RTA Projects Recognized at Rocky Mountain A4LE Awards

We were honored to receive Merit Awards for two projects at the recent Rocky Mountain A4LE 2023 Design Awards! The Ridgway School District Ridgway Elementary School Renovation received a Summit Merit Award. RTA worked closely with the school district, community, and students on this renovation, creating flexible learning environments supporting the school’s fantastic outdoor curriculum.  And the Pueblo School District 60 new Nettie S. Freed Expeditionary School received a Peak Merit Award. Designed with our joint-venture partner MOA Architecture, this new school provides experiential learning opportunities in a technology-rich environment for CTE career pathways through engaging hands-on learning.

Thank you, and congratulations to these great project teams!

the front entrances of ridgway elementary school and nettie s. freed expeditionary school

RTA Welcomes Team Members

RTA is pleased to announce that we recently welcomed new staff members to our team! Construction Administrator Rick Taves, Emerging Professional Kylie Engel, Emerging Professional Kalyn Henderson, and Administrative Specialist Heather Miller joined RTA over the last several months. Rick previously worked at RTA for years, and we are thrilled he has rejoined the team. Both Kylie and Kalyn were interns last year while pursuing their degrees and have returned now that they have graduated. Welcome! And welcome back!

four staff headshots arranged in a collage with a black background with RTA logo in the center

Pikes Peak Visitor Center Innovative Approach to Saving Water

The Pikes Peak Summit Visitor Center’s innovative approach to saving water has been featured in Sierra Club Magazine. Check out the full article to learn more about how vacuum flush toilets and a water treatment system are drastically cutting back on water use atop the Peak.


pikes peak summit visitor center seen from below


Pikes Peak Summit Visitor Center Featured The Architect’s Newspaper March/April Issue Cover

The Pikes Peak Summit Visitor Center has been featured on the cover of The Architect’s Newspaper March/April issue! RTA was proud to team with GWWO on this one-of-a-kind project atop the summit of Pikes Peak America’s Mountain. Learn more about the sustainable design that creates a mountaintop experience for visitors here: 


architect newspaper featured article on pikes peak summit visitor center

Celebrating the Women of RTA

In honor of Women’s History month and Women in Construction week, we are celebrating women in the AEC industry by featuring the incredible and creative women of RTA. They work closely with our clients and the team to craft innovative spaces for healthcare facilities and school districts across Colorado. We are so grateful they are part of RTA!

a collage of all of the women of rta 2023

Fowler Jr./Sr. High School Tops Out

The Fowler School District Fowler Jr./Sr. High School topped out! This week members of the RTA team joined Nunn Construction, students, parents, and staff to celebrate this construction milestone. We loved seeing the crowd’s excitement as the last structural beam was placed. This new 66,000 sf addition includes a new gymnasium, a cafeteria with space for community use, improved playgrounds, and improved parent drop-off and pick-up.

Read more about this exciting project here.

a crowd of school children and adults watch a last structural beam being lowered into place with a crane

RTA Presenting at the Colorado League of Charter Schools Conference

RTA Principal Brian Calhoun and Associate Ericka Everett will present at the upcoming Colorado League of Charter Schools Conference tomorrow. Brian, Ericka, and Christine Harms, Director of the Colorado School Safety Resource Center, will present “School Safety: Regulations and Best Practices”. The session will explore strategies to enhance safety and security while maintaining 21st Century educational environments, using Newton Middle School as a case study. Stop by if you’ll be attending the conference.

Date: Wednesday, March 1st
Time: 11:15 am to 12:15 pm
Location: Meadowbrook 1

Learn more about their session here.

colorado charter school annual conference banner

RTA Welcomes Three New Team Members

RTA is pleased to announce that we have welcomed three new staff members to our Administrative, Interior Design, and Marketing teams! Administrative Assistant Vivian Ceballos, Interior Designer Elissa Koehler, and Marketing Coordinator Heather Belveal joined RTA over the last several months. Welcome!

headshots of vivian, elissa and heather with the rta logo

Paul Reu and Mitchell Starrs Attend KU Career Fair

RTA Principal Paul Reu and KU alumnus Architect Mitchell Starrs enjoyed the opportunity to meet with students in person at  the KU Career Fair! Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth. We look forward to continuing our conversations with each of you.

paul reu and mitchell starrs standing in front of the rta booth at a career fair

Strasburg Community Celebrates Elementary School Completion with Open House

RTA was thrilled to gather with members of the Strasburg community for an Open House in celebration of the completion of the Strasburg School District Elementary School renovation and addition. The addition includes eight classrooms and a gymnasium. Interior renovations consist of preschool and kindergarten rooms, special education spaces, a STEM space, and breakout spaces for collaboration and group learning. These spaces are filled with shapes and patterns found in nature as part of the magnifying nature design concept.

Read more about this great project here.

a collage of two photos of an elementary school community open house with a crowd of people and a man giving a speech at a podium; the outside entrance of an elementary school; and a colorful lilly pad themed room inside the school