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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – To raise awareness and rally support for the Pikes Peak Summit Complex, Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain launched a community campaign called, “My Mountain” on Tuesday, July 30. The campaign encourages community members to reflect and act on their personal connection to Pikes Peak by contributing to the Summit Complex, a once-in-a-lifetime project that will welcome visitors to the summit for generations to come.
“Our City’s past, present and future is connected to Pikes Peak,” said Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers who was the first to give to the “My Mountain” campaign by donating his loose change at Ent Credit Union’s University Service Center on Tuesday.
“The sense of pride and ownership of this mountain that’s felt by members of our community is and always has been palpable, and now our generation has a chance to contribute to this incredible legacy,” said Suthers. “The ‘My Mountain’ campaign is an exciting opportunity for everyone who has ever felt a connection to Pikes Peak to rally together and offer their support to preserve and protect this treasured destination.”
A $60 million capital improvement project, the Summit Complex is funded in part by reserves from Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain, an enterprise of the city that generates revenue through toll fees and concession sales, and revenue bonds taken by Pikes Peak. From the beginning of the project, there has been a $15 million fundraising goal from public and private donations. After several large donations, roughly $7 million remains to be raised. No general fund tax dollars will be used.
Ent Credit Union, headquartered in Colorado Springs, is supporting the “My Mountain” campaign by facilitating physical cash donations from the public at its 24 southern Colorado locations and via phone at (719) 574-1100 or 800-525-6923 through the end of the year. A specially-crafted donation box by Glassical Designs is located at Ent’s University Service Center, across from University Village on the UCCS campus. Ent will also share information about the campaign to its more than 355,000 members across the state.
“People who live in the shadow of Pikes Peak know what a big role it plays in our history, our identity and our economy,” said Matt Gendron, Ent Credit Union Chief Engagement officer. “And, it’s why Ent is so proud to serve as a donation site at 24 of our southern Colorado service centers and to help support a mountain of change.”
All donors, regardless of the donation amount, will be recognized on a digital display in the new Summit Complex, and donor forms to claim this recognition will be available near all donation boxes at Ent Credit Union locations. For additional ways to give, including an option to start an online fundraising challenge, visit www.givetopikespeak.org.
On track for completion by the fall of 2020, weather dependent, the new complex will replace the existing, outdated and difficult-to-maintain Summit House, which was built in 1963 and welcomed visitors for more than five decades. The project is a collaboration between the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, State Historic Preservation Office, tribal representatives and the summit’s five major permit holders: the City of Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain, The Broadmoor’s Pikes Peak Cog Railway, the U.S. Army High-Altitude Research Laboratory and Colorado Springs Utilities.
Under construction by local contractor GE Johnson, the new complex will offer sweeping views and feature digitally interactive displays focused on the history, significance and geology of Pikes Peak. Interpretive outdoor exhibits are also being built along the accessible, elevated pathway, which was designed to help protect the summit’s fragile tundra. Other upgrades include an improved kitchen, dining facilities, retail space and expanded restroom facilities.
Local firm RTA Architects and GWWO Architects of Baltimore, a nationally-recognized expert in designing national park visitor centers, partnered on the design, which will achieve LEED Silver certification, a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement, and meet the latest ADA standards. Additional design input was submitted by hundreds of Colorado Springs residents from 2015-2017. The design also strives to achieve “The Living Building Challenge” (LBC), a two-year certification process, as a highly sustainable, zero-energy building. Sustainable design aspects include: energy, materials, resilience, site ecology, site water, and water and wastewater. Currently, no other federal buildings are LBC certified, and this will be the most sustainable building ever constructed at 14,000 feet.