U3 Advisors is a nationally recognized consulting practice that provides real estate and economic development solutions to the institutions that anchor our communities.


U3 Advisors advises our clients on a wide variety of real estate issues so that they can better understand how their real estate portfolio can best serve their institutional core mission. Universities and non-profit organizations may wish to determine whether there are opportunities to consolidate their real estate assets and operate more efficiently. They may also ask whether it is better to own or lease facilities.
U3 Advisors believes that anchor institutions - universities, medical centers, and non-profit and civic organizations – are important economic engines that can be leveraged to regenerate and strengthen their surrounding neighborhoods.
U3 Advisors assists organizations and institutions in planning for new facilities – from a single building to an entire master-planned campus. We also have expertise in many specialized types of facilities, including student and faculty housing, laboratories and teaching facilities, performance venues, and hotels.
U3 Advisors' planning strategies are based on the core philosophy that anchor institutions – universities, medical centers, and non-profit and civic organizations – provide critical economic and social support for the communities of which they are part.

Featured Projects

  • U3 Advisors was engaged by a consortium of foundations in Detroit including The Kresge Foundation and Hudson-Webber Foundation to create a strategy for Midtown Detroit that leverages major anchor institutions – Wayne State University, Detroit Medical Center, and Henry Ford Health System – to revitalize their shared district that is rich with institutional uses but lacking in vitality. Over a period of three years, U3 Advisors worked with the Anchors to create and implement institutional programs, advance a midtown community development organization, facilitate a physical development plan for the Woodward-Cass Corridor, and put in place strategic initiatives that forward the development of Midtown.

  • U3A’s New York office has served since 2005 as real estate consultant to Princeton University’s Office of the Vice President for Facilities, working on a variety of planning and analytical projects. In addition to assisting Princeton to launch a campus planning initiative and master planning process, U3A has undertaken several major analyses of the University’s real estate holdings and helped to implement an off-campus real estate strategy.

News + Ideas


Op-Ed: Universities have duty to engage with their cities

"Universities, if managed with vision and intentionality, not only can contribute to our knowledge economy and human advancement, but can also ensure that we nurture a just society."  Read U3 Advisors CEO Omar Blaik's Op-Ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer on the role of universities in supporting "physically, socially, and economically integrated neighborhoods"  here

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Collaborative Aims to Enhance Memphis Medical District

The newly established Medical District Collaborative (MDC), a nonprofit entity made up of stakeholders and executives in the Memphis Medical District, held its inaugural board meeting on February 1, 2016. U3A’s representative in Memphis, Tommy Pacello, was named the President of MDC. The MDC has plans for series of changes in the in the District beginning in May 2016, including streetscaping and public arts projects. The MDC anticipates that real estate development and parking management projects will be undertaken in the future. Click here for the latest coverage in the Memphis Daily News. 

U3 Advisors was hired by the District’s anchor institutions in summer 2014 to design and implement as anchor strategy in the area in an effort to focus its economic resources for the benefit of the entire district.  U3A has designed and implemented similar anchor strategies in Philadelphia and Midtown Detroit. 

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