Celebrating the Groundbreaking of the Nettie S. Freed K-8 Expeditionary School

Another milestone was celebrated for the Pueblo D60 Nettie S. Freed K-8 Expeditionary School at its recent groundbreaking ceremony. Principal Nicolas Roberts, a Pueblo ISD graduate and former Assistant Principal of Pueblo Centennial High School, accepted a plaque to display in the new K-8 to commemorate the event. This is the third project of the RTA/MOA joint venture as a result of the 2019 bond measure. The newly named school is located at the site of the former Heroes K-8 Academy School and brings back a neighborhood school to the community.

The new school is named in honor of the District’s first female superintendent and Colorado’s first Commissioner of Public Education Nettie S. Freed. The school will provide experiential learning opportunities in a technology-rich environment for Career and Technical Education (CTE) career pathways through engaging hands-on learning. Click here to learn more about this great project.

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A Far-Out Friday Night

Work hard, play hard. RTA enjoyed an out-of-this-world evening at a recent Switchbacks FC game. It was Galactic night, and we wielded lightsabers to cheer on the Switchbacks as they battled the Las Vegas Lights at Weidner Field. The night came to an end with the Switchbacks dominating with a shutout! What a far-out evening!

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Pueblo Community Health Center Cuts the Ribbon for the New East Side Clinic

Hundreds of excited community members gathered for the official ribbon-cutting ceremony at Pueblo Community Health Center’s new East Side Clinic. This center is one of 20 safety-net community health centers in Colorado, providing medical, dental, and behavioral care to Coloradans regardless of their ability to pay. The expansion fills an important need for residents in Pueblo’s east side neighborhoods. Congratulations PCHC!

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Remembering Our Fallen Heroes

For our freedoms: freedom of speech, freedom to worship, freedom to assemble, freedom to petition, freedom of the press, and more. On Memorial Day, we remember those who gave their lives, so we could live free.

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RTA Kicks Off Summer with Furry-Friend-Friday!

On this lovely Friday, we were all smiles when we had a furry friend trotting around. Fin, a long-tongued, floppy-eared bernedoodle joined us for the morning, and we think he liked our view of beautiful downtown Colorado Springs!

RTA wishes you and your families a safe, happy holiday weekend!

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Joey Bahnsen, AIA, NCARB Named a 2022 ENR—ACE Outstanding Mentor

RTA congratulates Architect Joey Bahnsen, AIA, NCARB for being named a 2022 ENR—ACE Outstanding Mentor by ACE Mentor Program of America and Engineering News-Record. Joey was one of five Outstanding Mentors from a field of 85 nominees from chapters across the country. The award recognizes contributions by ACE Mentors to students, fellow mentors, and affiliates that epitomize the dedication and effectiveness of ACE’s over 4,100 mentors. Each of the 2022 Outstanding Mentors has received a student scholarship to be named after them, supported by Engineering News-Record and its parent company BNP Media. Joey received the award at a ceremony held in Washington D.C. at the ACE Mentor Program Board of Directors meeting. Outstanding Mentors also attended the C.I.R.T. National Design Competition.

Joey has been involved in the ACE Program since his participation as a high school student. His passion for the program, which introduces high school students to the fields of architecture, interior design, structural engineering, civil engineering, HVAC construction, and general contracting, led him to work with Colorado Springs District 11 to bring it to Palmer High School for the 2021-2022 school year, the first time the ACE Mentor Program of Colorado has had a program in Colorado Springs.

Visit https://www.acementor.org/mentors-volunteers/outstanding-mentors to read more about his contribution to this unique program and all 2022 ENR-ACE Outstanding Mentor recipients.

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RTA Projects Win Two 2022 DBIA Rocky Mountain Region Awards

Two RTA-GE Johnson design-build projects were recognized as the best in their categories at the 2022 DBIA Rocky Mountain Region award ceremony. The High Altitude Research Laboratory atop Pikes Peak won Best Government / Municipal Project, and the projects for Canon City Schools - the Canon City Middle School Addition and Renovation and the new Washington Elementary School - won Best Education Project, marking the third in a row that an RTA-designed project has won the Education category!

Thank you to these incredible design and construction teams and our clients who make these great design-build projects possible! 

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Peak Vista Community Health Center Downtown Featured in Colorado Construction & Design Magazine

Check out this month's issue of Colorado Construction & Design magazine for a great feature on Peak Vista Community Health Centers' new location in downtown Colorado Springs. This full-service health center provides expanded services for those at risk of or currently experiencing, homelessness, as well as care for a quickly growing number of residents and their families near downtown.

Read more here!

Harrison High School Named AVID National Demonstration School

Harrison High School, previously renovated by RTA in Harrison District 2, is the fourth school in Colorado to be awarded the status of AVID National Demonstration School after an extensive validation process. The AVID Program (Achievement Via Individual Determination) provides students with opportunities to be college and career ready, and Harrison High School joins an elite group of only 200 National Demonstration Schools in the U.S.

Congratulations Panthers! Learn more here. 👇

RTA Celebrates Cinco De Mayo!

Taco 'bout a party! Happy (late) Cinco de Mayo from the RTA office!

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