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RTA Architects
RTA Architects is a leading Colorado Springs-based architecture, interiors and planning firm specializing in healthcare, K-12, retail and commercial projects. RTA staff have won kudos for their dedication to going the extra mile for clients and leaving their egos “at the door”, delivering exceptionally functional and beautiful buildings in an atmosphere of collaboration and integrity.  Visit RTA’s website!

 

Mile High CRE
October 6, 2017

The MILL National Training Center in Colorado Springs opened this month in a 46,600-sq-ft factory near the Colorado Springs Airport. The MILL, earmarked to be the international model for hands-on learning in the skilled trades, rose from the empty shell of a 45,000-sq-ft potato chip factory in southern Colorado. Designed by RTA Architects, the facility aims to be the model for manufacturing and construction training across the globe. As part of the project, RTA Architects was given an opportunity to work with the Peyton and Widefield School Districts to assist in program marketing and branding efforts. Read the Article: http://milehighcre.com/the-mill-national-training-center-addresses-skilled-labor-shortage/

 

ENR Mountain States
August 28, 2017

According to RTA Principal John Hoelscher, the term integrated project delivery is frequently used in the AEC industry these days. But there’s a big dif- ferencebetween“IPD-like”andtrue IPD multi-party contract projects. Penrose-St. Francis Health Systems recently broke ground on one of the few true-IPD projects
in Colorado to use a multi-party agreement.Theproject,byRTA Architects, GE Johnson Construc- tion and Penrose-St. Francis Health Systems, is a $102-million expan- sion of the St. Francis Medical Cen- ter (SFMC) in Colorado Springs.  Read the Article: Multi-party Integrated Project Delivery Offers Real Benefits

 

The Daily Journal
September 27, 2017

The MILL National Training Center in Colorado Springs opened this month in a 46,600-sq-ft factory near the Colorado Springs Airport. The MILL, earmarked to be the international model for hands-on learning in the skilled trades, rose from the empty shell of a 45,000-sq-ft potato chip factory in southern Colorado. Designed by RTA Architects, the facility aims to be the model for manufacturing and construction training across the globe. As part of the project, RTA Architects was given an opportunity to work with the Peyton and Widefield School Districts to assist in program marketing and branding efforts.  Read the Article: The MILL National Training Center Buzzes with Activity

 

World Water
May/June 2017

A critical part of managing the Confluence Park project was the addition of ESA to the construction team. ESA has a long history of working with the City and County of Denver, dating back 19 years. Known for its experience with complicated remidation projects, ESA was hired to dewater the site and, once dry, remove the coal tar contamination, taking on the added risk of environmental impacts. The approach paid off, with 189 million liters of water treated to within regulatory limits for water discharge. ESA used a value-engineering process with the City as well as the state health department to develop an agreement for discharging the water. Read the Article: Ebbs and Flows of Water and Coal Tar Remediation in Denver

 

School Planning & Management
February, 2017

In keeping with a Master Plan designed by RTA Architects in 2014, and funded by the Colorado State Legislature, historic buildings Jones and Palmer Halls are currently being revived and repurposed.

Colorado School For the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB), significant for its educational and historic contributions to Colorado Springs and the state of Colorado, is moving toward its 150th birthday with improved structures for providing critical services to the state’s deaf and blind students. When completed, Jones and Palmer Halls will provide homes for the Colorado Instructional Materials Collection (CIMC) and the school’s Bridges to Life Program. Read the Article: The Next 100 Years

 

Daily Journal
December 6, 2016

RTA Architects seven new staff members in December, beefing up its architectural, interior design, and administrative teams. The firm’s new architectural team members are Megan Gunderson, Jheanelle Levy, Chase Miller, and Natalia Vladimirova.

