National firm to design plaza for Pittsburgh's last large mill site
The owners of a former steel mill property in Hazelwood have selected a Seattle firm that designed the grounds of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington to create plans for a grand plaza at the site.
Almono LLC selected Gustafson Guthrie Nichol from among more than 30 firms that submitted proposals to build a plaza on the 178-acre property that was formerly home to an LTV Steel rolling mill and coke plant.
Rebecca Flora, Almono's project director, said the company would work with local engineering and design firms to come up with a plan suitable for potential users.
“This will be sort of a civic space, a gathering type of space, where there could be lunchtime performances and things like that, sort of like Market Square,” Flora said.
The property formerly known as Almono and renamed Hazelwood Green, is slated for redevelopment as a green, high-tech center with space for housing, offices and recreation. The property is jointly owned by the Richard King Mellon and Benedum Foundations and the Heinz Endowments.
Original plans for the property included space for a public plaza.
Flora said the plaza should be complete by next fall and will likely include seating, green space with native plantings, lighting, public art and space for seasonal events.
She said the plaza would be on the south end of Mill 19, a former rolling mill that's being retrofitted by the Regional Industrial Development Corp. as a high-tech research space.
Carnegie Mellon University's Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Institute will be the first anchor tenant. The building is scheduled for completion in 2019.