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Student Mentors Success: Myrisha Powell

Schmidt Associates is proud to offer its Student Mentors program for high school students to get a professional glimpse of everyday life in the field before graduating. While the firm’s leadership always enjoys educating young people and helping shape their futures, the real excitement comes from success stories like Myrisha Powell. As a Project Lead […]

Designing College Campuses for Student Health, Equity, and Performance—Part 1

Distraught, a friend described having sleepless nights concerned about her 19-year-old freshman son’s mental health. She wasn’t alone as many students across college campuses had a rough journey filled with isolation and anxiety from COVID-19. College is about connecting, community, and forming relationships. As they prepare to welcome students back, administrators’ focus will be on […]

Owner Perspective: Historic P.R. Mallory Factory Redevelopment

After decades of unsuccessful attempts by for-profit developers, Englewood Community Development Corporation and John Boner Neighborhood Centers managed to revive the historic but neglected P.R. Mallory factory as a community asset. Once the bustling intellectual headquarters of P.R. Mallory & Company, the inventors of the Duracell battery and many other technological innovations, the industrial site […]

Design Crossover: Filling the Higher Ed STEM Pipeline Starting in K-12

How Purdue University is combining community engagement, early program exposure, and cutting-edge education design to increase its engineering student pipeline. STEM careers are in increasingly high demand. Today, we don’t have the volume of prepared applicants funneling into higher education institutions to meet the workforce needs of tomorrow and continue to successfully compete in the […]

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 […]

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 […]