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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.”
SkySong will welcome Bitters, a brand new craft cocktail and beer concept, in October. The bar is the creation of Erika Rode, who comes to the hospitality industry from the commercial liquor industry. Bitters will take up 2,700 square feet at 1455 N Scottsdale Rd, Suite 115, Scottsdale, AZ 85257 and will be open Tuesday – Sunday.
Rode will use her expertise gained in the beverage industry, and has partnered with Ehren Litzenberger, formerly of BLD and The Biltmore, to concept the menu and lead the kitchen. Aside from craft cocktails and food, Bitters will offer mocktails, cold brew, craft sodas, small batch green and black teas, and house-made lemonade.
Each handmade craft cocktail has the word ‘bitter’ in the name, and is accompanied with a pithy quote. All cocktails are made to order from freshly squeezed juices and artisan mixers. There will be no batch or premixed cocktails. A few of the standouts are:
Bitter at the Top – Roca Patron anejo, sweet vermouth, ancho reyes, Balotin Chocolate Bourbon, poured over chocolate on a pour-over tower
Bitters White Negroni – St. George Terroir Gin, Dolin Genepi, Carpano dry vermouth, Chareau aloe liqueur, celery shrub bitters, lemon oils
The menu will feature 12 signature small plate gourmet dishes like beef satay, rock shrimp, farro risotto and others. All dishes are made with fresh ingredients with a local focus, some of which will be sourced from neighboring Agriscaping and Utopian Harvest. Aside from the signature dishes, there also will be salads and artisan flavored popcorn.
Craft beer will be a staple at Bitters. Craft brew taps will rotate, and feature limited release, hard to find or highly rated craft beers. The following will be available when Bitters opens:
Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion, New Belgium Citradelic, Dogfish 90 Minute, Cider Boys Fresh Press, Breakside Passionfruit Sour, Founders Porter, Mother Earth’s California Creamin’ Nitro, Elysian Night Owl, OHSO Popsicle Blonde, Huss Coffee Kolsh.
Bitters also will offer a unique personalized locker program, called The Bitter Enthusiast Club. A rarity in the Valley, up to 30 members are able to store their favorite bottle of whiskey in their own private space at Bitters.
Some of the state’s most innovative companies call SkySong home, and Neolight is no different.
Neolight, a technology company that is in the final stages of releasing a device to eradicate neonatal jaundice, began as a start-up in 2014 as the brain child of two ASU students.
The company has developed a phototherapy treatment for infants with jaundice that can be administered with an at-home device, so children can be treated near their mothers, and not in the NICU. Neolight also projects that the device will deliver the safest and most efficient treatment.
The company got its start inside SkySong and continues to office there today.
“SkySong is home,” said Vivek Kopparthi, co-founder and CEO of Neolight. “This is where we started, we started off as student entrepreneurs from ASU. I was in business school and my business partner was getting his masters at Fulton.”
ASU’s Entrepreneurship + Innovation and SkySong helped Neolight get its start with funding, office space, patents, investors, talent recruiting and even mentorship.
“They say it takes a village to raise a start up,” he said. “This is our village.”
It’s a village they plan on growing into as they continue to add employees and launch their product.
“They gave us $20,000 in seed funding, one small desk to use and they also gave us free, unlimited coffee,” he said. “So we had one small desk in the corner facing Camelback Mountain, the view was awesome. We grew from having one desk to two desks to four desks to the whole corner, then we had this whole strip and we realized we’d grown out of the space.”
The company continued to prove itself last year when it won the Steve Case Bus Tour pitch competition where the Revolution CEO and former AOL co-founder awarded Neolight with the top prize — a $100,000 investment.
Neolight now has a full suite in SkySong’s Building 1.
Kopparthi hopes that by next year, they’ll have their own floor at SkySong, and it’s the entrepreneurial spirit of SkySong that helps him stay focused.
“There’s a lot of synergy and a lot of startups at work at SkySong so that’s always that competitive environment,” he said. “It’s not just competitive but on a bored and sad day you see a couple of other entrepreneurs hustling and working so hard so you just kind of get that drive.”
Now, the company has eleven employees, with plans to nearly double within a year, and hopes to release their product by the end of 2017, just three short years after it was conceptualized.
“Arizona State University is so proud of what our former students, and now business leaders, have accomplished with Neolight,” said Sethuraman Panchanathan, executive vice president of Knowledge Enterprise Development and chief research and innovation officer at Arizona State University. “Not only have they established a great company to develop life-changing technology infants with jaundice and their families, they are an excellent example of the innovation and growth that occurs here at SkySong.”
Neolight serves as an example of how innovation can thrive at SkySong — growing from an idea developed by students to an established company and commercial tenant within SkySong. SkySong has become one of the most important economic engines in the Valley because of its instrumental role in helping cutting-edge companies like Neolight grow.
For more information on SkySong and the companies that call it home, visit www.skysong.com.
An Element hotel will occupy the southwestern corner of the SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center complex, the latest addition to the 42-acre technology and innovation hub.
The Marriott-brand hotel is critical for the SkySong project in supporting the more than 50 businesses that are currently located on the South Scottsdale site. The 148-room hotel is planned for the southwestern corner of the SkySong complex, near Scottsdale Road and Enterprise Drive.
The new hotel is being developed by Jackson Shaw, a nationally recognized leader in hospitality development. It is designed by Cooper Cary, a national architecture firm with an extensive amount of experience in designing high-quality hospitality projects, particularly around technology campuses such as SkySong.
As with everything at SkySong, a particular emphasis will be given to creating a healthy and sustainable environment. The hotel will have extensive green-building features, and guests will be able to enjoy an oversized gym on-site, rental bicycles and a natural saline swimming pool.
A leading provider of technology-driven global payment processing, Pivotal Payments, and IT solutions authority, Trace3 are moving to SkySong, bringing with them dozens of employees.
Pivotal Payments is moving its Arizona offices from North Phoenix to a 26,000-square-foot space in SkySong 2, a space formerly occupied by Web.com, which has moved into a larger presence in the new SkySong 4.
The company offers payment processing solutions to a variety of companies — from small to large in the point-of-sale, business to business and e-commerce industries. Solutions include card-not-present services, integrated point of sale systems and mobile payments.
Trace3 is also relocating from Phoenix, moving into a 13,400 square foot space in SkySong 4. The Arizona-based company offers a variety of IT solutions, from data center infrastructure management to excutive services with a focus on looking for the next innovation in technology through its partnerships with Silicon Valley venture capital firms.
With the new leasing activity, SkySong 4 is now more than 80 percent leased, less than 10 months after it was built, and the other three office buildings in the project are near capacity as well.
SkySong 5, the project’s first six-story building, will begin construction this year. The project’s retail and restaurant building opened this summer, and construction is expected to begin on an Elements hotel at SkySong later this year as well.
One of the fastest-growing cyber security firms on the continent is coming to SkySong, bringing with it dozens of employees.
Datashield, which has locations in Utah and California, is expanding its security operations and moving all of its headquarter functions to 8,200 square feet on the fourth floor of SkySong 1.
The company, which operates a 24 hours a day, 365 days a year manages, detects, and responds to cyber threats, serves tens of thousands of end points around the world, including Fortune 1000 companies.
Its new Security Operations Center at SkySong is expected to reach its occupancy goal by September. In the next 12-18 months, Datashield expects to bring in 50 to 60 new employees.