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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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Ouray PK-12 Ribbon Cutting

The newly renovated Ouray PK-12 School is back in session! After all of the hard work, RTA was proud to attend the Ouray School District ribbon cutting ceremony. Originally constructed in 1936, the transformed school has already made the start of the 2016-2017 school year a great one.

Congratulations Ouray!

 

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Ouray PK-12 Celebrates the New School Year

We love to see happy clients in completed projects! Check out Ouray's Principal and Superintendent Scott Pankow welcome the community to the fully renovated PK-12 school for the 2016-2017 year.

Saint Thomas More Hospital breaks ground in Canon City

St. Thomas More hospital broke ground on Tuesday August 16th to make room for the 40,000 square-foot addition. The three-story facility, designed by RTA Architects, is located on the existing hospital campus and connected to the existing physical therapy building.  It is expected to cost between $4 million and $5 million. The state-of-the-art building is expected to be open and ready to receive patients in the fall of 2017.

RTA's renovation of John Adams Elementary greets students for new school year

The first day of school for students at John Adams Elementary on August 18th will mark a new beginning for students and staff. District 11 Selected RTA Architects and Nunn Construction to completely renovate the school, which had not been in use by the District for about five years. We had a great time at the ribbon-cutting ceremony and are honored to have played a part in this great school's future.

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District 11 Students Get a New School Experience

Colorado Springs, CO—The first day of school for students at John Adams Elementary on August 18th will mark a new beginning for students and staff. District 11 selected RTA Architects and Nunn Construction to completely renovate the school, which had not been in use by the District for about five years.

The District 11 school board voted last February to close Helen Hunt Elementary because the building is in need of an estimated $14 million in repairs. The building is planned for conversion to a community center by the Lane Foundation, and RTA has been retained as the architect-of-record. The 400 students from Helen Hunt who will now attend John Adams Elementary are in for a treat.

RTA’s Principal-in-Charge, Brian Calhoun, said it has been exciting to see the transformation at the school over the last three months. The design for the renovation focused on improved student safety and enriched learning environments. The school’s exterior will feature a welcoming layered entry canopy, an improved protected drop-off, outdoor seating areas, expanded parking, a new roof, new playgrounds and shade structures, and a synthetic turf play area.

The interior features new finishes that bring welcoming warmth of color and pattern. All classrooms received new lighting, and a new controlled entry vestibule will enhance safety. A full service kitchen will offer the opportunity for scratch cooking. A new mechanical system will provide air conditioning, while new windows will improve thermal performance of the building. New security systems, fire alarm, and technology upgrades are also in place.

Among the new technology assets at John Adams are flat panel interactive boards in classrooms combined with traditional white boards to give teachers and students more options at their disposal. Classrooms will feature advanced ergonomic furniture that will allow children more freedom of movement. This year, every 3rd, 4th, and 5th grader will also be given their own tablet computer for use during the school year. Kindergarten through 2nd graders will have access to six iPad Minis in each classroom.

The library will welcome students with a large entryway that can be closed with a glass overhead door when a quiet environment is needed. The ceilings were removed in a portion of the space to create an expansive feel that now incorporates daylight and views to the outside. The space will utilize flexible furniture systems that allow the room

to be quickly and easily reconfigured. A computer lab is connected to the library with a large glass overhead door that can open and expand the size of the library.

Calhoun commented, “RTA and the entire design team is excited for the students and staff of John Adams. The District worked extremely hard with us to provide a superior design for a safe and productive educational experience.”