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The Mata Hindu Temple of Winston-Salem:
We finally have renderings (two elevation drawings) for one or two of these buildings. Yes, it will be multiple buildings, constructed in phases. The foundation is completed and the walls are rising on the first building. When completed, this will be the Hindu Temple for the entire Piedmont Triad area.


Credit: TWC News


Credit: TWC News

Wise Man Brewing - Brewery, Office Space, & Music Venue:

Filling up the glycol chiller:

Credit: Wise Man Beer

418 North Marshall Street:


Credit: calvinray_reece

U.S. Olympic Cycling Training Center:
This photograph is from the architect. Their comment with the photograph said the National Cycling Center will open in 2017. I'm thinking it will be late next year.


Credit: Lambert Architecture

Convention Center Renovation:
A crane was at the site yesterday.


Credit: Visit W-S


Credit: Visit W-S


Credit: Visit W-S

Quarry Park:
A rare aerial view of the park construction site. This should be one of Winston-Salem's more interesting parks.


Credit: Way Up Media

Corpening Plaza Renovation:
An aerial view of the restoration of a water garden park, designed by the famed Zion & Breen Associates.


Credit: thosedrones

1802 Vierling House Restoration:
An update on the restoration and adaptive reuse of a nearly 215 year-old house into a museum on the history of medicine, biotechnology, and science in Winston-Salem.


Credit: Bill Wells

AFAS Center for the Arts:


Credit: allisonklindblom


Credit: AFAS Group

Forsyth County Courthouse:
The Forsyth County Bar Association made a presentation to the county for a new Forsyth County Courthouse at East Second and Chestnut streets. The rendering (below) is just a rough drawing of how a building and park would fit on the site and isn't an actual architectural design for their proposal. An architect will be hired to create a design when the county agrees to the $145 million project. A San Francisco-based biotech office space developer owns the site. This is an area where the IQ District and Government District meet. The proposed courthouse would rise 13-storeys, have underground parking, and a tunnel to the Detention Center South Tower.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Richard Bennett
The rendering wasn’t intended to represent an actual new courthouse but was created to show how a courthouse might look and fit on the property.

Credit: Richard Bennett / Forsyth Bar

So, the building and park won't look anything like this rendering... yet, I'm posting it anyway.

Science & Engineering Center:
It's a few weeks old, but it's still a nice photograph of it. Construction on this project will be completed in another week or two.


Credit: loussonsmith

1794 Boy's School Restoration:


Credit: David Rolfe | JournalNow


Credit: David Rolfe | JournalNow


Credit: David Rolfe | JournalNow

640 West Fourth Hotel:
According to a source I talked with, this was being discussed as a 12-storey hotel for the upper-end Millennial market, as of a few months ago. No further details at this time and things can change until it's built.

Bailey Power Plant - Building 23-1: (Bailey Power Plant Complex)


Credit: seandavidson

Bailey Business Center - Building 23-2: (Bailey Power Plant Complex)


Credit: wb256

New Jobs:
Myrick Construction was selected as the General Contractor for an expansion of Unilin. The expansion is 93,000 square feet.

757 North Apartments:


Credit: winstonwatchman

Off-Subject:

When in Winston-Salem, dine here:
Quote:
Originally Posted by John Mariani - Huffington Post
Winston-Salem is vibrant with new industries--bio-tech, high-tech, medicine, higher education--that demand good restaurants of every stripe, from low to high. Here are places I wouldn't want to miss.
Part I http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-m..._12841458.html

Part II http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-m..._13125930.html

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Apartments on Winston-Salem's High Line:

Credit: amyviny

ARTivity on the Green Park:

Credit: krisfulkphotography


Credit: onlyhsuman

Christmas is almost here:

Credit: my.younique.life


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I was in town for Thanksgiving and was really shocked at 757's presence on MLK. It's footprint along with two historic churches seems to expand downtown's grid. Is Goler now built out? There is still plenty opportunity for more development and redevelopment.
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757 North Apartments is also visible from the John Gold Expressway (52). Goler has one more (triangle-shaped) site to develop, on the other side of MLK. They could also develop their site at 6th & Patterson.

Staybridge Suites Hotel & Office Building:
Downtown Winston-Salem's newest proposal is a 9-story mixed-use building at the intersection of Third and Liberty streets. The building has 2 floors of office space for Piedmont Federal Bank and a 104 key/room Staybridge Suites hotel, with a rooftop amenity level. ArchStudio7 is the architect and Atlanta-based Mayfair Street Partners is the developer. Financing is in place and the project is backed by IHG. The office space is fully leased by a single tenant (Piedmont Federal Bank). A deal with the office tenant requires the building to be completed before May 21, 2019. This building will have underground parking.

The developer is describing the hotel part of the development as a "luxury extended-stay urban" hotel for executives. These will be very similar to the luxury apartments/condos you see in downtown, but they are actually hotel rooms. An urban office/hotel development with underground parking is a first for IHG, according to the developer. Since most of the building is a hotel and the hotel's logo is very prominent on the parapet, I'll name this building "Staybridge Suites" on our project list. Someone at WSTB said this building could become Piedmont Federal Bank's new headquarters?