Read the Article: Names in the News

 

 

School Planning & Management – Cover
November, 2016

RTA Architects was featured for their work at Moffat K-12 school on the cover of School Planning & Management.  View the Magazine: The Great Outdoors

 

 

 

Building Dialog
December, 2016

RTA Architects has been fortunate to design transformative health care facilities based on the team-based healthcare delivery model, among them: Craig Hospital, Penrose Hospital, St. Francis Medical Center, Denver Health Southwest Family Health Center and Peak Vista Community Health Centers. When designing a team-based health care facility, the focus must be upon facilitating the collaborative effort among the care team members to promote health through prevention, wellness and lifestyle changes – rather than each individual caregiver being responsible only for his own discipline.

Read the Article: Improved Patient Experience: Team-based Care

 

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The Daily Journal
November 28, 2016

RTA Architects and Nunn Construction announce the opening of the new 168-bed year-round shelter at the Springs Rescue Mission (SRM). The project is one of several phases to assist SRM with expansion of services to the homeless and other at- risk residents of Colorado Springs. SRM’s services range from life-sustaining aid to rehabilitative housing and job training, all with the goal of promoting transformation and empowering a path out of homelessness.

Read the Article: New Year-Round Shelter at The Springs Rescue Mission Opens

 

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November 14, 2016
RTA Sets Bar High Environmentally for Pikes Peak Summit Complex

Even while confronting the complexities innate in a high-altitude setting with severe climate fluctuations, the team also is trying for the Living Building Challenge – the world’s most vigorous performance standard for structures.

Such a building generates more positive effects than any negative environmental impacts, producing its energy through renewable resources, capturing and treating all its water and operating efficiently but with maximum beauty, reports the International Living Future Institute.”Very, very few facilities have been designed at this altitude. There are so few (Living Buildings) around the world because it’s such a high mark. . A lot of people think that is very, very special,” Coppedge said. “They would see that as a sign that Colorado Springs as a community is leading the way in being good stewards of things we’ve been blessed with, which is this entire mountain range.”

Read the Article: Bar Set High Environmentally for Pikes Peak Summit House

 

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Healthcare Design
November, 2016

Several years ago, a community needs assessment revealed that an area of south Denver that has one of the largest populations of undocumented citizens in the city suffered from a severe lack of healthcare resources. In response, Denver Health and Hospital Authority, Colorado’s primary safety-net institution, decided to design and plan a new family heal center that would answer the
shortfall. RTA Architects would begin the design process by shadowing staff at Denver Health…

Read the Article: Leadership at Denver Health and Hospital Authority set out to fill a void in healthcare services in south Denver by Building the provider’s largest community health center yet.

Go to Healthcare Design website!

 

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ENR Mountain States
October 20, 2016

The Moffat PK-12 School in Moffat, Colo., designed by RTA Architects, Colorado Springs, won a merit award in the commercial / institutional projects category.

American Institute of Architects Colorado recognized 36 projects throughout Colorado for design excellence during the chapter’s annual design conference AIA Colorado Presents Annual Design Awards in early October. Judged by architects from across the nation, the winning projects were recognized for build, materials, aesthetics, space and design.

Read the Article: AIA Colorado Presents Annual Design Awards

 

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CoBiz
October 19, 2016

RTA Architects won two 2016 BESTawards from the International Interior Design Association Rocky Mountain Chapter (IIDA RMC) for Craig Hospital and Ignacio High School. A total of 22 awards were presented during the 2016 IIDA RMC Design Awards Gala in Denver. RTA Architects also won two 2016 Design Awards for their design of the Moffat PK-12 School from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Colorado during the 2016 AIA Colorado & Local Design Awards Gala in Copper Mountain. RTA received an AIA Colorado Award of Merit, as well as an AIA Colorado South Honorable Mention Design Award. Only two public school projects were among the 36 winners.

Read the Article: RTA Architects Wins 4 Design Awards

 

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Denver Business Journal
September 16, 2016

RTA Architects of Colorado Springs faced a first-of-its-kind challenge in the expansion of Craig Hospital: Adding a fourth floor to a working hospital of acute-care and traumatic brain injury patients who are extremely sensitive to noise and light. Plus, the firm that oversaw this project was working under an unusual caveat: Hospital president and CEO Mike Fordyce gave staffers the right to shut down construction any time if the noise became too much.

