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Swallows Charter AcademyPueblo West, Colorado

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Swallows Charter Academy is a K-12 school located in Pueblo West, Colorado. For ten years, students, staff, and community members dreamed of having an on-campus gym built for the charter school, and this dream became a reality in time for school to begin in the fall of 2015.

The 17,950-square-foot facility includes a brand new gymnasium, locker rooms, a kitchen, commons area, and other support functions. The addition of the gym building gives Swallows Charter the opportunity to host basketball and volleyball practices and games, which increases school spirit and creates community involvement. The gymnasium was also specifically designed so that the school can host CHSAA sanctioned games, bringing together schools from outside districts. The addition of this building also gives Swallows Charter a full-service commercial kitchen with state-of-the-art equipment to provide healthy and nutritious meals for their students. RTA also designed a Facilities Master Plan for the District to accommodate future phases of design and construction.

The most challenging aspect of this project was the budget. RTA desired to give the District the best value for their allotted dollars, so the team took an extremely economical approach. The final cost of the building was $145/square foot.

The completion of this building is a huge accomplishment for the small charter school and many people in the community were overjoyed to see it finished. Swallows Charter students and staff also look forward to the future as the school will continue to pursue further renovation of their educational building according to the Master Plan.