A New Center for Health, Wellness and Athletics
Carnegie Mellon students are academically engaged, curious, creative and driven. They hold themselves to the highest standards, which is why they become some of the world’s best researchers, engineers, artistic and creative visionaries, scientists and business innovators.
CMU aims to provide these remarkable young people with a support system during their formative college years that will help them to find a critical balance between their rigorous academic work and their personal well-being, and to develop positive habits, relationships and mindsets that will shape their lives and careers.
It starts with reinventing the university experience to enhance intellectual development, professional growth and personal well-being. Improving access to health services, counseling and athletics by locating these under one roof in a central facility and providing resources to grow current and future programs that address students’ academic, social and wellness needs are central to that commitment.
A new nexus of student life will rise at the corner of Tech and Margaret Morrison streets and serve as a new welcoming entrance to campus.
At its heart will be a modern, integrated facility for the delivery of health, wellness and athletics programs on the site of Skibo Gymnasium. The 160,000-square-foot, $105-million facility will revitalize an underused part of campus into a destination for campus life.
Highmark Inc. has made a lead grant to support the construction of this new health, wellness and athletics center, investing $35 million in the lives of Carnegie Mellon students. Announced in November 2019, this gift accelerated CMU’s vision of an integrated support system for students anchored by a facility where they will have the resources and tools to build health and wellness for a lifetime and reach their full potential — from classroom to courtside.
“This new centralized facility will improve access to health services, counseling, wellness and athletics activities with the goal of supporting students in building habits that will be the foundation for their future health, lives and careers.”
David Holmberg, president and CEO of Highmark Health
Research shows that when properly resourced and delivered, health, wellness and recreation programs can help students excel in their academic pursuits, which in turn helps with student retention, progression and graduation.
By putting these services under one roof, CMU will help students embrace health and wellness as a critical part of their studies, and prepare them for the full range of challenges in their lives.
The new health, wellness and athletics facility will provide a permanent home to:
University Health Services (UHS): A full-accredited primary care health center, UHS provides individualized medical care and health education and comprehensive care management for students requiring specialized care from Pittsburgh hospitals or other health care providers.
Counseling and Psychological Services (CaPS): CaPS helps students achieve and maintain a healthy mind and spirit in order to support their success and personal growth. Staff offer brief-term therapy, crisis intervention and triage, and connection to Pittsburgh mental health providers, as well as conducting outreach and workshops.
Wellness Programs: These initiatives provide students with opportunities to learn about self-care and self-advocacy through positive habit formation, mindfulness, religious and spiritual programming, stress management, healthy eating and sleeping, and exercise.
Athletics: The new facility will be the home for varsity athletics at CMU. The new and refreshed spaces will bring together coach and administrator offices, team sports, intramural athletics and recreation for the entire CMU community, allowing for a comprehensive program for student fitness and performance.
To date, nearly 20 donors have joined with Highmark Inc. in the effort to make this important part of a the CMU experience possible.