Read the Article: Craig Hospital Expands

Go to DBJ website!

 

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The Daily Journal
Septermber 23, 2016

Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB), significant for its educational and historic contributions to Colorado Springs and the state, is moving toward its 150th birthday with improved facilities for providing critical services to the state’s deaf and blind students.

When completed, Jones and Palmer Halls will provide homes for the Colorado Instructional Materials Collection (CIMC) and the school’s Bridges to Life Program. In keeping with a master plan designed by RTA Architects in 2014 and funded by the Colorado State Legislature, the historic Jones and Palmer Halls are currently being revived and repurposed.

Read the Article: CSDB’s Historic Jones, Palmer Halls Redesigned for New Uses

 

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Mile High CRE
September 14, 2016

Design work continues to progress on the Pikes Peak Summit Complex by the design team of RTA Architects (http://www.rtaarchitects.com/)of Colorado Springs, Colorado (Architect of Record) and GWWO, Inc./Architects (http://www.gwwoinc.com/) of Baltimore, Maryland (Design Architect). The recent focus has been to re!ne the design that was unveiled in January and to continue to work through the environmental challenges presented by construction and operation of a structure at 14,115 feet that is visited by approximately 600,000 people per year.

Read the Article: Environmental Challenges: Pikes Peak Summit Complex

 

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School Construction News
July/August 2016

Design and planning for Jones Hall was launched by RTA one year ago with careful attention to preserving the original architecture of notable Colorado Springs architect, Thomas MacLaren. According to RTA’s lead architect Ken Gregg, the historic importance of the buildings required thoughtful consideration in the new design. “We carefully considered the historical context of each design element. For example, exterior openings and window replacements are designed to match historic photos. The exterior entry courtyard is designed to maintain the historical symmetry of the building and the exterior grand entry stair while also creating strong connections to the rest of the campus.”

Read the Article: Historic Jones and Palmer Halls Designed for New Purposes

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Colorado Real Estate Journal
September 7, 2016

Colorado Springs School District 11 selected RTA Architects and Nunn Construction to completely renovate John Adams Elementary, which had not been in use by the district for about five years. The District 11 school board voted in February to close Helen Hunt Elementary because the building is in need of an estimated $14 million in repairs. The building is planned for conversion to a community center by the Land Foundation, and RTA has been retained as the architect-of-record.

Read the Article:  RTA Architects and Nunn Construction Renovate John Adams Elementary in Colorado Springs

 

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School Planning & Management
August 19, 2016

The first day of school for students at John Adams Elementary, on August 18, will mark a new beginning for students and staff. District 11 selected RTA Architects and Nunn Construction to completely renovate the school, which had not been in use by the district for about five years. The District 11 school board voted last February to close nearby Helen Hunt Elementary because that building is in need of an estimated $14 million in repairs. The Lane Foundation plans to covert the Helen Hunt Elementary building into a community center, and RTA has been retained as the architect. The 400 students from Helen Hunt who will now attend John Adams Elementary are in for a treat.

Read the Article: John Adams Elementary: District 11 Students Move to Reopened School

 

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Healthcare Design
July 1, 2016

RTA Architects (Colorado Springs, Colo.), the architect of record on the project, began the design process by shadowing DHHA staff at its Westside Clinic to understand the clinic’s processes and user needs. The design team also toured three other existing clinics, including Montbello, Park Hill, and Lowry, and held a week-long Lean 3P (Production, Preparation, Process) event with RTA and a multidisciplinary Denver Health team to rapidly create and test potential designs.

Read the Article: Federico Pena Southwest Family Health Center Photo Tour

 

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Building Dialog
June, 2016

This, the 50th anniversary of Denver Health and Hospital Authority’s community health centers, sees the grand opening of its new Southwest Family Health Center and Urgent Care. While the community health centers have beenimpacting neighborhoods across the Denver area for half a century, DHHA has led the charge for innoative health care for over 150 years.

