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Trees Hall

Joseph C. Trees Hall
Trees Hall

Trees Hall, home of Trees Pool at the University of Pittsburgh

Building information
Full name: Joseph C. Trees Hall
City: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
Capacity: ~3,000
Opened: 1962
Architect(s): Deeter & Ritchey
Home club(s): University of Pittsburgh Swimming and Diving
Team Pittsburgh Aquatics
Name Length Width Depth Lanes
Pool 1
Pool 2
23m ≤ 4.9m 8 or 20

Joseph C. Trees Hall is a multipurpose student, staff, faculty recreational facility on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. First opened in 1962 with a second phase of construction was completed in 1965, Trees Hall houses the School of Education's Department of Health and Physical Activity, various student recreation facilities, a pool that serves as the home to Pitt's varsity men's and women's swimming and diving teams, and the primary training facility for Pitt's varsity women's gymnastics team.


  • History and use 1
  • Trees Pool 2
    • Notable Trees Pool Events 2.1
  • Gymnastics Training Center 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

History and use

Trees Hall, designed by the architectural firm of Deeter & Ritchey in the international style,[1] first opened in 1962,[2] with a second phase of construction was completed in 1965.[3] It serves as the home to University of Pittsburgh School of Education's Department of Health and Physical Activity.

Trees facilities include a dance studio, weight room, racquetball and handball courts, three basketball/volleyball courts, a gymnastics area, climbing wall, golf practice area, classrooms, and a computer lab and also serves as the home of the athletic training program at the University.[4][5][6]

Trees Hall's pool serves as the home to Pitt's varsity men's and women's swimming and diving teams and the facility also houses the training facility for Pitt's women's gymnastics team. Trees Hall previously served as the primary home to the Pitt women's volleyball team from 1974-1981 until they moved into Fitzgerald Field House starting with the 1982 season.[7]

Trees Hall underwent significant renovations in 1999 when the gymnasium floors were resurfaced to provide a secondary practice facility for many of the Panthers teams,[8] a $5.1 million renovation in 2004 when gymnastics and other training facilities were added,[9] and a $2 million renovation to Trees Pool in 2008.[10]

Trees Hall is named for Pitt alumnus, trustee, benefactor, and prominent athletic supporter Joseph Clifton Trees (M.E. 1895) who donated $100,000 for the construction of the original Trees Gymnasium in 1912 which, now demolished, sat near the site of the present day Veterans Administration Hospital in Oakland.[11][12] While at Pitt in 1891, Trees became Pitt's first subsidized athlete as a star 210 pound tackle on Pitt's football team.[13]

Trees Pool

Trees Pool

Joseph C. Trees Pool, housed in the left wing of Trees Hall, is home of the men's and women's University of Pittsburgh Swimming and Diving teams and features a 75-by-165 foot (23-by-50 meter) Olympic-size swimming pool with a 770,000 gallon capacity. This main pool has the dual capability of an eight-lane, 50-meter course or a 20-lane 25-yard (23 m) course. When completed in 1962, it was hailed as the largest indoor pool in the country.[14] Although it was one of the last 55-yard (50 m) pools constructed in the United States, it was also one of the first pools with a 10-meter high-dive tower, underwater windows, underwater sound system, and heated deck and benches. Along with the 10 meter diving platform, it also has 5 and 7 meter platforms.[15] An additional 6-lane 25-yard (23 m) pool was added in the summer of 1963. In 2002, a Daktronic scoreboard was installed and dedicated the Ben Grady, a former Pitt head swimming coach. In 2003, a Panthers' Wall of Fame was unveiled that featured plaques of every Pitt Swimming and Diving All-American as well as conference and meet championship trophies.[16] Currently, the diving area is equipped with two one-meter and two three-meter durafirm stands with maxiflex boards, in addition to multiple diving towers with a 16-foot (4.9 m) water depth.[8] Trees pool is underwent a $1.92 million major renovation completed in September 2008 which includes a new bottom logo, new 1-meter diving platforms, new pool deck, new deck heating, new water heating, filtration and circulation systems, and a reduction of the pool length from 55m to 50m.[10][17] Trees Pool is also the home of Team Pittsburgh youth and masters swimming program.[18]

