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United States Air Force Academy, Cadet Area

USAF Academy, Colorado
County of El Paso.
National Register Number: 04000484
Resource type: District.
Property type: Education - college. The threat level was Watch in
Congressional District: CO-5 Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: College. See www.usafa.af.mil/.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - April 1, 2004):
Born in the first decade of the Cold War, the United States Air Force Academy provided the service with a steady supply of officers in a period of rapid expansion of the military's air arm. In the face of technological advances, including a burgeoning nuclear arsenal, it educated those officers for the increasingly complex demands of military leadership. In addition, the campus, by Skidmore Owings Merrill (SOM), ranks among the finest examples of modern movement architecture commissioned by federal agencies during the post World War II era. It was a controversial break with the traditional architecture of West Point and Annapolis, the military academies of the Army and Navy..

Overall, the Cadet Area is in excellent condition. However, the buildings are currently facing deterioration from age and deferred maintenance that potentially affect the district.

The Academy is working on large security and force protection projects, which could threaten to alter historic design and materials in the buildings and landscape.

Recommendation/Change since last report:
USAFA should continue consulting with SHPO and interested parties to avoid or mitigate effects due to security and force protection projects.

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