Read the Article: Denver Health’s Southwest Facility: Leading the Way in Patient-Centered Care

 

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Colorado Real Estate Journal
April 20, 2016

RTA Architects announced the conclusion of the design and construction of the Denver Health Southwest Community Health Center and Urgent Care at 1339 S. Federal Blvd. Nearly 30 months after the planning of the clinic began, the 45,000-square foot facility is nearing its opening. Hensel Phelps was the general contractor.  Read the Article: RTA Architects Designs Denver Health SW Facility

 

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ENR Mountain States
April 21, 2016

Construction on Denver Health Southwest Community Health Center and Urgent Care facility is complete. The $37-million clinic is located at 1339 S. Federal Blvd., the former site of an abandoned Albertsons warehouse. Almost 30 months after planning for the clinic began, the 45,000-sq-ft facility, part of the Denver Health system,  opened on April 18.
The Southwest Community Health Center offers 40 exam rooms and is the first in the Denver Health system to provide on-site urgent care. Other clinic services include: family medicine and primary care, women’s health, WIC food and nutrition, mental health care, pediatric care, dental care, labs, a full-service pharmacy, radiology and enrollment.

Read the Article: Construction Complete on Largest Community Health Center in Denver Health System

 

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HFM Health Facilities Management
April 11, 2016

With design and construction complete, the new Denver Health Southwest Community Health Center and Urgent Care is scheduled to open April 18 in a diverse and economically challenged area of the city. The 45,000-square-foot community health facility, which will be the largest in the Denver Health and Hospital Authority (DHAA) system, was designed utilizing Lean processes with input from clinical staff, according to project designers RTA Architects, Colorado Springs, Colo.

Read the Article: Denver Health Set to Open Largest Community Clinic in City

 

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Colorado Springs Business Journal
March 25, 2016

RTA Architects, a Colorado Springs-based company, concluded the design and construction of Denver Health Southwest Community Health Center and Urgent Care. It took 30 months to complete the building, and the 45,000-square-foot facility will open soon.

RTA was chosen to build the health clinic in the economically challenging southwest neighborhood. The firm spent several days at an existing Denver Health community health center to discover the way patients, staff and procedures worked.

“We went in with our eyes and ears wide open and really looked at Denver Health’s needs, desires, processes, and mission. The ultimate goal was to optimize flow and value for the patients and staff of the new Southwest Community Health Center and to create a space that will be embraced as a centerpiece of the community,” said Kevin Gould, RTA principal-in-charge said…Read the Article: RTA Architects finishes latest Denver Health clinic

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HC+O News
March 16, 2016

With initial planning begun in winter of 2012 and a target completion date set for late 2016, Craig Hospital’s $90 million expansion and renovation is nearing its conclusion. In addition, the Hospital recently announced that it has exceeded its $68 million fundraising target by $5 million. The success of the Craig Hospital expansion is the result of the deep collaboration that took place early in the design process between Architect of Record RTA Architects and partner firm SmithGroupJJR, as well as general contractor GE Johnson and hospital rehabilitation staff.

Read the Article: Craig Hospital Expansion & Renovation Nears Completion

 

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Mile High CRE
March 24, 2016

When Denver Health determined the need to o!er comprehensive health services to the diverse and economically challenging Southwest neighborhood, they chose RTA Architects for facility planning and design. Paul López, Denver City Councilman, District 3, comments, “The hard-working people living in this community are the ones who are building this city with their hands. These are the people for whom the American Dream just isn’t paying o!. In fact, 2010 data showed that residents in our area were expected to prematurely die 8 years earlier, in comparison to other districts. So the need for medical service is overwhelming.”

Read the Article: RTA Architects Designs Largest Community Health Center in Denver Health System

Also in Colorado Springs Business Journal March 25, 2016
http://www.csbj.com/2016/03/25/rta-architects-finishes-latest-denver-health-clinic/

 

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Mile High CRE
March 24, 2016

RTA Architects’ Paul Reu explains that the only pieces remaining to be completed on Craig Hospital’s $90 million expansion and renovation are Craig’s outpatient clinic, outpatient therapy center, resident doctor’s office, and kitchen and servery renovations at the main cafeteria. Although the footprint of Craig has expanded from 135,000 to 220,000 square feet, patient capacity remains the same because the new facility now offers private suites with ample space for family to visit and confer with physicians and the rehabilitation team.

