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.