New Marshall Student Center Opens

TAMPA, Fla. (Aug. 21, 2008) — USF announces the opening of its new Marshall Student Center. The 233,000 square-foot, four-story center features 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 57-foot central atrium. A 700-seat theater will be finished in September.

The new center more than doubles the size of the previous facility, and the ballroom is 3½ times larger than the existing ballroom.

Designed by GouldEvans/Sasaki, the building was constructed four feet from the existing Marshall Center. The exterior combines glass, aluminum, brick and copper panels with a hydrated lime stucco coating.

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.

Ten food venues specializing in various cuisines are available in the new center with the capacity to feed 2,700 people at a single time. The food court features Chick-fil-A, Miso Sushi, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Sbarro Pizza and Bleecker St. Deli. Separate restaurants include Einstein Bros. Bagels and Ben & Jerry’s. The first Beef O’Brady’s Restaurant on a university campus is found on the ground floor. Top of the Palms Restaurant has relocated from its previous facility with an expanded dining room and three small, private rooms that can be reserved for lunch meetings.

The old Marshall Center will be demolished during the fall semester and construction will begin on an enhanced plaza adjacent to the bookstore, which remains in its current location. Components of the plaza will include an amphitheater, space for the movies on the lawn event, and three life-size bronze bulls running through a stream.

The entire USF community is invited to visit the new building. Maps are available at the Information Desk in the middle of the atrium.

More information on the new Marshall Student Center is available at

The University of South Florida is among the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. It is one of Florida's top three research universities. USF was awarded more than $300 million in research contracts and grants last year. 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 45,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.

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