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Ignacio Elementary School Renovation & Expansion

Ignacio, CO

"RTA went above and beyond with our District’s best interest at heart, handling every situation with the highest level of professionalism. You simply will not find a better design team than RTA Architects. They are truly committed to the future of Colorado’s Educational facilities, and it shows in everything they do.”

Rocco Fuschetto, Superintendent, Ignacio School District 11JT


Connecting through experience of place.

In order to meet the standards of Ignacio School District’s new educational program, RTA evaluated several solutions for a PK-5 elementary school. Based on the goals and visions of the Design Advisory Team (DAT), the District chose to renovate their existing 4-6 intermediate school into a PK-5 school.


Ever curious. Ever learning. Ever improving.

The community of Ignacio embraces their culture and heritage and appreciates bright and festive colors. Through design advisory and user groups, a universal language of color, form, and exploration emerged. This language informed and helped to direct RTA’s design process of creating the learning spaces in this building.


Purposeful, engaging solutions.

By including a variety of colorful shapes and materials in the corridors, the interior spaces reflect the energy and enthusiasm of this age group. The corridors are also a place for students to demonstrate learning with marker boards and tack surfaces. A reading loft located in the library provides a retreat and an opportunity to explore. Painted murals enliven the otherwise drab passageways. Illuminated geometric light fixtures activate the ceiling planes and engage students as soon as they enter the building.

Project Details

  • Square footage:
    • Renovation: 38,744 sf
    • Addition: 21,771 sf

Design Details

  • Daylighting
  • Regionally inspired graphics and colors
  • LEED enhanced acoustics
  • Energy-efficient mechanical, electrical, and lighting systems
  • Small group areas
  • Flexible furnishings
  • Collaborative Design Advisory Team


  • 2015 Citation Award for Built Architecture, AIA Colorado South Chapter
  • 2014 Summit Merit Award, CEFPI Rocky Mountain Chapter
  • LEED Gold Certified