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New Institute Award Will Honor Founding Member

Wednesday, September 28, 2011  
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Every time the National Institute of Building Sciences presents its new Lifetime Achievement Award, the organization will be honoring a founding Institute member at the same time that it highlights a well-deserving recipient.

The merit-based award, named in honor of Mortimer M. Marshall, Jr., FAIA, FCSI, NOMAC, will recognize members that demonstrate exceptional service to the Institute, the Board of Directors and/or the organization.

"Mort has shown tremendous commitment to the National Institute of Building Sciences for more than three decades," said Institute President Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA. "This award recognizes him as a role model to others while honoring his dedication to improving the built environment."

The first paid member of the Institute (his original application bears the notation member number 101), Marshall has been a continuous member of the Institute since 1978 when he submitted his application and became an initial member of the Consultative Council. He served on the Consultative Council Executive Committee from 1978 to 1981 and as secretary of the Council in 1981. Marshall was elected to two terms on the Institute Board of Directors, the first from 1981 to 1987, and the second from 2005 to 2011. He served as treasurer in both terms, the second time for his entire tenure.

Marshall, who was involved in the Institute’s founding 35 years ago, provided an enormous amount of historical knowledge to the Board. He has been instrumental in the formulation of many programs at the Institute, providing guidance and leadership, and continues today to assist the organization.

President of The Marshall Group, a family-owned architecture, structural engineering, contract management and general contracting firm in Reston, Va., Marshall is a registered architect in a number of states and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.

A former partner in the Washington, D.C., firm of Giles and Marshall, Marshall previously served as director of design on the staff of the Secretary of Defense from 1967 to 1982. There, he was responsible for the development and implementation of all design criteria, policies and construction standards used in the U.S. Department of Defense’s annual, multi-billion-dollar, worldwide design and construction program.

During this period, Marshall traveled extensively throughout the world, evaluating military schools, family housing and medical facilities (including hospitals and medical and dental clinics) to ascertain that they met military design standards and criteria. He led the team that developed the program used in the design of the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. He also served in responsible positions with the Naval Facilities Engineering Command.

Marshall is one of only 20 individuals in the nation to have the distinction of being a Fellow of both the American Institute of Architects and the Construction Specifications Institute. He is also a member of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) Council, a level of NOMA membership bestowed on those members that have made significant contributions to the profession.

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