Read the Article: Craig Hospital’s $90 million Expansion & Renovation Nears Completion

 

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ENR Mountain States
March 24, 2016

The Craig Hospital expansion was the result of close collaboration early in the design process between the entire project team, led by architect-of-record RTA Architects and partner design firm SmithGroupJJR, as well as general contractor GE Johnson Construction and hospital rehabilitation staff. The theme of collaboration extends throughout the facility. The new staff workstations are designed to encourage a team-oriented environment for therapists, doctors and nurses. Cozy bistros are located on each patient level, offering space for families and staff to share meals with patients. Patient hallways are flared to widen at the north end to create spacious sitting areas while accommodating the expansive windows that stream daylight down the hallways.

Read the Article: Denver’s Craig Hospital Expansion and Renovation Moves Toward Completion

 

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March 24, 2016

With a target completion date set for late 2016, Craig Hospital’s $90-million expansion and renovation is nearing completion. In addition, the hospital recently announced it has exceeded its $68-million fundraising target by $5 million.

Read the Article: Craig Hospital Expansion, Renovation Nears Completion

 

 

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March 1, 2016

With initial planning begun in winter of 2012 and a target completion date set for late 2016, Craig Hospital’s $90 million expansion and renovation is nearing its conclusion. In addition, the Hospital recently announced that it has exceeded its $68 million fundraising target by $5 million. The success of the Craig Hospital expansion is the result of the deep collaboration that took place early in the design process between Architect of Record RTA Architects and partner firm SmithGroupJJR, as well as general contractor GE Johnson and hospital rehabilitation staff.

Read the Article: 51 Months Later: Craig Hospital Expansion and Renovation Nears Completion

 

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February, 2016

The small town of Ignacio, Colorado is located in the Southwestern region of the state and is part of La Plata County. Ignacio is approximately 325 road miles from Denver and is surrounded by a 1,000 square mile Southern Ute Indian Reservation. RTA Architects’ Stuart Coppedge toured the site to inspire ideas for change.
Read the Article: A Community Changed: Three New Schools and a New Future for Ignacio School District

 

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School Business Affairs
February, 2016

The small town of Ignacio, Colorado, is located in the southwestern region of the state and is part of La Plata County. Ignacio is approxi- mately 325 road miles from Denver and is surrounded by the 1,000-square-mile Southern Ute Indian Reservation. The school district’s population is tricultural and includes Southern Ute, Hispanic, and Anglo- Saxon heritages.

In 2010, Superintendent Rocco Fuschetto set out to change the district and the surrounding community forever. The district had been saddled with below-standard performance ratings, lacked space for educational programs, and was losing students and staff to neighboring schools. He knew the district needed revitalization.

Read the Article: A Community Changed: Three New Schools and A New Future

 

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School Construction News
February 28, 2016

The small town of Ignacio, Colorado, is located in the southwestern region of the state and is part of La Plata County. Ignacio is approxi- mately 325 road miles from Denver and is surrounded by the 1,000-square-mile Southern Ute Indian Reservation. The school district’s population is tricultural and includes Southern Ute, Hispanic, and Anglo- Saxon heritages.

In 2010, Superintendent Rocco Fuschetto set out to change the district and the surrounding community forever. The district had been saddled with below-standard performance ratings, lacked space for educational programs, and was losing students and staff to neighboring schools. He knew the district needed revitalization.

Read the Article: A Community Changed: Three New Schools and A New Future

 

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National School Boards Association

March 1, 2016

The small town of Ignacio, Colorado, is located in the southwestern region of the state and is part of La Plata County. Ignacio is approxi- mately 325 road miles from Denver and is surrounded by the 1,000-square-mile Southern Ute Indian Reservation. The school district’s population is tricultural and includes Southern Ute, Hispanic, and Anglo- Saxon heritages.

