Community Center

Photo of the exterior of the Community Center

People, Place, Programming — and Coffee

The Community Center at Mount Holyoke College serves as the anchor to the College community. The complex combines new and old construction to offer a 21st-century design that incorporates the history of the College. The new Dining Commons, which is open to the College community from early morning to late in the evening, extends beyond Blanchard Hall and the Great Room, both of which have been renovated.

Blanchard now houses the Division of Student Life, along with several gathering places of various sizes, including the new Cochary Pub & Kitchen, Unity Space and Grab n’ Go. New theatrical lighting enhances the Great Room as a performance space.

Completing the Community Center with dining is the cornerstone goal of Mount Holyoke’s 2014 Facilities Master Plan Study. Designed by the renowned Bergmeyer Associates, Inc., with input and feedback from countless members of the Mount Holyoke community, the project was created in the context of Mount Holyoke’s institutional strategic plan, time-honored traditions and history, and the commitment to address the needs of today’s students.

Becoming a part of the Mount Holyoke community, whether taking classes or teaching them, working as a staff member or visiting as an alumna, means participating in a vibrant community. The Community Center’s many access points and spaces exemplifies the community in all its broad diversity.

Construction Video

Watch a time-lapse video of the construction, rising from the ground, beam by steel beam.


More about the Community Center

The MHC Dining Commons includes made-to-order wok dishes.

MHC’s new Dining Commons is now open!

Welcome to the Dining Commons, which offers cuisine from around the world, extended hours and unlimited swipes in a spacious and modern setting.
Acting President Sonya Stephens scoops Mount Holyoke's new official flavor of ice cream: M&Cs

Sweet Scoop!

Crumbled gingersnaps mixed into an ice cream base designed to taste like Chef Jeff’s iconic cookies, M&Cs is now the College’s official ice cream flavor.
Susi Ryan and Sisters in Stitches Joined By the Cloth, a quilt guild based in Holbrook, Massachusetts, spoke at the Jan. 31 Interfaith Lunch on the theme of Engaging Art and Identity: Quilting Our Lives Together.

Food, faith, fellowship

Mount Holyoke’s Interfaith Lunch serves up conversation — with sides of laughter, soup and cookies — every Wednesday in the new Unity Space.
Photo of the Weissman Student Commons in Blanchard Hall

A community space dedicated to leadership

Mount Holyoke College is thrilled to introduce the new Weissman Student Commons. Watch the video.
Image of external view of community center

Coming spring of 2018: the Community Center

The new community center with dining currently under construction is slated to open in early 2018.
Image of Blanchard Campus Center in winter.

Creating community in campus center, dining.

The Board of Trustees will consider a $50 million renovation and expansion of the Blanchard Campus Center to enhance dining and community at Mount Holyoke.
Mount Holyoke's new dining facilities will provide a new eating experience designed to meet the needs of a diverse student population.

Diverse food for a diverse campus

The Community Center will open in January with a greater focus on flexibility and sustainability, says John Fortini of Dining Services.