Last updated: 06:00 PM ET, Fri May 15 2015

U.S. Olympic Museum Unveils Design Plans, Eyes 2018 Opening

Destination & Tourism | Patrick Clarke | May 15, 2015

U.S. Olympic Museum Unveils Design Plans, Eyes 2018 Opening

The United States Olympic Museum revealed preliminary concept designs this week for the future attraction, which is scheduled to begin construction next spring with an opening planned prior to the upcoming Winter Olympics in 2018. 

The museum — which will be located in the Southwest Urban Renewal District of Downtown Colorado Springs — also announced the finalization of a land agreement that provides developers with an additional 1.7 acres to work with. 

As of May 2015, organizers have raised $42 million through an ongoing fundraising campaign. However, they're only halfway to reaching their goal of $80 million.

According to this week's announcement, one-third of the planned 60,000-square-foot museum will be reserved for exhibit space as well as a theater, studio, gift shop and cafe. 

"The United States Olympic Museum will become one of the nation's must-see destinations, where visitors celebrate the achievements of our Olympic and Paralympic athletes and experience the effort and excitement of their journey," said Museum Board President Richard Celeste in a statement.

"At this moment in our highly collaborative building and exhibit design process, we are proud to share an early look at the distinctive beauty of the museum and its state-of-the-art experiential exhibits," added Celeste.

Officials have plans to create several exhibits, including a U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame.

Some of the more unique concepts include an athlete training exhibit and a science and technologylab, where visitors can experience hands-on training and learn about science's impact on today's athletes. 

Elizabeth Diller, a partner at the museum's design architect, said the museum will be "inspired by the movement of athletes."

"Expressed in two parts of one body in counterpoise, the building frames a new downtown public plaza below the view of Pike's Peak, and extends a new axis to the America the Beautiful Park West," added Diller. 

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