In 2010, Superintendent Rocco Fuschetto set out to change the district and the surrounding community forever. The district had been saddled with below-standard performance ratings, lacked space for educational programs, and was losing students and staff to neighboring schools. He knew the district needed revitalization.

Read the Article: A Community Changed: Three New Schools and A New Future

 

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October, 2015

How the historic Mapleton School was preserved and repurposed into a district-wide preschool is a story of perseverance, cooperation, and the convergence of many players and multiple issues. For RTA Architects, adding the layers of public process, funding, building consensus and community was a mind-boggling puzzle.

Mapleton Early Childhood Center has received the City of Boulder Landmarks Board 2014 Historic Preservation Award; CEFPI Rocky Mountain Chapter’s 2013 Summit Design Award; Historic Boulder Preservation Action’s 2014 Preservation Award; ABC Colorado’s 2014 EIC – 1st Place Award in the Historical Restoration/Renovation Category; AIA Denver’s Allied Design Professional Honor Award; ENR Mountain States 2014 1st Place – Renovation/Restoration Award; and Building Design & Construction magazine’s 2014 National Reconstruction Gold Award, which was previously awarded to the Statue of Liberty. Read the Article: Mapleton School Repurposed – Against the Odds

 

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October, 2015

Superintendent Carol Hilty likes to say that the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind, although unique, is simply a school serving the children of Colorado. “Our students just happen to be deaf and blind”, she says. In 2010, the school won a BEST Grant that funded a much-needed expansion and complete renovation to its 58 year-old Gottlieb Building, which now serves as the hub of student activity on the campus. RTA Architects was selected as the architect for the challenging project. Read the Article: Expanding Views: Building a Wide-Open Student Experience at the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind

 

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October, 2014

Two years after RTA Architects completed the renovation of the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind’s Gottlieb building, which won awards from the American Institute of Architects, the Council of Educational Facilities International, and the Historic Preservation Alliance of Colorado Springs; we checked in with students at the school to get their take on the extensive changes in their school. Rose Public Relations conducted student interviews with the help of an interpreter, and wrote an engaging story with a twist. The story was also picked up by ENR Mountain States, The Daily Journal, the Colorado Springs Gazette, Colorado Real Estate Journal, and Colorado Construction & Design.
Read the Article: Expanding Views: Building a Wide-Open Experience at the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind

 

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Summer/Fall 2014

Superintendent Carol Hilty likes to say that the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind, although unique, is simply a school serving the children of Colorado. “Our students just happen to be deaf and blind,” she says. Since its humble beginning in 1874 with just seven students who were deaf, the school has grown to serve an average of 235 students on campus and 500 students statewide annually, from birth to age 21. The campus occupies 17 buildings and sits on 37 acres in Colorado Springs.

Read the Article: Colorado School for Deaf and Blind Expansion and Renovation

 

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June 18, 2014

In 2010 the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind won a BEST Grant that funded a much-needed expansion and complete renovation to its 58 year-old Gottlieb Building, which now serves as the hub of student activity on the campus.  RTA Architects, a noted K-12 education design firm, was selected as the architect for the challenging project. “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 Principle-in-Charge for Gottlieb.

Read the Article: Building Wide-Open Experience at School for Deaf, Blind

 

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May 22, 2014

“CSDB was very clear we wanted to work in close collaboration with the architect to develop the design concepts that support the needs of our students,” explained Superintendent Hilty. “Utilizing interpreters, RTA Architects conducted design charrettes in our DAG meetings which included administrators, staff who are deaf, and a Board of Trustees member. I always thought we had the perfect scenario. This is what the BEST program should be about: the partnership among school, architect, engineer and contractor,” added Hilty.


