COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The design team of RTA Architects of Colorado Springs (as Architect of Record) and GWWO, Inc./Architects of Baltimore (as Design Architect) today celebrated the groundbreaking of the new Pikes Peak Summit Complex (PPSC). Pikes Peak is one of the most visited mountains in the world and a top tourist attraction for the State of Colorado. The new facility will be constructed next to the current Summit House, which will remain open to visitors through the end of construction in 2020.
Stuart Coppedge, FAIA, RTA Principal-in-Charge said, ”Our entire team embraced the technical challenges of this project with passion, skill and dedication, knowing how important and special Pikes Peak is. In addition, those of us at RTA consider it a great honor to craft this iconic experience for our community, our state, and visitors from all over the world.”
Pikes Peak is unique in that it is the only mountain over 14,000 feet that everyone can experience, regardless of age or fitness level. The goal for the design team is to give visitors a seamless, immersive, fully accessible experience with facilities specifically designed for the harsh environment on the Peak.
“Our goal from the beginning was to put the experience of Pikes Peak first – the breathtaking views and spectacular beauty – while minimizing the visual impact of architecture on the mountain,” commented Alan Reed, FAIA, GWWO Design Principal. “In doing so, the design required a building seemingly one with the mountain.”
The final design was derived from extensive public input and includes rooftop terraces, interpretative exhibits, dining, a gift shop, and restrooms. The building will then guide visitors outside to accessible trails, walkways, and additional outdoor interpretive opportunities. Sustainable design was also a primary focus. The project is currently exceeding the minimum goal of LEED Silver and is pursuing LEED Gold.
For more information about the Pikes Peak Summit Complex Project and for project images, please visit www.rtaarchitects.com/pikes-peak-summit-complex, www.gwwoinc.com/projects/pikes-peak-summit-visitor-center, or find it on Facebook and Twitter using #PikesPeak.