John Jay College of Criminal Justice – Haaren Hall

New York, NY


The John Jay College of Criminal Justice, a Manhattan college within the City University of New York system, is housed in the historically significant Haaren Hall, built in 1903. The facility includes the world’s largest criminal justice library, a swimming pool, classrooms, faculty and administrative offices, a theater, and a gym.

Additional renovations included the men and women's locker rooms, storage/lifeguard/faculty changing room, pool equipment room, small storage room, small adjacent office, and a new air-cooled condenser. A new suspended teak ceiling was installed to frame the pool’s spectator viewing window while a band of porcelain tiles were also added above the current white glazed-block walls. Additionally, the entire pool shell and floor was re-clad in mosaic tile with multi-colored accents.

Photos courtesy of Timothy Schenck Photography

Pool Type

Indoor 25 Yard

Project Type

University Campus Rec

Project Service

Design Services


Most Recent Project

Completed 2019


Helpern Architects

Project Amenities

The 15,000 sq. ft. Haaren Hall Natatorium includes a 25-yard pool with five lap lanes and depths ranging from 4 ft. to 13.4 ft. In 2019, a $5.75-million renovation was completed, consisting of the demolition and replacement of the existing finishes, replacement of floor markers and wall targets, upgrades to the pool equipment, and related mechanical and electrical work. The renovated pool mechanical room houses new pool filter equipment, heating and chemical system, steel pit covers, and an epoxy coated floor.

All physical changes meet NCAA standards, as the pool is home to the college’s women’s swim team and hosts several NCAA Division III swim events each year.

25-yard pool

five lap lanes

depths ranging from 4 ft. to 13.4 ft.

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