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Components of a Facility Assessment

As a school corporation determines the future of its buildings, it must look at both the physical conditions of the existing buildings and systems, as well as their capacity to serve the needs of the educational programs. Step one is a Facility Assessment to develop priorities for upgrading, repairing, or even replacing each building. The […]

Safety & Security in School Planning

To K-12 student and parents, learning in a safe and secure environment is just as critical as the quality of education provided. Tom Neff, a Principal of the firm, put together a short white paper that covers the basic guidelines to design ‘safer’ schools according to Campus Safety Magazine, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). Read […]

Lake Central High School Earns EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Certification

Lake Central High School Earns EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Certification for Superior Energy Efficiency Lake Central High School, has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification, which signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the […]

College Attendance. Don’t Drop Out. Do Tune In!

40 years ago that forerunner of virtual learning, the correspondence course, was mostly the preserve of those either struggling to gain acceptance to college, unable to attend for financial reasons, or looking to gain very precise professional qualifications while working fulltime. Today, the choices and access points for remote education are growing exponentially. The social […]

Coming Home to College

40 years ago, college accommodation was a lot more basic. If not always actively uncomfortable, most boomer graduates have tales of stubborn damp patches, odd smells, and of gurgles and groans from antiquated infrastructure. Today’s undergraduate and graduate populations have much higher expectations, of a home away from home. What are the design and building […]

“I Blame the Schools!”

With Schmidt Associates’ 40th birthday just celebrated, we thought it would be interesting to explore some of the ways in which the challenges and expectations of our clients and their stakeholders have evolved over the last four decades. This month, we’re publishing four spots on what “40 years on” have meant for the team in […]

K-12 And The “Space Race”

With Schmidt Associates’ 40th birthday just celebrated, we thought it would be interesting to explore some of the ways in which the challenges and expectations of our clients and their stakeholders have evolved over the last four decades. Over the next four weeks, we’re publishing four spots on what “40  years on” have meant for […]

Create Efficiency and Enhance Effectiveness with Student Enrollment

First things first, a “One Stop” is best defined as a central place to meet with an academic advisor, register for class, pay tuition, etc. A model for excellence in integrated student service, a college One Stop ensures customer convenience and enables the best possible customer service for students. Ultimately, One Stops should make the process of […]

Designing for Function in Educational Spaces

When it comes to designing a new education space, you need to think from the perspective of those who will be using it the most: students and teachers. The space needs to function in ways that will serve their functional needs, spark their creativity, and enhance collaboration. There are both similarities and differences in what […]

Rethinking Learning Spaces (Future Ready Gear: Use of Space and Time)

Tech & Learning Live May 6, 2016 Tom Neff, Steven Baule (Muncie Community Schools Superintendent)