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RTA Celebrates the Groundbreaking of the San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center Oncology and Infusion Center

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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Stuart Coppedge Assists in Discussion on Gender Equity in STEM Industries

RTA's Stuart Coppedge recently served on The Women's Foundation of Colorado's panel as part of a community discussion on how to increase the STEM opportunities for women in El Paso County. RTA is committed to providing equitable professional opportunities for women, and this panel participation aligns with Stuart's support of gender equity on the American Institute of Architects national board of directors and his attendance at the fall 2016 Equity by Design Symposium. You can read more about gender equity and the impact it can have on our community here.

Penrose-St. Francis Breaks Ground on NICU/ED/OR Expansion

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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The Gazette Visits RTA High School Architecture Class

RTA's High School Architecture Class was featured in the Colorado Springs Gazette! After weeks of rigorous lessons and dozens of hours of volunteer work from our staff, we are so proud of the strides our 12 students have been making in this class! Read the full article here

 

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RTA Congratulates Patti Sharp on ARE, Welcomes New Team Member

RTA Architects – an award-winning Colorado Springs-based architectural and interior design firm – is pleased to announce that Patti Sharp, AIA, LEED GA recently passed all seven divisions of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) and has earned the title of Architect. Patti joined RTA in 2015 and has three years of professional experience.She received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and recently served as Chair of the Southern Branch of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Colorado.

RTA also welcomes Architectural Intern Shawn Pulsipher. Shawn received his Master of Architecture degree from the University of South Florida and has four years of professional experience working on a diverse range of projects. In addition, Shawn was a U.S. Army Field Artillery Officer for six years and was stationed at Fort Benning, GA; Fort Sill, OK; and Fort Carson, CO. RTA thanks Shawn for his service to our country.

We extend our congratulations to Patti and Shawn and look forward to their continuing contributions to the RTA team. 

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Patti Sharp, AIA, LEED GA

 

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John Hoelscher featured in Colorado Real Estate Journal

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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We're growing! RTA welcomes seven new team members.

RTA Architects is excited to welcome seven new staff members to our Architectural, Interior Design, and Administrative teams. Our new Architectural team members are Megan Gunderson, Jheanelle Levy, Chase Miller, and Natalia Vladimirova.

Architect Megan Gunderson, AIA, LEED GA, brings seven years of experience to RTA and has her Master of Architecture from North Dakota State University. Jheanelle Levy, Architectural Intern, received her Master of Architecture degree from Florida International University and brings five years of experience to the company. Chase Miller, Architectural Intern, who spent the summer of 2014 with RTA, re-joined us after graduating from the University of Oklahoma with Bachelor’s degrees in Architecture and Economics. Architectural Intern Natalia Vladimirova graduated from the University of New Mexico with her Master of Architecture after a career in the sciences, where she also holds a Master of Science in Physics / Applied Math and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering.

On the Interior Design Team, we welcome Amy Schuster who joined RTA shortly after graduating this year from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design. New members of RTA’s administrative team are Erica Vandiver, Marketing Assistant and Heather Belveal, Administrative Assistant. Erica joined us after graduating from Drury University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Advertising, Public Relations, and Business Administration, and Heather joined RTA shortly after graduating from UCCS this year with a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and History.

RTA warmly welcomes all our new team members and looks forward to their contributions and growth in their careers!

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RTA & Nunn Construction celebrate the opening of the Springs Rescue Mission's year-round shelter

 

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RTA Architects and Nunn Construction announce the opening of the new 168-bed year-round shelter at the Springs Rescue Mission (SRM). This is one of several phases to assist SRM with the expansion of services to the homeless and other at-risk residents of Colorado Springs. RTA Architects completed a comprehensive master plan for the Springs Rescue Mission to provide for immediate and future needs through a vision of “design with dignity.” The reception desk was made from recycled bowling alley lanes and will greet guests as they enter the bright, LED-lit space. The wood feature overhead was crafted from trees that endured the Colorado Springs Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires of 2012 and 2013.

Future phases include: the Resource Center projected to open in the Spring of 2017 providing laundry, and showers and dedicated space for services from multiple agencies including physical and mental health; a new Welcome Center; and a large kitchen/dining facility with dining for 200, dedicated space for job training in the culinary arts, and dedicated space for Mission Catering.

Read the full press release here.

Read media coverage here.

RTA Wins 4 Design Awards from AIA CO and IIDA Rocky Mountain

RTA was honored to receive two design awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Colorado and two from the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Rocky Mountain Chapter. AIA Colorado and AIA Colorado South recognized the Moffat PK-12 school in Moffat, CO with an Award of Merit and an Honorable Mention respectively. The IIDA Rocky Mountain Chapter honored Craig Hospital in Englewood, CO as the winner in the GIVE Category, and Ignacio High School in Ignacio, CO with a Merit Award in the LEARN Category.

A big thank you to the Moffat and Ignacio communities, the staff and patients of Craig Hospital, and our design partners for all their contributions to the success of these projects! Click on the images below to learn more.

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