MFI researchers and robots occupy a state-of-the-art facility at the newly constructed Mill 19 building on the 178-acre site known as Hazelwood Green.

The first building of the new Hazelwood Green development, Mill 19 once served as the location of the Pittsburgh region’s most productive steel mills, employing more than 5,000 workers during its heyday. Today, Mill 19 once again represents the region’s leadership in manufacturing.

Mill 19 functions as a collaborative innovation space for the Manufacturing Futures Initiative and the nonprofit Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM). With more than 200 members, ARM prepares American companies to achieve global leadership in innovation by equipping workers with the best technological tools and workforce programs. ARM also will help small businesses that have been shut out of previous robotics advances to adapt the newest technologies to their needs, further building the manufacturing base and promoting innovation.

The two organizations occupy the first two floors of the Mill 19 building and nearly 60,000 square feet. The space includes a high bay and a corridor of flexible lab bays, as well as a conferencing and workforce training center. Catalyst Connection, southwestern Pennsylvania’s manufacturing extension partner, has its headquarters in the third floor of the Mill 19 building. The organization serves as a resource for small and medium manufacturers in the region, and will collaborate with both MFI and ARM. 

Mill 19, showing how it's build in an old steel mill

Source: College of Engineering

The new construction at Mill 19 was done entirely within the frame of the old steel mill.

Mill 19 will soon be home to a number of projects expanding from CMU’s main campus, including an exciting new University Leadership Initiative funded by NASA. CMU is a world leader in 3D printing, defining the future of advanced manufacturing from metals to bioprinting. With this strong foundation in advanced manufacturing, led by the Next Manufacturing Center and MFI, along with the support of the NASA University Leadership Initiative, researchers from CMU will develop a new ecosystem that allows for the improved qualification of advanced manufacturing processes and materials in aviation. A collaboration between CMU and several other companies and institutions, this work will largely be housed in the Mill 19 facility.

We are excited to be able to provide a home for students, faculty, government, and industry partners alike to come together to foster revolutionary ideas in the field of manufacturing and are committed to making this a vibrant resource.

Sandra DeVincent Wolf, Executive Director, Manufacturing Futures Initiative

Mill 19 is even currently housing tenants, including autonomous vehicle company Aptiv and the university’s own self-driving vehicle program, lead by Raj Rajkumar of CMU's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Aptiv, the first private sector company in Mill 19, will relocate to Mill 19 by the second quarter of 2020. Aptiv, which is taking the second building in Mill 19 alongside MFI and ARM in the first building, will have three floors and 70,000 square feet for its operations.

Mill 19 will also include a third building, the largest of the three, which will kick off development in 2020.



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