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Element Hotel to Rise at SkySong

An Element hotel will occupy the southwestern corner of the SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center complex, the latest addition to the 42-acre technology and innovation hub.

The Marriott-brand hotel is critical for the SkySong project in supporting the more than 50 businesses that are currently located on the South Scottsdale site. The 148-room hotel is planned for the southwestern corner of the SkySong complex, near Scottsdale Road and Enterprise Drive.

The new hotel is being developed by Jackson Shaw, a nationally recognized leader in hospitality development. It is designed by Cooper Cary, a national architecture firm with an extensive amount of experience in designing high-quality hospitality projects, particularly around technology campuses such as SkySong.

As with everything at SkySong, a particular emphasis will be given to creating a healthy and sustainable environment. The hotel will have extensive green-building features, and guests will be able to enjoy an oversized gym on-site, rental bicycles and a natural saline swimming pool.

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SkySong Adds Two New Companies Totaling Nearly 40,000 Square Feet of Commercial Office Space

A leading provider of technology-driven global payment processing, Pivotal Payments, and IT solutions authority, Trace3 are moving to SkySong, bringing with them dozens of employees.

Pivotal Payments is moving its Arizona offices from North Phoenix to a 26,000-square-foot space in SkySong 2, a space formerly occupied by, which has moved into a larger presence in the new SkySong 4.

The company offers payment processing solutions to a variety of companies — from small to large in the point-of-sale, business to business and e-commerce industries. Solutions include card-not-present services, integrated point of sale systems and mobile payments.

Trace3 is also relocating from Phoenix, moving into a 13,400 square foot space in SkySong 4. The Arizona-based company offers a variety of IT solutions, from data center infrastructure management to excutive services with a focus on looking for the next innovation in technology through its partnerships with Silicon Valley venture capital firms.

With the new leasing activity, SkySong 4 is now more than 80 percent leased, less than 10 months after it was built, and the other three office buildings in the project are near capacity as well.

SkySong 5, the project’s first six-story building, will begin construction this year. The project’s retail and restaurant building opened this summer, and construction is expected to begin on an Elements hotel at SkySong later this year as well.

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Fast-Growing Cyber Security Firm Datashield Moving to SkySong 1

One of the fastest-growing cyber security firms on the continent is coming to SkySong, bringing with it dozens of employees.

Datashield, which has locations in Utah and California, is expanding its security operations and moving all of its headquarter functions to 8,200 square feet on the fourth floor of SkySong 1.

The company, which operates a 24 hours a day, 365 days a year manages, detects, and responds to cyber threats, serves tens of thousands of end points around the world, including Fortune 1000 companies.

Its new Security Operations Center at SkySong is expected to reach its occupancy goal by September. In the next 12-18 months, Datashield expects to bring in 50 to 60 new employees.

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SkySong 4 Building Awarded LEED Silver Certification

SkySong 4 has joined its fellow office buildings in the project in a very “green” club — and continues to set the standard for office work space innovation.

The four-story, 141,000-square-foot office and research building at the intersection of SkySong Boulevard and Innovation Place has achieved Silver LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for its sustainable design and construction.

LEED—Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design—is a certification program that sets the standard for environmentally responsible construction in the U.S. Buildings are measured based on the number of points they earn across the categories of green building, such as energy, water, indoor environment, location and materials.

SkySong in 2009 earned environmental plaudits for the first three completed buildings on the site, SkySong 1, 2 and 3, joining only a handful of projects in the Valley to have achieved Silver Certification of higher, and one of the few non-governmental projects to achieve such status.

Read the entire press release at this link. to Anchor SkySong Development Expansion, a leading provider of Internet services and online marketing solutions for small businesses, is relocating and becoming the anchor tenant at the new SkySong 4 following its 2016 acquisition of a previous tenant in the development, Yodle.’s new space will be used primarily for sales, administration and local executives. With’s presence, SkySong 4 is now 72 percent leased. With its nearly 200 employees in Scottsdale (and 3,500 company-wide), will occupy 36,503 square feet in SkySong 4.

“ embodies the vibrancy that exists at SkySong,” said Sharon Harper, President & CEO of Plaza Companies, the master developer of the SkySong project. “What started with Yodle as an impressive up-and-coming company has grown significantly during its relatively short time in Scottsdale. We’re thrilled to be able to witness their success and growth and welcome their increased innovative presence on the campus.”

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SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center Receives Two Best of NAIOP Awards

SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center recently received two prestigious awards from the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, Arizona Chapter (NAIOP) — Economic Impact Project Of The Year and Spec Office Project Of The Year for 2016.

The Best of NAIOP event is dubbed the “Academy Awards” for the commercial real estate industry. Nominations for 2016 were reviewed and rated by a panel of NAIOP judges who select the best in a variety of categories from building to individuals.

NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, is an organization for developers, owners and related professionals in office, industrial and mixed-use real estate. NAIOP advances responsible sustainable development that creates jobs and benefits the communities in which its members work and live.

SkySong’s economic impact is significant, and the Best of NAIOP Award for Economic Impact Project of the Year is a testament to that impact. According to an economic impact study from GPEC, SkySong’s economic impact will exceed $32 billion over the next 30 years. More than 2,000 people currently work at SkySong in the four existing office buildings.

SkySong 4 received the recognition for Spec Office Project of the Year against strong competition. The 145,000-square-foot building opened in November 2016 and is home to several innovative companies, including EdPlus at ASU, Booker Software, MindBody and BrightCove, with more leases pending.

