Carnegie Mellon University
July 24, 2019

Carnegie Mellon Acquires Options To Expand its Presence at Hazelwood Green

Jason Maderer
Carnegie Mellon University has acquired options to expand its presence by 8.3 acres in Pittsburgh's Hazelwood Green revitalization project, bolstering CMU's trajectory of regional and national growth in research and economic development. The 178-acre mixed-use undertaking, on the site of a former steel mill, is being developed with the leadership of three foundations — the Richard King Mellon Foundation, The Heinz Endowments and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.

CMU was an early adopter of the first Hazelwood Green building, Mill 19, creating a cutting-edge facility that houses research, development and office space for the nonprofit Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) institute and CMU's Manufacturing Futures Initiative (MFI). ARM is a $250-million public-private collaborative, funded by the Department of Defense and catalyzed by CMU, that puts new technologies to work for industry. Both ARM and MFI, an interdisciplinary research initiative, were launched with the help of a $20 million gift from the Richard King Mellon Foundation, which provided significant support for research and the new Mill 19 facility.

The additional acreage at Hazelwood Green provides important and needed flexibility for the university's long-term expansion plan, yielding several co-located building sites that would allow CMU to construct research and office facilities, as well as high-bay and laboratory spaces in a campus-like setting. Carnegie Mellon will immediately establish a committee to explore its options for utilizing the property. The university also will engage the surrounding community and work in collaboration with the Greater Hazelwood Neighborhood Plan.

"This is a transformative opportunity for the university, both to create flexibility to address our space needs for the future and to continue to attract new industry partners and jobs to the area," said Carnegie Mellon President Farnam Jahanian. "We recognize the responsibility this brings and embrace the opportunity to engage our Hazelwood neighbors and partners with our faculty, staff and students to shape plans for the site."

"The Richard King Mellon Foundation and Carnegie Mellon University share more than a name. We share a vision for Pittsburgh's global leadership," said Sam Reiman, director of the Richard King Mellon Foundation. "Our partnership began in 1964 when the foundation saw world-changing potential in CMU's nascent computer science department. It continues today with CMU's latest big idea — to expand its presence at Hazelwood Green. The foundation applauds the university for reminding us that Pittsburgh's post-renaissance is only just beginning."

"The race to invent the future is on, and one of the places where that future is unfolding is Pittsburgh, thanks in no small part to Carnegie Mellon University and the creative minds and enterprises it attracts," said Grant Oliphant, president of The Heinz Endowments. "Carnegie Mellon is a global innovation powerhouse, and this decision will expand its platform for future growth and success. That alone is cause for celebration, as Pittsburgh's best hope for a new era of sustainable prosperity lies with the people, ideas, businesses and industries emerging from its dynamic research universities. But this decision is also a commitment to a place and to an idea. Like Pittsburgh itself, Hazelwood Green is a real place in a real neighborhood, where globally renowned and relevant work will not only drive the region's success but also nourish the well-being of the community around it. This is an exciting moment for Hazelwood, for Pittsburgh, and for all that will be created here."

"Hazelwood Green has received tremendous support from our local, state and national government leaders," Jahanian said. "Their continued involvement will help our community's sustained efforts to attract jobs and economic opportunity to the area."