Columbia University Medical Center

U3A 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 (CUMC) in Washington Heights.

Medical Center 2007 Space Planning Initiative

U3A managed a team of architects, consultants, and attorneys to develop a menu of actionable, near-term development options to accommodate the Medical Center’s growing needs for research, education, and residential facilities. U3A analyzed nearly 70 potential development sites, including sites owned by the University, New York Presbyterian Hospital, the City of New York, and private owners. Based on this analysis, U3A developed a comprehensive and practical phased plan for growth and capital renewal. U3A also developed a strategy to attract retail, housing, and other amenities to the Medical Center.

Audubon Biomedical Science & Technology Park

U3A served as project manager and real estate advisor to the Medical Center in its efforts to complete the development of a 1 million square-foot commercial and academic research park in Washington Heights.  U3A helped the University secure needed land use approvals and managed a developer selection process for a new commercial lab building.  We also performed financial analysis of Audubon’s incubator facility and assisted in planning a new academic research building within the park.

Columbia University and New York Presbyterian Hospital Master Plan  

U3A served as project manager for a master planning study of the Columbia University Medical Center in Washington Heights, sponsored jointly by Columbia and NYPH. The 2002 study identified new development opportunities and expansion space for both institutions, as well improvements to the Medical Center campus. U3A managed the selection of the design team, coordinated numerous internal faculty committees, and oversaw development of the final report.

Washington Heights Demographic Scan

In 2016, U3A was engaged by Columbia University to perform a demographic scan and analysis of the Washington Heights neighborhoods (and its sub-neighborhoods) in Manhattan to help Columbia University Medical Center evaluate whether or not to proceed with the graduate student housing development project with a third-party developer. CUMC wanted to understand the characteristics of the immediate neighborhood surrounding the proposed student housing project and to compare the neighborhood characteristics to the “off-campus” areas where CUMC student currently are living.  U3A performed a comprehensive, GIS-based demographic and neighborhood scan and analysis of all of Washington Heights and identified trends and patterns in CUMC student housing choices. The project included a comprehensive analysis of where current graduate students are living as well as of numerous characteristics for each sub-neighborhood in Washington Heights, including median household income, median rent, household speaking limited English, transportation (walk shed analyses), major crime incidents, land use, existing retail environment, new development, etc.