Carnegie Mellon University at Mill 19

Senior Project Manager | Hazelwood Green | Completed as an employee of CMU


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Mill 19 is a 60,000 GSF tenant fit-out that is the first successfully completed and occupied space on a 178-acre former mill site. It houses a national advanced manufacturing institute funded by the Department of Defense and university research inititiative funded by the Richard King Mellon Foundation.

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"My grandfathers and great-uncles were sons of immigrants whose only real opportunity to support our family was in the steel mills of Pittsburgh. It was hard, brutal work that, for some, took their lives far too young. Just two generations on, I was able to take the relic of a mill as a Carnegie Mellon alumnus and work to create a hub for Pittsburgh’s next renaissance in tech and advanced manufacturing."

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Nicole was responsible for the project for three years from the proposal stage for the grant with corresponding lease negotiations through occupancy and research move-in. Her responsibility included managing an aggressive design and construction schedule per the DOD contract on a brownfield site with all the lovely surprises that go along with that.

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"I felt my grandpas walking with me every time I stepped on site, and, knowing my family, likely toasting with a little something-something every time I showed my Russian feistiness, making them proud that I could hold my own."

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Photo Credit: AIA Pittsburgh

Groundbreaking at Mill 19. Photo Credit: Charles Uhl

Opening Ceremony at Mill 19. Photo Credit: Tracy Certo,