Category: Institutional
Location: Winston Salem, NC
Size: 23,000 sq. ft.
Masonry Used: 100,000 bricks, 7,000 block, 300 pieces of precast, and 800 pieces of granite.
Submitted by: Griffin Masonry

Project Description

The Wake Forest welcome center was designed to fit in with the neighboring Starling Hall. The brick are a wood molded brick by Old Virginia laid in a Flemish bond with a weathered joint. All flat arches and radius arches were custom made to fit the openings. Precast concrete was used throughout the building for column bases and capitals, wall caps, window sills, horizontal banding and an entrance tower. Brick and precast columns on the interior of the building along with tall ceilings and large windows bring the outside into the conservatory. Brick planters and radius brick screen walls with precast caps enclose the beautiful outdoor seating area on the south side. Granite cladding is used around the perimeter of the building where the veneer meets grade. Granite is also used at the radius ramps and for the massive radius steps leading up to the north entrance. All anchors attaching masonry to the building are stainless steel. The flashing is copper fabric flashing with a Terne coated stainless steel drip edge. The walls and all accessories in them are designed to look like a building from 1900 and they should still look great 100 years from now. Rigid insulation was used in the wall cavity to increase the thermal efficiency of the wall system. Nearly all materials came from within 500 miles of the job site and most masonry accessories utilized some recycled content. This helped in achieving a LEED Gold Certification for the welcome center.

Project Participants

Owner: Wake Forest University

  • Architect/Desinger: Lambert Architecture
  • General Contractor: Landmark Builders
  • Masonry Contractor: Scott Griffin, Griffin Masonry
  • Masonry Supplier Pinehall Brick/Old Virginia Brick
  • Masonry Supplier: NC Granite
  • Masonry Supplier: Carolina Cast Stone