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  • Published: January 15, 2018

    It was a beautiful morning for the Penrose-St. Francis Health Services Flight for Life crew to capture the progress on the St. Francis Medical Center NICU/ED/OR addition. Thanks for the great birds-eye view!

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  • Published: November 6, 2017

    Thanks to a collaborative team and a lot of hard work by our partner GE Johnson Construction, the topping out ceremony for the Penrose-St. Francis Health Services was a wonderful reason to celebrate! This 168,580 SF addition will house an expanded Emergency Department, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and new operating rooms. Read more about this transformative project here.

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  • Published: August 10, 2017

    We had a great time touring the construction site for the RTA-designed expansion at the St. Francis Medical Center! While this project is under construction we are looking forward to a few opportunities to observe a variety of construction methods and medical department layouts. Yesterday we were able to observe the erection process for precast concrete firsthand and we couldn't be more excited to see the progress of this project! You can read more about the St. Francis Medical Center expansion here.

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  • Published: June 12, 2017

    RTA was excited to celebrate the groundbreaking of the San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center Oncology and Infusion Center! This project will be a remodel of the existing oncology infusion department and a new addition to provide expanded patient-centered services. Utilizing an accelerated construction schedule, general contractor GH Phipps Construction Companies intends to turn the project over to the hospital just before Thanksgiving 2017.

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  • Published: May 8, 2017

    Penrose St. Francis Health Services celebrated the groundbreaking of the new 168,000 sf addition to the RTA-designed St. Francis Medical Center. This $102 million project - in conjunction with GE Johnson, Centura Health, and other project partners - will increase the number of beds in the Emergency Department and NICU as well as provide additional new operating rooms to meet the needs of our ever-growing community. The four-story addition and new garden level will feature covered parking, an emergency medicine lounge, a wellness garden, and shell space for future expansion. Continue to visit our website to stay up to date on the progress of this exciting project!

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  • Published: January 12, 2017

    RTA's design of the elementary playground for the Moffat PK-12 School was featured on the cover of School Planning & Management Magazine! Read more about this award-winning project here:

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  • Published: January 6, 2017

    How can architects design a better health care experience for patients? RTA Principal John Hoelscher discusses the growing popularity of designing for team-based health care in the Colorado Real Estate Journal. Read the full article below: 

     

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  • Published: November 14, 2016

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    The RTA-designed Denver Health Federico F. Peña Southwest Family Health Center is featured in the November issue of Healthcare Design Magazine. Serving an historically underserved portion of southwest Denver, it is the largest family health center in the Denver Health system and the first to offer urgent care.Read the full article here.

  • Published: August 19, 2016

    St. Thomas More hospital broke ground on Tuesday August 16th to make room for the 40,000 square-foot addition. The three-story facility, designed by RTA Architects, is located on the existing hospital campus and connected to the existing physical therapy building.  It is expected to cost between $4 million and $5 million. The state-of-the-art building is expected to be open and ready to receive patients in the fall of 2017.

  • Published: June 8, 2016

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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. 

  • Published: April 6, 2016

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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.

  • Published: March 17, 2016

    COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – RTA Architects announced today the conclusion of the design and construction of the Denver Health Southwest Community Health Center and Urgent Care. Nearly 30 months after the planning of the clinic began, the 45,000-square-foot facility is nearing its opening.

    When Denver Health determined the need to offer comprehensive health services to the diverse and economically challenging Southwest neighborhood, they chose RTA Architects for facility planning and design. Paul López, Denver City Councilman, District 3, comments, “The hard-working people living in this community are the ones who are building this city with their hands. These are the people for whom the American Dream just isn’t paying off. In fact, 2010 data showed that residents in our area were expected to prematurely die 8 years earlier, in comparison to other districts. So the need for medical service is overwhelming.” Pete Gutierrez, Associate COO, Denver Health Ambulatory Services, said, “Together with RTA, we are aiming for more than just a building. You have to spur the community to help them rise up. You have to give them hope by surrounding them with people who truly care about their well-being and provide facilities to support that. The Southwest Family Health Center will absolutely turn this community around.” 

    Collaborative Partnerships Key to Effective Design

    RTA began the design process with an immersion phase and spent several days at an existing Denver Health community health center to document the current state of patient, staff, and procedure flows. Kevin Gould, AIA, RTA Principal-in-Charge, explains, “We went in with our eyes and ears wide open and really looked at Denver Health’s needs, desires, processes, and mission. The ultimate goal was to optimize flow and value for the patients and staff of the new Southwest Community Health Center and to create a space that will be embraced as a centerpiece of the community.”

