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SkySong Continues to Gain Momentum with 2 New Lease Agreements

SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center is continuing its leasing momentum, signing two new deals as construction and planning continues at the highly successful project.

LiveOps, which gives talented customer service and sales professionals an opportunity to work where and when they are able, is expanding its operations in Scottsdale, moving from a 9,955 rentable square-foot space at SkySong into a 13,300 RSF one. The company that links more than 20,000 at-home professionals with organizations and agencies in need signed a new long-term lease that kicks off Oct. 1, tacking an additional 32 months onto LiveOps’ existing lease agreement.

“SkySong has proven to be an ideal fit for LiveOps, and the entrepreneurial spirit of the SkySong community closely mirrors that of our own dynamic workforce,” said LiveOps Chief Executive Officer Greg Hanover. “We’re eager to expand into our new space and continue to establish roots here in Scottsdale.”

Additionally, moving in at SkySong is Keyence, a direct-sales organization that develops and fabricates automation sensors, barcode readers, laser markers and related equipment and resources. The Japan-based company signed a lease for a 4,000 square-foot space in SkySong 4, bringing occupancy in that building up to 99 percent.

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SkySong 5 Welcomes Major New Anchor Tenant

Berkadia To Take Up Entire Floor in Newest Building at SkySong

Construction on SkySong 5 is just barely underway, but leasing activity for the building is heating up with a prominent national tenant signing on for an entire floor.

Berkadia,a joint venture of Berkshire Hathaway and Jefferies Financial Group, has signed a 10-year lease on a 21,000-square-foot space in SkySong 5 — the entire second floor of the project, located adjacent to the new building’s planned signature outdoor event patio. The space will be home to about 90 Berkadia employees.

Berkadia is a leader in the commercial real estate industry, offering a robust suite of services to multifamily and commercial property clients.

“SkySong is a great fit for Berkadia and an ideal location for our company to locate as we grow and expand in Arizona,” said Brett Adams, Senior Vice President with Berkadia. “The spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship at SkySong is well aligned with the Berkadia approach, and we look forward to being a part of the new building at the property.”

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Construction to Begin On Fifth SkySong Office Building

The fifth Class A office building will rise at SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center in the coming months.

With the other four SkySong office buildings at high occupancy, the SkySong development team will begin work on SkySong 5, with a groundbreaking ceremony to take place on July 9. The building will be six stories — the tallest on property yet — and will include a number of features that are new to the project.

With the newest building, the total SkySong project will reach about 868,457 square feet of commercial building.

The design of SkySong 5 includes extensive outdoor work and meeting spaces as well as public art features, and continues the trend at the property of each new building having unique and distinctive features, including a large second-story outdoor patio and event space. The cost of the building and the accompanying parking structure that will be built will exceed $43 million.

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SkySong Inks Leases Totaling More Than 37,000 Square Feet

Three new leases and two renewed leases totaling more than 37,000 square feet have SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center nearing full occupancy in its four commercial office buildings.

The new leases include:

• Leading national IT solutions company vCore Techology Partners

• IntelliTRACS, a real-time identification, assessment, and financial exceptions control provider

• Medical device company Neolight

vCore Technology Partners is moving its national corporate headquarters and approximately 50 employees to a 9,300 square-foot space in SkySong 4. vCore provides customized IT solutions such as infrastructure, cloud storage and data protection to more than 100 companies across the United States and Canada. It currently has seven locations.

“SkySong has the high tech feel, vibrant public spaces, modern architecture, and nearby amenities that will enable us to continue to attract and inspire the brightest minds to keep us at the forefront of the Information technology industry,” said vCore founder and CEO Steve Leavitt.

intelliTRACS is movings its headquarters and twelve employees to an approximately 4,000 square-foot space in SkySong 4. It provides identification, assessment, and control of financial exceptions caused by payment failures, trade breaks, and service inquiries. It is part of SunGard’s IntelliSUITE of solutions.

Neolight, which was founded within SkySong, is moving its 10 employees into a 2,300 square foot space in SkySong 2. The company, which designs and manufactures technology to treat infants with life-threatening medical conditions, will house their headquarters and research facility at SkySong, providing a great example of a startup company growing and expanding inside the project.

In addition to the new leases, two SkySong tenants have also renewed leases, including:

• Century Link has renewed its 12,564 square-foot space with a long-term lease.

• Canon has renewed its 9,081 square-foot space with a long-term lease.

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Tech Giant Oracle Moves Into Large Presence at SkySong

One of the giants of technology companies is relocating its presence in Arizona by leasing a significant space at SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center.

Oracle, headquartered in Redwood City, California and a company known as one of the largest and most innovative in the tech sector, is opening a +/-15,000-square-foot office in SkySong 3. The space will house more than 75 employees in critical areas such as software development, human resources and sales.

Oracle is a global provider of enterprise cloud computing, providing leading-edge capabilities in software as a service, platform as a service, infrastructure as a service, and data as a service. Today, 430,000 customers in 175 countries use Oracle technologies to seize business opportunities and solve real, tangible challenges.