Read the Article:
Building a Wide-Open Student Experience at Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind

 

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June 4, 2014

Upon entering the lobby of the Gottlieb building, at the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind, one is first struck by its bright airiness and upbeat atmosphere. Expansive windows let in a wealth of natural daylight. A sense of timelessness pervades the foyer, as two of the original exterior stone walls now serve as an interior walls, with original windows showcasing photographs of students in the Gottlieb classrooms who studied here in days gone by. “We wanted to provide a world-class facility while maintaining the rich history,” explained Coppedge.

Read the Article: Building a Unique Student Experience at Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind

 

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May 26, 2014

After RTA Architects’ historical expansion and renovation at the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind, we visited the school to interview its students. Carol Hilty has plenty to say, with words and hands, as she converses with students and faculty who happen by. “One of my favorite features of the new building is this—I can stand here in the foyer and have a conversation in complete view of a student or teacher up on the second floor. It’s a far cry from the old 1950’s style school made up of classrooms and long corridors.”

Read the Article: School Welcomes Building Expansion

 

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Spring, 2014

RTA Architects, Penrose-St. Francis Healthcare, and GE Johnson Construction were awarded the prestigious 2014 Vista Award for the team’s redesign of the Penrose Hospital emergency department in Colorado Springs. The American Society of Healthcare Engineering’s Vista Award recognizes the importance of working together to optimize the health care physical environment.

Read the Article:  Penrose-St. Francis Renovation Wins Prestigious Vista Award

 

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Winter, 2014

RTA Architects, the architect of record for the complex Craig Hospital expansion and renovation, set a new standard for collaboration among architects, contractors, and owners that made a story worth telling. Top that with the incredible story of commitment and excellence offered by Craig–an advanced care brain and spinal cord injury rehabilitation hospital–and the possibilities for storytelling were endless. Rose Public Relations began by interviewing not only the key personnel at RTA Architects, but also their partners at SmithGroupJJR and GE Johnson Construction, and of course, Craig Hospital. Sue Rose first crafted a long, detailed story. From that, she was able to revise as needed to fit the needs of various media. The first to pick up the story was the industry trade newspaper, The Daily Journal, which lead the day with shorter, timely version of the story. Several print trade magazines are interested in running the story after the project is complete in 2016.

Read the Article: Craig Hospital Expansion Faces Huge Challenges

 

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February 7, 2014

RTA Architects, together with GE Johnson Construction and Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, was awarded the American Society of Healthcare Engineering 2014 Vista Award for the team’s renovation of the emergency department at Penrose Hospital. An integrated project delivery brought all parties and stakeholders into the process as design got underway. The team set out to deliver the project as quickly as possible, with no “swing space” and a vision to dramatically improve patient and staff satisfaction.“Phasing was a significant challenge as we renovated the hospital’s ‘front door.’ It was essential to keep the emergency department fully operational throughout construction,” said RTA’s Paul Reu. The entire team was involved with the 10-month, 10-phase planning to ensure that all of the hospital’s critical functions and program elements were maintained.

Read the Article: Penrose Hospital Renovation Team Wins National Award

 

 

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February 6, 2014

RTA Architects, together with GE Johnson Construction and Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, was awarded the American Society of Healthcare Engineering 2014 Vista Award for the team’s renovation of the emergency department at Penrose Hospital. This is the same story Rose Public Relations pitched to the Daily Journal as well as several other regional and national media points.

Read the Article: Penrose Hospital Renovation Team Wins National Award

 

 

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March, 2014

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, RTA Architects and GE Johnson Construction Company were awarded the American Society of Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) 2014 Vista Award for the team’s renovation of the Emergency Department (E.D.) at Penrose Hospital. The prestigious Vista award was presented at the International Summit & Exhibition on Health Facility Planning, Design & Construction on March 17th, 2014. The award recognizes the importance of working together to optimize the health care physical environment.

Margaret Sabin, president and CEO of Penrose-St. Francis Health Services, explains: “This challenging initiative has generated a superb response from the Colorado Springs Community. It could only have been accomplished with the unwavering teamwork demonstrated among hospital staff, design team, and contractors.”

