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Newly Renovated Cohen Auditorium Opens

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Welcome Reception on Saturday, October 5, 2013

Renovated Cohen Auditorium


This past Family Weekend, Tufts Provost and Senior Vice President David Harris welcomed families in the newly renovated Cohen Auditorium, the largest auditorium/lecture hall on Tufts' Medford/Somerville campus.

Students and their families pack Cohen Auditorium for the welcome reception on Saturday, October 5, 2013.

Photo: Alonso Nichols/Tufts University

Designed by Leers Weinzapfel Architects of Boston, the renovations include all-new seating, advanced teaching technology, improved sound, lighting and projection, as well as a reconfigured stage that better accommodates dance and theatre performances. In addition, the heating and cooling systems were upgraded.

While 58 plaques from the Tufts "Take a Seat" campaign have been installed on the backs of seats, over 500 seats in Cohen remain available for donors to inscribe. Supporters can commemorate their own graduation year, acknowledge a favorite professor, and honor a student, family member, or friend by "taking a seat." The goal is to secure donors for the remaining plaques, and the fundraising and promotion of "Take a Seat" will continue throughout the academic year. For more information, please contact the School of Arts and Sciences Development Office at 617-627-3732.

Project Manager John Crow praised "the vision, courage and talent" demonstrated by Tufts' Lois Stanley and the Leers Weinzapfel architectural team in developing the design of the new Cohen Auditorium. Crow credits Stanley, Director of University Space Management and Planning, with involving the students, faculty and staff in the design process. During the planning and design phases, Stanley met with faculty who teach in Cohen to identify priorities for the renovation. She also met with students to understand their use of the space for performances and special events, to test the seating options, and to provide input on the finishes. "Lois was the driving force," says Crow, "and she deserves a lot of credit for being so foresighted and inclusive of the faculty and students."