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Finding the Right Professional Partners for Your Mission-Based Organization

Mission- or value-based organizations—such as philanthropic organizations, non-profit colleges or universities, social service organizations, charitable foundations, and other not-for-profit entities—have additional considerations when looking for professional services partners. It’s not just about who can do the work best, but also who aligns with their brand and core values. Professional services partners can include any external […]

Designing STEM Higher Education Spaces to Fuel Economic Growth

By Sarah Hempstead and Sara Richey Creating and enhancing STEM programs, especially for engineering, is critical to developing the next generation of innovators. Feeding a pipeline of workers to support our local and regional communities is just a starting point.   Designing academic spaces for students in professional programs requires a tailored approach based in […]

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. […]

Designing Facilities for Wraparound Health Services

Wraparound healthcare services are exactly what they sound like—they encompass medical and non-medical services and resources that wrap around a person or family to best support their individual needs and improve their well-being in multiple areas of their life. Wraparound healthcare programs are based on the idea of treating the whole person. There are many […]

Designing for Generation Z

Generation Z, the 60-some million young people born between the late 1990s and early 2000s, are the most diverse group in our country’s history. They grew up during times of recessions and financial crises, war and terror threats, and technology overload. Many of them knew how to operate a tablet or cellphone before they could […]

Community Engagement

A building project is far more than pieces and parts that define spaces. Projects reflect the goals and aspirations of the communities they serve. Schmidt Associates views community engagement as an essential part of our strategic, data-based planning, giving Owners information to evaluate viable options and make good decisions. We take a proactive role in […]

Vacant Big Box Store Finds New Life as a Preschool

Building Indiana Features Anna Marie Burrell, Sarah Hempstead, Brandon Fox, and Shelbyville Central Schools January 24, 2019 “In the small Indiana community of Shelbyville, Shelbyville Central Schools District will transform a nearly 63,000 square foot abandoned Marsh Food Store and the adjacent strip center – once housing other retail stores, a restaurant, movie rental store, and […]

WOYS #5

The middle of winter is hands down my least favorite time to live in the mid-west. While I love the changing of the seasons – the trudge post-holidays to mid-March takes twice as long as it should.  The only way to survive is with a glass of wine, a nice fire, and a few good […]

How Can Architecture & Design Affect Higher Education?

If you’ve spent any amount of time on a well-designed, beautifully constructed university campus, then you understand the importance of architecture when it comes to influencing higher education. Not only can architecture inspire imagination and creativity, but it can unite students, teachers, and the community to create a space that feels energized, organic, and magnetic. […]

Multipurpose Facilities (MPF’s)

Multipurpose Facilities (MPF’s) exist in many forms. As we consider the transformation of existing facilities into part-time athletic venues – ad hoc “field houses” – a plethora of sports can reasonably be considered. Indoor track and field, cheerleading, dance, and gymnastics, indoor soccer, baseball batting cages, tennis, and competition court activities (e.g. volleyball, basketball, and handball) should […]