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  • Published: January 8, 2020

    What an incredible year it’s been for construction progress on the new RTA/GWWO-designed Summit Complex atop Pikes Peak! Take a look at all that’s happened in 2019 on this amazing project, the highest ongoing construction site in North America. 🗻 Read more about this great project here

     

  • Published: November 26, 2019

    As construction on the Pikes Peak Summit Complex progresses, many of the RTA team members who have not been part of the project team had the opportunity to tour the site and grab some “World Famous Pikes Peak Donuts”. Check out these great photos as we observed the amazing construction on Pikes Peak America's Mountain. Read more about the project here.

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  • Published: November 22, 2019

    RTA was proud to be a sponsor for recent AGC Happy Hour & Project Spotlight that highlighted the progress of the Pikes Peak Summit Complex and UCCS William J. Hybl Sports Medicine and Performance Center projects and some of the cutting-edge technology being used in the construction processes. Thank you to JE Dunn, GE Johnson, Centura Health, and UCCS for their presentations and to everyone who attended!

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  • Published: November 11, 2019

    In spite of wind, cold, and shorter days, our project partners at GE Johnson Construction Company “topped out” the steel on the new Pikes Peak Visitor Center last week. Interior construction on the mechanical and electrical systems will continue through the winter as access up the Pikes Peak Highway allows. Read more about this project and check out the GE Johnson jobsite camera here.

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  • Published: July 17, 2019

    The new Pikes Peak Summit Complex atop Pikes Peak - America's Mountain has gone vertical, as pre-cast concrete walls and floors are being erected by GE Johnson and Stresscon. Watch the construction progress here! 

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  • Published: June 14, 2019

    Watch as Colorado Springs’ FOX21 News reports on some of the elements that made the design of the new Summit Complex on Pikes Peak - America's Mountain so challenging and unique for the RTA Architects and GWWO, Inc./Architects design team!

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  • Published: June 5, 2019

    Still under construction, the new GWWO, Inc/Architects and RTA-designed Summit Complex atop Pikes Peak is already having a big impact on the Colorado Springs economy

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  • Published: May 3, 2019

    Big things are happening atop Pikes Peak! Our team has made huge strides to keep the Summit Complex progress on schedule despite a tight construction schedule and unpredictable weather changes. Click here to read more about the challenges of designing and working at 14,115 feet.

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  • Published: November 2, 2018

    If you've been wondering what excavation for our new Summit Complex at 14,115 feet atop Pikes Peak looks like, check out this awesome video!

     

  • Published: September 28, 2018

    The team atop Pikes Peak has been working hard to complete as much as they can on the new Summit Complex before their short construction season comes to an end. Recently they have been blasting permafrost and bedrock, preparing for the central raised walkway, and some excavation has already begun. We'll be looking forward to the erection of part of the building core in the coming months and now you can watch too! Click here to access the live stream.

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  • Published: June 4, 2018

    Today's the day for the long-awaited groundbreaking of the new Pikes Peak Summit Complex at Pikes Peak! Pikes Peak is one of the most visited mountains in the world and a top tourist attraction for the State of Colorado with over 600,000 visitors annually. The new facility designed by RTA with GWWO, Inc./Architects of Baltimore (as Design Architect), will be constructed by GE Johnson next to the current Summit House which will remain open to visitors through the end of construction in 2020. Read the full press release here.

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  • Published: November 18, 2016

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    The goals set by Pikes Peak Summit Complex design team - including RTA Architects and GWWO, Inc. / Architects - already surpass LEED silver standards. But sights have been set even higher. The team now is pursuing the Living Building Challenge, the world's most vigorous performance standard for structures. Read more about the enviromental goals of the Pikes Peak Summit Complex here.

  • Published: January 29, 2016

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    The preferred design concept for the new Pikes Peak Summit Complex was revealed at a standing-room-only public meeting by the design team – led by RTA Architects and including GWWO, Inc. Architects – the City of Colorado Springs, and Pikes Peak - America's Mountain. Stuart Coppedge, AIA, RTA Principal-in-Charge commented, “We and our design partner GWWO have heard, listened, and incorporated a lot of public feedback within the parameters of designing a building to withstand the harsh high-altitude  environment. The desire of the team is to design buildings and site improvements that are functional, maintainable, energy efficient, educational, inspirational, and timeless, but that also fit within and reflect the natural environment.”

    Learn more about the Pikes Peak Summit Complex project here, or follow RTA's Facebook and Linkedin pages.

  • Published: December 15, 2015

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    Our own Stuart Coppedge, AIA describes the four design concepts for the new Pikes Peak Summit Complex in a Public Service Announcement.

    Click here to watch and go to www.PikesPeakColorado.com to find out more!

  • Published: May 22, 2015

    In a highly competitive process, the team of RTA Architects of Colorado Springs, as Architect of Record, and GWWO, Inc./Architects of Baltimore, as Design Architect, was selected to create an iconic experience for the summit of Pikes Peak. Celebrating 40 years of innovative design and exemplary client service, RTA's well-known local projects include the Gottlieb Building addition and renovation at the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind, St. Francis Medical Center, and University Village Colorado Shopping Center. GWWO has designed numerous distinctive visitor centers at such national treasures as George Washington's Mount Vernon, Fort McHenry National Monument, and Everglades National Park.
     
    Stuart Coppedge, AIA, RTA Principal-in-Charge: "This is the kind of project every architect dreams of and spends a career preparing for. To be able to serve our city on the mountain we all love is an honor and means the world to all of us at RTA. All of our team members are beside themselves with excitement, and we are committed to engaging all the stakeholders in crafting a summit experience the entire community will be proud of."
     
    Alan Reed, FAIA, GWWO Design Principal: "We are very honored and excited to be a part of the transformation of the Pikes Peak visitor experience. We have been fortunate to be involved in the stewardship of many of our national treasures, and the opportunity to continue this work at a place so significant to our nation's heritage and pioneering spirit is a true privilege."
     
    Project Consultants:
    Public Relations and Communication: Bachman PR, Colorado Springs
    Civil Engineer: Kiowa Engineering, Colorado Springs
    Landscape Architect: DHM Design, Denver
    Structural Engineer: HCDA Engineering, Inc., Colorado Springs
    Mechanical/Electrical, and Plumbing Engineer: ME Group, Denver
    Exhibit Design: Gallagher & Associates, Washington, DC
    Extreme Climate: AECOM, Denver and Anchorage
    Food Service: Webb Foodservice Design, Colorado Springs
    Specifications: NASH Architectural Solutions, Honolulu, HI
    Code and Accessibility: Jensen Hughes, Colorado Springs
    Historic Preservation: The Preservation Studio, Colorado Springs