The Air Force Academy broke ground last week on its new Center for Character and Leadership Development building.

The center will be used to provide character development programs to cadets from basic training to graduation, with the goal of teaching them to put integrity first, place service before self and always strive for excellence.

The  building is a $40 million project, paid for by the annual military construction budget and with more than $10 million in donations. The facility is based on a design of the academy’s iconic chapel. Once built, it will be next to the chapel.

“The CCLD is a bold initiative to develop an iconic architectural concept to symbolically state our commitment to character and leadership development,” said Duane Boyle, deputy director of the Directorate of Installations of the Air Force Academy. ”

The CCLD building is being built in a National Historic Landmark District and is one of 17 platinum level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design platinum-level certified building in the nation, Boyle said.

Construction is projected to take 22 months.

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  1. “put integrity first, place service before self …” wait, that sounds familiar! As a member of the North Colorado Springs Rotary Club, I’m looking forward to helping with the 10th annual Rotary Ethics Training for 9th graders at Doherty HS on 10/23 and 10/24. It’s never too early to talk about ethics …

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