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SkySong 4 Opens to Tenants, Public

The fourth commercial office building at SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center is officially open for business.

The building, which is already 50 percent leased and expected to be LEED Silver Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, features an open-air lobby to encourage interaction and collaboration and an outdoor workspace with a fire place and other amenities.

Two major tech companies recently leased space in SkySong 4. In November, MindBody, a leading provider of cloud-based business management software for the wellness services industry, signed a long-term lease to occupy 28,229 square feet.

And in October, Brightcove, a pioneering force in the world of online video, signed a lease to occupy 13,000 square feet of the first floor. The company, relocating from Tempe, has nearly 5,000 customers in 70 countries is a leading provider of cloud services for video. It company offers a full suite of products and services that reduce the cost and complexity associated with publishing, distributing, measuring and monetizing video across devices.

Two other highly regarded entities — ASU EdPlus and Booker Software — have also committed to space at SkySong 4 and have begun the process of moving in.

Leasing momentum continues on the SkySong campus with construction on SkySong 5 expected to begin in Spring 2017. Pre-leasing is underway, with Andrew Cheney and Craig Coppola of Lee & Associates serving as brokers for the project.

“The construction of SkySong 4 has gone very smoothly. In March, after just 4 and a half months of construction, we celebrated the ‘topping out’ of SkySong 4 and now it is being occupied,” said Sharon Harper, President & CEO of Plaza Companies. “We are thankful for the work done by DPR Construction and its subcontractors – they have constructed a building that is unique in character and that will draw people in to its work environment.”

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SkySong Inks MindBody To Large Space in New Office Building

SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center is getting another new innovative tenant — one that will take up a big chunk of the newest office building at the project.

MindBody, a leading provider of cloud-based business management software for the wellness services industry, signed a long-term lease to occupy 28,229 square feet of SkySong 4, which is now almost 50 percent leased with several deals under negotiation.

The company, which is expanding out of its headquarters in San Luis Obispo, California, has over 58,000 local businesses and 326,000 wellness practitioners in over 130 countries and territories. They all use MindBody’s integrated software and payments platform to run, market and build their businesses. These practitioners provide a variety of wellness services to approximately 35 million active consumers who use the MindBody platform to more easily evaluate, engage and transact with them to live healthier and happier lives.

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Online Video Pioneer Brightcove Relocating to SkySong

SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center, will welcome a prominent new tenant to its newest office building.

Brightcove, a pioneering force in the world of online video, signed a lease to occupy 13,000 square feet of the first floor of SkySong 4.

The company, relocating from Tempe, has nearly 5,000 customers in 70 countries is a leading provider of cloud services for video. It company offers a full suite of products and services that reduce the cost and complexity associated with publishing, distributing, measuring and monetizing video across devices.

“We are very fortunate to have Brightcove become part of the SkySong community,” said Sharon Harper, President & CEO of Plaza Companies. “They are truly pioneers in publishing video and they will fit right in with the other innovative technology companies that are already on the campus.”

Brightcove’s presence at SkySong 4 helps accelerate the leasing momentum for the newest building at SkySong, which is scheduled to open later this fall. The 145,000 square foot building is the fourth office building to open at SkySong, with the other three near 100 percent occupancy.

Sethuraman Panchanathan, executive vice president of Knowledge Enterprise Development and chief research and innovation officer at Arizona State University, said that Brightcove is an ideal fit for the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship at the heart of SkySong.

“Brightcove is just the kind of company that can thrive from being in the SkySong environment, and we are very pleased that they have chosen to locate here,” Panchanathan said. “It’s yet another sign that SkySong has emerged as the go-to destination for technology companies in the Valley of the Sun.”

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New 6,500-Square-Foot Co-Working Space – 1951@SkySong – To Open At SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center

A new co-working space will be unveiled on October 19 at SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center and will feature some incredible pieces of old-time Americana.

The space is located on the ground floor in SkySong 1, and is named 1951@SkySong for the year Scottsdale was incorporated. The space is a next step in ASUs efforts to support the regions entrepreneurial enterprise. Community startups can purchase tiered memberships with access to varying levels of space, technology, training and mentoring from ASU faculty and the universitys Entrepreneurship + Innovation experts.

In honor of the year 1951 the space will be adorned with Americana on loan from the collection of Scottsdale real estate entrepreneur Michael Pollack.

Pollack, a renowned collector of rare memorabilia, is president and founder of Michael A. Pollack Real Estate Investments. From his sought-after Frank Polk Slot Machine collection to owning the largest 3D Advertising Museum in the world to a beautiful collection of rare Baranger displays, Pollack owns some of the biggest collections around the globe. On display at the 1951@SkySong co-working space will be 28 pieces of Pollacks Americana collection, from classic jukeboxes to old gas pumps to neon signs from the 1950s era.

The dcor may hint of yesteryear but the vibe and amenities are as modern as they come, with high-speed wifi, teleconferencing technology for collaborations, direct connections to Silicon Valley companies, and data experts to help build company profiles. The stimulating vibe will reflect that of SkySong with collaboration, openness and community among the prevailing qualities. Members can sit at designated desk spaces, on couches, or on modular furniture that can be re-arranged to meet team needs. The 6,500-square-foot space also includes multiple meeting rooms, lounge space and recreational features. Members can use the conference rooms for staff or client meetings.

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