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Planning for Higher Education Journal: Breaking the Mold Cornell Tech and the 21st-Century University

The Bridge - Cornell Tech - Roosevelt Island

U3 Advisors Principal & Co-founder Karen Backus and Senior Advisor Steven Jacobs contributed to Planning for Higher Education's profile of Cornell University's winning bid in New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Applied Sciences Campus competition. Read the full article here.

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Prospective Master Plan to Guide On-Campus Housing for Next Decade

Read about U3 Advisors' latest engagement with Cornell University in The Cornell Daily Sun.   U3A is working with the University's Division of Student and Campus Life to "draw up a master plan to reassess on-campus housing for the next decade."  

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Cornell Chronicle: Housing master plan to guide campus development

Cornell University's Division of Student and Campus Life has engaged U3 Advisors to conduct a nine-month housing master plan process for the Ithaca campus.  Read the Cornell Chronicle's article regarding this engagement here. U3A has served as the University’s real estate advisor for its planned 2 million square-foot applied sciences and engineering campus – Cornell Tech – since 2011. In addition, U3A has served as real estate advisor for the University's East Hill Village project since 2013. 

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Op-Ed: Universities have duty to engage with their cities

"Universities, if managed with vision and intentionality, not only can contribute to our knowledge economy and human advancement, but can also ensure that we nurture a just society."  Read U3 Advisors CEO Omar Blaik's Op-Ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer on the role of universities in supporting "physically, socially, and economically integrated neighborhoods"  here

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Collaborative Aims to Enhance Memphis Medical District

The newly established Medical District Collaborative (MDC), a nonprofit entity made up of stakeholders and executives in the Memphis Medical District, held its inaugural board meeting on February 1, 2016. U3A’s representative in Memphis, Tommy Pacello, was named the President of MDC. The MDC has plans for series of changes in the in the District beginning in May 2016, including streetscaping and public arts projects. The MDC anticipates that real estate development and parking management projects will be undertaken in the future. Click here for the latest coverage in the Memphis Daily News. 

U3 Advisors was hired by the District’s anchor institutions in summer 2014 to design and implement as anchor strategy in the area in an effort to focus its economic resources for the benefit of the entire district.  U3A has designed and implemented similar anchor strategies in Philadelphia and Midtown Detroit. 

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JTS Completes Sale of Morningside Heights Parcel

The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) completed the sale of a parcel on their Morningside Heights campus to developer Savanna. the proceeds will go towards creating a new academic center and residence hall on JTS's campus. The academic center will include a new library (including a new home for JTS's renowned collection of rare books and scrolls), classrooms, and event space. Read more about U3A's engagement with JTS here.

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Chula Vista City Council Unanimously Accepts U3A Report and Recommendations for a Binational University

U3 Advisors' Omar Blaik presents recommendations for a Binational University between a U.S. university and Mexican university to Chula Vista City Council.

On January 27, 2016, U3 Advisors CEO Omar Blaik and Vice President Alex Feldman presented U3A's final report and recommendations to Chula Vista City Council for a Binational University between a U.S. university and a Mexican university. The City Council unanimously accepted U3A's report and recommendations. 

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Model D: Adapting the Midtown model to the neighborhoods

A community discussion sponsored by Live6

"The Live6 Initiative is adapting lessons learned from the redevelopment of Midtown, including an anchor institution strategy, while paying close attention to residents and a unique neighborhood context." Lauren Hood, Director of the Live6 initative, is featured in the latest edition of Model D, providing on update the latest developments in revitalizing from Northwestern Detroit.  Read the article here.

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Looking Into The Future: Redevelopments and construction projects are actualizing the city's vision of a 'Greater College Park'

“We have been thinking about uses that can be enjoyed by not only students and not only faculty and not only by community members, but all of them. That’s what great college towns are about — they don’t segregate; they combine.”

 
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