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Everett L. Marshall Building

Historic Name(s): Everett L. Marshall Building

Everett L. Marshall Building

Everett L. Marshall Building

Date constructed: 2000

Architect: Landberg Associates, Inc.

Style of Architecture: Post-Modern, “Green Design”

Original Use: College of Health and Human Services

Dates of renovation: None

Current Use: College of Health and Human Services

History: Architects designed the new building for the College of Health and Human Services to be both people friendly and environmentally friendly. According to an article in the Eastern Connection, “Tables are made of soybeans, newspapers and wooden pallets. Chairs and fabrics are made from recycled pop bottles; floors from straw cork, recycled tires and bamboo; ceiling tiles inhibit harmful molds; and low-odor, solvent-free paints help ensure air quality.”

The building has wider doors and adjustable desks among other modifications to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, size or disability can be comfortable in the building. Using a philosophy of universalization of design, the architects took the needs of the most disadvantaged members of the community, in this case a faculty member with multiple chemical sensitivity, and designed the building to have high indoor air quality. This sort of design sensitivity makes the building a better environment for everyone and more comfortable for those with special needs.

Elizabeth King, dean of the College of Health and Human Services, described the building as “a metaphor for the College’s primary purpose-to help students build better, fuller lives as they prepare for their professional careers… It’s one that mirrors the changes in the health care and human services systems and complements the growing demand for those skilled in collaboration, effective communication, and teamwork.”

The building was funded by state and university matching funds with a donation from Professor Emeritus Everett L. Marshall making up the short fall. Dr. Marshall had donated heavily to the university in the past.

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