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Designing Spaces for a College of Osteopathic Medicine

What kinds of spaces does a modern college of osteopathic medicine need?  Classrooms and labs, right?  Yes, but the details are a little more complicated. When we started designing the Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences at Marian University, we looked at both the requirements for a medical school and the environment students would […]

10 Commandments for University Design

There are many constants when designing a building, regardless of the end user. These include space layout, aesthetics, function, cost, and durability. Designing for a university use has some differentiators, though. The list below culminates Schmidt Associates 10 Commandments for University Design. Overall, designing for a university takes a lot of collaboration between the design […]

Auditorium Design Basics

An auditorium is an auditorium, right? Actually, planning for a new or renovated auditorium in your school is more complex than that. You must design for what audiences SEE, and for the parts they don’t see as well. There are three main components to auditorium design projects:  1. The Main Seating Area Seating is based […]

Sustainability: Indiana University Rotary Building

The Rotary building on the IUPUI Campus in Indianapolis was originally constructed in 1931 as a home for orphaned and ill children. It was later turned over to IU for academic and administrative purposes.  The facility is one of the few remaining historic structures on the IUPUI campus. Its location offers the building as a […]

How to Pick a Site

The design of a school campus is crucial to the safety and efficiency of any program. When given the opportunity to choose between different locations, here are some thoughts on what elements create a successful K-12 exterior environment. Space to establish clear visibility and organization –When on a school campus, clear site lines help create […]

Putting the “Active” in Learning

Many studies have been done that explore the benefits of movement and activity in learning environments. In higher education classrooms, “active learning” is becoming more and more the norm. As students morph into new learning experiences in the collegiate setting, they are greatly impacted by educational approaches and their architectural surroundings, eliciting positive psychological responses. […]

How to "Right Size" Your School

Has your school or district experienced influxes or decreases in student population due to shifting enrollment patterns or unanticipated variables that impacted your demographic projections? Having too few (or too many) students in a building affects space utilization, staffing, and operating costs. Typically, the capacity of a school is determined by the number of classrooms […]

Fourth in the Series: 12 Red Flags for Your Construction Project

Everyone involved with a construction project hopes to avoid challenges or hiccups along the way. This series of blogs describes the red flags you should look out for if “smooth sailing” doesn’t seem to be the direction your project is going. In this final installment, we give you red flags #10 through #12: 1. Ignoring […]

Patience is a Virtue – A New Academic Facility for Ivy Tech Anderson

Ivy Tech Anderson has a defined mission to accommodate unprecedented growth over the past decade. As such, they were committed to constructing a new building to provide much needed academic space to continue the commitment to change lives in Indiana through education and workforce development.  This building will provide additional academic space for the Anderson […]

Lessons Learned on Design/Build

Schmidt Associates summarizes lessons learned after each project to continually improve. The list below summarizes our experience with various design/build projects—acting as either the criteria developer or as a member of the design/build team. •  There can be different levels of scope or criteria development depending on the Owner’s desire for control or the desire […]