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.  

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 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.

Read the entire article at this link.

SkySong Projected to Make Major Economic Impact on Scottsdale and Valley of the Sun Over the Next 30 Years

SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center is projected to generate more than $32 billion in economic output and more than 10,000 new jobs across the Valley of the Sun over the next 30 years, according to new analysis performed by the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.

The analysis examines the impact of 11 SkySong buildings and a restaurant/retail component on site. SkySong buildings 1-3 are complete and SkySong 4 completion is expected before the end of the year. The restaurant/retail building is expected to be completed in 2017, and SkySong 5 and 6 are expected to be completed in 2018. SkySong buildings 7-11 are expected to be completed by 2022.

Expansion by existing tenants and new leases have boosted occupancy in the first three buildings to more than 95 percent capacity. More than 1,500 employees are now on site working for the more than 50 companies housed at SkySong and the ASU SkySong incubator.

Read the entire article at this link.

LearnVest Expands its Presence at SkySong Campus

LearnVest, an award-winning financial planning company that provides fee-based financial advisory services, is yet another company expanding its presence at SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center.

The company, which chose SkySong in 2014 as its first satellite location outside of its New York headquarters, is occupying a larger space in the SkySong 2 building, expanding from about 5,000 square feet to almost 8,500 square feet.

Since launching in 2009, LearnVest has helped hundreds of thousands of people across the country get financially secure and save for their most important goals. Since its launch, LearnVest has raised nearly $75 million in venture-financing, and in 2015, LearnVest was acquired by Northwestern Mutual. LearnVest has been awarded numerous accolades, including being named as one of Time’s “50 Best Websites,” Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Companies,” and three years running Best of Show awards at FinovateFall 2011, 2012 and 2013.

LearnVest now has over 50 employees on the SkySong campus. Overall, SkySong is home to more than 1,500 jobs.

Read the entire article at this link.

Scottsdale named one of best places to launch a startup in the U.S.

From the Phoenix Business Journal:

Scottsdale has been named as one of the best cities to launch a startup, outside of Silicon Valley and New York.

DataFox, a San Francisco-based deal-sourcing and research platform, ranked Scottsdale eighth on their list after crunching the numbers on over 12,000 U.S.-based, pre-Series A companies in its database to find the best cities to found a startup.

Scottsdale was recognized for its university partnerships between Arizona State University and the city of Scottsdale.

“Scottsdale fosters deep connections between entrepreneurs, students and community members: for example, SkySong, the live-work center for resources and capital for entrepreneurs, is the result of a collaboration between the city and university,” DataFox said in its ranking explanation. “And according to Hoovers, the city boasts over 13,000 companies founded since 2010 that had at least $5 million in annual revenue.”

Read the entire article at this link.

SkySong Farmer’s Market to Return January 13

There’s more good news for SkySong tenants and anyone who likes locally produced food, artworks and crafts: the SkySong Farmer’s Market is returning on January 13, 2016 for a 20-week run that ends on May 25. Locally made jams, jellies, salsa, fresh baked breads, natural pork, beef and fish, fresh local and seasonal produce as well as a selection of local artwork, crafts will be available. The Farmer’s Markets will be held in the late afternoon under the SkySong shade structure. More information coming soon!

Ollie The Trolley Now Providing Lunchtime Rides to Old Town Scottsdale

Tenants at SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center will be connected to Old Town Scottsdale like never before.

The SkySong campus, located on the southeast corner of Scottsdale Road & McDowell Road in Scottsdale, has begun receiving daily shuttle service from 11am-2pm via Ollie the Trolley to Old Town. The trolley picks up tenants under the campus Shade Structure. Tenants can take advantage of the great restaurants in the downtown space and browse art galleries and shops without worrying about parking.

“We want to continue to make SkySong not just an economic development project and an innovation center, but a critical part of the community as well,” said Sharon Harper, President & CEO of Plaza Companies, the master developer of the project. “This is a great opportunity for our tenants to feel a sense of community and to also invite people from throughout Scottsdale to see what SkySong is becoming.”

Groupon Becomes Latest Company To Locate at SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center

Groupon (http://www.groupon.com) announced that it plans to open a new sales office at SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center, to support its growing ecommerce marketplace. Groupon, along with up to 150 employees, plan to move in later this summer and will occupy 16,000 square feet of office space in SkySong 1. The company has been operating out of a temporary office at 2575 E. Camelback Rd. in Phoenix since February.

Launched in 2008, Groupon offers shoppers a vast marketplace of unbeatable deals all over the world. Shoppers discover the best a city has to offer on the web or on mobile with Groupon Local, enjoy vacations with Groupon Getaways, and find a curated selection of electronics, fashion, home furnishings and more with Groupon Goods.

“Phoenix is a thriving market for us, and we couldn’t think of a better place to expand our world-class sales team given the deep talent pool and enormous popularity of Groupon in the area,” said Darren Schwartz, senior vice president of sales, North America. “As we continue to actively invest in and grow our marketplace, our Phoenix sales center will play an important role in helping us bring thousands of exciting new deals to Groupon customers.”

The Groupon addition adds to the flurry of activity taking place at SkySong, which is nearing full occupancy in its three completed office buildings and is currently home to about 1,500 employees.

Gov. Doug Ducey said of the move: “Groupon is a hugely successful company, with a reach that extends around the globe. We are thrilled that they have decided to come to Arizona—it’s a testimony to our talented workforce, to the welcoming business environment we strive to create. It’s appropriate that Groupon will be located at SkySong. That’s where some of the best innovation in Arizona is occurring.”

“We are very pleased that Groupon, one of the world’s most recognized online merchants, will now join the roster of amazing innovators at SkySong,” said Sharon Harper, President & CEO of Plaza Companies, the master developer of the project. “This is a tremendous development for SkySong because of this company’s reach and household name. It continues a positive drumbeat for SkySong over the past few years and bodes well for the project’s ongoing success.”

Read the entire article at this link: SkySong Groupon Press Release