The Plaza: Hazelwood Green's first public space, and civic heart.
Six weeks into the design process, the team has met with focus groups to gather insight and input. Focus groups include: experts in park and public space, Hazelwood neighborhood representatives, site tenants, sustainability experts, Hazelwood youth, and programming and event managers, to name a few. The team anticipates that schematic drawings will be complete by end of July, with design development beginning in August. The public approval and permitting process is expected to take place over the Fall and Winter, followed by construction in the Spring. Completion and opening is anticipated in Summer 2019.
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About the Plaza
The two-acre space allocated for the Plaza lies south of the Mill 19 building, an expansive former mill structure currently under construction that will house Hazelwood Green’s first anchor tenants – the Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM) Instituteand Carnegie Mellon University’s Manufacturing Futures Initiative. Mill 19 will open out onto one of the Plaza’s four sides, with a second side facing Hazelwood Green’s Main Street – Lytle Street – that will begin construction this summer. The remaining two sides of the Plaza will be framed by future buildings that will activate first floor uses facing the Plaza as market interest evolves.
About the Design Team
A team led by the landscape architecture firm, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN) has been selected to design the Plaza.GGN, whose past work includes the National Museum of African American History and Culture (Washington, D.C.), North End Parks (Boston), and The Lurie Garden at Millennium Park (Chicago) was selected out of a field of 30 design firms that submitted qualifications in response to an RFQ issued in November 2017. Potential firms were shortlisted to a total of eight in January, all of which submitted proposals for the Plaza, which is envisioned as an adaptable and innovative gathering and event space for those who work, reside in, or visit Hazelwood Green and its neighborhood of Hazelwood. Elements of the new Plaza may include benches and seating, green space and native plantings, lighting, public art, and space for seasonal events.
GGN is working with local Pittsburgh firms, including Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Klavon Design Associates, KU Resources, and Santangelo & Lindsay, on elements of the project. Additional partners include DCW Cost Management, SITEGreen Solutions, and Tillett Lighting Design Associates.