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


Anchors Lift All Boats: Eds & Meds Engaging with Communities

U3 Advisors' Omar Blaik and George Smith contribute to the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy's latest report on the significant impact comprehensive, place-based, anchor strategies can have on local and regional economies.

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UMd. goes on real estate spree in College Park

The University of Maryland is acquiring real estate along Route 1 in College Park, pushing to create a lively main street that better connects its flagship campus with the town and provides an atmosphere on par with the school’s academics. Read more of about U3 Advisors' collabration with the University on this project here.

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The Barking Dog space could soon become an art house, restaurant

The Barking Dog space, still in the pre-developmental phase, would be part of a public-private partnership with the University of Maryland and the Philadelphia music venue MilkBoy.

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Happy Holidays from U3 Advisors!

Happy Holidays from the U3 Advisors team!

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