Read the Article: Vista Award / Renovation / Penrose Hospital

 

Rose Public Relations Denver_Daily Journal_CraigThe Daily Journal -Lead Story (website)
September 20, 2013

RTA Architects, the architect of record for the complex Craig Hospital expansion and renovation, set a new standard for collaboration among architects, contractors, and owners that made a story worth telling. Top that with the incredible story of commitment and excellence offered by Craig–an advanced care brain and spinal cord injury rehabilitation hospital–and the possibilities for storytelling were endless. Rose Public Relations began by interviewing not only the key personnel at RTA Architects, but also their partners at SmithGroupJJR and GE Johnson Construction, and of course, Craig Hospital. Sue Rose first crafted a long, detailed story. From that, she was able to revise as needed to fit the needs of various media. The first to pick up the story was the industry trade newspaper, The Daily Journal, which lead the day with shorter, timely version of the story. Several print trade magazines are interested in running the story after the project is complete in 2016.

Read the Article: First Phase of Craig Hospital’s $90M Expansion Goes Vertical

 

 

Rose Public Relations Denver_ENR Mountain States_Craig Goes VerticalENR Mountain States-1 page (ENR website)
September 26, 2013

ENR Mountain States was the second publication to pick up the Craig story, 6 days later. True to their format, ENR chose the “short form”.

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First Phase of $90M Expansion Goes Vertical

 

 

Rose Public Relations Denver_CREJ_CollaborationColorado Real Estate Journal – 1page (CREJ website)
October 16, 2013

Jill Jamieson-Nichols at the CREJ was happy to write about the Craig Hospital renovation and expansion–and the deep collaboration among RTA Architects and its partners in the project.

Read the Article: Collaboration key to Craig Hospital expansion

 

 

Rose Public Relations_Healthcare DesignHealthcare Design – 2 pages (Heathcare Design website)
January 9, 2013

Healthcare Design ran a first look at the Craig project, with gallery of architectural renderings and explicit captions by RTA Architects. The publication is interestedin running the full story in print after the entire project is complete…so stay tuned!

Read the Article: Craig Hospital First Look

 

 

 

Rose Public Relations Denver Colorado_Healthcare Facilities Today_CollaborationHealthcare Facilities Today – 6 pages (Healthcare Facilities Today website)

September 27, 2013

RTA Architects, serving as architect of record, partnered with design architect SmithGroupJJR and GE Johnson Construction to resolve an extremely complex problem: How do you build a new facility on top of and inside an operating brain and spinal cord injury rehabilitation hospital—without losing beds or disrupting patients?

Read the Article: Collaboration Key to Solving Challenges of Rehab Hospital Project

 

 

Rose Public Relations Denver_Medical HorizonsMedical Horizons -3 pages
October 22, 2013

This online news source catering to medical professionals and executive chose to run the longer story, focusing on the importance of collaboration to achieve outcomes that serve all stakeholders in a hospital–its patients, their families, medical staff and administration.

RTA’s Randy Thorne and SmithGroupJJR’s Brenna Costello spent an entire week in full immersion at Craig. Thorne explains, “You go there and there’s a certain aura—a certain patient-staff relationship—that you can’t capture in a white paper. You have to experience it. There’s a Craig way. The only way we could get that at the beginning of the project, when you need to start the design process, was immersion.”

Read the Article: A New Standard for Collaboration in Healthcare

 

Rose Public Relations Denver_HC&O_CollaborationHC&O News / Healthcare Construction & Operations -3 pages
October 23, 2013

RTA Architects likes to say that architects with small egos offer their clients big benefits. Such is the case with Craig Hospital’s $90 Million expansion and renovation—a 60-month project that sets a new standard for collaboration in an extremely complex healthcare environment.

The project consists of approximately 85,000 square feet of new space, and approximately 135,000 square feet of existing space to be renovated. The expansion will double the size of Craig’s outpatient clinic, including a new, state-of-the-art aquatic therapy pool and 52 new private rooms.

Read the Article: Collaboration Solves Complex Challenges at Rehabilitation Hospital

 

 

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