AdAmAn Alley Activation in Downtown Colorado Springs
This project is right up our alley!
Once dark narrow spaces, relegated to delivery trucks and trash bins, urban alleys across the country are being transformed into bright, welcoming pedestrian areas through public art and creative placemaking. The first activated alley in downtown Colorado Springs is now underway between the Carlton Building and RTA’s headquarters, the historic Hibbard Building. Named AdAmAn Alley, it will celebrate the AdAmAn Club’s 100th anniversary of summiting Pikes Peak to present their annual New Year’s Eve fireworks celebration.
AdAmAn Alley will feature murals celebrating the ecology and cultural significance of Pikes Peak, new pavement with an artistic treatment evoking Barr Trail, LED “fireworks,” and “AdAmAn Alley” gateway arch directly facing Pikes Peak.
We’re so excited to be designing this project with the Downtown Partnership, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region, the City of Colorado Springs, and Colorado Springs Utilities, and the AdAmAn Club. The new AdAmAn Alley is expected to finish for the ringing in of 2023 New Year! Read more about this exciting project here.
Pikes Peak Summit Visitor Center Living Building Challenge Video Series: Place
“The mountain was not to be conquered. The environment was not an adversary. It was something to try and respond to.”
In part 2 of the video series “Our Road to Sustainability,” RTA Principal Stuart Coppedge and RTA Associate Principal Mike Riggs discuss how the strategic placement of the new Pikes Peak Summit Visitor Center was crucial to maintaining and working with the natural environment at the 14,000-foot summit of Pikes Peak. Learn more about the first element, or petal, of the Living Building Challenge… Place.
Adaptive Sport Center Celebrates First Anniversary of the Kelsey Wright Building
Last July we celebrated the grand opening a one-of-a-kind building, The Adaptive Sports Center’s Kelsey Wright Building in Crested Butte, CO. Check out the video tour below to see ASC show off their cutting-edge facility which hosts programming and specialized equipment fitting for adaptive sports activities ranging from skiing and snowboarding in the winter to mountain biking and rock climbing in the summer. The building was named in honor of one of the program’s earliest participants, Kelsey Wright, an avid skier who fought mitochondrial disease.
Executive Director, Chris Hensley stated, “Kelsey inspired all of us to do our best and help others live their lives to the fullest. The building that RTA created will keep Kelsey’s spirit alive by helping us to do just that.” Chris Read, Program Director of the Adaptive Sports Center noted the building is “the best piece of equipment we have ever had.” The facility now serves nearly 10,000 participants a year.
Kelsey’s family noted, “We are thrilled with the great success of the Kelsey Wright Building. It took an army of caring and dedicated people to achieve such a dream…We know that Kelsey would have been so pleased to see others have this new adventure with the Adaptive Sports Center.”
RTA has been honored to be a part of this amazing mission. Congratulation on your one-year anniversary, Adaptive Sports Center!
RTA Again Named Best in Business by Readers of the Colorado Springs Business Journal
We are honored to again have been named as Colorado Springs' #1 architecture firm by the readers of the Colorado Springs Business Journal. Our dedicated professionals serve terrific clients in a wonderful community. Thank you Colorado Springs!
The William J. Hybl Sports Medicine and Performance Center Opens
The UCCS William J. Hybl Sports Medicine and Performance Center has opened its doors for clinical patients!. A few weeks before completion, our staff got to tour this incredible project to view the results of all our hard work.
The William J. Hybl Sports Medicine and Performance Center integrates medical research, performance, instruction, and patient education. Part of the building is dedicated to medical care and sports performance training, overseen by Centura Health. The other half of the building consists of UCCS lecture halls, classrooms, and specialty exercise areas, including a biomechanics lab and altitude chamber. Our staff has been honored to partner with HOK and JE Dunn to bring this City for Champions project to life. The academic side of the facility will finish later this summer in time for the start of UCCS’ academic year.
2019 Pikes Peak Summit Complex Year in Review
What an incredible year it’s been for construction progress on the new RTA/GWWO-designed Summit Complex atop Pikes Peak! Take a look at all that’s happened in 2019 on this amazing project, the highest ongoing construction site in North America. 🗻 Read more about this great project here.
The Adaptive Sports Center Continues to Make News
The Adaptive Sports Center continues to make news! Check out our article in Colorado Byline magazine on how the new Kelsey Wright Building provides expanded therapeutic recreation opportunities for people with disabilities, helping ASC’s clients find new ways to thrive.
Space Foundation Office Unveiled
As part of our work with the Space Foundation, RTA created a new and dynamic image for the much-needed office expansion of this growing educational organization. The new space-themed area was recently completed and unveiled in a celebration attended by staff and the design team.
