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RTA’s Craig Hospital project team members met the Pikes Peak Challenge

Pikes Peak Challenge

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.

Four Colorado school projects opening across the state

RTA announced the completion of four Colorado school projects opening across the state last month. The four schools span the State of Colorado and welcomed students returning to school for the 2013-2014 school year. The four newly designed schools are:

  • Boulder Valley School District’s Mapleton Early Childhood Center
  • Calhan School District’s PK-12 school
  • Ignacio Middle School, in southwestern Colorado
  • Holly School, in southeastern Colorado

RTA’s design team Doug Abernethy and Mike Riggs, along with RTA’s joint venture partner Alan Ford Architects, attended a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Mapleton Early Childhood Education Center to mark the school's opening. They were joined by Adolfson & Peterson Construction, school staff, parents, students, and members of the community. This $4 million project transformed the historic Mapleton School into Boulder Valley School District’s first early education center.

Calhan School’s ribbon cutting ceremony marked the reopening of their PK-12 building and was attended by RTA’s design team Brian Calhoun, Mike Riggs, and Ken Gregg. Also attending were GH Phipps Construction, Vanir Construction Management, school staff, parents, students, and community members. The $2 million project was funded in part by a BEST grant and provided needed upgrades and improvements to Calhan’s PK-12 building.

An opening ceremony was held on August 29 for Ignacio Middle School. The new school is a dynamic, energy-efficient 21st century learning environment reflecting the community’s multi-cultural heritage and is the first phase of a district-wide master plan completed by RTA Architects in 2011. The school was built by FCI Constructors of Durango.

Holly School District Athletic Field

Holly School District’s $24 million BEST grant project provided for a new PK-12 school, athletic fields and a renovated vocational technical building. In addition to the new state-of-the-art gymnasium, the existing historic WPA-era gymnasium was preserved and renovated. Construction was recently completed by Adolfson & Peterson Construction of Denver.

RTA and Calhan School District celebrate completion

news-calhanRTA and the Calhan School District celebrated the completion of their recent PK-12 renovation project with a ribbon cutting ceremony on August 21, 2013. RTA began the design on the $2 million project in January 2013; and after four months of construction, the school was ready for students heading back to school for the 2013-2014 school year.

Funded in part by a BEST grant, the project provided needed upgrades and improvements to Calhan’s PK-12 building including fire alarm upgrades, emergency egress lighting, surge suppression on the electric service, exit doors at the auxiliary gym and a new public address system. Building additions provided a new security vestibule and relocated administration area while renovated areas include the media center, technology lab and classrooms.

RTA’s design team of Brian Calhoun, Mike Riggs, and Ken Gregg attended the ribbon cutting ceremony, along with GH Phipps Construction, Vanir Construction Management, school staff, parents, students, and members of the community.

Sharing our profession with local students

ACE logoRTA will participate in the ACE program for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year. The ACE program (Architecture-Construction-Engineering) “stands for mentoring high school students and inspiring them to pursue careers in design and construction.”

RTA will hold an after school program for 2 hours every 2 weeks from October through March to teach students about architecture. The student projects will progress through the stages of design and end in a final presentation of their projects. RTA will also reach out to local consultants for correlating lessons on engineering and construction.

The mission of ACE is to engage, excite, and enlighten high school students who are interested in careers in architecture, engineering and construction, through mentoring and support of their continued advancement in the industry.

Eagle Crest High School's $8.4 million renovation

Eagle Crest High School renovation

RTA provided design services on this fast-track project for Cherry Creek School District that includes interior finish renovations, mechanical system renovations and roof replacement. The design team, led by Doug Abernethy, Principal/Project Manager, includes Ken Gregg, Project Architect; Greg Johnson, Interior Design; and Don McReynolds, Construction Administrator. Adolfson & Peterson Construction recently began construction with expected completion in early August.

RTA wins CSBJ's 2013 Best of Business

The Colorado Springs Business Journal featured RTA as winner of the Best Architectural Firm in Colorado Springs.

