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The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind, Palmer Hall

Colorado Springs, CO

"The staff at RTA has been well organized, well prepared, and professional from the bid presentation through the entire design process. RTA staff demonstrated a willingness to meet as often as necessary, with as many people as needed, to gather input and to share progress on the design.”

Carol Hilty, Superintendent


Connecting through experience of place.

Palmer Hall is undergoing a full renovation as part of the multi-phase RTA master plan for the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind. The CSDB is listed on the Colorado State Register of Historic Properties and is the only school in the state of Colorado dedicated solely to the education of the deaf and the blind.


Ever curious. Ever learning. Ever improving.

Palmer’s residential areas will be expanded and refined to more closely approximate apartment living. As students increase in confidence and life skills the building design and apartment configuration allow for increased independence and closer simulation to real world living experiences. The lower floor provides a more structured living environment to meet the needs of students requiring additional assistance and a common area to be shared by all students living in Palmer Hall. The common area is designed as a multi-purpose space, providing for social and educational needs of students in the program.


Purposeful, engaging solutions.

Palmer Hall will house CSDB's "Bridges to Life" program which serves students between the ages of 18 and 21 who are deaf or hard of hearing and blind or visually impaired. The program seeks to bridge the gap between high school and the real world, emphasizing the three key areas of education, employment, and independence. Palmer's residential areas will be expanded to more closely approximate apartment living and allow for increased independence. In the common area kitchen, a large, semicircular demonstration island can be used by students as a social gathering place as well as for cooking instruction and demonstration. A large format TV will project demonstrations or allow students to enjoy their favorite programs while preparing a meal.

Project Details

  • Square footage: 15,912 SF
  • Project cost: $7.5M (estimated)

Design Details

  • Common kitchen and living areas
  • Assisted and independent living for deaf and/or blind students