The project team, led by a DaVinci Development executive, partnered with Emory University to take a 53-acre site, which included outdated graduate housing, a dated motel, and beautiful woodlands.
The final development created a mixed-use master plan to serve the growing needs of the Emory community, the Centers for Disease and Control, and Emory Hospital. Ultimately the project included leaving 30.8-acres restricted from development and focusing on the remaining 22-acres. The development program resulted in close to 700 residential rooms, 120,000 square feet of retail along with a 126-room expansion to the Emory Conference Center and Hotel. Zoning entitlements were a long and protracted process with numerous neighborhood associations and University stakeholders along with CDC federal oversight.
Phase II of the development opened in 2012, and the following year, and it received the Urban Land Institute Atlanta Development Excellence Award as well as an EarthCraft Multifamily Certification.
Today, the project's success continues, and Emory University is adding a new concept called "The Hatchery" to the project which will include collaboration areas, a maker space, presentation and event spaces, classrooms, online tools, and a breakroom designed as a hub for student ideation and innovation.
As part of the overall development of Emory Point, a 124-room expansion to the existing Emory Hotel & Conference Center owned by Emory University was nestled in Hahn Woods on a peaceful 26-acre nature preserve. The development included both the construction and all of the FF&E. The program featured the guest rooms, 24,000 square foot of conference space, as well as a 4-lane bowling alley and pub. The Hotel and Conference Center is a nod to visionary Frank Lloyd Wright in its design and hosts premier events and weddings and is a favorite destination for Emory alumni and visitors to Atlanta.
Project RoleDevelopment Manager
*Project completed prior to founding DaVinci Development Collaborative (Cousins Properties)