The SOM-designed Center for Character and Leadership Development (CCLD) was honored in three categories in the 2017 International Design Awards. CCLD, located at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, won a Silver medal in the Institutional category, a Silver medal in the Landmarks/Symbolic Structures category, and a Bronze medal in the Architectural Lighting category. The International Design Awards program, now in its tenth year, recognizes outstanding international projects and "aspires to draw attention to the iconoclasm of design world wide."
CCLD represents an important and symbolic addition to the U.S. Air Force Academy’s historic campus, which was designed by SOM in 1954 and was designated a National Historic Landmark District in 2004. As the first significant building constructed in the Cadet Area since the 1990s, CCLD creates a new icon for the campus and serves as an architectural counterpoint to the Academy’s Cadet Chapel, which is recognized as the culminating architectural element of SOM's 1954 design for the campus. The most prominent feature of CCLD, a dramatic 105-foot skylight, aligns precisely with the North Star, creating a meaningful architectural interpretation of the Academy’s aspirations and guiding values.