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GMAC Insurance Tower

500 West 5th Street
Winston-Salem NC United States

Status:built
Construction Dates
  Began1978
  Finished1980
Floor Count21
Floor Area46,550 m²
Building Uses
 - office
Structural Types
 - highrise

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Roof331 ft

Description
Architect: Welton Becket Associates
Engineering: Chris P. Stefanos Associates
General Contractor: Metric Constructors, Inc.
Project Manager: Clyde Benedict
Renovation Developer: PMC Property Group

The nation's first smart building; this was the first completely computer controlled office building. This skyscraper was also designed to be responsive to the differences in the sun's radiation and looks different from every angle it's viewed. The north facade is made of glass. The windows in the southern facade are angled to keep the sun out. Windows in the east and west facades, which are exposed to harsh early and late day sun, are reduced in size and number.

The lighted signs on this skyscraper use fiber-active LEDs and can change to any color.

PMC Property Group purchased the building in August 2016 for a mixed-use development.

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