Jefferson Hall Learning Center, US Military Academy

Reclaiming a material condition
An abandoned quarry that once supplied stone for many buildings on West Point’s historic campus was reopened to give the new structure continuity with the Academy’s strong traditions. Choosing materials from nearby sources contributed to the project earning a bronze SPiRiT certification, a Government-initiated building-sustainability program.

Traditions reinterpreted
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.