The Winston-Salem Foundation will relocate its offices in September 2014 as a tenant in the new
751 West Fourth building, which is currently under construction on the corner of Broad and
Fourth Streets in downtown Winston-Salem.
President Scott Wierman reveals that the Foundation was committed to remaining in the greater
downtown area, and that the new location will provide more efficient office space, expanded
parking access, increased availability of community meeting spaces, and greater visibility – all
supporting the Foundation’s ultimate mission of investing in our community and making
philanthropy and its benefits available to all.
The second floor will provide office and meeting space for the Foundation’s 24-member staff;
office space for two nonprofit partners, the ECHO Network and HandsOn Northwest North
Carolina; and room for the Foundation’s future growth and expansion. The offices have also
been designed to achieve LEED Silver certification for green building standards.
On a portion of the third floor, the new Burress Family Center for Philanthropy will include
much-needed gathering and conference spaces for not only the Foundation, but also for
community groups and nonprofit organizations.
Wierman says, “Almost 10 years ago, the Foundation approved a strategic goal of creating a
‘charitable hub,’ a philanthropic center, to serve as an active, visible, and accessible focal point
for the community’s charitable activities. We are thrilled that the new Burress Family Center for
Philanthropy, sponsored by the family of John and Mary Louise Burress, will serve as a valuable
community resource where nonprofits can come together to learn, network, and share their ideas.
Wierman also notes that the Foundation has received commitments from a number of individuals
and families to sponsor other areas within the new offices.
Janet Wheeler, the Foundation’s governing board chair, says, “It is exciting that the Foundation’s
work and vision will soon be more visible and accessible for community members. Our longheld
vision of widespread community collaboration and nonprofit engagement can finally be
realized in this new space.”
The 751 West Fourth building is a development of Commercial Realty Advisors, LLC, a
Winston-Salem- based commercial real estate company that will also be responsible for
management and leasing. Local firms Frank L. Blum Construction Company and arch7Studio
are the building’s general contractor and architect, respectively. Walter Robbs Callahan &
Pierce Architects is providing interior space planning and design services for the Foundation’s
new offices. The Foundation has been housed in its own freestanding building at 860 West Fifth
Street since 1997, and this building will be marketed for sale by Meridian Realty.