Pittsburgh Location – Mill 19

In 2017, Carnegie Mellon University won the award from the Department of Defense to set up the ARM (Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing) Institute. Following the award, the ARM Institute set up interim operations at NREC (National Robotics Engineering Center) while the Institute waited for their Mill 19 headquarters located in Pittsburgh’s Hazelwood neighborhood to be completed.

Mill 19 & Hazelwood

The ARM Institute is located in Pittsburgh’s Hazelwood neighborhood at Mill 19, located just a few minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. The Hazelwood neighborhood was once a thriving neighborhood insured by the Jones & Laughlin (J&L) Steel Company. When J&L shuttered, like most steel town cities and neighborhoods, the neighborhood lost its primary employer and much of the population left. For years, the site remained empty until it was purchased by a group of Pittsburgh foundations under the name Almono LP. RIDC working with Almono LP began site remediation and Carnegie Mellon and the ARM Institute were named as the site’s first anchor tenants.

Built under the exterior skeleton of the steel mill, Mill 19 pays homage to the neighborhood’s vibrant past while the future of U.S. manufacturing is being guided within. The ARM Institute is co-located with Carnegie Mellon University’s Manufacturing Futures Institute at Mill 19 A, the first of three buildings built under the steel mill exoskeleton. ARM Member Catalyst Connection, Southwestern Pennsylvania’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), is located on the third floor of Mill 19 A.

Mill 19 Quick Facts

Robotics Demo

265,000 square-foot: Upon the build-out of all three buildings, Mill 19 will occupy 265,000 square feet

178-acre: Mill 19 sits on the 178-acre Hazelwood Green site

4,784 silicon panels: Mill 19 is home to the nation’s largest single sloped solar array

Continued Development

Mill 19 sits on a larger plot of development in Hazelwood called Hazelwood Green. Joining us at Hazelwood Green is Motional, an autonomous vehicle company, and OneValley, entrepreneurship platform and co-working space. Plans for continued development of the site include Carnegie Mellon University building a new robotics innovation center and an institute focused on advanced materials and manufacturing. The University of Pittsburgh also plans to build a new commercial bioresearch and development facility named BioForge at the site.

Hazelwood Community

The ARM Institute is dedicated to being a changemaker in the Hazelwood Community. As part of our community outreach efforts, we lead a larger working group comprised of Hazelwood stakeholders to find areas of opportunity for the community. We have also hosted events for members of the Community, including partnering with the Boys & Girls Club of Southwestern Pennsylvania and the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy on an AI and Robotics Summer Camp for students, student workshops with the Girls of Steel, and other educational events.

The ARM Institute is proud to be located in Pittsburgh, one of the world’s largest epicenters for robotics development. Through our work and our partnership with the Pittsburgh Robotics Network, we work with the city’s robust ecosystem of robotics companies.

According to the Pittsburgh Robotics Network, the greater Pittsburgh Community boasts:

  • 105+ Robotics Industry Organizations
  • 18 Industry Verticals
  • $3.4B Investments in Robotics Companies
  • 20+ Academic & Research Organizations
  • 7,000 Workers Employed by the Robotics Industry