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Wednesday, August 10, 2016


Facing North: Last touches are being made to wrap up construction at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs for the Center for Character & Leadership Development.
Above: The $35 million modernist project was designed by the architectural firm of Skidmore, Owning & Merrill, the main designer of the USAF Academy campus.
Shaped like an aircraft tailfin, the 105-foot-tall skylight aligns with the North Star and provides ample natural light for the Honor Board Room below.

Above. Lobby view toward the North Star.

Below. Classrooms and offices surround two adjacent courtyards, maximizing views and minimizing the need for artificial lighting. Despite costly delays, the building is on track to receive LEED® certification.

Time lapse photo of star tracks around the North Star.

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