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‘Tis the Season of Giving Back

As 2018 is quickly coming to an end, it is a great time to reflect on all that we have accomplished. Schmidt Associates has had the pleasure of working with our clients on many impactful projects, but we are about more than just our work. This coming week, in particular, reminds us all how grateful we are to work at a firm that values giving back to our community.

Wayne Schmidt, our founder, has been cultivating a spirit of Servant Leadership since he began the firm 1976. With Sarah Hempstead now leading the charge as our CEO, that has remained our same core value. We are encouraged to be involved in organizations outside the office – our staff has dedicated more than 14,000 volunteer hours to our local communities over the past 10 years.

Here are some highlights from this past year:

2018 Volunteer Events

  • We hosted our annual Chili Cook-Off at the beginning of the year to raise money for the IU Student Outreach Clinic.
  • During the Indiana State Fair, the firm participated in the CANstruction event. This year, our crew raised enough money to donate 4,910 canned food items, resulting in 2,576 meals, to Gleaners Food Bank to help combat hunger.
  • During Indy Do Day, the firm had a number of staff participate in landscaping projects for the MSD of Lawrence Township Schools.
  • While working with Christamore House on the upkeep of their building systems, we had a staff volunteer day to repair plant beds, paint, and do a general clean-up.
  • As a corporate partner for Children’s Bureau, we attended various volunteer events like reading to the kids at lunchtime, helping paint aprons for their Celebrity Cook-Off event, and handing out candy during trick-or-treat at the shelter.
  • Junior Achievement’s JobSpark event was a fun-filled day in which several staff members helped educate 8th grade students about careers in architecture and engineering.
  • Each year, our firm awards a Ball State University CAP student with a scholarship to help them continue their education within this industry. Richard Meagher was this year’s recipient – he is hoping to further his education and obtain a masters degree in landscape architecture.
  • To help inspire young girls and educate them on the future of S.T.E.M, we hosted a booth at the Girl Scouts’ Circle the City event. Engineering staff members helped build an HVAC simulation racing game, and some of our architecture crew came equipped with VR headsets.
  • After our annual Thanksgiving staff pitch-in, all leftover food was taken to Wheeler Mission to give those in need a warm, tasty meal.
  • Six kids and their families from Children’s Bureau will have a special holiday season thanks to our staff donations of toys, clothes, and other goodies.

There is definitely more that our staff has individually participated in, so the list could go on and on. This is just a small glimpse of how Schmidt Associates truly puts the needs of our clients, staff, and community at the forefront!

 

Q&A Session with Myrisha Colston

It seems like Myrisha Colston, Architectural Graduate, has worked here forever. Her smiling face has been a mainstay on the second floor for many years. Myrisha has interned or just helped around the office six or seven (who is really keeping track?) different stints through the years before graduating with her masters and landing at Schmidt Associates full-time.

 

Tell me about yourself.
Growing up, I was an army brat, moving several times before settling in Indianapolis when I was 10. I attended IPS and interned at Schmidt Associates as a junior at Arsenal Tech High School—which led to my career here. Coming from a large family, especially on my mother’s side, family has always been a key value in my life.  I am very close with my parents, my older sister, and my four God-siblings (2 boys and 2 girls).

I am currently engaged to be married in August. My fiancé, Cameo, and I dated from the age of 12 to 16, and then life took us separate ways for a while. We reconnected while I was in graduate school and here we are today—looking forward to starting our life together.

Myrisha Colston Family

What inspires you?
Faith is my biggest inspiration, along with family. Without faith or my family, I would not have made it through school or where I am now.

What do you do in your free time?
I don’t really know how to sit down. I tend to say “yes” when asked to help, especially when it comes to my family. When I do sit down, though, I love spending time with family watching movies and playing games.

