Mervis Hall

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Mervis Hall at the University of Pittsburgh.

Mervis Hall is an academic building at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States that houses the Katz Graduate School of Business. The building was built by the IKM/SGE partnership on the former site of Forbes Field and dedicated in 1983.[1][2] The flagpole and a portion of the left and center field walls still exist just outside adjacent to the left plaza of the building. A bronze plaque indicates the portion over which Mazeroski's 1960 blast traveled.

Mervis Hall is named after Lou and Myra G. Mervis, who established a trust fund for Pitt's Graduate School of Business in 1972. Lou Mervis, a business administration major as an undergraduate, was a football star at Pitt under Coach Pop Warner. Mervis Hall was originally dedicated as the name of the building now called Thackeray Hall, which housed the Graduate School of Business from 1972 until it moved into the new Mervis Hall completed in 1983. Previous to this, business classes were held in the Cathedral of Learning and Bruce Hall.[3]

"Twin Circles Geared Together" on the second floor.

A number of photos, engravings, watercolors and mixed media works hang on the second and third floors. The 1971 aluminum sculpture "Twin Circles Geared Together" by Willi Gutmann located on the second floor was a gift from ALCOA. On the third floor, the Salvador Dalí lithograph, “Cosmic Athlete,” is among several works gracing the hallways.[4]

In the November, 2007, renovations on the building began and included a new $2.3 million, 3,000-square-foot (280 m2) financial lab completed in 2008 which simulates global financial markets. The lab provides students with real-time stock market data and features a financial trading simulator, stock tickers, tote display boards, 58 computer stations, live news feeds, and classroom space.[5] The lab also includes technology-enhanced breakout and conference rooms.[6] In other phases of the renovation, an additional $2.3 million will create new suites for administration and information technology services, as well as a new suite for the Master of Business Administration program that will house the placement, admissions, and career services departments the third floor of Mervis Hall.[7]



  1. Toker, Franklin (1986). Pittsburgh: an urban portrait. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press. p. 90. ISBN 0-271-00415-0.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Alberts, Robert C. (1986). "1976: The Turning Point". Pitt: The Story of the University of Pittsburgh, 1787-1987. Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press. p. 412. ISBN 0-8229-1150-7. Retrieved 2010-10-08.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Hall at Pitt Is Renamed". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 1972-10-11. p. 3. Retrieved 2009-05-26.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>[dead link]
  5. Leff, Amanda, New Financial Lab in Mervis Hall to Simulate Global Financial Markets, Aug 19, 2008; Pitt Chronicle; accessdate=2008-08-27
  6. Kimberly K. Barlow & Peter Hart, What's New? Places, University Times, Vol 41, No. 1, Aug 28, 2008; University of Pittsburgh, accessdate=2008-28-08
  7. News at Pitt

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Preceded by
Victoria Building
University of Pittsburgh Buildings
Mervis Hall

Constructed: 1983
Succeeded by
Cost Sports Center