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Hibbard Building Renovation

Colorado Springs, CO


Connecting through experience of place.

This landmark building has been a Downtown Colorado Springs fixture for over 100 years. It originally operated as a family-owned department store until its closing in 1996. In 2001, RTA looked at the building’s potential for loft housing and office space, and, together with the Hibbard family, determined that office use would be the most economical and efficient choice for the space.


Ever curious. Ever learning. Ever improving.

RTA provided the planning, interior design, and complete shell renovation for the project. The goal was to keep the character of the original building, while also facilitating new uses and multi-tenant flexibility. New steel, brick, and granite materials were combined to create separate building and restaurant entrances while maintaining the revised platform display-like windows of an earlier time.


Purposeful, engaging solutions.

With an open floor plan and ample light, the resulting office spaces are inviting with a nod to the building’s rich history. The new and improved storefront has given the passerby a glimpse into Colorado Spring’s past and helps maintain the historic feel of downtown.

Project Details

  • Square footage: 52,000 sf (42,000 sf leasable)
  • Project cost:
    • Core and Shell: $2.2M
    • TI separate for individual tenants

Design Details

  • Daylighting
  • Historic Renovation
  • Downtown and mountain views


  • 2003 Award of Excellence – Historic Preservation and Restoration, Presented by The Historic Preservation Alliance of Colorado Springs