Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why has the Reynolda Campus extended to include Building 60 in Innovation Quarter?

    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.

  • What WFU programs are housed in Building 60S?

    Concentration in Medicinal Chemistry & Drug Discovery. Leveraging the strength of the Chemistry department’s research program, Wake Forest now offers a concentration in Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery. With the goal of identifying new therapeutic agents, faculty will engage students in an in-depth study of the connections between chemical structure and biological function. This concentration will attract students in health-related fields, biomedical sciences, and pharmacology. This offering provides a new avenue to earning an American Chemical Society certified B.S. degree.

    B.S. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (BMB). Learn what makes life possible with this interdisciplinary degree offered jointly by the departments of Chemistry and Biology. Understanding growth, development, reproduction and genetics begins with the study of life at the molecular and cellular levels. With a highly-engaged, hands-on approach to learning, faculty and staff will use analytical and quantitative methods in the chemical and physical sciences to learn practical skills for addressing today’s complex, biological, biochemical, and biomedical challenges. Students will partner with faculty mentors for at least two semesters and/or summers of research, culminating in a senior research project. Abundant undergraduate research opportunities are available in WFU labs and labs in the Innovation Quarter.

    B.S. in Engineering. This Bachelor of Science program offers comprehensive and fully-immersed technical training with a firm academic grounding in liberal arts. With Wake Forest’s unsurpassed student-faculty engagement and real-world learning opportunities, the curriculum extends beyond that of a typical undergraduate engineering program. This Bachelor of Science major offers an optional concentration in Biomedical Engineering. Classes begin Fall 2017. It also offers a Minor in Biomaterials Science & Engineering. Designed in consultation with faculty from Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) this minor consists of 15 hours of required and elective courses. Students are introduced to the ways researchers study and mimic biological materials such as bone, soft tissue, and muscle. This minor will particularly complement majors in Biology, Physics, Chemistry, and Engineering.

  • Does this curriculum prepare our students to obtain their Professional Engineers (PE) license?

    Yes. The PE test is taken after an engineering graduate has worked for several years, but prior to graduation most engineering students will take the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam that tests on core engineering courses that are components of the proposed curriculum.

  • Are other courses taught in Wake Downtown besides those for the new programs?

    Yes. Classrooms are available for reservation on a single-class or semester-long basis. During Spring 2017, 18 classes were taught across 9 different departments. Of these courses, 7 were STEM, 3 laboratory-based, 2 Library Science, 5 Humanities, and 1 First Year Seminar (FYS) – truly exemplifying the liberal arts curriculum of Wake Forest University. Students were at Wake Downtown taking courses such as Historic Preservation, Biochemistry, The Role of Universities in Community Engagement (in collaboration with Winston-Salem State University), Creativity & Innovation, and Organic Chemistry. A full list of Spring 2017 courses can be found here.

  • Is there parking available near Wake Downtown?

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

    Graduate students, postdoctoral candidates, faculty, and staff who work at Wake Downtown can acquire parking passes to park on-site.

    On-site parking may be granted to select undergraduate students. Those students who are living-off campus and have a majority of their classes at Wake Downtown are eligible to apply. Please complete the form found here to submit a request for approval.

  • Is there transportation between Reynolda Campus and Wake Downtown?

    Yes. Multiple shuttles run back and forth between Benson Circle (Reynolda Campus) and the Vine St. entrance of Wake Downtown. During the academic year the Wake Downtown shuttle runs every 15-minutes on weekdays from 7:25am-11:10pm, and every 30-minutes on weekends from 10:00am-6:25pm. These shuttles are ADA compliant, and are equipped with bicycle racks, WiFi, and charging ports.

    Travel time from Reynolda Campus to Wake Downtown is usually 15 minutes; however, students are asked to leave 30 minutes between classes when travelling from either location to the other.

    Wake Forest University students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to download the TransLoc Rider app, which allows users to track shuttles and access on-call shuttle services after business hours.

  • Who has access to Wake Downtown?

    When at Wake Downtown, one is required to visibly display their Deacon OneCard in badge holders (available at the Security Desk in the lobby). During business hours (8am-6pm), all visitors are able to enter Wake Downtown through the Main Building Access doors, located at the Vine St. entrance to Wake Downtown and at the track-side entrance to the School of Medicine. Visitors are able to acquire visitor IDs from the security desk. Those with valid Wake Forest University Deacon OneCards are able to enter the building at any time through the Badge Access doors, located at the Vine St. entrance and the track side entrance to Wake Downtown.

  • Which faculty and staff members are located at Wake Downtown?

    Please visit our Faces of Wake Downtown page.

  • Where are the student gathering and study spaces located at Wake Downtown?

