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WINSTON-SALEM | Development Guide


Winston-Salem Development Guide

Downtown Districts:
- Financial District
- Theatre District
- IQ District (Research & Technology District)
- Government District
- Arts District (DaDa)
- West End Village (Ballpark Area)
- Old Salem
- Northwest Boulevard Industrial District
- East Winston
- Twin City Quarter (Convention Center)
- Brookstown
- Goler Heights
- Restaurant Row
- Holly Avenue Historic District
- West Side (Central Library)

Photograph of Old Salem National Landmark District


Stats & Information: (estimated population numbers)
- City Population: 242,500 (85th largest in U.S.)
- Urbanized Area: 400,000 (3rd largest in North Carolina)
- Metro Population: 660,000 (86th largest in U.S.)
- Downtown Population: 38,000 (as of June 30, 2015)
- Construction Began On The City: Nov. 17, 1753
- Winston-Salem Has Buildings From The Mid-1700s
- Founded As The State's Center of Arts & Crafts In Mid-1700s
- Winston-Salem Offers Employee Benefits to Same-Sex Partners
- Largest Hyphenated City
- First Arts Council
- Best Sport Cycling City in the United States According to USA Cycling
- Is a Gigabit Community
- Home To Two of The State's Largest Hospitals
- Home To A Major University Medical Center
- Three Nationally Respected Art Museums
- Home To The Museum of Anthropology
- Home To First Women's College In United States
- Home To Internationally Renown Arts Conservatory
- Home To World's Third Largest Motion Picture Archive
- Americans for the Arts was chartered in Winston-Salem
- Home To Governors School and State High School For Arts
- First Classical Music Written in America in Winston-Salem (1789)
- Home To The World's Largest Collection of 18th Century Classical Music
- Thor Johnson of Winston-Salem Was The First American Born Symphony Conductor
- Located at the foot of the mountains in North Carolina's Wine Country
- North Carolina's Festival City (Street Festivals in Spring/Summer/Fall)
- Was State's Largest City At Peak of American Industrial Revolution
- Oldest of The State's Five Largest Cities
- Popular and Common Local Nickname: Twin City
- Artist & Hipster Nickname For The City: Camel City
- Markets Itself As: City of Arts & Innovation
- City Symbols: 1853 Coffee Pot, Moravian Star, & Reynolds Building

Current Construction (Inside City Limits Only) As of Late-May 2016: (I'm sure I missed a few! Post any that are missed below)
- Bowman Gray Medical Education Building (Downtown Medical School) (IQ District)
- U.S. Olympic Cycling Training Center (Arts District)
- Bailey Business Center - Building 23-2 (IQ District)
- Bailey Power Plant Grounds (IQ District)
- AFAS Center for the Arts (Arts District)
- 757 North Apartments (Goler Heights)
- Undergraduate Science & Engineering Center (IQ District)
- Twin City Lofts Condominiums (Restaurant Row)
- Hotel Indigo (Pepper Building) (Restaurant Row) ----Temporarily ON HOLD----
- Union Station & Streetcar Yard (Columbian Heights)
- Plaza Building & Galleria (Arts District)
- Bailey Park Phase II (IQ District)
- Masonic Temple
- Convention Center Renovation (Twin City Quarter)
- Quarry Park & The BOOM Observation Pier (Flat Rock)
- AirType Headquarters (West End Village)
- North Carolina Business Court (Reynolda)
- 1802 Vierling House Restoration (Old Salem)
- Trade Street Market (Arts District)
- 1834 Nissen Wagon Works Mixed-use (Waughtown Neighborhood)
- Whitaker Park Mixed-use Project (Reynolda)
- TW Garner Headquarters (Restaurant Row)
- Mill 800 Office & Retail (West Side)
- Wise Man Brewing - Brewery & Music Venue (Arts District)
- Cloverleaf Park (IQ District)
- 527 North (Arts District)
- West End Mill Works (West End)
- 1800 N. Patterson Avenue (North Patterson)
- Amnion Foundation Headquarters (IQ District)
- Herbalife Innovation Center Expansion
- North State Next Generation "Gigabit" Network
- City of Winston-Salem Fiber Optic Network
- Landmark Aviation Expansion (Smith Reynolds)
- IQ District (South) Cycle Tracks
- New Building at Alliance Science & Technology Park
- The Lofts by BSC Phase II (HMB Corridor)
- Intelligent Business Solutions Headquarters (Old Salem)
- Transit, Bike, & Pedestrian Improvements (City Wide)
- Rails-to-Trails Bicycle Commuter Highway (IQ District)
- Residence Inn (HMB District)
- LJVM Expansion (Alta Vista)
- Winston-Salem Open Tennis Facility (Alta Vista)
- David F. Couch Ballpark (Alta Vista)

Proposed & Construction: - BIKE COMMUTER LINE has grade separated tracks/lanes for pedestrians, cyclists, and a grade separated rail line for "future" light rail transit (LRT) - STREETCAR ROUTE is an approved (route) modern fixed-rail circulator through downtown and surrounding neighborhoods, set for construction in 2016 - CYCLE TRACKS is a bike route grade separated from the roadway and sidewalks by a landscaped buffer - EV CHARGING has one or more places to charge electric vehicles - UNION STATION is an under construction renovation of a rail transportation center featuring NCRR Passenger Rail, Light Rail, Streetcars, and Bus service - ENTERTAINMENT NOISE DISTRICT is a zoned downtown district where loud entertainment is allowed at all hours.


Prism Tower (Theatre District) STREETCAR ROUTE
- Architect: Axi:Ome
- Observation and Meeting Space
- Color-changing Prism-shaped Windows
- LED Light Show at Night
- Floors: 28 Storeys
- Height: 350 feet tall (106.7 m)

Credit: WSTB

One Research Tower (IQ District) STREETCAR ROUTE
- Location: 1 North Research Parkway, on downtown's waterfront
- Developer: BioMed Realty / Wexford Equities
- Tech Company Office Space
- Floors: 25 Storeys

Credit: dtws @ WSTB

325 North Broad Street (West End Village) STREETCAR ROUTE
- Developer: City Center West Associates LLC
- Architect: ArchSTUDIO7
- Mixed Use: Retail - Office - Condominiums
- Underground Parking
- Completion: 2019 or earlier
- Height: 9 Storeys

Credit: GEMCAP

Twin City Lofts Condominiums (Restaurant Row) STREETCAR ROUTE
- Developer: GEMCAP
- Architect: Walter Robbs
- General Contractor: GEMCAP
- 21 Luxury Condominiums and Retail
- 2,500 Square Foot Amenity Deck
- Height: 6-storeys (7 total floors)
- 14 Foot Ceilings
- Sales Office: (336) 918-0107
- Construction Start: January 2016
- Completion: June 2016

Credit: Frank L. Blum Construction

NoTra Office Building (Arts District)
- Architect: STITCH Design Shop
- General Contractor: Frank L. Blum Construction
- Height: 45.25 Feet (13.8 Meters)
- Uses: Ground Floor Retail, 2nd Floor Office, & 3rd Floor Residential with Roof Deck
- Construction Start: Mid-June 2016

418 North Marshall Street (Twin City Quarter) STREETCAR ROUTE
- Developer: Bill Benton & Leslie Baker
- Architect: Lambert A+I
- Use: Multi-tenant Office Space

Fifth & Marshall Apartments:
- Developer: Bill Benton

Piedmont Federal Mixed-use Building (Courthouse Square)
- Office - Retail - Residential
- Piedmont Federal bank is planning to build a new office building to replace a building that could be demolished for a courthouse

Credit: Old Salem Museums & Gardens

1802 Vierling House Restoration (Old Salem)
- Restoration of a 113 year-old house into a museum on medicine and science
- This museum will compare 18th and 19th century medical practices with those of today
- Help visitors understand the direct connection between early achievements in science and the innovative research happening today
- The museum will tell the story of the doctor and his family
- This museum will have traditional costumed interpretation, exhibits, hands-on activities, and demonstrations with interactive digital technologies

Credit: Walter Robbs Architects

Theatre District Hotel & Condos (Theatre District) STREETCAR ROUTE
- Architect: Walter Robbs Callahan & Pierce
- Height: 18 storeys
- Hotel Rooms: 160
- Condominiums: 40
- Artist Rental Lofts: 40
- Parking Deck: 450 Spaces
- Retail: 50,000 Square Feet
- Construction Start: Possibly 2016?
- Cost: $50 million

Civic Plaza Tower (Restaurant Row) CYCLE TRACKS
- Height: 20-25 Storeys (Waiting on underground parking deck)
- Underground Parking
- Financed By TIF (Requires waiting on Pepper Building completion)

Credit: JournalNow

Brookstown District @ BB&T Ballpark (West End Village) STREETCAR ROUTE - CYCLE TRACKS
- Architect: Wakefield Beasley & Associates / Dwell Design Studio
- Developer: Brand Properties
- Three Phase Project
- Office Space: 300,000 square feet
- Retail Space: 300,000 square feet
- Downtown Grocery Store: Possibly The Fresh Market?
- Residential Units: 580 luxury flats
- Hotel: 250 rooms
- First Phase Construction Start: Early 2016
- Second Phase Construction Start: 2017
- Completion: First Phase 2017 (14-16 months)
- Cost: $186 million
- Possible $54 million Fourth Phase? ($240 million total investment)
- Leasing: ben@ltmcommercial.com

Credit: STITCH Design Shop

AFAS Center for the Arts (Arts District)
- Architect: STITCH Design Shop
- Developer: AFAS Group
- General Contractor: Frank L. Blum Construction
- Height: 3-storey Arts Center With 14-Foot Ceilings
- Ground Breaking: March 2016
- Construction Start: May 2016
- Completion: March 2017
- Back-lit Polycarbonate Cladding Will Glow at Night
- Glass Provides Ground-floor Visibility
- The Red Will Match ARTivity on the Green Park
- First Floor Retail: Red Dog Gallery and Studio 2
- Second Floor: A program for emerging artists and 10 "affordable" work studios for artists
- Third Floor: A boardroom for AFAS Group and leasable office space for arts-related businesses
- Rooftop: The rooftop, with an amazing skyline view, will be used for outdoor receptions

- Developer: Wexford Science + Technology
- Estimated Height: 10 storeys
- Central IQ District

Luxury Downtown Student Housing (IQ District) STREETCAR ROUTE
- Developer: Grubb Properties
- Senior Student Housing

Aviation College (Smith Reynolds)
- Aviation and Aerospace School
- Located across the street from Smith Reynolds Airport
- Adaptive reuse of former office building and hanger
- Requires $16.6 million in bonds from Forsyth County

