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 […]

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 […]

Designing the Perfect Pickleball Court: A Comprehensive Guide

Pickleball. It’s all the rage. In fact, it’s the fastest-growing sport that blends elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong. In the United States alone, pickleball has captured the hearts of millions since the 1960s. As the popularity and remarkable growth continue, the demand for more courts is rising. This is sure to have decision makers […]

A Helicopter Adventure: How A Rooftop Installation at the Lawrence Central High School Pool Provided Cost Savings, History

In a groundbreaking move on Oct. 20, the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township (MSDLT), together with Schmidt Associates and The Skillman Corporation, undertook an extraordinary project to install rooftop HVAC units for the new Lawrence Central High School natatorium addition. What made this endeavor so unique was the decision to use Midwest Helicopter Airways instead […]

Reviving the Legacy: How a Neighborhood Was Changed Through Education

On Indianapolis’ Near Eastside, the P.R. Mallory factory is a place steeped in history. For half a century, this iconic site was home to pioneers in electronics, electro-chemistry, and metallurgy. However, as the years passed, the factory was closed and fell into disrepair. The building is an anchor landmark for the neighborhood, and its renovation […]

A Beacon of Education and Care: How Early Learning Indiana and Christel House at Manual Collaborated for Brighter Tomorrows

In the heart of Indianapolis, a beacon of education and nurturing care has been established within the historic walls of what was once Manual High School. The Day Early Learning Childcare Center, located inside Manual High School, serves as a cornerstone of the educational hub for all ages. Through its partnership with Christel House International […]

Designing Prosperity: Transforming Iroquois High School and Paving the Way for Comprehensive, Skills-Based Training

Committed to providing students with state-of-the-art facilities that foster technical knowledge and employability, Jefferson County Public Schools has embarked on a transformative project at Iroquois High School to renovate an existing skilled trades teaching facility into a premiere building for technical career training for the large and culturally diverse student body. This comprehensive plan will […]

Schmidt Associates Completes State’s First Post-Tension Concrete Track Design

Post-tension concrete tracks are emerging as a new and beneficial design option for K-12 schools due to their durability and long-term use. Recently, our team of engineers worked with Wes-Del Community School Corporation to design and implement a post-tension concrete running track, the first track of its kind in Indiana. The new track, which was recently […]

Architecture and Friendship: How Two High School Friends Grew Closer Through Schmidt Associates

Architectural Graduate Daniel Klemen and Architectural Landscape Graduate Krystlyn Lee have followed similar paths throughout their academic and professional careers. They met their senior year in North Central High School’s AP Art class where they became friends and decided to participate in the ACE Mentor Program together. This mutual interest in art and architecture led […]