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October 21, 2019

Mill 19 Wins ULI Pittsburgh’s 2019 Placemaking Award for Visionary Place!


RIDC Mill 19 Phase A won ULI Pittsburgh’s 2019 Placemaking Award for Visionary Place! Featuring a building within a building architectural design, the 1,300-foot-long historic steel mill is a living emblem of Pittsburgh’s transformation from a steel city to a robotics city.

Owned by Regional Industrial Development Corporation (RIDC), Mill 19 is the first permanent economic development-focused investment in a decades-long effort to redevelop the 178-acre Hazelwood Green site, a riverfront brownfield located in the struggling, yet vibrant Hazelwood community of Pittsburgh.

The original mill’s metal walls and roof have been stripped away, intentionally revealing its underlaying steel superstructure. Inside the exoskeleton, there will be a 264,000 square foot high-tech complex separated into three new buildings with light industrial, R&D, office space and outdoor public amenities. The project will also feature a range of sustainable measures to meet the goal of achieving LEED-NC v4 Gold certification and near net zero energy usage.

RIDC Mill 19 Phase A is currently home to Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM), catalyzed by Carnegie Mellon University, and will soon also be home to CMU’s Manufacturing Futures Initiative and Catalyst Connection. These tenants will develop and deploy advanced robotics and additive manufacturing technologies that promise to both preserve and expand the region’s manufacturing sectors.

RIDC Mill 19 Phase A, and its tech-driven tenants, will catalyze further development at Hazelwood Green, which is expected to bring as many as 6,000 jobs to Hazelwood, and transform the site into a highly sustainable, mixed-use, high-tech innovation district.

Our deepest gratitude to our funders. Without you, RIDC Mill 19 Phase A wouldn’t have been possible.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

The Richard King Mellon Foundation

An Anonymous Foundation Donor

PNC Bank

Commonwealth Cornerstone Group

Pittsburgh Urban Initiatives, a URA affiliate


The Rose Urban Green Fund

Many thanks to our board and everyone who has been a part of bringing this hallmark project to life.

Special thanks to:

MSR Design for RIDC Mill 19’s architectural design.

Turner Construction Company, our project’s general contractor.

Our major sub-contractors:

Mele – Site work

Modany Falcone – Concrete

Marsa – Masonry

Amthor Steel – Superstructure

Laswell Steel – Miscellaneous Steel

JLJI – Framing and Carpentry

Pennsylvania Roofing Systems

Gurtner (Curtain Wall and Glazing)

SSM – Plumbing, Mechanical

Clista – Electric and Fire Alarm

Preferred Fire Protection – Sprinkler