Innovation Quarter News

Center for Design Innovation Celebrates Opening of New Facility

The UNC Center for Design Innovation (CDI) celebrated the grand opening of their new facility on September 23, 2015. Located on a four-acre tract on Design Avenue, the CDI building is the first facility to open in the South District of the Innovation Quarter.


CDI, a multi-campus research center of the University of North Carolina system previously located in Winston Towers, moved into a $9 million, 24,000-square-foot headquarters facility in the Innovation Quarter. The multi-level complex will house a wide range of programs and projects bridging art, science and technology.

“We are extremely pleased to be in our fantastic new home,” says Pamela Jennings, director of CDI. “This world-class facility is the entry point in visualizing, incubating and inspiring how we will live, work, play and communicate in the century to come.”

The celebration featured a ribbon-cutting ceremony and remarks by representatives of local and state institutions, including Allen Joines, mayor of the city of Winston-Salem, and Eric Tomlinson, the president of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.

“Winston-Salem was a manufacturing base,” says Joines. “We have flipped over into a community whose economy is based on knowledge-based industries. [Design industry] will clearly play a key role as we move into the future.” Joines believes CDI can be a catalyst for growing the design sector of the city’s economy.

CDI supports collaborations that connect creative, technical, applied and scientific disciplines and provides lifelong learning for students and the community through workshops, classes and internships that introduce design thinking and foster creative production.

“The cutting-edge work that CDI does perfectly aligns with the culture of the Innovation Quarter, and the new facility is magnificent,” said Innovation Quarter President Eric Tomlinson. “There could not be a more suitable anchor for our South District.”