It's not very often we see a proposed hotel with office space:

Credit: brantley619 @ WSTB Forum
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Great plan for a dual brand proposal at Merschel Plaza! The Pepper was never meant to stand alone.
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NoTra Mixed-use Building:
I have finally found a photograph of this building, after a month of no photographic updates. It is nearly impossible to find any updates on this project. The update shows the building has blue insulating foamboard installed, which shows the locations of the windows and the shape of the building. The photograph is an aerial, which also shows the AFAS Center for the Arts beside it, on the right.

NoTra Mixed-use Building (left) and the AFAS Center for the Arts (right), side-by-side, from yesterday:

Credit: Paul Sableman

Central on 5th:
Most of the facades are up and plumbing and electric is being roughed in. Workers now have permanent power turned on to run temporary heat during the winter. Commissioners approved Onepath Systems to outfit the new building with audio and visual systems for $548,161.46.

Top Floor Outdoor Terrace:

Credit: Allison Lee Isley | JournalNow

Atrium

Credit: Allison Lee Isley | JournalNow


Credit: Allison Lee Isley | JournalNow

Top Floor Outdoor Terrace, with Two Fireplaces & Mountain Views:

Credit: Allison Lee Isley | JournalNow

Institute for Performance Innovation:
A large anonymous donation has allowed UNCSA to establish the Institute for Performance Innovation. The institute will support the creation of a graduate animatronics program in UNCSA’s School of Design and Production and advance a graduate program in gaming and virtual reality in the School of Filmmaking. “The Institute for Performance Innovation will optimize relationships with entertainment leaders such as Disney, Cirque du Soleil, Oculus, Advanced Micro Devices, Radiant Images, DreamWorks, and Universal Studios, among others,” said newly appointed Provost David J. English.

Twin City Lofts Condominiums:
This condominium building will open in January 2017. Below, I found a rendering and description of the rooftop outdoor amenity area. "With over 800 square feet, residents and guests can take their next cookout to the rooftop with two gas grills, an outdoor kitchen, and plenty of seating for relaxing. Spend your down time diving into your next book under the cool shade of the rooftop lanai or inside in the air-conditioned rooftop lounge."

Amenity area:

Credit: Twin City Lofts

The view from the amenity area:

Credit: Twin City Lofts

Bookmarks Headquarters & Downtown Bookstore:
According to this image, it should open next summer? (6-9 months from now)


Credit: Bookmarks

AFAS Center for the Arts:


Credit: STITCH Design Shop

Link Apartments Innovation Quarter:
Completion is set for 18 months. Construction could start in January or February. Wake Forest University is in talks that "could" allow this building to be used to meet "on campus housing" requirements for downtown students interested in living downtown. Grubb Properties and the university would both have to reach an agreement.

411 West Fourth / Chamber Building:
I found a better rendering of the project. The basement appears to be office space, if you're interested in leasing. This building also appears to have two retail spaces on downtown's Restaurant Row.


Credit: STITCH Design Shop

25 Markets with the Largest Rental Rate Increases:
Winston-Salem is on RentRange's top-25 list of apartment markets with the biggest rent increases for the third quarter of 2016. Seattle was at the top of the list. Now you know why so many apartment developers are interested in downtown Winston-Salem and why there are so many apartment proposals. According to the mayor and council, Winston-Salem's big rent increases are in the downtown area and this is pushing poor people to the outer edges or suburbs to find cheap rent.

Science & Engineering Center:
This building now has a "temporary" certificate of occupancy, allowing movers to move furniture, equipment, and other items to the new building. The official "grand opening" will be January 2, 2017. When they hold their media open house, I'll post the big completion photography post for this building. We may have to wait until next month for that big post?


Credit: beyond_the_bubble


Credit: bill.raker

Bailey Business Center - Building 23-2: (Bailey Power Plant Complex)
They are now working on the brick facade.


Credit: Christina McKenzie

I think this is the water/sewer pipe installation?

Credit: jgroberts11

Wise Man Brewing - Brewery, Office Space, & Music Venue:

Live Edge Community Table:

Credit: Wise Man Beer

First grain delivery and 32oz Crowlers (Yes, they will can beer):

Credit: Wise Man Beer

Magazine photography:

Credit: Wise Man Beer

Maya Angelou Hall:

Our first look inside!

Credit: Frank L. Blum Construction

Transportation Infrastructure:

Creative Corridors:
Workers have started soil testing this week.

Off-Subject:

Womble Carlyle Has Perfect HRC Score:
The law firm Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, headquartered in downtown Winston-Salem's One West Fourth skyscraper, has a perfect 100 score from the Human Rights Campaign's 2017 Corporate Equity Index for corporate practices and policies related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

Random Photographs:

Original stained glass aviation mural inside Winston-Salem's 1930s Art Moderne airport terminal:

Credit: thatdunlopgirl

That was the busiest and nicest airport in the state for decades. It has sculptures, stained glass, large paintings/murals, beautiful metal work, wood, and stone. It's a work of art! It was ranked the best airport in the United States by the airlines and used as a WWII training center.

Gritty industrial buildings:

Credit: denzstrick

Colonial Neighborhood:

Credit: valbitterman

An older image of the city's skyline and rough terrain:

Credit: jessipaigephotography
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Westbend Vineyards & Brewhouse: Built!
This project is now completed and open to visitors. It is the largest winery in Forsyth County and is named for a bend in the river. The property includes a restored house built in the 1800s. Add another brewery to the list. You can currently try their new wheat, brown, and blonde ales. Walt and Sonia Breathwit have moved to the Winston-Salem area from Houston, Texas to enter the wine business and are the owners of the winery and brewery. Winston-Salem is located in the Yadkin Valley AVA, which is North Carolina's wine country. The Winston-Salem area has the perfect climate and terrain in the Southeast for vineyards.

