San Francisco’s Urban Design studio is proud to announce that our Hazelwood Green project in Pittsburgh, PA has been honored by the American Planning Association’s Sustainable Communities Division. The 2020 APA ‘Awards of Excellence in Sustainability’ features Hazelwood Green as the winner in the ‘Urban Design or Development Project’ category and is noted as representing an extraordinary achievement.
In 2002, four leading Pittsburgh foundation leaders took a bold step, purchasing the 178-acre track of former steel mill property with the vision for a sustainable development that would reflect Pittsburgh’s future. Perkins&Will were selected as Master Planners and team leaders for the urban design and worked with local management group ReMake Group as owners representatives to convert the Master Plan into a Preliminary Land Development Plan (PLDP) for City approval in 2018. Hazelwood Green is intended to be one of the world’s most sustainable neighborhoods, creating 20,000 new jobs and 4,000 new dwelling units as part of a vibrant mixed-use community. The highest aspiration for this new neighborhood is to achieve carbon neutrality in building operations. Hazelwood Green is registered as a LEED ND Plan and is intending to achieve a platinum certification.
The Master Plan and PLDP provide a vision, framework, context and design standards for how to transform the former steel-mill brownfield site into a pedestrian oriented, socially vibrant workplace neighborhood. What is proposed is a world-class sustainable innovation district. The Plan represents a carefully crafted concept for the city of the 21st century, a place where people can walk and bike to get around, and where an innovative mix of uses enhances the richness of people’s daily life. The plan celebrates the waterfront exposure along the Monongahela River and provides residents in the surrounding communities with unrestricted access to the river’s edge for the first time in over 100 years. The mix of community uses on site is also targeted to benefit the local community by providing complementary and much-needed amenities in order to foster social inclusion beyond the boundaries of the site.
View the full Preliminary Land Development Plan HERE.