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Q&A Session with Shane Cox

They say, “it’s always the quiet ones that are the most dangerous.” Sitting down with the quiet Shane Cox, Controls/Systems Engineer, was definitely not a dangerous experience—quite the opposite, I would say.     Tell me about your background. I grew up in a small town so it only made sense to me that I […]

Form, Function, and Funds: The Next Wave of Sustainability

When it comes to sustainable design, perhaps sustaining the attention of consumers is as important as the design itself. While sustainability may be written off as one of many “green trends”, it plays an enormous role in shaping how our future looks – both from the buildings we inhabit to the overall planet we live […]

The Design Components Every High School Gymnasium Needs

Whether you’re redesigning or renovating a high school gymnasium, or building a new structure from scratch, there are a lot of things to consider. Most importantly, you need to remember that a high school gym is so much more than just a place for sporting events; it’s a place for communities to gather. From the […]

Workforce Skills Training in K-12 Facilities

Since 2011, 11.5 million jobs have been created in the United States for workers with education past high school. However, only about 47% of working-aged adults in Indiana currently have degrees. One way to fill this gap is to include workforce-ready spaces and programs directly within high schools. Think auto shops, TV broadcasting spaces, welding […]

Q&A Session with Myrisha Colston

It seems like Myrisha Colston, Architectural Graduate, has worked here forever. Her smiling face has been a mainstay on the second floor for many years. Myrisha has interned or just helped around the office six or seven (who is really keeping track?) different stints through the years before graduating with her masters and landing at Schmidt […]

Electrical Engineer: An Important Role in Design

                  While the title electrical engineer covers a broad spectrum of roles and responsibilities, there is an easy-to-guess common denominator: electricity. A profession that began not surprisingly in the late nineteenth century (the same time electricity itself was harnessed in Edison’s light bulb), the numerous branches of […]

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 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. […]

Q&A Session with Steve Schaecher

Whether it is the Taj Ma-Stall by Emperor Shah Jahan or Flushingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright, Steve Schaecher—Senior Project Architect and one of the newest Principals of the firm—is quite knowledgeable about architecture and is happy to share this knowledge through humor.     What makes you tick? I am an architect, so obviously I have […]

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 […]

5 Tips for Designing More Interactive Classrooms

Interactive learning is one of the best ways for teachers and educators to make sure their students are actually grasping the knowledge and skills they are sharing. An effort to combat Mark Twain’s famous sentiment of higher education being “a place where a professor’s lecture notes go straight to the students’ lecture notes without passing […]

A Word from our Owners – Greenwood Community Schools

Mike Hildebrand is a retired Indiana State Police Detective with over 23 years of service. He began his career in education with the Pike County School Corporation in Petersburg, Indiana in 2003. Mike was hired by Greenwood Community Schools in 2014 as the Director of Operations. He is the Administrator over the facilities, grounds, maintenance, transportation, […]

Q&A Session with Kyle Miller

Whether it’s the management of a multi-million dollar school, creation of the music behind project videos, or poker on a Friday night, Kyle Miller—Principal and Project Manager at Schmidt Associates—puts full effort into all he does.     Tell me a bit about yourself. I grew up in Shelbyville, Indiana and have held a full-time […]

Why Is Adaptive Reuse Important in Today’s World?

To understand the importance of adaptive reuse, one must first appreciate the value of old buildings and architecture. While it can feel “progressive” to tear down the old in order to make room for the new, adaptive reuse defines progress differently. Rather than creating a narrow vision that imagines possibilities with a blank slate, reuse […]

Case Study: St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church

HVAC & Accessibility Renovation – St. Joan of Arc Sanctuary Project In preparation for the Centennial Celebration in 2021, the Schmidt Associates team kicked off the first phase of the St. Joan of Arc Sanctuary Restoration Project in 2017. This phase included: Updating/adding HVAC and electrical components Making the sanctuary more ADA accessible Adding a […]

Six Biophilic Design Tactics

“Biophilia is the humankind’s innate biological connection with nature. It helps explain why crackling fires and crashing waves captivate us; why a garden view can enhance our creativity; why shadows and heights instill fascination and fear; and why animal companionship and strolling through a park have restorative, healing effects.” – Terrapin Bright Green What Biophilic […]

Accidental Interaction

Think back to when you were in college. Do you remember when and where your best learning happened? Chances are, it wasn’t necessarily in the classroom. Your college education more likely happened while you socialized by the front desk of your residence hall, or while you lay on the grass in the quad, or even […]

A Word from our Owners – Marian University

Dr. Russ Kershaw has been the Dean of the Byrum School of Business at Marian University since 2010. Previously, he was the Dean of the School of Business Administration at Philadelphia University and also has held various positions at Butler University. Before entering the academic world, Russ spent 13 years in corporate America. During this […]

BIM in Dispute Resolution – KGR

I had the opportunity to read a great blog post by my friend Greg Cafouros at Kroger Gardis & Regas (KGR). At Schmidt Associates, using Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a standard practice for all of our projects. We see the direct benefits it has on reducing errors and saving costs for our Owners. It […]

Designing ADA for Independent Living

The Erskine Green Training Institute and Courtyard by Marriott – Muncie developed under the dream of The Arc of Indiana with the helpful insights from Self-Advocates of Indiana. This hotel and training institute is now a place where individuals with disabilities can gain post secondary education in an immersive learning environment. The students stay in the hotel for the […]

Q&A Session with Anna Marie Burrell

From the infectious smile to the genuine care and concern for those around her to her constant flurry of activity, Anna Marie Burrell—K-12 Studio Leader and Principal-in-Charge—has a magnetic and energetic personality. Below, we try to get her to take a few minutes to just breathe and share a bit of her life.   Tell […]

A Word from our Owners – Shelbyville Central Schools

Dr. David Adams has 36 years of service in public school systems, all in Indiana. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education at Ball State University, Masters of Science from Indiana University, Ed. S from Ball State University, and Ph.D. in Education Administration from Indiana State University. He will retire next year, after […]

User Engagement Early in Design

Here at Schmidt Associates, we like user engagement to happen early in the design process to help determine how the spaces need to work and how the facility can best help them meet their mission. We prefer one or two meetings during schematic design and another at the end of a project through a room-by-room […]

When Did You Know You Wanted to be an Engineer?

Wayne Schmidt set out on his own and started our firm July 4th, 1976. More than four decades later, we are proud that we are different in all the regards that matter to us, to our clients, and to our community. While we are celebrating our 42nd anniversary this July, we are also celebrating another […]

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 […]

A Word from our Owners – Ball State University

David Shepherd – Facilities Engineer, Ball State University  David is a Facilities Engineer at Ball State University where he coordinates, designs, and oversees construction of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, including projects from small maintenance repair and replacements to large capital improvement projects and new construction. David has over 15 years of professional experience in […]

What Do Architects Do?

Our Architects don’t set out just to make plans for good-looking buildings. They strive to understand the aspirations of clients and then to deliver against those aspirations, exceeding expectations along the way. Here at Schmidt Associates, our Architects: Are specially educated to help you define what you want to build, present options you might never […]

WOYS #4

Summer is almost here! Time to pour a tall glass of lemonade, find a shady spot, and start a great book! We are back with another edition of “WOYS” – What’s On Your Shelf to help you out. I have listed three books that are worth reading while soaking up some good Vitamin D:   […]

Co-Working: The Future of Small Business Workspace

The concept of co-working spaces originally started on the West Coast in the mid-2000’s, driven by tech-focused start-ups. Breaking through the traditional, cubicle, 9-5 mindset has started to spread geographically and across industries. We now see a wide variety of professionals sitting alongside the traditional coders, web developers, and freelance designers within a co-working space. […]

5 Common Façade Systems and Materials

What is a façade? Façade, by definition, is the face of a building. It is what you can see from the exterior that protects the interior. Façades are an integral part of the building shell – keeping us humans warm in the winter and cool in the summer, while also providing a barrier from outside elements […]

Planning for the Future: Facility Assessments and Master Plans

“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” – Yogi Berra Most organizations see great value in planning for the future. Time is often spent on developing both long-term strategic plans as well as yearly actionable business plans. If you are an organization that owns your own facility, one piece […]

A Word from our Owners – The Salvation Army Indiana Division

Major Bob Webster – Divisional Commander, The Salvation Army Indiana Division Major Robert Webster is a graduate of Asbury College with a degree in physical education and recreation. He also holds a Masters of Ministry degree from Olivet Nazarene University. Prior to becoming a Salvation Army officer, he worked as a physical education teacher for the […]

