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Academy officials break ground on $40 million Center for Character, Leadership Development facility
Air Force Academy officials break ground for the Center for Character and Leadership Development facility Oct. 19, 2012. The new, $40 million facility will be located between Arnold Hall and the Cadet Chapel. Construction is projected to take 22 months. (U.S. Air Force photo/Liz Copan)
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Academy breaks ground on new $40 million Center for Character, Leadership Development

Posted 10/23/2012   Updated 10/26/2012 Email story   Print story

    


U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs

10/23/2012 - U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Ground was broken today for the Air Force Academy's new Center for Character and Leadership Development building.

Character and leadership development is a crucial, all-encompassing part of a cadet's experience at the United States Air Force Academy. The Center for Character and Leadership Development (CCLD) ensures that character development, education and scholarship are major focus of Academy life. From basic training to graduation, cadets can expect to see character development programs in every aspect of their lives, with the ultimate goal of imbuing them with the inner desire to put integrity first, place service before self, and strive for excellence in all they do.

The Air Force Academy's CCLD has served as a focal point of the Academy's commitment to developing leaders of character since its creation in 1993. Its mission is to advance the understanding, practice and integration of character and leadership development in preparation for service to the nation in the profession of arms. The center does this through high-quality daily interactions for cadets with faculty and staff.

The CCLD building is a $40 million project, funded by the annual military construction budget, and $12.5 million from donors. The architect for the building is Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, the firm that originally planned the Academy campus and designed the buildings, including the Cadet Chapel. The CCLD building is being built in the heart of a National Historic Landmark District, therefore the Academy has proactively included the historic preservation community in the design.

"The CCLD building is a an iconic architectural concept that symbolically state our commitment to character and leadership development," said Duane Boyle, Deputy Director, Directorate of Installations of the Air Force Academy. "Polaris has long been a navigation tool used to guide the traveler. Likewise, it symbolically relates to one's own ethical and moral journey through life. The steel and glass tower aligns with Polaris sending a powerful message to all that leadership and character development are paramount in all that we do. The transparency of the architecture is indicative of the serious nature of its function: the free exchange of thoughts, opinions, and knowledge in an open environment. Our new Center places the Academy at the pinnacle of character and leadership development nationally and will spark the interest of all who believe that our nation's future is based on thoughtful, careful, and meaningful decisions of our leadership, both military and civilian."

Construction is projected to take 22 months.



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