"I can’t express enough how excited I am about this project. I am particularly proud of the collaboration between the major stakeholders... and I am confident the new Pikes Peak Summit Complex will provide a worthy crown for the popular destination, inspiring visitors from all corners of the world and of all ages and abilities for generations to come.”
Mayor John Suthers, City of Colorado Springs
Pikes Peak – America's Mountain – is one of the most visited mountains in the world and a top tourist attraction for the State of Colorado. Visited by more than 600,000 people annually, it is unique in that is the only “fourteener” (a mountain of 14,000 feet in altitude) that everyone can access regardless of age or fitness level. Pikes Peak is an American icon, and the summit is a National Historic Landmark that holds a special place in America's heart. With deteriorating conditions, the current 1960s era Pikes Peak Summit Complex no longer meets the needs of its ever-growing visitors.
The goal for the design team - led by RTA Architects and including GWWO, Inc./Architects - is to give visitors to the new Pikes Peak Summit Complex a seamless, immersive experience with facilities specifically designed for the harsh environment on the Peak. while staying mindful of siting and view sheds. RTA and GWWO, Inc./Architects guided the design process using extensive public input and deep collaboration among all project stakeholders including the City of Colorado Springs, the US Forest Service, and Pikes Peak - America's Mountain staff. RTA is also providing support for the project’s fundraising efforts.
The final design option was derived from public input, the Peak’s history, rock formations, climate, and landform development. As visitors ascend to the top of the Peak the sky and mountains monopolize the view, with the building becoming part of the visitor experience rather than the primary focus.
Inside the Summit Visitor Center, visitors will be exposed to a greater understanding the Peak’s formation, discovery, and its iconic place in American History through interpretive exhibits. The building will then guide visitors back outside to continue their experience of the beauty, richness and history of Pikes Peak through the incorporation of accessible walkways and additional interpretive opportunities.
The Pikes Peak Summit Complex also has high sustainability goals and is pursuing LEED Silver certification as well as the Living Building Challenge, the world’s most rigorous proven performance standard for buildings. If successful, it will be the first building at 14,000 feet in altitude and the first project in Colorado to achieve this prestigious certification.
For 2018 construction highlights and 2019 construction milestones, please visit www.coloradosprings.gov.
Watch real-time construction progress here.