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Current Status: Request for Proposals for Architectural Design Services is live.
Please see below the schedule for the RFP process as well as the project vision.

Next Event: Interested design firms must submit an intent to bid by Thursday, July 11th .

Schedule for Soliciting, Reviewing, and Selecting a Architectural Design Firm




Solicitation Issued via Bonfire


In Bonfire

Mandatory Site Walk


8am-10am at Palmer HS

Contractors’ Questions Due


By Noon in Bonfire

District distributes Addendum, if needed


In Bonfire

Proposals Due


By 2 p.m. MT in Bonfire

Evaluation/Down select


We anticipate down selected contractors will be invited to the mandatory in person interviews no later than 7/26/2024.

In Person Interviews

07/29/24 - 07/31/2024

Tentatively scheduled at a downtown office location. Confirmation will be included in the invitation.

Anticipated Contract Award Date

First Board of Education meeting in August 2024 (on or about August 12, 2024)


Project Vision for Aspiring Architectural Design Firms

In 1871, General William Palmer and his partner Abraham Bell founded Colorado Springs with a visionary mission: to create an excellent, thriving city. General Palmer once stated: “My theory for this place is that it should be made the most attractive place for homes in the west—a place for schools, colleges, literature, science, first-class newspapers and everything that the above imply.” True to his vision, within twenty years, Palmer established the city's first public high school—The Colorado Springs School, now known as William J. Palmer High School. This institution became a beacon of life, community, and values, proving that the West could build cities of substance with high-quality education, opportunity, and rich culture, not just outposts.

Today, we stand at a crossroads, poised to restore and elevate that founding vision. As we strive to become the #1 midsize city in America, reinvesting in public education is paramount. The large-scale renovation of Palmer High School is a transformative endeavor that will reaffirm our commitment to educational excellence and community success.

Imagine a Palmer High School that reinserts itself into our downtown ecosystem as a center of engagement and inspiration, standing as a testament to what we can achieve when we invest in our future and honor our past. This project will create a legacy of educational excellence and community vitality that will propel Colorado Springs into the future, embodying the visionary spirit of General Palmer.

Given the opportunity and ambition encompassed within this project, the contract will include a comprehensive community engagement effort that will be imperative to identifying a design that marries the vision with the feedback of a wide array of stakeholders. To design a project that meets the needs of the community, seamlessly embedding itself while also elevating and articulating a vision for excellence will require robust knowledge of and engagement with the surrounding community—past, present, and future.