Pikes Peak Summit Complex Project

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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. Annually, more than 750,000 people reach the summit via the Pikes Peak Highway, the Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway, or, for the more adventurous, the Barr or Crags hiking trails. Pikes Peak is an American icon, and the summit is a National Historic Landmark (NHL) that holds a special place in America's heart.

Pikes Peak can be seen as the manifestation of the American spirit and desire to explore and experience our vast frontier. From the time Zebulon Pike spotted the Peak in 1806, through the late 20th century, development on the Peak has exemplified man’s desire to conquer nature. In many ways this is what makes Pikes Peak such an extraordinary place to visit—almost the only place in the world where all people, young and old, in good health and even those with disabilities can experience the summit of a 14,000 peak.

The deteriorating condition of the existing Summit Complex, reminds us, however, that nature wins in the end, unless we learn to build for and live with the environment. The need to replace outdated, difficult to maintain facilities has prompted the City of Colorado Springs, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine and Colorado Springs Utilities to embark on a process to design and build a new Summit Visitor Center on one site and consolidate a Plant Building, CSU Communications Facility and High-Altitude Research Laboratory on the second site.

The existing facilities are proposed for decommissioning and removal, with new facilities designed specifically for the various Pikes Peak summit uses, taking into consideration the harsh environment and improving and enhancing the visitor experience.

2018 Construction Highlights

  • Excavation to the bottom of the building’s footprint is complete. This included the removal of nearly 10,000 cubic yards of excavated rock, enough to fill more than three Olympic swimming pools.
  • The first phase of foundation footers, including 43 cubic yards of concrete, has been placed in preparation for precast concrete to be laid in June 2019.
  • All micropiles, a deep foundational element, for the central walkway have been placed ahead of schedule.
  • A temporary central processing plant was successfully installed to handle all sewage and water needs of the existing summit house, which will remain open to visitors until opening day of the new Summit Complex. The existing plant was demolished due to construction. 

2019 Construction Timeline

  • Foundations – Late May 2019 – Late June 2019
  • Structural Steel – Early Summer 2019 – August 2019
  • Concrete Slab Sequence – Early Summer 2019 – mid October 2019
  • Exteriors – Early Summer 2019 – Late fall 2019
  • Precast – Mid May 2019 – Early August 2019
  • Dry in and Winter-Tight – Mid-October 2019

Ways to Participate

  • To receive meeting notices, send an email asking to be added to the project database to: SummitComplexInfo@springsgov.com
  • Tell us your thoughts to help shape the visitor experience by participating in the design online survey.
  • Subscribe to New Heights or view archived copies, the Pikes Peak Summit House e-newsletter for public meeting notices, meeting documents and updates about the design process. 

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