The City for Champions project that was announced over a year ago has found an architect firm for the museum project. But it's not a local company. The firm that was chosen is from New York. With the main goal to make Colorado Springs "America's Olympic City," it was necessary to find a firm that has the kind of experience to build something special.
Of the four proposed Champions projects, the Sports Medicine & Performance Center at UCCS, the Air Force Academy visitor's center, and the Downtown Sports & Event Center, the museum is expected to have the largest impact on our city and will need a firm that is able to handle that responsibility. Diller Scofidio + Renfro is a large firm, with 115 employees, and was chosen because of the extraordinary projects they have been involved in. DS+R has worked on projects in places like Switzerland and New York. Some of their current projects are the Broad Museum in Los Angeles and the Museum of Image and Sound in Rio de Janeiro. Both museums are very unique buildings.
The goal for our Olympic museum is to have something unique that still looks like it belongs in Colorado Springs among the mountains. DS+R is hoping to have a rough draft early next year. If DS+R can achieve here what they have elsewhere, our city will have it's iconic landmark. Something that makes our city the home of the Olympics, without question.