SkySong Creates “Outdoor Living Room” Work Environment

Sometimes, a little fresh air is all it takes to get the creative ideas and innovation flowing.

So, as part of efforts to enhance an already exceptional work environment, SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center has created a new “Outdoor Living Room” work environment where employees working at the project can collaborate and conduct business while enjoying Arizona’s weather and scenic beauty.

The Outdoor Living Room space is the first of its kind in the Valley of the Sun, and includes a combination of stunning furniture and public spaces along with the wifi connectivity and power supply necessary for working in the 21st Century business world.

And the outdoor spaces will be expanded and enhanced in the coming months to prepare for the opening of SkySong 3 and other new features in the project.

The Outdoor Living Room includes comfortable chairs from renowned architect and designer Frank Gehry’s collection as well as high-top seating for meetings and collaboration. Hayes Architecture + Interiors is leading the project from a design standpoint, with the goal of creating a truly unique environment for interactive work and brainstorming.

It’s one of a number of steps being taken at SkySong to enhance the SkySong experience and create more connectivity in the project.

Read the entire article at this link.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Highlights Department’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Agenda at ASU Skysong

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From the U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker today toured SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center, and met with local entrepreneurs. SkySong is a mixed use development designed to help companies grow by providing business services and programs offered or facilitated by Arizona State University, which include access to new technologies, capital networks, and a skilled workforce. In her role as chair of the President’s Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE) initiative, Secretary Pritzker is focused on identifying successful ecosystems that support innovation and competitiveness, like SkySong, which can be replicated around the country.

Earlier this month, Secretary Pritzker announced the inaugural members of the PAGE initiative, a group of successful American businesspeople who have committed to sharing their time, energy, ideas, and  experience to help develop the next generation of entrepreneurs. Members have agreed to participate in an ongoing dialogue with policy makers globally to discuss how to create an environment where creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship can grow and thrive. They will also participate in outreach and mentorship activities to help promote start-up culture, and energize their own personal and professional networks to challenge and inspire budding entrepreneurs and raise awareness of the many resources available to them. A list of the inaugural members of PAGE is available here.

“America’s entrepreneurial spirit has always been a key driver of our economic growth, and SkySong is a terrific example of a place where innovators and entrepreneurs can access the tools they need to thrive,” said Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. “It is a place where an individual can turn his or her idea into a product, put together a business plan, access capital, and ultimately create a company that will employ people. This is the type of environment we are seeking to identify and replicate all over the country.”

Research indicates that new and young companies are responsible for virtually all new job growth across the United States. Not only do they create positions for those entering the job market for the first time, but they also absorb workers who may have been laid off from companies that are contracting.

In meeting and conversing with SkySong’s entrepreneurs, Secretary Pritzker discussed the opportunities and challenges they are facing, and the ways in which the federal government can serve as a catalyst to innovation. The Department of Commerce, for example, supports innovation and entrepreneurship through its Patent and Trademark Office, and through investments made by the Economic Development Administration (EDA) that often help fund innovation centers like SkySong. In fact, EDA helped create SkySong’s technology transfer accelerator, known as Furnace, in 2012. The inaugural members of PAGE, in particular, are focused on ways they can use their ideas, experience, and networks to help improve access to capital and talent, and help inspire aspiring entrepreneurs to seize the opportunity to start their own venture.

Through meetings with entrepreneurs across the country who are supported by innovation centers like SkySong, Secretary Pritzker is witnessing first-hand the type of successful programs that can be repeated nationwide to spur growth. SkySong-based companies, which range from start-ups to large companies like Ticketmaster and Recruiting.com, have generated more than $460 million in economic impact for the Greater Phoenix area since SkySong’s inception in 2008, according to a 2012 study by the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.

Construction Complete and Grand Opening Taking Place on Tuesday at SkySong Apartments Scottsdale

Construction has been completed on the SkySong Apartments Scottsdale, with a Grand Opening Event taking place on Tuesday evening.

The final phase of the 325-unit community is now available for lease, completing the approximately 19-month construction period. The apartments are already enjoying strong leasing both to people who work within the project and those who want to live in this dynamic area of the Valley.

And importantly, the City of Scottsdale’s committed contribution to the overall cost of SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center has been reduced by $3 million in exchange for the rights to develop the apartment homes.

The apartment homes features innovative, modern architecture and a variety of floor plans to attract professionals who are employed in the area, as well as those who work on the SkySong campus. It features traditional flat and loft designs with private patios or balconies, quartz and local stone accents, a large pool and Jacuzzi, TechnoGym equipped athletic center and many other state-of-the-art features, such as CenturyLink Prism.