    Following the immersion phase, RTA and a multi-disciplinary Denver Health team held a 3P (Production, Preparation, Process) Event to rapidly create and test potential designs. According to Tina Quintana, Denver Health Clinic Administrator, “The 3P event was great. Each department had an opportunity to really spend time with the architects, and people walked away feeling like they had truly been heard.”

    Denver Health’s intention to serve and empower community members is embodied throughout the entire building from expansive atriums and lobbies, to a large interactive children’s play zone. There is also a large multipurpose community conference room, which can be used for activities such as cooking classes and local meetings. Universal signage and intuitive wayfinding allow multilingual patients to easily make their way around the facility. Departments that need to be most accessible to the community – like urgent care, pharmacy, and dental services – are all located near the entrance of the building.

    The facility features high-quality finishes and design elements. With warm wood, slate tiles, expansive skylights, and vaulted ceilings, the Southwest Community Health Center embodies Denver Health’s mission of “Level One Care for ALL” aesthetically as well as in its delivery of medical services. The Southwest Community Health Center offers 40 exam rooms and will be the first in the Denver Health system to provide on-site Urgent Care.  The opening of the new clinic in April of 2016 coincides with the 50th anniversary of the first Denver Health community health center in the Five Points neighborhood.

    Dr. Michael Russum, Medical Director of the Southwest Community Health Center and primary care physician, states, “I am incredibly excited for the opening of this clinic. It feels great to be there, and the space is absolutely joyful. It’s going to be an amazing new opportunity for Denver Health to serve the South Denver community.”

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    About Denver Health

    Denver Health is the Rocky Mountain Region’s Level I academic trauma center, and the safety net hospital for the Denver area.  The Denver Health system, which integrates acute and emergency care with public and community health, includes the Rocky Mountain Regional Trauma Center, Denver’s 911 emergency medical response system, Denver Health Paramedic Division, eight family health centers, 18 school-based health centers, the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center, NurseLine, Denver CARES, Denver Public Health, the Denver Health Foundation and the Rocky Mountain Center for Medical Response to Terrorism, Mass Casualties and Epidemics.  Denver Health’s website is located at www.denverhealth.org.

    About RTA Architects

    Since 1975, RTA Architects has created award-winning architectural and interior designs for the Colorado built environment. RTA specializes in healthcare, education, retail, and commercial properties, and delivers beautiful purposeful buildings through deep collaboration with owners and occupants to serve their unique needs. RTA’s website is located at www.rtaarchitects.com

  • Published: March 10, 2016

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    After 51 months and 22 phases, Craig Hospital is nearly complete! To read more about the $90 million dollar expansion and RTA's engagement in it, click here.

  • Published: November 17, 2014

    Read Craig Hospital's blog entry about the new patient room designed to increase privacy and convenience.

  • Published: September 17, 2014

    RTA Architects and GE Johnson recently completed a 22,000 SF renovation at St. Francis Medical Center. Total Joint and Spine Center was designed to bring a high-end hospitality experience into the hospital environment with a focus on rapid recovery and patient-centered comfort and care.

    Take a virtual tour of the St. Francis Medical Center Total Joint and Spine Center.

    The 33-bed unit features two larger patient suites with extra amenities and higher-end finishes. The rooms include a hotel-like bar with an under-cabinet refrigerator and a feature wall complete with fireplace and large-screen TV. The unit also includes a family room which serves as a retreat for family members and friends while visiting, completing work, or simply relaxing.

    At the heart of the Center is the Ortho Gym. The gym’s high-end equipment is matched with bold color and texture to express an energetic atmosphere. Even corridors act as a therapy circuit, connecting patient rooms with alcove activity stations. Strong goal-orientation is expressed through carpet patterns which transform a standard corridor into progressive benchmarks during therapy.

  • Published: February 14, 2014

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    The prestigious 2014 Vista Award goes to RTA Architects, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services and GE Johnson Construction Company for teamwork in optimizing the physical healthcare environment.

    RTA's Level II Trauma Emergency Department renovation at Penrose Hospital wins the 2014 Vista Award for Renovation presented by The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE). The award is presented to an organization that has altered existing conditions or added new space to existing structures. The original building envelope must remain essentially intact.

  • Published: September 26, 2013

    ENR Mountain StatesENR Mountain States touts planning and teamwork on the first phase of world-renowned Craig Hospital's $90 million expansion for Craig Hospital, a world-renowned, top 10 spinal cord and traumatic brain injury hospital.

    See feature article from the September 26, 2013 issue of ENR Mountain States.

