MHC’s Community Center: Watch the video

Mount Holyoke’s new Community Center will open at the start of the spring semester.

Work on Mount Holyoke College’s new Community Center continues, with the top two floors of Blanchard Hall getting a brand-new look: Fresh carpet and lighting help create an open and airy feel to the space, which is now occupied by student life and student organization offices. The brand-new Unity Space on the second floor will provide students with a peaceful space to connect with one another.  

The improvements are not merely aesthetic: The student workspaces on the third floor have been reorganized to provide flexible, tech-friendly office space for student groups. The building is weathertight, with new windows and roofing. Outside, new stairs lead up to the building and new pathways connect Skinner Green to Ciruti Language Center.  

Mount Holyoke is also pleased to welcome the new director of Dining Services, Richard Perna. Perna has a strong culinary background and has spent much of his career in food service and the dining industry, most recently with Chartwells Dining Services. He will lead the College into the new era of centralized dining with nine food stations that will offer the community unprecedented variety.  

Here’s the latest on the new space and the future of the Community Center: 

  • All floors of Blanchard are open until the end of fall semester final exams, at which time the first floor, where food is served, will be closed and renovated.

  • The Community Center and its dining halls will open at the end of winter break.

  • Renovations to Blanchard’s first floor will continue throughout the spring, with the goal of work being completed before seniors graduate in May.

  • The second floor of Blanchard Hall is open. It is now home to:

    • student life leadership offices

    • the new Unity Space

    • newly renovated conference rooms, with more room, new furniture and upgraded technology to facilitate meetings. 

Watch a video of the plans for the Community Center.


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