SkySong to Welcome T.Y. Lin International to Project

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (November 12, 2020) — SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center will be the new home for the Valley office of engineering services firm T.Y. Lin International.

The highly regarded international firm has agreed to a long-term lease on a 10,099-square-foot space in SkySong 1, with occupancy beginning on July 1, 2021. They are relocating to SkySong from their existing offices on Tempe Town Lake.

T.Y. Lin International is a global, multi-disciplinary engineering services firm recognized for solving some of the most significant infrastructure challenges in the world. They began looking at SkySong before the COVID-19 pandemic began, and join Limelight and Berkedia as companies that have relocated to SkySong from Tempe.

T.Y. Lin International has 33 employees in the Valley of the Sun, and has been involved in such noteworthy projects as the Pima 101 Freeway Widening I-17 to Princess, the Tempe Town Lake Pedestrian Bridge, and the Hoover Dam Bypass/Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge.

“We are looking forward to relocating to SkySong and becoming part of its culture of innovation and technology,” said James Barr, P.E., Arizona/New Mexico Unit Manager for T.Y. Lin International. “We felt that the project was a perfect fit for our company and will create a work environment that will help our employees continue to be at the top of their field.”

Sharon Harper, Chairman and CEO of Plaza Companies, the project’s master developer, said T.Y. Lin International is an ideal fit at SkySong.

“This is another example of a large global company looking to enhance its Arizona presence and seeing SkySong as the perfect location,” Harper said. “We are very pleased to welcome T.Y. Lin International to SkySong and are confident they will benefit from being part of such a dynamic environment.”

Neal Woodbury, interim executive vice president and chief science and technology officer, ASU Knowledge Enterprise, said the company is a welcome addition to the SkySong tenant roster.

“We are always working to create new synergies and help companies achieve their maximum potential at SkySong,” Woodbury said. “T.Y. Lin International is the kind of dynamic, forward-thinking company that will help expand and enhance the project’s overall vision of innovation and collaboration.”

The Coppola Cheney Group of Lee & Associates, SkySong’s leasing broker represented the property ownership group. Chris Nord, Greg Fogg and Justin Grilli of Cushman and Wakefield represented T.Y. Lin International.

SkySong is a 42-acre mixed use development designed to:

  • Create an ecology of collaboration and innovation among high-profile technology enterprises and related researchers;
  • Advance global business objectives of on-site enterprises;
  • Raise Arizona’s profile as a global center of innovation through co-location of ASU’s strategic global partners; and
  • Create a unique regional economic and social asset.

Companies located at SkySong have the opportunity to partner with Arizona State University, which has more than 100,000 students studying across four metropolitan Phoenix campuses, in Lake Havasu City, Los Angeles, Washington D.C. ASU is one of the largest public universities in the nation, with the majority of its students attending its campus in Tempe, Arizona, less than three miles from SkySong. 

In addition to locating its own innovative research units at the center, through ASU’s on-site operations, tenant companies have a single point of contact for introductions to researchers, faculty and programs to address their specific needs.

The Coppola Cheney Group of Lee & Associates is SkySong’s leasing broker. For more information on SkySong, visit SkySong.com or follow developments on Facebook.  

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About SkySong

Plaza Companies is the developer of the project in partnership with Arizona State University Foundation, the City of Scottsdale and Holualoa Companies. Lee and Associates provides the brokerage services and Plaza del Rio Management Corporation provides the property management and construction services. Architects at SkySong include Pei Cobb Fried and Partners, DMJM Design, Butler Design Group and Kendle Design Collaborative.

About Plaza Companies

With offices in Peoria, Scottsdale and Tucson, Plaza Companies is a full-service real estate firm specializing in the management, leasing and development of medical office and commercial office properties, technology and bioscience facilities, mixed-use properties and senior housing communities. Since 1982, Plaza Companies has established a proud track record as a competitive, connected and conscientious real estate firm with partnerships throughout the industries it serves. For more information, visit www.theplazaco.com.

