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Contact: Pam Gilchrist
COLUMBUS, OH – September 14, 2009 – A groundbreaking ceremony will be held on September 23, 10 a.m., 6141 Clark State Road, Jefferson Township near Columbus, Ohio, for the Universal Design Living Laboratory (UDLL).
The Universal Design Living Laboratory will bring attention to three critical architectural design and building concepts through their national demonstration home and garden: universal design, green sustainable building and healthy chemical-free materials.
This home will not only serve as the residence of project leaders Rosemarie Rossetti Ph.D. and Mark Leder, but also will be used to teach residential and commercial builders, architects, landscape architects, designers, interior designers, manufacturer’s representatives/distributors, and home buyers. The 3,500 square foot ranch-style home will incorporate the finest craftsmanship and state-of-the-art products, technology and services.
The couple is on a personal mission to increase awareness of the home of the future.
Rossetti Ph.D., internationally known speaker and advocate for people with disabilities with her husband, Mark Leder, are leading the national project. Rossetti and Leder married on June 10, 1995. Three years later, the couple’s lives were transformed forever while bicycling on a sunny afternoon. A 3.5 ton tree came crashing down on Rossetti. She was paralyzed from the waist down with a spinal cord injury – this was the beginning of a remarkable new journey.
UDLL will submit an application for a LEED for Homes certification with the U.S. Green Building Council and the National Association of Home Builders National Green Building Program. Michael Holcomb, President of The Alliance for Environmental Sustainability said, “Every great movement begins with a vision. Universal Design Living Laboratory is to be commended for casting the vision of truly sustainable construction by adding the cornerstone of full accessibility to their design.”
Currently there are more than 100 international, national and local corporations and organizations contributing products and services to assist in building this home. The home will be open to the public for tours upon completion. Ticket proceeds will benefit spinal cord injury research at The Ohio State University.
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