I also enjoy working with youth. When I entered architecture, I struggled with how it would help me give back. My past two years in graduate school, I participated in outreach and went into high schools and talked with youth about architecture. Additionally, I am serving as a mentor for a second-year architecture student at Ball State—offering feedback and advice as she takes her own journey through school.

Do you have a favorite vacation?
One of my favorite places was San Francisco; that is where I developed more of a love for nature and its peace and serenity. I loved being in the Redwood Forest. I also enjoyed my trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. One of my favorite moments was zip lining in the Smoky Mountains.

Myrisha Colston Vacation

Do you collect anything?
I have a collection of nutcrackers. When I was about 8, my parents bought me two nutcrackers for Christmas, and it has just continued from there. I think I have about 15 of them now, receiving one each year as a gift. I’ve decided to stop because I don’t want to have a room where I don’t want to go in due to all these wooden guys staring at me. 😊

What’s one thing not everyone knows about you?
I am obsessed with budgeting! When I was growing up, I was always number-oriented, but the obsession has gotten really bad with the wedding planning. I love budgeting, from the excel document to putting in the formulas—everything!

 

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Q&A Session with Steve Schaecher

Whether it is the Taj Ma-Stall by Emperor Shah Jahan or Flushingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright, Steve Schaecher—Senior Project Architect and one of the newest Principals of the firm—is quite knowledgeable about architecture and is happy to share this knowledge through humor.

 

 

What makes you tick?
I am an architect, so obviously I have a creative side and love using it in all aspects of my life. I like to create things that get a little rise out of people or make them laugh. I enjoy seeing the reactions of people to things I think are funny. However, its always a tightrope—one of my kids always tells me that I am not supposed to laugh at my own jokes. But humor is a big part of my life, and I believe laughter is the medicine to cure all.

Other than architecture, what outlets do you utilize for your creativity?
I have always enjoyed drawing. In high school, I was the cartoonist for the school paper—it was the first time I had something in print. I invented a strip called “Dr. Cartoon” and made up humorous diseases around our school every week. Though I didn’t do much with cartooning in college, after graduating, the local AIA Indianapolis Chapter started a newsletter. I was talking with a friend of mine who was the editor; one thing led to another, and I ended up drawing the cartoons for the newsletter.

About six months later, National AIA started the AIArchitect, a monthly national newspaper for architects. I contacted them, and the next thing you know, I had a national audience for my cartoons. That is where I created my first outhouse—Frank Lloyd Wright’s, Flushingwater.  After that, I thought, “I could make a calendar out of this.” So, I put together 12 different samples and researched calendar publishers. I lucked out, the first publisher I approached liked the concept, but suggested it expand to a permanent book instead of a temporary calendar.

The first book—”Outhouses by Famous Architects”—was well received. Within a year, I suggested a sequel—”Mobile Homes by Famous Architects”—and eventually I rounded out the trilogy with “Phone Booths by Famous Architects”. Eventually the books were also converted into calendars.

Another interesting tidbit, a publishing company in China picked up the books and published them in Chinese! I don’t think the translation picks up the humor very well, though.

Steve Schaecher - Outhouses book

“Outhouses by Famous Architects”

What do you do in your free time?
I genuinely enjoy hanging out with my kids. We attend a lot of soccer games.

As an architect, it seems like I always have some kind of home improvement project going. I designed my own home, but there is always something to re-do.

Steve Schaecher

What’s one thing not everyone knows about you?
I went to a Catholic School and the nuns were somewhat strict. One day, I had the hiccups and went to get a drink from the water fountain. I looked up to see Sister Calista (the meanest of the sisters) walking down the hall; then I bent down to get another drink. I got in trouble for taking more than one drink! She busted me and scared the right hiccups out of me!

 

Steve Schaecher - Family

Tell me about your family.
I have been married to Susie, a true Speedway girl, for 23 years. Together, we have three kids—Nathan, a sophomore at Purdue studying industrial engineering; Lindsey, a junior at Avon hoping to become a teacher; and Nick, a 6th grader heavily involved in travel soccer.