New Ronald McDonald House Featured in the Colorado Real Estate Journal
The new Ronald McDonald House continues to make news! Written by RTA Principal, Paul Reu, the article featured in the Colorado Real Estate Journal highlights the important services offered by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Colorado and how their new RTA-designed home helps them to better fulfill their mission of providing support to families with critically ill children. Read the full article here.
RTA Team Tours Pikes Peak
As construction on the Pikes Peak Summit Complex progresses, many of the RTA team members who have not been part of the project team had the opportunity to tour the site and grab some “World Famous Pikes Peak Donuts”. Check out these great photos as we observed the amazing construction on Pikes Peak America's Mountain. Read more about the project here.
RTA Serves Dinner for Ronald McDonald House Families
One of the important services provided for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House are the daily evening meals, called Meals that Mend, that are entirely funded and provided by volunteers. RTA had a great evening, serving a Meal and helping with cleaning tasks at the House. Find out how your organization can get involved with this incredible organization! Go to https://rmhcsoutherncolorado.org/volunteer/ for a full list of volunteer opportunities.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Colorado Ribbon Cutting
Hope has a new address! We were thrilled to celebrate with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Colorado at the ribbon cutting of their new facility in northern Colorado Springs. For over 32 years, the Ronald McDonald House has served families across southern Colorado and beyond with temporary housing where families could be near their critically ill child. At 25,000 square feet, the new House doubles the capacity of the former house and will be able to serve 650 families annually. RTA has been honored to work with this incredible organization as they begin the next chapter in their service to families in times of medical crisis. It truly is the “house that love built”.
Giving Back - RTA Spends the Day at Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity
Another successful Pikes Peak Habitat for Humanity volunteer day is in the books! The RTA team started with cleaning up the site, then set the wood beams, installed joist hangers and set all the floor joists for the second floor at two homes. Did you know that it takes 3,000 hours to build a Habitat home? Learn more about this great organization here! http://pikespeakhabitat.org/volunteer/
Pikes Peak - America's Mountain Summit Complex Teaser Trailer
If you've been wondering what excavation for our new Summit Complex at 14,115 feet atop Pikes Peak looks like, check out this awesome video!
Ronald McDonald House Groundbreaking
The groundbreaking for the new Rondald McDonald House Charities of Southern Colorado 25,000 square-foot Ronald McDonald House is officially complete! The new House will double the guest room capacity to support more Southern Colorado families in times of medical need. Click the link here to find out how you can help.
Photos courtesy of Boutte's Lifestyle Portraits and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern Colorado.
Pikes Peak Summit Complex Groundbreaking
Today's the day for the long-awaited groundbreaking of the new Pikes Peak Summit Complex at Pikes Peak! Pikes Peak is one of the most visited mountains in the world and a top tourist attraction for the State of Colorado with over 600,000 visitors annually. The new facility designed by RTA with GWWO, Inc./Architects of Baltimore (as Design Architect), will be constructed by GE Johnson next to the current Summit House which will remain open to visitors through the end of construction in 2020. Read the full press release here.
RTA Architects Selected to Lead the Design of the New Southern Colorado Ronald McDonald House
We are pleased to announce that RTA has been selected to lead the design of the new Southern Colorado Ronald McDonald House which will be located on the corner of North Union Blvd. and Royal Pine Dr. in northern Colorado Springs on the same medical campus as the new Children’s Hospital Colorado, Colorado Springs and University of Colorado Health (UCH) Memorial Hospital North. The new Ronald McDonald House will initially be able to accommodate 20 families with the ability to expand to 30 families.
The need for a larger Ronald McDonald House reflects the growing pediatric and neonatal intensive care unit services in Colorado Springs. The new Southern Colorado Ronald McDonald House is anticipated to be approximately 25,000 square feet with 20 family suites, a manager suite, two full kitchens and dining room, a children’s play area, a teen room, a family room, and numerous support spaces. Outdoor amenities include respite areas, walking paths, a children’s play area, a half-basketball court, and a patio with outdoor seating and a barbeque grill.
Construction is anticipated to begin in July 2018, with completion early in the second quarter of 2019. Read the full press release here.
Springs Rescue Mission Winner of AGC Colorado Community Impact Award
Congratulations to one of our Springs Rescue Mission construction partners Nunn Construction for receiving an ACE Award for Community Impact in 2017 from the Association of General Contractors (AGC) Colorado for their hard work on this transformative project. Read more about RTA's continuing work for the Springs Rescue Mission here.
RTA Holds Public Meetings for Garden of the Gods Restroom Improvements
The first public open house for the restroom improvements at Garden of the Gods Park is in the books! If you missed out, you can read more about the plan and find upcoming community meetings here.
RTA Celebrates Opening of Springs Rescue Mission Resource Center
The Resource Center at the Springs Rescue Mission is officially open! Guests now have access to showers, laundry facilities, life skills classes, health clinics, and the many partner agencies on the campus. Read more about this ongoing project here.
