The U.S. Olympic Complex in Colorado Springs, Colorado is the headquarters for the U.S. Olympic Committee Administration and the U.S. Olympic Training Center. The complex is constructed on the former site of the ENT Air Force Base which served as the headquarters for the North American Defense Command during World War II. Structural Consultants, Inc. served as the Structural Engineer of Record for several facilities constructed for the phased U.S. Olympic Complex project.

SCI’s involvement in the project included design and construction administration services for a 55,000 square foot Multipurpose Gymnasium facility, a 49,000 square foot Aquatics Center, a 2 story Sports Science and Medicine building, and an Athlete housing and dining facility. The facilities accommodate the training requirements for approximately 14 Olympic and Pan American sports.

The Aquatics Center and Gymnasium facilities were designed with primarily precast concrete wall, floor, and roof construction. The plaza level floor consists of precast double-tee members spanning to inverted tee beams and precast concrete columns. The main roof system consists of 40” deep lightweight double-tee members spanning approximately 120 feet. Design challenges included the structural support for the suspended Olympic training pool to facilitate filming the athletes below the water surface.

Project Specifics

Location: Colorado Springs, CO
Completion: 1997
Square Footage: 144,000 SF
Construction Cost: $23,800,000

Structural Features

  • 120’ long span precast concrete double-tee
  • 13” thick insulated precast wall panels
  • Structurally suspended Olympic Training pool
  • Services