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"RTA Architects has offered “service by design” since 1975. The company, based in downtown Colorado Springs, has a talented pool of architects, architectural interns, designers and support staff who have led a diverse array of commercial architectural projects in Colorado Springs and throughout the state. Specializing in health care, education, retail, office and interior spaces, RTA has designed some of the city’s most visible projects in recent years, including the St. Francis Medical Center, the Penrose Hospital E-Tower, Bear Creek Elementary School, University Village Colorado, the interiors of Veda Salons and the redevelopment of the historic Hibbard Building downtown."

Paradox Valley School addition and renovation is underway

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Read the following article from the Montrose Daily Press, Paradox Valley School begins facelift next week.

In 2010, RTA was commissioned to provide master planning and conceptual design services in support of a BEST Grant Application for the Paradox Valley School. This arts-focused charter school located in the West End School District serves approximately 50 children in the remote community of Paradox, Colorado. RTA spent several days in the community learning about this unique school and its culture of performing arts-based education. With the design committee, RTA explored a number of diverse options to address the major facility and programmatic deficiencies that existed. With detailed knowledge of the school, community, and existing facilities, RTA was able to propose a creative solution that will enhance the educational environment, address key facility needs, and satisfy the need for an economical solution.

With the assistance of RTA, Paradox Valley School was successful in their BEST Grant Application and received the requested grant. Construction and occupancy of the new facility is planned for August of 2013.

Vista Peak Preparatory School Certified LEED Gold by the USGBC

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Vista Peak Preparatory School was recently certified LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System is a point-based benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings. LEED Gold status illustrates a very high level of sustainability.

RTA in partnership with MOA Architecture designed the new Aurora high school which was completed in 2011. As the first new high school designed for Aurora Public Schools in over 30 years, considerable effort went into making sure the school represents the state-of-the-art in terms of educational philosophy, building performance and building flexibility. Developed on the 100-acre Aurora Public Schools Educational Campus, the high school shares a cohesive campus plan with a Pre-K through eighth grade school, and a future district stadium. Planning for the site included a Joint Use Facility for higher education and Public Recreation Center or Library.

The APS High School is designed to minimize energy use and provide sustainable architecture focused on the success of students and the community. Displacement ventilation systems deliver air to students in a quieter and more efficient way. Utilizing daylighting in almost all classrooms enhances the interior environment, saves energy, and improves student performance. Use of native landscape materials on site reduces water use and the building becomes a teaching tool with its green roof system and photovoltaic array located within an extraordinary outdoor science classroom.

Other teaching tools include a Green Touch Screen located on the school site which allows visitors, users, students and staff to view specific green building practices and live updated operational data; and Sustainability Case Study which is available for anyone interested in reading about the environmental practices implemented in the project.

Award Winning School Design Presented by AIA Colorado South

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The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Colorado South Chapter, Colorado South Chapter, recognized its 2012 architectural design award recipients during a ceremony on Friday, Aug. 24, at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. RTA was selected from twelve entries submitted by architect members of AIA Colorado South. The awards were presented by Jury Chair David Tryba, FAIA.
RTA Architects received the Honor Award for Built Architecture for The Gottlieb Building Addition & Renovations (Colorado Springs School for the Deaf and the Blind, Colorado Springs, Colorado). Click HERE to see more about RTA's award winning design of the Gottlieb Building.

Bear Creek Elementary

RTA Architects received the Merit Award for Built Architecture for the Bear Creek Elementary School Addition/Renovation (Boulder, CO). RTA has long-standing experience in Boulder, and has partnered on multiple school design projects with the Boulder Valley School District. Click HERE to see more about RTA's award winning design at Bear Creek Elementary School.

For more than 150 years, members of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. AIA Colorado South is one of four chapters within the AIA Colorado component. This chapter is comprised of members from 18 counties in south and southeastern Colorado and includes the cities of Colorado Springs, Alamosa, Pueblo and La Junta.

