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  • RTA Architects Chosen to Design Two New Academy District 20 Schools

    RTA is excited to announce that we have been chosen to lead the designs of the new School in the Woods and the Middle School at Chinook Trail for Academy School District 20 in Colorado Springs. These are two of the first new schools that are being designed and constructed as a result of the District’s $230M bond passage in November 2016.

    The Middle School at Chinook Trail

    The Middle School at Chinook Trail will be the ninth middle school for the District and will be located on the campus of the existing Chinook Trail Elementary School. The 125,000 square-foot sustainable, energy-efficient, and healthy learning-focused facility will provide 21st Century educational environments to accommodate 1,000 students and is being built in conjunction with Bryan Construction and MOA Architecture. The project will be an expansion of the Chinook Trail Elementary program, featuring close collaboration between the two schools to create a Kindergarten through eighth grade campus.

    The School in the Woods

    The new 14,000-square-foot School in the Woods will replace four existing modular buildings and will increase student capacity and continue to support its robust community outreach program and home school academy. Flexible learning suites, a nature center, outdoor learning spaces, and a library/technology commons will support the School’s academically challenging “naturalist” based curriculum for fourth grade students. Working with GE Johnson Construction Company, the design goal of the new building will be to achieve net zero energy and/or LEED Platinum while existing in harmony with the Black Forest environment. 

    Both projects are currently in the design and preconstruction planning phases. Construction of the new School in the Woods is estimated to be completed in the spring of 2018. The Middle School at Chinook Trail is expected to be completed for the 2019 -2020 school year.

    View the full press release here.

  • "Every vote counts!" - Ignacio High School is open

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    On Saturday August 15, 2015, Ignacio High School held its grand opening and ceremonial ribbon cutting. Superintendent Rocco Fuschetto led the ceremony, and dignitaries such as Colorado State Representative J. Paul Brown, Mayor of Ignacio Stella Cox, President of Fort Lewis College Dr. Dene Kay Thomas, and several Sothern Ute Tribal Council representatives participated in the event.

    Design for this project began in January of 2012 and was completed over a year-and-a-half later in November of 2013. Construction began in March of 2014 and finished this month. Interestingly, while construction was in process, high school students were housed in the old elementary school building, which was empty because the new, RTA-designed elementary school was finished in 2013. Obviously, this was not an ideal situation for growing high school kids. However, students are now more excited than ever to be in their new school.

    A unique part of this project’s story is that the bond to fund the design and construction of the new elementary, middle, and high school buildings passed by a single vote. Now Ignacio School District reminds everyone that “Every vote counts!” Another unique element of this project is that the new high school combines the previous middle school and high school buildings into one unified facility. Also, there are historic elements from the old building included in the new school, such as the gymnasium and tile mosaics. One of the biggest changes to the old building is improved student security and site circulation through distinguishable parking and drop-off areas, a recognizable main entrance, and overall enhanced organization.

    Several unique highlights of the new school’s design include a state-of-the-art auditorium to support the growing performing arts program, synthetic turf football and baseball fields, and Southern Ute Bear Dance photographs that were digitized into dramatic graphics and strategically placed throughout the school.

    RTA staff members Stuart Coppedge, Brian Calhoun, Ken Gregg, Greg Johnson, and Rick Taves had the privilege of participating in the event and enjoyed touring the new high school with the proud Ignacio community.

  • A Big Winner? Gottleib project entered in Armstrong contest

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    The Gottlieb Addition/Renovation at the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind is featured on the Armstrong 'Ideas 2 Reality' site.

    In September 2011, The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind held a Grand Opening to celebrate this 21st Century learning facility which was designed in cooperation with the Colorado Historic Society and the design team worked closely with the Governors Energy Office.

    The project is entered in the I2R contest for ceiling and wall elements which feature Armstrong products.

  • A ten-year dream becomes a reality at Swallows Charter Academy

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    Swallows Charter Academy, home of the Spartans, is a K-12 school located in Pueblo West, Colorado. For ten long years, students, staff, and community members have dreamed of having an on-campus gym built for the charter school, and this dream became a reality in time for school to begin this fall. RTA Architects is honored to have worked so closely with SCA staff and community members from the surrounding area to help accomplish this dream.