 

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Q&A Session with Kyle Miller

Whether it’s the management of a multi-million dollar school, creation of the music behind project videos, or poker on a Friday night, Kyle Miller—Principal and Project Manager at Schmidt Associates—puts full effort into all he does.

 

 

Tell me a bit about yourself.
I grew up in Shelbyville, Indiana and have held a full-time job since I was 16. I started out working at a grocery store and continued working there all through college and even four years after I landed my first “real” job with a civil engineering firm.

What is your passion, outside of work? Kyle and his guitar

I have always had a passion for music, whether it is piano or guitar, composition or performance, and it’s been a constant throughout life.

I loved playing guitar and going to concerts with friends in high school, and I guess it just continued into my adult life. Around 2000, I joined my first real band, Magnolia. We performed southern and classic rock at local bars and parties around town. After that band had ran its course, I joined Throwback Jack with the drummer from Magnolia. That was a lot of fun.

Additionally, I started playing in the praise band at my church. I played about 49 of the 52 weeks out of the year for 13 years. Between practices on Wednesday nights and Sunday morning services, it was a lot of work. But perhaps the most exciting music I have ever played was for the Lebanon Educational Foundation Follies. For 12 years, I participated in this annual show where I was given 50 songs (generally Broadway show tunes) with sheet music that I had to learn in a week. It was fun and I developed many new relationships—but mostly, it was the biggest challenge, musically, I have ever had.

What inspires you?
I love getting to know people. So, I love pursuing a new opportunity or a new project. Of course, once the pursuit is over, I constantly worry about my new clients and delivering on the promises I made to them.

What’s your favorite thing to do downtown?
We actually moved downtown in 2014. The kids were out of high school and my wife and I were ready for a change from suburban life. We both like downtown—visiting and working—so we decided to build a house in Fall Creek Place. Interestingly, the house that is right next door to mine was the former home of Reverend Jim Jones. Don’t drink that Kool-Aid!

That said, we obviously spend a lot of time downtown. I love to eat lunch at Bru and dinner at Salt and we have season tickets to the Colts. We just love the city and all that it has to offer.

What’s something not everyone knows about you?
Not only do I play music, but I also compose. I had written a song for a country music band I played with. The lead singer from that group actually took the song—music and lyrics—to a professional producer/musician in Nashville and had it professionally recorded.

Do you have any hidden talents?
Not sure if it’s a talent, maybe a problem, but I play a lot of poker—and sometimes I win. I am a founding member, five-time winner, and PLA (Poker League Administrator) for the Premier Indy Men’s Poker Society (PIMPS).

Kyle and his wife, Amy have been married 23 years. They have three kids—Dustin, 30; Erin, 28; and Danielle, 26; and one granddaughter—Arianna, 10.

Kyle Miller's Family

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Q&A Session with Anna Marie Burrell

Anna Marie Burrell

From the infectious smile to the genuine care and concern for those around her to her constant flurry of activity, Anna Marie Burrell—K-12 Studio Leader and Principal-in-Charge—has a magnetic and energetic personality. Below, we try to get her to take a few minutes to just breathe and share a bit of her life.

 

Tell us a bit about yourself.
I grew up in Lantern Hills—an enchanted, undulating wooded neighborhood on the border of the then-active Ft. Benjamin Harrison. So, when I think back to my childhood, I remember sneaking tools out of dad’s workshop to build “forts” with my neighborhood friends for our imaginary secret society. P.I.G.s was the name of our secret group, code for Private Investigating Girls. Can you guess what our password was? We were headquartered—along with multiple expansion sites—throughout our forested world. P.I.G.s members were serious about our work and probably had too much fun torturing my brother by taking his favorite toys so we could later find them hidden up in trees.

I guess you can say that I have always been caught up in my imagination and drawn to those who have fun dreaming up new experiences.