Adaptive Sports Center Hits Fundraising Goal
The Adaptive Sports Center project is already exceeding its fundraising goals! We are honored to be a part of this project and we cannot wait to break ground next spring! Read more about this exciting news here.
RTA voted Best in Business
We had so much fun at the Colorado Springs Business Journal Best in Business reception! Thank you to everyone who voted us the best architectural firm in Colorado Springs!
RTA & Nunn Construction celebrate the opening of the Springs Rescue Mission's year-round shelter
RTA Architects and Nunn Construction announce the opening of the new 168-bed year-round shelter at the Springs Rescue Mission (SRM). This is one of several phases to assist SRM with the expansion of services to the homeless and other at-risk residents of Colorado Springs. RTA Architects completed a comprehensive master plan for the Springs Rescue Mission to provide for immediate and future needs through a vision of “design with dignity.” The reception desk was made from recycled bowling alley lanes and will greet guests as they enter the bright, LED-lit space. The wood feature overhead was crafted from trees that endured the Colorado Springs Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires of 2012 and 2013.
Future phases include: the Resource Center projected to open in the Spring of 2017 providing laundry, and showers and dedicated space for services from multiple agencies including physical and mental health; a new Welcome Center; and a large kitchen/dining facility with dining for 200, dedicated space for job training in the culinary arts, and dedicated space for Mission Catering.
Raising the bar for the Pikes Peak Summit Complex
The goals set by Pikes Peak Summit Complex design team - including RTA Architects and GWWO, Inc. / Architects - already surpass LEED silver standards. But sights have been set even higher. The team now is pursuing the Living Building Challenge, the world's most vigorous performance standard for structures. Read more about the enviromental goals of the Pikes Peak Summit Complex here.
Springs Rescue Mission receives funding from City Council
Colorado Springs City Council has voted to support the Springs Rescue Mission with $2.5 million in federal grant money. To learn more about this project, please visit the Springs Rescue Campus Expansion website.
The four design concepts for the new Pikes Peak Summit Complex
Our own Stuart Coppedge, AIA describes the four design concepts for the new Pikes Peak Summit Complex in a Public Service Announcement.
RTA Architects to lead Pikes Peak Summit Complex team
In a highly competitive process, the team of RTA Architects of Colorado Springs, as Architect of Record, and GWWO, Inc./Architects of Baltimore, as Design Architect, was selected to create an iconic experience for the summit of Pikes Peak. Celebrating 40 years of innovative design and exemplary client service, RTA's well-known local projects include the Gottlieb Building addition and renovation at the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind, St. Francis Medical Center, and University Village Colorado Shopping Center. GWWO has designed numerous distinctive visitor centers at such national treasures as George Washington's Mount Vernon, Fort McHenry National Monument, and Everglades National Park.Stuart Coppedge, AIA, RTA Principal-in-Charge: "This is the kind of project every architect dreams of and spends a career preparing for. To be able to serve our city on the mountain we all love is an honor and means the world to all of us at RTA. All of our team members are beside themselves with excitement, and we are committed to engaging all the stakeholders in crafting a summit experience the entire community will be proud of."Alan Reed, FAIA, GWWO Design Principal: "We are very honored and excited to be a part of the transformation of the Pikes Peak visitor experience. We have been fortunate to be involved in the stewardship of many of our national treasures, and the opportunity to continue this work at a place so significant to our nation's heritage and pioneering spirit is a true privilege."Project Consultants:Public Relations and Communication: Bachman PR, Colorado SpringsCivil Engineer: Kiowa Engineering, Colorado SpringsLandscape Architect: DHM Design, DenverStructural Engineer: HCDA Engineering, Inc., Colorado SpringsMechanical/Electrical, and Plumbing Engineer: ME Group, DenverExhibit Design: Gallagher & Associates, Washington, DCExtreme Climate: AECOM, Denver and AnchorageFood Service: Webb Foodservice Design, Colorado SpringsSpecifications: NASH Architectural Solutions, Honolulu, HICode and Accessibility: Jensen Hughes, Colorado SpringsHistoric Preservation: The Preservation Studio, Colorado Springs
Sharing our profession with local students
RTA will participate in the ACE program for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year. The ACE program (Architecture-Construction-Engineering) “stands for mentoring high school students and inspiring them to pursue careers in design and construction.”
RTA will hold an after school program for 2 hours every 2 weeks from October through March to teach students about architecture. The student projects will progress through the stages of design and end in a final presentation of their projects. RTA will also reach out to local consultants for correlating lessons on engineering and construction.
The mission of ACE is to engage, excite, and enlighten high school students who are interested in careers in architecture, engineering and construction, through mentoring and support of their continued advancement in the industry.