New winery & tasting room: (you can see the new beer taps)

Credit: David Rolfe | JournalNow

New fermentation tanks and tables made from large oak trees on the property:

Credit: David Rolfe | JournalNow

Tasting room & event center in a house from the 1800s:

Credit: David Rolfe | JournalNow

Horse sculpture made from horseshoes, given to the owners:

Credit: David Rolfe | JournalNow

A sitting room in the house from the 1800s:

Credit: David Rolfe | JournalNow

The winery will use black bottles with the house from the 1800s on the labels:

Credit: David Rolfe | JournalNow

If you love wine and you are thinking of visiting Winston-Salem, be sure to visit some of the wineries. They are a big tourist attraction for the metro area and are designed for visitors. You can find wine tours, if you are interested. Winston-Salem is also becoming a destination for beer tourism.
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SciWorks Downtown:
County commissioners will vote on an additional $1 million for design costs for this new downtown Winston-Salem science museum. The 70,000 square foot museum, with 40,000 square feet of exhibit space, is expected to cost around $30.47 million. The museum has raised $18.34 million for the project and will start a $10 million fundraiser in January. There are also plans for a separate park project that will add outdoor space to the museum, including play areas and an outdoor classroom.

Wise Man Brewing - Brewery, Office Space, & Music Venue:
They passed their building inspection, but don't have heat. The opening is now pushed-back to January.


Credit: Wise Man Beer


Credit: Wise Man Beer

757 North Apartments:


Credit: sonidoestelarcarolina

Twin City Lofts Condominiums:


Credit: hdzura

Science & Engineering Center:

The new sign is in place:

Credit: jimmyabean

Bailey Business Center - Building 23-2: (Bailey Power Plant Complex)


Credit: jimmyabean

Rare back side view:

Credit: Brian Hicks

Cleaning the brick:

Credit: abelgarzaa


Credit: winstonwatchman


Credit: sarahwjenkins

411 West Fourth / Chamber Building:
New renderings for the office space show a slide, possible swings, and bike storage. I love these spaces for creative / tech companies. Always interesting and different! There is also talk that STITCH Design Shop will move their headquarters to this building.

A slide in the office space part of the development:

Credit: STITCH Design Shop


Credit: STITCH Design Shop

National Black Theatre Hall of Fame & Museum:
Again, the National Black Theatre Hall of Fame & Museum may select the building behind this structure? This was the originally announced location though and no other site was officially selected?


Credit: _ennarey

1800 N. Patterson Avenue:
We finally have an update on this project. Of course one of the first changes must be replacing the beautiful original Art Moderne doors and glass blocks around those doors, that help make the building worthy of preservation, with the cheapest generic shopping center doors you can find at the local builder supply. Yes, this developer did that. It would be nice if the city would require preservation of some interesting exterior architectural items on these buildings, when the developers apply for programs like RUCA. Without those doors, I'm losing interest in following this project. I will continue to share any updates I find, though.

New LED light fixtures:

Credit: Jessica Nuzzo | JournalNow

A performance stage:

Credit: Jessica Nuzzo | JournalNow

Fiddlin' Fish Brewing Company:

This is the location of the new brewery:

Credit: strike_with_chaos

I don't know if they will keep the artwork or not?

Downtown Hampton Inn & Suites:
Steel is now rising at the site. dtws at the WSTB Forum shared a photograph of the crane and steel at the site.

Quote:
Originally Posted by dtws @ WSTB Forum
Forsyth County Real Estate Becoming Expensive:
A majority of the top-10 most expensive homes sold in the 12-county Triad region in 2016 are in Forsyth County (the county Winston-Salem is located in). This is according to research from The Business Journals.

Central on 5th:
I found several more interior photographs, from roughly a week ago. This is a MASSIVE Central on 5th update!

Atrium:

Credit: blib660


Credit: blib660

Top Floor With Outdoor Terrace & Fireplace:

Credit: blib660


Credit: blib660

View from south facade windows:

Credit: Allison Lee Isley | JournalNow

What is this?

Credit: blib660


Credit: blib660

Other side of the circular windows:

Credit: blib660


Credit: blib660


Credit: blib660


Credit: blib660

Unruly Architectonic Competition Sculpture:
Yes, this bird sculpture won the competition and will be unveiled today in Winston Square Park in downtown Winston-Salem. This is the park directly behind Twin City Lofts Condominiums. A jury headed by Keith and Marie Zawistowski, former Professors of Practice at the School of Architecture at Virginia Tech, along with local art and architecture advocates, chose a sculpture titled Interactive Bird by artist Aaron Gibbons as the UNRULY competition winner.


Credit: Winston-Salem AIA

AFAS Center for the Arts:


Credit: reeceguida

Polycarbonate Walls at the new AFAS Center for the Arts:

Credit: STITCH Design Shop

Alternative Transportation:

East-West Expressway Bike & Pedestrian Path:
The North Carolina DOT has this project in their 2018-2027 Transportation Improvement Program. The state could contribute $1.6 million toward the project, if adopted in June 2017. Parts of the project are already included in work the State DOT scheduled for construction in 2017. According to the state, this will be a 12 foot wide path. The state transportation projects are all conceived under a data-driven funding formula that divides projects into state, regional and division-level projects. The projects are ranked in a points system that determines their places on the list.

