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 the Hyde Family Foundations beginning in 2014 to understand the economic and physical impact of 8 major anchor institutions in the Memphis Medical Center including Baptist College of Health Sciences, Memphis Bioworks Foundation, Methodist/LeBonheur, Regional One Health, Southern College of Optometry, Southwest Tennessee Community College, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital/ALSAC, and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.

  • Beginning in fall, 2014, U3 Advisors was engaged by JTS as the lead project manager and real estate advisor to undertake an ambitious project to reshape JTS’ campus in Morningside Heights. U3A worked closely with JTS leadership to complete an intensive programming phase with its selected architect, execute the land transaction with a third-party developer, and navigate the construction management process. In addition, U3 Advisors led a solicitation processes to select a world-class design architect for the development site. 

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U3A Advises on Anchor Strategies in South Africa

Funded by the Kresge Foundation, a team from U3A spent a week at the University of Pretoria last fall to advise on strategies to strengthen the precinct around the UP Hatfield campus.  Faced with rising unrest from students in the #feesmustfall movement and fiscal pressure on South African cities, many universities are beginning to understand the need to engage, invest, and partner in place-based initiatives.  In October, Jaime Flaherty, VP & CFO, was a keynote speaker at the University-City Building workshop in Cape Town, which included university and civic leadership from across South Africa.

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Cornell Tech Unveils Hotel and Executive Education Center

Cornell Tech presented its plans for its Verizon Executive Education Center and Hotel at its Roosevelt Island campus to Community Board 8 in November 2016, unveiling the first renderings for the buildings. The buildings are now awaiting approval from the city’s Public Design Commission. U3A serves as the University’s real estate advisor, helping to shepherd Cornell Tech successfully through all phases of the campus development process.  Read more here

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MMDC & U3A Launch Live Local and Buy Local Programs in Memphis

U3 Advisors, working with the Memphis Medical District Collaborative, has launched two programs in the Memphis Medical District to attract more employees to the district and target more institutional spend at local businesses: Live Local 901, a housing incentive program for employees of 5 anchor institutions in the Medical District, and; The Operation Opportunity Challenge, a business plan competition to encourage Memphis-based innovators, entrepreneurs, and existing businesses to help solve operational pain points within the supply chains of the institutions, and use the experience to launch, scale, or expand their businesses.

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