Tag Archive for: Security

How Learning Environments in K-12 Education Influences and Enhances Outcomes

By Kathryn Roche, Anna Marie Burrell, and Dainen Tolman The role of spatial design in K-12 education is multifaceted and ever-changing, impacting everything from students’ feelings of safety and inclusivity to the effectiveness of teaching methodologies. This blog will explore these aspects, highlighting the importance of early engagement in design conversations, the role that furniture […]

Bringing People, Neighborhoods, and Businesses Together: A Look Inside Midtown Indy with Michael McKillip

As a 501c3 organization, Midtown Indy exists to cultivate an equitable, healthy, and sustainable community in which stakeholders of all races, incomes, and ethnicities have access to the resources that they need to thrive. Its efforts are made possible through philanthropic support of area businesses, institutions, charitable foundations, and individual stakeholders. Some of Midtown Indy’s […]

A Beacon of Education and Care: How Early Learning Indiana and Christel House at Manual Collaborated for Brighter Tomorrows

In the heart of Indianapolis, a beacon of education and nurturing care has been established within the historic walls of what was once Manual High School. The Day Early Learning Childcare Center, located inside Manual High School, serves as a cornerstone of the educational hub for all ages. Through its partnership with Christel House International […]

Mixed-Use Development Challenges

Mixed-use development combines two or more uses; residential, commercial, cultural, institutional, or industrial into an integrated structure or area. This can be a single building, a conglomeration of several buildings, or sometimes an entire neighborhood or development area. Blending together restaurants, boutiques, and apartments can bring a lot of life to a city corner while […]

Crime prevention through environmental design

As communities work on neighborhood revitalization, one strategy of note is to deter crime through design. When Schmidt Associates studies opportunities in a neighborhood, we use a variety of crime deterrence design strategies including; Natural Surveillance – adding first floor windows onto the street, lowering hedges and fences, providing proper lighting, all provide both the […]

How Do Security Vestibules Work in Schools

Security planning and implementation is critical to keep students and faculty safe in educational facilities. Security vestibules provide additional protection by adding a secured space. Vestibules are secured spaces with two of more sets of doors and an office sign-in area. Once a visitor has signed in and been identified as an authorized visitor, the […]

Eight Drivers and Economic Factors Affecting Changing Technology

Technology seems to be changing at lightning speed. But, what drives this constant evolution? Money – Manufacturers of devices and systems that we use will continue to develop applications to serve our needs. The need to generate revenues motivates this process. Mobility – We are a species that does not want to be restricted. We […]

Seven Technology Trends for 2014

As we enter into the new year, it’s a good time to look at a few trends that seem to be shaping our future. 1. Smartphone exclusivity – Some predictions suggest that 35% of corporate America will have eliminated the desk phone by the end of 2014 in favor of mobile devices for all communications. […]

5 Key Planning Issues for Security Planning Concepts for Educational Facilities

There are 5 key planning issues to consider for security planning for education facilities. 1.      Clear lines of sight One of the most important aspects of planning for a “secure” environment is to establish clear lines of sight. This starts at the entrance to the site. It is very important to have a clear view […]