    On September 10th, Dr. Cindy Compton, SCA Director, led a long-anticipated ribbon cutting for the opening of their new gymnasium, locker rooms, and a kitchen and commons area. Important staff and community members, such as SCA Board of Directors member Mr. Mason Young, SCA Building Corporation member Mrs. Liz Lutz-Essenburg, Director of School Services Mrs. Katheryn Meyer, and Project Manager at H.W. Houston Construction Mark Taravella, attended the event. Compton pointed out that the kindergarteners, who so sweetly sat with ear-to-ear grins on their faces during the ceremony, would be the first class to have a sports facility for their entire school career.

    The completion of this building is a huge accomplishment for SCA and many people are overjoyed to see it finished. However, students, staff, and members of the community look forward to the future as this project is only the first phase of a larger plan for the entire school. Swallows Charter will continue to pursue funding for further renovation of their educational building.

    Swallows Charter Academy did not only gain a new facility in this process, but also a newfound sense of pride. The school as a whole now has a greater, fuller identity and students are proud to play sports on their home turf.

    RTA staff members Allison Johnson and Alex Asmus participated in the event and were filled with red, white, and blue school spirit. RTA cannot wait to come back and cheer on the Spartans to victory!

  • Award Winning School Design Presented by AIA Colorado South

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    The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Colorado South Chapter, Colorado South Chapter, recognized its 2012 architectural design award recipients during a ceremony on Friday, Aug. 24, at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. RTA was selected from twelve entries submitted by architect members of AIA Colorado South. The awards were presented by Jury Chair David Tryba, FAIA.
    RTA Architects received the Honor Award for Built Architecture for The Gottlieb Building Addition & Renovations (Colorado Springs School for the Deaf and the Blind, Colorado Springs, Colorado). Click HERE to see more about RTA's award winning design of the Gottlieb Building.

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    RTA Architects received the Merit Award for Built Architecture for the Bear Creek Elementary School Addition/Renovation (Boulder, CO). RTA has long-standing experience in Boulder, and has partnered on multiple school design projects with the Boulder Valley School District. Click HERE to see more about RTA's award winning design at Bear Creek Elementary School.

    For more than 150 years, members of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. AIA Colorado South is one of four chapters within the AIA Colorado component. This chapter is comprised of members from 18 counties in south and southeastern Colorado and includes the cities of Colorado Springs, Alamosa, Pueblo and La Junta.

  • Award-Winning school design - Arapahoe Ridge project honored

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    The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Colorado South Chapter, recognized its 2011 architectural design awards recipients during a ceremony on Friday, Aug. 19, at the Edith Kinney Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center on the Colorado College campus in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

    AIA Honor Award for Built Architecture

    RTA architects Michael Riggs and Doug Abernethy attended the ceremony and received the Honor Award for Built Architecture for Arapahoe Ridge High School (Boulder, Colorado). RTA was selected from nine entries submitted by architect members of AIA Colorado South. The awards were presented by Jury Chair Michael Crow, AIA.

    RTA has longstanding experience in Boulder, and continues to partner on multiple school design projects with the Boulder Valley School District.

    About AIA South
    For more than 150 years, members of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. AIA Colorado South is one of four chapters within the AIA Colorado component. This chapter is comprised of members from 18 counties in south and southeastern Colorado and includes the cities of Colorado Springs, Alamosa, Pueblo and La Junta.

  • Bear Creek Elementary School Renovation/Addition is now up and running.

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    The new Bear Creek Elementary School renovation/addition is now open for the school year!

    After a year of careful planning and safe construction around occupied educational spaces, students in Boulder Valley School District will have the opportunity to walk through the new facility. RTA project architect, Michael Riggs says the facility is "designed for kids and community interaction" and intentionally "takes advantage of the spectacular mountain views" of the Boulder Flatirons.

    An Open House is scheduled for September 19.

    The RTA Education Team for Bear Creek Elementary included: Doug Abernethy (Principal in Charge), Michael Riggs (Project Architect), Rick Taves (Construction Administration), James McConnell (Drafting) and Jessica Ramos (Interior Architecture).

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  • Cherry Creek Academy Gymnasium Demolition

    Demolition is underway at Cherry Creek Academy. It's exciting to see the old gym-a former church sanctuary that had served Cherry Creek Academy for many years-torn down to make room for the new RTA-designed gymnasium and class rooms. We can't wait to show you the final product next June!

     

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  • Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind is making headlines!

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    The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind in Colorado Springs is a school intentionally designed with the unique needs of the students and staff in mind. With the collaborative effort of community members, staff, students, and board members, the renovation of the 58-year-old Gottlieb Building was completed in 2011 and has been serving the children of Colorado ever since. Click here to find out more!

