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6 Ways to Save on Operational Costs in the Time of COVID-19

The current pandemic has drastically changed the business landscape and has many organizations looking for ways to cut costs. Here are some of the best ways to maximize your budget and reduce operational costs.   Adjust building controls to reduce energy consumption If your facility is currently closed or at reduced occupancy, adjusting your building […]

How to Maximize Outdoor Space for a Healthier Work Environment

Turning an outdoor space into a functional work area has been a trend in the corporate world for years. The mental and physical benefits of giving employees access to natural daylight, fresh air, and a change of scenery have been well documented. As a global pandemic turned the working world on its head, outdoor office […]

Q&A Session with John Hitron, Medical Equipment Planner

Fast Facts about John Position: Medical Equipment Planner Education: University of Kentucky Interesting Hobby: Hot Air Ballooning Favorite Place in Louisville: The Falls of Ohio State Park   Although occasionally an aeronaut, John Hitron, Senior Architect/Medical Planner, is anything but flighty. With his feet planted firmly in architectural soil, he sat down for a few […]

5 Changes to Make Before Employees Return to the Office

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life as we know it. Your employees have likely been forced from their cubicles or standing desks into their dining rooms or home offices. Virtual-only interaction with their colleagues and clients is the new norm. This will inevitably cause significant shifts in how we think about the physical workplace and […]

Using HVAC to Help Prevent the Spread of Illness

COVID-19 is transmitted through saliva droplets from the mouth and nose. These droplets are released by coughing, sneezing, or speaking. It is possible for them to remain in the air for hours and potentially be transmitted through ventilation systems. Your HVAC system is one tool you can use to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and […]

How We Design to Keep Students Healthy

As we are acutely aware, now more than ever, schools are hot beds for illness—especially elementary and middle schools, where kids are still learning proper hygiene and how to avoid getting sick. The health of kids’ environment at school directly impacts the health of their families and society at large. As architects, engineers, and interior […]

Q&A Session with Sara Richey, Client Liaison – Higher Ed Studio

Fast Facts about Sara Position: Client Liaison Hometown: Buffalo, NY Education: Purdue University, Rhode Island School of Design Skill She Wishes She Had: The ability to do a handstand   Sara Richey, interior designer and Client Liaison, brings her passion and unique perspective to the Higher Education Studio. Combining her creative eye, inquisitive mind, and […]

How to Design Academic Spaces for Tomorrow’s Professionals

As a facilitator of higher education, you strive to provide the highest quality educational experience for your students. How you achieve that mission varies, and professional programs—such as nursing, engineering, or law—present unique challenges and opportunities. Just as you customize the academic requirements for each professional school, each warrants a customized educational environment as well. […]

Q&A Session with Dick Butwin, Client Liaison

Fast Facts Position: Client Liaison Hometown: Terre Haute, IN Education: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (BS, Civil Engineering), Eastern Michigan University (MBA) Currently Watching: NCIS Dick Butwin recently joined Schmidt Associates as a Client Liaison, leading our Workplace and Lifestyle studios. Learn a little more about him below! Tell us about your background. I am a […]

4 Things to Consider When Designing a Police Station

There is no template or formula for a successful police station design. Many stations have similar components or core functions, but personnel use them in different ways and need them to perform to different standards. For example, it’s safe to say every police department needs an evidence room. Based on their operations and case load, […]