Wagner Equipment to Deliver Cat® Prime Power Solution for New Pikes Peak Summit Complex

For Worldwide Release: May 26, 2020 
Release Number: EEPR0620

DEERFIELD, IL – Caterpillar Inc. today announced that the City of Colorado Springs, Colorado has chosen Cat® dealer Wagner Equipment to deliver and install a new prime power system for the new 38,000-square-foot Pikes Peak Summit Complex.

The Cat C27 diesel generator set will supply 600 kW of power for the new $50 million visitor center, which will provide enhanced amenities, more educational experiences, and greater accessibility for the 600,000 tourists who visit annually. The complex will also incorporate a new High-Altitude Research Laboratory operated by the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine (USARIEM).

The project is the highest active construction site in North America, and crews at the 14,115-foot summit work an abbreviated schedule due to limited oxygen content that can cause dizziness, headaches, nausea, and fatigue.

“Pikes Peak features some of the harshest conditions at any National Historic Landmark in North America, with temperatures dropping to as low as 40 degrees below zero and winds gusting up to 150 mph,” said J.R. Bond, operations manager for Encore Electric, the electrical contractor for the new Pikes Peak Summit Complex. “Caterpillar has an impeccable reputation for performance that is critical for operations while keeping guests and staff safe and comfortable at all times.”

Scheduled for completion in late 2020, the new Summit Visitor Center will offer sweeping views and feature digitally interactive displays focused on the history, significance, and geology of Pikes Peak. Interpretive outdoor exhibits will also be built along the accessible, elevated pathway, which was designed to help protect the summit’s fragile tundra. Other upgrades include an improved kitchen, dining facilities, retail space, and expanded restroom facilities.

The complex has been designed to achieve LEED Silver certification as well as the Living Building Challenge (LBC) certification for highly sustainable, zero-energy buildings. Sustainable design aspects include energy, materials, resilience, site ecology, site water, and water and wastewater. Currently, no other federal buildings are LBC-certified.

The construction of the new Pikes Peak Summit Complex is a collaboration between the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, State Historic Preservation Office, tribal representatives and the summit's five major permit holders: the City of Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak – America's Mountain, The Broadmoor's Pikes Peak Cog Railway, the U.S. Army High-Altitude Research Laboratory and Colorado Springs Utilities.

“Cat power solutions provide unmatched performance and reliability in the most challenging environments in the world, from mine sites above the Arctic Circle to telecommunications towers at the equator,” said Jason Kaiser, general manager for Caterpillar Retail Electric Power Solutions. “The power solution from Wagner Equipment and Caterpillar is ideal for helping the Pikes Peak Summit Complex provide sustainability, safety, and comfort for its major stakeholders and visitors.”

Caterpillar delivers innovative power systems engineered for exceptional durability, reliability, and value. The company offers worldwide product support, with parts and service available globally through the Cat authorized service and dealer network. In addition, dealer service technicians are trained to service every aspect of Cat equipment.

For more information, visit www.cat.com/powergeneration or e-mail Electric_Power@cat.com


Artist’s rendering of Pikes Peak Summit Complex Photo credit: City of Colorado Springs, Colorado

Artist’s rendering of Pikes Peak Summit Complex

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About Wagner Equipment Co.

Since 1976, Wagner has been selling and renting quality Cat machines used in heavy construction, building construction, mining, waste handling, paving, municipal and governmental applications, forestry, and more.

Our Power Systems Division provides Caterpillar engines, generator sets, and related equipment used to power trucks, provide electric power to buildings, utilities, and jobsites, run crushers and other industrial systems, and move petroleum and natural gas. Our Power Systems’ expertise extends to the production of pump packages and other one-of-a-kind, custom installations.

For more information, visit wagnerequipment.com.

About Caterpillar

Since 1925, Caterpillar Inc. has been helping our customers build a better world – making sustainable progress possible and driving positive change on every continent. With 2019 sales and revenues of $53.8 billion, Caterpillar is the world’s leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives. Services offered throughout the product life cycle, cutting-edge technology and decades of product expertise set Caterpillar apart, providing exceptional value to help our customers succeed. The company principally operates through three primary segments – Construction Industries, Resource Industries, and Energy & Transportation – and provides financing and related services through its Financial Products segment. For more information, visit caterpillar.com. To connect on social media, visit caterpillar.com/social-media.

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