    Numerous student gathering and study spaces, all with lots of natural light during the day, are located throughout Wake Downtown:

    • Student Commons (0904): a gathering area with variety of seating options, collaboration stations, digital screens, printing, kitchen, vending, charging stations, and access to Quiet Study (0906) and Lower Courtyard.
    • Quiet Study Room (0906): a traditional study room with individual workspaces, a whiteboard, and a stunning view of downtown Winston-Salem.
    • Main Lobby: a bright, spacious lobby with soft seating.
    • 1st Floor Student Gathering (1802): a smaller gathering area with raised individual workspaces, bistro table, whiteboard, kitchen, and a view of downtown Winston-Salem.
    • 2nd Floor Atrium (2502): a multipurpose gathering area with booth-style seating, dry erase tabletops, large couch (seats 12), raised individual workspaces overlooking the main lobby, and charging stations.
    • 2nd Floor Student Gathering (2810): a gathering area with raised individual workspaces, bistro tables, kitchen, and a view of downtown Winston-Salem.
    • 3rd Floor Student Gathering (3809): a gathering area with raised individual workspaces, bistro table, kitchen, and a view of downtown Winston-Salem.
    • 4th Floor Student Gathering (4804): a gathering area with raised individual workspaces, bistro tables, kitchen, and a view of downtown Winston-Salem.
    • Upper Courtyard
    • Lower Courtyard
  • Can undergraduate students at Wake Forest University access spaces in the Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education which houses the Wake Forest University School of Medicine?

    Wake Downtown and the BGCME share Building 60, and are open to each other on every floor except the 3rd. The School of Medicine is located in the north end, and Wake Downtown is located in the south end of Building 60. Undergraduates at Wake Forest University are able to use common spaces at the School of Medicine. However, many study spaces at the School of Medicine are restricted by card access, and can only be used by specific graduate populations housed in the School of Medicine. Wake Forest University undergraduate students are encouraged to reserve rooms in and use the study spaces of Wake Downtown.

  • How can I reserve space for an event in the Wake Downtown building?

    Wake Downtown’s spaces are available on DeaconSpace under ‘Wake Downtown’. Rooms can also be reserved through Amanda Tingle ( Spaces in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter can be reserved through Cushman & Wakefield; for more information, contact Amanda Tingle.

  • What dining options are available?

    Food Dollars can be used with certain vendors within the Innovation Quarter, including Medical Grounds in the BGCME (open weekdays 7:30am-6:00pm) and Cafe Brioche in Biotech Place (open weekdays 7am-3:30pm).  Vending options, including snacks, drinks and coffee, are available on the lower level of Wake Downtown in the Student Commons (room 0904).

    There are numerous local options within walking distance, such as food trucks at Bailey Park (schedule available here) and Krankies Coffee.

  • What security and safety measures are available at Wake Downtown?

    Wake Forest University Policy Department and SunStates Security (Cushman & Wakefield’s security partners for the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter) work collaboratively to maintain the safety and security of those at Wake Downtown. The security desk is staffed from 7am to 7pm, and there are roaming security personnel beyond the aforementioned hours.

    To contact Security at Wake Downtown, please call (336)-713-1568. This number directly contacts the SunStates Communication Center.

    Wake Forest University students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to download the LiveSafe app, and to sign up for text alerts on WakeAlert. The following links are also useful:

    WFUPD website:

    Community Input Form:

    Ask A Cop:

    Silent Witness:

  • What IT services are available at Wake Downtown?

    Access to WiFi: Wake Forest University students, faculty, and staff can choose SSID ‘WakeDowntown’ and log on using their WFU username and password. Guests can use password-free SSID ‘IQGuest’ and accept the security agreement.

    Troubleshooting: Immediate laptop technical assistance is available through Dexter, a user-friendly video portal that can connect to a representative at the Service Desk, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Dexter is located on the first floor corridor between Rooms 1615 and 1616.

    Printing: Printing resources for students are available in the Student Commons (0904) of Wake Downtow​n and ​​​​at the resource center on the 3rd floor of the School of Medicine​. The process is the same as one students follow in the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, where you swipe your WFU ID and select a job from the touch screen mounted by the printer.​ ​Students can also scan to email using their full email address.

  • How can one stay connected with Wake Downtown?

    Stay connected with Wake Downtown through our social media accounts, where we post updates, programming information, and more! Like our Facebook page, and Follow us on Instagram and Twitter at @WakeDowntown.

  • Are service animals allowed in Wake Downtown?

    For the safety and comfort of all who use the facility, only service animals, defined as those that are individually trained to perform tasks for people with disabilities, are allowed in the building.