Building Optimization: Saving Energy and Money

Today’s HVAC systems have the technology to do amazing things. They make a building comfortable, safe, and energy efficient. To get the most out of your systems, they must be tuned to stay in sync with the activities of the occupants and monitored to ensure proper operation. This ongoing adjusting of HVAC and other systems […]

4 Ways to Improve School Safety Through Site Design

School districts regularly tell us that student and staff safety are top priorities when taking on a new project. But safety and security don’t just mean cameras and metal detectors. As designers, we can implement strategies that help create a secure environment before you ever walk into the building. Crime prevention and traffic control are […]

Does Your K-12 School District Need a Master Plan?

The short answer to this question is, “Yes.” If your district doesn’t have one, or you have never been involved in a master planning process before, you likely have a lot of questions. Let’s start with the basics. What is a master plan? A master plan is a roadmap for the future of your school […]

4 Methods We Use to Maintain Budget Control in K-12 Projects

Maintaining the project budget is one of the primary concerns for virtually all Owners of K-12 facilities. There are a variety of tools integrated into our design process that help us stay within the Owner’s budget. A few of these include: In-house Cost Estimating We are a full-service architectural and engineering firm, so our expertise […]

Ensuring Project Budgets are Met and Maintained

Why We Do Our Own Design Estimates To design projects to meet costs, you have to know costs. We believe all our designers—whether an architect, civil engineer, or mechanical engineer—must understand the cost of what they are proposing to an Owner. In our industry, many designers prefer not to do their own cost estimates because, […]

Survey: Indiana K-12 Schools’ COVID-19 Response

How Indiana school districts are beginning to move forward during a global pandemic In mid-May, we surveyed K-12 school corporations across Indiana. We wanted to understand what they’d seen so far as a result of COVID-19 and their plans for the future. Based on our findings, we offered insights and potential solutions for some of […]

Communication Tools to Maintain Schedules

Keys to Successful Communication Communication is critical to the success of design and construction projects. Almost every client—large or small, old or new—is most concerned with their project being on time and on budget. We have found the key to both is effective and frequent communication. This might sound like a simple concept, and it […]

How We Design to Keep Students Healthy

As we are acutely aware, now more than ever, schools are hot beds for illness—especially elementary and middle schools, where kids are still learning proper hygiene and how to avoid getting sick. The health of kids’ environment at school directly impacts the health of their families and society at large. As architects, engineers, and interior […]

How to Adjust System Settings When Your Buildings are Closed

By Bill Gruen and Dave McDowell   With many schools, universities, and businesses closed due to COVID-19, you will likely have buildings that are essentially empty for the next several weeks or months. This means you do not need to heat and cool them the same way you normally would. It may seem like a […]

Owner Perspective: LaPorte Community School Corporation

“It started with the students, and it ended with the students.” Trouble viewing the video? Click here   Greg Hunt, Chief Financial Officer for LaPorte Community School Corporation (LPCSC), has held this position for seven years and has worked with the school corporation for a total of 20 years. Our team has partnered with LPCSC […]