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RTA Architects Chosen to Design Two New Academy District 20 Schools

RTA is excited to announce that we have been chosen to lead the designs of the new School in the Woods and the Middle School at Chinook Trail for Academy School District 20 in Colorado Springs. These are two of the first new schools that are being designed and constructed as a result of the District’s $230M bond passage in November 2016.

The Middle School at Chinook Trail

The Middle School at Chinook Trail will be the ninth middle school for the District and will be located on the campus of the existing Chinook Trail Elementary School. The 125,000 square-foot sustainable, energy-efficient, and healthy learning-focused facility will provide 21st Century educational environments to accommodate 1,000 students and is being built in conjunction with Bryan Construction and MOA Architecture. The project will be an expansion of the Chinook Trail Elementary program, featuring close collaboration between the two schools to create a Kindergarten through eighth grade campus.

The School in the Woods

The new 14,000-square-foot School in the Woods will replace four existing modular buildings and will increase student capacity and continue to support its robust community outreach program and home school academy. Flexible learning suites, a nature center, outdoor learning spaces, and a library/technology commons will support the School’s academically challenging “naturalist” based curriculum for fourth grade students. Working with GE Johnson Construction Company, the design goal of the new building will be to achieve net zero energy and/or LEED Platinum while existing in harmony with the Black Forest environment. 

Both projects are currently in the design and preconstruction planning phases. Construction of the new School in the Woods is estimated to be completed in the spring of 2018. The Middle School at Chinook Trail is expected to be completed for the 2019 -2020 school year.

View the full press release here.

RTA Architects Congratulates Sheva Willoughby on ARE, Welcomes Three New Team Members

RTA is pleased to announce that Sheva Willoughby, AIA, recently passed all seven divisions of the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) and has earned the title of Architect. Sheva joined RTA in 2010 and has a wide variety of experience including education, commercial, medical, and tourism facility design as well as historic preservation. She received her Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Environmental Design degrees from the University of Colorado and currently serves as the Emerging Professionals Liason for the American Institute of Architects Colorado South Section having previously served as Outreach Director.

RTA also welcomes three new team members: Architect Patrick Ward, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, and Architectural Interns Dane Steil and Luke Feng. Dane received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oklahoma and enjoys the more intricate aspects of architectural design. Luke earned his Master of Architecture and Minor in Business from the University of Kansas and spent two semesters at RTA while completing his Masters Degree. Patrick received his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design and Bachelor of Architecture from Ball State Univeristy and has 10 years of professional experience. He has also been an executive chef and an outdoor leadership instructor, bringing a wide variety of skills to his role of Architect.

Congratulations Sheva, Patrick, Luke, and Dane! 

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John Adams Elementary Peace Path

It was a beautiful morning to paint a mural at John Adams Elementary School! The "Peace Path" is a colorful visual tool staff can use to help students calmly "step through" the conflict resolution process. We can't wait for students to have access to it this coming school year!

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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!

 

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RTA Celebrates the Groundbreaking of the San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center Oncology and Infusion Center

RTA was excited to celebrate the groundbreaking of the San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center Oncology and Infusion Center! This project will be a remodel of the existing oncology infusion department and a new addition to provide expanded patient-centered services. Utilizing an accelerated construction schedule, general contractor GH Phipps Construction Companies intends to turn the project over to the hospital just before Thanksgiving 2017.

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Stuart Coppedge Assists in Discussion on Gender Equity in STEM Industries

RTA's Stuart Coppedge recently served on The Women's Foundation of Colorado's panel as part of a community discussion on how to increase the STEM opportunities for women in El Paso County. RTA is committed to providing equitable professional opportunities for women, and this panel participation aligns with Stuart's support of gender equity on the American Institute of Architects national board of directors and his attendance at the fall 2016 Equity by Design Symposium. You can read more about gender equity and the impact it can have on our community here.

Penrose-St. Francis Breaks Ground on NICU/ED/OR Expansion

Penrose St. Francis Health Services celebrated the groundbreaking of the new 168,000 sf addition to the RTA-designed St. Francis Medical Center. This $102 million project - in conjunction with GE Johnson, Centura Health, and other project partners - will increase the number of beds in the Emergency Department and NICU as well as provide additional new operating rooms to meet the needs of our ever-growing community. The four-story addition and new garden level will feature covered parking, an emergency medicine lounge, a wellness garden, and shell space for future expansion. Continue to visit our website to stay up to date on the progress of this exciting project!

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The Gazette Visits RTA High School Architecture Class

RTA's High School Architecture Class was featured in the Colorado Springs Gazette! After weeks of rigorous lessons and dozens of hours of volunteer work from our staff, we are so proud of the strides our 12 students have been making in this class! Read the full article here

 

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John Hoelscher featured in Colorado Real Estate Journal

How can architects design a better health care experience for patients? RTA Principal John Hoelscher discusses the growing popularity of designing for team-based health care in the Colorado Real Estate Journal. Read the full article below: 

 

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We're growing! RTA welcomes seven new team members.

RTA Architects is excited to welcome seven new staff members to our Architectural, Interior Design, and Administrative teams. Our new Architectural team members are Megan Gunderson, Jheanelle Levy, Chase Miller, and Natalia Vladimirova.

Architect Megan Gunderson, AIA, LEED GA, brings seven years of experience to RTA and has her Master of Architecture from North Dakota State University. Jheanelle Levy, Architectural Intern, received her Master of Architecture degree from Florida International University and brings five years of experience to the company. Chase Miller, Architectural Intern, who spent the summer of 2014 with RTA, re-joined us after graduating from the University of Oklahoma with Bachelor’s degrees in Architecture and Economics. Architectural Intern Natalia Vladimirova graduated from the University of New Mexico with her Master of Architecture after a career in the sciences, where she also holds a Master of Science in Physics / Applied Math and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering.

On the Interior Design Team, we welcome Amy Schuster who joined RTA shortly after graduating this year from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design. New members of RTA’s administrative team are Erica Vandiver, Marketing Assistant and Heather Belveal, Administrative Assistant. Erica joined us after graduating from Drury University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Advertising, Public Relations, and Business Administration, and Heather joined RTA shortly after graduating from UCCS this year with a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and History.

RTA warmly welcomes all our new team members and looks forward to their contributions and growth in their careers!

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