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

Services

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

News

K. Backus & Associates and U3 Ventures Merge, Creating Industry-Leading Real Estate and Economic Development Firm For Institutions

The new firm – U3 Advisors – serves the universities, medical centers, nonprofits and civic stakeholders that anchor our communities.

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Press

Open minds key to Amherst development

In town-gown relations, as in real estate, three factors matter most: location, location and - you guessed it - location. Nowhere is that more evident than in the latest arguments over proposals to bring University of Massachusetts students and year-round Amherst residents out of their separate spheres and into closer proximity downtown. 

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Press

University-Community Engagement is a Two Way Street

U3 Advisors' Co-CEO Omar Blaik moderated a panel on University and Community Engagement as part of the Next City City Sessions Series. 

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Ideas

Building Successful Anchor Stategies

U3 Advisors' Alex Feldman and George Smith discuss what can make an anchor strategy successful. 

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