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Stuart Coppedge, AIA, principal at RTA Architects, is elected 2016 - 2017 Treasurer of the American Institute of Architects

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Colorado Springs, CO—Stuart Coppedge, AIA, has been elected 2016 - 2017 Treasurer of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The announcement was made at the 2015 AIA National Convention held in Atlanta, May 14 - 16, 2015.

Stuart's long history of AIA leadership began in 2005 when he served as AIA Colorado South President, then AIA Colorado Treasurer, AIA Colorado President, and AIA Western Mountain Region (WMR) Secretary. He then represented the six-state WMR from 2012-2014 as an influential member of the AIA National Board of Directors during a time of significant change, serving on the Finance and Audit Committee as well as leading a select nation-wide group focused on cultural transformation within the AIA.

"We, as the AIA, must embrace our critical role in the future of our profession, balancing bold vision with fiscal responsibility," he stated to the convention delegates. "I believe I can bring great value by working closely with other elected leadership, CACE, and our great staff to devise and implement strategies that address our organization's current and future needs, and align our monetary policies with our members' priorities."

Coppedge is a principal at RTA Architects, which is celebrating 40 years of exemplary client service and innovative design in 2015. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Atlas Preparatory Academy, serves as an Advisory Board member of the Downtown Partnership of Colorado Springs, and was appointed in 2014 by City Council to a three-year term on the Downtown Review Board.

Allison Johnson earns her architectural license

Colorado Springs, CO—Congratulations to Allison Johnson of RTA Architects on earning her architectural license from the state of Colorado!

Allison joined RTA Architects in 2007 after receiving her Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Kansas in 2006. With a focus on educational design, her project experience includes renovations, additions, and new construction for RTA's educational clients throughout Colorado. Her experience includes Holly School District's new PK-12 school and Ignacio School District's new middle school, both 2013 award recipients from the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI). Allison is a LEED accredited professional and a member of the American Institute of Architects.
 
Before joining RTA, Allison worked as an intern for Engineering Ministries International (eMi) as part of a team that provides free engineering and design services in the developing world. That experience included two design projects: developing a year-round greenhouse to feed the hungry in North Korea and designing a university in rural Cambodia. In 2009, Allison traveled with eMi again to design a hospital renovation in Sierra Leone. In 2010, she was the recipient of the Hobart D. Wagener Traveling Scholarship, presented by the Architectural Education Foundation of AIA Colorado, and traveled to New York, London, and Copenhagen to study homelessness as it relates to Colorado. These experiences had an immeasurable impact on how she views her role as an architect—all design has the potential to better lives.

RTA's 2015 High School Architecture Class

 Join us for an introductory class to the profession at RTA Architects this coming spring!

We will meet for 10 weeks and explore the field of architecture and discuss the related industries of engineering and construction.  You will even get a chance to work on your own design project and present your project to design professionals at the end of the semester.  Expect to spend a few hours outside of class each week on your project.

The class is free and open to the first 20 high school students to sign up.  Students must provide their own transportation to RTA (19 S. Tejon Street, Suite 300, 80903).

Class Schedule 2015:

We will meet on Wednesdays from 4-6pm for 10 weeks beginning February 4, 2015.  No class week of Spring Break. Final Presentations will be April 22. 

Please note:  Schedule subject to change.

Local native young professionals Jon Bock and Heather Wallsten of RTA Architects reach professional milestones

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Colorado Springs, CO—Congratulations to Widefield HS graduate Jon Bock and Rampart HS graduate Heather Wallsten, both key members of RTA Architects' healthcare design team, on earning his architectural license and her NCIDQ design certification, respectively.

Jon received his Masters of Architecture from the University of Colorado at Denver in 2011 and joined RTA in 2012. His project experience involves renovations, additions, and new construction for RTA’s healthcare clients throughout Colorado, including the recently completed Phase 1 expansion and renovation of Craig Hospital in Englewood and several medical office buildings in the Colorado Springs area. Jon took advantage of the State of Colorado’s new “concurrent testing” program by taking the multi-part architectural exam at the same time that he was gaining his required real world “Intern Development Program” experience. He is also a LEED accredited professional and a member of the American Institute of Architects.

Heather graduated from Kansas State University in 2012 with a Masters of Interior Architecture and Product Design. Her project experience includes a wide range of interior design and space planning projects for RTA's healthcare clients throughout Colorado, including the Community Health Village in Monument, North Colorado Medical Center for Banner Health in Greely, and St. Francis Medical Center in Colorado Springs. She received her certification from the Council for Interior Design Qualification, or CIDQ, the global leader in establishing standards of competence for interior design professionals.

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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