Community Use of Wake Downtown Space

Wake Downtown’s primary purpose is to provide a place for students and educators to learn and expand the body of knowledge in their fields of study.  However, it is also a rich community asset, and we are fortunate that this site offers a multitude of resources that we are able make available to visitors and community members.  Included in these offerings is physical meeting space in classrooms, conference rooms and gathering areas that can host groups as small as 10 or as large as 100.

Groups seeking to reserve a space at Wake Downtown free-of-charge must meet the following criteria:

  • Group qualifies as nonprofit or not-for-profit community group of 10 or more people
  • Event or meeting lasts 4 hours or less*
  • Event takes place Monday – Friday**
  • Event will begin between the hours of 8:00am and 6:30pm

We may be able to accommodate longer meetings and events depending on the academic calendar, but this will be evaluated on an individual basis.

** Weekend events and meetings will incur a cost associated with staffing the facility.

Please note: The ability to schedule and reserve these spaces is contingent upon the academic calendar and course schedules.

If your group and event meet the above criteria, and you would like to reserve a space at Wake Downtown, you can fill out the following “Community Space Request Form.”

When meetings, retreats, or events are held at Wake Downtown, organizers can request visitor parking (located on 5th Street) for up to 20 people using this link.  One-hour street parking can be found on Vine St, and there are several parking decks located in downtown Winston-Salem.

For more information, please contact Alana James, Director of Wake Downtown ,

Conferences and Large Gatherings

Wake Downtown does not have the infrastructure to host large conferences the academic course and lab schedule are prioritized. The building is closed and unstaffed after 7:00 pm and on the weekends. Weekend events may be evaluated on an individual basis. Considerations include the size of the event (under 40 participants) and the nature of activities (e.g. a single room location versus multiple rooms throughout the building).

Service and Support Animal Policy

Pets, including emotional support animals, are not permitted on the premises of Wake Downtown.  However, Wake Downtown follows the University’s policy on service animals. Therefore, if it is determined, in accordance with applicable laws and regulations, that having such an animal is a reasonable accommodation, service animals may be permitted in classrooms, conference rooms, and other lecture spaces.  Due to safety concerns, service animals cannot be accommodated in any of the lab facilities at Wake Downtown.

Those seeking to bring a service animal to Wake Downtown are encouraged to read the University’s Service Animal Agreement.

Smoke-Free Policy

Wake Downtown has a responsibility to both its students and its employees to provide a safe and healthy environment and maintains a Smoke-Free Policy.  This policy applies to all Wake Downtown students, employees, visitors and guests.

For the purpose of this policy, smoking is defined as burning and/or simulating the burning of, any type of tobacco, tobacco-derived, or vapor products including, but not limited to: traditional and electronic cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos and pipes.


  • The entire building (Building 60), including classrooms, conference rooms, labs and common areas, is smoke-free.
  • Smoking is prohibited within 25 feet of building doorways and entrances.