What is Wake Downtown?

Wake Downtown is the locus of Wake Forest University’s three new undergraduate academic programs in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (BMB), Medicinal Chemistry & Drug Discovery, and Engineering.

The University was presented with a unique opportunity to design space in an old Reynolds Tobacco building (Building 60) for classrooms, teaching labs, and research labs that provide next-generation facilities and innovative Reynolda/Medical School faculty partnerships at more modest costs. The developer, Wexford Scientific, renovated it like other Innovation Quarter buildings at a considerable discount by taking advantage of tax benefits for historic buildings. They passed this discount on to the University in the form of a lower rate for a 15-year lease with the option to buy.