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. 

News + Ideas


Cornell Tech unveils details about its Roosevelt Island campus hotel

Cornell Tech released new details regarding its hotel on Cornell's Roosevelt Island campus. The Graduate Roosevelt Island, developed by AJ Capital Partners as part of their Graduate portfolio of boutique hotels, will offer 196 rooms, as well as a full-service restaurant, rooftop bar, and 5,200 square feet of “flexible meeting and event facilities.” Snøhetta will design the hotel.

U3A served as consultant to Cornell in the University’s successful quest to win the Bloomberg administration’s competition to attract a world-class applied sciences and engineering campus to New York City, and continues to serve as real estate advisor in implementing the 2 million square foot campus. 

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U3A's Jaime Flaherty to speak at Bisnow's Power Series

U3 Advisors' CFO Jaime Flaherty will be a featured speaker at Bisnow's Power Series: Women of Influence in Commercial Real Estate on April 5, 2017 in Philadelphia. The core purpose of the series is to enhance the success of women in the commercial real estate industry. This event will provide education, networking, and resources for professional development. For more information regarding this event, click here

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MMDC Competition Winners Aim to Improve Medical District Efficiency

MedHaul and Sparco Projectpedia were the winning ideas from the recent Memphis Medical District Collaborative (MMDC) Operation Opportunity business plan competition, and the entrepreneurs behind the concepts will now work with EPIcenter to cultivate them into successful ventures. The MMDC, U3 Advisors, and EPIcenter partnered on the competition.

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Hatfield CID Launches the Hatfield Campus Village

The Board of Directors of the Hatfield City Improvement District (CID) launched the Hatfield Campus Village on February 28, 2017 in Pretoria, South Africa. The Hatfield Campus is part of the University of Pretoria (UP) system, a major stakeholder in the area. U3A , with the support of the Kresge Foundation, spent a week at the University of Pretoria in Fall 2016 to advise on strategies to strengthen the precinct around the UP Hatfield campus. Following this visit, U3A coordinated and hosted meetings for UP leadership with several U.S. foundations and university leaders during the Summer 2016. 

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