New USF Marshall Center Dedication April 15

TAMPA, Fla. (April 2, 2009) – The University of South Florida will hold a formal dedication ceremony for its new Marshall Student Center April 15 beginning at 11:30 a.m. USF President Judy Genshaft, her cabinet and USF Board of Trustee members will be in attendance at the ceremony and later that evening for an invitation-only VIP reception in the Marshall Student Center ballroom.


“We are so proud of the new Marshall Student Center,” said Genshaft.  “It is a beautiful, well-planned building that will serve our USF communities very well through the next century.  But perhaps most exciting is the new sense of student spirit and pride the building brings, and this is a wonderful tribute to the building’s namesake, Phyllis Marshall.”


The 233,000 square-foot, four-story center features a dramatic 57-foot central atrium, a food court, restaurants, offices, a 1,100-seat ballroom, formal conference rooms, meeting rooms, a computer lab, student organization spaces, lounges, spacious eating areas and a 700-seat theater.


Jennifer Meningall, Vice President for Student Affairs relays the magnitude of the new center this way, “To walk through the new Marshall Student Center is to experience the vibrancy, energy and optimism of a university that continues to solidify its position on the national stage as a top-tier research university — a university focused on transforming learning and ensuring student success.”


Tentative schedule:


·         9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. – Entertainment – MSC Atrium

·         12 noon –  Dedication ceremony – MSC Plaza

·         12:30 p.m. – Food and entertainment – MSC Plaza

·         1 p.m. – Tours of the Marshall Student Center

·         6 p.m. – Alumni social in Beef O'Brady's Restaurant

·         7 p.m. – Comedy show presented by CAB – Oval Theater

·         9 p.m. – Movie on the Lawn presented by CAB: “Quantum of Solace”


About the Marshall Student Center

Designed by GouldEvans/Sasaki, the building was constructed four feet from the previous Marshall Center that was demolished to make way for an enhanced plaza serving as a continuation of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza.  The exterior combines glass, aluminum, brick and copper panels with a hydrated lime stucco coating overlooking the street entrance graced by a giant topiary bull and the plaza side where an amphitheater and other hard and soft spaces are available for formal and informal gatherings.


Approximately 12,500 tons of crushed concrete from the demolished Special Events Center were reused in the new student center along with: 4,570 gallons of paint in 16 colors; 8,700 cubic yards of solid concrete (enough concrete to fill 122 swimming pools); 450,000 square feet of drywall (enough to cover 10½ acres of land); 2,540 tons of steel, which is equivalent to the weight of 846 Hummer SUVs; and 37,000 square feet of copper panels. In addition, the building features 542 doors and uses 1,400 light bulbs.


The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2007/2008. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on institutions/campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.