Academy Cadet Chapel to close for repairs

Published: Mar. 22, 2017 at 4:03 PM MDT
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The Cadet Chapel at the U.S. Air Force Academy will be closed for several years for critical structural repairs.

The building has stood for more than five decades and has experienced issues with leaking since it was built. The repairs could take anywhere from three to four years. The restoration is expected to cost between $58 million and $68 million.

The chapel will close sometimes in the summer of 2018; an exact date has not been determined yet. Alternate worship locations will be prepared for the needs of all faith groups according to the Academy.

The Academy and the Air Force Civil Engineer Center developed a restoration plan that replaces the aluminum skin, stiffens the steel super structure, installs a redundant water barrier, and removes and cleans the 24,000 original stain glass pieces.

Part of the project will include a video tour experience of the chapel that will play in the visitor center while repairs take place.

The nearly 53-year-old structure is the most visited man-made attraction in the state of Colorado, according to the Academy. The principal architect was Walter A. Netsch Jr. of Chicago. It cost $3.5 million to build.

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