Smith’s Viewpoint: Where Will the Next Phase of Job Growth Take Place?

When RIDC built Mill 19 at Hazelwood Green, we viewed it as a project that would have a catalytic effect on the undeveloped portion of that site and, ultimately, an economic impact that would benefit the community and the region as a whole. We’ve achieved some important milestones thus far, and more activity is in […]

Photos: Butterfly Sanctuaries at RIDC Mill 19 and Tech Forge

Did you know there are butterfly sanctuaries at RIDC Mill 19 and Tech Forge? Butterflies are attracted to bright flowers and need to feed on nectar. When they do their bodies collect pollen and carry it to other plants. This helps fruits, vegetables and flowers produce new seeds. The flowers planted at both properties were […]

TechVibe Radio: RIDC’s Commitment to Transforming Industrial Spaces, Innovation and Sustainable Development

RIDC President Don Smith talks with the Pittsburgh Technology Council‘s TechVibe Radio to detail RIDC’s commitment to transforming industrial spaces into thriving centers for innovation and sustainable development. Smith overviews RIDC’s approach to how revitalizing large, unused properties benefits not only the companies that occupy them, but also the communities in which they are located. […]

RIDC Mill 19 Buildings A & B Now LEED-NC v.4 Gold Certified

The USGBC National Capital Region has certified RIDC’s Mill 19 Buildings A & B LEED-NC v.4 Gold! Sustainable measures include the first two phases being designed to approach net zero energy use, featuring the largest single-sloped PV array in the country.

Breaking Ground: Green Building Innovation

RIDC’s Mill 19, which features the largest sloped rooftop solar array in the US and many other environmental attributes, is on the cover of Breaking Ground’s latest issue on green building.

YKK AP Technologies Lab (NA) Inc. Leases Space at RIDC Mill 19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Media Contact: Desiree Niccoli,, 412-535-5701 YKK AP Technologies Lab (NA) Inc. Leases Space at RIDC Mill 19 Pittsburgh, PA—January 9, 2023—Regional Industrial Development Corporation of Southwestern Pennsylvania (RIDC) announced that YKK AP Technologies Lab (NA) Inc. has signed a five-year lease for 7,576 square feet of space on the 3rd floor of […]

RIDC Mill 19 Receives Commendation for Excellence in Design for Change

The American Institute of Architects Minnesota recently honored RIDC Mill 19 with a Commendation for Excellence in Design for Change. The project was submitted for award consideration by MSR Design, the firm responsible for its iconic, transformational design. Photographer: Corey Gaffer Photo courtesy of MSR Design.

Work Begins on Mill 19 C’s Front Loggia

Work on RIDC Mill 19 C’s front loggia has started—it’s an extension of the walk in front of buildings A & B. Once complete, this loggia will be a quarter mile long.

Boston Business Journal – Autonomous Technology: Manufacturing Requires Real Estate

After R&D comes commercialization, but as real estate assets in high-cost markets dwindle and prices continue to rise, fast-growing companies in the autonomous technology field may need to look outside their hometowns to find the properties they need to test and manufacture their products. One place they should look is Pittsburgh. Our latest “The Autonomy […]

Mill 19: RIDC President Don Smith Accepts Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence

Brownfield redevelopment meets sustainable commercial development in this revival and reuse of a former steel mill at the 178-acre Hazelwood Green site, the last large riverfront brownfield in Pittsburgh city limits. RIDC stripped the mill’s metal walls and roof to reveal the underlying steel superstructure, while maximizing energy efficiency and building material reuse. RIDC abated […]

Final Steel Raised into Place at RIDC Mill 19 Building C

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: Desiree Niccoli,, 412-535-5701 FINAL STEEL RAISED INTO PLACE AT RIDC MILL 19 BUILDING C: STEEL BEAM SIGNED BY DIGNITARIES AND CONSTRUCTION TEAM Alex Jones Photography, courtesy of RIDC Pittsburgh, PA—April 1, 2022—Regional Industrial Development Corporation of Southwestern PA (RIDC) raised the final steel beam into place at RIDC Mill […]

VIDEO: Pittsburgh’s Autonomous ‘Renaissance’ — Executive Discussion

RIDC President Don Smith joined Matthew Johnson-Roberson, director of Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute and Danielle Proctor CEO of Advanced Construction Robotics, Inc. to discuss the fast-growing autonomous technology industry in Pittsburgh and its vast scope as it transitions from R&D to commercialization and manufacturing, creating jobs and other future growth opportunities. VIDEO + article: […]

President Joe Biden Visits RIDC’s Mill 19, Delivers Remarks on Infrastructure Law

President Joe Biden is at RIDC’s Mill 19 in Hazelwood Green today, putting a national spotlight on Pittsburgh and talking about strengthening the nation’s supply chains, revitalizing manufacturing, and much needed infrastructure improvements. The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is a $1 trillion investment in the nation’s infrastructure. His remarks live.

New Autonomous Vehicle Legislation Announced at RIDC Mill 19

Government officials announced at RIDC Mill 19 proposed new legislation that will make it easier to test autonomous vehicles in Pittsburgh, keep related jobs here, and allow research efforts to align more closely with industry standards, which is integral if the region is to remain competitive in the global sector. Findings detailed in Forefront, a […]

Mill 19 Landscape Architect Wins Inaugural Oberlander Prize

Huge congratulations to Julie Bargmann for winning the Inaugural Oberlander Prize in Landscape Architecture! She was a key collaborator with TEN x TEN, the firm that handled Mill 19‘s landscape architecture. Photos courtesy of TEN X TEN.

Digging Begins For Mill 19 Phase C

Last week, we started site digging for Mill 19 Phase C! Steel has also been ordered for the new building that will be constructed there, which we anticipate completing in 2023.