Supporting Black-Owned Businesses: A Conversation with Nachand Trabue

Dedicated to empowering Black-owned businesses and fostering economic growth in Louisville, Ky., Nachand Trabue is the founder of MELANnaire Marketplace, a dynamic pop-up mall supporting small, minority-owned businesses. As the organization’s leader, Nachand has emerged as a major force in creating opportunities and platforms for underrepresented voices. Nachand is also a multifaceted professional with a […]

Q&A With Architect David McDow

Early in his career, David McDow, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, knew that pursuing healthcare design was his passion and long-term goal. Over time, he’s focused on constant learning and coming to expect the unexpected in design, which he believes happens daily. Years later, he’s reflecting on key trends, both stateside and abroad. We recently caught […]

The Value of Adaptive Reuse

To understand the importance of adaptive reuse, one must first appreciate the value of old buildings and architecture. While it can feel “progressive” to tear down the old in order to make room for the new, adaptive reuse defines progress differently. Rather than creating a narrow vision that imagines possibilities with a blank slate, reuse […]

Roof 101: Steep-slope Roof Material Options

There are two primary types of commercial roof systems: low-slope roofs and steep-slope roofs. A roof typically qualifies as a steep slope if it has a ratio of at least 3:12–for every 12 horizontal inches of roof, the slope increases by 3 vertical inches. There are three main sub-categories of steep-slope roofs that we normally […]

Roof 101: Steep-Slope vs. Low-Slope Roofs

Commercial roofs fall into two main categories: steep-slope and low-slope. Believe it or not, there is no such thing as a completely flat roof. Steep-slope roofs can be covered with shingles, slate, or metal. Low-slope roofs are classified as built-up, single-ply membrane, or monolithic sprayed foam. Pros and Cons of Steep-Slope and Low-Slope Roofs Steep-Slope: […]

Q&A Session with Dick Butwin, Client Liaison

Fast Facts Position: Client Liaison Hometown: Terre Haute, IN Education: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (BS, Civil Engineering), Eastern Michigan University (MBA) Currently Watching: NCIS Dick Butwin recently joined Schmidt Associates as a Client Liaison, leading our Workplace and Lifestyle studios. Learn a little more about him below! Tell us about your background. I am 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 […]

The Sweet Side of Beekeeping

Now that we are all ‘resident experts’ with beekeeping, we sat down with Mark Manship to learn a little bit about the honey. Albeit, what most of would consider the best part of beekeeping! But maybe you haven’t heard the buzz about our bees yet – check out this blog first to catch up. How […]

What’s that buzz? It’s Schmidt Associates’ New Bee Hive on our Green Roof!

In case you haven’t heard the buzz, Schmidt Associates is now an urban beekeeper with a honeybee hive on our roof. Luckily, Mark Manship, one of our construction administrators, maintains two beehives at home and has become the keeper of our hives.  Since many of us are curious about what this means, we decided to […]

A Word from Our Owners – BSU Residence Halls

George Edwards – Associate Director of Housing and Residence Life Facilities at Ball State University Joel Bynum – Assistant Director for the Coordination of Living Learning Programs at Ball State University When did Ball State University decide to implement the Living Learning Community model in their residence halls and why? It’s a long history, but […]