RTA Architect Travels to Peruvian Amazon Rainforest

Jon Bock at Peruvian Amazon Rainforest

One of RTA’s newest additions, Jon Bock, has just returned from a mission trip to the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest. Jon traveled with a group of 33 individuals from the United States to a small village on the Ucayali River to accomplish, alongside many local Peruvians, three tasks: build a church, install water filtration systems, and equip the village with medical supplies. The village, called Sharara, is located 50 miles south of Pucallpa, Peru and is inhabited by the Cocama people in an area populated heavily by the Shipibo Tribe. The group, organized by Lifetree Adventures, was composed of 26 youth and adults from a local church in Colorado Springs and multiple individuals from Colorado, Florida, and Texas. The mission was a great success, and Jon maintains that everyone involved gained perspective and relationships that will not soon be lost.

RTA Architects Builds Staff

RTA hire four new staff

RTA Architects is excited to welcome four new staff members to their team. Jennifer Toll, AIA, LEED AP brings nineteen years of professional experience in architecture. Jennifer currently serves as a 2011/2012 Director - AIA Colorado South Board of Directors and is a welcome addition to RTA's healthcare design team. Her previous work includes projects for the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center, and the National Renewable Energy Labs. Garik Rowe, a 2011 Texas Tech Master of Architecture graduate, and Jonathan Bock, LEED AP BD+C, a 2011 University of Colorado, Denver Master of Architecture graduate, recently joined RTA as architectural interns. Megan Norris, a 2013 University of Kansas Professional Masters of Architecture candidate, is working at RTA through December 2012 as part of her degree program.

Catamount Institute Awards RTA Gold Sustainable Business Certification

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Catamount Institute and its Pikes Peak Sustainable Business Network are pleased to announce that RTA Architects has received Gold Certification from its Sustainable Business Certification Program. Catamount Institute's Sustainable Business Certification Program is an in-depth checklist developed to measure, verify, and recognize a business's sustainable actions. By completing the Sustainable Business Certification checklist, businesses are able to:

  • Reduce their overall operating costs
  • Assess current sustainable endeavors and establish a roadmap for achieving future goals
  • Discover opportunities for improving their triple bottom line
  • Learn to market and promote their sustainable business initiatives

The Sustainable Business Certification Program is anchored by a 100-point checklist divided into six categories. A business must complete all prerequisites and earn a minimum number of points to receive certification. Categories include:

  • Corporate Commitment, Social Responsibility, and Wellness
  • Energy & Water
  • Transportation
  • Material Management, Waste & Pollution Reduction, Recycling
  • Procurement, Operations and Maintenance
  • Professional Certifications, Affiliations and Business Innovations (Extra Credit Section)

Businesses that receive at least the minimum of points required receive one of four levels of Certification: Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum, and are recognized as members of the Catamount Institute’s Pikes Peak Sustainable Business Network (PPSBN) at the designated level. Certifications are documented for two calendar years, based on the year of certification (e.g. “Bronze Level Certified, 2011-2012”). RTA Architects received 59 total credits, qualifying them as Gold Level members of PPSBN.

A firm of 28 employees located in Colorado Springs, CO, RTA Architects is an architecture and planning firm specializing in healthcare, education, retail and commercial projects. Supporting local, national and international communities, the RTA Architects’ vision is to honor and value their people, their clients, and the communities they represent; to design buildings that are sustainable, functional, and aesthetically pleasing; and to generate long term economic success for their clients and themselves.

Founded in 1975, RTA Architects’ multi-disciplined staff features a high concentration of registered architects and includes several LEED accredited professionals. In addition to their core strength of architectural design for new construction, renovation, and adaptive re-use projects, RTA provides technical expertise in a broad range of related services, including:

  • Feasibility studies including site selection and comparative analysis
  • Master planning
  • Site planning
  • Facility programming
  • Interior design
  • Environmental graphics, signage and way-finding

RTA Promotes Four to Principal

Four promoted to principal

Brian Calhoun, Doug Abernethy, Stuart Coppedge, and Dave Magargal have been promoted from associate principal to full principal. Brian, current president of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of CEFPI, and Doug lead RTA’s K-12 school design practice and have designed multiple award-winning projects the last several years. Doug also has significant retail experience. In addition to serving diverse clients, Stuart, a member of the AIA National Board of Directors, leads RTA’s business development efforts. Dave, RTA’s Director of Construction Administration, is deeply respected by owners and contractors alike for his skill and experience in that area of practice.

Craig Hospital Selects RTA for Expansion and Renovation

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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.