U.S. Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel

Colorado Springs, Colorado

The United States Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel is undergoing a $158 million renovation to extend the life of this Modernist architectural icon.

LEO A DALY has been selected to serve as historic treatment specialist providing historic materials supervision in association with contractor JE Dunn. Preservation guidance and recommendation services address structural reinforcement, rehabilitation of historic materials, finishes and organ restoration.

Construction crews began by dismantling the chapel piece-by-piece to address the failed building envelope and resulting water penetration that has plagued it since its construction in 1962. The structural tube steel systems will be reinforced. Exterior metal panels will be replicated to match original historic cladding. Each panel and every section of Dalles de Verre stained glass will be removed, cleaned, repaired and reinstalled. Woodwork and pew finishes will be cleaned and refreshed. Thousands of pipes that make up the Walter Holtkamp organs will be taken off site for restoration.

The significant work will force the closure of this national historic landmark until 2023.

Second photo: Carol M. Highsmith, courtesy of the Gates Frontiers Fund Colorado Collection, Library of Congress

Client 

JE Dunn Construction Co.

At a glance

Preservation of national historic landmark

Structural reinforcement

Historic materials and finishes

Organ restoration

Features

Dalles de Verre stained glass will be removed, cleaned, repaired and reinstalled

Off site restoration of thousands of pipes that make up the Walter Holtkamp organs

Reinforcement of structural tube steel systems

Exterior metal panels replicated to match original historic cladding

Services

Historic preservation