Dedicated to Service

With sincere gratitude, Forsyth Technical Community College would like to thank Mr. Edwin. L. Welch, Jr. president of I.L. Long Construction, for 14 years of combined service to the Foundation Board of Directors and the Board of Trustees.

Mr. Welch first joined the Foundation Board in 2003 for a three-year term. In 2004, he was the chair of the Resource Development Committee. In 2005, Mr. Welch was co-chair of Forsyth Tech’s first capital campaign, the Momentum campaign and helped raise over $13 million for the college. That year, he also joined the Board of Trustees. In 2006, he served the Foundation Board for another three year term. After his Foundation Board term was completed, Mr. Welch became the Board of Trustees representative on the Foundation Board in the 2009-2010 term. He was also instrumental in launching the Early College at Forsyth Tech. Mr. Welch served as vice chair of the Board of Trustees from August 2007- August 2012, and from August 2012 – August 2015, he served as chair of the Board of Trustees. Most recently he served as co-chair of the Pathways to Possibilities Capital Campaign which began in 2015.

“Mr. Welch has a remarkable history of selfless and tireless service to many organizations in our community,” said Alan Proctor, chair of the Board of Trustees. “Forsyth Tech has also been blessed by his vision and phenomenal leadership.  From the Capital Campaigns to the Board of Trustees, Ed Welch has made a lasting positive difference in our campus, staff, faculty and most importantly our students.” 

More from Forsyth Tech Magazine can be found here.

WFU breaks ground on $1.1 million improvements to soccer fields

​​Wake Forest University broke ground Thursday on renovations of its two soccer practice fields as part of a $3 million package of updates for the men’s and women’s soccer facilities. The renovated fields, which will be leveled with a state-of-the-art irrigation system installed, will have natural grass playing surfaces. I.L. Long Construction Co. of Winston-Salem is handling the grading. Carolina Greens Turfcare of Durham is doing the irrigation and sod, Wake Forest women’s soccer coach Tony da Luz told Triad Business Journal. 

WFU soccer spokesman Jay Garneau said renovation of the practice fields and the irrigation system are estimated to cost about $1.1 million. Da Luz said the new Bermuda surface would be “golf-course quality.” Completion is scheduled for the beginning of September, just in time for the start of the Deacons’ home schedule. “This is just going to be a pristine facility,” da Luz said. “it’s a big deal. Our recruits value a premier, natural surface for soccer that they can rely on every day. We will have the best practice facility in the ACC.”

The full story from Triad Business Journal can be found here.

I.L. Long Construction Company Salute to Business Luncheon

The following is an excerpt from the Winston-Salem, North Carolina website. 

I.L. Long Construction Company has the distinction of being in continuous operation as a General Contractor in Winston-Salem since 1932.  Currently completing projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic their longevity can be attributed to the honesty, integrity, and professionalism that they provide each client as they deliver the highest quality projects safely, efficiently, and in a timely manner. 

Their success can be attributed to the unsurpassed capabilities of the entire I. L. Long Construction team which is based on a foundation of great people comprised of highly skilled crafts persons, experienced supervisory staff, and accomplished administrators and managers. They have had the privilege of serving hundreds of clients over the past eighty-five (85) years building relationships with organizations, corporations, and individuals who have continued to rely on their knowledge and expertise.

This feature can be found here.

Shah Basketball Complex Construction is Underway

The following is an excerpt from a recent Winston-Salem Journal feature by Fran Daniel on the Basketball Player Development Center at Wake Forest University.

Wake Forest University announced Friday that Mit Shah has donated an additional $5 million in support of Wake Forest basketball and the basketball player development facility currently under construction. Shah, an alumnus and member of Wake’s board of trustees, previously donated about $2.5 million to the university for investments in academic resources, university facilities and student financial aid. He is also the chief executive of Noble Investment Group and part owner of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks.

“Mit has been a trailblazer at Wake Forest, and we are grateful for his ongoing support of our university, our athletic department and our basketball programs,” Wake Forest President Nathan O. Hatch said of Shah’s most recent gift to support to the Wake Will Lead campaign. “Mit’s commitment to Pro Humanitate complements his vision and leadership, and together, these qualities have benefited Wake Forest tremendously as he has raised the bar on young alumni philanthropic support and engagement.”

Shah credits Wake with having a significant influence on his life and said the university’s longstanding commitment to the development of its students and student-athletes inspired his gift. “Wake Forest is a community where our professors and coaches create a deeply personal, profound and lifelong impact on our students and student-athletes,” Shah said.

In November, preliminary site work began on the $9 million basketball player development facility named the Shah Basketball Complex. An additional $3 million is being invested on the third floor of the Sutton Sports Performance Center. This $12 million investment of 40,000 square feet of space is dedicated to Wake Forest men’s and women’s basketball programs.

Construction of the Shah Basketball Complex, the Sutton Sports Performance Center and the Miller Center hydrotherapy facility, all expected to be complete in summer 2018, are occurring concurrently. The combined total for the Shah Basketball Complex and the Sutton Sports Performance Center is $50 million.