olympicsThe Business Journal has learned that The United States Olympic Museum has chosen Colorado Springs-based contractor GE Johnson Construction Co. to build the yet to be designed downtown facility.

GE Johnson, founded in 1967, has a long and illustrious history in Colorado Springs. The company recently completed the $49 million remodeling of Broadmoor West. GE Johnson’s project list includes the Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts, the Penrose Hospital East Tower, the Tri-Lakes YMCA, the Penrose Cancer Center, the USOC headquarters building and the Plaza of the Rockies.

Denver firm Anderson Mason Dale was chosen to be the Museum’s as executive architect. A local firm, RTA Architects, was a finalist but AMD won the prize.

AMD was the executive architect for Colorado College’s Cornerstone Arts Center as well. That may have weighed heavily in their favor, since former Colorado College president Dick Celeste heads the Olympic Museum project.

The project’s design architect has yet to be selected. The finalists include Diller Scofidio Renfro, Fentress Architects, Morphosis Architects, Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects and Rex Architecture.

Fentress, the firm that designed the iconic tent-roofed terminal of Denver International Airport, is Denver-based, but its four competitors are based elsewhere.

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The design architect presentations are scheduled for mid-July.


  1. Headline – Support C4C to boost local economy – Next Headline – C4C Olympic Museum Board hires Denver Architect – Huh? This is so wrong.

  2. Agree – why are we, again, sending the money (wait – is any funding approved?) OUT OF COS Economy? I’m sure there are PLENTY of qualified architects in COS that could prime the work. If this group has a specialty, then sub it to them but keep the main $$ here…..

    Bumbling administration continues to be moronic in their decisions.

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