Notable Trees Pool Events

Intramural basketball courts
  • 1964 Women's Senior Indoor National Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Championships[19]
  • 1982 Women's College Nationals AIAW Championships
  • 17 (1983–1996, 1998, 2010, 2012) Big East Swimming and Diving Championships.[20]
  • Numerous Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships (including 2004, 2008, and 2011)
  • 2003 Long Course Eastern Zone Championships[21]
  • 2005 Senior Olympics (swimming, Trees Hall also hosted badminton and volleyball)[22]

Gymnastics Training Center

Interior court yard of Trees Hall

Completed and official opened on October 23, 2004, the Gymnastics Training Center provides 12,000 square feet (1,100 m2) of gymnastics training space to the University of Pittsburgh women's gymnastics team. The second-largest training facility in the East Atlantic Gymnastics League, the Trees Hall gymnastics training facility has two complete vaulting set-ups (one landing into a resipit and the other into foam blocks), three sets of uneven bars (one over a resipit), a single bar over a foam block/resipit, a trench bar system, five balance beams with mount and dismount areas, low beam space, stack beams and beam dismounts into pits, a full floor exercise including tumbling pits, a rod floor/tumble trac into a resipit, an in-ground trampoline, and other amenities such as cardio equipment, lockers, and a music center.[23] The gymnastics team holds its home meets in Fitzgerald Field House, which sits across Aliquippa Street from Trees Hall and is also connected by an underground tunnel.


Joseph C. Trees, "a true Pitt man" according to the 1915 The Owl student yearbook.[24]
  1. ^ University of Pittsburgh Facilities Management Division; MacLachlan, Cornelius & Filoni, Inc. (2010-01-29), Proposed Institutional Master Plan Update University of Pittsburgh (Final Draft), University of Pittsburgh, p. 41, retrieved 2011-01-23 
  2. ^ CMU Architectural Archives: Trees Hall
  3. ^ Fact Book 1974, University of Pittsburgh, 1974; Documenting Pitt; accessdate=2008-08-27
  4. ^ Pitt tour: Trees Hall
  5. ^ Facility Information - Sports and Recreation
  6. ^ Trees Hall computer lab
  7. ^ Amato, Nicole; Cuprik, Brad, eds. (2006). 2006 Pitt Volleyball Media Guide. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh. p. 35. Retrieved 2010-06-23. 
  8. ^ a b Athletic facilities: Trees Pool
  9. ^ University Times: Building, renovation projects abound, 2002
  10. ^ a b NewsFromPitt: Construction and Renovations, 2008
  11. ^ Agnes Lynch Starrett, Through one hundred and fifty years: the University of Pittsburgh, pgs 234, 330, 1935
  12. ^ Robert C. Alberts, Pitt: the story of the University of Pittsburgh, 1787-1987, pg 61-62, 1986
  13. ^ 1998 Pitt Football Media Guide, pg 138
  14. ^ Robert C. Alberts, Pitt: the story of the University of Pittsburgh, 1787-1987, pg 264, 1986
  15. ^ University of Pittsburgh, accessdate=2008-12-13
  16. ^ 2006-07 Pitt Swimming and Diving Media Guide
  17. ^ Trees Pool renovations
  18. ^ Team Pittsburgh aquatics
  19. ^ Heufelder, Bill (April 17, 1964). "3 More Marks Fall In AAU Swim". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved February 5, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Big East Swimming and Diving Championship Begins Friday at Trees Pool". 2012-02-09. Retrieved 2012-02-19. 
  21. ^ LC Easter Zone Championship
  22. ^ University Times:Pitt expected to be hub of Senior Olympics games
  23. ^ Gymnastics Facility
  24. ^ The Owl, 1915, pg 4

External links

  • Trees Hall on Pitt's virtual Campus Tour
  • Trees Pool at
  • Trees Pool Records
  • Trees Hall on Pitt's Intramurals & Recreation website
  • Pitt Swimming & Diving
  • Pitt Gymnastics
  • Team Pittsburgh
Preceded by
Langley Hall
University of Pittsburgh Buildings
Trees Hall

Constructed: 1958-1962, 1965
Succeeded by
Litchfield Towers
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