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Wake Forest Bio-Tech Place


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  • Description: The $100 million, 242,000-square-foot 5 story building has the latest technological bells and whistles that promotes collaboration and thought. Its centerpiece is a four-story-tall, curved glass atrium where scientists, researchers and students can meet to discuss projects, relax or watch events on a 14-foot video screen with stereo sound.<br /><br />Its custom-built laboratories are populated by Wake Forest School of Medicine researchers, such as those with the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, as well as the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma, which invests resources in research, education and awareness to improve the treatment of critically injured children in the U.S. There are private businesses, such as Carolina Liquid Chemistries Corp., which makes and sells reagents and chemical analyzers.<br /><br />Biotech Place also is home to a branch of Allegacy Federal Credit Union, and a café and wine bar, Brioche Doree, has also opened in the building.<br /><br />Did You Know?<br /><br />Wake Forest Biotech Place was given gold designation for being built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards for green building design, construction, operations and maintenance. For example, Biotech Place conserves energy through its chill beam system, which uses just one-third the traditional amount of power to heat and cool a building.<br />

    History: The building was formerly part of the downtown manufacturing district for RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co and was used for tobacco processing, warehousing and as the machine shop for the company.

    Type: Mixed Use

    Floors: 5

    Construction End: 2012

    Developer: Wexford Science & Development - Baltimore, MD

    Location: 575 N. Patterson Ave.

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