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Pre-Bond Architectural Planning for K-12 Schools By Terry Wood, AIA, LEED AP

In challenging economic times, it is especially difficult to pass a bond referendum for school districts.  School districts across the Midwest had several local ballot measures fail last fall.  The failed measures are not due to the lack of school district needs.  Often times, it is the consequence of an ill-informed community.  When defining the…
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Schemmer in the MBJ: Insight into Blog Postings

Schemmer was featured in the Midlands Business Journal for the addition of the external blog. Tracy Mumford was quoted saying the blog “…asks architects and engineers to write entries about issues of interest…” The article continued on by giving Frank Comisar's interpretation of the blog, "...the goal of the…
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Schemmer Participates in A Book of My Own Drive

Reading skills are the greatest single predictor of future academic success (National Assessment of Educational Progress); yet, sixteen (16%) percent of the Omaha population are functionally illiterate. They can’t read well enough to fill out a job application, read a food label, or read to their children. (Literacy Center of the Midlands) Introducing A Book…
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How Do You Build a Successful Team?

Though many of us resist the idea, greater things can be accomplished by teams than by individuals.  Often we feel it's easier to do it ourselves due to the effort it takes to ask for help or to instruct others.  We lose the feeling of our own importance spreading the work around. It takes effort…
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The Most Innovative Design Strategy by Patricia Birch, AIA, LEED AP

If a client were to ask me, “What is the most innovative design strategy that could make my affordable housing project more sustainable?” What would be my answer? Deciding on ONE thing is like trying to pick my favorite food—can’t do it. But site design is where a sustainable approach begins, so I would start…
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ACEC Award to OPPD Omaha Center

The OPPD Omaha Service Center project received the American Council of Engineering Companies-Nebraska Grand Award at the 2012 Engineering Excellence Awards ceremony held at Hillcrest Country Club in Lincoln, Neb. on Feb. 21, 2012. The Grand Award is a representation of the top overall winner for engineering excellence. Judges recognized the project for its value…
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Missouri River Emergency Levee Rehabilitation

The Schemmer Associates is performing site surveying and geotechnical engineering services on the Missouri River Emergency Levee Rehabilitation project, lead by the Army Corps of Engineers. Levee repairs are at the top of the Corps priorities, following the historic three-month flood that devastated the region last summer. The project consists of time-sensitive emergency levee rehabilitation…
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ADA Compliance: Are you prepared for the change?

Are you prepared for the big change occurring on March 15, 2012?  I am talking about the implementation of the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design.  If you aren’t aware of it or need a reminder, the U.S. Department of Justice has updated the 1991 ADA regulations.  These updates, in conjunction with the Americans with…
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