Located next to Carnegie Mellon's National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC), RIDC's properties offer space for high-tech companies in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh.
In 1996, RIDC purchased the Geoffrey Boehm Chocolates building with the intention of keeping the company up and running. Two years later, Geoffrey Boehm sold its business to Boyer Candy Company based in Altoona, Pennsylvania. Boyer left the building 6 months later.
In 2002, RIDC purchased the 14-acre, former Heppenstall Steel Company site. The acquisition of this property created the RIDC Lawrenceville Technology Center, which would be an “urban technology park”.
RIDC received $4 million in BIOS (Businesses In Our Sites) funds for the development of the Lawrenceville Technology Center. RIDC developed the area to attract small and midsize growth companies in the areas of research and design, as well as manufacturing and engineering. The money was used for demolition, construction, environmental cleanup and road development at the site.
The former Geoffrey Boehm Chocolates building was renovated into a multi occupancy, office/high tech manufacturing facility. Now known as the Chocolate Factory, the 71,000 square-foot building is home to some of Pittsburgh’s fastest-growing firms such as RedZone Robotics, nanoGriptech, and Helomics.
The former Heppenstall building, a 30,000 square-foot heavy industrial high-bay facility, was recently built out for Carnegie Robotics, a spin-off from the nearby National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC). The project won awards from NAIOP and the Pennsylvania Brownfields Conference.
There are now over 230 jobs in the Lawrenceville Tech Center.
*Note: properties with active links have space available
- 91 43rd Street: Chocolate Factory
- 4501 Hatfield Street: Blue Building
RIDC-owned land parcels
RIDC is currently preparing these parcels for new development and to accommodate the growing needs of current tenants.