Oct. 4, 2000

Contact: Pamela Young




YPSILANTI - Dr. Everett L. Marshall dedicated 41 years to Eastern Michigan University and Friday, Oct. 6, the University will dedicate its newest building in his honor.

The 72,000-square-foot, $14 million Everett L. Marshall Building, home to EMU's College of Health and Human Services (CHHS), will be dedicated, 7 - 10 p.m., at a special invitation-only event. Among the guest speakers will be Senator Harry Gast, chair, Senate Appropriations Committee; and Philip A. Incarnati, chair, Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents.

"I'm overwhelmed and honored," said Marshall about the building dedication. The 92-year-old retired professor and administrator visited the building as it was being constructed. "It's a beautiful building. I just never had any idea that they would name it after me. I'm flabbergasted, to say the least."

Marshall's gifts to the University have been far-reaching. He invested in future students through endowed scholarships he established in three colleges -- Arts and Sciences, Education, and Health and Human Services. He also has supported men's track, the renovations of Pease Auditorium, the forensics room and laboratory theatre, and the relocation of the Geddes Town Hall schoolhouse to EMU's campus.

The Marshall Building is unique to Eastern Michigan's campus because of its earth-friendly or 'green design.' From ceiling to floor, from furnishings to finishes, all building materials were chosen for environmental sustainability.

"The building's 'green design' reflects many of Dr. Marshall's deeply held values about maintaining your health and protecting the environment for future generations," said Dr. Elizabeth King, dean of the College of Health and Human Services.

This one-of-a-kind building was created by Dr. Louise Jones, the college's interim associate dean for facilities and planning, and professor of interior design. Jones, who has a doctorate in architecture, created a building where everything is made of recycled or renewable materials.

"The building was designed to provide a healthy environment for learning without negatively impacting the environment," Jones said. "We've done more than simply make it wheelchair accessible. Every desk and chair can be adjusted to accommodate the tallest basketball player or the smallest gymnast. The Marshall Building serves as a model for academic settings in the 21st century."

A variety of recycled and recyclable materials were used throughout the building. Materials used on the stairs are made from recycled tires. Recycled marble and granite are used on classroom floors, and recycled pop bottles form the backing for the Solenium flooring. The classrooms contain the latest in instructional technology, including 1,000 Internet connections, and departmental offices are intermingled to encourage collaboration among the many disciplines.

Jones worked with TMP Associates, an architectural/engineering firm in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., to design the Marshall Building. The Christman Company, a construction firm based in Lansing, Mich., oversaw construction.

Already the building is serving as a model for other new construction.

"Having a one-of-a-kind building is not enough, though," King said. "Our hope is that what we've done at Eastern Michigan encourages others to go beyond our efforts, so that we are not one-of-a-kind for very long."

Eastern Michigan University ( is a four-year, comprehensive metropolitan university committed to the needs of its students and communities through teaching, research and service.

EMU offers more than 200 programs in the arts, sciences and professions through traditional classroom settings, on-site continuing education classes and online courses. EMU is the fifth largest university in Michigan serving 24,000 students from around the world and offers undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate programs.