Credit: WXII

Green Street Office Building (West End Village) STREETCAR ROUTE - CYCLE TRACKS
- Architect: Wakefield Beasley & Associates / Dwell Design Studio
- Developer: Brand Properties
- Square Feet: 190,000
- Leasing: ben@ltmcommercial.com

Credit: Linville Team

607 North Trade Building (Arts District)
- Downtown Retail Development
- Adaptive Reuse of a 1912 Warehouse

Credit: Metropolis Architecture

Airtype Headquarters (West End Village) STREETCAR ROUTE
- Architect: Metropolis Architecture
- Mixed-use Retail / Office / Residential
- Rooftop Deck

North Carolina Business Court (Reynolda)
- State of North Carolina Business Court
- Completion: January 2017

Originally Posted by dtws @ WSTB
Plaza Building & Galleria (Arts District) STREETCAR ROUTE
- General Contractor: Balfour Beatty Construction
- Architect: Little Diversified
- Renovation, Retail Construction, and a New Pedestrian Bridge
- Storefronts: Starbucks and a Fitness Center

Intelligent Business Solutions Headquarters (Old Salem)
- Headquarters for Healthcare Software Company
- Condos and Office Space
- Adaptive Reuse of Salem City Hall & Fire Station

1898 Idols Dam Adaptive Reuse
- Developer: Blackpine Development

Amnion Foundation Headquarters (IQ District)
- Headquarters for National Stem Cell Bank
- Regenerative Medicine

Ziggy's Expansion (Arts District)
- Ziggy's would like to build a new downtown venue that is two or three times larger than their current downtown venue
- Could be connected to a rezoning at E. G. Forrest Produce Warehouse complex?
- Construction could start in late 2016 or early 2017

Forsyth County Courthouse (Government District)
- Location: 200 East Second Street or 16 West Third Street
- Developer: Forsyth County
- Architect: Walter Robbs
- Size: 332,000 square feet
- Height: Around 10-13 floors? (taller proposal is for Second Street)
- Bridge or tunnel to detention center (Second Street proposal only)
- Cost: $142-145 million (limited obligation bonds)

Source: WSTB (Lambert Architecture)

U.S. Olympic Cycling Training Center (Arts District) STREETCAR ROUTE
- USA Cycling - U.S. Olympic Committee
- Developer: Richard Rauck
- Architect: Lambert Architecture + Interiors
- General Contractor: Frank L. Blum Construction
- 4 apartments and 10 double-occupancy rooms for Olympic cyclists & coaches
- Indoor training equipment and a sports nutrition program
- Will include Olympic approved cycling routes downtown
- Will have rooftop deck, cycling training equipment, lounge, a meeting room, open kitchen, and a laundry facility
- Includes places to store and maintain bikes
- Support spaces will include offices, exam rooms, and a metabolic testing lab
- This could become a Community Olympic Development Program site
- Will include a study area for young athletes still in school
- Also includes storefronts for a cafe on Liberty Street and a brewery on Main Street
- Teams will pay to stay and train at the center
- Construction Start: May 29, 2015

500 West Fifth Street (Twin City Quarter) STREETCAR ROUTE
- Developer: Grubb Properties
- $35 Million Project
- Retail Square Feet: 40,000
- Office Square Feet: 298,000
- Floors: 21

Credit: Grubb Properties

Poplar Street Apartments (Restaurant Row) STREETCAR ROUTE
- Developer: Grubb Properties
- Cost: $40 million
- Apartments: 343 Units in Two Buildings
- Requires Demolition of Security Life & Trust Building (501 West Fourth), Built in 1951
- Both Buildings Will Share Poplar Street Parking Deck
- Square Feet: 500,000+


Bowman Gray Medical Education Building (Downtown Medical School) (IQ District) BIKE COMMUTER LINE - STREETCAR ROUTE
- Developer: Biomed Realty Trust
- Architect: Design Collective
- General Contractor: Whiting-Turner Construction Company
- Square Feet: 283,000
- Cost: $111 million
- Has Bike Showers
- Completion: July 2016

Credit: Gaudreau

Undergraduate Science & Engineering Center (IQ District) BIKE COMMUTER LINE - STREETCAR ROUTE
- Developer: Biomed Realty Trust
- Architect: Gaudreau
- General Contractor: Whiting-Turner Construction Company
- Square Feet: 115,000
- Students: 350
- New Classes Offered: Engineering, Chemistry & Drug Discovery, and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
- Engineering students have an optional concentration in biomedical engineering and can minor in biomaterials science and engineering
- Cost: $50 million
- Features a Courtyard with Restaurant & Retail Spaces
- Has Bike Showers
- Completion: December 2016

1800 N. Patterson Avenue (North Patterson)
- Developer: Ali Azzat Amer
- Mixed-use
- Adaptive Reuse of Streamline Art Moderne Building
- Was formerly the 7-Up Bottling Company Building

Herbalife Innovation Center Expansion
- Double the number of employees
- Two-year construction project
- Jobs Created: Administrative and IT

New Building at Alliance Science & Technology Park
- Developer: Carolina Investment Properties
- Size: 1 million square feet
- Cost: $100 million
- State and Duke Energy Certified

Downtown Urgent Care Center - (East Winston) STREETCAR ROUTE
- Developer: CenterPoint
- Beds: 16
- 24/7 Facility

Old Vineyard Expansion
- New Beds: 60
- Square Feet: 43,000
- New Jobs: 67 Healthcare Jobs
- Construction Start: First Quarter 2016
- Completion: January 2017

Bookmarks Headquarters & Downtown Bookstore
- Bookmarks Literary Arts Headquarters
- Office Space with Event Space and an Independent Bookstore on the lower floors
- Requires $400,000 Fundraiser
- Construction Start: October 2016?

Salem College Science and Mathematics Campus (IQ District) - STREETCAR ROUTE - CYCLE TRACKS
- Will double the size of Salem's campus
- Proposed Conference Center Included
- First Building: Biology & Environmental Sciences Facility

1834 Nissen Wagon Works Mixed-use (Waughtown Neighborhood)
- First Phase General Contractor: H.M. Kern
- Adaptive Reuse of former 1834 wagon works complex
- First Phase: District 200 WSPD South District Station, with Public Space, Offices, and a Roll Call Room
- Second Phase: Could include a new Southeast Library, Retail and Restaurants?
- A greenway connects this building to Quarry Park
- First Phase Completion: Spring 2016

Design Collective

- Architect: Design Collective
- Square Feet: 210,000
- Height: 7 Storeys
- Cost: $53.8 million
- Located Near New Falls Park / WSSU

Mill 800 Office & Retail (West Side) * FUTURE LIGHT RAIL (LRT) *
- Developer: Belmont Sayre
- General Contractor: Landmark Builders
- Architect: Tise Kiester Architects
- Phase II of a 350,000 Square Foot Project
- Office Space: 60,000 Square Feet
- Has Retail Spaces
- Cost: $40 million

Credit: City of Winston-Salem

Fourth & Green (West End Village) STREETCAR ROUTE
- Developer: Lennar Multifamily Investors
- Apartments: 300
- Retail: 20,000 square foot grocery store space

Credit: JournalNow

Bailey Business Center - Building 23-2 (IQ District) STREETCAR ROUTE - EV CHARGING
- Developer: BioMed Realty Trust
- Architect: Design Collective / Walter Robbs
- General Contractor: Whiting-Turner Contracting
- Square Feet: 110,800
- Renovation Cost: $40 million
- Conference - Office - Retail - Entertainment
- Will have a first-run movie theatre, restaurants, minority business accelerator, and bowling alley with bar
- Construction Start: February 2016
- Completion: August or September 2017

Bailey Power Plant Grounds (IQ District) STREETCAR ROUTE - EV CHARGING
- Developer: BioMed Realty Trust
- Architect: Design Collective / Walter Robbs
- General Contractor: Whiting-Turner Contracting
- Will have ice skating, rock climbing wall, and boardwalk with open air market
- Construction Start: February 2016
- Completion: December 2017

Credit: Design Collective

Bailey Power Plant Building 23-1 (IQ District) STREETCAR ROUTE - EV CHARGING
- Developer: Empire Properties / Empire Eats
- The Pit Winston-Salem BBQ Restaurant & Bar and other restaurants
- Construction Start: June 2016
- Completion: December 2017

Credit: JournalNow

Convention Center Renovation (Twin City Quarter)
- Architect: TVS Design
- General Contractor: Resolute Building Co.
- Construction Start: March 2016
- Completion: May 2017
- Will include Winston-Salem Walk of Fame
- Will add space by demolishing the sunken garden and expanding the building closer to the sidewalk

Credit: JournalNow

Central Library (West Side) STREETCAR ROUTE
- Square Feet: 110,000
- Architect: Ratio Architects
- Auditorium: 240 Seats
- Height: 5 Storeys
- Approved Bonds: $28 million
- 4th Floor Reading Garden With 2 Fireplaces and Mountain Views
- Makerspace, outdoor program space, and Festival Lawn
- Construction Start: August 26, 2015
- Completion: Summer 2017

New Brewery @ Fishel Steel Factory (Arts District) STREETCAR ROUTE
- Developer: Larry Folds Sr.
- A craft brewery in the Arts District
- Will include restaurant and become an entertainment venue
- Possible indoor stage
- Will keep indoor steel cranes on the ceiling and rails in the floor
- Seeking Joint-Venture Partner to move project forward

TW Garner Headquarters (Restaurant Row) STREETCAR ROUTE
- Maker of Texas Pete Hot Sauce, CHA! sriracha sauce, and Green Mountain Gringo salsa
- Architect: Evergreen Hill Studio
- Interior Design: Workplace Strategies
- General Contractor: Magnolia Construction
- New Construction Office Building at the corner of 4th & Poplar and Adaptive Reuse Renovation of 636 W. 4th
- Includes expanded test kitchen

New FTCC Library
- Part of $70 million project
- The new library will have student meeting rooms, study space, maker spaces, and more.

