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“Palmer College is on the move. We’re preparing our people, programs, and facilities for the future so that we can continue to


produce the best chiropractors in the world.” —Dennis Marchiori, D.C., Ph.D. Chancellor and CEO


“Palmer College is on the move,” says Dr. Marchiori. “We’re


preparing our people, programs, and facilities for the future so that we can continue to produce the best chiropractors in the world. In the spirit of its namesake, The Educator, David D. Palmer, this facility is a haven for learners and their education.” Beyond being a space that students and faculty alike will want to spend time in, the Learning Commons shows that Palmer cares about its community, the chiropractic profession, and the overall well-being of human beings. “This project supports the center of our mission: our students. It’s a space for them, after all,” says Dr. Weinert. On the second floor, Dr. Marchiori and Dr. Weinert take a


moment to look around. The sun is beginning its hazy descent into the Davenport horizon. In a few short weeks, all construction equipment will be gone, and the College will begin the daunting task of ridding the space of dust and debris. The College will then make the finishing touches: moving in purple and gold furniture, adding some David D. Palmer artwork and artifacts, setting up lab equipment, and hooking up all technology. “We’re so close to realizing a multiyear project and another step


toward a full restoration of the Fountainhead of chiropractic,” Dr. Weinert says with a smile. He’s right, and for the students at Palmer College as well as the


entire chiropractic community, this project is sure to be one that will serve so many for generations to come.


HONORING HISTORY—WITH A MODERN FLAIR The Learning Commons is a special project for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is its use of historic arches. During the project’s planning phase, the Quad-Cities based architect, Melissa Morse, unexpectedly discovered the original, 100-year-old Palmer arches that were part of the building’s first blueprints overseen by B.J. Palmer—the son of the founder of both Palmer College and chiropractic. Affecting in stature, yet refined thanks to precise brickwork, the arches


have arguably guided the entire project, offering focal points, flair, and a sense of sophistication that harkens back to the College’s founding. “It was a complete surprise to find these arches,” says Dr. Marchiori.


“We were in a planning meeting when Melissa interrupted us to share the news.” The arches were originally used along the building’s exterior, and over the course of 50 years were covered by additional construction as


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