About the Center-Jared L. Cohon University Center - Carnegie Mellon University

About the Cohon University Center

The Jared L. Cohon University Center opened for business on August 23, 1996. Planning for the Cohon Center began in the mid-eighties, in an effort to improve the university’s quality of life. A university jury selected the plan developed by Michael Dennis & Associates in a national design competition. Urban Design Associates (UDA) of Pittsburgh assisted Dennis’s Boston-based firm. The resulting 300,000-square-foot building has been called the “crown jewel” of campus.

The center has become a hub for students, faculty, and staff who pay multiple visits each day for meals, meetings, study groups, live music and performances, films, and other activities. In the center you will find a dining gallery with many options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The University Bookstore and Art Store are located in the Cohon University Center, where you can find textbooks, Carnegie Mellon apparel, art supplies, and much more.

The Cohon Center’s recreational fitness component includes a full-size gymnasium for basketball or volleyball, a weight room with a complete set of weight machines, racquetball/squash courts, a 25-yard lap swimming pool, a separate diving well, and a studio for group exercise classes.

Director's Message

Welcome to the online home of the Jared L. Cohon University Center at Carnegie Mellon University. Opened in August 1996, the Cohon University Center is a mixed-use building intended to serve the body, the mind, and the spirit. A distinctive feature of the Cohon Center is its openness and easy access from one part of the building to another. It is intended to provide a welcoming and inclusive gathering place for all members of the university community. There is recreational and fitness equipment available for the campus community, including a full-size gymnasium and swimming pool. The Center also provides diverse programming and many convenient services.

We hope to see you in the Cohon Center, where you can experience its offerings first hand, whether you take a campus tour; enjoy a film in our 450-seat, state-of-the-art theater; have a meal at one of our dining outlets; or stop by our retail shop for Carnegie Mellon apparel.

We strive to make your experience pleasant and are always looking for suggestions about ways to improve. Please feel free to contact me or any member of the center for assistance.

Marcia Gerwig
Director of the Jared L. Cohon University Center