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.

TECH 2016 Feature: TEC Provides Solution for Renowned Medical Institute


October 18, 2016

Regenstrief Institute Headquarters

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Changing of our Guard: Sarah Hempstead named CEO

We want to introduce you all to our new CEO, Sarah Hempstead


About Sarah:

  • Raised in Springfield, OH
  • Attended Ball State University: dual degrees in Environmental Design and Architecture
  • Studied abroad in Russia at Volgograd State University: architecture and engineering
  • Currently resides in Meridian Kessler with husband Greg. She enjoys hanging out on the soccer field with her two amazing daughters, traveling as much as possible and working with some of her favorite not-for-profits – including Junior Achievement, RADC, and The Arts Council.

Sarah is only the second CEO in our 40-year history. Firm founder Wayne Schmidt steps down as CEO, but he will remain chairman of the board and the principal-in-charge of our Community Studio.

Sarah joined Schmidt Associates in 2001, inspired by the company’s commitment to service and design excellence. She is now responsible for our Higher Education Studio and overall management of the firm. She is one of a few female CEOs of an architectural and engineering firm in Indiana.

She is recognized for her design and creative work on these projects and more:

As the firm moves into its next chapter, Sarah said the Schmidt Associates’ “core DNA remains the same. We remain laser focused on excellence and service to our clients, our community and to each other.”

This ‘core DNA’ reflects our unique culture of servant leadership, Wayne Schmidt remembered. “The first 40 years have been incredible and that suggests the next 40 are going to be even better. The firm is well positioned for the future with the partnerships and the leadership of Sarah as CEO. We are extraordinarily lucky. I am confident she will take the firm places that I could never imagine.”

“We have better foresight, better insight and we are better on-site,” Sarah said. “These important attributes have led us, and more importantly our clients, to designs that consistently surprise and delight, to technology solutions that deliver true efficiencies, and to environments where people are better able to pursue their goals and fulfill their potential.”

“All this has happened in our first four decades. I can’t wait to see where the next forty years will take us.” – Sarah