Built in 2008. The 20,000-square-foot multi-purpose building was originally used as a temporary dining facility while Cowan Dining Commons was demolished and replaced with a combination dining hall and Campus Center, the hub of student life on campus. Chowan opened just in time for the arrival of the students participating in the 2008 Governor’s Scholars Program.
In 2010, Chowan was retooled to accommodate two tennis courts and a third playing space for volleyball while remaining a space for large-scale activities, conferences, meetings, and catered events.
The Communications Office launched the "Name the New Eatery Contest," which gave current students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to lay claim to a piece of Centre history. The winning name, a play on the words "chow" and "Cowan" (the former dining facility), was submitted by Cortney Miller '11.