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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 […]

Chilled Beam Retrofit in the Rotary Building

Big Ten & Friends Mechanical and Energy Conference – Hosted by IUPUI Eric Broemel, PE, CEM with co-presenter Holly Thomas, PE, IUPUI Energy Engineer October 1, 2018 The presentation focused on the design and construction of the Rotary Building on the IUPUI campus. The building was recently renovated to accommodate the IU School of Medicine. […]

Case Study: St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church

HVAC & Accessibility Renovation – St. Joan of Arc Sanctuary Project In preparation for the Centennial Celebration in 2021, the Schmidt Associates team kicked off the first phase of the St. Joan of Arc Sanctuary Restoration Project in 2017. This phase included: Updating/adding HVAC and electrical components Making the sanctuary more ADA accessible Adding a […]

Energy Rebates: Don’t Leave Money on the Table

When the electric grid was still in its infancy, electrical utility companies needed more people to use electricity to make a profit. They would therefore incentivize the purchase of electric vacuums, laundry machines, dish washers, water heaters, radiant floor heating systems, and so on. But in today’s world, we have so much electric demand that […]

Designing Residence Halls Specifically for the Student

Integrating specific academic environments into five Ball State University Residence Halls was a key early design consideration for the combined $144+ million projects. There was an opportunity to create an interplay between pre-millennial student lifestyle, academic, and career interests while also optimizing for energy efficiency. By adding the latest technologies, new amenities, and flexible design […]

Optimization: Saving Energy and Money

Today’s HVAC systems have the technology to perform amazing things —providing comfort, safety, and efficiencies. To achieve optimum performance, the systems must be “tuned” to stay in sync with the activities of the occupants and monitored to affirm proper operation. This can be done through building optimization, a post-construction service which includes: Working with the […]

Infographic: 7 Types of Engineering

Check out our handy infographic about the 7 types of engineering systems that affect a building:    

Geothermal Heating Systems: How Do They Work?

Schmidt Associates has received an increasing number of inquiries about geothermal heating systems. We are also designing geothermal systems for a variety of projects. This blogs explains that technology. A geothermal ground source heat pump (GSHP) is an electrically powered system that taps the stored energy of the greatest solar collector in existence: the earth. […]

Getting Real About Value Engineering

“Value engineering” is perhaps the most overused and under-realized term in the design/construction industry today. It has become the catch bucket for any exercise that involves reducing costs. By definition, value is the ratio of function to cost. Value is increased by improving function or reducing cost. A great example: the benefit analysis of solar […]