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  • Published: March 17, 2020

    The Center for Green Schools recently featured two RTA-designed schools that achieved LEED certification in 2019. View slides 12-15 in the slideshow to see the LEED Gold Palmer Hall for the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind and the LEED Silver Moffat PK-12 School

    2020 LEED Green Schools Award Collage

  • Published: October 29, 2019

    We are happy to announce that the Jones Hall and Palmer Hall projects have received an Award of Excellence for the Civic Restoration of a Historic Building from the Historic Preservation Alliance of Colorado Springs! Located on the Colorado Springs School for the Deaf and Blind campus, both buildings had deteriorated from their initial construction in the early 1900s. The recent renovations brought new life to the historic buildings while maintaining their historic character. Congrats to the hardworking teams!

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  • Published: January 4, 2019

    We are ecstatic to say that the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind's Jones Hall has been LEED Gold Certified! Thanks to everyone who had a hand in making this project a success.

    15045.00 Jones Hall LEED Gold Certificate

  • Published: October 1, 2018

    We had a wonderful weekend celebrating the ribbon cutting for TWO completed projects on one very special campus. The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind provides specialized education services and we are honored to have a role in their growing campus. At more than 12,000 SF, Jones Hall houses the Colorado Instructional Materials Center as well as VIP rooms for campus guests and a low vision clinic. In addition, a full renovation of the 15,000+ SF Palmer Hall was completed and hosts CSDB's "Bridges to Life" program which serves students between the ages of 18 and 21 and seeks to bridge the gap between high school and the real world, emphasizing education, employment, and independence. Congratulations CSDB!

     Palmer and Jones ribbon cutting news

  • Published: June 9, 2017

    The Colorado Springs Gazette visited the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind to learn how RTA is working to maintain the historic value of the campus while providing much-needed upgrades. Read the full article here: http://gazette.com/historic-colorado-school-for-the-deaf-and-the-blind-receiving-major-updates/article/1604475

     Gottlieb Exterior Photo 05 web

    Gottlieb Interior Photo Library 02 web 

  • Published: October 17, 2016

    RTA's projects for Colorado Springs District 11's John Adams Elementary and the Colorado Springs School for the Deaf and the Blind's Jones and Palmer Halls continue to make the news. Read more about these great projects here. 

  • Published: November 18, 2015

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    The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind in Colorado Springs is a school intentionally designed with the unique needs of the students and staff in mind. With the collaborative effort of community members, staff, students, and board members, the renovation of the 58-year-old Gottlieb Building was completed in 2011 and has been serving the children of Colorado ever since. Click here to find out more!

  • Published: September 22, 2014

    Colorado Construction and Design, magazine cover

    The design and construction team of the award winning Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind Expansion and Renovation is featured in the September issue of Colorado Construction & Design. Article on page 34.

  • Published: July 1, 2014

    colorado school of deaf and blind

    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.

  • Published: January 23, 2014


    The Gottlieb project will be featured among other projects at a Colorado Preservation conference called “Saving Places” in Denver Feb 6-7. The Gottlieb building is the campus hub of the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind. The excerpt from the session is below. The link to the web site is: http://coloradopreservation.org/saving-places-conference/

    F1. Sympathetic Additions to Historic and Existing Buildings AIA/CES 1.25

    The 21st century has brought us some incredible architectural work, destined to be the landmarks of tomorrow. But at the same time, there is a growing appreciation for the classic architecture of the past, and reverence for the detail and order that historic buildings teach us. Preservationists and architectural historians are sometimes alarmed by the idea of additions to those historic buildings, often with good reason. Enlightened minds recognize that buildings and cities are not static or frozen in time. There are new needs and programs that require more and different space. The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards can guide – or discourage – high quality architectural solutions. Standard #9 states, “…The new work shall be differentiated from the old and shall be compatible with historic massing, size, scale, and architectural features to protect the historic integrity of the property and its environment.” Through case studies of award-winning projects — commercial, institutional and residential — the presenters will attempt to convince you that a project can be both sympathetic AND different. You are encouraged to come to an image-rich, fast-paced presentation that will attempt to lay out the problems and conundrums of reworking with historic buildings for new uses, and share dozens of successful solutions from around the country. Speakers: Doug Walter, AIA, Senior Architect, Godden/Sudik Architects; Nan Anderson, AIA, founding principal of Anderson Hallas Architects, P.C.

  • Published: August 24, 2012

    Gottlieb building

    The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Colorado South Chapter, Colorado South Chapter, recognized its 2012 architectural design award recipients during a ceremony on Friday, Aug. 24, at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. RTA was selected from twelve entries submitted by architect members of AIA Colorado South. The awards were presented by Jury Chair David Tryba, FAIA.
    RTA Architects received the Honor Award for Built Architecture for The Gottlieb Building Addition & Renovations (Colorado Springs School for the Deaf and the Blind, Colorado Springs, Colorado). Click HERE to see more about RTA's award winning design of the Gottlieb Building.

    Bear Creek Elementary

    RTA Architects received the Merit Award for Built Architecture for the Bear Creek Elementary School Addition/Renovation (Boulder, CO). RTA has long-standing experience in Boulder, and has partnered on multiple school design projects with the Boulder Valley School District. Click HERE to see more about RTA's award winning design at Bear Creek Elementary School.

    For more than 150 years, members of The American Institute of Architects (AIA) have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. AIA Colorado South is one of four chapters within the AIA Colorado component. This chapter is comprised of members from 18 counties in south and southeastern Colorado and includes the cities of Colorado Springs, Alamosa, Pueblo and La Junta.

  • Published: October 21, 2011


    The Gottlieb Addition/Renovation at the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind is featured on the Armstrong 'Ideas 2 Reality' site.

    In September 2011, The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind held a Grand Opening to celebrate this 21st Century learning facility which was designed in cooperation with the Colorado Historic Society and the design team worked closely with the Governors Energy Office.

    The project is entered in the I2R contest for ceiling and wall elements which feature Armstrong products.