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  1. Thanks for dropping by but don’t be an enabler Nick :-)
  2. She in fact was internationally renowned in own right. The tower is considered the most significant architectural project in the entire Triad along with the old RJR Tower from another era.
  3. Per the WSJ, Ceasar Pelli, world renowned architect, who designed some of the tallest buildings in the world and other major urban landmarks as died at age 92. He was the architect who designed the Wells Fargo (Wachovia) Tower. The 460 foot tall skyscaper was completed in 1995 at the cost of $80 million dollars. Pelli designed the building with Moravian elements which are widely found in Winston-Salem. Notable aspects include the Moravian Arch, which was used in the dome's design and the Moravian Star which was used in the Lobby's mosaics. Pelli said the tower design resembled a rosebud about to bloom. It is sheathed in Olympic white granite and is the only granite domed skyscraper in the world. The granite comes from a single quarry in Sardinia in Italy. The dome itself rises 59 feet and houses mechanical equipment. Pelli also had another Winston project which was the Worrell Center located on the Wake Forest Campus and was built in 1993 Pelli who has been cited as one of the most influential architects of his time also designed the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia which at 1,485 feet in one of the tallest buildings in the world.
  4. The transformation of the old 18 story GMAC Tower has been coming on strong recently per the Winston-Salem Journal. Prominent Business leader Don Flow and Grubb Properties of Charlotte partnered up on the project back in 2017 to redevelop the tower and adjacent site into a business center with apartments and retail extending to W. Fourth Street. The property was purchased for $6.15 million, with a pledge to spend $10 million on upgrades to the building, including a recently completed street level lobby space. Teall Capital Partners, a private equity firm led by local entrepreneur Ben Sutton, the founder of sports marketing firm ISP which later became IMG College which is currently located on N. Trade Street Downtown. Sutton left his chairman emeritus role at IMG College in 2016 to establish Teall which invests in various businesses. Teall is taking over the over 18,000 sq. ft. 12th of the building to serve as a base of operations for their various businesses. Also announced recently is that Flywheel, the local provider of co-working innovation and community spaces for startups, consultants and freelancers that is currently housed in the Center for Design Innovation in the Innovation Quarter will be taking over the entire 18,035 sq. ft. 8th floor of the building in October, thereby doubling their operational space for their 135 membership entities including non profits, services, educational, corporate and startup companies. The number of employees involved range from 1-16. Their new location will triple their private office count with larger offices, increasing their co-working area by 25%. The startups involved with Flywheel that are expanding and adding jobs include OrbitalRX (software integration for hospital pharmacies); Leading Role (VR content development platform); Amporgee (operational excellence for production workers); Fluree (blockchain database platform); MedXoom (healthcare payment identify) Threadsketch (cybersecurity); One Donation ( charitable giving platform); and Wellnicity (actionable insights for self insured benefits plans) Winston Starts, a non profit group that aims to accelerate the growth of startup businesses. It is providing space to 12 tenants on the 4th and 5th floors, taking in 36,000 square feet. Other tenants previously installed in the building include: Center for Women in Entrepreneurship and Business (Salem College), Center for Private Business (Wake Forest), Kenan Institute (UNC School of the Arts) and Forsyth Country Day School on the 3rd Floor and Grubb Properties along with a 5,000 sq. ft. fitness center on the 2nd. The Flow Automotive Companies is the anchor tenant, taking in floors 14-18 and about 90,000 sq. ft. of space for its workforce of about 140. Plans are advancing forward with the residential portion of the project that will be facing W. Fourth Street. Grubb has worked out a deal with the City of Winston-Salem of having a portion of the units set aside for affordable housing.
