Alvin Laguerre, aka Alvin the Architect makes his mark at Schmidt Associates

Seeing beautiful buildings co-exist against a backdrop of mountains, valleys, and blue waters in his homeland of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, Architectural Graduate Alvin Laguerre knew he wanted to contribute to beauty and speak loudly through design. This solidified his career decision, and he’s drawn his own roadmap to success. Learn more about Alvin and his bright […]

Enhancing education in Hammond, Indiana

In 2017, School City of Hammond hired Schmidt Associates to complete a facility study resulting in plans to develop the new Hammond Central High School, which, along with the existing Morton High School, replaces the aging Clark, Gavit, and Hammond High Schools that closed in June. On July 22 during the building’s dedication, ribbons were […]

Designing K-12 Education Spaces for Student Mental and Emotional Wellbeing | Part 2

Acoustical, Lighting, and Building System Considerations   In the first of this two-part series exploring building design’s impact on student mental and emotional health, we discussed how the design of a space, its furnishings, and the types of visual elements it uses impact how students feel. But there are a variety of additional building aspects […]

Designing K-12 Education Spaces for Student Mental and Emotional Wellbeing | Part 1

Architectural and Interior Design Considerations     The mental and emotional wellbeing of students has a significant impact on their development and ability to learn. The onset of COVID-19 has highlighted those needs and the critical nature of creating a healthy school environment in all aspects. A 2020 Pulse Point survey of college presidents by […]

Should You Spend ESSER II Funds on Facilities Projects?

Evaluating K-12 Facilities for Health and Safety     Since an additional round of COVID-19 emergency relief funding was announced through ESSER II, you’ve likely already started talking with your team and partners about how you can and should plan to spend this money. You have a list a mile long of the things your […]

What are the Design Components of an Auditorium?

Auditoriums and performing arts centers are important features of many K-12 and higher education facilities. They not only host the latest dramatic or musical performance for students, but they can also be used for professional performances, large meetings, community events, and other activities. They are truly an educational and community asset. Designing auditoriums requires knowledge […]

What You Need to Know About Post-Tension Concrete Tennis Courts

When we conduct facility condition assessments, we frequently find heavily worn and cracked tennis courts. If you have asphalt courts, you likely know that a fact of life is significant court repair or replacement every decade or so.   But it doesn’t have to be this way. There is an alternative: post-tension concrete. Post-tension concrete […]

Owner Perspective: Historic P.R. Mallory Factory Redevelopment

After decades of unsuccessful attempts by for-profit developers, Englewood Community Development Corporation and John Boner Neighborhood Centers managed to revive the historic but neglected P.R. Mallory factory as a community asset. Once the bustling intellectual headquarters of P.R. Mallory & Company, the inventors of the Duracell battery and many other technological innovations, the industrial site […]

The 4 P’s of Facility Condition Assessments

Facility condition assessments are an important tool for school districts and other organizations to appropriately plan for deferred maintenance or create a long-term master plan. Remember the 4 P’s of facility condition assessments: Proactive One of the benefits of initiating a facility condition assessment is moving from a reactive state—where you are constantly putting out […]

What’s Involved in a K-12 District Facility Assessment?

A facility assessment evaluates the state of a school district’s physical buildings and building systems, as well as their suitability for students’ educational needs and the district’s goals. K-12 schools typically undergo a facility assessment during the master planning or district facility planning process. The frequency of updating these plans, and thus undergoing an assessment, […]