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How to Adjust System Settings When Your Buildings are Closed

By Bill Gruen and Dave McDowell   With many schools, universities, and businesses closed due to COVID-19, you will likely have buildings that are essentially empty for the next several weeks or months. This means you do not need to heat and cool them the same way you normally would. It may seem like a […]

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 […]

A Word from Our Owners – North Montgomery CSC

Jim McBee, Director of Business and Transportation, has worked with the North Montgomery Community School Corporation for the past 15 years in his current position. He previously worked at Purdue University for six years as a business manager before coming to NMCSC and served on the school board for two years. Jim is a member […]

Are You Getting the Energy Rebates You Deserve?

Boost your budget by getting paid for energy efficient upgrades We all want to save money, and seeking energy rebates for your engineering work is one way to add dollars back into your bottom line. If you are planning renovations in your facility, making system upgrades, or putting up a brand new building, you probably […]

Q&A Session with Andrew Eckrich, Energy Engineer

Fast Facts About Andrew Discipline: Mechanical Engineering, Clean Energy Engineering Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN Education: University of Dayton Favorite Movie: Shawshank Redemption     From international adventures to playing banjo around the campfire, Andrew Eckrich, graduate engineer, has an eclectic array of hobbies—including an inherited bouncy ball collection! When did you decide you wanted to […]

We’re an Approved IPL RCx Study Provider. What Does That Mean?

Schmidt Associates is an approved Indianapolis Power & Light (IPL) Retro-Commissioning Study Provider. This status helps us enhance our energy service offerings to our Indianapolis-area clients by allowing us to execute retro-commissioning studies and lead clients through IPL’s energy incentive program. Even if a building was designed to be energy efficient, as time goes on, […]

Saving Money Through Building Controls and Optimization

Presentation by Bill Gruen and Andrew Eckrich – 2019 IAPPA Meeting, hosted by Independent Colleges of Indiana Bill and Andrew explain what building controls are, define terminology associated with a building’s life cycle, and give a couple examples of how we’ve saved our Owners money through energy and optimization services:

Demystifying the Terminology: Energy Efficiency Edition

There are a lot of terms to understand in the construction, building operations, and maintenance world. You may often notice engineering lingo is thrown around as if everyone knows what each term or phrase means. A core focus at Schmidt Associates is ensuring the buildings we design and construct are done so to the highest possible […]

Q&A Session with Bill Gruen

Though quiet upon first introduction, Bill Gruen—Manager of Energy and Optimization Services—brings a laser focus of energy efficiency to projects at Schmidt Associates. Below, we take a few minutes to get to know him.         Tell me about yourself. I was born and raised in Buffalo, New York and went to college […]

Saving Money Through Building Controls & Optimization

IAPPA 2019 Bill Gruen, Manager of Energy & Optimization Serivces, and Andrew Eckrich, Mechanical & Energy Engineer March 29, 2019 In this presentation for IAPPA, Bill and Andrew explained what building controls are, defined terminology associated with a building’s life cycle, and gave hard examples of how we’ve saved our Owners money through energy and […]