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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Universal Design Living Laboratory (UDLL) Groundbreaking on 9/23 a Success!

09.24.2009 – More than 100 people including regional media attended ground breaking for the “National Demonstration Home” will be the first of its kind in the U.S.A. Part home and part educational lab – the Frank Lloyd Wright inspired project will incorporate universal design, green and healthy building elements. The Universal Design Living Laboratory is a national demonstration home and garden design project that will bring attention to three critical architectural design and building concepts: 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.

Rosemarie 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. Visit or email Rosemarie at

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