Ours is an education of the whole person. Integral to that are the interactions that take place among our students, and among our students and faculty. The Linda E. McMahon Commons is a place where those important connections can be made.
An Uncommon Commons
Spanning four levels and 46,000 square feet, the distinctive and dramatic Linda E. McMahon Commons is located at the junction of the Humanities Center Academic Wing an Merton Hall, leading to the William H. Pitt Health and Recreation Center. Set seamlessly into the hillside, the building beautifully weaves architecture and landscape. A sophisticated exterior of glass and stone creates an important visual tie to surrounding buildings, enhancing the overall effect with a similar but distinctive coloration. Walls of glass create a transparent, open sensation throughout the building, bringing in abundant natural light and opening up dramatic vistas to other areas and buildings across the campus.
As impressive as the building’s form will be its wide-ranging function. The lower level features a well equipped pub for various student and campus activities; the first floor, an impressive presentation room along with the University’s bookstore; the second floor, student services such as Career Services, and the top floor, two separate dining areas seating 250 people, plus a state-of-the-art kitchen.
From a meeting of a few friends to an official University gathering, from a quick lunch to a formal patio dinner, from a solo study session to a full-house presentation, the McMahon Commons meets a variety of needs, providing valuable space, resources and support for our students, our faculty and our entire Sacred Heart community.
Enriching a Whole Education
At Sacred Heart University, we are preparing men and women for professional excellence, but even more, we are preparing them for life. As the second-largest independent Catholic university in New England, we are committed to challenging, nurturing and developing the whole individual, the whole student.
The Linda E. McMahon Commons is a testament to our University’s broad, student-centered education. This dramatic building is a key part of an exciting, forward-looking vision for our University—one that began with our Chapel, and is now continuing with our impressive new McMahon Commons.
Linking our University’s academic, spiritual and extracurricular cores, as well as our upper and lower campuses, the distinctive V-shaped McMahon Commons serves as a physical and social crossroads for our campus, while providing a variety of services to meet the evolving needs of our students.
This prominent addition is not only transformative for our campus, but more importantly, it enriches the quality and breadth of our University’s education. We invite you to learn more about the new McMahon Commons, and we ask for your support, as we grow together toward a “whole” new future at Sacred Heart University.