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Colorado - US Air Force Academy: The Terrazzo

The Terrazzo, the large, square pavilion to the east of the Cadet Area at the United States Air Force Academy, was designed by landscape architect Dan Kiley.


The United States Air Force Academy is an accredited college for the undergraduate education of officer candidates for the United States Air Force. The youngest of the five United States service academies, it was founded in 1959 and graduated its first class in 1959. With a total enrollment of only around 4,500, the Air Force Academy is among the most selective colleges in the country. The campus of the Academy covers 18,000 acres on the east side of the Rampart Range of the Rocky Mountains, just north of Colorado Springs, at a stated altitude of 7,258 feet above sea-level, which is the elevation of the cadet area.


The Cadet Area, located approximately four miles west of the Academy's north entrance off U.S. I-25, was designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) and lead architect Walter Netsch, with SOM partner John O. Merrill relocating from Chicago to a Colorado Springs field office to oversee the construction. Completed in 1963, and expanded from 1965-1968 by the architectural firms of Leo A. Daly, Inc. and Henningson, Durham, and Richardson, the Cadet Area has gone largely unchanged since. The design is notable for its distinct, modernist style--contrasting the traditional designs of West Point and Annapolis--with extensive use of aluminum on building exteriors, suggesting the outer skin of aircraft or spacecraft.


United States Air Force Academy, Cadet Area National Register #04000484 (2004)

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Taken on September 6, 2011