And now?
This is my cheer squad:

Anna Marie Family

I married Tim in 1994, and we have two sons together — Sam (18) and Aaron (20). We have always been a close-knit family that loves to have fun. And I would be remiss if I didn’t also mention Eddie, my labradoodle. We love dressing him up, but I am not sure if he loves it as much as we do.

What inspires you?

The arts, specifically dance. To feed my need to keep moving, my parents introduced me to ballet. I was hooked and spent every minute I could at Butler University’s Jordan Academy of Dance learning from instructors of a multitude of global and cultural backgrounds. I learned I loved creating or telling stories without the use of words through dance. I loved, and still love, the emotion of dance and the lines, rhythms, surprises, and forms that are endless only to one’s imagination. As an architect, I have realized these same elements are key to the delivery of any successful design project.

My love for dance continues today as I am starting to get involved with Kids Dance Outreach (KDO)—an organization providing children, regardless of income, with an opportunity to learn and experience the joy of dance.

What do you do in your free time?
I love to jump on the back of our motorcycle with my husband, Tim, and just ride with no agenda. It snaps me into the happiest of moods.

Anna Marie Burrell Motorcycle

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I’d love to explore Southern France, though lately I’ve been obsessing with wanting to go dog sledding in the countryside around Quebec. To be clear, my idea of dog sledding includes blankets and hot chocolate while someone else “drives” the dogs for me.

Do you keep anything special at your desk?
I’m never at my desk, instead I carry a backpack with scarves to hold my hair back. I never know when I might get whisked off on an impromptu motorcycle adventure.

So, have you guessed that P.I.G.s secret password yet? OINK!

 

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Q&A Session with Eddie Layton

All of us have something special about ourselves, a small claim to fame. For Eddie Layton, Project Architect, he was a University of Virginia Scavhunt Marshmallow Peep Eating Contest Champion. But he hasn’t let the glory from his victory go to his head.

 

 

Tell me about yourself.
I grew up in rural southern Virginia. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and my masters from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. I married my high school sweetheart, Brittney, while in grad school, and we graduated together in 2009.

We graduated in the middle of the recession, so I took a job with a grocery store in Raleigh, North Carolina for a year and a half. During that time, I learned a lot about management and working as a team for a greater good. It translated well when I got my first job with a small architecture firm. That firm was eventually bought out by Gensler, the largest architecture firm in the world. We literally went from a firm of four to 3,000 overnight—it was definitely an interesting transition.

What brought you to Indiana?
Brittney and I wanted to be closer to family. She had grown up all around Indiana and still has a lot of family in the North Indianapolis and Kokomo areas. Our son, Liam, was nearly three at the time, and we had talked about expanding our family. It made sense to make the move. I worked at Gensler on Friday, made the drive to Indianapolis on Saturday, and started at Schmidt Associates on Monday.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Indy?
I am still finding hidden gems, but I really enjoy the Canal and the Circle. They are such unique, urban aspects to the city. We didn’t have anything like them in Raleigh.

And the family?
Brittney had some health issues while she was pregnant with Liam. As a result, we decided we wanted to expand our family with adoption through fostering. We had just completed the training necessary when we decided to move from North Carolina. We have started the process in Indiana and look forward to the next chapter.

We also have two cats, Woodstock and George. Woodstock came with his name, but Liam named George. Apparently he wasn’t worried about naming a female cat George. But those cats are so patient with Liam. He will literally mop the floor with Woodstock, and he still comes back to Liam for more. We try to discourage mopping of floors with cats, but it’s a hard concept for a four-year-old.

What do you do in your free time?
Currently I am coaching Liam’s soccer team (3-4 year-olds). I never played soccer growing up, but I know the basics of the game. It has been an interesting experience of herding cats and maintaining their attention for 45 minutes to an hour.

What inspires you?
My father-in-law taught me to always leave things in a better state than you found them. It’s a way to approach life, and also a great opportunity to approach clients and projects. The satisfaction of making things better for our clients is hard to match.