  • Colorado Schools Strive for Zero Net Energy

    More Colorado schools are pursuing Net Zero Energy goals, including RTA-designed Douglass Elementary in the Boulder Valley School District and School in the Woods in Academy District 20. Read more at Mile High CRE.

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  • Eagle Crest High School's $8.4 million renovation

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    RTA provided design services on this fast-track project for Cherry Creek School District that includes interior finish renovations, mechanical system renovations and roof replacement. The design team, led by Doug Abernethy, Principal/Project Manager, includes Ken Gregg, Project Architect; Greg Johnson, Interior Design; and Don McReynolds, Construction Administrator. Adolfson & Peterson Construction recently began construction with expected completion in early August.

  • Extra! Extra! Mapleton Early Childhood Center is in the news!

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    In 2013, Boulder’s iconic Mapleton School was repurposed into an early childhood education center. The project was featured in the CEFPI Educational Facility Planner magazine Volume 49 Issue 1. To learn about how this historic school was preserved and transformed, click here.

  • Forward looking Ignacio Elementary School well received

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    Excerpt from article by Melanie Mazur, as published in the Durango Herald:

    New Ignacio school buildings built for future; they incorporate energy efficiency, technology, comfort.

    How do you build schools that provide a better learning experience for students and teachers?

    In the process of creating three new school buildings, for about $50 million, the Ignacio School District built them with energy efficiency, natural light and technology to create a better experience for students. 

    It’s far different from the buckets lining the hallway that collected water from leaking ceilings. That’s what used to greet students when they walked through the door at Ignacio High School.

    Read More from The Durango Herald

  • Four Colorado school projects opening across the state

    RTA announced the completion of four Colorado school projects opening across the state last month. The four schools span the State of Colorado and welcomed students returning to school for the 2013-2014 school year. The four newly designed schools are:

    • Boulder Valley School District’s Mapleton Early Childhood Center
    • Calhan School District’s PK-12 school
    • Ignacio Middle School, in southwestern Colorado
    • Holly School, in southeastern Colorado

    RTA’s design team Doug Abernethy and Mike Riggs, along with RTA’s joint venture partner Alan Ford Architects, attended a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Mapleton Early Childhood Education Center to mark the school's opening. They were joined by Adolfson & Peterson Construction, school staff, parents, students, and members of the community. This $4 million project transformed the historic Mapleton School into Boulder Valley School District’s first early education center.

    Calhan School’s ribbon cutting ceremony marked the reopening of their PK-12 building and was attended by RTA’s design team Brian Calhoun, Mike Riggs, and Ken Gregg. Also attending were GH Phipps Construction, Vanir Construction Management, school staff, parents, students, and community members. The $2 million project was funded in part by a BEST grant and provided needed upgrades and improvements to Calhan’s PK-12 building.

    An opening ceremony was held on August 29 for Ignacio Middle School. The new school is a dynamic, energy-efficient 21st century learning environment reflecting the community’s multi-cultural heritage and is the first phase of a district-wide master plan completed by RTA Architects in 2011. The school was built by FCI Constructors of Durango.

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    Holly School District’s $24 million BEST grant project provided for a new PK-12 school, athletic fields and a renovated vocational technical building. In addition to the new state-of-the-art gymnasium, the existing historic WPA-era gymnasium was preserved and renovated. Construction was recently completed by Adolfson & Peterson Construction of Denver.

  • Ignacio Elementary awarded LEED Gold

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    Ignacio Elementary School was recently certified LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System is a point-based benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings. LEED Gold status illustrates a very high level of sustainability.

    Ignacio’s PK-5 Elementary School is the second building in district-wide Master Plan led by RTA. This Master Plan included the renovation of three existing school buildings and the design of a brand new middle school. In the second phase of the Master Plan, the existing intermediate (grades 4-6) building was renovated into what is now Ignacio Elementary. Existing and new classrooms were designed as flexible learning spaces with enhanced acoustics, daylighting through tubular daylighting devices and expansive exterior windows, and the ability to accommodate current and future technology upgrades. The high-performing, sustainable facility also uses a Geo Exchange System, a roof-mounted 50kW Photovoltaic Array, LED lighting throughout, and low-water native plants for landscaping.

    The implementation of LEED sustainability standards is important to reduce the building’s impact on the environment, to improve operating costs, and, most importantly, to create an environment that produces happier, healthier, and more productive students. High-performing facilities can improve comfort, promote learning, and advance productivity, while saving energy and doing what is right for our community. RTA chooses to live by these principles because they help create exceptional architecture.

