Mitchell Hall, located at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, is part of the original master plan for the Cadet Area of the campus. The Skidmore, Owings & Merrill design team, led by Gertrude Lempp Kerbis, wanted to make the hall’s interior column-free, and developed an advanced roof of steel trusses supported by sixteen perimeter columns to make this possible. The building was designed to fit the functional requirement of a dining hall, feeding thousands of Cadets at once while also reflecting the forward-thinking spirit that the Air Force, the military's newest branch, wanted to project to the world. The Air Force Academy’s architectural characteristics—clean forms, often raised from the ground, clad in steel, glass, and aluminum—shared similarities with the Air Force's airplanes, and set the campus apart from the architecture of West Point and the U.S. Naval Academy.