Centenary UMC Expansion (West Side)
- Architect: Lambert Architecture + Interiors
- A new wing in the courtyard area or the far eastern side of the building
- Historic Property

Winston-Salem Hindu Temple
- General Contractor: Aher Builders
- Construction Start: Fall 2015

New Winston Museum
- Relocating to Downtown in 2016

Downtown Hampton Inn & Suites - (Financial District) CYCLE TRACKS
- Developer: CN Hotel Group
- General Contractor: Thomas Builders Inc.
- Height: Possibly 7 storeys (East Facade)
- Hotel Rooms: 119
- Includes Parking Deck & Restaurant
- Site Size: .66 Acres

Gallery Living Phase II
- Developer: Chaucer Creek Capital
- New Construction
- 35 Residential Units

Credit: Wise Man Brewing

Wise Man Brewing - Brewery, Office Space, & Music Venue (Arts District) *FUTURE LIGHT RAIL (LRT)* - ENTERTAINMENT NOISE DISTRICT
- Architect: Jim Spencer Architects
- Brewery & Taproom
- Live Music Venue
- Indoors & Outdoors
- Food Trucks
- Beer Garden
- Large Indoor and Outdoor Bar
- Regional Beer Distribution
- For Lease Office Space on Second Floor
- Completion: July 2016

Dash Brewing
- Large downtown brewery proposed for 2017.

Masonic Temple
- General Contractor: Stimpson Construction
- Architect: Peterson-Gordon Architects
- Designed to be best Masonic Temple in the state
- Reuses original 1906 Cornerstone from former downtown site

Trade Street Market (Arts District)
- General Contractor: Mike Coe
- Multi-storey historic buildings connected and adaptively reused as an arcade for Arts District Neighborhood residents
- Tenants signed include a cigar store, a barber shop, a Mexican buffet restaurant, a clothing store, a UPS Store, a comic book store, Pulliam's hot dogs, an ice cream shop, and a Thai buffet restaurant
- Alley beside the project will be used for outdoor dining

Residence Inn (HMB District)
- Developer: BPR Properties
- Rooms: 108 room hotel
- Construction Start: First Quarter 2015

Ritz Theatre Restoration (North Patterson)
- Performing Arts & Movie Theatre
- Cost: $100,000
- Seating: 500

Mixxer Makerspace (Arts District or West Salem)
- Architect: STITCH Design Shop

Whitaker Park Mixed-use Project (Reynolda) * FUTURE LIGHT RAIL (LRT) *
- Adaptive Reuse of 1.7 million square feet of buildings
- Total square-footage, including new construction, could exceed 2.5 million square feet
- Workplaces, Retail, and Residential are planned
- Street changes planned
- Could Attract 15,000 New Jobs
- Project could cost $500 million

Credit: City of Winston-Salem

LJVM Entertainment District (LJVM Sports & Entertainment Complex)
- Replace parking lots and outdated buildings with a mixed-use entertainment & retail district
- To include apartments, retail, bars, restaurants, office space, and hotels
- Planned for streets around the existing football stadium, coliseum, annex, and baseball stadium
- 67 acres or more in size

Seedhouse (Arts District)
- Restaurant - Arts Center - Indoor Skate Park - Basketball Court - Creative Writing - Recording Studio - Theatre
- Requires Membership

Credit: City of Winston-Salem

Union Station & Streetcar Yard (Columbian Heights) STREETCAR ROUTE - NCRR PASSENGER RAIL - * FUTURE LIGHT RAIL (LRT) *
- Architect: Walter Robbs
- Developer: WSTA / DOT
- General Contractor: R. P. Murray
- Regional & Local Transportation
- Planned as Future Amtrack Station & Rail Transfer Hub
- Train Museum & Restaurant
- Office & Retail Space
- New Headquarters for Regional Transit Authority
- Future Second Phase (Possible Mixed-use TOD Highrise?)
- Cost: $18.3 million
- Completion: Late 2017

Credit: David E. Gall

Hotel Indigo (Pepper Building) (Restaurant Row)
- Developer: InterContinental Hotels Group
- Architect: CJMW?
- Local Themed Art Deco Hotel
- Hotel Rooms: Around 90 Rooms?

Source: Neighboring Concepts Architecture

757 North Apartments (Goler Heights) NCRR PASSENGER RAIL - * FUTURE LIGHT RAIL (LRT) *
- Developer: Laurel Street
- General Contractor: Creative Builders Inc.
- Residential Units: 135
- Has the height of a 5-storey building
- Amenities: Fitness center, game room, yoga studio, and a patio with grilling areas
- Parking is under the apartments
- Residential: 96,000 Square Feet

Credit: Stimmel Associates

Cloverdale Redevelopment (Ardmore) *FUTURE LIGHT RAIL (LRT)*
- Apartments: 342 Luxury Apartments
- Office & Retail Space: 75,000 square feet
- Will replace 1940s apartments
- Cost: $50 million

Credit: Reciprocity

Goler-Depot Super Energy Efficient Solar Condos (Goler Heights)
- Architect: Reciprocity
- Condos will produce more energy than they use!
- Will use new construction materials and techniques used in Europe.

Carolina Air & Auto Museum (Smith Reynolds)
- Museum for Aircraft - Motorcycles - Automobiles
- Future Home Base for The Berlin Airlift Historical Foundation
- Berlin Airlift Display Includes: Boeing C-97G and a C-54

Performance Place Renovation (Washington Park)
- Fundraising to renovate 28 year old theatre and studio complex

de la Vergne Fine Arts Museum (West Side)
- Proposed and funded by Robert de la Vergne

Performing Arts Center (Theatre District)
- Arts Council of Winston-Salem
- Includes 700 seat replacement theatre for the Little Theatre
- Cost: $19 million
- Underground Parking

UNCSA Performing Arts Center (Theatre District or Washington Park?)
- Seats: 3,000

Ace Hotel Downtown & Roger Stevens Center for the Performing Arts (Theate District) STREETCAR ROUTE
- Mixed-use Development, With Residential, Hotel, Retail, and Arts Uses
- Larger Lobby - Atrium - Relocated Elevators (for more room)
- New Theatre Marquee (possible replica of the original 1920s marquee or a replica of the 1930s neon marquee?)
- Theatre Renovation Cost: $27 million

Credit: Mary Beth Knight

National Black Theatre Hall of Fame and Museum (Theatre District) STREETCAR ROUTE
- National Black Theatre Festival / N.C. Black Repertory Company / Arts Council / UNCSA
- Includes Dance Studio
- Classroom Space for UNCSA and Wake Forest University
- Adaptive Reuse of former 1926 Journal Independence Hall Building
- Expected Groundbreaking: 2016

SciWorks Downtown (Financial District) CYCLE TRACKS
- Architect: Walter Robbs
- New museum name expected in July
- SciWorks and the Childrens Museum have merged and will build a single museum
- To be located at Third Street, on the Strollway
- Size: 70,000 Square Feet
- Flexible Exhibition Space: 40,000 Square Feet
- Height: 4-Storeys
- Planetarium, Gift Shop, Classrooms, Rooftop Terrace, and Transformative Lobby
- Multiple Entrances - Main Entrance on Liberty Street
- County asked to provide $25 million (bonds) and the site on Third Street

George Black House & Brickyard Museum (Dreamland)
- Developer: Evelyn Terry
- General Contractor: Black Pine Development
- Brick Kiln was excavated and the property is on the NRHP

Downtown Amphitheatre (Arts District) ENTERTAINMENT NOISE DISTRICT
- Developer: Jay Stephens

Winston Square Park Amphitheatre Renovation (Theatre District) STREETCAR ROUTE
- Enlargement - Sculpture - Lighting

Performing Arts Park (Theatre District)
- Water Feature

Central District Park (IQ District)
- Design: Stimmel Associates

Credit: STITCH Design Shop

Quarry Park (Flatrock District)
- Developer: City of Winston-Salem
- Architect: STITCH Design Shop
- Planning: Leung Design
- Landscape Architecture: Stimmel Associates
- General Contractor: Bar Construction
- Observation Platform called The BOOM
- 150 foot (46 meters) tall volcanic rock bluffs
- Large 150 foot (46 meters) deep lake with glass bottom boats and zip lines
- Retail/restaurant village and town green
- Railroad around the lake with railroad station at the village
- Includes a hotel & conference center
- Also includes a botanical garden, a water park, a lookout mound, picnic shelters, bike path, disk golf, challenge course, amphitheatre, different levels of hiking trails, and an interpretive center
- Volcanic stone from this quarry was used for construction in the city during the 1700s.
- Will also incorporate surrounding parks and a neighboring golf course
- The Waughtown Greenway connector will pass through the new park and connect the Waughtown area to the Peachtree Greenway
- Construction Start: February 26, 2016
- First Phase Completion: April 2017

Cloverleaf Park (IQ District)
- Design: Stimmel Associates

Source: WSTB

Credit: JournalNow

- Design: Stimmel Associates
- General Contractor: Whiting-Turner
- Privately Developed and Paid For By: BioMed Realty Trust and WFIQ (no city money involved)
- Historic electrical pylons, saved from site during demolition, to be reused as art
- Includes seating areas, walking trail, water features, and picnic areas
- Second Phase Start: Early February 2016
- Second Phase Completion: Late April 2016

Originally Posted by dtws @ WSTB
Merschel / Civic Plaza Park (Restaurant Row)
- Developer: City of Winston-Salem
- Architect: MLA Design Group
- TIF Financing / Bonds
- Underground Parking
- Outdoor Classroom, Vertical Playground, Fountain, and Water Walls
- Space for a new Piedmont Federal Bank office building
- Art Features


Morris Building Restaurant, Grocery Store, & Events Center (IQ District) STREETCAR ROUTE
- Developer: Black Pine Development?

The Lofts by BSC Phase II (HMB Corridor)
- Architect: Erskine-Smith
- Developer: BSC Holdings
- Apartments: 170
- Rent: $1,125

Credit: WFU

Sports Performance Center (Reynolda)
- Cost: $58 million
- Height: 4-5 storeys
- Offices and Film Center
- Brick Exterior
- Ground Breaking: Summer 2017

527 North (Arts District)
- Architect: STITCH Design Shop
- Use: Tech Company Office Space
- Restaurant: Crafted: The Art of the Taco
- Lower Floor: Arts & Event Space
- Location: 527 North Liberty
- Construction Start: February 2016
- Completion: Late October 2016

West End Mill Works (West End)
- Developer: Blackpine Development
- Proposed Greenway
- Arts Business Incubator
- Second Phase Completion: June 2016

Technology Infrastructure:

North State Next Generation "Gigabit" Network
- 1-10 Gigabits per second
- $70 Per Month
- Uses Unused TV Bandwidth
- Gigabit Internet - TV - Phone Services
- Symmetric: Speeds are the same for uploads and downloads
- Will be Affordable and 100 Times Faster Broadband Cable
- Can Download An Entire Movie In Less Than A Minute!
- Competition to AT&T's GigaPower Service in Winston-Salem (Should lower prices for gigabit internet in Winston-Salem)

City of Winston-Salem Fiber Optic Network
- General Contractor: Performance Cabling Technologies
- Supplier: NWN

Alternative Transportation Options: (Bus - Pedestrian - Bicycle - Rail):

Source: HDR & City of Winston-Salem

Rail Streetcar System Discuss in the Streetcar Thread By Clicking On This Link
- Labeled As "Streetcar Route" On Projects Listed On This Thread
- Contractor: Edilon)(Sedra
- Vehicles: 8 Streetcars
- Track: 8 miles (13 Kilometers)
- Final Cost: $179 million

Credit: Stimmel Associates

Credit: Design Collective

Light Rail
- Labeled As "Future Light Rail" On Projects Listed On This Thread
- Line from Downtown to LJVM Sports Complex and Wake Forest University
- Line to Bowman Gray University Medical Center, Forsyth Medical Center and Hanes Mall
- Dedicated Right of Way
- Studies Already Began
- Process to Move Foward: 2017?

