Here are five facts about the chapel, courtesy of the Air Force:
1. The Cadet Chapel was designed to have 21 spires, but due to budget constraints when construction began in 1959, its design was changed to include only 17.The renovation work was supposed to start earlier this summer but was postponed when some of the funds were reallocated for repairs at a Florida Air Force base following Hurricane Michael last year.
2. The Cadet Chapel hosts more than 500,000 visitors annually.
3. Volunteers from the Colorado Springs area give more 2,500 hours each year to educate visitors about the Cadet Chapel and the legacy of the Academy.
4. The Cadet Chapel can accommodate five religious services at once. The chapel’s three levels and separate entrances allow services to occur simultaneously.
5. The Cadet Chapel hosts more than 100 weddings annually for graduates, active duty Airmen in Colorado and Purple Heart and Silver Star recipients.
Now plans are back on track, with JE Dunn Construction awarded the contract for the $158 million restoration and preservation project. Work will begin in earnest on November 1, after two months of preparation.
By the way, those "500,000 visitors annually" are enough to make the chapel "the most visited man-made tourist attraction in Colorado," according to the Air Force Academy's website. (The Colorado Tourism Office was unable to confirm that stat.)
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