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
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