Regional Commuter Rail
- Not Labeled
- Dedicated Right of Way
- Still in Vision Stage
- Rails Preserved by Regional Transit Authority

Credit: Stimmel Associates

Rail Valley Pedestrian Bridge (IQ District) BIKE COMMUTER LINE - STREETCAR ROUTE
- Design: Stimmel Associates
- Connects Future Amphitheatre And IQ District Rail Station To Government District
- Shortcut To Streetcar Stop

Credit: JournalNow

Green Street Pedestrian Bridge (West End Village) STREETCAR ROUTE
- Architect: Donald MacDonald
- Developer: NCDOT
- Cable-Stayed Bridge
- Cost: $2,035,038
- Completion: 2017?

Credit: JournalNow

credit: NC DOT

Bike & Pedestrian Land Bridge (Financial District)
- Architect: Walter Hood
- Developer: NCDOT
- Cost: $980,000
- Designed to carry bicycle and pedestrian traffic over the East-West Expressway without taking cyclists or pedestrians out of the trees and beautiful landscaping
- This will be the only land bridge of its kind in North Carolina and possibly the first urban land bridge in the United States
- Completion: 2018?

Credit: JournalNow

Credit: Beers n' Gears

Credit: Beers n' Gears

East-West Expressway Bike & Pedestrian Path
- Labeled As "Cycle Tracks" On Projects Listed On This Thread
- Will put cyclists on an equal footing with automobiles
- Includes pocket parks, bridges, and a tunnel
- Connects university medical center to the IQ District
- Bicycle and Pedestrian Use
- Grade Separated
- Design & Engineering: RS&H Inc.
- Landscape Architect: Stimmel Associates
- Developer: NCDOT
- Cost: $15 million
- Construction Start: July 2016

Credit: NextCity

Passageway Park (Twin City Quarter)
- Architect: Osgood Landscape Architecture
- Planning: Roots | First (Kristen Haaf)
- Developer: DWSP
- Could include string lights, art on the walls, wayfinding, and landscaping that brings greenery into the walkway
- The design team will add an art installation with video screens or mirrors, to improve visibility
- Art students will be encouraged to rehearse or busk in the park and DWSP will invite food carts and other retail to the pocket park
- Cost: $150,000 (Private Donations & BID Money)
- Construction Start: November 2016

Peters Creek Parkway Bridge by Creative Corridors:

Credit: JournalNow

Creative Corridors
- Architects: Donald MacDonald Architects and Larry Krikland
- Incorporate Art into Bridges and Roadways Downtown
- Requires $5 million in donations
- East-West Expressway
- John Gold Expressway
- MLK Corridor
- Developer: NCDOT
- Construction Start: Fall 2016

Donate: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/c...onperk_amt=100

Credit: Stimmel Associates

Rails-to-Trails Bicycle Commuter Highway (IQ District) *FUTURE LIGHT RAIL (LRT)* - STREETCAR ROUTE
- General Contractor: Smith-Rowe
- Labeled As "Bike Commuter Line" On Projects Listed On This Thread
- Connects Existing 1980s Cycle Tracks To IQ District And Goler Heights
- Includes Future Light Rail, Bike, and Walking Paths
- Dedicated Right of Way for Light Rail
- Planned as a Bicycle Superhighway
- Multiple Phases
- Completion From Rams Drive to MLK: April 2017
- Completion From MLK to Airport: Late 2018

Salem Creek Greenway Extension:
- Connect Forsyth Tech to Marketplace Mall and Downtown
- Distance: 1.17 miles
- Part of city project to connect all college & university campuses by bicycle and connect those campuses to downtown

Transit, Bike, & Pedestrian Improvements
- Consultant: ALTA Planning & Design
- Increase walking, cycling, and transit usage by 10%
- Improve safety for walking and cycling
- Better position stops
- 33 miles / 53 kilometers of funded bicycle infrastructure
- 6 funded Greenway projects
- Construction Start: Late 2015

Credit: NC DOT

U.S. Bicycle Route 80
- Follows I-40 and will connect to existing and under construction Cycle Tracks in Downtown Area
- Will be completed from the university medical center to the county line by 2025

Interesting Fact: Winston-Salem is the only major city in North Carolina without an outer-loop/beltway, due to decades of environmentalist and anti-sprawl lawsuits.

Removing Expressway Ramps Downtown
- Redesigning the East-West Expressway
- Restore Two-Way Traffic to Main, Liberty, & Broad streets
- Reconnect Lower Downtown with Upper Downtown
- Encourage More Pedestrian-friendly Development
- Redesign Bridges for Bike Lanes, Landscaping, & Art (Creative Corridors)
- Redesign Bridges to make them More Attractive
- $80 Million Project
- Construction Start: 2016
- Four Year Project

Sports Facilities:

Winston-Salem Open Tennis Facility (USTA Tennis) * FUTURE LIGHT RAIL *
- Seats: 4,500
- Cost: $10 million
- Two levels of seating
- Will have multiple suites and will be designed to host outdoor concerts too
- Will be designed to host the USTA Winston-Salem Open and the NCAA Tennis Championships
- Completion: 2018

Credit: Basement Bicycles

Source: WSTB (Lambert Architecture)

U.S. Olympic Cycling Training Center (Arts District) STREETCAR ROUTE
- USA Cycling - U.S. Olympic Committee
- Developer: Richard Rauck
- Architect: Lambert Architecture + Interiors
- General Contractor: Frank L. Blum Construction
- 4 apartments and 10 double-occupancy rooms for Olympic cyclists & coaches
- Indoor training equipment and a sports nutrition program
- Will include Olympic approved cycling routes downtown
- Will have rooftop deck, cycling training equipment, lounge, a meeting room, open kitchen, and a laundry facility
- Includes places to store and maintain bikes
- Support spaces will include offices, exam rooms, and a metabolic testing lab
- This could become a Community Olympic Development Program site
- Will include a study area for young athletes still in school
- Also includes storefronts for a cafe on 4th Street and a brewery on Main Street
- Teams will pay to stay and train at the center
- Construction Start: May 29, 2015

- Details unknown

Wake Will

David F. Couch Ballpark (Alta Vista) *FUTURE LIGHT RAIL*
- Architect: Walter Robbs
- General Contractor: Frank L. Blum
- Cost: $11 million
- Clubhouse, Hall of Fame, Concessions, Conference Room, Office, and Batting Facility
- Completion: Fall 2016

Major League Soccer Stadium
- Effort To Be Led By Rence Callahan

"Noteworthy-Only" Metro Projects:

Smith Reynolds Airport Renovation
- Developer: Airport Commission of Forsyth County
- Needs Grant Match
- Relocate Taxiway A and work on Taxiway F
- Remove terrain obstructions from one of the runways
- Construction Start: Summer 2016

Landmark Aviation Expansion (Smith Reynolds Airport)

Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Co. Interiors Division (Union Cross Area)
- Square Feet New Construction: 500,000
- Proposed As Aviation Campus
- Mixed-use with Retail & Apartments (not included in square footage above)

Davie Medical Center Expansion
- Architect: HKS Architects
- General Contractor: Rodgers Builders
- Beds: 50
- Size: 78,220 Square Feet
- Cost: $125 million
- Completion: Spring 2017

Novant Clemmons Medical Center
- Architect: BBH Design
- Developer: Novant Health
- General Contractor: Rentenbach
- Beds: 50
- Second Phase Operating Rooms: 3
- Total Cost: $100 million
- Second Phase Cost: $49 million
- Second Phase Construction: December 2015
- Completion: Summer 2017

Credit: Shook Kelly

Depot District
- 125 acres across 35 city blocks
- Multimodal transportation facility for bus & rail, amphitheatre, residential, retail, and restaurants
- Bull City Ciderworks relocated most of their operations to this project in March 2016

I-74 Corporate Park
- Developer: CIP
- Could Have Over 2,500 Jobs by 2017
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CCC Update:
A look at the Fifth Floor Courtyard at the 12-storey CCC, as it nears completion.

Courtyard by David Rolfe

There are only 41 comprehensive cancer centers in the nation and this is the only one in the region. It's a research cancer center, for those who want to know. There are around 250 cancer research projects currently underway at the center. This facility will attract people from around world seeking advanced medical care. Winston-Salem's CCC is ranked as one of the nation's top 12 cancer centers.

West End Millworks: The Olio Glass Studio


IQ District Update:

The first medical students will move into the IQ District in March 2014. In February 2014 we should have an update on when the Wake Forest University School of Medicine and their medical library will begin renovations/construction on their new building in the IQ District in downtown Winston-Salem. Wake Forest University School of Medicine's adaptive reuse project will likely take 18-24 months to complete. That should be fun to follow on the forum!

Downtown Library Update:

19 architects are interested in designing the new downtown library. Hopefully we will have renderings from all of them soon. This was Fulk's rendering, which I liked. I'm not sure if Fulk resubmitted another proposal or not?


Hilltop House South:

Source: Calloway Johnson Moore & West


Exterior lighting was installed on the building and is now turned on. The lighting gives the building an awesome appearance.

I love the skyline reflections on this building! The metal boxes with wires are the lights, but these photographs are a month old (before the lights were wired).


Stevens Center PAC Renovation:

The Stevens Center has officially asked for incentives and this is moving forward much faster than I thought it would. Hopefully, this will move to construction soon!

760 West Fourth:

I've heard site demolition (demolition of old retaining walls, light towers, and pavement on site) is set to start this month. Maybe it will join the construction list too in a few months?