About University Realty

University Realty is a subsidiary of ASU Enterprise Partners, an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to generating resources for the benefit of Arizona State University. www. asuenterprisepartners.org

About Holualoa Companies

Holualoa Companies is a real estate investment firm focused on the successful acquisition, repositioning, redevelopment and disposition of real estate assets. Headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, with offices in Phoenix, Santa Monica, Hawaii and Paris, its investments span the United States and Europe and include office, retail, industrial, multi-family, hotel and mixed-use investment properties. Holualoa is an experienced investor for its own account and on behalf of a select group of private investors.

About the City of Scottsdale

Scottsdale is one of the state’s leading job centers, with a diverse economy built on medical research, high-tech innovation, tourism and corporate headquarters. Scottsdale is home to nearly 18,000 businesses supplying over 150,000 jobs. The high-tech innovation center SkySong, located just a few miles from Downtown, is designed to help companies grow through a unique partnership with nearby Arizona State University. The Scottsdale Cure Corridor is a partnership of premier health care providers and biomedical companies seeking to advance medicine and patient care through cutting-edge research. For more information, visit ChooseScottsdale.com.

SkySong Welcomes IE Data company

SkySong Welcomes Leading Manufacturer of Data Center Technology to New Arizona Office

IE Corporation Takes Space in SkySong 2 to Cement Valley Presence

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (May 20, 2020) — A prominent Price, Utah-based manufacturer of integrated, custom engineered data center technology has chosen SkySong for its Arizona office.

IE Corporation (IE) has signed a lease for a 2,336-square-foot space in SkySong 2, the company’s first permanent office space in Arizona. The space is one of several ready-to-occupy spec suites at SkySong, offering companies accelerated speed to market.

IE is a leader in the engineering and manufacturing of data center technology including power distribution skids, generator enclosures, tanks and packaging, electric switchgear, packaging and integration and chilled water pump packages. Their current customers include various colocation and hyperscalers. IE has manufacturing and operation locations across the United States including Utah, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois and Ohio to provide nationwide support.

They recently purchased a modular data center and software company called Baselayer, which will be relocating to the SkySong office. Baselayer is a leader in the modular data center industry with ~200 megawatts of deployed capacity across three continents. Baselayer’s products are an ideal complement to IE’s existing portfolio and bolster IE’s presence in the Mission Critical industry. IE is bringing Baselayer into its Mission Critical business segment, supported and managed by Bobby Houston, IE’s Vice Chairman and head of the Mission Critical Business.

“We are pleased to relocate the Baselayer team to SkySong to join the ranks of other hi-tech and innovational companies. We look forward to a long and prosperous future at SkySong,” said Kindra Martone, VP of Data Center Strategy for Baselayer.

Sharon Harper, Chairman and CEO of Plaza Companies, the project’s master developer, welcomed IE and said they are an ideal fit at SkySong.

“IE Corporation is at the forefront of innovative data center technology engineering and manufacturing and they are exactly the type of company we welcome as part of SkySong,” Harper said. “We are excited to see what kind of impact they will have and are pleased that SkySong will be a home for them.”

“Issues surrounding cybersecurity are of critical importance, and continued advancements are essential for business, industry, government and academia,” said Sethuraman Panchanathan, executive vice president of Knowledge Enterprise and chief research and innovation officer at ASU. “It’s gratifying to have an industry leader like Intermountain Electronics locating in SkySong and expanding its presence in the Phoenix area.”

The Coppola Cheney Group of Lee & Associates, SkySong’s leasing broker represented the property ownership group. Intermountain Electronics was represented by Jason Moore of JLL in the transaction.

SkySong is a 42-acre mixed use development designed to:

  • Create an ecology of collaboration and innovation among high-profile technology enterprises and related researchers;
  • Advance global business objectives of on-site enterprises;
  • Raise Arizona’s profile as a global center of innovation through co-location of ASU’s strategic global partners; and
  • Create a unique regional economic and social asset.

