Client
U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum

G&A’s strategic planning team worked together with the City of Colorado Springs and the U.S. Olympic Committee to envision a developmental master plan for the creation of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum to become an anchor for the new City for Champions District, also home to the U.S. Olympic Training Facility. The new 60,000-square-foot universally-designed facility will be the first museum dedicated to U.S. achievements in both the Olympic and Paralympic games. The experience will immerse visitors in the intensity of high-level competition through the lens of the athletes who have trained, competed and won. The experience will forever change people’s perception and appreciation for the dedication, motivation, determination, and sacrifice all Olympians and Paralympians share.

Rendering provided by: Diller Scofidio + Renfro
 

Bridging downtown Colorado Springs to the east and the new America the Beautiful Park to the west, the new US Olympic & Paralympic Museum opens in the Spring of 2020. The building design by legendary architects, DS+R, is inspired by the energy and grace of Olympians in competition. Early conceptual designs provided by G&A informed DS+R’s story-led design approach—a dramatic contrapposto form with an interior that spirals through a sequence of galleries connected by a central light-filled atrium.

 
Conceptual Rendering: Atrium / Lobby
 

As visitors enter the museum, an awe-inspiring floor-to-ceiling media wall runs through the central atrium—dynamic images of athletes build anticipation and set the tone for the experience. 

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An elevator lifts them to the atrium’s “peak” where a spiraling sequence of galleries takes them through the history of the games and training to the moment every Olympian has been working to achieve: the games.

 
 
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At Training, visitors’ speed, agility, strength, and endurance are tested throughout hands-on manipulatives and digital interactives that invite them to explore different sports. The RFID-powered interactives seamlessly deliver a custom experience for each guest as it organically adapts to each persons’ unique selections and accessibility requirements.

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In The Lab, visitors have the opportunity to inspect the technical advancements behind both Olympic & Paralympic achievements. From Michael Johnson’s iconic gold running shoes to a racing wheelchair and running blades, key artifacts are placed behind transparent LED screens, turning each item into an interactive exploration.

 
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Mimicking the compression, anticipation, intensity, and excitement as athletes wait to enter the Opening Ceremony, a tunnel-like space places visitors inside that moment. Cheers from the crowd heard in the background, anticipation builds as the stadium emerges on the other side. A 360-degree filmic celebration welcomes people to the Games.

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Going from Summer Games to Winter Games, visitors become spectators in the sports, the artifacts, the moments and the personal stories of athletes, their families, and their coaches. From How the World Watches and Olympic-inspired pop culture to the Medal Ceremony, visitors see just how much the Games have inspired our culture, our communities, and connected us all through the universal language of competition.

Exhibits Plan
U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum
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Additional
Information

Contractors
Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Architect
Anderson Mason Dale Architects
Architect of Record
Gallagher Museum Services
Owner's Representation, Operations Management
Barrie Projects
Feasibility Study Consultant, Content & Artifact Acquisition
CREO Industrial Arts
Exhibit Fabrication
CentreScreen
Media & Interactive Development
Kiss the Frog
Media & Interactive Development
Available Light
Lighting Design
Institute for Human Centered Design
Accessibility Consultant
RGLA
Retail & Cafe Design