Project Overview

SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center is one of the premier economic engines in the Valley of the Sun. The project's success is a direct result of a focus on innovation and technology that attracts companies ranging from some of the world's best known brands to one- or two-person startups.

These companies come to SkySong because of its strong connection to Arizona State University - including the ASU SkySong incubator — as well as the exceptional facilities and ideal location in Scottsdale. SkySong is close to abundant recreational, residential and cultural and entertainment opportunities and venues, exceptional schools, major transportation corridors, and Sky Harbor International Airport.

The goal of SkySong is to attract cutting-edge and innovative companies and their base of knowledge workers from around the world, integrating the resources of ASU with the opportunities of the private sector. SkySong is a true epicenter of economic activity in the state of Arizona.
The 42-acre mixed-use development will include more than 1.2 million square feet upon buildout. SkySong 1, 2 and 3, all approximately 150,000 square foot office buildings, are near full occupancy. Additionally, leasing activity is taking place for SkySong 4, and the SkySong Apartments opened in Fall of 2013 and are currently leasing 1- 2- and 3-bedroom apartments at competitive rates.

The SkySong shade structure has become one of Scottsdale's most recognized icons. The project is oriented around shaded and landscaped pedestrian scale boulevards with public gathering places and open spaces, water features and bike paths.

Plaza Companies is the Master Developer of SkySong, and the team includes Plaza del Rio Management Corp. as Property and Construction Manager and Lee & Associates as the Brokerage Team. Architects at SkySong include Pei Cobb Fried and Partners, DMJM Design, Butler Design Group, Kendle Design Collaborative, and Gary Todd and Associates. DPR is General Contractor for SkySong 3 and 4.

Project History

The City of Scottsdale and the Arizona State University Foundation For A New American University reach an agreement to redevelop the corner of Scottsdale Road and McDowell Road into what will become SkySong.
Plaza Companies and its affiliates are selected as the Master Developer of SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center.
After two years of construction, the first two buildings at SkySong open, including the ASU SkySong incubator space. The buildings immediately generate significant interest from potential tenants.
After three years and in a challenging economy, SkySong 1 and 2 approach 95 percent occupancy as the project's vision begins to become a reality.
Work begins on the SkySong Apartments, the residential component of the project with a total of 325 residences.
Work begins on SkySong 3, the newest office building at SkySong, with Workiva, ASU SkySong and Plaza Del Rio Management Corporation as initial tenants.
SkySong Apartments are now open and available for immediate leasing, providing a new opportunity to live at SkySong!
SkySong 3 celebrated its Grand Opening on January 13, where Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane, ASU President Michael Crow and other dignitaries experienced the new building.
SkySong 4 opened in the fall to companies including Booker Software, Brightcove, EdPlus at ASU and Mindbody. Also, 1951@SkySong, an innovative new co-working space, opened in October in SkySong 1.

Project Team

  • 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 on Plaza Companies, visit the company’s web site at this link.

  • Incorporated in 1955, the ASU Foundation for A New American University is a premier-rated Charity Navigator 4-Star nonprofit. The foundation ensures the success of ASU as a New American University by partnering the university and the community as a force for positive change. The foundation’s revolutionary model of donor relations identifies each investor’s passion, then facilitates a sustainable affiliation between the investor and the ASU college or institute that shares that passion. Focused on service, engagement and innovation values, the ASU Foundation accesses the momentum and intellectual power of a New American University to enable investors to solve problems and change their world. For more information, visit

  • Holualoa Companies is a real estate investment firm focused on the acquisition, repositioning, redevelopment and disposition of real estate assets. Headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, with offices in Phoenix, Santa Monica, Hawaii, Geneva 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. For more information, visit

  • Located in the beautiful Sonoran Desert, Scottsdale, Arizona is bordered by Phoenix to the west and the McDowell Mountains on the east.  Scottsdale is annually rated among the nation’s most desirable communities to live in, visit and do business in. Scottsdale’s vibrant downtown is considered the finest urban center in Arizona. It is home to more than 90 restaurants, 320 retail shops and more than 80 art galleries. Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve, in the city’s northern reaches, is the largest urban wilderness area in the United States and features more than 60 miles of trails through diverse and scenic desert terrain. For more information, visit

The SkySong Advantages

  • INNOVATION. It’s more than just a concept. Now it’s a place. SkySong has created an environment where companies have the resources at hand to think outside the box and identify new products and markets. These organizations benefit from the presence of ASU and its base of expertise, knowledge and workers, creating a remarkable synergy of ideas and capabilities.

  • TECHNOLOGY. SkySong is a powerful, 21st century business location linking technology innovation and entrepreneurship, allowing total connectivity to suppliers, employees, customers and operations around the world. It is a home for activities and organizations that co-mingle and stimulate new forms of commerce, research, technology, digital art, education and economic development.

  • THE ASU CONNECTION. The relationship with Arizona State University cannot be overstated. It provides a distinctive and distinguishing advantage to SkySong tenants. The presence of ASU SkySong provides a resource for companies looking to partner with one of America’s largest and most research-focused universities to better innovate and to identify a highly prepared student and graduate workforce.

  • LOCATION. SkySong is located just minutes away from downtown Scottsdale and its world-renowned shopping, entertainment, restaurants and nightlife. SkySong is also only two miles away from the main campus of ASU, and near the 202 and 101 Freeways, making it convenient to reach any other part of the Valley quickly. Sky Harbor International Airport, the 5th busiest airport in the nation, is just minutes away.

Green Building

SkySong has become one of the most renowned development projects in Arizona. Its three current office buildings have received LEED Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (with recognition for SkySong 4 pending) and SkySong 1 and 2 earned Energy Star Designation from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The project has also been named "Best of NAIOP" by the National Association of Office and Industrial Properties-Arizona Chapter, and has received an Award of Merit from Valley Forward. SkySong also enjoys significant technological advantages, including extremely high bandwidth that enables companies which transfer a great deal of data to conduct business more efficiently.