Companies located at SkySong have the opportunity to partner with Arizona State University, which has more than 100,000 students studying across four metropolitan Phoenix campuses, in Lake Havasu City, Los Angeles, Washington D.C. ASU is one of the largest public universities in the nation, with the majority of its students attending its campus in Tempe, Arizona, less than three miles from SkySong. 

In addition to locating its own innovative research units at the center, through ASU’s on-site operations, tenant companies have a single point of contact for introductions to researchers, faculty and programs to address their specific needs.

For more information on SkySong, visit SkySong.com or follow developments on Facebook.  

Banner Innovation Group Leases New Space at SkySong

SkySong, The ASU Innovation Center, is now home to a company on the front lines of the fight against the COVID-19 virus.

Banner Innovation Group, a department within Banner Health focused on purposeful and disciplined innovation, has leased a new space at SkySong.  Banner Health formed the Banner Innovation Group to innovate care delivery and business models, patient experiences, development of transformative partnerships and rapid scaling of solutions.

During the current public health crisis, Banner Innovation Group is partnering with public and private sector groups to meet the growing demand for supplies for health care professionals, including personal protective equipment, 3D printing of masks and face shields and gown manufacturing options. 

Banner Innovation Group had been looking at a presence in SkySong for months, but with their new 8,300-square-foot space in SkySong 2 now in place, they are able to collaborate with Plaza Companies and Holualoa Companies to meet the growing crisis. They also have an extensive relationship with Arizona State University which will expand over time as part of their presence at SkySong.

“Banner Innovation Group is committed to improving the quality of health care through purposeful and disciplined innovation and the relationship that exists between SkySong and ASU grants us access to some of the brightest minds in the industry,” said Banner Innovation Group Executive Director Christine Anderson. “In this time of crisis, the partnership between Banner Innovation Group, ASU and SkySong has been particularly beneficial.”

The new space for Banner Innovation Group consolidates two spaces that were on opposite ends of the Valley. 

“Not only does this exemplify what ASU and Plaza Companies envisioned for SkySong tenants, it serves as a great example of community leadership coming together in a time of crisis,” said Sharon Harper, Chairman and CEO of Plaza Companies. “Banner Innovation Group will play an important role in Arizona’s COVID-19 response and we are pleased to be able to support them now and in the future.”

“The SkySong team prides itself on being able to act quickly and be responsive to the needs of our tenants,” said Stan Shafer, Chief Operating Officer of Holualoa Companies, one of the partners in SkySong. “The kind of collaboration you’re seeing with Banner Innovation Group is one of the distinguishing features of SkySong.” 

The Coppola Cheney Group of Lee & Associates, SkySong’s leasing broker represented the property ownership group. Banner Innovation Group was represented by Vicki Robinson of Jones LaSalle Lang in the SkySong transaction.

“We continue to be pleased with the growth and expansion at SkySong, and are looking forward to expanding our work with Banner Innovation Group,” said Sethuraman Panchanathan, executive vice president of Knowledge Enterprise and chief research and innovation officer at ASU. “We welcome Banner Innovation Group to the project, and are gratified to support their efforts to preserve public health and respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.”

SkySong 6 Design Plans Presented to City for Review, With Construction on New Building Scheduled to Start in May 2020

Largest Building in Project Will Be Accompanied by Parking Structure

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (January 7, 2020) — The developers of SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center have filed for design approval with the City of Scottsdale for SkySong 6, which will be the largest building in the project.

SkySong 6 will be the next building to be constructed at SkySong, with construction now scheduled to begin in May 2020. The new Class A office building will include approximately 340,000 square feet of leasable space in six stories with an adjacent multi-story parking structure.

Butler Design Group, the architect for the project has created cutting-edge design concepts and renderings for the new building, which will have an imposing presence at the hard southeast corner of Scottsdale and McDowell Roads. A key differentiator of SkySong 6 will be 55,000 square foot floor plates — the largest floor plates built along Scottsdale Road in the past 20 years.

