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


'Play Together' - Medical Center Anchors Come Together for Redevelopment Plan

U3 Advisors is highlighted in the Memphis Daily News' latest report on the Memphis Medical Center's development of a long-term anchor strategy for the Memphis Medical District, located in the center of metropolitan Memphis, Tennessee. Read the full article here .

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After hours: Medical district seeks active street life, population boost

The latest edition of the Memphis Commercial Appeal profiles U3 Advisors' work in support of the Memphis Medical Center's anchor strategy. 

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Tech institute inks pact with Carlsbad

Carlsbad City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday to enter an exclusivity agreement with Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), one of 12 institutions that had indicated interest in opening a satellite campus in the city. U3 Advisors Vice President Steven Jacobs testified before the council in advance of its vote.  Read the full articile here .

Since 2013, U3A has provided consultant services to the City of Carlsbad as part of its efforts to attract higher education institutions to serve the needs of companies in its fast growing information technology and life sciences sectors.  

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‘Eds and meds’ play key role in city’s economic rebirth

The University at Buffalo - the largest campus in the State University of New York system - is leading an effort in Buffalo, through its Office of Education Collaboration and Engagement, to use their Downtown and Buffalo Niagra Medical Campuses as anchors for economic development for people who live near those institutions, as well as for the Buffalo community at large.  Read more about UB's efforts here .

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