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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2022 3:44 pm 
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Fourth and Main wrote:
Breaking News:
I just discovered the Neurosciences Research Building downtown is happening! Again, this is something I've wanted to see in the Innovation Quarter and now I've learned it is happening! Maybe that is what the really nice building across the street from the Eye Institute will be? A lot of focus was on Atrium Health funding half of the Eye Institute, a new tower on Hawthorne Hill, and a Translational and Population Health Center. Maybe this is that translational and population health building they funded, with a focus on neurosciences? The Translational and Population Health Center appeared in merger talks and then disappeared after the merger and now this neurosciences building is appearing? I know it (neurosciences building) will be inside the Innovation Quarter's next phase and appears to be the next building, after the Eye Institute! And only one building, other than the Eye Institute, has what appears to be a developed design. Wow! I think that is big news. I've seen these facilities become major anchors for research in other cities and yes, they are sizable buildings! While this is breaking news for us, Wake Forest and Atrium Health have talked about this since their merger started. That is why I'm thinking the design should be developed enough for it to be the building across the street from the Eye Institute.



Nice! I just wish construction would begin immediately


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 2022 12:59 am 
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I just realized... I never posted the latest rendering for Wake Forest's building in The Pearl (Charlotte's innovation district). I expected a Charlotte-area news source to share the rendering, but that never happened. They continue to show the taller "vision" rendering from a year or two ago. This new rendering matches the usual Wexford 15-storey innovation district buildings they have built elsewhere.

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I have confirmation of Wake Forest University School of Medicine becoming the academic core of the Midwest hospitals: "The Wake Forest University School of Medicine, led by Dr. Julie Freischlag, will be the academic core of a combined entity consisting of more than 150,000 caregivers and staff, 67 hospitals, and 1000 sites of care in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Illinois, and Wisconsin." Maybe that will lead to larger buildings in downtown Winston-Salem? It appears as if the Eye Institute has already scaled-up? Maybe that is connected to this new merger? I guess we will find out when the Eye Institute rendering and details are officially released?


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 2022 5:36 am 
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This is an interesting job at Atrium Wake Forest:

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The Head of Biotech & Life Science Ecosystem Development is a team member of Innovation Quarter (iQ), in partnership with the Economic Development Department at Greater Winston-Salem, Inc. (GWSI). The purpose of this leadership role is to promote Winston Salem as the nucleus and gateway to access knowledge and resources in biotech and life sciences in Innovation Quarter and to develop opportunities for new life science companies to enter Forsyth County, with an emphasis in our identified focus areas, as noted below under position functions. (e.g., regenerative medicine, population health-value health transformation, healthy aging) The Head of Biotech & Life Science Ecosystem Development will contribute to the development and implementation of strategies for relevant industry recruitment, in coordination with Innovation Quarter and Greater Winston Salem, Inc. economic development goals and strategic plan. This person will collaborate and work closely with team members at Atrium Health and Wake Forest Baptist (AH WFB).


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 28, 2022 8:20 pm 
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This is an interesting job at Atrium Wake Forest:


Thanks for posting this...it's definitely needed!


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2022 12:39 pm 
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Sounds good. - hope it’s filled and successful.

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This new rendering matches the usual Wexford 15-storey innovation district buildings they have built elsewhere.
Elsewhere EXCEPT Winston- Salem - one wonders why.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2022 2:38 pm 
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yadkinv wrote:
Sounds good. - hope it’s filled and successful.

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This new rendering matches the usual Wexford 15-storey innovation district buildings they have built elsewhere.
Elsewhere EXCEPT Winston- Salem - one wonders why.

I'd say it's mostly because there was like a million sf of buildings already in place so there was a need to refurbish those prior to building any new buildings.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2022 5:23 pm 
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True, but there was the one 12-15 stories to be just off of former I 40 (Salem Parkway). We even saw renderings. What happened to that? Same reason, I reckon.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2022 12:09 am 
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It appears as if they want their own specialist for leasing their buildings? Likely someone to travel to trade shows, conventions, and meet with companies making inquiries. Someone who knows life science companies, has connections in the industry, and would only work to bring those companies here. Maybe someone to work on marketing materials, too? Greater Winston-Salem works to bring everything here and their attention is divided among multiple industries. I've long wanted to see the Innovation Quarter do this. It finally seems as if notable businesses want a presence here. The time is likely right for this. Do you think some of the extra space in the Eye Institute is for attracting these companies? While I've seen many people pointing to empty office buildings for this, many of these companies will need specialized space and those buildings can't be upfitted for it. You'll see buildings for these companies have higher floor-to-ceiling heights and impressive ventilation systems.

At the same time WFIQ was planning for the 15-storey building in that location, the City was also working with them to create some type of incentive for Fortune 500 headquarters moving to the city. Something the entire Triad region isn't really known for. I suspect they had a very big fish on the line (a big anchor for that next phase) and it got away? Right now, they are talking as if they have several interested potential tenants for the next phase of the Innovation Quarter, but I've heard of potential tenants from multiple states and even other countries, over the past decade, that never materialized. Since that large company has likely already selected another location and it's in the past, I would love to know who it was? You can likely see why some developers think this could be a next boom town. Just looking at the past few years, it may not seem like it, but what is happening behind the scenes and the potential regenerative medicine brings to economic development, does show there is some possibility. We won't know until a few more years into the future, though. I'm already seeing those willing to take a big risk for that potential big reward.


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