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Biotech Place

401 East Fifth Street
Winston-Salem NC United States

Status:built
Construction Dates
  Began1936
  Finished1937
Floor Count5
Basement Floors2
Building Uses
 - mixed use
 - education
 - office
 - restaurant
 - retail
 - science
Structural Types
 - lowrise
Architectural Style
 - streamline moderne
 - international
Materials
 - glass
 - steel
 - brick
 - concrete


Description
Original Developer: Libbey Owens Glass Company
Renovation Developer: Wexford Science + Technology
Renovation General Contractor: Whiting Turner
Renovation Architect: Gaudreau, Inc.
Building Owner: BioMed Realty Trust
Engineer: Faisant Associates, Inc.
Mechanical: Kibart, Inc.
Silver LEED certified

2012 Reconstruction Award: Gold Winner

Voted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of the Nation's Top 10 Most Remarkable Preservation Wins of 2012

The building is the headquarters for Carolina Liquid Chemistries and The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma.

A $100 million renovation project. The ground floor has a 7,500 square foot four-storey atrium with a large video screen, used as part of the building's conference center; Café Brioche Dorée; a 120-seat auditorium that is also part of the conference center; and a bank branch for Allegacy Federal Credit Union.

The building's conference center regularly hosts research and technology and arts events. Vice President Joe Biden also spoke in the conference center.

Developed by the Libbey Owens Glass Company as an experiment in building a German style glass block building in the United States, the glass cracked soon after construction. James T. Solomon devised a solution to the problem. This is one of the most unusual buildings in downtown Winston-Salem. It is clad in 65,869 original glass blocks, measuring 8” long, 5” high and 4” thick, and once featured rooftop parking on the north wing of the building. The rooftop parking was replaced with a skylight over the atrium.

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