  • Published: September 23, 2013

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    RTA’s Craig Hospital project team members Jon Bock, Megan Norris, and principal Stuart Coppedge, AIA, met the “Pikes Peak Challenge” in support of the Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado. As tough as the 13 mile, 8,000 vertical foot trek up Pikes Peak is, it pales in comparison to the challenges faced by brain injury survivors every day. Jon, Megan, and Stuart felt privileged to enjoy a beautiful day on “America’s Mountain” earlier this month while helping raise funds for the Alliance and the survivors, families, and professionals it supports.

  • Published: February 8, 2012

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    Englewood’s Craig Hospital, ranked as a Top Ten Rehabilitation Hospital for 22 consecutive years by US News and World Report, chose RTA, in association with SmithGroupJJR, from a select list of top healthcare architects to design Craig’s expansion and renovation.  Craig is “exclusively dedicated to specialty rehabilitation and research for patients with spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury and has treated more than 27,000 patients since 1956 … more spinal cord injury patients than any other single facility in the United States”.  The Hammes Company is serving as owner’s rep.  Project planning has begun, with design anticipated to be complete in late 2012.

  • Published: September 29, 2011

    From the exterior, it is impossible to see the change. The RTA Healthcare Design Team created seamless integration between old and new facility at Parker Adventist Hospital and doubled functional capacity.

    The $20 million OR/OB expansion project at Parker Adventist Hospital includes 34,000 sq. ft. of new construction and 5,000 sq. ft. of renovation. Five new operating rooms were added to the existing second floor OR suite, along with an additional Patient Acute Care Unit and support space. This addition was made possible by building atop the existing first floor Imaging and Emergency Departments. Above the existing BirthPlace/Obstetrics and Pharmacy, a new 3rd floor level was added for the Obstetrics department. Ten new post-partum beds were added along with a new well-baby nursery and support space. In addition, the existing Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is being renovated and a new recovery room added for C-Section patients. All existing facilities were kept fully operational throughout construction. John Hoelscher, Principal (AIA, ACHA) was most pleased with the way the project allowed for hospital operations to proceed uninterrupted. He explains, "We were able to build on top of the Emergency Rooms without disrupting activity below."
    This project was opened in the winter of 2010 and according to Hoelscher, who recently spoke in Chicago at the 2011 Healthcare Facilities Symposium, the new additions were executed so cleanly it "looks like it was there from the beginning."

    See 3-D floor plans of the Parker OR/ OB Expansion.

  • Published: September 12, 2011

    Banner Health LogoThe RTA Healthcare Architects Team was recently chosen as part of Banner Health's "select list of architects". As one of three architecture firms to be added to this list in Colorado, RTA will provide design services in an ongoing capacity for the non-profit healthcare provider.

    Banner Health is one of the largest non-profit hospital systems in the United States. With operations in seven states, Banner provides nearly $80 million a year in Charity Care and employs more than 35,000 people in 23 hospitals and healthcare facilities.

    RTA was selected for future consideration on Banner's medium to large projects. The firm was selected on the basis of a tight criteria including expertise in healthcare trends and experience with providing phased renovation within occupied spaces.

    Healthcare architect Kevin Gould, AIA, responded to the selection with enthusiasm, "RTA's specific abilities are a match for Banner Health's improvement projects. We look forward to the opportunity to assist Banner in their growth in this region."

  • Published: August 24, 2011

    Recently one of RTA's Critical Care Unit designs was included in a submittal for an CCU Citation Award for Best CCU Design of the year.

    Centura Health Colorado chose RTA to design the Critical Care Unit at Parker Adventist Hospital in Parker, Colorado. The newly completed CCU is a stand-out project because it demonstrates unique design goals and criteria.

    GOAL: The construction of a Critical Care Unit using proven evidence based design concepts that integrate the organization's core values: compassion, respect, integrity, spirituality, stewardship, imagination, and excellence.

    The Parker CCU project also demonstrates the following criteria:

    • Commitment to creating a healing environment
    • Commitment to promoting safety and security
    • Commitment to efficiency
    • Attention to innovative, unique aesthetic and creative design features

    See the layout to get a broader picture of RTA's state-of-the-art critical care design at Parker.

  • Published: May 1, 2011

    As noted in the Architectural Record, RTA makes simple choices which bring energy efficiency to our clients. At St. Thomas More Hospital in Canon City, Colorado, RTA architects made use of a new window glaze technology to create energy savings. RTA architect Michael Malloy explained that during the shop drawing phase of the project, the RTA team identified a higher performing glazing product which would allow in more light and keep out more heat. The substitution of a more thermally efficient glazing system came at no extra cost to the owner.