g values. With its complete integration of architecture and structural engineering, dynamic nature of its form, and machine-like precision, the skylight is fluid yet disciplined. The ample natural light provided by the skylight structure minimizes the use of artificial lighting—one of many factors contributing to the building’s LEED Gold® certification. In warmer months, the skylight works as a chimney, expelling hot air as it rises away from inhabitants. In total, the various energy savings that the skylight promotes equals a 37% reduction from the baseline of a compliant ASHRAE building.
At the center of the building, the Forum’s terraced levels accommodates gatherings at a variety of scales and levels of formality. Glass-walled collaboration rooms surround the Forum, offering meeting spaces that emphasize the quality of transparency that is central to the building’s design. Symbolically placed at the building’s heart, the Honor Board Room features a conference table situated beneath a glass aperture that opens onto the larger skylight above. A cadet seated at the table will be precisely aligned with the North Star.
CityColorado Springs, CO
Gross Floor Area (mq)4320
ArchitectsSkidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Design teamAnthony Vacchione, Roger Duffy, Frank Mahan, Charles Besjak
Curriculum studio / partecipanteThe Center for Character and Leadership Development utilizes mechanical systems that are built directly into the building’s design, rather than inserted as auxiliary systems. Due to this integrated approach, the line between structural and mechanical systems is quite fluid. From displacement ventilation to radiant heating systems, the facility employs a variety of cohesive mechanical systems to ensure user delight, energy efficiency, and cost-effectiveness.
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