Cycling Update:

Downtown Winston-Salem will soon have around 22 miles (around 35 kilometers) of bike paths, when current construction projects are completed. These will connect downtown workplaces/entertainment to neighborhoods, historic districts, colleges, museums, entertainment venues, parks, and more. A fact some people may not know: Winston-Salem actually has a city department focused on walking/cycling infrastructure with its own planner on the city payroll. This was from the city's cycling newsletter from that office.

Interesting Notes:

Unemployment in Winston-Salem's MSA is 6.9%. Among the lowest of the 14 metro areas in the state.

Andrés Duany said downtown Winston-Salem is the best downtown in the region and praised it heavily.

See Krispy Kreme's Doughnuts on Parade downtown.
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More Apartments!

City Hospital Apartments

And we start off this post with news of a developer converting a wing of the former City Hospital into apartments. I'm still searching for information, but at least one person who lives in Winston-Salem is saying it's possibly already under construction. So, I've added it to the construction list. City Hospital was built in 1914 and expanded in 1923 and around 1947, if I remember correctly? I think part of the complex is already apartments (1947 wings)? The building has an interesting history as the State Advancement School in the 1960s, after the hospital moved. The school was a residential school, with around 2,700 students of all races from across the state, used to develop teaching techniques used throughout the state.

City Hospital in 1924, when it was still a hospital:


Library at Merschell Plaza Has Mayor & Alliance Support!

It appears as if the mayor and several of the city's leaders support this interesting library in a park proposal from a New York architect. They are working hard to convince the county to select Merschel Plaza. Write to the county commissioners and tell them you want the library at Merschel Plaza!

TwinCity posted these "library in a park" architect renderings at WSTB:
Originally Posted by TwinCity

If this library proposal is built, Winston-Salem will have one of the more interesting central public libraries. They want something very high-tech and futuristic and city business leaders seem willing to donate money to make it happen.

Announcement for 23 Storey Hotel at Former RJR Nabisco HQ soon?

According to Smitty and WSTB, we could see an announcement on the 23-storey hotel in 2014!

Transportation News:

WRCP Nationally Recognized for Bike Friendly Workplace

I love this bike storage system they built in their downtown office!


The League of American Bicyclists recognized Walter Robbs Callahan & Pierce Architects as a Bicycle Friendly Business, leading America toward a more sustainable future. WRCP is one of 600 businesses nationwide to win this award. WRCP encourages bicycle commuting and works to make it an easy option for employees. WRCP employee and cyclist Brian Kubecki said “working at a company that supports bicycling makes “riding in” a convenient and sustainable choice for my daily commute. When our employees bike, great things happen: we encourage a fun and healthy work culture, become more connected to our community, and decrease our carbon foot prints.” Bicycle friendliness is evident through the design of their office which includes shower facilities, convenient in-office bike storage and a connected location to downtown Winston-Salem bike routes. The award brings with it free tools and technical assistance from the League.

I like their mixed-use retail/office/condo building too:


Don't forget: Winston-Salem has free bikeshare! If you're visiting or live in the city, try it! It's free!

According to Winston-Salem's Cycling and Walking Transportation Planner, Matthew Burczyk, Downtown Winston-Salem has around 23 miles of bike paths built or under construction. There is a strong city backed effort to encourage cycling to work and increase bike commuting by 10% or more in the next three years. This is seen at every new office building built downtown. If you work in downtown Winston-Salem, take advantage of this and ride your bike to work!

Sports Facilities:

Winston-Salem Open Tennis Facility (USTA Tennis)

The Winston-Salem Open Tennis Facility was selected as host for the 2018 NCAA Division I Tennis Championships. The facility is expected to begin construction in 2014 and it is said it will be among the nation's best tennis facilities. Congratulations to Don Flow and this facility! It should be fun to watch the construction and see it completed for 2015 Winston-Salem Open on CBS.
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Triad Regional Government Council Building - Completed!
Construction is complete on the regional government headquarters, so I removed it from the list above. It is the economic development recruitment office for the 12 county area and operates massive regional databases used in recruiting employers, so it is also an IT center. The group has large mobile operations too and this provides a place for that.

One of the more interesting features are treadmill desks. People who work there or use the services are exercising at their desk.

Hilltop House South - Topped Out!
This innovative structure is finally topped-out and should open sometime this spring. They still have brick work and the balconies to finish. If you're looking for more affordable apartments, but with all of your favorite amenities, Hilltop House is for you. It helps solve the problem of young professionals being priced-out of the apartment market.

Source: City of Winston-Salem

Centennial Art Project - Construction
The twin towers structure above is being constructed right now and will appear near First and Liberty streets very soon.

IBM now among Winston-Salem Tech Employers
IBM now employs 360 and growing.

Salem Creek Connector - Construction!
The last piece of Research Parkway is now under construction and it will open-up the southern end of eastern downtown to development. Salem College has already purchased or is in the process of buying the land around this project, so they can double the size of Salem College with all math and science related classrooms. It will also have dorms fronting the streetcar route.

Historic Union Station
This building has moved closer to construction, with the city looking for a contractor. I've heard it won't start construction until November 2014, but I guess we will see? This is part of the rail streetcar system.

Plant 64 Mixed-use Project
We really need more photographs in this thread. I don't think anyone is commenting due to the lack of photography. The GC recently uploaded a few photographs of this nearly 250 apartment development, with its 10,000 square feet of retail and underground parking. At $55 million, it's a noteworthy project. So far, work hasn't started on the retail structure along Fourth Street, but the residential and amenity buildings are under renovation right now. This site is actually five different buildings, ranging in height from 3-7 storeys.

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Some parts of Plant 64 are further along than others.

Chatham Mill
We are now discovering the metal panels were actually covering beautiful historic buildings at the Chatham Mills site. Very interesting.
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Update for this week:

I have a lot of fun news to share this week. I'll start with with a few photography updates.

I don't live in Winston-Salem, so I have to search for update photographs from anywhere I can find them.

Inmar Headquarters Downtown / IQ District
The person in the middle is the CEO of Inmar. It appears as if the worker in the background is installing the building's architectural lighting? I really want to see the interior of this tech company's headquarters. I think they have 6 buildings in Winston-Salem. This building will be their largest, opening with over 1,000 employees. The building is built so they can add another 500 employees. All IT employees. Looking for a job? Apply at this company. They are always hiring.


525@Vine Downtown / IQ District
This building, currently under construction, is next door to Inmar's headquarters. It will eventually house a 500 employee operation that makes phone apps for major retailers, a research organization for public health, a PA department, a bioinformatics operation, a health club, a multi-storey elevated conference center and the Center for Emerging Technologies. Obviously, it will also have retail spaces/storefronts in a nice courtyard.


760 West Fourth Downtown / Village District
Demolition has started at 760 West Fourth, which could become an 11-storey high-rise? We will see what happens when they officially present their plans to the city.

Link Apartments Downtown / Village District
This is actually a chain type of apartment development. You'll find Link Apartments in other cities. It's still interesting, at 205 units! It also has electric vehicle charging stations.

These photographs are a couple of months old.

Originally Posted by rmhpmi @ WSTB

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HMB District
This project is at about to start construction. I think an 80,000 square foot office building will be the first to break ground and a hotel, that will share parking with two office buildings, is currently under renovation. It includes a movie theatre, apartments, retail, a future light rail station, parking decks, and offices. The building about to start construction doesn't seem to match anything in the renderings? We'll see what happens with this.


Fourth & Broad Office Building Downtown / Village District
The financial company building this is keep a lot of secrets with this one, but it should be a beautiful addition to downtown.

Thanks to TwinCity at WSTB for this photograph!
Originally Posted by TwinCity @ WSTB
Sports Update:
An indoor football team and a minor league hockey team have leased or are about to lease the Annex as lead tenants.

B/E Aerospace is growing again, by acquiring Texas energy companies. It should be interesting to see what impact this will have on Winston-Salem employment. B/E Aerospace employs 1,400 engineers and office workers in Winston-Salem, including the new CEO at the company's new office building.

Creative Corridors meetings this week! We'll see if something interesting is shared from this meeting?

Did I forget something? Yes, that is right... the 23-storey hotel!

23-storey Hotel at 401 N. Main Downtown / Restaurant Row
For those who don't know, hotel developers have fought for the ultimate prize. The ability to renovate the Empire Building at the RA Headquarters Complex. The building was a "blank check" project from a company who's products helped defined the jazz/swing age. It was designed by Shreve Lamb & Harmon in 1927 and completed in a year - yes the same architects as the Empire State Building! This building was North Carolina's tallest building from 1928-1965, when the 30-storey glass box next door to it was completed. It is an amazing work of art deco architecture, with marble from around the world, gold and silver ceilings, original art deco light fixtures, rare metals on the doors, etc.,. No surprise, this was 1929 AIA Building of the Year, as the best building design in the United States that year, which many art deco lovers believe was the top year for architecture. As you can see, it is a prize!

What is new? 7 hotel developers were selected as having plans that matched the owner's vision. 3 of those developers are now finalists to convert this building into a luxury hotel and condos. They will also restore the original ground floor retail!

Source: 1998 by Preservation North Carolina

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Source: David Rolfe at Journalnow

This mural in the lobby just screams late 1920s jazz/swing age!

Source: blindkennyb

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It is covered in beautiful artwork and art deco. It looks like a luxury hotel now.

If you're a developer who can take on a $60 million hotel project, you can still submit a proposal to the owner through CBRE. Just ask about 401 N. Main in Winston-Salem. One of North Carolina's top luxury hotel developers tried, but this building's renovation cost is more than value of all of his hotels and restaurants combined. This is a big project and will likely include city/county incentives.

Winston-Salem forum members at WSTB think this could become a 21c Museum Hotel, Intercontinental, or some type of Westin flag? We'll see. It could also be independent or maybe a smaller chain will win it? I think everyone wants 21c Museum Hotels and anything less than that is likely disappointment.
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Missed One! - Winston Mutual Renovation:
I'm starting to find more buildings I forgot to add to the construction list. Among them is the Winston Mutual Insurance Building Renovation! Two tenants are signed for the renovated office space in what is seen as the most important building in East Winston. I love finding buildings I may have missed, since it makes the already impressive proposed and construction lists even longer! If you know of one, post it below or let me know about it, so we can add it.

Winston-Salem's Tech Boom:
Winston-Salem ranked 7th in nation in High Tech GDP Growth from 2011-2012. The city is also starting to skyrocket up the job growth rankings for the latest year available. And yes, it's mostly tech jobs and that is reflected in what we see under construction or recently completed.

