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Washington Elementary School

Cañon City, CO


Connecting through experience of place.

In 2018 the Cañon City School District retained RTA to design a new Washington Elementary School on the existing site and assist with a BEST Grant application. The existing Washington Elementary was aging and in need of structural, plumbing, and life safety upgrades.


Ever curious. Ever learning. Ever improving.

RTA has worked closely with Washington Elementary School stakeholders. Up to this point, RTA has held seven Design Advisory Group (DAG) meetings and User Group meetings where staff and teachers have had an opportunity to see the plans and speak with the Design Team.


Purposeful, engaging solutions.

The new Washington Elementary is pursuing LEED Gold Certification and will be located adjacent to the existing facility. At 45,000 SF, the new Washington Elementary School is slated for completion for the start of the 2020-2021 school year.

Project Details

  • Square footage: 46,500 sf (estimated)
  • Project cost: $18.6M (estimated)

Design Details

  • BEST Grant assistance
  • Flexible classroom design and furnishings
  • Collaborative design with the DAG and the District
  • Low-maintenance landscaping
  • Pursuing LEED Gold certification