    Ignacio School District 11-JT is proud of their new elementary school because it reflects their values and aspirations. 

  • Jefferson High School celebrates new RTA-designed Science Wing

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    A ribbon cutting for the new RTA-designed science facilities at Jefferson High School was featured in the Jeffco School Quarterly. The RTA Education Team for the Jeffco project consisted of Brian Calhoun, Paul Reu, Rick Taves, Greg Johnson, and Scott Schuster all participated in the project.

    See the Jeffco newsletter article HERE.

  • John Adams Elementary Peace Path

    It was a beautiful morning to paint a mural at John Adams Elementary School! The "Peace Path" is a colurful tool students can use to help calmly resolve conflict. We can't wait for students to have access to it this coming school year!

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  • John Adams Elementary STEAM Lab

    Hear what students are saying about the STEAM lab in John Adams Elementary!

     

  • MILL featured in Woodshop News

    The MILL (Manufacturing Industry Learning Lab) was featured in the December issue of Woodshop News! Read the full article here.

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  • New beginnings in Moffat, Colorado

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    We are excited to announce that Moffat PK-12, located in rural Southern Colorado, held its grand opening on August 7th, 2015 with a ceremonial ribbon cutting. Almost 100 staff members, students, and community members joined together in a joyous celebration of the beautiful, new PK-12 school. Superintendent Kirk Bangheart led the ribbon cutting ceremony and a large group of children and adults cut the iconic red ribbon with eagerness.

    RTA is extremely proud of the close working relationships that were developed with the administration, staff, and students during this two-year project to create a special building that is unique to Moffat. RTA team members Scott Schuster, Garik Rowe, Rick Taves, Greg Johnson, Doug Abernethy, Ken Gregg, Katie Hawkes, and James McConnell attended the event and felt a sense of achievement as they walked around the finished project.

  • Ouray PK-12 Celebrates the New School Year

    We love to see happy clients in completed projects! Check out Ouray's Principal and Superintendent Scott Pankow welcome the community to the fully renovated PK-12 school for the 2016-2017 year.

  • Ouray PK-12 Ribbon Cutting

    The newly renovated Ouray PK-12 School is back in session! After all of the hard work, RTA was proud to attend the Ouray School District ribbon cutting ceremony. Originally constructed in 1936, the transformed school has already made the start of the 2016-2017 school year a great one.

    Congratulations Ouray!

     

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  • Paradox Valley School addition and renovation is underway

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    Read the following article from the Montrose Daily Press, Paradox Valley School begins facelift next week.

    In 2010, RTA was commissioned to provide master planning and conceptual design services in support of a BEST Grant Application for the Paradox Valley School. This arts-focused charter school located in the West End School District serves approximately 50 children in the remote community of Paradox, Colorado. RTA spent several days in the community learning about this unique school and its culture of performing arts-based education. With the design committee, RTA explored a number of diverse options to address the major facility and programmatic deficiencies that existed. With detailed knowledge of the school, community, and existing facilities, RTA was able to propose a creative solution that will enhance the educational environment, address key facility needs, and satisfy the need for an economical solution.

    With the assistance of RTA, Paradox Valley School was successful in their BEST Grant Application and received the requested grant. Construction and occupancy of the new facility is planned for August of 2013.

  • Peyton and Widefield School Districts Celebrate the Opening of the MILL National Training Center

    What an incredible turnout at the MILL (Manufacturing Industry Learning Lab) National Training Center open house! This joint effort was made possible through many industry partners, dedicated staff and students in a remarkable example of collaboration. Learn more about the MILL here.

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  • RTA and Academy School District 20 Break Ground for New School in the Woods

    Academy District 20's School in the Woods groundbreaking ceremony was a huge success! With flexible learning suites, a curiosity center, and (of course) outdoor learning spaces we can't wait to see what the 4th grade Naturalists accomplish in their new school!  Read more about this unique project here. 

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  • RTA and Calhan School District celebrate completion

    news-calhanRTA and the Calhan School District celebrated the completion of their recent PK-12 renovation project with a ribbon cutting ceremony on August 21, 2013. RTA began the design on the $2 million project in January 2013; and after four months of construction, the school was ready for students heading back to school for the 2013-2014 school year.

    Funded in part by a BEST grant, the project provided needed upgrades and improvements to Calhan’s PK-12 building including fire alarm upgrades, emergency egress lighting, surge suppression on the electric service, exit doors at the auxiliary gym and a new public address system. Building additions provided a new security vestibule and relocated administration area while renovated areas include the media center, technology lab and classrooms.

