spot on this year’s list, moving up nine spots from last year. The annual national list, compiled by Architectural Record’s sister publication Engineering News-Record, ranks companies by their architectural revenue from the prior year, as reported by […]

A Word from Our Owners – MSD of Washington Township

Angela Britain-Smith, Director of Operations Angela Britain-Smith, Director of Operations at MSD Washington Township, brings 30 years of educational qualifications extending into facilities management, maintenance, custodial, food services, safety, and security. Ms. Britain-Smith holds a MS degree & Indiana School Administration Licensure from Butler University; BS degrees in Library Services K-12 & Speech & Communications […]

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 […]