Design Team

To design the new Summit Complex, the City has contracted with the Colorado Springs’ own architectural firm of RTA Architects, teamed with GWWO Architects of Baltimore, two award-winning firms committed to creating an inspiring and enhanced visitor experience.

Together, these two firms, so similar in culture and personality, offer the Pikes Peak Summit Complex project a unique team, with the perfect relevant experience and unmatched passion for this unique project. Contextual designers, RTA and GWWO find solutions in the specific qualities, characteristics, and clues found in each individual site and project. The RTA/GWWO team, specifically crafted for this project, is multi-disciplinary, with comprehensive professional services.

RTA Architects

Celebrating our 41st year of practice in Colorado Springs, 40+person RTA Architects exists to connect people through experience of place. We are ever curious, ever learning, and ever improving. This model of practice results in purposeful, engaging solutions. We create experiences and place in concert with our clients, who usually become our friends, many of whom we have served for years. Our typical project is highly complex, full of challenges, and designed for a client that will occupy and use the results of our collaboration for decades. The design portfolio of our 20 registered architects and supporting staff includes places for learning, recreating, shopping, eating, healing, and worshiping. RTA has built a reputation leading multi-disciplinary project teams on highly visible, very complex projects ranging in size from a few hundred thousand dollars to nearly $200 million. Importantly, our ownership structure ensures that every project is actively led from start to finish by a firm principal, a highly experienced firm co-owner dedicated to providing each client with the highest level of creativity and service.

GWWO, Inc./Architects

GWWO is a 55-person thriving architectural practice, including 25 registered architects, based in Baltimore, Maryland. We strive to enrich the human experience through inspirational, evocative, and responsible design. We achieve this through focusing on cultural and educational facilities with an emphasis on visitor facilities; exploring new approaches to innovative problem solving; cultivating enduring relationships with clients; respecting historic and natural resources; and fostering a creative work environment that offers growth, fulfillment and professional satisfaction.

WE CREATE DESTINATIONS. GWWO has established a distinct reputation for architecture that achieves striking presence while remaining responsive to its site and surroundings— work that reconciles the often-competing concepts of “signature” and “contextual.” Our work is driven by a consistent philosophical approach, rather than a predetermined style. We believe that buildings should not be signature just for the sake of drawing attention. Rather, through a story-based design approach, we create buildings that are “signature” in that they truly make a mark, embodying the spirit and message of the site.

Gallagher & Associates – Interpretive / Exhibit Design:  

Gallagher & Associates is an internationally recognized museum planning and design firm with offices in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, New York, and Singapore. Our experience ranges from social and cultural history to natural science and the arts. Gallagher & Associates (G&A) is well versed in creating Visitor Experience Plans for projects of varied complexity. Our work is extremely diverse and often flows from the creation of an interpretive and economic master plan, to full service renovation and finally, to complete ground up building projects. We guide our clients not only in the initial visioning of a particular project and also assist in operations planning, strategic planning, and lifecycle planning.

Design Team Specialized Firms:

AECOM – Extreme Climate Enclosures and Permafrost Foundations

Bachman pr – Public Involvement

DHM Design – Site Planning and Landscape Architecture

HCDA Engineering – Structural Consulting

Jensen Hughes – Code/ADA Consulting

Kiowa Engineering Corporation – Civil Engineering

ME Group – Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing Engineering

Nash Architectural Solutions - Specifications

The Preservation Studio – Historic Preservation

Webb Foodservice Design—Restaurant Design