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

Ann Marie Promoted to Associate

RTA is pleased to announce the promotion of Interior Designer Ann Marie Jackson, NCIDQ, LEED AP to the level of Associate! Ann Marie joined RTA in 2017 and is a leader in our interior design studio. She has received numerous design awards for her work on such projects as Littleton Public Schools’ new Newton Middle School, Hinsdale County School District’s Lake City Community School, and Academy District 20’s Chinook Trail Middle School. Congratulations Ann Marie!

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PCC Teaching and Learning Center at St. Mary-Corwin Hospital Ribbon Cutting

Pueblo Community College recently hosted the ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the Nursing and Allied Health Teaching and Learning Center at St. Mary-Corwin Hospital in Pueblo. Unused spaces were converted to create simulation labs, student lounge areas, classrooms, patient rooms, and support spaces utilizing many of the hospital’s previous patient care areas in the older east tower. This cooperative partnership between PCC and St. Mary-Corwin expands PCC’s healthcare training program and will increase the number of career-ready healthcare professionals in the healthcare industry.

Photos courtesy of Pueblo Community College

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Modern Classroom Design at Woodland Elementary Supports Diverse Learning Styles

Modern classroom designs in schools like the new Cherry Creek Schools Woodland Elementary School create comforting, student-centered spaces. By utilizing noise-absorbing elements for focused learning, using color to support classroom productivity and creativity, and configuring classroom layouts to allow for collaboration, the design supports diverse learning styles. Read more about these design elements in this recent eSchool News article co-authored by RTA’s Ann Marie Jackson.

a bright and colorful hallway in woodland elementary school. one student is hanging up a backpack, two students sit at a table in the hall, several students are walking down the hall, and a classroom full of students can be seen through two large doorways

Innovative Safety and Security Strategies at Newton Middle School

Learn more about the innovative approach to safety and security at Newton Middle School in the Ed Market Essentials Winter issue. For this new school, the design team worked closely with Littleton Public Schools to create a security approach that balances best practices in safety and security with open and flexible 21st Century educational environments. The carefully designed layers of security start at the building entry and continue layer by layer into the interior spaces, creating a warm and inviting space that supports collaboration and creativity while keeping students and staff safe.

Check out the article here.

entry vestibule in a middle school; two students are walking out of the doors and one student is standing in front of the window to the administration area

Take a Photo Tour of Woodland Elementary School

Cherry Creek School District's Woodland Elementary School was featured in Education Snapshots! This new elementary school offers flexible learning environments that support a variety of learning styles and enable students to learn beyond the classroom. The new Woodland Elementary School also furthers the District’s mission, “To inspire every student to think, to learn, to achieve, to care,” and reinforces the school’s tagline, “Be Bold. Be Brilliant. Be a Bear!” Take a photo tour of this exciting RTA project:

a colorful hallway at woodland elementary school with a staircase leading to a second story; several young students are sitting on benches and walking in the hallway.

Jessica Massie Earns Certified Healthcare Interior Designer Designation

Jessica Massie, RTA’s Interior Architect, has earned her Certified Healthcare Interior Designer (CHID) credential! Healthcare interior architects with this certification demonstrate integrity and commitment to the healthcare environment and have mastered core competencies essential to the healthcare setting, including current codes and protocols that improve the health and safety of patients, visitors, and staff. Earning her CHID will increase Jessica’s ability to serve our healthcare clients. Congratulations Jessica!

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Newton Middle School Featured in International CPTED Association Newsletter

Newton Middle School has gone international! Featured in the latest International CPTED Association newsletter, the design solution for Littleton Public Schools Newton Middle School utilizes flexible 21st Century educational environments and best practices in school safety and security. With carefully designed layers of security that start when a visitor, staff, or student enters the school property and continues layer by layer into the interior spaces, the design creates safe, positive spaces that promote a feeling of belonging and support collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking.

Check out the article to learn more.

newton middle school entry with middle school students wearing backpacks walking along the sidewalk in front of the school

Joey Bahnsen, AIA, NCARB Named to 2023 AIA Colorado Board of Directors

Congratulations to Joey Bahnsen, AIA, on being named to the 2023 AIA Colorado Board of Directors as South Director. The Board of Directors provides stewardship of the nonprofit and is responsible for collaboratively setting the direction of the organization through consensus-driven governance, policy-making, and strategic planning. As South Director, Joey will represent Southern Colorado. 

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AdAmAn Fireworks Viewed from the AdAmAn Alley

Did you spot the fireworks above Pike’s Peak on New Year’s Eve? December 31, 2022 marked the AdAmAn Club’s 100th anniversary, and in honor of this momentous milestone, the club set off a larger display of fireworks at midnight. The Gazette captured this amazing photo of the fireworks framed by the new RTA-designed AdAmAn alley arch. 

an article clipping with a photo of several fireworks in the sky on new year's eve viewed from below the adaman alley arch