Hazelwood Riverfront Master Plan

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Master Planning
Riverfront Public Space Design
Sustainable Design
Brownfield Reclamation
Innovative Public Engagement
Cost Estimation


To develop a riverfront open space master plan located between the river edge and railroad tracks with preservation of industrial heritage.


Almono LP
Pennsylvania Environmental Council


H.F.Lenz Company
Cycle Forward

Hazelwood Riverfront was a 1.3 mile stretch of post-industrial brownfield site located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s densest residential communities. The site was initially planned and developed in the 1940s to meet wartime demands for steel that employed two generations of workers.

The project is embedded with a high standard of sustainability. Concepts, including brownfield reclamation, industrial heritage preservation, regional trail connection, site material salvation, stormwater harvesting, renewable energy demonstration, and public engagement, are playing profound roles in making the site a one-of-a-kind place. Within a highly constrained width, a series of universally accessible site programs, inclusive of a linear plaza, a gathering lawn, a river stage, an adventure trail with fitness equipment and ecological restoration zones, floating walkways on water, overlooks, fishing piers, kayak launches, and agglomerate of floating islands to mitigate 6 CSOs along the site, are proposed based on public engagement feedback. The interplay of active railway lines, operation coal barges, and a fully programmed urban park will convert the industrial memory of the site seamlessly to its new life.