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What We Know About Office Design in the Wake of COVID-19

By Eddie Layton, Associate and Project Manager, and Dan Billings, Associate and Project Architect   The implications of COVID-19 and the impact it’s having on life and business is still in constant flux. We know things have to change, and there are lots of ideas floating around. We likely won’t have a firm grasp on […]

How to Maximize Outdoor Space for a Healthier Work Environment

Turning an outdoor space into a functional work area has been a trend in the corporate world for years. The mental and physical benefits of giving employees access to natural daylight, fresh air, and a change of scenery have been well documented. As a global pandemic turned the working world on its head, outdoor office […]

5 Changes to Make Before Employees Return to the Office

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life as we know it. Your employees have likely been forced from their cubicles or standing desks into their dining rooms or home offices. Virtual-only interaction with their colleagues and clients is the new norm. This will inevitably cause significant shifts in how we think about the physical workplace and […]

Q&A Session with Dick Butwin, Client Liaison

Fast Facts Position: Client Liaison Hometown: Terre Haute, IN Education: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (BS, Civil Engineering), Eastern Michigan University (MBA) Currently Watching: NCIS Dick Butwin recently joined Schmidt Associates as a Client Liaison, leading our Workplace and Lifestyle studios. Learn a little more about him below! Tell us about your background. I am a […]

Using the 2020 Color of the Year: Naval

        By Kaylyn Kelly, Interior Design Intern As commercial interior designers, we typically don’t design around trends. Our goal is often to provide owners with colors and finishes that feel current but are generally timeless. We love a good statement, but we also want to prevent projects from looking dated in a […]

6 Ways to Reuse and Recycle in Your Workplace

At Schmidt Associates, sustainability is something we strive for in each architecture and engineering project we do. We work with clients to implement designs that are energy efficient, use renewable energy sources, gain LEED certification if desired, or even reuse existing structures and materials when possible. This focus on sustainability is, in part, why we […]

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 […]

Designing & Building Successful Co-Working Spaces

Like mentioned in my previous blog, co-working spaces are becoming increasingly popular in the United States. Although Europe has been ahead of the game when it comes to fostering a healthy work environment for individuals who don’t work a standard in-office, 9-to-5 type of job, the United States is in no way behind in terms […]

How to Create Engaging, Productive Open Office Spaces

Open office spaces are popular, but not necessarily because they make employees feel more engaged or productive. Although, in theory, they seem to check all of the boxes, some studies show that they can be problematic for certain types of workers who may need quiet, isolated space in order to focus and feel relaxed. That […]