Founded in 1896, Wingate University is a leading, private liberal arts and health sciences academic institution situated 30 miles east of Charlotte, NC. Wingate engaged DaVinci Development in 2021 to serve as development advisory manager to guide the University through an evaluation and development program for a vision plan co-created by the University and Town of Wingate. The plan calls for a vibrant mixed-use development that will offer a tremendous opportunity to attract new students and cement a meaningful connection with the neighboring community. DaVinci Development led the project through a rigorous five-step advisory process to define the best use program for underdeveloped sites, determine a preliminary budget, identify potential revenue opportunities, and present site activation strategies.
The five steps included: project discovery, stakeholder dialogue, project definition, and determining alternate approaches to help the client decide upon the project's best use. The DaVinci Development team grounded this advisory project in the realities of cost and economics, balanced with a thoughtful stakeholder engagement and visioning process which resulted in the delivery of an actionable Implementation Plan. Armed with a detailed road map, the University is currently partnering with the Town of Wingate on the municipality's Comprehensive Plan that will further facilitate discussions and next steps with potential development partners.
Project RoleDevelopment Advisory
Project TeamLandDesign - Landscape architects
Project StakeholdersWingate University, Town of Wingatee