    RTA’s design team of Brian Calhoun, Mike Riggs, and Ken Gregg attended the ribbon cutting ceremony, along with GH Phipps Construction, Vanir Construction Management, school staff, parents, students, and members of the community.

  • RTA Celebrates Groundbreaking of Academy District 20 Chinook Trail Middle School

    Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate the groundbreaking at the new Chinook Middle School with RTA, MOA Architecture, and Bryan Construction  With flexible learning spaces, new technology, and a maker space, students are sure to reach the peak of excellence! Read more about Academy District 20's new middle school here.

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  • RTA is excited to work with Ouray School District on their Master Plan!

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    RTA was recently awarded the Ouray School District Master Plan project. Find out more about the project in the article in the Ouray County Plaindealer.

  • RTA noted in Colorado Construction & Design

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    The design and construction team of the award winning Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind Expansion and Renovation is featured in the September issue of Colorado Construction & Design. Article on page 34.

  • RTA Principal Stuart Coppedge Leading AIA K-12 Initiative

    As a new school year begins, The American Institute of Architects (AIA) continues its board-level commitment to engage the K-12 community like never before. The AIA K-12 Initiative - led by RTA Principal and Chair of the K-12 Working Group Stuart Coppedge, AIA, LEED AP - is working to bring architecture to students of all demographics and income groups.

    Read more about AIA's new research into architecture and design education programs across the country.

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  • RTA Principal Stuart Coppedge Presents at EDspaces 2017

    Congratulations to RTA Principal Stuart Coppedge on his successful EDsession at ! Our prayers and best wishes go out for Ignacio School District Superintendent Rocco Fuschetto, who was supposed to tell the Ignacio story with Stuart but fell seriously ill. If you missed the presentation you can read more about the Ignacio projects here.

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  • RTA Working with Historic Colorado School for The Deaf and The Blind on Major Updates

    The Colorado Springs Gazette visited the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind to learn how RTA is working to maintain the historic value of the campus while providing much-needed upgrades. Read the full article here: http://gazette.com/historic-colorado-school-for-the-deaf-and-the-blind-receiving-major-updates/article/1604475

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  • RTA's education projects continue to make news!

    RTA's projects for Colorado Springs District 11's John Adams Elementary and the Colorado Springs School for the Deaf and the Blind's Jones and Palmer Halls continue to make the news. Read more about these great projects here. 

  • RTA's Gottlieb project to be featured at a Colorado Preservation conference

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    The Gottlieb project will be featured among other projects at a Colorado Preservation conference called “Saving Places” in Denver Feb 6-7. The Gottlieb building is the campus hub of the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind. The excerpt from the session is below. The link to the web site is: http://coloradopreservation.org/saving-places-conference/

    F1. Sympathetic Additions to Historic and Existing Buildings AIA/CES 1.25

    The 21st century has brought us some incredible architectural work, destined to be the landmarks of tomorrow. But at the same time, there is a growing appreciation for the classic architecture of the past, and reverence for the detail and order that historic buildings teach us. Preservationists and architectural historians are sometimes alarmed by the idea of additions to those historic buildings, often with good reason. Enlightened minds recognize that buildings and cities are not static or frozen in time. There are new needs and programs that require more and different space. The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards can guide – or discourage – high quality architectural solutions. Standard #9 states, “…The new work shall be differentiated from the old and shall be compatible with historic massing, size, scale, and architectural features to protect the historic integrity of the property and its environment.” Through case studies of award-winning projects — commercial, institutional and residential — the presenters will attempt to convince you that a project can be both sympathetic AND different. You are encouraged to come to an image-rich, fast-paced presentation that will attempt to lay out the problems and conundrums of reworking with historic buildings for new uses, and share dozens of successful solutions from around the country. Speakers: Doug Walter, AIA, Senior Architect, Godden/Sudik Architects; Nan Anderson, AIA, founding principal of Anderson Hallas Architects, P.C.

  • RTA's renovation of John Adams Elementary greets students for new school year

    The first day of school for students at John Adams Elementary on August 18th will mark a new beginning for students and staff. District 11 Selected RTA Architects and Nunn Construction to completely renovate the school, which had not been in use by the District for about five years. We had a great time at the ribbon-cutting ceremony and are honored to have played a part in this great school's future.