Speaking of tech jobs: Inmar is talking about hiring possibly hundreds more people in downtown Winston-Salem's IQ District. They haven't given a set number, but could announce something in a few months. This company is always hiring. If you're looking for a job, majored (science) in a computer related field, and love Winston-Salem, this is a good place to look.

B/E Aerospace has signed two or three more contracts this week and is projected to reach $4 billion in revenue, when their 4th quarter numbers are released. This is another tech company that is always hiring in Winston-Salem for office workers, engineers, and more.

City of the Arts:
UNCSA won an Emmy Award for their work on a major performance downtown that was broadcast on state-wide TV. Further proof of Winston-Salem's amazing arts scene, which is one of the major attractions for companies relocating to Winston-Salem or people moving to Winston-Salem.

Fun Events:
I would like to highlight some of the unusual events that keep Winston-Salem weird. Among them is the Beer Run. The Beer Run starts with a 5k race in March, and each subsequent race, through November, adds a longer distance option, up to a 15k. What makes the event unusual is the free beer after each race and the chance to meet new running and drinking buddies. If you place in your age group, you can win a customized pint glass.

Beer Update:

Source: NC Brewing

Interesting Fact: This Winston-Salem brewery has won national awards for their label designs.

So you like beer? If you love beer in Winston-Salem, you're likely excited and waiting for Foothills to release this year's batch of Sexual Chocolate Imperial Stout on February 1st. The release attracts national attention, with long lines of people camped-out downtown on Fourth Street. If you don't like camping-out, you can always pay a little extra to break-in-line. There are four break-in-line opportunities that will support great Winston-Salem charities and also includes a $50 Foothills gift card, a Sexual Chocolate beer goblet, a prize pack and a mystery beer gift to the winner. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Front-of-the...item1e85bea547

Fourth Street Updates:
a/perture movie theatre expanding again! And by 25%! This follows a recent expansion of the downtown theatre last year. It shows how much Winston-Salem loves independent, foreign, documentary, local, and festival films. There is also talk of another similar theatre opening in 2015 on the same street, to give a/perture a little competition. Many people may not know that Winston-Salem has two film schools, including an internationally known film school, which has the kids of Hollywood celebrities going there, at UNCSA. If you think you may have seen the son or daughter of a famous movie star on Fourth or Trade streets or in Washington Park, you probably did.

West End Mill Works Update:
The Porch Kitchen and Cantina is now open. West End Mill Works is more significant than I though, with multiple former industrial buildings, being converted by hipsters, into a massive arts, creative job incubator, and entertainment center. Since it's along Canal Street, it's easy to miss it. Don't miss it on your visit!

Source: West End Mill Works

Bailey Park and The Food Truck Park Update:
Trees are installed around the outside of the parks. I'm guessing all of the power lines were removed as well? A thank you to members at WSTB for sharing this.

The Link Apartments:
If you're looking for a great apartment near the ballpark, university medical center, and Burke Street, try the Link Apartments. Preleasing starts in Spring 2014 - Call 877-844-0001

Bailey Power Plant Update:
The U.S. Park service must approve (due to national register of historic places designation) construction of the world's largest kaleidoscope and they are still working on a feasibility study on the stacks, before construction on the kaleidoscopes can begin.

Source: Steve Lawing / Scott Cole

You will actually stand inside the smokestacks to operate this! I would love to stand inside them! The hipsters, artists, and tech crowd transforming this city are all awesome!

23-storey Luxury Hotel at 401 N. Main
One of the three finalists could be hotel developer Mit Shah. There is also talk that an architect involved with the interiors of NYC's 432 Park Avenue could be involved with at least one of the proposals. I love that building and it adds to the excitement of seeing the proposals in a few weeks.

525@Vine Update:
Color changing lights are now in place and they are awesome! We are maybe 10 weeks away from tenants moving-in! I think the architect has another award winning design with this building and the building next to it.

Source: IQ District Neighborhood Association

$200 Million Mixed-use Project?
The N.C., AIA award winning architectural firm of West & Stem are designing a $200 million development named Carrollton, which could include 1,000 residential units and 1 million square feet of retail and office space. At least one office building is already completed (about a month ago), with another about to start. This could be a significant project. We'll see how it unfolds.

Completed! - Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCC):
I think the 192 bed research cancer center is finished and open for use. I'm removing it from our list of construction above. But not without a few photographs to showcase the tallest building built in 2013. This is the state's largest comprehensive cancer center! The healthcare in this city is really amazing. Because it's a research center, it also features a conference center for researchers. Again, research and technology jobs are growing fast in Winston-Salem, and this center is now hiring, creating more tech jobs. This facility offers many treatment services for cancer patients that can only be found in this facility in the state of North Carolina. There are also efforts underway to make this facility even more accessible, through proposed streetcar and lightrail systems, connecting to Union Station.


Comprehensive Cancer Center (Hawthorne Hill) STREETCAR ROUTE
- Architect: HKS Architects
- Hospital/Medical Facilities
- Cost: $125 million (Top 20 largest developments in Southeast U.S. by cost)
- Square Feet: 530,600
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One major announcement you missed is the building permit was issued for the Courthouse Apartments on Fourth Street. Clachan Properties of Richmond, the same developers that brought us the two Winston Factory Loft projects is starting on their third downtown residential development. The 1926 Forsyth County courthouse will become 57 apartments with possible retail.



The site has a good deal of public art that's not really noticeable because of the overgrown trees. Hopefully Clachan will light them at night to give the building a stronger impact. The controversial confederate soldier memorial sits on the NW corner and will keep the county's ownership. At first I thought it should be moved, but like city council member Vivian Burke stated, we can't run away form our history and that the first NC sit-in victory plaque is located just across the street.
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Good news! Three more new projects to add to our proposed and construction lists!

Big Winston Market: (NEW to our list!)
Big Winston Warehouse is being renovated into an arts and market center. It should provide additional entertainment, arts, and retail to downtown.

Source: Linville Team Partners

Ella's Lofts: (NEW to our list!)
Yes, more apartments! The building next door is also under renovation and the Yoga Gallery just opened there.

Winston Mutual Insurance Building:
Will this become a bigger project, with additional development around it? Fifth Street Investments LLC, is seeking approval to redevelop the surrounding property. No details as of this posting. I've seen they are close to signing tenants for two more floors in the renovated building, which is great news. They are gutting the building and it will be like new, when they finish. It appears as if they are replacing the windows too? This is a very complete renovation. It will remain office space.

The Heights at Patterson: (NEW to our list!)
Another apartment development, this time in the Goler Heights District, which could reach 5-storeys and feature ground floor retail spaces. Very few details, but I think a Maryland company that worked on The Gallery Lofts is also building this?

River Run International Film Festival:
It won't be long until it's time for River Run! Did you know The River Run International Film Festival is a qualifying festival for the Oscars in the Documentary Short Subject award category? It's a shortcut to meet Academy eligibility, allowing the winning short to forgo a standard theatrical run. Only 25 film festivals around the world are considered “qualifying festivals” for documentary shorts. Only 13 of those 25 film festivals are in the U.S.,. River Run starts on April 4th in downtown Winston-Salem. In the festival city, this is really a must see festival!

Interesting New Places to See!
I don't post many restaurants in this thread, but want to make an exception for Mission Pizza Napoletana, which is now open on Trade Street. This is not a typical pizza restaurant. You can't order pepperoni pizza here. This is real Italian pizza, using traditional Caputo 00 flour, crushed tomatoes with salt (instead of the usual sauce you see on other pizzas), and extra-virgin olive oil. The oven the pizzas are cooked in is hand-made in Naples, Italy, from bricks forged of the volcanic soil surrounding Mt. Vesuvius! It is the only one like it in the Carolinas. Even the sodas are imported, so they don't have the corn syrup ours have. These pizzas are also lighter than what Americans eat, without a heavy blanket of cheese. The crust is thin and has a slight char, due to the 1,000 degree wood-fired oven. This urban restaurant also has a walk/bike-through window (no cars, just pedestrians and cyclists). If you're asking how long it takes to wait on these amazing pizzas: They cook in 90 seconds. Though the restaurant doesn't offer pepperoni, they do have soppressata. This is a must visit downtown.

These photographs of Mission Pizza are old, but they are the only photographs I can find of the building right now.

Both Photographs from Peyton Smith

Transit, Bike, & Pedestrian Improvements
The first phase of this project, covering neighborhoods that border downtown on the northwest side, will cost $9.1 million to complete. Apartments along the improvement corridors could pay a small fee for these upgrades? It should improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians and also improve mass transit, in an effort to increase the number of people biking, walking, and taking transit by 10% in three years. I think the neighborhoods to the south of downtown are next? A very exciting project with an awesome goal!

Winston-Salem District VA Hospital:
Ground breaking is this Friday on this $84 million project... however, it's already under construction. This is just an opportunity for local leaders to take their pictures with shovels at the construction site.

Semans Arts Library:
I found a rendering of this project, posted by TwinCity at WSTB, and wanted to share it with the forum! This library is already under construction and will hold the world's third largest motion picture archive! It will also have a small theatre to view the movies in, which is great news for film lovers in Winston-Salem! Due to the significance of the collection, the building is designed for preservation. Winston-Salem is an awesome arts city!

Source: UNCSA

Plant 64 Lofts:
Thank you to the GC for sharing photographs of the progress!

Are these the windows for the building?

The retail building on Fourth Street is now under renovation!

Those will be awesome retail spaces! Notice how old the building appears. I'm guessing this is the oldest building there and would love to know how old it is?

All Plant 64 images courtesy http://www.capstonebuilding.com
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Inmar Headquarters:
I noticed Inmar's headquarters has a video wall wrapped around the stair tower (on the outside!) for everyone to enjoy. They had an animated display running to test it last week. Awesome! I must go there to photograph it. Tech company headquarters are awesome. It also has a performance stage in the lobby, with a massive skylight atrium above it. These companies always have awesome features in their headquarters.

West Fourth Office Tower:

Source: WXII 12 News

Benton Convention Center Expansion:
City leaders are considering the options, with the first phase being a possible $24 million renovation to the existing building. This renovation will increase the space of the facility, modernize it, and also give it a new appearance. Yes, glass up to the sidewalk. We will know more on February 24. The Benton was North Carolina's first convention center in 1969. The original 1969 building is an HOK (Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum) design.

Company Looking at Winston-Salem for Big Project?
There is talk a major employer is looking at a site near Caterpillar's new building for a massive operation. No details at this point. It appears as if they are just looking, but they are also very serious. This is something to watch over the next few months. It could be (I'm just guessing based on similar projects) a $100-150 million construction project, with 400-500 jobs? I also noticed one of the nation's largest tech employers is looking at the Winston-Salem area for a new building and possibly hundreds of jobs. I'm not sure if these two stories are connected though, but it's worth watching over the next few months.

