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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 […]

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 […]

The 4 P’s of Facility Condition Assessments

Facility condition assessments are an important tool for school districts and other organizations to appropriately plan for deferred maintenance or create a long-term master plan. Remember the 4 P’s of facility condition assessments: Proactive One of the benefits of initiating a facility condition assessment is moving from a reactive state—where you are constantly putting out […]

What’s Involved in a K-12 District Facility Assessment?

A facility assessment evaluates the state of a school district’s physical buildings and building systems, as well as their suitability for students’ educational needs and the district’s goals. K-12 schools typically undergo a facility assessment during the master planning or district facility planning process. The frequency of updating these plans, and thus undergoing an assessment, […]

Improving Hygiene for Penn-Harris-Madison School Corp. During COVID-19

New, permanent hand-washing stations provide improved pathogen control in elementary and middle schools When school districts began brainstorming solutions and new policies for safely bringing students back to the classroom amid COVID-19, Penn-Harris-Madison (P-H-M) School Corporation wasted no time. Early on, they explored the need for solutions to enhance hygiene practices among students, especially younger […]

Building Optimization: Saving Energy and Money

Today’s HVAC systems have the technology to do amazing things. They make a building comfortable, safe, and energy efficient. To get the most out of your systems, they must be tuned to stay in sync with the activities of the occupants and monitored to ensure proper operation. This ongoing adjusting of HVAC and other systems […]

4 Ways to Improve School Safety Through Site Design

School districts regularly tell us that student and staff safety are top priorities when taking on a new project. But safety and security don’t just mean cameras and metal detectors. As designers, we can implement strategies that help create a secure environment before you ever walk into the building. Crime prevention and traffic control are […]

Does Your K-12 School District Need a Master Plan?

The short answer to this question is, “Yes.” If your district doesn’t have one, or you have never been involved in a master planning process before, you likely have a lot of questions. Let’s start with the basics. What is a master plan? A master plan is a roadmap for the future of your school […]

4 Methods We Use to Maintain Budget Control in K-12 Projects

Maintaining the project budget is one of the primary concerns for virtually all Owners of K-12 facilities. There are a variety of tools integrated into our design process that help us stay within the Owner’s budget. A few of these include: In-house Cost Estimating We are a full-service architectural and engineering firm, so our expertise […]