Wake Downtown classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 10, marking the beginning of an historic era for Wake Forest University as it moves undergraduate courses into Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in downtown Winston-Salem.
The new academic programs in engineering and biomedical sciences were announced last year. About 275 students are enrolled in 18 classes, a mix of science courses, labs and liberal arts courses such as historic preservation, community engagement and a first-year seminar exploring the analytical methods of Sherlock Holmes.
The University’s undergraduate presence, referred to as Wake Downtown, opens in the rehabilitated former R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company 60 series building in the Innovation Quarter, adjacent to the Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education.
“When we look back at the major milestones in Wake Forest University’s history, I think this will rise to the top.” Nathan O. Hatch, president
“Our intent is to create opportunity and prepare our students to thrive in an unpredictable and dynamic world,” said Hatch. “Through Wake Downtown, we hope to reinforce our ideals of teamwork, entrepreneurship, creativity and Pro Humanitate.”
New course offerings and the new location will extend the exceptional faculty-student engagement that is a hallmark of the Reynolda Campus to one of the fastest-growing urban-based districts for innovation in the country to meet employer, student and societal demands.
“This is a new era for Wake Forest and an opportunity to leverage our relationship with the medical school and distinguished faculty in rapidly advancing fields like biomedical science.” Provost Rogan Kersh
New courses of study include:
Wake Downtown space:
A total of 115,000 square feet of space on five floors has been developed into state-of-the-art classrooms, teaching and research labs, offices and other support spaces. Students will have quiet study and gathering spaces on each floor. Some faculty will have permanent offices, while those commuting more often between campuses will have touchdown workspaces.
Wake Downtown will be home to a diverse set of classes. Eighteen courses from nine college departments will be taught in Spring 2017. Science classes include molecular biology, organic chemistry, biochemistry offerings, three lab courses, five humanities courses and one first-year seminar. Additional courses of interest include but are not limited to:
Shuttle service from Benson Center on the Reynolda Campus to Building 60/Wake Downtown on Vine St. will be provided Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and weekend service from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Two shuttles will run in 15 minute intervals on the quarter hour mark to ensure that faculty and students can easily travel between both locations. A third bus will run during peak ridership periods.
These shuttles are in addition to the Innovation Quarter/Brookstown shuttle that the University already runs from 7:30 a.m. to 5:50 p.m. in 30 minute intervals.