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RTA Architects Promotes Four Staff Members

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Colorado Springs, CO – RTA Architects' Kevin Gould, Paul Reu, Ken Gregg, and Mike Riggs have received recent promotions.
 
Kevin Gould, AIA has been elevated to Principal.  Kevin has 28+ years designing and managing projects in diverse market segments. Since joining RTA in 2008, he has led a variety of complex healthcare projects, bringing design expertise and superior client service to the firm’s clients.
 
Paul Reu, RA; Ken Gregg, AIA; and Mike Riggs, AIA; LEED AP BD+C have been named Associates.
 
Paul has thirty years of experience in architectural design and joined RTA in 2008. He has managed numerous healthcare projects, including the recent award-winning emergency department renovation at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs.
 
Ken’s 20 years of architectural experience include nine years with RTA. He plays a key role in creating award-winning educational facilities for Colorado schools, including the new Ignacio Middle School and the Gottlieb Building renovation at Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind in Colorado Springs.
 
Mike joined RTA upon graduation in 2002, focusing on educational and retail clients.  He was instrumental in the award-winning design of Ignacio Elementary School, multiple projects for Boulder Valley School District, and several buildings at University Village Colorado in Colorado Springs.

Founded in 1975, RTA Architects is a firm of 34 staff members specializing in healthcare, education, retail, and commercial projects. RTA Architects provides extensive expertise in planning, interior design, and architectural services supporting local, national, and international communities.

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

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.

Scott Schuster earns his architecture license

scott-schuster-portrait-gridCongratulations to RTA’s Scott Schuster on earning his architecture license from the state of Colorado!

Since joining RTA in 2008, Scott’s focus has been on educational projects. His project experience involves educational renovations, additions and new construction for school districts throughout Colorado, including the Holly PK-12 school and Ignacio Middle School, both recipients of 2013 CEFPI awards for new construction.

Scott is a LEED accredited professional and Associate Member of the American Institute of Architects. He received his Bachelor of Architecture in 2003 from Kansas State University.

Wide-open experience at the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind

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RTA was featured in the Colorado Real Estate Journal as the selected architect for the challenging project of renovating the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind.

“Two of the most important goals for the renovated building were an open design that would facilitate better visibility and communication for the deaf community, and flexible spaces that could be used for multiple purposes at any given time,” noted Stuart Coppedge, AIA, RTA’s principal in-charge for Gottlieb.

Forward looking Ignacio Elementary School well received

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Excerpt from article by Melanie Mazur, as published in the Durango Herald:

New Ignacio school buildings built for future; they incorporate energy efficiency, technology, comfort.

How do you build schools that provide a better learning experience for students and teachers?

In the process of creating three new school buildings, for about $50 million, the Ignacio School District built them with energy efficiency, natural light and technology to create a better experience for students. 

It’s far different from the buckets lining the hallway that collected water from leaking ceilings. That’s what used to greet students when they walked through the door at Ignacio High School.

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Prestigious 2014 Vista Award goes to RTA Architects

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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.

RTA's Gottlieb project to be featured at a Colorado Preservation conference

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The Gottlieb project will be featured among other projects at a Colorado Preservation conference called “Saving Places” in Denver Feb 6-7. The Gottlieb building is the campus hub of the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind. The excerpt from the session is below. The link to the web site is: http://coloradopreservation.org/saving-places-conference/

F1. Sympathetic Additions to Historic and Existing Buildings AIA/CES 1.25

The 21st century has brought us some incredible architectural work, destined to be the landmarks of tomorrow. But at the same time, there is a growing appreciation for the classic architecture of the past, and reverence for the detail and order that historic buildings teach us. Preservationists and architectural historians are sometimes alarmed by the idea of additions to those historic buildings, often with good reason. Enlightened minds recognize that buildings and cities are not static or frozen in time. There are new needs and programs that require more and different space. The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards can guide – or discourage – high quality architectural solutions. Standard #9 states, “…The new work shall be differentiated from the old and shall be compatible with historic massing, size, scale, and architectural features to protect the historic integrity of the property and its environment.” Through case studies of award-winning projects — commercial, institutional and residential — the presenters will attempt to convince you that a project can be both sympathetic AND different. You are encouraged to come to an image-rich, fast-paced presentation that will attempt to lay out the problems and conundrums of reworking with historic buildings for new uses, and share dozens of successful solutions from around the country. Speakers: Doug Walter, AIA, Senior Architect, Godden/Sudik Architects; Nan Anderson, AIA, founding principal of Anderson Hallas Architects, P.C.

RTA Architects promotes Kevin Gould

mosaic-kevin-gouldColorado Springs, CO—RTA Architects is pleased to announce the promotion of Kevin Gould, AIA to Associate Principal. A licensed architect, Kevin has 27 years of professional experience designing and managing aviation, retail, office, commercial, school, and healthcare projects. Since joining RTA in 2008, Kevin has focused on healthcare, and he has served as project manager on numerous medical projects in the Denver Metro area for clients including Centura Health and Denver Health and Hospital Authority.

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

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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.