Schemmer Gives Back

Schemmer Gives Back

We believe in building community both inside and outside the walls of our organization

Our work is rooted in designing with purpose, building with confidence, and is driven by service. We are committed to helping the communities where we live, work and play. Through Schemmer Gives Back, our team assists local nonprofit organizations achieve their mission with donated architectural and engineering design services.

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A Concept Design takes the results of Programming and Space Planning and develops them into any of the following:

  • Concept Floor Plan
  • Concept Site Plan
  • Concept Exterior Design
  • Concept Interior Imagery

A Concept Design can include color renderings and can be used as graphics in a capital. campaign

A Condition Assessment reviews a facility’s architectural, structural, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and site elements to readily observable conditions, identifies deficiencies and recommends corrections, prioritizes and classifies the recommendations, and provides related probable costs of construction. Categories for review include but aren’t limited to: site and utilities, building shell (exterior envelope), building interior, structural systems, mechanical systems, plumbing systems, and electrical systems.

A two-dimensional representation of how the building and the site will be constructed. These are often drawings that go through review by local jurisdictions and are needed for permits to begin any new construction.

A dual effort between mechanical and electrical engineers to conduct an analysis of the building’s energy efficiency and provide recommendations on future needs.

A Functional Assessment involves a review of a space/building’s existing conditions related to the current or anticipated use. The assessment includes but isn’t limited to observation of the current space/building use and configuration and provides an evaluation of the quantity and quality of space/building compared to provided needs and wants.

Recommendations on the site’s soil properties through soil sampling and lab testing. This information is helpful to determine the building foundation and the site elements.

An analysis that combines the data of an existing building/property and compares it against the needs and wants of a project. We can help you decide what to do with the property to best meet your goals and needs. Master Planning often includes reviewing larger initiatives and goals and how to proceed with a project with a phased implementation.

An assessment of the condition of the current structure

From a Program, the spaces and goals are reviewed in relation to each other. Key connections are identified between overarching project goals. Spaces are reviewed for adjacency requirements to provide an efficiency in a concept space plan. Both are combined and the deliverable is a space plan that can be developed into a concept floor plan.

A survey can be a thorough investigation of a property that involves the topography, easements, property lines, and any other legal information involved with the property.

During Programming, we identify the goals and objectives for a project; sort of like making a grocery list before shopping. This list includes a variety of items ranging from the number of rooms, size of the rooms, how the rooms will be used, qualitative requirements, sustainability goals, and aesthetic goals.

I’ve been in this position for eight years and I have been privileged enough to watch us grow to be a community gem but we’ve always had to lean into other people for our office space and so to see a new space that’s dedicated to us, that’s dedicated to the kids and the families we serve, took my breath away.

 - Suzie Nelson, Executive Director | Angels Among US

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