50 Letters From Architects: Our Contribution

It is good to dream about what could make our city a better place. When the American Institute of Architects (AIA)-Indianapolis invited Schmidt Associates to write letters to Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, we happily accepted the invitation to provide one page of big or small ideas to improve the urban built environment for Indianapolis — […]

What is an Energy Model?

Engineers always promise to create an energy model for each project — but what do they mean and why should you care? What should you expect at each phase? Like the rest of the facility design, energy modeling grows in detail and complexity at each stage of project development. Design Performance Modeling during concept and […]

The Layers of Interior Design

After the dust settles and the walls have been constructed, your facility project is still far from done. This is when the work of the interior designers really starts to take shape. There are nine key layers to interior design. •  Color – The most obvious layer is color. Establishing a theme or inspiration of […]

Second in the Series: What are the Different Types of Geothermal Heat Pumps?

Ground source heat pumps (GSHP) can be classified into four basic types.  Choosing the right one depends on the available land area and the soil and rock type at the installation site. The design team will analyze these factors to determine the most economical choice for installing the ground loop. Closed-Loop Systems In closed-loop systems, […]

Energize and Save $

What if I told you that utility companies will pay you to reduce your utility bill? Is that too good to believe? Well, believe it! “Energizing Indiana” offers energy efficiency programs that bring savings to communities across the state. With programs for homes, schools, businesses, and commercial facilities, Energizing Indiana provides education, tools, and incentives […]