AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — The Air Force Academy has started work on a $40 million home for its Center for Character and Leadership.

The ceremonial groundbreaking was Oct. 19. Construction is expected to take nearly two years.

The 44,000-square-foot building will include an auditorium, seminar and conference rooms and offices.

The center, launched in 1993, provides each cadet with about 165 hours of class time, honor lessons, seminars and other programs over four years. Cadets are required to take honor classes and core values lessons and to participate in four seminars.

Cadets participate in community service projects including spring break projects around the country, mentoring students, serving as coaches in the Colorado Springs area and participating in Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

The building includes a steel and glass tower that points toward the North Star.

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