Q&A Session with Eddie Layton

All of us have something special about ourselves, a small claim to fame. For Eddie Layton, Project Architect, he was a University of Virginia Scavhunt Marshmallow Peep Eating Contest Champion. But he hasn’t let the glory from his victory go to his head.     Tell me about yourself. I grew up in rural southern Virginia. […]

5 Things You Should Know

As the ASHRAE Central Indiana Chapter President, I set out several goals for myself. One of which, bringing engineers and architects together in a collaborative setting. The two worlds are joining forces in the industry already, and I see engineers and architects working as a cohesive unit in our office every day. I want to […]

Q&A Session with Kevin Shelley

It’s a good thing we move desks so often at Schmidt Associates. If we didn’t, Kevin Shelley—Principal and Project Manager—might be covered in cobwebs! After completing an architectural internship at Schmidt Associates in the late 80s, Kevin has never looked back… or worked anywhere else!     Tell me about your background. I grew up […]

A Word from our Owners – Ivy Tech Bloomington

Pam Thompson – Dean of the School of Nursing, Ivy Tech Community College – Bloomington Pam has served as Dean for the School of Nursing at the Ivy Tech Bloomington campus since 2010. Prior to that, she served in the roles of Program chair for the Associate of Science Nursing Program and faculty for the […]

Hands-On Healthcare Education

What makes a successful learning environment for training much-needed healthcare providers? Facilities geared toward experiential learning! Students today must learn differently while new information is being generate faster than ever before. Designers of healthcare teaching facilities are tasked with creating flexible, experiential learning environments to fulfill this need, and Schmidt Associates has worked with many […]

A Word from our Owners – Lake Central Athletics

Hear from two of our Owners on the addition/renovation of Lake Central High School athletic spaces: Dr. Larry Veracco, Superintendent of the Lake Central School Corporation Dr. Larry Veracco is in his 8th year as Superintendent at LCSC. He has spent 24 years serving the community as teacher, assistant principal, and Assistant Superintendent prior to his […]

Demonstrating Servant Leadership

Schmidt Associates was founded on the guiding principle of Servant Leadership. It threads through interactions we have internally and externally, resulting in a constant search to add value to every project. By operating as servant leaders, our designs consistently surprise and delight, technology solutions deliver true efficiencies, and environments become a place where people are better […]

7 Principles of Universal Design for Learning

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is the framework, backed by research, that guides the development of learning environments to accommodate individual learning differences. Universal Design for Learning recognizes the different needs that are unique to those with visual, hearing, motor, or learning/cognitive disabilities while also designing for able-bodied users as well. UDL provides us, as […]

Brain-Based Design

Your brain is a vastly complex system with billions of neurons and interneurons constantly firing. And with billions of people in the world, with their own unique neural pathways to process daily experiences, it is safe to say we all think, interact, work, and learn differently than the next. That said, our brains are similar […]

Q&A Session with Matt Durbin

Matt Durbin, Technology Designer and Information Systems (IS) Manager, has taken an interesting path to land where he is today. Below, we journey along that path with him.         Where did you go to school? I attended Olney College, majoring in General Studies and playing first base on their baseball team. And […]

Designing for the Middle School Mind

Oh, how complicated (and scary) the mind of a teen works – emotions are high and attention is scattered. They may be more worried about the gossip in the hallway than the lessons in the classrooms. Distractions are everywhere, and it can be difficult to keep them engaged. But to be fair, it isn’t entirely […]

Energy Rebates: Don’t Leave Money on the Table

When the electric grid was still in its infancy, electrical utility companies needed more people to use electricity to make a profit. They would therefore incentivize the purchase of electric vacuums, laundry machines, dish washers, water heaters, radiant floor heating systems, and so on. But in today’s world, we have so much electric demand that […]

LEED Certification 101

 Better buildings! It’s the goal of the LEED Certification rating system. As such, each new version raises the bar; challenging owners, designers, building managers, manufacturers, and contractors to continually improve. One example of a higher standard is LEED version 4. Referencing ASHRAE 90.1-2010, it is an energy code more stringent than Indiana’s current energy code. High […]

Q&A Session with Eric Broemel

The dichotomy between engineering and the arts is apparent to most people. However, those lines seem to be blurred for Eric Broemel, PE, Engineering Quality Manager and an Associate at Schmidt Associates. Maybe that is why he is able to make engineering understandable to most people?       Where did you go to school? […]

Eat Your Frog First

It is true in many of life’s situations, it is often wise to plan for more than you may need. Take pizza for example. You may plan to have five friends join you for dinner, or you may end up having ten friends show up. It’s best to order enough for ten people and have […]

A Word from an Owner – Anne Penny Valentine

Anne Penny Valentine Vice President, Student Experience and Customer Service  Ivy Tech Community College We’ve had the privilege of working with Anne over the years on Ivy Tech projects and presentations regarding our work. We wanted to sit down with her to get her take on one of our projects, the renovation of the Ivy […]

Infographic: 5 Tips for Early Childhood Planning, Design, and Construction

Most of us may have a difficult time remembering what it was like to be in preschool, but try to put yourself there for a moment. Everything seems so much bigger than you, your imagination is running freely, and you are actually encouraged to nap in the middle of the day. When planning for an […]

Construction Workforce Trends

Schmidt Associates regularly tracks and discusses impacts to the Architectural, Engineering, and Construction industry so we can be prepared to respond. We have seen a tightening in the labor market, which results in higher construction costs for our clients. As clients ask what is causing this, we found a report by McGraw Hill Construction* that […]

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Clash Detection: Protecting your Budget and Timeline

What is Clash Detection? Clash Detection software integrates with BIM/Revit design tools, showing the designers and contractors when two or more objects are intersecting and by how much. The software exports a location and physical image of the detected intersection, so you will see the actual conflicting pipes, duct runs, wires, etc. that need to […]

Q&A Session with Asia Coffee

From beautifully decorated cakes to cupcakes to confections of all imaginings, Asia Coffee—a registered interior designer at Schmidt Associates—is just as sweet as the beautiful creations she makes. Below, we take a few minutes to get to know her.     Tell me about your background. I was born and raised in Indy. In high […]

Why Live in Indy?

Naptown is officially awake. If you have ever visited, worked in, or lived in Indianapolis, you know how much pride there is for our little/big city. Whether it be the Hoosier hospitality, the “just right” size of the downtown, or the copious amount of entertainment destinations, there is something appealing to Indy for a wide […]

Designing Residence Halls Specifically for the Student

Integrating specific academic environments into four Ball State University Residence Halls was a key early design consideration for the combined $101 million projects. There was an opportunity to completely renovate the 50-some-year-old buildings to create an interplay between pre-millennial student lifestyle, academic, and career interests while also optimizing for energy efficiency. By adding the latest technologies, […]

A First Timer’s Guide to an Architectural Project

Q&A with Dr. Kent Pettet – Franklin Township: Bunker Hill Elementary Principal. Dr. Kent Pettet grew up in the Region of Indiana and attended Indiana University. His first job was teaching 5th Grade at Boone Grove Elementary School in Porter Township School Corporation. He moved to Colorado for five years while his wife went to […]

7 Common Traits of Leaders

I was fortunate enough to attend an event recently in which Pat Williams, Senior Vice President of the NBA’s Orlando Magic, keynoted. I’ve listened to a lot of speakers in my career, and I was impressed with Pat. He has researched key leaders through history: Jesus to Mother Theresa to Winston Churchill to George Washington […]

Q&A Session with Ben Bain

Ben Bain, Business Development Representative, is definitely not cut out to be an undercover spy. Instead, he is an outgoing and friendly face often found traveling the state meeting new people.     Tell me about your background. I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and moved to Marietta, Ohio, in the middle of my sophomore […]

Optimization: Saving Energy and Money

Today’s HVAC systems have the technology to perform amazing things —providing comfort, safety, and efficiencies. To achieve optimum performance, the systems must be “tuned” to stay in sync with the activities of the occupants and monitored to affirm proper operation. This can be done through building optimization, a post-construction service which includes: Working with the […]

A Perspective on Pools

At Schmidt Associates, we know pools are community assets—no matter their location. Today’s generation is able to experience pools built for specific purposes to maximize the experience and benefit. There are four basic categories of pools: competition and diving, instructional, recreational, and therapy pools. Competition and diving pools are designed and constructed to meet strict state […]

There Is No Box

Milton, red stapler guy in the classic scene from the movie “Office Space”, whines on the telephone from his cluttered cubicle “if they move my desk one more time…” Milton wouldn’t last at Schmidt Associates. He probably wouldn’t have met our employment predictive analytics criteria at the outset. As the CEO, I often remind staff […]

Infographic: 7 Types of Engineering

Check out our handy infographic about the 7 types of engineering systems that affect a building:    

Creative Culture : Smooth Sailing

  Walk into our lobby early on the second Monday, and you’ll hear energetic applause rocketing up the stairway from the monthly all-staff meeting. One set of applause is a rhythmic cadence – one, two, three claps. Another starts with one clap – escalating to 15 claps in unison. This isn’t a random party. Each applause […]

Impacts of Growing your Business Beyond 50 People

Great news! Your business is booming, and it is time for you to find a new location that serves the needs of your business and growing staff. You have possibly gotten by with renting a small space, maybe just a few rooms in an office building or a co-working space. But now you need a […]

What is VRF?

