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“This isn’t just a student learning space. It’s a student living space. We want the on-campus student


experience to be extraordinary.” —Dan Weinert, D.C., Ph.D. College Provost


tables for hands-on skill development, study rooms with monitors and access to 3D4Medical and our learning management system for collaboration, social spaces for fellowship, and more windows, campus connectivity, and 100-year old architecture than we could even dream of designing were we just starting from scratch,” Dr. Marchiori adds emphatically. “Yes, all that too. This isn’t just a student learning


space. It’s a student living space. We wanted the on- campus experience to be extraordinary. We wanted to push back against the irony of offering a health degree that requires students to sit in chairs all the time. You can’t really live a healthy life that way,” explains Dr. Weinert. The result, as is being wonderfully realized more


and more each day, is a state-of-the-art facility that will serve as a communal gathering space for collaborative learning and practice that’s accessible beyond traditional classroom hours. With an open, airy feel punctuated by floor-to-ceiling glass windows, design elements communicate with one another and contribute to an overall symmetry that will facilitate traffic flow. Dr. Marchiori, with his hard hat donned, gestures


toward the eastern corner of the first floor. “The design is very intuitive. This large arch, for example,


visually connects with Friendship Court and the Administration Building. And those arches over there will create an atrium that connects with our centrally-located classrooms above,” he explains.


CREATING SPACE FOR OPTIMAL HUMAN FUNCTION Chiropractors recognize that the human body has innate intelligence, and that their job is to remove interference that may inhibit the full expression of human potential. Part of this means creating optimal conditions for the body to be a healthy entity. That said, the last thing chiropractors want to do is place obstacles in the way of achieving wellness. “If you really think about the wellness mindset, it can also apply to the student learning experience,” says Dr. Marchiori. “We’ve had to ask ourselves throughout this project,


‘What are some typical obstacles to optimal student learning and student life?’ One is not facilitating student collaboration outside of classrooms; another is not having access to spaces that allow you to comfortably study, or spaces that are large enough and centrally located to be convenient throughout the day,” says Dr. Weinert. “Thankfully, the Learning Commons will leave no room for such obstacles.’’ To say the David D. Palmer Learning Commons


allows students to live and learn unlike anything else would be accurate—but not complete. The project also sends a message to the broader chiropractic community, one that does justice to the iconic statement that’s inscribed above the Brady Street entrance to the century-old B.J. Palmer Classroom Building: Enter to learn how.


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