Do you keep anything special at your desk?
I have a hand-carved Maya wooden face mask that Brittney brought back for me from her anthropological field research in Guatemala. It’s slightly creepy but very cool!

If you want to know more about Eddie, check out his bio.

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Q&A Session with Kevin Shelley

It’s a good thing we move desks so often at Schmidt Associates. If we didn’t, Kevin Shelley—Principal and Project Manager—might be covered in cobwebs! After completing an architectural internship at Schmidt Associates in the late 80s, Kevin has never looked back… or worked anywhere else!

 

 

Tell me about your background.
I grew up in Avon—right down the street from my future wife, as a matter of fact. In 8th grade, I had to write a report about what I wanted to do when I grew up. At that point, I knew I wanted to be an architect. Everything I did academically moved me toward that goal. I attended Ball State University and lived in Botsford/Swinford Hall. Who knew that 25 years later, I would be the Project Manager on the facility’s renovation? While at Ball State, I participated in a Habitat for Humanity Design Competition and met Wayne Schmidt. Based on that meeting, I got an internship here and was ultimately hired straight out of school. I have never worked anywhere else.

What has kept you at Schmidt Associates for so long?
I really enjoy working with people and helping solve their problems. I love the challenge of finding the best solution for any problem—whether it is helping younger people learn to put a building together or helping clients solve facility needs in their organizations. Schmidt Associates offers me that opportunity daily.

Aside from work, what else do you enjoy?
I really enjoy working in my yard. My wife and I had a vision 20 years ago when we moved into our house. Just this year, we finally feel like we accomplished that original vision. So now we are starting over—with a new vision.  Hopefully it won’t take 20 years to finish this time.

Tell me about your family.
I married Angie 25 years ago and we have three sons. Jake is graduating this year from Trine University with a degree in Civil Engineering with a structural focus. He is engaged to Rachel and will be married this fall. Sam is at Franklin College, studying Computer Science and playing football. My son, Luc is a sophomore at Brownsburg High School and is on the swim team. And who can forget my dog, Zoey, a Jack Russel Terrier and just a spaz.

Kevin Shelley Family

What’s something not everyone knows about you?
Having 3 boys, I found myself volunteering my time to the Brownsburg Little League, coaching, and serving on their Board of Directors. Now that they are older, I am volunteering with the Challenger Baseball Program sponsored by the League and Brownsburg Community Schools.

Do you have any hidden talents?
I was a Drum Major in the band in high school, so I guess I can keep a pretty good beat. More recently, though, I enjoy skiing (snow and water) and am learning to wake surf.

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Q&A Session with Matt Durbin

Matt Durbin, Technology Designer and Information Systems (IS) Manager, has taken an interesting path to land where he is today. Below, we journey along that path with him.

 

 

 

 

Where did you go to school?
I attended Olney College, majoring in General Studies and playing first base on their baseball team.

And your path from there?
My second year at Olney, we came back from Thanksgiving and I was out hunting with friends. Apparently, I was mistaken for wildlife. I was sprayed with buckshot in both legs. After my friends carried me back to my truck, they drove me to the hospital, where I lived for the next couple weeks. Following that, though, I didn’t go back to Olney. Instead, I got a job as a surveyor.

How did you transition from a Surveyor to a Technology Designer?
I started getting tired of being wet and cold from working outside, so I moved inside at the Civil Engineering firm I was working for. I realized I had gotten pretty good at Autodesk software and understanding computers.

At the time, there was no real degree that would support my interests, so I had to learn on the job. I joined a technology committee at my office and helped install my first network in 1990. I made several professional moves, acquired some key certifications, and eventually landed at Schmidt Associates as the Information Technology (IT) Manager. From there, I transitioned back into the design side of things and started designing technology for clients, not just Schmidt Associates. I moved from IT Manager to Technology Designer.