VRF (variable refrigerant flow) is a sophisticated HVAC technology. Invented around 30 years ago, this is known as the “Rolls Royce” of air conditioning systems. The use of the VRF mechanical system can assist in achieving LEED certification for facilities. The basic elements of VRF systems are: Refrigerant liquid is used as the cooling/heating medium, […]

The Importance of Safe Buildings

I want to start out this post by expressing my deep sadness for the recent tragedies associated with the earthquake in Mexico. The loss of life is always deeply depressing, but buildings collapsing and trapping children is an epic level of heartbreak. I want to go pull my first grader out of school, give him […]

Q&A Session with Sayo Adesiyakan

­­As a child, if you had asked Sayo Adesiyakan, graduate architect at Schmidt Associates, what she wanted to be when she grew up, she would have told you she wanted to be a pilot. It’s funny how growing up changes your aspirations—and helps you realize your fear of heights.       Tell me about […]

The Value of Long-Standing Relationships

As part of developing good relationships, personally or professionally, you need to learn about the person. What do they like or dislike? What is their communication style? Do they want coffee, donuts, or both in an early morning meeting? Getting to know a client on a personal level and professional level is something we enjoy […]

Project Management – Lessons Learned

Megan Scott, CPSM Associate/Marketing Manager   You never know what you might learn in one of Schmidt Associates’ internal trainings called Schmidt Academy. The session might explore advances in technology, discuss enhancing our design presence, teach us to be nimble and efficient, or to strengthen our leadership skills. Last week, we had one called, “Project […]

Assessment-Based Insights

Building Quality Depends On Decision Quality. And Quality Decisions Need Rock Solid Foundations. In times of budget pressure, every capital project in every school has to make the best possible sense for all stakeholders. Our assessment-based approach provides a trustworthy and transparent foundation for key decisions. Every Decision Rationale Needs To Be Rational It goes without […]

Q&A Session with Liam Keesling

With an extroverted personality and a smile that lights up the room, interior designer Liam Keesling is happiest building things around him—from Owner relationships to finished spaces, Liam is always in creation mode.       Tell me about your background. I grew up in Richmond, IN and have always loved the creative process. I […]

When Architects and Engineers Live Under One Roof

Maybe it is stating the obvious, but A/E firms (Architect/Engineer) function differently than firms comprised of only architects or only engineers. As an A/E firm ourselves, we think that a combined force of architects and engineers will function fundamentally better. And by “better”, we choose efficiency, convenience, and quality as our units of measurement. Two […]

Sympathetic Design

Towards A More Sympathetic Aesthetic In so many situations when designing for the higher education facilities, the values of context and continuity are every bit as important as the desire for the cutting edge. The art form is to harmonize the old with the new, without tensions, so as to create a worthy next chapter […]

Synthetic Turf Fields 101

It always pays to know the advantages and disadvantages before making a big change for your facility. Deciding to switch from natural to synthetic turf is a good example of that. Synthetic turf fields are gaining popularity among sporting and recreational venues because of the lower maintenance costs and the perk of year-round use. However, […]

Q&A Session with Phil Medley

Stereotypically, architects and engineers are wired differently from each other. One is artsy and the other is numbers-oriented. But occasionally, you find a hybrid. And that is what we have in Phil Medley, Energy Designer and Schmidt Associates’ newest licensed architect.       What do you do for Schmidt Associates? My focus at Schmidt […]

Internship Advice

It isn’t typical to have an intern come back into your office after their few-month stint is over, especially not three separate times. But we just couldn’t get enough of Myrisha Colston! So we thought we should get some expert advice on internships from our in-office expert. Myrisha is a 23-year-old second year graduate student […]

Improving your Business Through Office Design

Have you ever noticed that walking into some office spaces fills you with a sense of energy and excitement while others make you want to curl up and take a nap? Good design can help engage employees and create an environment that makes them more excited to come to work every day. Studies show that […]

NeoCon 2017 Update

NeoCon is a chance to see new products, immerse yourself in each showrooms’ unique design, mingle with other designers, and bring back inspiration for our clients. Whether it be ideas for comfortable, collaborative office breakout spaces or a twist on a traditional textile, this event showcases everything you could dream of as a designer. Consider it a small slice […]

Q&A Session with Patricia Brant

It takes a strong, smart, and feisty woman to keep up with Sarah, Schmidt Associates’ CEO. But, have no doubt, Patricia Brant is definitely up for the task!         Let’s start with your background Well, I come from a family of six, so I am used to having constant motion around me. […]

Tools to Inform Design

Site Analysis with Daylight and Wind Good engineering design begins with a comprehensive understanding of not only where your building sits in the world, but how it sits on the site. Utilizing tools like Green Building Studio in Revit, the Schmidt Associates team is able to test various site configurations to inform design.     […]

Q&A Session with Dave Jones

Sitting at his desk on the second floor all day, doing the things that electrical designers do, we haven’t had a chance to get to know Dave Jones much yet. So this week, we took the opportunity!     Tell me about your background. Well, I am originally from Dayton, Ohio, but I was born […]

The Interactive Classroom

If we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a hundred times. Technology is constantly changing how we function at home, in the workplace, around town, in school, and just about everywhere else in the world. In this blog, we are going to focus on one way we’ve see classroom technology is evolving to fit the needs […]

Q&A Session with Joe Redar

Spending just a few minutes with Joe Redar, Project Architect with Schmidt Associates, and you will recognize the intensity with which he approaches life. From his days in architecture school to his time at Schmidt Associates, Joe has known what he wanted and hasn’t hesitated to pursue it. Not so long ago, we had a […]

2017 AIA Conference on Architecture

Each year architects from our office attend the National AIA conference. They hear best practices in the industry, network, visits projects, and come back invigorated. Here’s what this years Schmidt Associates attendees took away! Sarah Hempstead, AIA, LEED AP  “Michelle Obama talked about how it is our role as architects to make sure youth are […]

Geothermal Heating Systems: How Do They Work?

Schmidt Associates has received an increasing number of inquiries about geothermal heating systems. We are also designing geothermal systems for a variety of projects. This blogs explains that technology. A geothermal ground source heat pump (GSHP) is an electrically powered system that taps the stored energy of the greatest solar collector in existence: the earth. […]

Getting Real About Value Engineering

“Value engineering” is perhaps the most overused and under-realized term in the design/construction industry today. It has become the catch bucket for any exercise that involves reducing costs. By definition, value is the ratio of function to cost. Value is increased by improving function or reducing cost. A great example: the benefit analysis of solar […]

Give it a Shot

Did you know Schmidt Associates has developed an expertise in the niche field of outdoor Shooting Ranges? With about 55 million Americans owning a gun, the need for safe and secure ranges has increased. Flip through our Issuu publication on shooting ranges, and learn about best design practices on these projects:        

Q&A Session with Steve Siroky

Steve Siroky—Construction Delivery Systems Manager—fits right in surrounded by a world of hard hats, construction equipment, and contractors. But then you talk to him and it is apparent there is so much more to him. Recently, we sat down to get to know him a bit better.       Let’s start with your background. […]

Adding Value

Schmidt Associates was founded on the guiding principle of Servant Leadership. This value threads itself through every interaction we have both internally and externally, resulting in a constant search to add value in every project. Flip through the magazine below to see five examples of how we have added value to our recent projects by focusing on […]

The Heart of the Placemaking Process

Every place evokes feelings for people. A great place feels welcoming, exciting, curious, comforting—and maybe even inspiring. Your designated place always has the opportunity to evoke vastly different feelings than it does now. In downtown places, reinvestment from all parties is evident and necessary—and generates a lot of interest and excitement. A Placemaking Plan does […]

Red Flags for your Construction Project: Part 2

Everyone involved with a construction project hopes to avoid challenges or hiccups along the way. What warnings or red flags should you look out for if “smooth sailing” doesn’t seem to be the direction your project is going? We came up with a list of 12. We’ve touched on the first half, lets look at […]

Making Art a Priority

How do you balance two priorities for a new building: a need for high-tech learning and the desire for a beautiful and inspiring space? It’s working at the new Evans Center for Health Sciences at Marian University. The building was recognized at the Monumental Affair with an Achievement Award in the Public Art category in 2013. It […]

Construction Manager as Constructor – How is the CMc Selected on Publicly Funded Projects

In our last blog on Construction Manager as Constructor (CMc), we discussed what differentiated this delivery method from others. We also talked about what made a CMc different from a more traditional CM or Construction Manager as Adviser (CMa). This blog will look at the process required by law to formally select a CMc on a […]

Does Your School Really Need New Construction?

