Energized by an entrepreneurial spirit, Piedmont Triad Research Park PTRP in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is emerging as a synergistic and innovative community supporting life science and information technology research and development.
Built around a new bio-medical campus for Wake Forest University Health Sciences WFUHS, the PTRP will create 6.1 million gross square feet of developed space, reclaiming 200 acres of our city’s central core. Developed by Stimmel Associates, PA, our master plan details how the PTRP is reinventing the research park concept by offering a unique combination of the things most desired in a research incubator with the things most desired in life. PTRP’s unique environment stimulates intellectual curiosity and connects ideas with resources, inviting you to explore your professional ambitions against an urban backdrop of a well-educated, culturally varied and creatively rich community.
PTRP enjoys robust support of government, business and education stakeholders and our development plans complement those of other city initiatives focused on creating an environment rich with opportunities for work and play. Once fully realized, the Piedmont Triad Research Park will encompass an area framed by major transportation routes, natural resources, and some of the city’s most unique neighborhoods. Wake Forest University, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem State University, the North Carolina School of the Arts, Center for Design Innovation and Salem Academy and College are all within 2.5 miles of the PTRP. The city’s governmental center is located nearby and restaurants, entertainment venues and the arts district are in close proximity.
The vision guiding the park’s expansion defines a unique and exciting sense of place that is in concert with the development efforts of Winston-Salem’s vibrant and burgeoning downtown. We’re growing with our community, creating a holistic work and life experience. Our plan is to develop three distinct districts – each with their own unique character and focus.
North Research and Mixed-Use District blends research facilities with office buildings, retail, restaurant and residential structures.
Central Biomedical Campus District consists principally of University-related biomedical research uses and collaborating biomedical research firms.
South Academic and Research District contains biomedical research, development and office uses associated with Winston-Salem State University, among other uses.
Historically and architecturally significant buildings throughout the research park footprint will be retained not only for their unique character and charm but for their reuse potential. These buildings will be offset by open space that coordinates vehicular and pedestrian movement between the three districts to its larger urban environment. This 45-acre development will include a stream corridor, urban parks, and a recreational trail system, resulting in a continuous greenway extending through virtually the entire park.
Though currently served by two major highways, the downtown road network and the city’s historic street grid, the ambitious framework of the park will stimulate 62 acres of infrastructure improvements including new roads and road surface improvements, the relocation of railway tracks, bridges, new utilities and utility upgrades. The road network will include a new four-lane “Research Parkway” that will link the park’s three districts with its surrounding urban areas for convenient connectivity between the parks, the city’s educational institutions, and downtown arts, entertainment, and living areas.