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Lake City Community School Renovation

Lake City, CO

"With the need to pass a bond in our community in order to partially fund our project, it was critical to hire the best fit architect for our community and with our hiring process, we found just that. RTA Architects addressed the planning process with a proactive, positive approach. I highly recommend RTA Architects if you are considering building or renovating your facility.”

Rebecca Hall, Interim Superintendent/Principal, Lake City Community School, Hinsdale County School District RE-1


Connecting through experience of place.

Constructed in 1986 on the site of the original brick school house, the Lake City Community School is a PK-12 school serving students in Hinsdale County, Colorado.  With 111 students in the 2016-2017 school year, the aging facility lacked the necessary space and facilities to adequately serve all of their students. Students frequently walk 3½ blocks from the school to the downtown armory for physical education, theater performances, and the school’s Life Skills class kitchen. In addition to the shortage of space, the Lake City Community School also had critical security, safety, and health concerns to address.


Ever curious. Ever learning. Ever improving.

After previously completing the District’s conceptual design in support of their Master Plan, RTA worked closely with the District and community members holding six community meetings and a design workshop to ensure all voices were heard in the early stages of design. RTA then assisted the District with their BEST grant application and in November 2018, voters approved a $3.95 million bond ensuring funding for the necessary upgrades.


Purposeful, engaging solutions.

The renovation will include the construction of a new gymnasium, stage/music room, a Career and Technical Education (CTE) classroom, preschool classroom, and commercial kitchen as well as the expansion of the science classroom, nurse’s station and critical safety and security concerns. The renovation will also focus on historically appropriate design to highlight Lake City’s unique heritage. With construction beginning summer 2019, the Lake City Community School renovation is slated to be complete for the start of the 2020 school year.

Project Details

  • Square footage: ~28,000sf
  • Project cost: $13.35M (estimated)

Design Details

  • BEST Grant assistance
  • Gymnasium
  • Stage/music area
  • Career and Technical Education classroom
  • Expanded classrooms
  • Historically appropriate design
  • Security, health, and safety upgrades