A symbolic blast sends a small concussion across the top of Pike Peaks. It is a landmark day on America’s Mountain, with the official start of construction for the new and improved summit house. The small blast is a show of more explosions ahead to create the space for the new building.
The idea of a new improved center above 14,000 feet has been in the works for decades, so it is a big deal to a lot of people. "To get the environmental approval from the Forest Service was a couple of years process. We finally go it in May and that’s why we’re breaking ground right away," said Colorado Springs Mayor, John Suthers. Elected leaders present and past, community activists, and everyday citizens with interest, gathered on top of Pikes Peak Monday morning for the ground breaking.
The build is a three year process, because there is such a short window each summer for construction to happen. This summer will be mostly preparing the site and putting in foundations.