Construction Complete on Colorado’s Most Visited Tourist Center

Pikes Peak "America's Mountain" just opened its new $60 million visitor center

August 02, 2021 - by commARCH
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Construction Complete on Colorado’s Most Visited Tourist Center

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Where did it happen?
North America

Who was involved?
Standing at 14,115 feet above sea level, Pikes Peak is home to majestic views, a National Historic Landmark, more than half a million visitors per year, and for the past three years, the highest ongoing construction site in North America. Mounted on its new $60 million, 38,000-square-feet Pikes Peak Visitor Center’s standing seam metal roof is S-5! Colorguard.

Roof Project Team:
General Contractor: GE Johnson Construction
Architect: GWWO Architects & Architect of Record: RTA Architects Roofing
Contractor: Weathercraft Co. of Colorado Springs
Supplier: S-5!

Key Design Team Members:
Principal-in-Charge: Stuart Coppedge, FAIA, LEED AP (RTA Architects)
Design Principal: Alan Reed, FAIA, LEED AP (GWWO Architects)
Project Manager: Brian Calhoun, AIA, LEED AP BD+C (RTA Architects)
Project Architect: Al Ip (GWWO Architects)
Project Architect/Construction Administrator: Mike Riggs, AIA, LEED AP BD+C (RTA Architects)

Why is it important?
The new Pikes Peak Summit Complex is an extraordinary place to visit, with unobstructed inspiring views – a place where all people can experience the summit of a magnificent Colorado 14er. And by the way, a companion natural attraction at the foot of the Peak is the Garden of the Gods. Its visitor center also sports an S-5! ColorGard installation.

What are the key aspects?
Constructed in a material similar to Pikes Peak granite and designed for visitors to take in its surrounding beauty, richness, and scenery, this three-building campus–the Pikes Peak Summit Complex–features a visitor’s center with dining and rooftop terraces, observation decks, and interactive displays, and a high-altitude research and communications center. It offers sweeping views and features interpretive outdoor exhibits and digitally interactive displays on the history, significance, and geology of Pikes Peak.

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The weather on Pikes Peak is cold, icy, windy, and generally unforgiving.  By October, temperatures can plummet to zero, with wind chills falling even lower. Snowstorms sweep in quickly, with wind gusts reaching over 100 mph. During the winter, temperatures can drop to -40 degrees. Roof design snow loads are 125 pounds per square foot on the Peak vs. an average of 30 pounds per square foot in nearby Denver. S-5! ColorGard was custom-designed and engineered for this project to withstand these extreme winter conditions and mitigate potential rooftop avalanches, dramatically reducing the risk of sudden and unexpected release of snow slides while providing a long-term solution for the life of the 22-gauge, DMC 200S, 2” mechanically seamed metal roof.

Where can I learn more?
The City’s full press kit is here with fact sheets and sustainability information:

About S-5!
Since 1992, S-5! has been the leading authority on metal roof attachment solutions. S-5!’s zero-penetration clamps attach ancillary items to standing seam and exposed-fastened metal roofs while maintaining roof integrity and warranties. S-5! solutions are engineered for a variety of roof-mounted applications and are now installed on more than 2 million metal roofs worldwide, providing strength and longevity never before seen. For more information, visit