Saving Money Through Building Controls & Optimization

IAPPA 2019

Bill Gruen, Manager of Energy & Optimization Serivces, and Andrew Eckrich, Mechanical & Energy Engineer

March 29, 2019

In this presentation for IAPPA, Bill and Andrew explained what building controls are, defined terminology associated with a building’s life cycle, and gave hard examples of how we’ve saved our Owners money through energy and optimization services.

Vacant Big Box Store Finds New Life as a Preschool

Building Indiana

Features Anna Marie Burrell, Sarah Hempstead, Brandon Fox, and Shelbyville Central Schools

January 24, 2019

“In the small Indiana community of Shelbyville, Shelbyville Central Schools District will transform a nearly 63,000 square foot abandoned Marsh Food Store and the adjacent strip center – once housing other retail stores, a restaurant, movie rental store, and a bank – into a preschool, space for children with special needs, and the school district’s offices.”… read full article

Indianapolis Architects Redesign Restaurant and Cosmetology Learning Center

School Construction News

Features Anna Marie Burrell & McKenzie Center for Innovation and Technology

November 19, 2018

“Shortly after the visitors are seated in a comfortable banquette with modern art on the wall behind them, Devon, in a brilliant white and wrinkle-free chef’s jacket professionally greets them, “Good morning, welcome to Bernie’s Place! May I get you a water?”… read full article

Chilled Beam Retrofit in the Rotary Building

Big Ten & Friends Mechanical and Energy Conference – Hosted by IUPUI

Eric Broemel, PE, CEM with co-presenter Holly Thomas, PE, IUPUI Energy Engineer

October 1, 2018

The presentation focused on the design and construction of the Rotary Building on the IUPUI campus. The building was recently renovated to accommodate the IU School of Medicine. Achieving LEED Silver certification, the renovation included the extensive reprogramming of the space, the addition of a central communicating stair, the improvement of the building envelope, as well as entirely new mechanical and electrical systems throughout the building.

Schmidt Associates received an ASHRAE Design Technology Award for this project. Through the submission process for the award, the actual energy usage of the building was recorded after construction was complete. It was discovered that the usage was significantly larger than predicted by the LEED energy model. Through follow up and further adjustment of the of the HVAC systems, Schmidt mechanical engineers worked alongside IUPUI staff.  Together they were able to correct the issues and bring the usage in line with expectations. The presentation highlighted the issues that were uncovered and the actions that were taken to resolve them.

Creative Aquatic Center Design

Parks & Rec Business

Features Prophetstown State Park Aquatic Center

July 2018

“State parks have a larger economic impact than most people realize. Parks help increase tourism, motivate businesses for relocation and expansion, invest in environmental protection, and improve physical and mental health…”

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Preserve, Rehab, Restore, Or Reconstruct?

CA: Commercial Architecture

Features Wayne Schmidt & Phil Medley on St. Joseph Brewery

November 6, 2017

“Working with historic buildings involves choices, challenges, and rewards. The trendy and chic St. Joseph Brewery and Public House in Indianapolis emerged from an abandoned 1880s Catholic Church. The building had been empty for nearly 30 years…” read full article

40 Years of Change – Redevelopment of Mass Ave

AIA Regional

Sarah Hempstead and Wayne Schmidt

September 28, 2017

Every place evokes feelings for people. A great place feels welcoming, exciting, curious, comforting—and maybe even inspiring. Your designated place always has the opportunity to evoke vastly different feelings than it does now. But change doesn’t happen overnight. Placemaking, if done correctly, is a marathon, not a sprint. We covered what Mass Ave in Indianapolis was 40 years ago, and how it has become revitalized to the vibrant destination point it is today.

Designing ADA for Independent Living

AIA National and AIA Regional

Desma Belsaas with co-presenter Kim Dodson

April 28, 2017 and September 28, 2017

As architects, we are constantly tasked with designing spaces that are accessible to everyone, but what does this really mean? Most of us have been fortunate to never live with a disability, so what can we learn from those who do? This session will review learnings from a new hotel project (Erskine Green Training Institute and Courtyard by Marriott – Munciethat has an integrated training center for individuals with disabilities. Most of the learnings can be applied across many sectors of the design industry to create better more accommodating buildings. This class addressed constructability issues that can often challenge compliance with ADA requirements.

Doing More with Less- Space Management and Facility Optimization


Lisa Gomperets and Eric Broemel

September 19, 2017

From tight budgets with big goals, to the rapid growth of student population putting strain on existing campus size, facilities and maintenance management personnel face many issues and challenges. This program presents a case study on how the Master Planning process with Marian University was driven by space management and maintenance analytics strategies to overcome such issues and challenges. Learn how we have successfully created a process to set an operational budget by defining the university’s vision and goals, identifying key initiatives, and tracking and measuring success through creating an actionable master plan.


Turning a Strategic Plan into a 10 Year Flexible Facilities Implementation Plan

 AIA National

Lisa Gomperts and Sarah Hempstead

April 28, 2017

Unfortunately, many master plans become book ends on a shelf collecting dust. This results in frustration for both the University and the design firm, while ultimately not achieving the goals of the original master plan. This session gave attendees a tool to create a master plan that facilitates good strategic decisions and becomes a living working document. Attendees could then understand the framework necessary to evaluate and adjust their current plans.