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Pikes Peak Summit Visitors Center Tour
Friday, August 26, 2022, 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM MDT
Category: SOCO

Join the SMPS SoCo Committee for this once-in-a-lifetime tour with the design and construction team of the new Pikes Peak Summit Visitor Center, followed by an optional networking event.

Pikes Peak, also known as America's Mountain, is one of the world’s most visited mountains and a top tourist attraction in Colorado. The summit is a National Historic Landmark that holds a special place in America's heart, with breathtaking views that inspired Katharine Lee Bates to write the poem America the Beautiful in 1893. Visited by more than 1,000,000 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, fitness level, or physical disability.

About the Project
With a failing structure and deteriorating conditions, the 1960s-era Pikes Peak Summit House could no longer meet the needs of its ever-growing number of visitors. In 2015, the City of Colorado Springs embarked on a decades-long vision to design and construct a new Pikes Peak Summit Visitor Center to provide an immersive visitor experience while lightly touching its environment. The facility's careful placement and sensitive design puts the focus on the stunning landscape, allowing the boundless sky and views to take center stage.

The new Summit Visitor Center, designed by GWWO Architects as Design Architect and RTA Architects as Architect of Record and constructed by GE Johnson, features:

  • A facility specifically designed for the harsh arctic environment on Pikes Peak
  • Sustainable design, high performance mechanical systems, and pursuit of Living Building Challenge certification, the world’s most rigorous proven performance standard for buildings
  • The highest elevation total pre-cast structure in the world
  • The highest ongoing construction site in North America during its construction
  • Multi-media interpretive exhibits
  • Improved accessibility for all visitors
  • New dining, retail, and back-of-house support spaces
  • Outdoor gathering and dining areas, outdoor interpretive exhibits, wide elevated walkways, and a new overlook platform.

About the Tour
Hear directly from the architects, engineers, and general contractors who brought this incredible project to life. Event attendees will get the unique opportunity to tour both the public and back-of-house spaces of the Summit Visitor Center to learn:

  • How the systems were designed to meet Living Building Challenge
  • The challenges with design and construction at altitude
  • The design of the facility supports an immersive visitor experience, both inside and out.

Transportation will be provided from the meeting location at Bridgers & Paxton to the summit and back. Light Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Registration will be limited to 55 attendees! NO walk-in attendees will be allowed for this special event.

Summit Sponsors






Provision Sponsors

HCDA Engineering