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Student Mentors Success: Myrisha Powell

Schmidt Associates is proud to offer its Student Mentors program for high school students to get a professional glimpse of everyday life in the field before graduating. While the firm’s leadership always enjoys educating young people and helping shape their futures, the real excitement comes from success stories like Myrisha Powell. As a Project Lead […]

Owner Perspective: Historic P.R. Mallory Factory Redevelopment

After decades of unsuccessful attempts by for-profit developers, Englewood Community Development Corporation and John Boner Neighborhood Centers managed to revive the historic but neglected P.R. Mallory factory as a community asset. Once the bustling intellectual headquarters of P.R. Mallory & Company, the inventors of the Duracell battery and many other technological innovations, the industrial site […]

Improving Hygiene for Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp. During COVID-19

New, permanent hand-washing stations provide improved pathogen control in elementary and middle schools When school districts began brainstorming solutions and new policies for safely bringing students back to the classroom amid COVID-19, Penn-Harris-Madison (P-H-M) School Corporation wasted no time. Early on, they explored the need for solutions to enhance hygiene practices among students, especially younger […]

Owner Perspective: Ball State University North Residence Hall

This semester, students moved into the new North Residence Hall at Ball State University. A part of the campus’ North Residential Neighborhood, the hall closely accompanies two other residence halls, a dining hall, and a fourth residence hall currently under construction. The 496-bed residence hall is a science, technology, and math Living-Learning Community. It includes […]

Construction Insights: Ball State University North Residence Hall

Interview with Kelly Knable, Director of Construction at Ball State University A residence hall—particularly one like North Hall at Ball State University, which is designed as a living-learning community for science, technology, and math majors—includes several different project types rolled into one. It serves as a space for occupants to live, socialize, and study. It […]

Building Optimization: Saving Energy and Money

Today’s HVAC systems have the technology to do amazing things. They make a building comfortable, safe, and energy efficient. To get the most out of your systems, they must be tuned to stay in sync with the activities of the occupants and monitored to ensure proper operation. This ongoing adjusting of HVAC and other systems […]

4 Ways to Improve School Safety Through Site Design

School districts regularly tell us that student and staff safety are top priorities when taking on a new project. But safety and security don’t just mean cameras and metal detectors. As designers, we can implement strategies that help create a secure environment before you ever walk into the building. Crime prevention and traffic control are […]

Does Your K-12 School District Need a Master Plan?

The short answer to this question is, “Yes.” If your district doesn’t have one, or you have never been involved in a master planning process before, you likely have a lot of questions. Let’s start with the basics. What is a master plan? A master plan is a roadmap for the future of your school […]

4 Methods We Use to Maintain Budget Control in K-12 Projects

Maintaining the project budget is one of the primary concerns for virtually all Owners of K-12 facilities. There are a variety of tools integrated into our design process that help us stay within the Owner’s budget. A few of these include: In-house Cost Estimating We are a full-service architectural and engineering firm, so our expertise […]

Ensuring Project Budgets are Met and Maintained

Why We Do Our Own Design Estimates To design projects to meet costs, you have to know costs. We believe all our designers—whether an architect, civil engineer, or mechanical engineer—must understand the cost of what they are proposing to an Owner. In our industry, many designers prefer not to do their own cost estimates because, […]