Obviously, Schmidt Associates is your favorite employer, but have you done anything else interesting along the way?
Actually, yes. I worked for the Indianapolis Zoo for a while. It was pretty cool to just walk outside and see an elephant or flamingo. Did you know that penguins are ridiculously loud and don’t smell like roses? I installed a camera in their habitat one time and had some up-close encounters with them!

What do you do in your free time?
I guess you could say I am an outdoorsy kind of guy. I like to fish, ride four-wheelers, tractors. It took me a while to get past being shot, but I actually do some target shooting now too, but I don’t hunt anymore.

Do you collect anything?
Hats. I probably have 50 or 60. I have always worn them, so somewhere along the way, I started collecting them. I have a wall in my basement where I keep my favorites displayed. The others are just stacked in boxes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matt and his wife, Kristan met while visiting mutual friends at Ball State and have been married 25 years. They have two daughters, Mackenzie and Morgan, and a dog, Copper. Mackenzie is finishing her senior year at Herron College studying photography. Morgan is a sophomore at Marian University’s School of Nursing and is a student in the Evans Center for Health Sciences—a facility her Dad designed the technology for. Copper is carrying out his duty of being a good boy.

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Thank you!

Q&A Session with Ben Bain

Ben Bain, Business Development Representative, is definitely not cut out to be an undercover spy. Instead, he is an outgoing and friendly face often found traveling the state meeting new people.

 

 

Tell me about your background.
I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and moved to Marietta, Ohio, in the middle of my sophomore year of high school. I traveled overseas extensively through high school and college with singing groups and orchestras and have always loved foreign languages, so I majored in Russian and East European Studies at Yale University. I was fascinated by the Russian language, people, and political science of the time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

With a degree in Russian, how did you land at Schmidt Associates?
After college, the most obvious route for me would have been to join the CIA or NSA. As I was driving to an interview with the CIA, I pulled over at a payphone and called to cancel. I am just too much of an open book to be able to make a career in intelligence. Instead, I started actively pursuing NBC Television for a job. The Moscow Olympics were quickly approaching, NBC was televising the games, and that would have been a dream job for me. It would have utilized two of my passions—Russia and sports! At that point in history, though, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, the United States boycotted the Olympic games, and NBC didn’t even televise them. It was time for another plan. I eventually landed in radio, initially selling advertising and talking sports, and then quickly getting into management. After 17 years in broadcasting and weathering many changes in that industry, I decided to make a career change. That is when we moved to Indianapolis, and I started working for a construction management firm—even though at the time, I wasn’t sure what that actually meant! From there, I came to Schmidt Associates in 2002.

What do you do in your free time?
Growing up, my Dad instilled the love of watching sports. When I had kids, I did the same for them. I love going to games whenever I can and am a hard-core Pittsburgh sports fan. I love the Pirates, Steelers, and Penguins!

I am also heavily involved with St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church. In addition to volunteering extensively with their activities, my wife, Clare, and I also work with engaged couples in marriage preparation. Other than that, I enjoy running. Recently, though, I have enjoyed spending time with my first grandson, Rowan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have any hidden talents?
Not that I can share.

Do you have anything special at your desk?
Several years ago, I was at a dinner for Marian University and performed the Heimlich Maneuver on a nun. As such, I was recognized as a Hoosier Hero at a Pacers game by Rotary International. That night, I met Paul George. I keep a picture of Paul and me at my desk. Of course, given recent events, I might have to get rid of it now.

Ben has been married to Clare for 33 years. Together, they have three grown children. Benjamin IV currently lives in Dallas. David and his wife, Caitlin, are the proud parents of Rowan and live in Jamestown, IN. Ben’s only daughter, Elizabeth, is at the University of Chicago pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemistry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can tell, Ben is a man of many stories. If you are ever in the neighborhood and want to grab a beer, he could provide you some interesting conversation!

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