The new Cortez City Hall created from an existing newspaper office and printing facility owned by the Cortez Journal.



The city of Cortez needed to determine if building a new City Hall or renovating an available building best served their needs. RA+A provided the feasibility study and needs assessment of the Cortez Journal Building. It was determined the building could be remodeled for less and with better sustainability practices.

Tracy Reynolds was involved in the original design of the 27,400 square foot project from 2001, as well as, providing the architecture and engineering services for later additions to the building.

The existing building provided ample space for the city. The challenge was the re-purposing the industrial bay printing areas for use as offices and public meeting areas. Numerous skylights and solartubes were introduced into the interior spaces to provide natural daylighting and offices were arranged around the outside perimeter to facilitate daylighting and views.

Outstanding features designed by RA+A include a custom stained glass ceiling and an undulating floating wood panel ceiling allowing in light and creating a view to the original steel trusses above.


  • Architectural Design
  • Structural Engineering
  • Landscape Design
  • LEED Consultation
  • Construction Administration Services