Colorado Landmark in Need of Upgrade
Nothing lasts forever, no matter how iconic it may be.
The Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel has been around for over 50 years. The chapel is the most-visited man-made attraction in Colorado and hosts daily services daily for a variety of faiths. But, now this iconic Colorado landmark is in need of repairs.
One of the most pressing issues is leakage and corrosion. Apparently, when the chapel was built, seams were sealed with caulk rather than flashing to protect from leaks. Shortcuts taken in construction have resulted in costly repairs.
Additionally, there are plans to strengthen the structure to reduce swaying in the wind, and they will be removing and cleaning about 24,000 pieces of stained glass. It's no small project.
It's been estimated that repairs will cost anywhere from $25 million to $100 million, and could take up to four years to complete. The work is scheduled to begin this year, closing the chapel to the public for the duration of the work.
I remember seeing the Air Force Cadet Chapel as a kid, and I have memories of always trying to catch a glimpse of the majestic 150-foot spires off the interstate whenever we would take a trip to Colorado Springs.
When the work is done, you may not notice the difference from a distance, but the repairs being done will help ensure that generations to come will be able to enjoy this magnificent piece of architecture and Colorado history well into the future.