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Unveiling of Summit House design Jan. 26; to encompass 'elements' of all 4 concepts

       The preferred concept for a new Pikes Peak Summit House Visitor Center will be revealed Tuesday, Jan. 26 at the Penrose House (Carriage House), 1661 Mesa Ave. in the Broadmoor area.
       Hosted by Colorado Springs officials and their design consultants, the event will consist of an open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m., with a 6 p.m. presentation.
       Four design concepts - with varying levels of grandeur - were brought forward in September for a larger, user-friendly type of complex
Pikes Peak is seen from open land south of Fillmore Street.
Westside Pioneer photo
to replace the current, half-century-old visitor facility on the summit. An online survey to gain public feedback has also been made available.
       According to a press release, “elements of each of the four preliminary design options have been incorporated into the preferred concept and a site location has been recommended.”
       This will be the second major announcement this month on the project. The other was to state that the GE Johnson Construction Company, a long-time multistate firm headquartered in Colorado Springs, has been selected as the contractor.
       “The GE Johnson team will work hand-in-hand with the project's architectural team to finalize design and materials selection, as well as address technical considerations related to construction of the 26,000-square-foot visitor center in an extremely harsh environment,” a press release states. “The successful completion of this project will restore areas of the mountain top and provide an outstanding visitor experience.”
       The United States Forest Service (USFS) owns the land (the Pike National Forest) on which the Pikes Peak Highway and the Summit House (visitor center) are built, with the City of Colorado Springs operating and maintaining them under a special use permit with the USFS.
       Also at the summit - and involved in the planning process - are the Maher Memorial High-Altitude Research Laboratory, operated by the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, and the Pikes Peak Multi-User Communication Facility, operated by Colorado Springs Utilities.
       Construction is anticipated to start this summer or fall, depending on the outcome of the Environment Assessment currently underway by the USFS, the press release adds.
       For more information, go to PikesPeakColorado.com and select the topic button, “Summit Complex Project.”

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 1/19/16; Projects: (Summit House)

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