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Architectural and Engineering Services for the design and constructions of the Pikes Peak Summit Complex
Monday, February 09, 2015

Colorado Springs, CO- With much anticipation and after years of waiting, a new Pikes Peak Summit Visitor Center is one step closer to becoming a reality. The City of Colorado Springs is seeking the services of a qualified architectural/engineering design firm for the purpose of developing plans for the replacement of the existing facilities on the Summit of Pikes Peak. Through the collaborative efforts of the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Colorado Springs Utilities and the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine a Request for Proposal has been issued to the public. Prospective consultants can obtain the solicitation documents for project R15-024 LJ by logging on to Completed proposals should be submitted no later than Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 3:00 pm. 

“Pikes Peak America’s Mountain is an iconic symbol for our region which is recognized around the world. The new facilities will provide breathtaking views and an opportunity to enjoy the mountain top that inspired the song America the Beautiful,” said Mayor Steve Bach.

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 600,000 people reach the summit via the Pikes Peak Highway, the Manitou and Pikes Peak Railway or by utilizing one of the hiking trails including USFS Barr Trail.

“The USDA Forest Service is pleased to be working in partnership with Pikes Peak - America’s Mountain along with other partners in a Request for Proposal (RFP) focused on designs for three facilities on two building sites on the summit of Pikes Peak”, says Oscar Martinez, District Ranger for the Pikes Peak Ranger District, Pike National Forest. “In advance of the environmental assessment process for the Pikes Peak Summit Complex, the initiation of this long awaited RFP process should yield valuable information for helping to design new facilities that both improve the visitor experience and protect the National Historic Landmark designation of the summit.”

This new project will design summit complex facilities and replace four aging facilities on the summit of Pikes Peak. The successful completion of this project will restore areas of the mountain top and provide an outstanding visitor experience.

Col. Thomas G. Eccles III, Commander, U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, says, “The U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine’s mission is to improve soldiers’ health and performance in extreme environments. The High Altitude Research Laboratory at Pikes Peak has been an essential part of this mission for more than 50 years. In addition to helping us understand how altitude affects soldiers; the Pikes Peak Lab has contributed to improvements across the whole field of mountain medicine. We’re incredibly enthusiastic to continue our partnership with the City of Colorado Springs and the U.S. Forest Service as we upgrade the lab for the 21stCentury.”

Jack Glavan, Manager of Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain, says, “The posting of the Summit Complex design RFP represents a long-term effort between the City of Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs Utilities, the U.S. Army and the U.S. Forest Service and the beginning of an extensive process that will provide a quality visitor experience.”