The TrueNorth Commons is a 58-acre mixed-use development designed to create a synergy between the new Air Force Academy Visitor Center and Air Force Academy related businesses, guests and visitors. The development is composed of a 4-star hotel and conference facilities, commercial office space, and a variety of in-line retail, TrueNorth Commons will meet the needs of Academy visitors, Cadet family members, business travelers, and regional commuters . The TrueNorth Commons project was one of five distinct and extraordinary projects to be selected as part of the City for Champions venues designed to attract visitors from across the country to Colorado Springs, Colorado. The City for Champions projects will bring energy and economic vitality to the Colorado Springs region.
The USAFA Hotel and Event Center will serve not only the demand from the new USAFA Visitor Center, distinguished politicians and military leaders, but also the employees and guest of the office development and Colorado Front Range travelers. A pedestrian plaza and bridge will provide a pedestrian connection to the new USAFA Visitor Center to the north across Northgate Boulevard.
The creation, design, and implementation of the USAFA Hotel and Event Center and USAFA Visitor Center will provide a year-round destination point for the United States Air Force Academy and the City of Colorado Springs, Colorado. These new facilities will be located outside the security gates of the Academy which in times of heightened security measures closes the campus to visitors for weeks at a time. By moving these facilities off campus, visitors can be assured the USAFA Visitor Center experience.