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500 West Fifth

500 West 5th Street
Winston-Salem NC United States

Construction Dates
Floor Count21
Floor Area46,550 m²
Building Uses
 - office
Structural Types
 - highrise

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Roof331 ft

Architect: Welton Becket Associates
Engineering: Chris P. Stefanos Associates
General Contractor: Metric Constructors, Inc.
Project Manager: Clyde Benedict

Renovation Developer: Don Flow
Renovation Architect: Bradley & Ball Architects
Renovation Interior Architect: Peter Marsh | Workplace Strategies
Renovation General Contractor: Frank L. Blum Construction

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.

Don Flow will renovate the building for his corporate headquarters and consolidate all of his company's office workers, from two states, in this one location. The building will also have a 35,000 square foot business accelerator, to be called Winston Starts. The lobby will be expanded and have retail/restaurants. Flow would like for this skyscraper to become a tech commons for downtown Winston-Salem. Construction will begin in Summer 2017 and it will be completed in Summer 2018. The first employees will move into the building on February 19, 2018.

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