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4 Winston-Salem projects are included on the List. Surprised the UNCSA Library didn't make the cut.

 2014 Building North Carolina Awards

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem

General contractor: Lend Lease Corporation Ltd., Sydney, Australia
Architect: HKS Inc., Dallas
Cost: $125 million
Size: 282,800 square feet

The top Tar Heel hospital for cancer care according to U.S. News and World Report stands a good chance of retaining the title after completing a seven-story addition to its Comprehensive Cancer Center last year. The expansion has more than doubled its cancer wing and increased inpatient oncology beds from 113 to 148. There’s also a new intensive-care unit and 25 critical-care physicians, as well as touches that ease the burden of a trip to the hospital, such as kitchenettes, showers and computer workstations for family members. It took Lend Lease — which built the attached, four-story outpatient cancer center in 2005 — more than two years to complete the project. Started in 1923, Wake Forest Baptist is the largest employer in Forsyth County and, along with Duke University Health System and UNC Health Care, is one of three National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers in the state. More than 200 cancer-related clinical trials are underway at the center.

Inmar Inc., Winston-Salem

General contractor: Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., Baltimore
Architects: West & Stem PLLC, Winston-Salem; Design Collective Inc., Baltimore
Cost: not available
Size: 273,000 square feet

Perhaps nothing better illustrates North Carolina’s transforming economy than turning two former R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. warehouses, one brick and the other concrete, into the innovative headquarters of a tech company. Inmar processes more than 2.3 billion coupons annually — many come from Sunday newspaper inserts — and wanted an inspired office environment as more consumers opt for digital discounts. Architects used existing wood, brick and stones, added two floors in part of the building and lowered 30-foot ceilings elsewhere. Atriums scattered throughout bare plenty of sunlight. The new headquarters allowed Inmar to consolidate 900 employees from three suburban offices, giving downtown Winston-Salem its biggest jolt in recent years. It’s now the biggest commercial tenant at Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, a partnership between Baltimore-based developer Wexford Science & Technology LLC and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Honorable Mention:

Donald Julian Reaves Student Activities Center, Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem
General contractor: Samet Corp., Greensboro
Architect: Woolpert Inc., Dayton, Ohio
Cost: $25 million
Size: 96,000 square feet

Named for the university’s chancellor, the three-story student union and recreation center includes two basketball courts, an indoor track, meeting spaces and a food court. The building is 37% more energy efficient than the minimum standards required by building codes and is designed to reduce water usage by 48%.

Student Center, Salem College, Winston-Salem
General contractor: Frank L. Blum Construction Co., Winston-Salem
Architect: LAMBERT Architecture + Interiors PA, Winston-Salem
Cost: $6 million Size: 15,000 square feet

The two-story building’s brick exterior was designed to blend with the 200-year-old campus, while its interior includes a bookstore, café, theater and student lounges. It’s the first new building constructed at Salem College, a women’s liberal arts school founded by Moravians in 1772, in 32 years.

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Looks like the best work in the state is being done in Winston-Salem, the triangle, and Charlotte.  This feature is actually more interesting in the print issue with the photos.  Once the RJ Reynolds tower hotel is complete, it should be up for an architectural award again as in 1982 when it was connected to Reynolds Plaza.

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