Art Donation:
The Hanes family of Winston-Salem gave a painting, from their collection, by Mary Cassatt “Portrait of Madame X Dressed for the Matinée” to the state art museum in memory of R. Philip Hanes. The painting has been exhibited internationally.

LJVM Complex Hockey:
The Federal Hockey League is close to signing a lease at the LJVM Complex for Fall 2014.

Planning Award!
The American Planning Association has awarded Winston-Salem's Legacy 2030 Plan the Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan at the National Planning Excellence Awards. This is the second or third award this anti-sprawl / high density plan has won! Many people don't realize Winston-Salem has such strong anti-sprawl measures in place for the city and neighboring suburbs. Winston-Salem also has farmland protections as well. This is why retailers often must demolish or reuse existing buildings. It's good, since it prevents the city from having vacant big boxes and prevents retailers from creating new retail streets and abandoning their old buildings.

Winston-Salem Cyclist In the News:
Alex Cross, from Mock Orange Bikes in Downtown's West End, is one of the nation's top ranked cyclists and was in the National Cyclocross, where this awesome video was recorded of him. He didn't run his bike up the stairs. He stayed on his bike an pump-hopped up the stairs.

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National Center for Design Innovation:
Internationally known Bruno Louchouarn is now a part of the CDI in downtown Winston-Salem as a Design Researcher. Louchouarn is a composer and cognitive scientist. Louchouarn studied artificial intelligence in Paris and obtained a Ph.D. in music composition at UCLA. His work includes everything from film scores to live experimental multimedia performances. He is already a Winston-Salem resident, among the city's well-known artists.
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50 West Fourth
The Courthouse Apartments are now called 50 West Fourth. I will update the list to show this.

IQ District
Add another city to the list of places that view downtown Winston-Salem's IQ District as a model for their city. Cary toured downtown Winston-Salem's fast growing tech district last week.

Cycle Tracks Under Construction
Winston-Salem had North Carolina's first off-street bicycle paths in the 1980s, with protection from traffic provided by a grass buffer. Now Winston-Salem will have the first protected on street two-way bike paths in the state. Construction work has already began on Rams Drive, which will feature a two-way bicycle path on the street. It will be separated from the car lanes by posts, allowing bicycles to enter and leave the lanes, while keeping cars out. We've seen this in a few west coast cities and the northeast, but this is a first in North Carolina. Winston-Salem is working hard to become one of the most bicycle friendly cities in the U.S.,.

Children's Home Property?
The Children's Home was built in Winston-Salem in 1909 as the state's major orphanage. For many years this large property included a farm near downtown, which allowed for interesting photographs. Today, the "therapy animals" are gone and that program was eliminated. The Children's Home is in debt and their most valuable asset is land, surrounded by upscale neighborhoods and near downtown. People are saying all of the farm land is for sale! This is a very upscale area and could become a massive high-end residential and retail development site. We will continue following this breaking story!

Hanes Park Renovations
Over the weekend, nearly 50 residents and city leaders took a pedestrian audit of Hanes Park. Matthew Burczyk, the city planner in charge of bike and walking paths, led the audit. We could see major renovations to the park in the near future from this audit!

Sawtooth Center
Two artists worked on a new sign for the Sawtooth Visual Arts Center. They will unveil the new sign on February 7th.

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Phuzz Phest 2014 Indie Music Festival
The 50+ band line-up for the downtown Winston-Salem festival is announced and includes bands from Los Angeles to Ohio. It also includes a few local bands as well.

While you're there, don't forget to visit the Coffee Conference, which will feature 1000 Faces from Athens, Ga., and the Carrboro Coffee Roasters. The conference includes a roasting demonstration, coffee cuppings and tastings, and a panel discussion on Why Coffee Matters. It's also free!

The Winston-Salem Bike Co-Op will also hold a scavenger hunt and downtown bike race at Phuzz Phest. Proceeds go to the bike co-op to support its mission of growing bicycle culture downtown.

Winston-Salem's Phuzz Records will also release a 180-gram blue vinyl LP by Twelve Thousand Armies called Tiger Beat, recorded locally at Mitch Easter's Fidelitorium.

Big Winston Market
This exciting project is moving fast! This is a bigger project than I thought! I would love to see a rendering, if anyone has one?

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A study was completed on converting the Royal Inn at 200 S. Broad St. into commercial space. The dilapidated motel sits across Bus. 40 opposite BB&T ballpark. The new space would act as a gateway into West Salem and somewhat add to the mixed-use neighborhood thats taking shape around the stadium.


Inmar along with 525@Vine has the capacity to double employment in the IQ. Almost finished.


New businesses are popping up around future the Mast General Store site. The Clubhouse Salon for men is moving from the Stratford Rd area to 505 Cherry Street. They were voted by Yes! Weekly as best Triad Barbershop. Cool shop with beer and video games.


Small Batch is moving forward with phase two of their brewery adding a full restaurant next to the bar. They are looking to add other locations in NC in the future.

Haute Chocolate and Revolution Gliding Tours are partnering to bring a multi-use hub to the core called Twin City Hive. Haute Chocalate will relocate from West End to join RGT at 301 Brookstown Ave. The new space will feature the two businesses as well as a coffee shop that will feature roasters from all over NC.

The public art in W-S has gotten so much stronger over the past year. Take a look at a new piece at Ziggys on Trade St.

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This is awesome! Thanks for keeping up with this. Looks like Winston-Salem has a lot going on. There's a decent chance I'll be moving there for law school in August, so I'll be paying close attention to this thread.

So if I read this correctly, there are about 3 10+ story buildings proposed or under construction?
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Three are proposed that could have 10 or more floors. (760, Civic Plaza Tower, and Mixed-use Theatre District Hotel) 760 has already taken core samples, is finishing the design stage, and completed site demolition last month. 760 will likely be the first of the three to break ground. They are waiting until the building across the street is fully leased before starting on this one. With proposed buildings, it's always wait and see what happens. One building with around 11-12 floors was recently completed a few weeks ago.

760 will be built across the street from this building (construction photograph below); under construction at Fourth & Broad. This awesome view was shared recently.

West Fourth Office Building: The View! (This is the building I spoke of across the street from 760)


Big Winston Market:
I found more information about this building recently, to update our list.

GC: LMI Builders Inc.
Renovation Cost: $962,052

525@Vine: Certified LEED Platinum!
Big update on this building. 525@Vine was certified LEED Platinum, the highest LEED certification, recently. A nurse anesthesia group is relocating from another city to Winston-Salem. They are considering locating in this downtown building. I'm hoping it will be fully leased if they lease this space! The outside is almost completed, but if you look into the windows of these photographs, you can see the inside is still under construction for the tenants. I love the hanging sculpture inside the atrium too.

Source: Linville Team

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A retail courtyard:

Source: Linville Team

Notice the lights are red in this image (above). These lights change color and are blue in an earlier image.

Inmar Headquarters: Certified LEED Platinum!
Another building certified LEED Platinum in the past week! Again, the highest LEED certification! Some workers are already moving-in and this building should open soon. Plans are to keep the interior's appearance a secret! However, WSTB offered a look inside, which I will share here at SSP! This is a great addition to downtown!


The staircase suspended from the ceiling is a big design feature for Inmar's new downtown headquarters.

Inmar is one of North Carolina's largest tech company headquarters. They process nearly $50 billion in commercial transactions each year and are one of the city's largest employers. This building will open with around 1,000 employees. It is designed so the company can expand here with a few hundred more IT employees. They also have 6 other buildings in the city, if I remember correctly? If you're looking for a job, this company is always hiring.

Attendance, concessions, and revenue from performances has doubled in the past year!

Wake Forest University Football:
A recent large donation by the CEO of Vacations To Go will be used to help build a sports-performance center. The facility will also enhance the university's nutrition program for student-athletes. Should we add this to the list?

Headquarters Relocating to Winston-Salem:
Another gain for downtown Winston-Salem this past week was the headquarters for general contractor LMI Builders. They do a large amount of work downtown, so it's no surprise they would want to relocate their headquarters to Winston-Salem. They will renovate an historic property beside Wells Fargo's West End Center. It will feature LMI's headquarters on the top floor and possibly a restaurant or another office on the ground floor.

Transit, Bike, & Pedestrian Improvements
Winston-Salem is currently planning three bike boulevards and cycle tracks, in the neighborhoods to the north-northwest of downtown. They will connect attractions there with downtown. Of course one of the bigger bike related projects is a way to store several bicycles in one small place, possibly underground! Also included in talks are more pedestrian bridges, road diets, bike boxes, and reduced speeds. All of this is a five year plan, that could cost $9 million. I love the direction this city is taking.
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Close to 50,000 sq. ft. of spec retail space is u/c in downtown...the two largest being historic tobacco buildings. Matthew provided a photo of Big Winston warehouse. Capstone just updated Plant 64 with a photo of the 10,000 sq. ft. being rehabbed on Fourth St.

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This Week's Update:

Plant 64:
The windows are in on one of the shorter buildings. The tallest building should be ready for windows soon? The first image is from Capstone. Thank you to Capstone for keeping us up-to-date on this project.

Originally Posted by rmhpmi @ WSTB
Plant 64's retail, along Fourth Street, is now for lease. The spaces should be completed by May 2014. These spaces are near the proposed medical school, the proposed C. Carpenter Medical Library, the streetcar line, bike/pedestrian/rail commuter line, and the two new tech office buildings. Call 336.926.1411 for leasing information.

One Technology Place:
A law firm selected One Technology Place in downtown Winston-Salem's IQ District for their headquarters. Cain Hahn Associates caters to entrepreneurs and mid-sized companies in life sciences. Charles Cain said the downtown Winston-Salem location has tremendous potential for the future. Winston-Salem clearly has the infrastructure, the talent, and the resources.

Bailey Park:
Bailey Park could receive a redesign? This redesign would include a permanent performance stage, with restrooms and a terraced seating area, looking out at the stage; multiple water features; two arched entrances from Patterson Avenue, which is seen as the main entrance to the park; tables/seating area, near the middle crosswalk, so people visiting restaurants at the Bailey Power Plant can eat in the park; and decorative lighting.

B/E Aerospace Expanding Again:
B/E Aerospace has leased an entire office building across the street from their current main office. Winston-Salem could gain 150-200 new design and engineering jobs from this expansion? B/E Aerospace is one of Winston-Salem's largest employers.

