Winston-Salem, NC – The 5th Annual Piedmont Construction & Design Symposium, “CELEBRATING COLLABORATION AND EXPANDING FUTURE OPPORTUNITIES” is set for November 13 and returns to the beautiful Biotech Place at Wake Forest Innovation Quarter located in the Piedmont Triad Research Park, downtown Winston-Salem.  Each year the audience consists of large contracting and development companies leading to numerous networking opportunities for the attendees.

The 2013 Symposium will continue the tradition of featuring experts to help analyze the region’s economic outlook for the Construction Industry for the immediate and long term future. Attendees expect to hear 1st hand Announcements of upcoming new, public-private and private construction and expansion projects.  This year the NC Department of Administration will present information about the States new Repair and Renovation Initiative, and a presentation highly anticipated by small to medium and large construction and related industry firms.

Dennis M. English, Jr., who serves as the Assistant to the Secretary for the Historically Underutilized Businesses in the North Carolina Department of Administration, says.  “The Office for Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB Office) is excited to participate in the 2013 Annual Piedmont Construction and Design Symposium hosted by Piedmont Contractors Resource Center. The HUB Office will present information about the Governor’s Repair and Renovation Initiative, Executive Order 24, HUB Academy, State Construction Conference and upcoming HUB networking events.”

The Symposium Luncheon, sponsored by Novant Health and Wexford Whiting-Turner, are proud to present the inaugural Piedmont Construction & Design Symposium Pioneer Awards.  The Pioneer Awardees include Clinton E. Gravely, AIA; Gravely & Associates, who opened his own firm in 1967.  Over the years his firm amassed a portfolio of over 800 projects, including 100 churches and the North Carolina A&T State University Library.  He continues in practice in Greensboro.  The other distinguished Pioneer Awardees are Gloria Shealey, President & CEO of the Daniele Company, Ron L. Leeper, President and Owner, R.J. Leeper Construction, and Thomas P. Trollinger, President, Contract Office Furnishings, Inc.  Current online Registration for the conference is at www.piedmontcontractorsorg.


The Goler Community Development Corporation (Goler CDC) is located in Winston-Salem, NC, incorporated in 1998 as a 501C(3) non-profit organization.  The mission of the faith-based Goler CDC is residential and commercial development and economic development within the Goler Community.

The initial steps towards the revitalization of Goler included acquisition of 15 acres of developable land and a master plan for the community into a multi-cultural, mixed-income and mixed-use community that offer the benefits of a downtown urban neighborhood.


The Piedmont Contractors Resource Center (PCRC) was established in 2006.  The PCRC’s purpose is increase underutilized contractor participation in large scale projects across the region by addressing bid preparation and eligibility, cash flow management, and construction and contract compliance.  The PCRC guides the businesses through a process of developing strategies for their unique business models.  The PCRC has conducted a HUB Academy to teach Blueprint Reading, Estimating and OSHA Requirements.   In 2010, Goler and the PCRC partnered with the Piedmont Triad Research Park and Wexford/Whiting-Turner for professional training in Lab Space Construction.  The North Carolina State Historically Underutilized Businesses department recognized that collaboration by awarding Wexford/Whiting-Turner the 2010 Good Faith Effort Award at the State annual Construction Conference in 2011.  Development, NC Department of Transportation and the NC Chapter of the United Minority Contractors

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Symposium Event Contact
Gwen Jackson, Event Manager