Schools serve as a fixture within their communities, stirring up nostalgic moments for past students. Like for the college student driving past their old elementary school on their way through town during their first break away from school, remembering those days on the playground during recess. Or for the parents of high school students, strolling through […]

Red Flags for your Construction Project: Part 1

Everyone involved with a construction project hopes to avoid challenges or hiccups along the way. What warnings or red flags should you look out for if “smooth sailing” doesn’t seem to be the direction your project is going? We came up with a list of 12, but let’s start with the first half: RED FLAG #1: Incomplete […]

WOYS #3

 David Logan, Graduate Architect       _____________ Tattoos on the Heart By Gregory Boyle I am always on the lookout for another memoir, and in all my searching, I have yet to find one I enjoyed as much as Tattoos on the Heart. Father Boyle is a Jesuit priest working in the heart of […]

Components of a Facility Assessment

As a school corporation determines the future of its buildings, it must look at both the physical conditions of the existing buildings and systems, as well as their capacity to serve the needs of the educational programs. Step one is a Facility Assessment to develop priorities for upgrading, repairing, or even replacing each building. The […]

Trends in Church Design

We have been fortunate to have many wonderful church projects come through our office. Let’s take a quick moment and reflect on some of the current trends we are seeing when it comes to designing these sacred spaces. Multi-Site Approach – Growing a congregation and reaching out to new believers has long been a focus area. Now, in […]

The Evolution of a Meeting

Since the beginning of social civilization, people have held meetings in some form or another. One could argue the first “meetings” were held around a campfire, discussing a tribes’ plans for the next season and where they would move. Over time, as humans settled and formed cities, these meetings moved into a room. The technological […]

Q&A Session with Tom Neff

Just sitting down for a friendly conversation with Tom Neff—Principal—you can understand why he leads our K-12 Studio. It’s always an interesting education and a fantastic conversation!       Tell me about your background I grew up in Coshocton, Ohio, and attended The Ohio State University—one of the last Beaux Arts programs in the […]

Construction Manager as Constructor

For public institutions, there are three project delivery methods approved by state law:  Design-Bid-Build Design-Build Construction Manager as Constructor (CMc) In this blog, we will discuss Construction Manager as Constructor (CMc)—a new construction project delivery method signed into law in March 2014. Public educational institutions have been able to use the CMc method since that […]

Using Cost Analysis to Tell the Story

Quality cost analyses are important to share with not only the Owner, but the design and construction team. Updating them throughout the life a project helps ensure the result is what everyone expected. There are multiple ways to do a cost analysis, but here’s an overview of what it means at Schmidt Associates. So, what […]

WOYS #2

Megan Scott, Marketing Manager       _____________ The Serving Leader By Kenneth R. Jennings and John Stahl-Wert This book touches on five actions that can help transform your team, business, and community. It tells a great story that demonstrates what Servant Leadership (a core value at Schmidt Associates) is through real life examples. There are […]

Iterations and Evolutions

Design discovery is a process, not an event. It involves developmental steps which consider and refine more and more information as it moves towards becoming a reality. It is not always a linear process, sometimes turning back on itself to reconsider a previous direction and chart a new one. The path of a design process […]

Welcome to our WOYS (What’s On Your Shelf) Series

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to take the time to read more books in 2017. Books are a way to disconnect from the hustle and bustle, allowing us to dive into another world. Or books can serve as an inspiration, a motivator, or a new perspective on life. But it can be hard to find […]

Q&A Session with Charlie Wilson

After signing up for an intercorporate training program in 1988 at Arlington High School, Charlie Wilson–Plumbing Designer and one of our newest Associates—spent a half day in the classroom and the other half day in an architecture and engineering office training to be an architect and draftsman. Not long after he began that job working […]

An auditorium is an auditorium, right?

Planning for a new or renovated auditorium in your school is more complex than one may think. You must design for what audiences SEE, and for the parts they don’t see as well. There are three main components to auditorium design projects:  1. The Main Seating Area Seating is based on approximately 18 s.f. per […]

Brighter Today, Better Tomorrow

This time of year—when color, light, and warmth have faded from the natural world—is the perfect time for us to create our own. And we do! We know the antidote to spirits grown worn and weary. If it momentarily escapes us, we soon rediscover it in the eyes of a child or someone in love. […]

Q&A Session with Tricia Smith

Tricia Smith, Company Ambassador/Receptionist greets our guests, answers the phones, and generally keeps the office running smoothly. Though, if you were to ask her, her job description is more like office mom, school nurse, finder of lost things, and conference room enforcer. In her free time, she makes specialty handmade cards. Below, we get to […]

A Tiny Trend in Urban Living

Almost every home improvement channel has a show dedicated purely to the design and construction of the trendy tiny house. People are downsizing and compacting their lives to fit into these homes comprised of only a few hundred square feet. Smaller living rooms. Smaller kitchens. Smaller fixtures. Smaller everything. It is not just a HGTV […]

Safety & Security in School Planning

To K-12 student and parents, learning in a safe and secure environment is just as critical as the quality of education provided. Tom Neff, a Principal of the firm, put together a short white paper that covers the basic guidelines to design ‘safer’ schools according to Campus Safety Magazine, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). Read […]

Office Everywhere

In the forty years since Schmidt Associates has been designing work spaces, building and business owners have had a lot of new pressures placed on their shoulders, thanks in large part to the ways in which the latest working generations have approached the way they earn a living. The Rise of the 1099 Economy The […]

A Way that Works

Originally we were an autocracy—just one man establishing an architectural business. That worked awhile. As the business idea became reality and the firm grew, additional human capital was necessary. Each unit of human potential joining our ranks came with hands, mind, and ideas of their own—a good thing since there was much to do and […]

Q&A Session with David Logan

Namaste. The greeting that means “I bow to the divine in you” seems a fitting one for Dave Logan, Architectural Graduate at Schmidt Associates. Whether it is attending meditation services at the local Quaker Meeting, planning his next international missions trip, or designing the Swine Barn at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, Dave exudes an aura […]

What’s Old Is New Again

When Schmidt Associates began 40 years ago, many of the buildings that would be in use today were already built. The national standards for rehabilitation were a year away from being formalized, and the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentive program was just a few weeks old. It’s no wonder that some of the company’s favorite […]

Q&A Session with Sarah Hempstead

Whether it’s because of the Wonder Woman Barbie at her desk, the occasional client gift of glittered boots, or possibly the abundance of chicken stories, one conversation with Sarah Hempstead, AIA, LEED AP, and you will know she isn’t just a typical female in a male-dominated industry. Below, we sit down to have a conversation […]

Bringing Your Home to Work

When Schmidt Associates began in the mid-70’s, office design was based largely on the assumption that a worker was assigned a single, functional space, suited to a single task. The idea of comfort in the workplace was confined largely to the individual’s desk and focused on things like surface space, storage, and ergonomic design of […]

Lake Central High School Earns EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Certification

Lake Central High School Earns EPA’s ENERGY STAR® Certification for Superior Energy Efficiency Lake Central High School, has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification, which signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the […]

College Attendance. Don’t Drop Out. Do Tune In!

