Undergraduate and graduate students are some of the most environmentally concerned groups in the country. “Greening” is much more than an emerging trend; it is now a basic expectation. Schmidt Associates’ experience makes sure a sustainable approach to the higher education built environment is a delivered reality, not a wish list. We ensure our facilities are designed for efficiency.
Designed For Efficiency, Engineered For Sustainability
Architectural creativity and campus pride demand a design approach focused on striking, individualistic architecture that will reward its users for generations to come. Today, that approach also has to take into account each building’s energy performance and environmental footprint. With the right blend of expertise however, aesthetic and environmental impacts can co-exist in harmony.
Schmidt Associates’ Higher Education Team comprises a range of professionals who can look at a new build, a major adaptive re-use, or an upgrading of existing building fabric from a number of complimentary perspectives. Alongside our architects and other designers, we have skilled engineers and technologists who understand the practical implications of efficient design and sustainable performance. We don’t consult them at the tail end of the design process. Our approach is not to retrofit efficiency. Instead, we literally build it in to every aspect of our higher education work, from Master Plans to signature buildings to a heating and ventilation refit.
Cross-discipline Collaboration Is More Than Our Philosophy. It’s A Delivered Reality.
At one time, the emphasis was purely on making an impression: the architectural model was the focus of the project and how the building was going to look was what excited its stakeholders most. Today at Schmidt Associates, we place as much emphasis on the energy model, running sophisticated analysis to determine where savings can be made, and reducing demands on both financial and fossil fuel resources. It is only through deep understanding of the technicalities, implemented through true cross-discipline collaboration, that the finished design approach can achieve the aspirations of environmental protection.
Our higher education work has firmly established that aesthetic and environmental impacts are not at odds, quite the opposite in fact. The best looking modern buildings are also the highest performing in terms of energy efficiency, and they provide the most comfortable and conducive internal environments too. To discover more about how the dedicated Schmidt Associates’ Higher Education team can help your built environment make the most desirable kinds of sustainable impact, get in touch.