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    John Adams Elementary: District 11 Students Get a New School Experience

    Colorado Springs, CO—The first day of school for students at John Adams Elementary on August 18th will mark a new beginning for students and staff. District 11 selected RTA Architects and Nunn Construction to completely renovate the school, which had not been in use by the District for about five years.

    The District 11 school board voted last February to close Helen Hunt Elementary because the building is in need of an estimated $14 million in repairs. The building is planned for conversion to a community center by the Lane Foundation, and RTA has been retained as the architect-of-record. The 400 students from Helen Hunt who will now attend John Adams Elementary are in for a treat.

    RTA’s Principal-in-Charge, Brian Calhoun, said it has been exciting to see the transformation at the school over the last three months. The design for the renovation focused on improved student safety and enriched learning environments. The school’s exterior will feature a welcoming layered entry canopy, an improved protected drop-off, outdoor seating areas, expanded parking, a new roof, new playgrounds and shade structures, and a synthetic turf play area.

    The interior features new finishes that bring welcoming warmth of color and pattern. All classrooms received new lighting, and a new controlled entry vestibule will enhance safety. A full service kitchen will offer the opportunity for scratch cooking. A new mechanical system will provide air conditioning, while new windows will improve thermal performance of the building. New security systems, fire alarm, and technology upgrades are also in place.

    Among the new technology assets at John Adams are flat panel interactive boards in classrooms combined with traditional white boards to give teachers and students more options at their disposal. Classrooms will feature advanced ergonomic furniture that will allow children more freedom of movement. This year, every 3rd, 4th, and 5th grader will also be given their own tablet computer for use during the school year. Kindergarten through 2nd graders will have access to six iPad Minis in each classroom.

    The library will welcome students with a large entryway that can be closed with a glass overhead door when a quiet environment is needed. The ceilings were removed in a portion of the space to create an expansive feel that now incorporates daylight and views to the outside. The space will utilize flexible furniture systems that allow the room

    to be quickly and easily reconfigured. A computer lab is connected to the library with a large glass overhead door that can open and expand the size of the library.

    Calhoun commented, “RTA and the entire design team is excited for the students and staff of John Adams. The District worked extremely hard with us to provide a superior design for a safe and productive educational experience.”

  • School in the Woods Eco-Charrette

    Thank you to everyone who participated in our eco-charrette for Academy District 20's School in the Woods! Teachers, students, parents, alumni, and community members came together with the design team and GE Johnson to brainstorm sustainability and environmental goals for the new school design. We received a lot of valuable input and we can't wait to incorporate the feedback into the final design!

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  • Vista PEAK Preparatory Additions Underway

    Take a look at the exciting changes at Vista Peak Preparatory! This addition will add classrooms, a cafeteria commons expansion, and a new wrestling and weight room. Work is slated to be complete summer 2018 and will increase the capacity from 1,350 to 2,250 students.

  • Vista Peak Preparatory School Certified LEED Gold by the USGBC

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    Vista Peak Preparatory School was recently certified LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System is a point-based benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings. LEED Gold status illustrates a very high level of sustainability.

    RTA in partnership with MOA Architecture designed the new Aurora high school which was completed in 2011. As the first new high school designed for Aurora Public Schools in over 30 years, considerable effort went into making sure the school represents the state-of-the-art in terms of educational philosophy, building performance and building flexibility. Developed on the 100-acre Aurora Public Schools Educational Campus, the high school shares a cohesive campus plan with a Pre-K through eighth grade school, and a future district stadium. Planning for the site included a Joint Use Facility for higher education and Public Recreation Center or Library.

    The APS High School is designed to minimize energy use and provide sustainable architecture focused on the success of students and the community. Displacement ventilation systems deliver air to students in a quieter and more efficient way. Utilizing daylighting in almost all classrooms enhances the interior environment, saves energy, and improves student performance. Use of native landscape materials on site reduces water use and the building becomes a teaching tool with its green roof system and photovoltaic array located within an extraordinary outdoor science classroom.

    Other teaching tools include a Green Touch Screen located on the school site which allows visitors, users, students and staff to view specific green building practices and live updated operational data; and Sustainability Case Study which is available for anyone interested in reading about the environmental practices implemented in the project.

  • Wide-open experience at the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind

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    RTA was featured in the Colorado Real Estate Journal as the selected architect for the challenging project of renovating the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind.

    “Two of the most important goals for the renovated building were an open design that would facilitate better visibility and communication for the deaf community, and flexible spaces that could be used for multiple purposes at any given time,” noted Stuart Coppedge, AIA, RTA’s principal in-charge for Gottlieb.