40 years ago that forerunner of virtual learning, the correspondence course, was mostly the preserve of those either struggling to gain acceptance to college, unable to attend for financial reasons, or looking to gain very precise professional qualifications while working fulltime. Today, the choices and access points for remote education are growing exponentially. The social […]

Fourth in the Series of Four Core Principles of Design at Schmidt Associates – A Closer Look at the Integrity Principle

Design at Schmidt Associates flows passionately and intentionally out of our Core Principles of Design. The third of these principles is Integrity. Design solutions should be conceptually clear at all levels of design – with aspects as broad as the overall layout and spatial relationships to the detailing of elements to be consistent with the […]

In Search of Self

Services that trace genealogy or determine one’s ethnicity through DNA are just the latest version of mankind’s enduring quest to know self in larger-than-self context. These are exercises in identification—that transformative step beyond relationship. We each sense that we are more than the singularity who stares back from the mirror. So we look here, there, […]

Changing of our Guard: Sarah Hempstead named CEO

We want to introduce you all to our new CEO, Sarah Hempstead About Sarah: Raised in Springfield, OH Attended Ball State University: dual degrees in Environmental Design and Architecture Studied abroad in Russia at Volgograd State University: architecture and engineering Currently resides in Meridian Kessler with husband Greg. She enjoys hanging out on the soccer field with her […]

I’m Considering Your Offer

40 years ago, most undergraduates were delighted to gain acceptance to their college of choice. The “honor gradient” ran from the institution, at the notional “top”, down to the individual undergraduate, very much at the “bottom”. Today, the situation could not be more different with fierce competition for prospective students. With roles reversed, and the […]

Coming Home to College

40 years ago, college accommodation was a lot more basic. If not always actively uncomfortable, most boomer graduates have tales of stubborn damp patches, odd smells, and of gurgles and groans from antiquated infrastructure. Today’s undergraduate and graduate populations have much higher expectations, of a home away from home. What are the design and building […]

Graduating Green

40 years ago, our principal preoccupation with energy consumption issues was whether we had integrated enough of the right technology to keep the campus warm in winter and cool in summer. Those solely selfish considerations of personal comfort have given way to a completely different approach; one where the planet is also seen as a […]

Communities Build Schools

With Schmidt Associates’ 40th birthday just celebrated, we thought it would be interesting to explore some of the ways in which the challenges and expectations of our clients and their stakeholders have evolved over the last four decades. This month, we’re publishing four spots on what “40 years on” have meant for the team in […]

“I Blame the Schools!”

With Schmidt Associates’ 40th birthday just celebrated, we thought it would be interesting to explore some of the ways in which the challenges and expectations of our clients and their stakeholders have evolved over the last four decades. This month, we’re publishing four spots on what “40 years on” have meant for the team in […]

School’s Out for Summer?

With Schmidt Associates’ 40th birthday just celebrated, we thought it would be interesting to explore some of the ways in which the challenges and expectations of our clients and their stakeholders have evolved over the last four decades. This month, we’re publishing four spots on what “40 years on” have meant for the team in […]

K-12 And The “Space Race”

With Schmidt Associates’ 40th birthday just celebrated, we thought it would be interesting to explore some of the ways in which the challenges and expectations of our clients and their stakeholders have evolved over the last four decades. Over the next four weeks, we’re publishing four spots on what “40  years on” have meant for […]

Part Four: When Did You Know?

This third series of “when did you know?” focuses on a handful of architects from our team, each telling us about their “aha moment” in life. During my Catholic School days, I was really good at art and math. I ran out of classes to take one year, and my calculus teacher suggested I take drafting. I had […]

Art’s Principles: Lessons Learned from a World-Class Service Firm

        Art Gensler started his architecture firm in 1965 and it has grown to one of the largest firms in the world with more than 90 offices across the globe. His book, Art’s Principles, covers many of the lessons he has learned over the years. After a few of us around the […]

Third in the Series of Four Core Principles of Design at Schmidt Associates – A Closer Look at the Stewardship Principle

Design at Schmidt Associates flows passionately and intentionally out of our Core Principles of Design. We covered the strategic principal in our previous post of the series. The second of these principles is Stewardship. Design solutions respond to this principle through their functional usability and the way in which people are able to flexibly activate their […]

About Turning 40

Turning forty for a business is different than it is for a person. For one thing, there are no teasing implications that “it’s downhill from here”. More the contrary—if a company weathers all the challenges it will encounter over that length of time, it is probably proving itself multi-generational. That takes us into the province […]

40th Anniversary Recap

Schmidt Associates celebrated our 40th Anniversary with an open house last Thursday night. We all had a wonderful time reminiscing about the past and looking forward to the future with our clients and coworkers. To give you all a quick recap of the last 40 years, take a look at our infographic and a few words from our […]

Part Three: When Did you Know?

This third series of “when did you know?” focuses on a few staff members from our construction administration and engineering team, each telling us about their “aha moment” in life. My uncle was a home builder, and most of our family worked there. I went to work summers on a framing crew in my early teens. I just always […]

Trusting

These past few months while we were considering the five pillars of trust necessary to lead a team of jet pilots through tight aerobatic routines and how those criteria apply to leadership at large, the nation has been having a larger discussion about leadership. Many citizens do value character, commitment, competence, connection, and communication. They […]

The Tenant Build-Out Design Process

Tenant improvement/build-out projects occur when a commercial real estate agency works with a building owner to lease an entire building or a suite within a building. When a prospective tenant wants to lease a space, their space needs could vary widely, but they typically need: Additional Restrooms Private Offices Accommodations for additional technology Interior Finishes […]

Create Efficiency and Enhance Effectiveness with Student Enrollment

First things first, a “One Stop” is best defined as a central place to meet with an academic advisor, register for class, pay tuition, etc. A model for excellence in integrated student service, a college One Stop ensures customer convenience and enables the best possible customer service for students. Ultimately, One Stops should make the process of […]

Part Two: When Did you Know?

This second series of “when did you know?” focuses entirely on our talented interior design team, each telling their story about when they first realized they wanted to be an interior designer.   “The moment I realized that I wanted to be an interior designer came after I had spent my entire childhood helping on many home […]

Designing for Function in Educational Spaces

When it comes to designing a new education space, you need to think from the perspective of those who will be using it the most: students and teachers. The space needs to function in ways that will serve their functional needs, spark their creativity, and enhance collaboration. There are both similarities and differences in what […]

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 […]

Second in the Series of Four Core Principles of Design at Schmidt Associates – A Closer Look at the Strategic Principle

The purpose behind design at Schmidt Associates is to act passionately and intentionally out of our Core Principles of Design, which are the mirrors of our kaleidoscope. The first of these principles is to be Strategic.  Design solutions respond to this principle most strongly by responding to the context of the client in the built […]

Designing for Accessibility

At Schmidt Associates, we’ve been sensitive to the design needs of those with disabilities for a long time. For one of our more recent projects, The Erskine Green Training Institute and Courtyard Muncie, we met with Self-Advocates from The Arc of Indiana before jumping into the planning and design process. Several Advocates use wheelchairs and […]

When Did you Know?

Have you ever had a pivotal “aha moment” in life? That moment where something just… clicks! Whatever profession or industry you are currently in, you probably had one of those moments where you realized “this is truly what I want to do.” We are starting a series called “when did you know?” that will reveal […]

Show Me

We are midway through George Dom’s illumination of the Blue Angels’ leadership model gleaned from his experience as C.O. and flight leader in the 1980s. The world’s best aerobatic team operates on a platform of trust built on five core competencies. These are the determinants for all effective leadership. Could asking questions that reveal these […]

Inspiring a Drive to Create

I had the pleasure of speaking to the Senior Designers at Purdue University for their Professional Development course this week. It is always great to step back into the classroom and talk about our industry from a professional level while reflecting back on my experience preparing for graduation and finding the job that is the […]

How Architects Measure Success

In a recent meeting, we were asked “what does success looks like?” at Schmidt Associates. Four Schmidt Associates architects weighed in… Success is measurable in multiple forms. At this point in my career, success is based on the design process. One of the ways I measure success is by how the documents are executed in […]

Urban Environments Archibabble

 Checkout our short quiz – Urban Environments Archibabble  Just click on the link below, and you’ll be directed to the quiz where you can compete, learn and have a good laugh too. Take our quiz here! Feel free to share this with others at your college/university who might enjoy.