Rail / Streetcar Update:
The last vote on the streetcar is scheduled for March. In January, it became a priority for City Council and just last week, it was approved by the Public Works Committee. If approved in March, the project will be ready to seek federal money for construction!

Brown Creative Group Headquarters:
Brown Creative Group has provided this look at their new headquarters in downtown Winston-Salem's Village District. Brown is a leading inbound marketing agency.


Local Wine Industry News:
Winemaker Mark Terry, from Westbend Vineyards, is moving Westbend's tasting room to downtown! The wine and craft beer bar, on Fourth Street's Restaurant Row, will be called Corks Caps & Taps. It should open in April.

North Carolina Leadership (STEM) Academy:
Families moving to Winston-Salem may find this interesting: Construction has started on the North Carolina Leadership Academy, near Union Cross Business Park and the new Herbalife and Caterpillar buildings. The school, which emphasizes aerospace and science, technology, engineering and math, should open in June. It appears as if the school will have 400-500 students and around 50 employees. It should open with a full-size football/soccer field and softball/baseball park. Later phases will include a swimming pool and tennis courts. HighMarkSchool Development LLC is the developer and Phoenix-based Canyon Building Design is the general contractor.
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Can't wait to see progress on the streetcar! The South deserves a streetcar renaissance!
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I'm very excited about the streetcar and would love to see some of Winston-Salem's proposed light rail (LRT) projects (with dedicated ROW) move forward soon. I'm guessing the streetcar could begin construction next year? There are some nice projects in the South right now.

This week's BIG update adds another building to our list of projects to follow!

Science and Office Building:
This 7 storey, 210,000 square foot, building is proposed near Union Station and the southern end of the IQ District. The proposed cost is around $55 million. They will seek LEED Silver certification on completion.

Source: Design Collective Architects

Armed Forces Institute for Regenerative Medicine:
Major Gen. Joseph Caravalho Jr., who oversees the operation, will speak in downtown Winston-Salem's IQ District tomorrow on the new $75 million in federal funding approved in the defense budget for Winston-Salem's AFIRM. Downtown Winston-Salem is the headquarters for AFIRM and is expected to gain new research jobs from this funding. Possibly new construction too? $24 million in federal defense money will be used for the "Body on a Chip" project. Body on a Chip is a miniaturized system of human organs to model the body's response to harmful agents and develop potential therapies. Yes, they will use 3D printing to make small organs on chip. Winston-Salem is home to a massive 3D printing center for life sciences, paid for by federal defense money, and another massive 3D printing center for other uses.

National Center for Design Innovation:
The massive 3D printing center for other uses in Winston-Salem was recently in the news for its use in the movie Death and the Robot. That was the first movie to use all 3D printing. The 3D printing center used in the movie is currently constructing a new building in the IQ District, as part of the design center, for their operations. I don't know where Winston-Salem ranks in 3D printing nationally, but I'm guessing Winston-Salem is near the top of the list?

Inmar Headquarters:
Tech company Inmar is moving into their new IQ District headquarters downtown. I found this photograph through a DWSP update.

Source: Jason Thiel

Class A Vacancy:
Vacancy for Class A office space in Winston-Salem is at 6.5%. The vacancy rate for Class A downtown is still around 4%. This is the lowest vacancy rate since the city's office boom of the 1990s, when Winston-Salem's tallest office tower was built. It would be great to see another new tallest from this boom!

Semans Arts Library:
Our first photographic update on this project!

Source: UNCSA

New Indie Weekly?
It appears as if Cleary is starting another indie paper covering Winston-Salem and the region.

Chopin Birthday Festival:
I like to share some of the unusual, creative, and fun festivals in this city.
Februrary 28th and March 1st.
Presented by world-renown pianist Pamela Howland and also featuring paintings by Wendell Myers.
The film Remembering Frederic: The Genius of Chopin will be shown at this event.
Performances by Ann Guill's Dancing Classrooms and Gary Taylor & The Winston-Salem Festival Ballet.

You will also want to stay around for the birthday cake and champagne toast. There is much more, but it would fill the page. You may want to attend just to see the atrium in the new downtown conference center.

New Downtown Conference Center Atrium

Source: WFU Magazine

TEDx in Winston-Salem:
The leader of the IQ District was speaking at this event on Saturday. They said videos of all of the speakers would be uploaded shortly after the event, but I couldn't find Eric's. They had last year's TEDx Winston-Salem videos, but not this year's. If you find Eric's TEDx speech, please share it.

Winston-Salem Voted South's Most Overlooked Foodie City:
Recently, the South's overlooked foodie cities were ranked and Winston-Salem was #1, as the most overlooked foodie city in the South! Yes, #1 on the list! Winston-Salem ranks as the overall 7th best foodie city in the South, behind places like New Orleans, Miami, and Austin. I agree with this. On all of my visits to Winston-Salem, I love the restaurants in this city and prefer to stop at the awesome local establishments. One of the highlights of Winston-Salem is the city's downtown Restaurant Row, which is a regional attraction. Winston-Salem is also one of the nation's top metro area's for barbecue, with one of the nation's largest barbecue festivals, along with it's own style of barbecue and a unique slaw I can't find anywhere else.

West End Mill Works:
A few great photographs of the complex. It's becoming a great success.

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The Porch Restaurant

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This week's update includes a new office building to add to our list!

322 Green Street Office Building:
Proposed for the corner of Fourth and Green streets in downtown's Village District; this appears to be a 6-8 storey 175,000 to 250,000 square foot office building, with retail/restaurant spaces and underground parking. This is located on the streetcar route. According to rmhpmi at WSTB, the sign with this rendering just went up at the corner of Fourth and Green streets last week! With one of the southeast's lowest Class A vacancy rates for downtown, Winston-Salem is becoming very attractive for office space. To make things more interesting, this developer has purchased all of the properties in this area to develop and they prefer to build office space. This is one of four new office buildings proposed or under construction in downtown's Village District. If you are interested in leasing this new building, call John Reece at 336-978-5263. I would like to thank rmhpmi @ WSTB for finding this proposal. I tried to clear-up the image for posting (below).

WEV New Bldg by matthew_dumont, on Flickr

Did you know? 2.11 million square feet of office space is proposed or under construction in downtown Winston-Salem. Nearly 700,000 square feet of that is currently under construction or about to finish construction, bringing thousands of jobs to downtown. Most of the jobs filling this office space are research and technology jobs. The buildings are usually 60-100% leased before construction starts, so the vacancy rate remains low. Another 400,000 square feet is very close to starting construction.

Hilltop House South:
This is what you will see from your bike, as you ride along the cycle tracks in historic Factory Row.

Source: L.M. Baker Development

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Inmar Headquarters:
There was actually a big event for the awarding of Platinum LEED status. Someone sent me this image to show the ice sculpture of Inmar's new headquarters. This is from developer BioMed Realty Trust. I think BioMed Realty Trust is now the largest property owner downtown by both square feet and by value of their buildings? We are still waiting to see when they start work on a new 330,000 square foot building across the street.


AFIRM hiring:
The Armed Forces Institute for Regenerative Medicine will hire additional workers in downtown Winston-Salem. This should also lead to them leasing or building more space? They have talked about building a new building before.

Major U.S. Bank Opening an Office in Winston-Salem:
Has the nation's largest bank already signed a lease for one of downtown's new office buildings? We are still waiting to find out more on this, but there is a mystery "financial" tenant signed at a building currently under construction in downtown Winston-Salem that could bring hundreds of new jobs to downtown.

Growing Headquarters:
Winston-Salem's second largest corporate headquarters could nearly double in size and become the largest, if their deal to buy a competitor happens. Reynolds American is reportedly in talks to buy Lorillard in a deal that could be valued at $22 billion. It would create a $15 billion a year company headquartered in downtown Winston-Salem (#183 on the Fortune 500). Reynolds American is currently Winston-Salem's second largest Fortune 500 headquarters at #316. BB&T (Banking & Insurance) is currently Winston-Salem's largest headquarters.

Source: David Rolfe Journalnow

With Winston-Salem based HanesBrands also buying a competitor last year, Winston-Salem should have three Fortune 500 headquarters by 2015.

Winston-Salem is an amazing corporate headquarters center for a large number of internationally-known brands, from food to underwear. Winston-Salem ranks in the top 25 in the nation for most internationally known brands headquartered there and ranks in the top 10 for most internationally known brands per million people in the U.S.,: http://cdn.theatlanticcities.com/img...12/06/map2.jpg

Civic Plaza:
It's starting to get interesting. The Arden Group is trying to acquire the south site, fronting the park. The county owns the property and would like to see a 15+ storey mixed-use highrise on this site, to generate the most tax revenue. Planning documents seem to show this as well. This site is covered by the Downtown Overlay, which requires "best urban design practices" for the CBD. If the site is cleared for new construction, this could get very interesting.

West Fourth Office Building:
Still waiting on the cladding. Thank you to rmhpmi at WSTB for providing an update. He has more on his original post there.
Originally Posted by rmhpmi @ WSTB
Winston-Salem Community Bike Ride:
Do you love to bike downtown Winston-Salem? Want to meet new friends? This event is for you! The Community Bike Ride returns this month! Let me know if you would like more details.

Winston-Salem's Winkler Bakery: The Oldest Working Bakery in the United States (214 years old)


Cycle Tracks Expansion:
Winston-Salem is the only city with anything like this in North Carolina. These cycle tracks will link Winston-Salem State University to the IQ District and downtown Winston-Salem. Winston-Salem is serious about cycling infrastructure!

Photographer: Walt Unks @ Journalnow

West End Mill Works:
The Breathing Room appears completed. I thought I would share a few photographs of this multi-building complex. Every time I see what they've done with these buildings, I'm amazed by it. Beautiful work!

Source: Breathing Room

Hoots Brewing Company (@ West End Mill Works):
This brewery is named after their building (Hoots Roller Mill). I really haven't shown what they've done with this space. I think if we started this thread a few months earlier, when this part of the building was being renovated, we would've covered Hoots more. There is a Hipster Warning issued for anything involving West End Mill Works. I do think if you visit, you will love this space. These images are provided by Lindsay Beeson. She reports that everything there is hand made!

Lindsay Beeson

Lindsay Beeson

This (below) is the bar!

Lindsay Beeson

These images (below) are credited to Hoots Roller Bar & Beer Company:

They also have a Flea Market, which I previously didn't know about.

West End Mill Works is without a doubt on my list of places I would like to explore. It's several old industrial buildings converted into a variety of fun uses.
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