The Center for Character and Leadership Development Project is a 46,000 SF building located at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The building contains a large forum that is centrally located beneath the skylight and contains offices, seminar rooms, a library, and an honor board room. Most notably, the building features a 105-foot-tall skylight skewed to the North to align directly with the North Star. With a glass oculus at the top of the glass-enclosure looking directly at the North Star, the skylight is intended to represent a “moral compass” for the cadets during their training. The building achieved a LEED Gold certification through the use of environmentally friendly building materials, photovoltaic panels, energy efficient radiant heating and cooling, and the extensive use of natural lighting. VERTEX assisted in providing consultation services on various matters critical to the completion of the project.