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The spring issue of ArchitectureDC features the UDC Student Center project, designed by CannonDesign in association with Marshall Moya Design. The Student Center was formally certified as LEED Platinum this year, one of only two student unions on the east coast to have achieved this designation.
In March, ArchitectureDC magazine selected to include the UDC Student Center project in an issue that highlights the design of places for learning. Written by G. Martin Moeller, the article discusses how the Student Center has helped to create a “new face” for the campus of D.C.’s public university. The team of CannonDesign and Marshall Moya Design was awarded the project through a design competition. The selected site was previously a barren space, now transformed into a “gateway”, inviting the community to be a part of the campus, and creating a place that will enrich the experience of the students and serve as a source of pride.
“As an architect, this project resonates with me because it reinforces that I am making positive changes, shaping my community and inspiring others through architecture,” said Michael Marshall. He added, “I am so very grateful for this opportunity to help shape the future of this important institution in our nation’s capital for today’s students and for future generations who deserve a public university of the highest caliber.”
Regarding the LEED Platinum Certification, he added, “The LEED Platinum certification is a great way for UDC to set itself apart as an institution of higher learning that is dedicated to sustainable practices. Not only is the building a model that can be studied, it also serves as a source of pride for current students, and draw for prospective students, who are passionate about environmental responsibility.”