Four Core Principles of Design at Schmidt Associates

The purpose behind design at Schmidt Associates is to act passionately and intentionally out of our Core Principles of Design, which are the mirrors of our kaleidoscope. The components of a design project are like the pieces of a kaleidoscope. The pieces can fit together in countless ways, and with each turn of the kaleidoscope […]

Synthetic Turf 101 Infographic

Synthetic turf is quickly becoming the norm for many sporting venues at a variety of levels: professional, college, high school, and parks and recreation. This product makes sense when a variety of sports are played year round, and field use is at a premium. However, it does come at a high initial cost and is currently […]

Walking the Talk

George Dom, commanding officer and flight leader of the Blue Angels during the late 1980’s, has never seen levels of trust as low as they are now. The crisis of trust is vividly apparent to someone whose leadership/team experience meant those who inhabited his world personally came to work every day and literally put their […]

Interior Design that Encourages Collaboration in the Corporate Environment

When planning for corporate environments, the color of the walls and pattern of the carpet are important but not nearly as critical as creating an environment that encourages collaboration. Two main styles of collaborative spaces should be considered. Laid-back Lounge Comfortable areas in business offices are trending within the interior design world. By using sofas, […]

Five Tips for Early Childhood Facility Planning, Design and Construction

Most of us may have a difficult time remembering what it was like to be in preschool, but try to put yourself there for a moment. Everything seems so much bigger than you, your imagination is running freely, and you are actually encouraged to nap in the middle of the day. It is important to […]

Project Blogs: What are They and how do They Work

Schmidt Associates believes it is important to keep Owners, users, and the members of the surrounding community involved with the design process. However, it can be a challenge meet with all of those people and keep them informed without delaying a project’s schedule. To address this need, Schmidt Associates has developed project blogs to serve […]

The 7 Types of Building Systems Engineering

When my eight year old asks what an engineer is, I say “we make things work”. People don’t think about how something works, until it doesn’t. Below is a basic description of the seven types of building systems engineering.         1. Civil Civil engineering related to building systems primarily deals with the […]

Schmidt Associates Scholarship Recipients

The Schmidt Associates Scholarship was established in June of 2000 by the partners of the company. Schmidt Associates will match two for one, the contributions of its employees. One scholarship is awarded each year for a minimum of $1,000 to a Ball State University student. The purpose of the fund is to provide financial assistance to […]

Technology Integration Series

Schmidt Associates has developed a two part series on technology integration in a healthcare educational environment including: technology basics, its impact on an overall campus, and specific implementation in a new medical school and medical research environment. Technology Basics in Healthcare Education and Research Technology has become a huge recruiting tool for healthcare programs at […]

Out of the Blue

It’s 2016, so let’s have a happy new year. And in this space over the next several months, let’s chew over how we know and choose good leaders. We will explore from an angelic perspective—Blue Angel, that is. The members of our US Navy’s precision flying team are ‘youngish’. There is nothing abstract about the […]

A Different Perspective

There is an old saying that says “there is nothing more dangerous than a person with only one idea.” Having one brilliant idea is a great thing, but it was likely honed from multiple ideas at some earlier point in time. Building design is like this as well. When each of us is first presented […]

Led by Grace

It frequently happens at this time of year—this stretch between Thanksgiving and year-end holidays. We are apt to be a few degrees out of our normal routine—auto pilot off—when suddenly, ZING! A moment of grace, instead of passing unnoticed, slips through and hits home. We are fully awake to life in that instant. And somehow, […]

Current trends of K-12 media spaces

  Media Centers are always evolving in the school setting. Thoughtful design is mandatory to ensure spaces are utilized to their maximum potential and tailored to the ultimate goal of enhancing the student, teacher, and community member experience. Here are some current trends critical to a school’s Media Center space. Flexibility Looking at how the […]

Hey Sport!

All Indianapolis mayoral administrations of recent decades will testify that professional sports are essential to the city’s financial health. The same is true in cities across the nation—and benefits do not end on the bottom line. Sport enterprise pumps money through the community, draws desirable residents, commerce, and industry, and instills vitality in the culture. […]

Philosophy of Space Planning and Design

In order to produce a strong space plan and design, Schmidt Associates believes a proven process must be followed. In simplest form, the process can be defined as having five main components:   Mission and Goals A “Core Group” comprised of key decision-makers will help define the objectives, desired culture, and vision. By creating common […]

Thought Leaders

Stop reading at the end of this sentence and choose someone whose thinking you pay attention to, someone whose opinion you value. The person you hold in mind is a thought leader. You may well be a thought leader yourself. At the very least, you have the potential and opportunity to rival the best because […]

Making Magic – Approaching Conceptual Design

Many people seem to think there is some sort of magic that happens when architects develop early project design concepts. It’s a big part of the fun; the first steps in connecting the client to their dreams. Not that it’s a simple exercise, but it actually involves many of the same replicable steps each time. […]

Two Questions

The founding fathers explicitly warned fellow countrymen to distrust government and to remain vigilant in their suspicion. They knew full well the tendency of those with a measure of power to steadily encroach on those with less, until the latter are fully subjugated. We were to be a nation of citizens, not subjects. That meant, […]

Culinary Centers: Sequence of Events

In a previous blog post, we talked about the Growing Demand for Culinary Centers and What is in a Culinary Center. You can review it here. The focus today is The Sequence of Events and Main Takeaways. The Sequence of Events Once the programming (types of labs) is determined, the next most important component in […]

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 […]

Designing Culinary Centers

Culinary centers are unique from start to finish, from the initial planning of the lab layout to the finishing technological touches. Schmidt Associates has experience in designing such state-of-the-art facilities. We’ve outlined 4 things that you should know about culinary centers. The Growing Demand for Culinary Centers What is in a Culinary Center? The Sequence […]

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 […]

Top Trends at NeoCon 2015

About NeoCon For Laura and Liam, interior designers at Schmidt Associates, NeoCon is simply an event that can’t be missed. NeoCon is the largest commercial interiors show in North America, and has been held at The Merchandise Mart in Chicago since 1969. The three-day event, buzzing with over 1 million square feet of exhibition space, […]

Roof 101: Pros and Cons of Steep-Slope and Low-Slope Roofs

The Basics Let’s take it from the top. Roofs fall into 2 main categories: steep-slope and low-slope. Believe it or not, there is no such thing as a flat roof. Steep-slope roofs can be covered with shingles, slate, or metal, and low-slope roofs have the options of built-up, single-ply membrane, or monolithic sprayed foam. Pros […]

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 […]

What are Net Zero Energy Buildings? (and Why Should you Care?)

The term ‘Net Zero Energy’ is gaining in popularity.  But what does it mean?  According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the most common definition is ‘a building that produces at least as much renewable energy as it uses in a year.’ Why is this important?  From 2001 to 2011 the average price of […]

Hasten Slowly

“Make haste slowly” was the motto of Emperor Augustus who found rash behavior abhorrent especially in military command. Emperor Titus expressed the same, having Roman coins inscribed with the motif of a dolphin entwined about an anchor. The tireless speed of a dolphin and the grounding stability of an anchor were symbols Romans could readily […]

Designing Spaces for a College of Osteopathic Medicine

What kinds of spaces does a modern college of osteopathic medicine need?  Classrooms and labs, right?  Yes, but the details are a little more complicated. When we started designing the Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences at Marian University, we looked at both the requirements for a medical school and the environment students would […]

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 […]

Elevate Your Expectations for Downtown Development, Part III

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 third item was: Mix in more housing individuals can afford. Starter living units with lower price points will lure sought-after young professionals earlier. Energy consumption will make housing and retail […]

Leadership Moment from April

Ford Motor Company provided an exemplary model of communicating their core value when they launched “Quality is Job One”. That concise message not only informed prospective buyers where Ford’s major emphasis was placed, it communicated to Ford’s employees the intention they were to fulfill. The word may seem a nebulous abstraction but “value” is the […]

Look Up

With the recent launch of Look Up, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) is working “to reconnect the public with architecture and position new generations of architects as catalysts of growth and visionaries for renewal.” Since its inception, Schmidt Associates has a legacy of active AIA generational involvement whose roots lie in servant leadership, a […]

Elevate Your Expectations for Downtown Development, Part II

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 second item was: Have the guts (and the money) to build more than five stories. Downtown Indianapolis has a few notable existing and planned high-rise places to live, but many […]

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 […]

Leadership Moment from March

Messaging, nuance, spin—are words used when truth is massaged to create a desired narrative and to influence (if not control) others’ reactions to what is being spoken of. It’s nothing new. Human nature predisposes us to manage outcomes to our advantage. Capitalism further exposes us to this dynamic as Americans are constantly being marketed to. […]

10 Commandments for University Design

There are many constants when designing a building, regardless of the end user. These include space layout, aesthetics, function, cost, and durability. Designing for a university use has some differentiators, though. The list below culminates Schmidt Associates 10 Commandments for University Design. Overall, designing for a university takes a lot of collaboration between the design […]

What Makes a Hotel Easily Accessible?

