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Drawing 1: Plan of the Cadet Area.[Drawing 1] with link to larger version of drawing.

Key
2170—Physical Education Building
2302—Arnold Hall: cadet social hall
2304—Harmon Hall: administration building
2306—Cadet Chapel
2348—Sijan Hall (added in 1968): cadet quarters
2350—Mitchell Hall: dining facility
2354—Fairchild Hall: primary academic building
2360—Vandenberg Hall: cadet quarters
2410—Aerospace Laboratory

While most American college campuses had been built piece by piece as the institution grew, the Air Force Academy was largely planned and constructed all at once.

Questions for Drawing 1

1. The contour lines on Drawing 1 show changes in elevation. What can you learn about the topography of the site by studying the drawing?

2. Locate Vandenberg Hall. This 1,337-foot long building contained 1,320 rooms capable of housing 2,640 cadets. Why might Air Force officers have wanted all cadets to live in the same dormitory? How did SOM's layout of the Cadet Area take into account the cadets' busy schedule?

3. What can you learn about cadet life by studying the drawing and key?

* The drawing on this screen has a resolution of 72 dots per inch (dpi), and therefore will print poorly. You can obtain a larger version of Drawing 1, but be aware that the file will take as much as 60 seconds to load with a 28.8K modem.

 

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