Construction of the highly anticipated new Pikes Peak Summit Visitor Center Complex atop Pikes Peak - America's Mountain kicked off today with a groundbreaking ceremony at the summit that included a symbolic controlled blast. Visited by more than 600,000 people annually, the mountain is one of the most visited in the world and a top tourist attraction for the State of Colorado.
The summit complex will include visitor orientation, dining area, gift shop, exhibits, restrooms, and a rooftop terrace with 180 degree views. The exhibits will provide information about the Peak’s formation, discovery, and historical place.
The design of the visitor center aims to emphasize the views at the summit rather than the architecture. “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 complex is pursuing the Living Building Challenge and incorporates many sustainable design elements. GWWO is serving as Design Architect with RTA Architects, Inc. as Architect-of-Record. Construction is expected to be completed in the fall of 2020.
See below for a short video of the ceremony.