  5. The transformation of the old 18 story GMAC Tower has been coming on strong recently per the Winston-Salem Journal. Prominent Business leader Don Flow and Grubb Properties of Charlotte partnered up on the project back in 2017 to redevelop the tower and adjacent site into a business center with apartments and retail extending to W. Fourth Street. The property was purchased for $6.15 million, with a pledge to spend $10 million on upgrades to the building, including a recently completed street level lobby space. Teall Capital Partners, a private equity firm led by local entrepreneur Ben Sutton, the founder of sports marketing firm ISP which later became IMG College which is currently located on N. Trade Street Downtown. Sutton left his chairman emeritus role at IMG College in 2016 to establish Teall which invests in various businesses. Teall is taking over the over 18,000 sq. ft. 12th of the building to serve as a base of operations for their various businesses. Also announced recently is that Flywheel, the local provider of co-working innovation and community spaces for startups, consultants and freelancers that is currently housed in the Center for Design Innovation in the Innovation Quarter will be taking over the entire 18,035 sq. ft. 8th floor of the building in October, thereby doubling their operational space for their 135 membership entities including non profits, services, educational, corporate and startup companies. The number of employees involved range from 1-16. Their new location will triple their private office count with larger offices, increasing their co-working area by 25%. The startups involved with Flywheel that are expanding and adding jobs include OrbitalRX (software integration for hospital pharmacies); Leading Role (VR content development platform); Amporgee (operational excellence for production workers); Fluree (blockchain database platform); MedXoom (healthcare payment identify) Threadsketch (cybersecurity); One Donation ( charitable giving platform); and Wellnicity (actionable insights for self insured benefits plans) Winston Starts, a non profit group that aims to accelerate the growth of startup businesses. It is providing space to 12 tenants on the 4th and 5th floors, taking in 36,000 square feet. Other tenants previously installed in the building include: Center for Women in Entrepreneurship and Business (Salem College), Center for Private Business (Wake Forest), Kenan Institute (UNC School of the Arts) and Forsyth Country Day School on the 3rd Floor and Grubb Properties along with a 5,000 sq. ft. fitness center on the 2nd. The Flow Automotive Companies is the anchor tenant, taking in floors 14-18 and about 90,000 sq. ft. of space for its workforce of about 140. Plans are advancing forward with the residential portion of the project that will be facing W. Fourth Street. Grubb has worked out a deal with the City of Winston-Salem of having a portion of the units set aside for affordable housing.
  6. And so you've admitted that you set it up as a comparison. I rest my case with the jury
  7. The point is if I were you with your history, I wouldn't compare. If you feel you're being misconstrued, then shut up about any comparison and no one can twist your words.
  8. Says the Master of Deflection AlmaPinnix, there's no big fuss whatsoever. Just setting the record straight. One would think that a poster that has been identified by multiple posters over several years as being somewhat provocative regarding such contrast & compare tactics regarding neighboring cities would catch a clue & refrain, but no such luck. The point is that this Galyon station thread didn't need any mention of Union Station in order to be a fully informative post. That's the simple truth of the matter.
  9. Unfortunately the Boi is incapable of not succumbing to resurrecting a city vs city debate because he cannot overcome his passive aggressive posture toward the Camel City. People who have not been active followers on this site for the last 8-9 years cannot truly appreciate the full & complete dialogue that has occurred regarding his exhausting need to have GSO be front & center regarding all aspects of this site as well as other sites. He had a perfectly informative post on his city's train station and even incorporated earlier stations in GSO as part of the dialogue. It was fully complete and was something that you, jthomas, as well as others could have enjoyed and found informative. But he just had to set up a compare and contrast situation with Winston's Union Station and to make sure to infer it to a smaller size, when the fact of the matter is that the Winston station is 3 stories in height, had part of its original structure destroyed when it was decommissioned as a train station and thus is not that much "smaller" than the Galyon station. And then when it is brought up, he gets all indignant & gets a persecution complex. It truly is sad. I too was bewildered by the photo dump of the Elm Street storefronts. Those should have been set up as a separate topic IMO to allow posters to weigh in on the particulars of that topic. Could have been a pretty vibrant thread. It's great that both cities have invested in their vintage train stations and have them in a position to maximize the transportation potential sometime in the future.
