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


Medical District Begins Buy Local Program

“This is really a story about what can happen when you think about the collective demands of the institutions in the area.” The Memphis Medical District Collaborative (MMDC) announced a “Buy Local” business plan competition in advance of the October 26th kickoff of the “Operation Opportunity” initiative, which will give incentives to small, locally owned businesses to develop purchasing relationships with the big hospitals and universities in the district. U3A Vice President Alex Feldman, along witth MMDC President Tommy Pacello, were on hand for the announcement.
U3 Advisors has been in engaged in the Memphis Medical District since 2014, assisting with the design and implementation of a strategic Anchor Strategy. Read more about U3A's engagement in Memphis here
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U3A selected by HPD as a Pre-Qualified Pre-Qualified Owner’s Representative

U3A was selected by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) as a Pre-Qualified Owner’s Representative for non-profit, faith-based property owners seeking to develop or preserve high quality affordable housing or mixed use projects. For more information on the PQL of Owner’s Representatives click here

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Reimagining the Civic Commons

The Reimagining the Civic Commons initiative will invest in five place-based demonstration projects with the potential to catalyze transformative change through the imaginative use of civic assets.  This work is being funded collectively by four national foundations and will take place in Philadelphia, Chicago, Memphis, Detroit, and Akron.  A national learning network under U3 Advisors' leadership will focus on activating innovation in the civic commons in demonstration cities and beyond, understanding the impact of the civic commons and the innovation and collaboration required to achieve that impact, and increasing broad-based support for the civic commons in cities across the country.

Learn more about the Reimagining the Civic Commons initiative here.

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Building A Greater College Park Together

"The University of Maryland is working with partners to create the modern land-grant university. Research and industry in lockstep. Public and private enterprise working in close collaboration. An academic and economic engine for our region and our nation. " Read about the latest developments in Collage Park, Maryland here

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