Read the entire article at this link: SkySong Oracle Release

SkySong Helps Spark Trend of Growth in Tenants

Numerous Firms Expand Space Within SkySong’s Four Buildings; Innovation & Flexibility Within Project Key to Supporting Growth

Companies locating at SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center are starting to see a trend — they end up needing more space over the course of time because of their growth.

A significant core of SkySong’s tenant base has grown or upgraded their space within the project over the past few years in order to best take advantage of their expansion opportunities while feeding off the project’s spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship.

“Once you step on site at SkySong,” said head property manager Scott Rubin of Plaza Companies, “you can feel the buzz. It’s like no other project in town.”

SkySong’s four existing office buildings, modern buildout and high-tech features provide more options for growth for companies looking to expand within the project than they might find at more traditional developments. And as a result, SkySong is seeing a lot of tenants move out — to bigger spaces in the project. And a number of additional prospective companies are looking to take advantage of the growth potential into the three additional planned office buildings.

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New Element Hotel to Break Ground at SkySong Thursday, March 15

Construction is slated to begin this month on a 157- room hotel that will provide critical support for the more than 50 businesses that now call Scottsdale’s SkySong home as well as the surrounding Scottsdale community.

An Element hotel, a high-end, boutique addition to the Marriott family of hotels, will soon occupy the southwestern corner of SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center complex near Scottsdale Road and Enterprise Drive.

Developed by Jackson-Shaw, one of the nation’s most notable names in hospitality development, Element covers an expansive, 99,345 square feet of space and provides a highly sustainable, health-focused environment for guests. Boasting 2,170 square feet of communal and meeting space and a 7,572 square-foot open-air courtyard, Element offers a wide variety of amenities for guests, ranging from a natural saline swimming pool to an oversize gym and bike rental opportunities.

“Element hotels rely on green building, sustainable designs and eco-friendly practices, and we’re honored to play a role in bringing a smarter, more environmentally conscious and wellness- focused place to stay in the Scottsdale area,” said Michele Wheeler, President and Chief Operating Officer for Jackson-Shaw. “It offers the elegant, luxurious nature many leisure travelers associate with Scottsdale, but it also serves as a tremendous asset for business and group travelers that will help SkySong and the city draw even more businesses and job opportunities to the area.”

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SkySong Embraces “A Culture of Health and Innovation”

The southwest’s most innovative commercial development project is innovating once again — this time making the workplace into something far more healthy.

SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center is implementing a broad spectrum of new health and wellness features as part of the creation of a “Culture of Health and Innovation” throughout the project.

The goal is to create a working environment that’s not only good for business, but good for the body and mind as well — and to set SkySong apart from other commercial developments by creating an environment that is truly inspiring for tenants and employees.

The project team — including master developer Plaza Companies, ASU University Realty, an affiliate of the ASU Foundation, the City of Scottsdale and Holualoa Companies — is installing or has already installed features throughout the property designed to create an improved environment for employees, including public art, walkability, outdoor meeting areas and other features.

Read the entire release at this link. Download a site plan of health features here.

Performance-Based Internet Marketing Agency DoublePositive Moving to SkySong 1

The new year is bringing a new home to an internet marketing company that is the newest tenant at SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center.

Baltimore-based internet marketing agency DoublePositive is relocating to SkySong 1 from Tempe. DoublePositive, which has locations in Arizona and Maryland, is moving its Arizona location to a 5,000 square foot collaborative space within SkySong 1.

The company was founded in 2004 and offers targeted mobile and online marketing, qualified lead generation and live hot transfers to optimize online marketing practices and grow its clients businesses.

“DoublePositive’s innovative approach to marketing makes it a great fit for SkySong,” said Sharon Harper, President & CEO of Plaza Companies, the master developer of the SkySong project. “We look forward to seeing the company’s Arizona location grow here in Scottsdale, and welcome the opportunity to bring in another exceptional company that is focused on innovation and entrepreneurship.”

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Ecolab, Intersys Among Latest to Put Down Roots at SkySong

Ecolab, a global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services, and Intersys, an IT consulting firm that focuses on big data and data management, are the latest entities to set up shop at SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center.

Ecolab, which currently ranks 211th on 2017’s list of Fortune 500 companies, will take approximately 6,000 square feet of space on the third floor of SkySong 4 after leaving its previous home at Indian School and Scottsdale roads. Intersys, which is based in Austin, Texas, will move its current operations from Tempe Town Lake to a 2,300 square-foot spec suite right next door to Ecolab on the same floor of SkySong 4, leaving only one other first-floor tenant space available for lease.

With the two new contracts signed, SkySong 4, which offers more than 141,000 square feet of Class A office space, is at 87 percent capacity only one year after completing construction.. The four-story research center sets the standard in the Valley with regard for innovation as well as sustainable design and construction practices, and it holds a Silver LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

“Ecolab and Intersys should feel right at home in SkySong — they are both on the cutting-edge of their industries, and they both embody the entrepreneurial spirit that so many existing tenants here share,” said Sharon Harper, President & CEO of Plaza Companies, the master developer for SkySong. “We are pleased to have them on board, and to have SkySong 4 almost completely occupied just a year after opening.”

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