Plaza Companies is the developer of SkySong 6 and the master developer of the overall SkySong development, in partnership with Holualoa Companies; University Realty, a subsidiary of ASU Enterprise Partners; and the City of Scottsdale. Layton Construction will be the general contractor for the project, and Alliance Bank will provide financing for the building.

“We are very pleased to be able to start work on this exciting new addition to the SkySong project,” said Sharon Harper, President & CEO of Plaza Companies, the master developer of the project. “This new building will add dramatically to the overall signature of the project and provide an exceptional environment for its tenants.”

The approximately 340,000 square foot building SkySong 6 building features floor-to- ceiling glass windows facing out to the intersection of Scottsdale and McDowell Roads. A large public space will be located on the corner, with a second-story balcony overlooking the area. Construction of SkySong 6 will also include a new parking structure to serve the two newest buildings. SkySong 6 will be integrated into the project with significant pedestrian and bike connections designed to promote health and wellness, outdoor gathering and meeting spaces and other state-of-the-art features.

Read the entire article at this link.

SkySong Emerges as Conference Destination for Scottsdale

Hosts More Than 4,500 Meetings and 63,000 Visitors Annually

There are many reasons people flock to SkySong in southern Scottsdale — and one of the biggest reasons is its growing reputation as a meeting destination.

SkySong now hosts more than 4,500 events each year in its 14,000 square feet of conference spaces, bringing more than 63,000 people into the project and the Scottsdale community. With 16 different meeting venues to choose from, it offers a unique hub found nowhere else in Greater Phoenix. And this doesn’t even include the outdoor offerings at the 38- acre campus.

And with the opening of the new Element Hotel at SkySong, the draw of SkySong as a meeting, conference and event location is growing even stronger — providing yet another reason for business travelers to go to Scottsdale and cementing the city’s reputation as a hub for commerce and tourism.

“We have always considered SkySong a gathering place for innovation, and that includes it becoming a central point for collaboration,” said Sharon Harper, President & CEO of Plaza Companies, the master developer of the project. “These types of meetings and conferences help make SkySong even more dynamic and impactful over time.”

Read the entire article at this link.

SkySong Continues to Gain Momentum with 2 New Lease Agreements

SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center is continuing its leasing momentum, signing two new deals as construction and planning continues at the highly successful project.

LiveOps, which gives talented customer service and sales professionals an opportunity to work where and when they are able, is expanding its operations in Scottsdale, moving from a 9,955 rentable square-foot space at SkySong into a 13,300 RSF one. The company that links more than 20,000 at-home professionals with organizations and agencies in need signed a new long-term lease that kicks off Oct. 1, tacking an additional 32 months onto LiveOps’ existing lease agreement.

“SkySong has proven to be an ideal fit for LiveOps, and the entrepreneurial spirit of the SkySong community closely mirrors that of our own dynamic workforce,” said LiveOps Chief Executive Officer Greg Hanover. “We’re eager to expand into our new space and continue to establish roots here in Scottsdale.”

Additionally, moving in at SkySong is Keyence, a direct-sales organization that develops and fabricates automation sensors, barcode readers, laser markers and related equipment and resources. The Japan-based company signed a lease for a 4,000 square-foot space in SkySong 4, bringing occupancy in that building up to 99 percent.

Read the entire article at this link.

SkySong Inks Leases Totaling More Than 37,000 Square Feet

Three new leases and two renewed leases totaling more than 37,000 square feet have SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center nearing full occupancy in its four commercial office buildings.

The new leases include:

• Leading national IT solutions company vCore Techology Partners

• IntelliTRACS, a real-time identification, assessment, and financial exceptions control provider

• Medical device company Neolight

vCore Technology Partners is moving its national corporate headquarters and approximately 50 employees to a 9,300 square-foot space in SkySong 4. vCore provides customized IT solutions such as infrastructure, cloud storage and data protection to more than 100 companies across the United States and Canada. It currently has seven locations.