MT Builders was the construction firm responsible for the project build-out, and Lincoln Property Company is the property management company for the development.

Read more: SkySong Apartments Grand Opening Release.

Great Eats, Great Seats: SkySong Launches Food Truck Thursday and First Friday Trolley to Serve Employees, Neighbors

SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center prides itself on being everything anyone could want in a place to locate their innovative and growing business. But sometimes, the more than 50 companies and 1,000 employees want a little bit of the outside world as well.

So, to enhance the sense of community and interaction at the core of the project, the SkySong team has launched two exciting features for the enjoyment of current tenants and employees, as well as the nearby neighborhood.

The first is a Food Truck Thursday, held on the fourth Thursday of each month next to the new SkySong Park and featuring some of the Valley’s finest food truck vendors serving a wide variety of cuisine. The Food Trucks began serving SkySong last year, and have been extremely busy and well-received.

And second, SkySong has begun offering a First Friday Trolley service on the first Friday of each month. The service, which began on February 7, runs from 11 a.m. to approximately 1:30 p.m. from SkySong into Old Town Scottsdale, providing an opportunity for SkySong employees, residents of the apartments and nearby neighbors to enjoy the dining and shopping opportunities Old Town provides.

It’s one of a number of steps being taken at SkySong to enhance the SkySong experience and create more connectivity in the project.

“Our tenants and employees have told us that they want SkySong to bring together people from different industries, companies and even cultures in a connected environment,” said Sharon Harper, President & CEO of Plaza Companies, the master developer of the project. “As SkySong continues to grow and with the opening of SkySong 3 on the horizon, we are pleased to provide ways for those working at SkySong to enjoy their experience even more, and increase the interaction and innovation at the project in the process.”

Read the press release at this link.

Momentum Continues For SkySong as 2014 Begins

SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center is off to a strong start in 2014, with a new addition and significant construction progress on its third office building.

LearnVest (www.learnvest.com) has become the latest addition to SkySong.

The company, which provides personalized online financial planning services, has leased a 5,160 RSF space on the third floor of SkySong 2, bringing the total occupancy of the first two SkySong office buildings back to more than 98 percent.Also, construction continues to progress on SkySong 3, the third office building at the project. The building “topped out” at its final height of 62 feet at its parapet in mid-December. Construction is proceeding on schedule and it is anticipated the new building will open in the summer of 2014.

Residents are now living in the SkySong Scottsdale Apartments, with Phase I of the apartments opening in October 2013 and with additional phases coming online throughout the course of the year. The construction of the apartments also included the construction of a large open plaza on the eastern portion of the project.

And, SkySong recently launched its new web site at www.skysong.com to provide more information about the project and its progress and features.

Read the entire press release at this link.

SkySong housing seen as development boost

From The Arizona Republic:

The first post-recession, major construction project along south Scottsdale’s McDowell Road corridor is under way at Arizona State University’s SkySong innovation campus.

Construction began this fall on a $44million, 325-unit apartment complex at SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center. The campus is at the southeastern corner of Scottsdale and McDowell roads.

In addition, construction is anticipated to start during the second quarter of 2013 on a third office building on the campus.

“SkySong is leading the charge on economic revitalization and job growth in our region in many ways,” said Sharon Harper, president and CEO of Plaza Cos., SkySong’s developer. “The project now sits at about 99 percent occupied, with many companies continuing to grow and thrive, and we’ve been successful in recruiting a major workforce to the project.”

Read more at this link.

ASU SkySong hits entrepreneurial high notes in 4 years

From The Arizona Republic:

Arizona State University’s SkySong business-development program has undergone dramatic changes in its first four years of existence. In some respects, the program is still trying to define its proper role in the community.

Founded in 2008, ASU SkySong opened in the middle of a recession as an effort to connect Arizona State University’s pool of intellectual talent with the Phoenix area’s vibrant but fragmented entrepreneurial community.

Program administrators are now pushing even harder to encourage entrepreneurs and businesses to license and market a variety of ASU-developed inventions that include an anti-nerve gas, a plant-based antibody for West Nile virus, security improvements to mobile cloud computing, tunable microchip-based microphones and a 3-D face-recognition system.

They recently launched a major new competition focused on university-owned intellectual property and are revamping one of ASU SkySong’s existing business-development programs, school officials said.

Read more at this link.