Smith Reynolds Airport Projects:
The North Carolina DOT has included a project to build a new taxi lane and ramp at Smith Reynolds Airport in the Transportation Improvement Program. No details on how much state money the project could receive.

Off-Subject:

Dr. Anthony Atala Wins 2016 Ingenuity Award for Life Sciences:
This is the regenerative medicine research in downtown Winston-Salem's IQ District. In the link below, you can read about tissue and bone printing research in downtown's IQ District.

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innova...ces-180961121/

ATP Winston-Salem Open:
The Winston-Salem Open tennis tournament was named ATP World Tour 250 Tournament of the Year, presented by Moët & Chandon. BNP Paribas Open was selected for ATP World Tour 1000, while The Queen’s Club in London won for ATP World Tour 500. Tennis players vote to select the winner each year. Bill Oakes said “From talking to the players, I know they evaluate the whole experience. (2016 Winston-Salem Open winner Kevin Anderson) told me that from top to bottom we really meet what the tour should be from the players’ perspective.” Chris Kermode, ATP executive chairman and president, said: “These tournaments have set the benchmark in their respective categories in 2016 and fully deserve this recognition from the players. Our tournaments are continuously striving to reach greater heights, and this is a fitting recognition of the tireless work and effort that has been put in by each tournament’s organizing team.”

Random Photographs:

A look inside Black Horse Studio's downtown Victorian Castle:

Credit: ashleywattsbeauty

One of the grocery store options in downtown:

Credit: c60c90go

This is how Bailey Power Plant looked in 2012:

Credit: wearedevice

We may revisit this photograph (above) next summer, when Building 23-2 is completed, for a Before & After.
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Wherehouse Art Hotel Expansion:
The Wherehouse Art Hotel, at 211 East Third Street, is expanding and may triple in size. Construction on the downtown boutique hotel expansion starts next month. This is an adaptive-reuse project. The boutique hotel opened a few months ago and is already one of the top hotels in the Triad. It was a project we missed on this thread. I didn't know about it until it was completed. I do know about the second phase expansion (this post) and we will follow construction on it... if I can find photographs of the construction. The hotel is in talks constantly with artists, around the world, to bring new art and art events into the hotel. Everything in the new hotel will be handmade. They actually work with fiber artists, too. It will also have art for sale. The hotel will have artists in residence with studio space and work on display. There will be bands performing and staying in the hotel. They want this hotel to be a constant art show.


Credit: Wherehouse Art Hotel

#CityOfAdaptiveReuse
Years ago, this building was home to 21 artists and hosted several raves. It's interesting to see it become a hotel for artists/creatives. The block this is located on has a bicycle repair shop, vampire bar, record store, coffee shop, live music, and a biergarten is opening soon as part of the hotel complex. It's located in the IQ District and is the closest hotel to the IQ District buildings. If you're the quiet relaxing night in a hotel type of guest, this may not be your hotel. It's more for fun and creative hotel guests, looking for constant excitement and wanting to be a part of the city's arts community.

Wherehouse Art Hotel & Rooftop Amenity: (Great views of downtown Winston-Salem's IQ District from the hotel's rooftop)



A national commercial for contact lenses was also recently filmed in the Wherehouse Art Hotel and at ARTivity on the Green park. I may post it at a later date.

There are so many construction projects I need to post, soon. They are moving quickly toward construction. I may try to post another tomorrow?
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New Downtown Bookstore:
Downtown Winston-Salem has a new bookstore. Allington Antiquarian Books sells used and rare books, with a large inventory. They are located on Burke, in downtown's Village District. You said you wanted to see some of the retail/restaurant openings.


Credit: underdogrecords

Bookmarks Headquarters & Downtown Bookstore:
Speaking of bookstores... Workers have opened-up the windows in the two storey structure.


Credit: Design Archives

Morris Building:


Credit: Glenn Fulk

AFAS Center for the Arts:
This building will be completed in about four months.


Credit: STITCH Design Shop

These AFAS Center for the Arts images are said to be from last month? I don't know why they waited until Sunday to share them? Allison took beautiful images, showing the amazing view. This building has high floor-to-ceiling heights.


Credit: Allison Lee Isley | JournalNow


Credit: Allison Lee Isley | JournalNow


Credit: Allison Lee Isley | JournalNow


Credit: Allison Lee Isley | JournalNow


Credit: Allison Lee Isley | JournalNow


Credit: Allison Lee Isley | JournalNow


Credit: Allison Lee Isley | JournalNow


Credit: Allison Lee Isley | JournalNow

This image is from last month. The polycarbonate cladding is already fully installed.

Credit: Allison Lee Isley | JournalNow

This image is from last month. The polycarbonate cladding is already fully installed.

Credit: Allison Lee Isley | JournalNow

New Downtown Record Store:
You wanted to know the new retail/restaurant tenants... Mesmerizer Records is the newest downtown business. Winston-Salem's famous Mitch Easter (Producer for R.E.M. and other well-known alternative bands) is an owner, along with Amanda & Blake. Mesmerizer Records is open on Fourth Street, across from Bailey Power Plant and Bailey Park. They sell new & used records and books. They also have dance parties, live music performances, and events. Speaking of events...

