Emory Conference Center Hotel and Emory Point

Address: 
Decatur
State: 
Georgia
Challenge

Emory University's fast-paced growth created several challenges:

Challenge 1: On-campus space constraints did not allow the university to host large conferences for its medical, law, engineering and other graduate programs - reducing potential revenue.

Challenge 2: As one of the largest employers in the corridor, along with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there was a lack of affordable housing, retail and restaurant options. In fact, less than five percent of the 37,000 employees working within a two-mile radius actually lived in the area.

Solution

Working closely with Emory as collaborative partners, Cousins developed and presented a multi-faceted plan to tackle and resolve each of the University’s challenges.

Emory Conference Center Hotel
The first solution encompassed the development of Emory Conference Center Hotel on university-owned land, less than one mile from campus. The land was heavily wooded and next to several active neighborhoods that had concerns with a large development. Based on the long-term relationship cultivated with Emory, Cousins understood the importance of minimizing land and environmental impact yet balancing that with creating a facility that would generate positive revenue for Emory. Cousins’ analysis and design achieved both goals, which satisfied the neighborhoods and the client. The facility opened in 1995 and an expansion to the Conference Center was recently completed and obtained LEED Silver certification.

Emory Point
In order to solve the second challenge, Cousins and Emory University collaborated to create a shared vision for a vibrant mixed-use project in the area to serve the employees of the University, Children’s Healthcare and the national headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Located in the Clifton Corridor, Emory Pointis a vertically integrated luxury apartment and retail development with 80,000 SF of retail space and 443 luxury urban apartments. The development will be the first new retail project built in the trade area in 20 years; the largest private development start inside the Perimeter in more than three years; and the first partnership between Cousins and Gables Residential. The project is slated to open in Fall 2012.