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Ignacio ElementaryIgnacio, Colorado

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In order to meet the standards of Ignacio School District’s new educational program, RTA came up with several solutions for a PK-5 elementary school. Based on the goals and visions of the Design Advisory Team (DAT), the District chose to renovate their existing 4-6 intermediate school into a PK-5 school. To accommodate the new age group, the team at RTA designed four additions and fully renovated the existing building with new mechanical, electrical, and data systems.

RTA’s restructuring of the major components of the building allowed for space to include small group areas and a common science classroom with an outdoor patio. By including a variety of colorful shapes and materials in the corridors, the interior spaces reflect the energy and enthusiasm of this age group. The corridors are also a place for students to demonstrate learning with marker boards and tack surfaces. Existing and new classrooms are designed as flexible learning spaces with LEED enhanced acoustics, daylighting, and the ability to accommodate current and future technology upgrades. The high-performing, sustainable facility uses low-water native plants for landscaping, maximizes daylighting, and utilizes energy-efficient mechanical, electrical, and lighting systems.


  • 2015 Citation Award for Built Architecture, AIA Colorado South Chapter
  • 2014 Summit Merit Award, CEFPI Rocky Mountain Chapter
  • LEED Gold Certified