“SkySong has the high tech feel, vibrant public spaces, modern architecture, and nearby amenities that will enable us to continue to attract and inspire the brightest minds to keep us at the forefront of the Information technology industry,” said vCore founder and CEO Steve Leavitt.

intelliTRACS is movings its headquarters and twelve employees to an approximately 4,000 square-foot space in SkySong 4. It provides identification, assessment, and control of financial exceptions caused by payment failures, trade breaks, and service inquiries. It is part of SunGard’s IntelliSUITE of solutions.

Neolight, which was founded within SkySong, is moving its 10 employees into a 2,300 square foot space in SkySong 2. The company, which designs and manufactures technology to treat infants with life-threatening medical conditions, will house their headquarters and research facility at SkySong, providing a great example of a startup company growing and expanding inside the project.

In addition to the new leases, two SkySong tenants have also renewed leases, including:

• Century Link has renewed its 12,564 square-foot space with a long-term lease.

• Canon has renewed its 9,081 square-foot space with a long-term lease.

Read the entire press release at this link.

Tech Giant Oracle Moves Into Large Presence at SkySong

One of the giants of technology companies is relocating its presence in Arizona by leasing a significant space at SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center.

Oracle, headquartered in Redwood City, California and a company known as one of the largest and most innovative in the tech sector, is opening a +/-15,000-square-foot office in SkySong 3. The space will house more than 75 employees in critical areas such as software development, human resources and sales.

Oracle is a global provider of enterprise cloud computing, providing leading-edge capabilities in software as a service, platform as a service, infrastructure as a service, and data as a service. Today, 430,000 customers in 175 countries use Oracle technologies to seize business opportunities and solve real, tangible challenges.

Read the entire article at this link: SkySong Oracle Release

SkySong Helps Spark Trend of Growth in Tenants

Numerous Firms Expand Space Within SkySong’s Four Buildings; Innovation & Flexibility Within Project Key to Supporting Growth

Companies locating at SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center are starting to see a trend — they end up needing more space over the course of time because of their growth.

A significant core of SkySong’s tenant base has grown or upgraded their space within the project over the past few years in order to best take advantage of their expansion opportunities while feeding off the project’s spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship.

“Once you step on site at SkySong,” said head property manager Scott Rubin of Plaza Companies, “you can feel the buzz. It’s like no other project in town.”

SkySong’s four existing office buildings, modern buildout and high-tech features provide more options for growth for companies looking to expand within the project than they might find at more traditional developments. And as a result, SkySong is seeing a lot of tenants move out — to bigger spaces in the project. And a number of additional prospective companies are looking to take advantage of the growth potential into the three additional planned office buildings.

Read the entire article at this link.

New Element Hotel to Break Ground at SkySong Thursday, March 15

Construction is slated to begin this month on a 157- room hotel that will provide critical support for the more than 50 businesses that now call Scottsdale’s SkySong home as well as the surrounding Scottsdale community.

An Element hotel, a high-end, boutique addition to the Marriott family of hotels, will soon occupy the southwestern corner of SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center complex near Scottsdale Road and Enterprise Drive.

Developed by Jackson-Shaw, one of the nation’s most notable names in hospitality development, Element covers an expansive, 99,345 square feet of space and provides a highly sustainable, health-focused environment for guests. Boasting 2,170 square feet of communal and meeting space and a 7,572 square-foot open-air courtyard, Element offers a wide variety of amenities for guests, ranging from a natural saline swimming pool to an oversize gym and bike rental opportunities.

“Element hotels rely on green building, sustainable designs and eco-friendly practices, and we’re honored to play a role in bringing a smarter, more environmentally conscious and wellness- focused place to stay in the Scottsdale area,” said Michele Wheeler, President and Chief Operating Officer for Jackson-Shaw. “It offers the elegant, luxurious nature many leisure travelers associate with Scottsdale, but it also serves as a tremendous asset for business and group travelers that will help SkySong and the city draw even more businesses and job opportunities to the area.”

Read the entire article at this link.