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Q&A Session with John Hitron, Medical Equipment Planner

Fast Facts about John Position: Medical Equipment Planner Education: University of Kentucky Interesting Hobby: Hot Air Ballooning Favorite Place in Louisville: The Falls of Ohio State Park   Although occasionally an aeronaut, John Hitron, Senior Architect/Medical Planner, is anything but flighty. With his feet planted firmly in architectural soil, he sat down for a few […]

3 Reasons You Need a Medical Equipment Planner on Your Design Team

When designing clinical spaces in a hospital or other medical facility, it’s important to assemble the right team. This includes individuals on the design side—such as architects, engineers, and interior designers—and on the clinical side—such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and others who will be using the space every day. It also includes a very important […]

5 Changes to Make Before Employees Return to the Office

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life as we know it. Your employees have likely been forced from their cubicles or standing desks into their dining rooms or home offices. Virtual-only interaction with their colleagues and clients is the new norm. This will inevitably cause significant shifts in how we think about the physical workplace and […]

How We Design to Keep Students Healthy

As we are acutely aware, now more than ever, schools are hot beds for illness—especially elementary and middle schools, where kids are still learning proper hygiene and how to avoid getting sick. The health of kids’ environment at school directly impacts the health of their families and society at large. As architects, engineers, and interior […]

How to Design Academic Spaces for Tomorrow’s Professionals

As a facilitator of higher education, you strive to provide the highest quality educational experience for your students. How you achieve that mission varies, and professional programs—such as nursing, engineering, or law—present unique challenges and opportunities. Just as you customize the academic requirements for each professional school, each warrants a customized educational environment as well. […]

4 Things to Consider When Designing a Police Station

There is no template or formula for a successful police station design. Many stations have similar components or core functions, but personnel use them in different ways and need them to perform to different standards. For example, it’s safe to say every police department needs an evidence room. Based on their operations and case load, […]

Owner Perspective: LaPorte Community School Corporation

“It started with the students, and it ended with the students.” Trouble viewing the video? Click here   Greg Hunt, Chief Financial Officer for LaPorte Community School Corporation (LPCSC), has held this position for seven years and has worked with the school corporation for a total of 20 years. Our team has partnered with LPCSC […]

Q&A Session with John “J.R.” Robertson, Healthcare Studio Lead

Fast Facts About John Robertson Discipline: Architecture Education: University of Kentucky Favorite Movie: Hoosiers       John “J.R.” Robertson comes to Schmidt Associates from Louisville, KY, architecture firm Arrasmith. Our two firms joined forces earlier this year to provide even greater service and expertise to our clients and communities. J.R.’s more than 30 years […]

How One Building Project Can Transform a School District

By Duane Dart and Steve Schaecher  LaPorte Community School Corporation (LPCSC) knew they had aging buildings that were causing gaps in the student experience across their schools. Like many other school corporations, their standard approach had been to fix the buildings in the worst condition one at a time. To get a broader view of […]

How to Choose the Right HVAC System for a K-12 School

Many factors help us determine what mechanical systems are best for a project Owner. The decision depends on their building type and what it will be used for, as well as their financial and operational priorities. For K-12 schools, there are unique considerations we must often take into account when choosing HVAC and other building […]