  10. Now is the first time I have had the opportunity to respond to this post that you have revised numerous times from your original comment, which again long time posters to this space as well as City Data will be all too familiar with. I can assure you that I too have had quite a few PMs from people over the years that don't agree with you and also don't want to get caught up in your manufactured drama . For the record, there have been plenty of posters from places other than Winston that have publicly called out your behavior, Raleigh, Charlotte & even Wash. DC posters come to mind. So the questioning of the motives behind your supposedly "innocuous" comments have been pointed out from across the land. The actual true point of the matter is there was no general negative reaction in this thread other than you took a statement from another site that was never written on Urban Planet; a statement that I myself found a bit too strong and inserted in this thread in order to purposely resurrect a feud of your own making that dissipated quite sometime ago to once again passive aggressively take a swing at people that you harbor a grudge that are not participants on this site. It's unfortunate. I've seen snarky comments between RDU & Charlotte posters regarding the oneupsmanship of their respective cities and have noticed that no one seems to take as thin skinned a reaction as you tend to do. It is indeed puzzling and you should just try harder to leave the your perceived slights out of the public domain. My recommendation is that you should rest in the comfort that there are many great things happening in your favorite Triad downtown and there will be more to come. God Bless!
  11. Classic Passive Aggressive Boi Behavior. You could have taken that position several posts back. RichardC gave a personal opinion regarding the aesthetics of the Carrroll SOB project. You offered a different point of view. Check/CheckMate. Yet you could not pass up the opportunity to disparage/denigrate bloggers from Winston-Salem from a totally different forum that's not even a part of this dialogue. This project has not even been a topic of discussion there. Someone WHO LIVES IN CHARLOTTE referenced this project in a post of a different topic. You apparently have been a pretty busy Peeping Tom over there. You chose to use that one off comment to yet again further perpetuate this False Narrative of your own creation that bloggers from Winston have this overarching "Hatred" and "Envy" of GSO which is ridiculous. Long time observers of Urban Planet as well as City Data have experienced your history of transference, gaslighting & expertly playing the victim. You among all the posters on these sites seem to have the most issues with a good number of other posters. At some point I believe most people would take a moment or two of self reflection to ponder why that is. But not you. With regards to the Carroll SOB, it has the earmarks of a good project. I agree the tower portion of this iteration is much improved over the previous tower although if the tower remains at 180,000 square feet @ 20 stories, that going to be a pretty thin 9,000 sq. ft. per floor plate. Love the ground floor retail.
  12. The finishing touches to the new Central Library are currently being completed. A grand opening date should be forth coming. Exterior Photo courtesy of J. Silkstone Photography Interior photos courtesy of General Contractor Frank L. Blum Construction Co.
  13. This will be the Triad's first location of CycleBar, an indoor cycling fitness center. It will be going into one of the three retail spaces in the Twin City Lofts Bldg. at Fourth & Marshall. It represents at least a partial return of a fitness center to the site since the entire ground floor retail space was previously the location of a Gold's Gym before their lease was bought out by the condo developers. CycleBar has concierge-level service and amenities for riders. It's described as being like a rock concert, with an amazing sound system with DJ booth, custom lighting, and massive video screens in CycleBar’s CycleTheatre. Cyclists have access to playlists from the classes on their CycleBeats system. They also have a CycleGiving program to support local causes and they have meetups at restaurants, bars, and area events. https://cyclebar.com/
  14. Here's the Winston-Salem Journal's photo gallery of pictures from the ribbon cutting of the newly remodeled Benton. There is still some ancillary work on the exterior on the N. Cherry Street side that remains to be finished. It turned out beautifully. http://www.journalnow.com/gallery/benton-convention-center-ribbon-cutting/collection_db7dc55c-73b4-11e7-87f5-1b4087aaaa4f.html#3
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