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Thinkzilla Expands to Scottsdale, Ariz. to Support Minority-Owned Businesses and Entrepreneurs

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. (June 16, 2021) – Thinkzilla, a culturally aware brand engagement firm based in Atlanta, today announces plans to open a new office in Scottsdale, Ariz. where it will hire 25 employees in the first six months. The female and minority-owned company selected Greater Phoenix because of the region’s robust entrepreneurial ecosystem, diverse demographic and talent base, and leadership in advancing strategic diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. These efforts align with Thinkzilla’s goals of providing equitable opportunity by expanding resources and knowledge for minority-owned businesses and entrepreneurs.

“As we broaden our supplier diversity, and diversity and inclusion programs across the country, we look forward to helping more companies boost economic empowerment, find meaningful social engagement and manage social equity initiatives,” said Thinkzilla CEO Dr. Velma Trayham. “We are incredibly proud of our track record of helping diverse businesses, communities and individuals, and look forward to connecting with the Scottsdale community to grow innovation and opportunities.”

Thinkzilla will lease space at SkySong, the Arizona State University (ASU) Scottsdale Innovation Center. SkySong attracts cutting-edge and innovative companies while integrating the resources of ASU with the opportunities of the private sector. In April 2021, the City of Scottsdale unanimously adopted an anti-discrimination ordinance prohibiting discrimination based on actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

“Dr. Trayham’s company, Thinkzilla, as well as her entrepreneur accelerator program to support minority women as they scale their businesses, aligns with Scottsdale’s mission to support and attract businesses that promote diversity, equity and inclusion,” said Scottsdale Mayor David Ortega. “The City adopted economic development strategic plan and our anti-discrimination ordinance lets businesses know that Scottsdale is a destination for innovative and diverse companies like Thinkzilla, who we are thrilled to welcome to their new home at SkySong.”

Natural synergies exist between Thinkzilla and ASU as seen through the university’s leadership in DE&I and entrepreneurship and innovation. For the sixth year in a row, U.S. News & World Report named ASU the most innovative university in the nation. The J. Orin Edson Entrepreneurship + Innovation Institute serves as connecting and collaborating resources for entrepreneurs at all stages across ASU and Greater Phoenix, which helped lead Thinkzilla to SkySong.

“The addition of Thinkzilla to the SkySong community presents new opportunities for important and meaningful collaborations throughout the Valley,” said Grace O’Sullivan, Vice President of Corporate Engagement and Strategic Partnerships at Arizona State University. “We’re delighted to welcome Thinkzilla to Arizona.”

The Arizona State of Black Business March 2021 Report notes, ‘Black/African Americans have the highest percentage growth rate in the state. Black/African Americans face unique barriers to entrepreneurship and there is a need to increase support for Black-owned businesses including access to capital and direct financing pathways, startup resources, education, collaborative research, and assistance in identifying and navigating business opportunities.’ Thinkzilla reinforces that inclusive, equitable businesses and communities drive prosperity, and by building, managing, and bringing awareness to those programs and initiatives further supports underserved and underrepresented communities.

“Thinkzilla is an exciting addition to Greater Phoenix’s robust service and business sector that will help propel our innovation-centered economy forward and provide resources and knowledge to our growing minority-owned businesses population,” said Chris Camacho, president & CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. “Our diversity is our greatest strength. Creating opportunity and an equitable community is accomplished only through inclusive growth, and we look forward to working with Thinkzilla, the City of Scottsdale and ASU to support their continued success.”

The Coppola-Cheney Group and Lee & Associates Arizona assisted with the real estate transaction. Plaza Companies is the master developer of SkySong, in partnership with University Realty, the City of Scottsdale and Holualoa Companies.

“We are pleased to welcome Thinkzilla to the SkySong family,” said Sharon Harper, chairman and CEO of Plaza Companies. “This is the kind of forward-thinking, innovative organization that will grow and thrive in the SkySong environment, and we are gratified they chose SkySong for their presence in the Phoenix area.”

SkySong ASU Innovation Center

SkySong 5 Building Awarded Coveted LEED Gold Certification

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (April 19, 2021) — SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center’s fifth office building has earned the prestigious LEED Gold certification for its sustainability and environmentally friendly construction. 

The six-story, 151,000-square-foot office and research building in the heart of the project is the first building in the project to receive LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The other four office buildings are LEED Silver certified, and all have been developed with a commitment to healthy, environmentally friendly design — part of SkySong’s “Culture of Health and Innovation.”

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 has earned environmental recognition for the first four completed office buildings on the site, 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.

“This certification means that the newest building at SkySong is also one of the greenest buildings in the entire Phoenix metro area,” said Sharon Harper, Chairman & CEO of Plaza Companies, the master developer of the SkySong project and SkySong 5. “We are very proud of SkySong 5 and are pleased with the success we have had in attracting new companies to the building thanks to its many exceptional features.”

Plaza Companies is the master developer of SkySong, in partnership with ASU University Realty, City of Scottsdale and Holualoa Companies.

Todd Hardy, managing director, ASU Knowledge Enterprise, said the certification is another example of the overall SkySong vision of innovation and technology.

“The LEED Gold certification shows how committed project teams are to creating a thriving work environment for the companies at SkySong,” Hardy said. “We appreciate the hard work of the design and construction teams in making this important recognition happen.”

The path to the LEED award began with the design process. SkySong 5 features sustainable strategies that were implemented, including:

  • Use of native plant species and high-efficiency irrigation technology 
  • High efficiency design and systems technology to achieve energy cost savings 
  • Building materials that were specified and manufactured using recycled materials.
  • Use of low-emitting materials like adhesives, sealants, paints, flooring, and composite wood to provide healthy indoor air quality
  • Implementation of a Green Housekeeping Policy provided by the Plaza janitorial service contractor to optimize health indoor air quality for tenants and occupants during the building’s operational period
  • Dedicated areas for collection and storage of recyclables within the building and onsite, including a tenant recycling waste disposal program provided by the janitorial service of the building
  • Diversion of on-site construction waste from the landfill
  • Use of low-flow plumbing fixtures to achieve water use reduction 
  • Preferred parking reserved for sustainable vehicle transportation, like low-emissions vehicles, and even carpooling
  • Sourcing of sustainably harvested and managed wood products, verified by the Forest Stewardship Certification program

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 and 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.  

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.universityrealtyllc.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.  

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.”

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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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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.”