Designing a facility that reflects the spirit and values of the 21st-century Army and still honors the academy?s architectural virtues was imperative. Divided into three masses with step-backs echoing the form of surrounding facilities, the granite and glass building advances 19th-century architectural heritage into the 21st century. One-hundred thirty tons of hand-tooled stone block taken from the same quarry as adjacent campus structures clad the two end towers, and design details recall features found elsewhere on campus. Choosing other materials from nearby sources contributed to the project earning a bronze SPiRiT certification, a Government-initiated building-sustainability program.Jefferson Hall reinterprets the massive masonry volumes of Military Gothic architecture in combination with broad expanses of glass and large open interior spaces full of natural light and color. Decorative motifs from cadet uniforms, military medals, seals, and inscriptions used to enliven floors, ceilings, walls, and light fixtures firmly connect this forward-looking building to the Academy?s rich traditions.