Marshall Student Center Recognized in Education Design Showcase
The Marshall Student Center was recently recognized as a 2012 Honorable Mention in the Education Design Showcase, sponsored by School Planning & Management and College Planning & Management magazines. The showcase "is designed to be a vehicle for sharing innovative, yet practical, solutions in planning, design and construction" in order to help educational institutions "achieve the best possible learning environments for all students at all levels of education."
Designed by the Gould Evans/Sasaki Team, the Marshall Student Center creates a great arrival sequence for visitors entering campus from the north. Furthermore, the union’s presence at the northern "front door" of the USF campus makes a powerful statement about the university's commitment to its students and to the quality of life on campus.
The award was given based on an evaluation by a jury of administrators, architects, and facility planners for excellence in design and functional planning directed toward meeting the needs of the education program. Primary consideration was given to the following:
· Architect/designer response to the program requirements
· Aesthetic characteristics of the solution
· Innovation and creativeness
· Attention to safety and security
· Efficient use of space
· Planned flexibility to accommodate change
· Accessibility for all users
· Site design, adaptation and development
· Selection and use of materials
· Attention to the environment, maintainability and energy use
· Effectiveness of the planning process
· Cost effectiveness
As recipient of the award, the Marshall Student Center appears in the June issue of School Planning & Management (pg. 67) and College Planning & Management (pg. 95), as well as on the EducationDesignShowcase.com site.