JE Dunn Construction is renovating the U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel in Colorado Springs, Colo. Considered one of the most recognized icons in the United States and most visited Colorado landmark, the U.S. Air Force Cadet Chapel was built in 1963 and designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill of Chicago. The Cadet Chapel was awarded the American Institute of Architects’ National Twenty-five Year Award in 1996 and was named a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 2004. The renovation was designed by AECOM.
The 52,000-square-foot building is home to six worship spaces a 1,950-pipe organ and a 4,518-pipe organ. The Chapel is 150 feet tall and is most known for its 17 metal spires or tetrahedrons, enclosed with aluminum panels and Dalles de Verre Glass. The building includes a Protestant chapel, a Catholic chapel, a Jewish synagogue, a Muslim mosque, a Buddhist temple, a Falcon Circle, and All Faiths rooms. JE Dunn will construct an enclosed super structure over the chapel to protect the building from weather as they disassemble the structure for refurbishing.