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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.”

Construction Complete on Largest Community Health Center in Denver Health System

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Construction on Denver Health Southwest Family Health Center and Urgent Care facility is complete and is a featured project on the ENR Mountain States website. The $37-million clinic, designed by RTA Architects, is is the result of almost 30 months of planning and Lean Design workshops with the owners and facility staff. The 45,000-sq-ft facility, the largest health center in the Denver Health system, opened on April 18. 

Employment at RTA

Welcome to RTA Architects, a team comprised of seasoned leaders, visionary architects, and dedicated support staff.

For over 40 years RTA Architects has created award-winning architectural and interior designs for the Colorado built environment. We specialize in healthcare, education, retail, and commercial properties, delivering beautiful functional environments that serve the unique needs of their owners and occupants.

From our loft offices in beautiful downtown Colorado Springs, our culture is open and collegial. You'll interact with many teammates and will find yourself engaged by multiple people at the same time. You will be a part of a firm where you will be working with seasoned leadership who truly value mentorship and helping team members to expand their skills.

We are proud of our collaborative work ethic and the fact that the majority of work we do is repeat business from satisfied clients. What could be more fulfilling than that?

To apply, send a PDF or Dropbox link containing your cover letter, resume, and samples of your professional and/or student work to . Please include your name and the position title in the subject line.

We are an equal-opportunity employer and provide a full benefits package. For more information about life at RTA, please visit us on Facebook and Linkedin.

 

Denver Health Southwest Family Health Center grand opening and ribbon cutting

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April 5th was a night of celebration as the Denver Health Southwest Family Health Center held its grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony. RTA is honored to have been part of such an amazing project and we look forward to the future of this amazing clinic.

To find out more about the Southwest Family Health Center, visit Denver Health's website here.