Pittsburgh Ford plant transforming into cancer research hub


A once-thriving Ford Motor Company plant in Pittsburgh is being reworked into a cancer and biomedical research hub aptly known as The Assembly, The Post has realized.

The changeover is one other signal that the autogas industry is diminishing and follows the announcement earlier this month that New York plans to section out most gas-powered automobiles by 2035. Meanwhile, the biomedical trade has skyrocketed in recent years, now valued at virtually $850 billion.

“We are excited to be converting this historic, underutilized industrial facility into a hub for research, discovery and entrepreneurial activity,” Thomas Osha, a senior vp who works on the innovation and financial improvement crew at Wexford Science + Technology, instructed The Post. 

The structure spans a colossal 355,000 sq. toes, together with a 105,000-square-foot addition to the unique constructing. Features of the constructing will embody lab, research, office and occasion areas, together with an indoor parking storage, an auditorium with a 250-seat capability and a restaurant.

Additionally, subsequent door to the previous Ford plant might be one other new lab/office area spanning 110,000 sq. toes. 

“Much like Ford’s vision for an all-in-one building for building cars, our transformation will result in a singular facility for ‘assembling’ many of the elements of an innovation ecosystem, including top research talent, unique innovation infrastructure, corporate engagement, and community inclusion,” Osha added. “This is one of the reasons we have renamed the building ‘The Assembly.’” 

Ford Motor Company meeting plant in Shadyside/Bloomfield, Pittsburgh, in 1915.
The Assembly Pittsburgh
A bustling Ford plant in Pittsburgh in 1923.
The Assembly Pittsburgh
The new research lab spans over 350,000 sq. toes.
The Assembly Pittsburgh
Several facilities — together with office areas, a restaurant and research labs — might be a part of the brand new constructing.
The Assembly Pittsburgh

“This Model T-era factory is a compelling piece of Pittsburgh’s history and features a wonderful layout for developing a place for researchers and companies to connect and collaborate,” Osha stated.  

“Our goal is to have this building become a home for cutting-edge biomedical research, especially in the fields of immunotherapy, transplantation, aging, neuroscience, and other areas of research focus at Pitt,” he added. 

The former Ford plant.
The Assembly Pittsburgh

The former Ford plant started working again in 1915. The facility was bought by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in 2006 however has remained vacant for greater than 15 years. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2018. 

“We have had our eye on the Pittsburgh market for some time, as the region’s life science ecosystem is expanding at a rapid pace,” Osha stated. “The University of Pittsburgh — where Jonas Salk invented the polio vaccine in 1953 — is the region’s life sciences anchor and is advancing what’s next in healthcare and medicine with globally renowned research in immunization, transplantation and neuroscience.” 

The constructing is scheduled to be accomplished at the beginning of 2022.