The ground was broken on the 4-acre parcel in the South District of the Piedmont Triad Research Park that was purchased for the Center in 2011 by the UNC system. The parcel, which is south of Business-40 is nestled between Salem College and Winston-Salem State University. It is hoped that in time the downtown area and the Piedmont Triad Research Park will seamlessly meld into the campuses of both schools.
According to the press release on The Center for Design Innovation's website, the 27,000 sq.-ft. facility is "specially equipped for rapid prototyping, motion capture, electronic textiles, mobile networking and more." The new facility is estimated to cost $8 million and is scheduled to open in 2013. It is a joint venture between Winston-Salem State University, the North Carolina School of the Arts, and Forsyth Tech.