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Next presentation on plans for new Pikes Peak Summit House Oct. 18

       The next public presentation on plans for a new Pikes Peak Summit House will be Tuesday, Oct. 18.
       Featuring new details on the interior and exterior designs, the event will be from 6 to 8 p.m. in the City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St.
An imagined scene shows the future Summit House outside with its dinning terrace (foreground), just to the west of the structure's high, glassed lobby. The terrace positioning is intended to provide the least exposure to the wind.
Rendering by RTA Architects & GWWO, Inc.

       According to a press release, the presentations and displays will include:
       · Parking, access and landscaping designs.
       · Interpretive and educational exhibit concepts.
       · Concessionnaire (retail/food) offerings.
       · Construction and logistic challenges.
       · Project cost/schedule.
       · Environmental and sustainability concepts (power generation, water requirements, and solar/thermal, photovoltaic renewable energy concepts).
       · An application for “international sustainability certification [under] the world's most rigorous and progressive environmentally green performance standard.”
       After initial study and a public process starting in 2015, the city's two design consultants (RTA and GWWO, Inc./Architects), revealed a preferred concept and site location last January for a new facility at the 14,115-foot summit.
       Construction is tentatively expected to start in 2017. The cost has been previously estimated at between $20 million and $30 million.
       The current Summit House, built in the early 1960s, is “deteriorating,” project officials have said. Handling thousands of visitors annually from a road, railway and trail, the facility is operated as a City of Colorado Springs enterprise by Pikes Peak-America's Mountain (PPAM), under a special use permit from the U.S. Forest Service.
       PPAM revenues have funded the design effort, and will also be used for some of the construction expense, with the remainder coming from private fundraising and possibly revenue bonds, project officials have previously said.
       As part of the construction, but funded separately, Colorado Springs Utilities and the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine will upgrade their current facilities on the summit.

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 10/7/16; Projects: Summit House)

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