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Roof 101: Low-Slope Roof Material Options

Low-slope roofs have 3 main options: Built-up Single-ply membrane Monolithic sprayed foam To begin with, built-up roofs can be of two basic types and have a fabulous reputation at Schmidt Associates. Built-up roofs can be composed of coal tar or asphalt and the asphalt can be hot applied or cold adhesive applied. Coal tar roofs […]

Roof 101: Steep-slope Roof Material Options

There are 4 main material options for steep-slope roofs: shingles, slate, clay tile, and metal. The most commonly used material is shingles, which has an average useful life of 20 years. Shingles can come in traditional asphalt form, as well as in rubber or steel. Slate and clay tile, while beautiful, are the most expensive […]

Pavement Inventory & Maintenance Studies

What is it? A few school corporations and townships have recently been asking Schmidt Associates to put together a plan book regarding the conditions of their pavements. In short, these pavement inventory and maintenance studies are analyses of the existing pavement conditions, asphalt or concrete, at a particular site. Here’s how it works… The pavement […]

Elevate Your Expectations for Downtown Development, Part IV

In my Indianapolis Business Journal column listing 10 things Indianapolis could do to make our already thriving downtown an even better place to live, the fourth item was: Face up to the fact that urban dwellers may not have cars, which means we’ll need more forms of public transportation. Yes, the Indiana Pacers Bikeshare is […]

Why Should I Use Native Plants?

Schmidt Associates predominantly utilizes native plants in our landscape designs. A simple definition of native is a species that originated in a geographic region without human involvement. These plants are best adapted for Indiana climate variations and the local pests.  Drought and disease resistance are great attributes of native species, but as evidenced by the […]

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 […]

Sustainability: Indiana University Rotary Building

The Rotary building on the IUPUI Campus in Indianapolis was originally constructed in 1931 as a home for orphaned and ill children. It was later turned over to IU for academic and administrative purposes.  The facility is one of the few remaining historic structures on the IUPUI campus. Its location offers the building as a […]

Elevate the Expectations

The following editorial was featured in the October 17, 2014, issue of the Indianapolis Business Journal. Each month, a post will be made further describing each of my 10 ideas for elevating the expectations for downtown. Check back for more information and share your thoughts with me. Elevate the Expectations By Wayne Schmidt It’s easy […]

Sustainability: Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences at Marian University

This landmark facility has been in operation for a while now. It is Indiana’s first new medical school in the last 110 years and it is the nation’s first osteopathic medical school at a Catholic university. The facility was honored at the 2014 Indianapolis Monumental Awards for Merit in Architecture. In March of 2015, the […]

50 Letters From Architects: Our Contribution

This is part of a series of blog postings of Schmidt Associates architects’ responses to the American Institute of Architects (AIA)-Indianapolis invitation to write letters to Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard. Architects submitted big or small ideas to improve the urban built environment for Indianapolis and were on display at The Hall during June and July […]