On New Year's Eve, the Wherehouse Art Hotel and Mesmerizer Records will have a dance party at Fourth & Patterson. A good excuse to see the new record store and maybe spend the night in downtown Winston-Salem's newest hotel.

Twin City Lofts Condominiums:


Credit: ianfowlermeh

Bailey Business Center - Building 23-2: (Bailey Power Plant Complex)


Credit: accoulson

A rare look at the back side:

Credit: summerventis


Credit: Jim Pica


Credit: Jim Pica


Credit: Jim Pica

Repairing a cracked brick wall (Notice how clean the concrete is):

Credit: Jim Pica

Maya Angelou Hall:


Credit: oneelizabethalice


Credit: wfuniversity

SciWorks Downtown:
The museum is thinking about keeping the former bank building and expanding it, as part of their new museum. This would likely involve gutting the building to the frame and recladding it. They also want outdoor animals, a water play area, a climbing wall, planetarium, indoor animals, and they are in talks to buy the 0.56 acre park between the former bank building and Liberty Street. This 1973 park once had a fountain by a well-known designer and a performance space for the Winston-Salem Symphony to hold outdoor concerts. They will have to preserve access to the tech company's skyscraper and the ground-floor restaurants. The park would be redesigned for outdoor animals, a climbing wall, and fountains that anyone can walk into. For this reason, Merschel Plaza is no longer a part of this project, though Merschel Plaza may have outdoor spaces they will use, like a performance space that can become an outdoor classroom? While most of the exhibits will be new, they will relocate some exhibits from the existing museum. They also want a LEED building. For parking, they will use parking under the building for employees and connect to an existing parking deck behind the museum. Design work starts in Spring 2017 and construction could start in 2018.

Hotel Indigo:

It's the Art Deco building on the right side:

Credit: fourthandtrade

Wise Man Brewing - Brewery, Office Space, & Music Venue:
This building now has a CO (Certificate of Occupancy) and will have a website in another week or two.

Heat and gas are on:

Credit: Wise Man Beer


Credit: Wise Man Beer

Hats and T-Shirts are now available (visit the brewery to purchase):

Credit: Wise Man Beer

Brown Elementary School: Demolished - Fire
This building, constructed in 1919, was sadly lost to fire. The cause of the fire was unknown at the time I wrote this. It was a popular urban explorer site. The building has sat vacant for many years. I've occasionally posted a few UE photographs, by other photographers, of the skyline from this site. There was talk of converting it to apartments. It's sad to know this building will never be reused for anything.


Credit: David Rolfe | JournalNow

View from the roof of the old Brown Elementary School:

Credit: mcfrindle_uem

Quarry Park:
The park's first phase will open in Spring 2017, including the observation pier. Sadly, many of the buildings line-up behind each other in the view from the observation pier. Tall buildings like the Nissen Building, One West Fourth, and BB&T are not visible.

All railings are now installed on The BOOM observation pier:

Credit: STITCH Design Shop

Looking down from The BOOM observation pier:

Credit: STITCH Design Shop


Credit: STITCH Design Shop

Convention Center Renovation:
Grant Minnix, Director of Operations for Winston-Salem's convention center, said work should be completed in about four months and the building should open on May 4, 2017.


Credit: David Rolfe | JournalNow


Credit: David Rolfe | JournalNow


Credit: David Rolfe | JournalNow


Credit: David Rolfe | JournalNow


Credit: David Rolfe | JournalNow

Yes, this is an outdoor area for convention attendees to relax:

Credit: David Rolfe | JournalNow

Interactive Bird: Built!
By turning a steering wheel, you can flap the sculpture's wings and move the lower part of its yellow beak up and down. Unlike most sculptures in museums and galleries, this artwork invites the viewer to not only look but also touch.


Credit: David Rolfe | JournalNow

Downtown Hampton Inn & Suites:


Credit: ianfowlermeh

Alternative Transportation:

Rails-to-Trails Bicycle Commuter Highway: (Winston-Salem's High Line)
Workers will lower the first of the new pedestrian and bicycle bridges into place this week, creating a 20 mile (32.2 km) trail for bicycle commuting.


Credit: David Rolfe | JournalNow

You can see the rail line in the walkway:

Credit: fletchmoneygrip

Yes, people walk onto the "High Line" construction site when the workers aren't there. It's fronted by apartments, condominiums, classrooms, and offices. It's as easy as walking out of your building's back door and you're on the construction site. It's designed for bicycle commuting and as an amenity for the buildings along it, so every building along the path has an access to it. I think this (people on the high line during construction) is a good sign. It tells us this will be a very popular elevated park and walking/cycling path.

Off-Subject:

Pride Card:
Be sure to buy your Pride Card for $10, to receive discounts at downtown businesses. When you buy Pride Card you also support Pride Winston-Salem and their events for the LGBTQ community. Look for Pride Card at different Pride Winston-Salem events around the city.

Artists Unite for Peace & Diversity:



Brookstown Inn - Southern Living Magazine's Best Hotels:
The Brookstown Inn, in downtown Winston-Salem's Brookstown Neighborhood, was one of three North Carolina independent hotels selected by Southern Living as among the best in the South.

