Features & Design

An Uncommon Commons
The new McMahon Commons was designed 
by internationally renowned Sasaki Architects,
who designed our award-winning Chapel,
and other major projects at such schools as Harvard
Boston College, and Trinity College in Hartford.
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 will feature 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 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 new McMahon Commons will meet a variety of needs, providing valuable space, resources and support for our students, our faculty and our entire Sacred Heart community.
Exterior of McMahon Commons
  • Sophistication and elegance, without extravagance                                                      
  • Open, transparent building with lots of glass
  • Italian natural stone
  • Working toward LEED Silver certification
Interior of McMahon Commons
  • Beautiful interior finishes
  • Terrazzo floors
  • Monumental staircase at core of building
  • Expansive, comfortable lounge area
  • Large dining area seating 250 people