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Five Tips for Early Childhood Facility Planning, Design and Construction

Most of us may have a difficult time remembering what it was like to be in preschool, but try to put yourself there for a moment. Everything seems so much bigger than you, your imagination is running freely, and you are actually encouraged to nap in the middle of the day. It is important to […]

Alternative Stormwater Options

Stormwater runoff is generated when precipitation from rain and snowmelt events flow over land or impervious surfaces (paved area and building rooftops). The more impervious surface areas are in the project site, the more stormwater runoff will be generated. As the runoff flows over the land or impervious surfaces, it accumulates debris, chemicals, sediment, or […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

40% Reduction in Design Time Using Integrated Technology

Owners often ask for “faster, better, cheaper.” Schmidt Associates and Turner Construction recently completed an addition and renovation for Lake Central School Corporation’s high school, reducing design time through the use of integrated technology by 40%. The key elements that reduced design time were: •  Our on-site team and office teams worked directly with school […]

Who Do I Need on My Team?

When you decide to open a charter school, you are also tasked with deciding which professionals to partner with and when. It’s beneficial to team with professional firms that are experienced in charter school construction—and to get them involved early in the process. This will typically include professionals in the following industries: Architect and Engineer […]