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Credit: lostvestige


Credit: foxtographic


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West End Station:
Winston-Salem's newest proposal is West End Station; to be built at the proposed West End Station Streetcar Stop. The apartment building will have 220 residential units and should start work in the first quarter of 2017. The architect, according to a site plan, is Axiom Architecture. According to someone at the WSTB Forum, the developer is dpj Residential. The address is 312 North Green Street, in downtown Winston-Salem's Village District, near Fourth Street.


Credit: WSTB Forum

Rail Streetcar Plan:

Source: HDR & City of Winston-Salem

According to the Streetcar Plan, the West End Station Streetcar Stop will be at the far northern wing of the apartment development. It should be right at the entrance!
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Projects & Construction:

500 West Fifth Street:
Are you looking for an update on this skyscraper, designed by Welton Becket & Associates in the 1970s? I was, too! It appears as if Grubb Properties was in the process securing tax credits before completing the purchase of the skyscraper... when PMC Property Group stepped-up and took the project away from Grubb Properties! I've heard Grubb Properties and Sabal Financial were set to enter mediation over an issue related to this project, on March 13, 2017, but I haven't been able to confirm this. Yes, developers do fight over these buildings in Winston-Salem when they hit the market. It's important to buy the building, while you have a chance, and not wait!


Credit: jenosaurusr3x

I looked for a song from around the time Integon Life Insurance Company was the Carolinas' largest insurance company and was acquiring land to build this skyscraper (500 West Fifth Street, above) for their headquarters. I tried to find something you may not have heard in years. It's a new year, so we should have some fun with this thread!

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Science & Engineering Center:
This project should be completed? When they officially open it, I'll make the usual completion photography post. Did you know: This building has a 100 seat auditorium.

This photograph is labeled as the Engineering Center, but it could be the downtown medical school building?

Credit: Wake News

Tech Company Expansion - New Jobs:
zalo, at the WSTB Forum, is reporting a research testing labortory has taken over the downtown Winston-Salem building at Sixth and Spring streets. They have doubled in size and continue to grow.

NoTra Mixed-use Building:
Dogwood, at the WSTB Forum, shared an update. It's very difficult to find photographs of this project. If you are a member of that forum, be sure to thank the photographer for the update.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dogwood @ WSTB Forum


607 North Trade Building:
Another update from Dogwood at the WSTB Forum. I think this is our first construction photography update for this building? Dogwood posted updates for several buildings at the WSTB Forum. I am only sharing a few on this thread.

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Originally Posted by Dogwood @ WSTB Forum
AFAS Center for the Arts:
The architect said it is now fully enclosed.


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U.S. Olympic Cycling Training Center:

In the rain:

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Bailey Business Center - Building 23-2: (Bailey Power Plant Complex)

Local steel used in the original construction:

Credit: WayUpMedia


Credit: _mackphotography_

Salem Lake Marina:
We don't see many updates on this project. Yes, this beautiful lake is located inside the city limits, just a short bike ride from downtown.


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Corpening Plaza Renovation:
The red concrete stain should be removed. That was an ugly renovation from a few years ago. I would like to see it restored as close as possible to the original Zion & Breen Associates design. I know the center island had to be removed to host bigger events, but they can still restore it without the island.


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757 North Apartments:

An older aerial view:

Credit: Wings Over Winston

Wise Man Brewing - Brewery, Office Space, & Music Venue:
Wise Man will open this month, with the most taps in North Carolina! Wise Man’s taproom features two large garage doors and a third that pulls down to a countertop. There’s also a long concrete-topped bar, a community table stretching through the center of the space, and two distinct patios. Inside, a bank of salvaged windows creates a transparent side wall, allowing patrons to peer into the brewery. Few breweries are as open as Wise Man, which invites spectators to learn more about the brewing side using a map on one piece of glass that explains what’s brewing in each tank at any given time. Wise Man has serious expansion potential, with more built-in space to grow. Even before Wise Man opened its doors, Victory had already envisioned second and third rows of barrel fermenters, and the brewery has more than enough cold storage space to hold them.

New crowler labels:

Credit: Wise Man Brewing

Grain auger installation:

Credit: Wise Man Brewing


Credit: Wise Man Brewing

900 pounds of grain to be milled:

Credit: Wise Man Brewing

Pulling the first bag of grain through the auger:

Credit: Wise Man Brewing


Credit: J. Sinclair | Winston-Salem Monthly

Alternative Transportation:

Rails-to-Trails Bicycle Commuter Highway: (Winston-Salem's High Line)


Credit: ame_lanie

Off-Subject:

James Rollins in Winston-Salem:
James Rollins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of international thrillers, translated into more than 40 languages, will visit Winston-Salem as he travels on his Seventh Plague Tour. His series has been lauded as one of the “top crowd pleasers” by The New York Times and one of the “hottest summer reads” by People Magazine. In each novel, acclaimed for its originality, Rollins unveils unseen worlds, scientific breakthroughs, and historical secrets. His hands-on knowledge from his career in veterinary medicine helps shape the research and scientific speculation that set James Rollins’ books apart.

This is scheduled for Saturday, January 28, at 6:30 p.m., in lower downtown's Old Salem Visitors Center. It is a free event and includes book signing and book sales. (336) 747-1471.