There are plenty of rules and guidelines when it comes to designing accessible spaces—but there are things that still do not make it EASY for people to use. When working with The Arc of Indiana to design their new Training Institute and Teaching Hotel, we had the opportunity to sit down with a group from […]

Elevate Your Expectations for Downtown Development, Part I

A couple of months ago I was honored to write a column for the Indianapolis Business Journal about 10 things Indianapolis could do to make our already thriving downtown an even better place to live. Number one on my list is investing in more parks as an amenity to keep young urban dwellers downtown after […]

What are the Design Components for an Auditorium?

An auditorium is an auditorium, right? Actually, planning for a new or renovated auditorium in your school is more complex than that. You must design for what audiences SEE, and for the parts they don’t see as well. There are three main components to auditorium design projects:  1. The Main Seating Area Seating is based […]

Leadership Moment from February

As much as we may wish for simplicity, our world is increasingly one of complexity. Reality is immune to our wishing. What strategy is required for success today? One may have an objective, idea(s), even a plan—but between that and execution is a process step that determines satisfaction of outcome in any endeavor. Ignored, we […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

How to Pick a Site

The design of a school campus is crucial to the safety and efficiency of any program. When given the opportunity to choose between different locations, here are some thoughts on what elements create a successful K-12 exterior environment. Space to establish clear visibility and organization –When on a school campus, clear site lines help create […]

Leadership Moment from January

The sparkle in his eyes bears testimony. This young man will not be forestalled in his mission. We share his story of youth leadership to honor many. Derrin Slack struggled with stuttering and its stigma while growing up. Unable to afford a college mission trip to Botswana with his peers, an anonymous benefactor intervened. Derrin […]

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 […]

Putting the “Active” in Learning

Many studies have been done that explore the benefits of movement and activity in learning environments. In higher education classrooms, “active learning” is becoming more and more the norm. As students morph into new learning experiences in the collegiate setting, they are greatly impacted by educational approaches and their architectural surroundings, eliciting positive psychological responses. […]

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 […]

The Importance of Art in Buildings

Good building design should consider how its interior environment not only functions well for its users and visitors, but also how it inspires and appeals emotionally. Art is a vibrant component of many inspiring building interiors—and sometimes exteriors as well. Art humanizes any environment, making it more relevant to us as a society. In our […]

Leadership Moment from December

She was six, despairingly sad, and too young to get the “we give according to our means” model of charity. Her happiness about what was under the tree for her only made worse the grief she felt—not being able to give each family member something splendid in return. It was time to learn of the […]

Higher Education Alphabet Soup

In mid-September, Schmidt Associates posted an online quiz called “Higher Education Archibabble – Knowledgeable or Naïve.” As part of the quiz, there were several acronyms (a.k.a. alphabet soup) which described higher education trends, teaching methodologies, etc. Since then, we’ve been asked to elaborate on the acronyms, as well as to share how these concepts are […]

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 […]

How to "Right Size" Your School

Has your school or district experienced influxes or decreases in student population due to shifting enrollment patterns or unanticipated variables that impacted your demographic projections? Having too few (or too many) students in a building affects space utilization, staffing, and operating costs. Typically, the capacity of a school is determined by the number of classrooms […]

Leadership Moment from November

Give someone a fish—feed them for a day; teach someone to fish—feed them for a lifetime. The adage makes a whole point with half a picture. Do you want a potato and slaw with that fish? Are you going to wear fish? …sleep on them? …use them to get around town? Clearly, man needs more […]

Fourth in the Series: 12 Red Flags for Your Construction Project

Everyone involved with a construction project hopes to avoid challenges or hiccups along the way. This series of blogs describes the red flags you should look out for if “smooth sailing” doesn’t seem to be the direction your project is going. In this final installment, we give you red flags #10 through #12: 1. Ignoring […]

Patience is a Virtue – A New Academic Facility for Ivy Tech Anderson

Ivy Tech Anderson has a defined mission to accommodate unprecedented growth over the past decade. As such, they were committed to constructing a new building to provide much needed academic space to continue the commitment to change lives in Indiana through education and workforce development.  This building will provide additional academic space for the Anderson […]

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 […]

Lessons Learned on Design/Build

Schmidt Associates summarizes lessons learned after each project to continually improve. The list below summarizes our experience with various design/build projects—acting as either the criteria developer or as a member of the design/build team. •  There can be different levels of scope or criteria development depending on the Owner’s desire for control or the desire […]

40% Reduction in Design Time Using Integrated Technology

Owners often ask for “faster, better, cheaper.” Schmidt Associates and Turner Construction recently completed an addition and renovation for Lake Central School Corporation’s high school, reducing design time through the use of integrated technology by 40%. The key elements that reduced design time were: •  Our on-site team and office teams worked directly with school […]

Ivy Tech Express Enrollment – Technology-Driven/Student-Focused

Like a toddler taking their first step, the decision a person makes to enroll in college and continue their education is the hardest part. Full of anticipation and anxiety, the toddler takes that step with independence, but under the watchful eye of a protective parent. Some are off and running, while others need a finger […]

Leadership Moment from October

A thing of the past, right? Well, not entirely. We no longer accuse neighbors of dabbling in the dark arts when crops fail, disease strikes, or one’s horse goes lame, but we do look for some culprit to blame when life goes wrong. The same innocuous seed lies at the heart of an academic research […]

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 […]

Who Do I Need on My Team?

When you decide to open a charter school, you are also tasked with deciding which professionals to partner with and when. It’s beneficial to team with professional firms that are experienced in charter school construction—and to get them involved early in the process. This will typically include professionals in the following industries: Architect and Engineer […]

Synthetic Turf—Not Just for Sports Fields Anymore

Installing synthetic (artificial) turf for sports fields instead of natural turf is no longer just for the professional teams, large universities, or “rich” high schools. Over the past 10 years, there has been a shift from synthetic turf being a luxury item to an option that simply makes good sense. In fact, Lake Central High […]

Leadership Moment from September

Among the largest one-day volunteer events in the world, Eli Lilly Day of Global Service, held each October, is impressive with 8,000 (of their 20,000 participants internationally) working right here in Indianapolis on various cleanup, beautification, and revitalization projects throughout the city. Last year, under the leadership of the Indianapolis Rotary Club, it became more: […]

Higher Ed Archibabble – Knowledgeable or Naive?

Checkout our quiz called Higher Ed Archibabble – Knowledgeable or Naïve?  Just click on the link below, and you’ll be directed to an online survey where you can compete, learn and have a good laugh too. Take our quiz here! Feel free to share this with others at your college/university who might enjoy. Thanks and […]

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 […]

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 […]

Marchant School of Nursing

What once served as the headquarters for a medical gas supplier in Bloomington, Indiana is now a training center for health sciences professions. The new Marchant School of Nursing sits prominently on the corner of the Ivy Tech Community College campus in Bloomington and houses two nursing labs, a computer lab, three classrooms and faculty […]

Leadership Moment from August

A maple seedling sprouts from the crack of a busy city sidewalk. So little space, such dismal odds and yet there it is—fresh, green, and vibrant. We take notice when we see how life seizes upon the smallest opportunity. When the life emerging from disadvantage is human, we respond with The Arc. The Arc of […]

What are the Roles of a Design/Build Team?

Typically there are three primary team members on a design/build project. They include the Owner, the criteria developer, and the design/build (D/B) contractor. Each one is explained in more detail below. Owner •  Work with criteria developer to capture needs and desires in criteria documents/contract documents •  Implement a process to select D/B contractor •  […]

Third in the Series: 12 Red Flags for Your Construction Project

Everyone involved with a construction project hopes to avoid challenges or hiccups along the way. This series of blogs describes the red flags you should look out for if “smooth sailing” doesn’t seem to be the direction your project is going. Here are red flags #7 through #9: 7.  Ignoring or dismissing General Requirements (Division […]

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 — […]

Leadership Moment for July

Those moments when something sweet pops up unexpectedly carry us through a lot of mire sometimes. There is a place inside us that knows life holds such treasure. We would all work ourselves to the bone to produce it if we could, but that kind of wealth is not a product, it’s a by-product. One […]

What is Design/Build?

According to Wikipedia, design/build (commonly abbreviated D/B) is a project delivery system used in the construction industry. It is a method to deliver a project in which the design and construction services are contracted by a single entity known as the design/builder or design/build contractor. What does this actually mean for an owner? Design/build results […]

When Should a Charter School Partner with an Architect?

