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How does a Deep Bench Help Me with My Project

What is a deep bench and why is it important to you?   As consumers of services, you want those services to be easy to use and simple to navigate. You appreciate having one point of contact to address an issue. Firms often describe themselves as having a “deep bench” or a “comprehensive architecture and […]

Second in the Series of Four Core Principles of Design at Schmidt Associates – A Closer Look at the Strategic Principle

The purpose behind design at Schmidt Associates is to act passionately and intentionally out of our Core Principles of Design, which are the mirrors of our kaleidoscope. The first of these principles is to be Strategic.  Design solutions respond to this principle most strongly by responding to the context of the client in the built […]

Three Mindsets of a Successful Downtown Revitalization

Decades of job, education, livability, and economic trends can transform a downtown drastically.  Some Indiana cities and towns have downtown environments that provide a balanced quality of life for their residents.  Quality of life elements are often focused on economy, livability, education, job availability, aesthetics, and healthy environments.  When any of these elements start to […]

Seven Technology Trends for 2014

As we enter into the new year, it’s a good time to look at a few trends that seem to be shaping our future. 1. Smartphone exclusivity – Some predictions suggest that 35% of corporate America will have eliminated the desk phone by the end of 2014 in favor of mobile devices for all communications. […]

Bridging the Historic with the New – A Successful Story of Adaptive Reuse

Historic preservation projects face many challenges.  Some of these include, but are not limited to: Who will use the building and does it support the many programmatic needs of this group? How can you repurpose the building while integrating modern building systems and technology throughout? How do you maintain the historic features of the building, […]

5 Basic Design Organizing Principles for Facilities

Design organization is critical for successful space utilization in facilities.  There are five basic organizing principles used either individually or in combinations to design functional facilities – Radial, Grid, Axial, Spiral, and Cluster. 1. Radial Elements radiate out from a central, figural point.  Our solar system is the most basic radial scheme. 2. Grid A grid is […]