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Pike Electric Tech Center: Built!
This project, in the One West Fourth skyscraper, is now completed. It is the work of Senior Interior Designer Angelo Adamo at the Walter Robbs architectural firm, if you are interested in hiring the designer/firm. As you know, I like seeing these tech company offices and find them interesting. Pike is one of the largest providers of Energy Solutions in the United States.


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The lighting is interesting:

Credit: angelodadamo

A nice skyline view:

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Yes, they are writing on the walls:

Credit: angelodadamo

We should see more completed projects, very soon. If I can find photographs, I'll make a completion photography post, like this one.
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Well I move to Charlotte this weekend. After a year of commuting between Winston-Salem and Charlotte, I will finally make the move.

I will miss Winston a lot. I absolutely love watching this city grow. Keep up the good work Mathew! I will rely on you to keep me updated since I won't be able to visit as often.
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I actually live over 300 miles (over 485 kilometers) from Winston-Salem. The current tech boom is the biggest boom I've seen in Winston-Salem since I first started following Winston-Salem development around 1994 or 1995. It is a fun time to follow development in this city.

After a cold morning, yesterday, with a low temperature at 7°F (-14°C), it's good to relax and enjoy a BIG development update at SSP today. And I do have a big update! I also have a surprise, near the end of this post.

Projects & Construction:

AFAS Center for the Arts:


Credit: Susan Smith

Bookmarks Headquarters & Downtown Bookstore:
It appears as if Foothills Brewing will lease the back half of the Bookmarks Bookstore Building for a 5,400 square foot event space. Foothills Brewing will operate the cafe in the bookstore, offering beer, wine, coffee, and food for both the bookstore and the brewery's event space.

West Salem Modern:
An update on this "modern architecture" neighborhood infill project. These houses have won awards and appeared in national architecture publications.


Credit: STITCH Design Shop


Credit: STITCH Design Shop

New Building at Union Cross:
Johnson Development Associates, from South Carolina, has proposed a Class A spec building. No word on the size of the building.

Bailey Business Center - Building 23-2: (Bailey Power Plant Complex)
Last week, a concrete pumper truck was at the site and an electrical vault was placed into the ground. It also appears as if they are removing the roof where the 5th floor addition will be constructed.


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A look at the back side:

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Credit: Susan Smith


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Aviation College:
They are currently seeking county and state approval. Design will start when they have state approval. Construction could start in First Quarter 2018. It will be completed in Summer or Fall of 2019. This is an adaptive reuse project.

Science & Engineering Center:
This building will open to students today! 275 students are enrolled in 18 classes, a mix of science courses, labs, and liberal arts courses such as historic preservation, community engagement, and a first-year seminar exploring the analytical methods of Sherlock Holmes. In the fall, the number of students will increase to 350 students, with classes in Engineering and Biomaterials Science. The number of university students and faculty in this building will increase each year though 2021. The entire two building downtown complex could have nearly 1,000 students. Yes, nearly 1,000 university students in just one downtown block! The impact on downtown from this should be amazing to watch and professors will encourage students to explore the restaurants, parks, and entertainment available in downtown.

Our first look at the interior:

Credit: Mur Muchane


Credit: Mur Muchane

It's the white building on the far right:

Credit: skylerbrownphoto


Credit: Susan Smith

Snowblower clearing the sidewalks and walkways, as the building prepares to open:

Credit: Susan Smith

Was the waterwall (water feature) on?

Credit: Susan Smith

View from the railroad tracks:

Credit: amholmes

Now, every building in this IQ District photograph is renovated (WOW!):

Credit: winstonwatchman

Cognistx Expansion - New Tech Jobs:
The tech boom continues! Cognistx is preparing to open a Customer Experience Center in downtown's IQ District and they plan to hire 60 people. The company works with cognitive algorithms.

Twin City Lofts Condominiums:
I see construction on the top floor and rooftop amenity level. Their website still says completion is set for this month. If you're interested, you can call (336) 575-7262.


Credit: haleighhatfield

This is from Early-December, but it is new to this thread and shows the entire north facade:

Credit: leonardrydenburrrealestate

Quarry Park:

A view from the ground-level sidewalk:

Credit: b.reidphotography

Downtown Hampton Inn & Suites:

You can't really see the site for the 8-9 inches (225 millimeters) of snow:

Credit: aleccorrea

A rainy night view: (You can see the recent steel delievery)

Credit: steve_d1sports

Dentist Training Center & Offices: Built!
The new headquarters for this multi-state dentist office is now open and they did build an actual dental office in their headquarters. Since I don't have any photographs to make a big photography post, I'll just post it in the weekly update. If I find photographs, I may make a big photography post on it?

Wise Man Brewing - Brewery, Office Space, & Music Venue:
Wise Man is now a fully licensed and operational brewery. They are making beer for opening night on January 28! Make plans to visit the new brewery.


Credit: Wise Man Brewing


Credit: Wise Man Brewing


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Credit: Wise Man Brewing


Credit: Credit: Wise Man Brewing


Credit: Credit: Wise Man Brewing

Easter Creek Partners Headquarters:
A medical tenant has leased a majority of the available space in this building. Yes, it is "almost" fully leased. It will be completed in April as the headquarters of the developer. Easter Creek Partners is an LGBT-owned development business that is relocating its headquarters to Winston-Salem. This is their first development project in their new headquarters city.