When you decide to open a charter school location, you are also tasked with deciding which professionals to partner with and when. It’s beneficial to team with a professional architectural/engineering firm that is experienced in charter school construction—and to get them involved early in the process. Experienced professionals will guide you through five key facility […]

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 […]

Leadership Moment for June

The trusted friend in whose care Odysseus left his family and household while off winning the Trojan War, was Mentor. So competent and trustworthy was he, Athena saw fit to disguise herself as Mentor in order to guide Telemachus (son of Odysseus) in a quest to find his father who had been absent all the […]

Second in the Series: 12 Red Flags for Your Construction Project

Everyone involved with a construction project hopes to avoid challenges or hiccups along the way. This series of blogs describes the red flags you should look out for if “smooth sailing” doesn’t seem to be the direction your project is going. Here are red flags #4 through #6: 4. Slow submittals. In general, subcontractors will […]

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 […]

What’s the Difference Between All These Construction Delivery Options?

Owners often inquire about the difference between various construction delivery methods, along with the pros and cons of each. The following table identifies the type of delivery method, the risk associated with each, and the typical method of compensation.

Under the Microscope of Campus Master Planning

Each and every college campus has its own unique story, its own roadmap which tells where it’s come from and where it’s going. Campus master planning plays a significant role in the development of this story, if done strategically and thoughtfully. In order to develop a master plan that will inform future decisions, it is […]

First in the Series: 12 Red Flags for Your Construction Project

Everyone involved with a construction project hopes to avoid challenges or hiccups along the way. What warnings or red flags should you look out for if “smooth sailing” doesn’t seem to be the direction your project is going? Here are the first three: 1. Incomplete Bidding Documents or Qualifications – When specifications require the contractor […]

What Strategic Planning Process Should be Followed for a Referendum?

One of the most important components to the success of any community involvement is creating a community-based Planning and Review Committee (PRC). Members of this committee should represent key interest groups in the community and support the school district. The PRC should be manageable in size (12-18 people), as well as flexible and available to […]

Fourth in the Series of Four Core Principles of Design at Schmidt Associates – A Closer Look at the Spirit Principle

Schmidt Associates believes the purpose behind design is to act passionately and intentionally using our Core Principles of Design, which are the mirrors of our kaleidoscope. The fourth principle is Spirit. It can be the most challenging to capture, but it is the soul of the building and what makes it memorable to all who […]

Leadership Moment for April

Now a vibrant stretch of eclectic urban distinction, Mass Ave could hardly be more different from the urban ruin it was 35 years ago. Riddled with deterioration, crime, and neglect, it took penetrating vision to see what once was—and more importantly, what it could become. The historic flatiron building at New York Street—particularly prominent as […]

Revisioning Building Space for Growth

We oftentimes get phone calls as institutions outgrow their existing facilities. Our response is always the same; sometimes organizations need new space—but not all growth requires a new facility. For instance, as Ivy Tech Community College’s enrollment in Batesville, Indiana grew, their current leased space no longer had the capacity to accommodate the student population.  […]

Fourth in the Series: How to Balance Your Geothermal Design with Your Building Load

The demand for heating, cooling and hot water—what architects and engineers call “building load”—is constantly changing. Note that balancing building loads is very different if you are designing a hospital versus an office building, school, or condominium.  But even buildings used 24 hours a day, seven days a week, have fluctuations in demand for heating […]

Third in the Series of Four Core Principles of Design at Schmidt Associates – A Closer Look at the Stewardship Principle

The purpose behind design at Schmidt Associates is to act passionately and intentionally out of our Core Principles of Design, which are the mirrors of our kaleidoscope. The second of these principles is Stewardship.  This principal is a hallmark of Schmidt Associates’ strong belief in Servant Leadership. We work with clients to achieve the maximum […]

Educational Facility Assessments

As a school corporation determines the future of its buildings, it must look at both the physical conditions of the existing buildings and systems, as well as their capacity to serve the needs of the educational programs. Step one is a Facility Assessment to develop priorities for upgrading, repairing, or even replacing each building. The […]

How does a Deep Bench Help Me with My Project

What is a deep bench and why is it important to you?   As consumers of services, you want those services to be easy to use and simple to navigate. You appreciate having one point of contact to address an issue. Firms often describe themselves as having a “deep bench” or a “comprehensive architecture and […]

Second in the Series of Four Core Principles of Design at Schmidt Associates – A Closer Look at the Strategic Principle

The purpose behind design at Schmidt Associates is to act passionately and intentionally out of our Core Principles of Design, which are the mirrors of our kaleidoscope. The first of these principles is to be Strategic.  Design solutions respond to this principle most strongly by responding to the context of the client in the built […]

Leadership Moment for February

Eye-level above Wayne Schmidt’s desk hangs an original canvas by Steve Stoller—once a starving artist. When homeless, Stoller and his wife Francy had taken up residence in a commercial property Wayne owned on Mass Ave. Needing to insure the building and wanting to foster some humane, temporary solution for his unexpected guests, Wayne commissioned the […]

Third in the Series: What are the Critical Steps in Designing a Geothermal System

With a growing trend toward sustainability, Schmidt Associates has received an increasing number of inquiries about geothermal heating systems. We are also designing geothermal systems for a variety of projects. This is the third in a series explaining the technology. Design procedure is critical when you are selecting a geothermal system to provide heating, cooling, […]

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 […]

Leadership Moment for January

It doesn’t take great care or a green thumb to grow crabgrass. It’s green, it’s free and it will hold your topsoil. If you want more, it’s going to take more. And so it is with all living things—including culture. What grows from a population of people or even micro-organisms is a ‘culture’ (i.e. the […]

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, […]

Three Mindsets of a Successful Downtown Revitalization

Decades of job, education, livability, and economic trends can transform a downtown drastically.  Some Indiana cities and towns have downtown environments that provide a balanced quality of life for their residents.  Quality of life elements are often focused on economy, livability, education, job availability, aesthetics, and healthy environments.  When any of these elements start to […]

Leadership Moment for December

Celebration is really a phenomenon of the heart. When something particularly sweet happens, the party begins there. What we generally think of as celebration is the outside expression of being lit up inside. Before there was Christmas, there was Yule. Man celebrated the return of the sun, recognizing his dependence on that life-giving light—grateful for […]

First in the Series: How does a geothermal heat pump work?

With a growing trend toward sustainability, Schmidt Associates has received an increasing number of inquiries about geothermal heating systems. We are also designing geothermal systems for a variety of projects. This is the first in a series explaining the technology. A geothermal ground source heat pump (GSHP) is an electrically powered system that taps the […]

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. […]

Bridging the Historic with the New – A Successful Story of Adaptive Reuse

Historic preservation projects face many challenges.  Some of these include, but are not limited to: Who will use the building and does it support the many programmatic needs of this group? How can you repurpose the building while integrating modern building systems and technology throughout? How do you maintain the historic features of the building, […]

Building Sustainability Creates Neighborhood Sustainability

There are many arguments for designing sustainable buildings, varying from preserving resources to lowering operational costs. But what about the larger impacts of sustainability? How can individual initiatives become catalysts for long-term overarching sustainability? When Ivy Tech Community College’s Central Indianapolis Campus hired Schmidt Associates to create a Campus Master Plan in 2007, the goals […]

5 Basic Design Organizing Principles for Facilities

Design organization is critical for successful space utilization in facilities.  There are five basic principles used either individually or in combinations to design functional facilities – Radial, Grid, Axial, Spiral, and Cluster. 1. Radial Elements radiate out from a central, figural point.  Our solar system is the most basic radial scheme. 2. Grid A grid is one […]

Pay it Forward — Part II

The world amounts to what the world amounts to because people pay it forward. All begins with Nature’s providence; we write the rest of the story. Imagine how many shoulders each one of us stands upon. What gets created and what gets done that does not rely on what others have created or done before […]

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 […]

Pay it Forward – Part I

Older Americans read PIF as “Paid in Full”, consistent with their generations’ commitment to debt repayment. They strived to pay their share even in the sociological sense, seeking to leave the world a better place than they found it. Modern Americans may read PIF as “Pay it Forward” consistent with their generations’ desire to make […]

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 […]

165,000 + You?

How do you measure the benefit of a hug? Measuring the impact of the softer side of life is difficult. When our language, metrics or process strategies cannot do us justice, we occupy ourselves with other “things”. This inadequacy is troublesome; it’s what makes the figure 165,000 dissatisfying. 165,000 is how many people the Peace […]

Sustainable Project of the Month

As an outgrowth of a 2011 Strategic planning effort led by Schmidt Associates, Hoosier Energy made the decision that a new Headquarters Facility was required to enhance their overall operations.  The existing site was constrained in size, had inadequate access and parking, limited flexibility, and was challenged to provide appropriate technology and security. The new […]