Projects

AUB/AUC IDEA LAB

U3 Advisors advised, programmed, and helped convene a joint symposium between the American University of Beirut (AUB) and the American University in Cairo (AUC), which focused on the role and relationship between anchor institutions in Middle East and their neighborhoods. 

Academic Institutions: Higher Education
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Columbia University and Columbia University Medical Center

U3A’s New York office has served as Columbia University’s real estate consultant since 1999, assisting the University with a wide variety of real estate matters at both Columbia’s main campus in Morningside Heights and its Medical Center in Washington Heights. These include portfolio analyses, property acquisitions and leases, planning and development projects, and transaction agreements. In addition, U3A has served Columbia as project manager and “staff extension” in the planning and development of the University’s new Manhattanville campus.

Academic Institutions: Higher Education, New York, NY
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Cornell Tech

U3A’s New York office 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 has since served as real estate advisor in implementing the 2 million square foot campus.

Academic Institutions: Higher Education, New York, NY
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Center City Charlotte Anchor Institution Opportunity

Through a high-level scan of the institutions and their neighborhoods, U3 developed an anchor institution-led economic development strategy along the Center City Charlotte Trade Street Corridor. The effort focused on creating deeper connections between the institutions to their neighborhoods, to the city of Charlotte, and to each other to create a more diverse, vibrant, urban environment.

Nonprofit Organizations, Charlotte, NC
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Lehigh University

Beginning in 2013, Lehigh University engaged U3 Advisors to analyze all of their key real estate initiatives. Lehigh University resides in Bethlehem’s South Side neighborhood, an area that has been in steady decline since the closure of Bethlehem Steel in the early 1990s. Through a data-driven approach, U3 Advisors has worked with Lehigh on a stabilization strategy for South Bethlehem, identifying catalytic initiatives for the South Side neighborhood, developing a real estate organizational strategy for the institution, and advising the institution on property acquisition.

Academic Institutions: Higher Education, Bethlehem, PA
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Lexington Anchor Institution Strategy

U3 Advisors was engaged by the University of Kentucky, Transylvania University, the Bluegrass Community and Technical College System (BCTC) and other partners to develop a Lexington Anchor Institution Strategy. This study identified the challenges and opportunities for each institution and how they can work together to better leverage their impact in Lexington. Using a data driven approach, the study looked at the impact of the institutions’ employees and students on the city and neighborhoods adjacent to their campuses. Overall, the study found that while the anchor institutions had a tremendous impact in the city, there was little coordination across the anchors. In addition, we found that student rental housing was crowding out faculty and staff from living in the neighborhoods adjacent to the University of Kentucky and that commercial corridors were not fully supporting the student population.

Governmental Organizations, Lexington, KY
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Memphis Medical District Collaborative

U3 Advisors was engaged by the Hyde Family Foundations beginning in 2014 to understand the economic and physical impact of eight major anchor institutions in the Memphis Medical District 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. Together, these anchors employ 16,000 people, educate 8,000 students, have $1.2 billion in collective purchasing, and control 250 acres of property. U3 Advisors found that despite the significant size of these anchors, their potential impact within the Medical District has not been fully realized.

Health Systems & Hospitals, Memphis, TN
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Midtown Detroit Anchor Strategy

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.

Nonprofit Organizations, Detroit, MI
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New Jersey Performing Arts Center

U3 Advisors has a longstanding advisory relationship with the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey. Most recently, U3 helped NJPAC bring its commercially developable real estate to the market. U3 also proposed strategic land uses and managed the development process with private development partners. 

Nonprofit Organizations, Newark, NJ
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Princeton University

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.

Academic Institutions: Higher Education, Princeton, NJ
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Swedish Health Cherry Hill/Live Where You Work

U3 was retained by Swedish Health to provide recommendations on how to best balance its future expansion plans, while introducing more environmentally sustainable commuting practices that meet requirements put in place by the City of Seattle. 

Nonprofit Organizations, Seattle, WA
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The Jewish Theological Seminary

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. 

Academic Institutions: Higher Education, New York, NY
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The New School

U3A’s New York office was engaged by The New School in 2008 to help the University consider development options for its valuable site located on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 14th Street—and to analyze a proposal for a mixed-use development it had received from a private developer. U3A ultimately assisted the University to select and enter into a transaction with the developer and then served as project coordinator throughout the project’s pre-development.

Academic Institutions: Higher Education, New York, NY
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University of Chicago

Over the past 10 years, the University of Chicago has engaged U3 Advisors on a variety of assignments focused on the revitalization of the neighborhoods surrounding the University in the Mid-South Side, to both enhance quality of life for students and staff, and for UChicago to provide a lasting contribution to its host communities.

Academic Institutions: Higher Education, Chicago, IL
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University of Maryland

Since 2009, U3 Advisors has served University of Maryland in College Park, advising on a variety of real estate and community engagement initiatives. Cumulatively, the strategies have led to the University forming a stronger working relationship in College Park, and laying the groundwork to transform the Downtown into a vibrant college town district.

Academic Institutions: Higher Education, College Park, MD
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University of Massachusetts Amherst - Housing & Economic Development Plan

The Town of Amherst is home to the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass), the state’s flagship institution. The Town and UMass—with over 25,000 students, almost 1,500 acres of campus and a $1 billion operating budget – saw the need to create a collaborative strategy to ensure that residents, students, businesses, and the built environment benefited from the anchor institution. 

Academic Institutions: Higher Education, Amherst, MA
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University of Pretoria

Funded by the Kresge Foundation, a team from U3A spent a week at the University of Pretoria to advise on strategies to strengthen the precinct around the UP Hatfield campus. U3A subsequently provided additional support and advisory to UP leadership during meetings with foundations and leaders in the U.S.

Academic Institutions: Higher Education
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Lower Rio Grande Valley Anchor Strategy

The Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas (LRGV) is a growing region situated along the US-Mexican border with two major Universities: The University of Texas Brownsville (UTB) and the University of Texas Pan American (UTPA). This 4 county region faces a number of challenges including low educational attainment amongst residents, high rates of diabetes and heart disease, and 30% of all residents living below the poverty level. U3 Advisors has been engaged in the LRGV to envision a new campus for UTB in downtown Brownsville and to identify economic development opportunities for a community agenda for the new merged University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Academic Institutions: Higher Education, Brownsville, TX
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University of Toldeo - Campus Edge Analysis & Anchor Strategy

U3 Advisors was engaged by the University of Toledo Foundation in 2016 to forge a cohesive anchor strategy. Faced with stagnating enrollment numbers and underutilized assets, the University and Foundation sought ways to work together to enhance the on- and off-campus quality of life for faculty and students, unlock economic opportunities, and develop more vibrant campus edges to create a college town character. 

Academic Institutions: Higher Education, Toledo, OH
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University Park Alliance - Organization Analysis

University Park Alliance (UPA) is a Community Development Corporation set up to serve as a steward and place-making enterprise in the underserved but asset-rich University Park neighborhood of Akron. U3 Advisors engaged by the UPA Board to assist with reimagining the organization to better align its mission, structure, operations, and funding with institutional and community needs and opportunities for redevelopment and revitalization.

Nonprofit Organizations, Akron, OH
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Washington University in St. Louis

U3A’s New York office has assisted Washington University in St. Louis with several substantial portfolio analyses and planning projects. The firm prepared a housing plan for the University, involving a capital program analysis and evaluation of new housing development options. The plan is now being implemented, with new residential and mixed-use development commencing. U3A has also assisted the University prepare for a master planning process and develop a strategy for its administrative offices.

Academic Institutions: Higher Education, St. Louis, MO
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