Credit: Bruce Chapman | JournalNow

Lofts Hillside:
The Lofts by BSC is now known as the Lofts Hillside. This 88 apartment development will be completed around December 2017. BSC also has plans for 86 additional apartments, in another phase, for 2018 or 2019.

A big cut into a very steep mountain side for these apartments in the city:

Credit: Bruce Chapman | JournalNow

Transportation Infrastructure:

Smith Reynolds Airport Projects:
We finally have details for this project! Planning is now underway for a new $6 million taxilane and ramp to the new aviation college (see Aviation College update in this post). The taxilane and ramp will also lead to undeveloped land, owned by the airport, that will be marketed to aviation firms interested in building at the airport. The developable land, opened-up by this project, is located on the north end of the airport. Both this project and the aviation college will be completed in 2019. The state DOT will pay 90% of the cost for this project. The airport will pay $600,000. The taxilane & ramp are in the design phase.

Off-Subject:

The Tunnels Under Winston-Salem:
Always a favorite subject on the forums, among Winston-Salem residents. The tunnels are very interesting and I myself have searched for openings to the tunnels. I've heard some of the tunnels date back to the 1830s and I've heard about beautiful brick vaulted ceilings in the older parts of the tunnel system. If you decide to explore the tunnels, be aware they are extremely dark and parts of the tunnels are filled with DEEP water. It is so dark, you will think your flashlight doesn't work.


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Foothills Brewing - New Beers:
Foothills Brewing will release new beers as part of a new "Craft Happiness IPA Project" that highlights local, national, and global causes. Each month, the brewery will focus on a human, environmental or animal awareness campaign. Foothills said "There are people, animals and places that, for one reason or another, often due to circumstances beyond their control, are not happy. There are causes – locally, nationally, globally – that are in constant need of increased compassion and awareness. Even the most basic of needs — access to food, clean water, and shelter — are as alarmingly prevalent as they are uncomfortably close to home for all of us. So this series will endeavor to bring awareness, attention and generosity to some of those needs." The first brew, to be released next month, will be called Domicile, intended to shine the light on homelessness and the need for affordable housing.

Random Photographs:

This was likely a beautiful space, at one time:

Credit: zfiacco


Credit: itsmayne1

This old renovated power plant, on the right, is so awesome: (Did you know it has a basketball court?)

Credit: moomoocowmoomoo


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Winston-Salem - Where the 1700s meet today:

Credit: annathegreat

In Winston-Salem, downtown stays open:

Credit: Susan Smith
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I will miss posting on this project. Wake Forest University's Science & Engineering Center (Wake Downtown) is a great addition to downtown and is already bringing more pedestrians to the IQ District and Bailey Park. There are several projects scheduled for completion this month. I'm still waiting for more photographs of Maya Angelou Hall before making a completion photography post on that project. I'm beginning to doubt Twin City Lofts Condominiums will be completed this month? If it is, it will be at the end of the month.

Science & Engineering Center: Built!
This project is now officially completed. And how do we celebrate completed projects? With a massive photography post! This building is a 115,000 square-foot, STEM-centric urban university campus in downtown's IQ District, the fastest growing innovation district in the United States. It's not the usual tech company building we often post on in the IQ District. I can tell the finishes are a little different. The building was an adaptive reuse project that transformed an old industrial building from 1923 into a place for medicinal chemistry, drug discovery and engineering labs.


Credit: Wings Over Winston


Credit: David Rolfe | JournalNow


Credit: WFU

When Jorge Dabdoub arrived for the first day of classes, he crossed the snow-edged courtyard, walked in the front doors and up the stairs to the sunlit research lab on the second floor where he will continue his work to better understand enzymes related to cystic fibrosis. “I love the larger spaces with natural light,” said Dabdoub, who is a junior from New London, Conn. “I am excited about the new lab space, the study areas, and the possibilities for interacting with medical students and faculty.”


Credit: WFU


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Lindsay Comstock-Ferguson, associate professor of chemistry, said “The classrooms are designed to allow students to work and learn in small groups. We have acquired new spectrophotometers to allow biochemistry students the opportunity to perform experiments in a way they haven’t been able to before.”


Credit: WFU

Look at the view of historic industrial buildings:

Credit: WFU


Credit: WFU


Credit: WFU

Jaime Fashimpaur, a junior, is enrolled in a historic preservation class, which will take advantage of the historic downtown setting in a property originally built in the early 1900s. “Students should understand the opportunities go beyond the sciences,” Fashimpaur said.


Credit: WFU


Credit: lindsaymrn

(A quote from the photographer above) “Seventy-percent of the reason I chose the class is because I wanted to be downtown,” said Lindsay Moran, a freshman enrolled in the first-year seminar “The Analytical Methods of Sherlock Holmes.”


Credit: David Rolfe | JournalNow

Bradley T. Jones, professor of chemistry and dean of the graduate school, said this is an ideal setting for his class “The Analytical Methods of Sherlock Holmes.” “Sherlock Holmes could identify at a glance more than 100 varieties of tobacco and ash found at crime scenes,” he said. “Our class will reenact this activity in a renovated tobacco factory.” He also plans to take his students to a screening of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” at a downtown theater.


Credit: WFU

Wow! Look at the skyline view:

Credit: WFU
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