Two SOM Buildings Win Society of American Registered Architects National Design Awards

Public Safety Answering Center II (l.), Photo © Albert Vecerka; the Center for Character & Leadership Development (r.), Photo © Magda Biernat

The Society of American Registered Architects has honored two SOM projects in the 2017 National Design Awards competition. Public Safety Answering Center II (PSAC II) in New York and the Center for Character and Leadership Development (CCLD) in Colorado were recognized as significant architectural achievements from a large selection of national projects.

PSAC II, located at the intersection of the Hutchinson River Parkway and Pelham Parkway in the Bronx, augments existing 911 services in New York and strengthens the city’s ability to maintain communication in the event of a natural disaster or large-scale emergency. The center is designed to operate continually under adverse conditions and provide redundancy to the city’s primary call center.

CCLD, located on the campus of the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, features a 105-foot-tall skylight that precisely aligns with the North Star, symbolically serving as a navigation aid and as a reminder of the core values of the U.S. Air Force Academy for cadets. The distinctive glass-enclosed structure also provides light for the Honor Board Room below.