The U.S. Air Force Academy's newest building has been honored in the 2016 AIA New York State Design Awards, an annual program that celebrates exceptional projects by New York-based architects. Designed by SOM, the Center for Character and Leadership Development (CCLD) was recognized with a Citation in the Institutional category.
The CCLD represents an important and symbolic addition to the U.S. Air Force Academy’s campus in Colorado Springs, which SOM designed in 1954. As the first building constructed in the Cadet Area since the 1990s, the CCLD creates a contemporary architectural focal point for the campus. The building’s most prominent feature, a 105-foot-tall skylight, symbolically serves as a navigation aid and as a reminder of the Academy’s core values. This glass-enclosed structure precisely aligns with the North Star, and provides ample natural light for the Honor Board Room below.
This year, AIA New York State awarded 27 projects across across 12 categories. SOM's design for the CCLD will be exhibited along with other winning projects in September 2016 at the AIA New York State Design Conference in Saratoga Springs, New York.