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. 

>> Check back here for updates as the design progresses.

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.

“We received an outstanding mix of proposals, but were most impressed by GGN and their understanding of the role of this first public space in shaping Hazelwood Green as a place and for its important role within a larger system of well-loved civic centers in the City of Pittsburgh. GGN’s portfolio reflects a high quality of design and aesthetic, as well as sensitivity and experience in the integration of sustainability with design elements, all of which align with the vision for Hazelwood Green.”
— Rebecca Flora, Hazelwood Green Project Director

“It’s an incredible site – the wooded green hills drop down to a flat land plain, and from there you see green mountains, river, and sky from one direction, and green mountain, sky, and the city view from the other. These are the two views that characterize this wonderful place that we are honored to help shape.”
— Kathryn Gustafson, GGN Founding Principal, FASLA, PLA

“Hazelwood Green is regenerative land. It is land that has changed so much over time and its most recent transition is a big one – from a privately held steel mill to a publicly accessible gathering place for the community of Pittsburgh. It’s a big change. This whole group – client and design team – is ‘all in’ to create a civic heart for Hazelwood Green that is welcoming for everyone and nourishes the bigger landscape.”
— Jennifer Guthrie, GGN Founding Principal, FASLA, PLA
 Sketch courtesy of GGN.

Sketch courtesy of GGN.

View from the southeast corner of the future Plaza, evening before the Big Tent Event, October 2017. Courtesy of ReMake Group