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Multiple-restaurant project coming to SkySong

Wetta Ventures, Arizona State University Foundation and SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center today will be joint in a partnership to develop a $5 million, multiple-restaurant building at the thriving Scottsdale project.

This announcement comes on the heels of Wetta Venture’s successful redevelopment and opening of the Annex (615 S. College) at ASU in Tempe, which is a public-private venture with ASU. Postino Winecafe and Snooze, an AM Eatery, both opened at the Annex last fall. In November of last year, Wetta Ventures made headlines with the development and sale of its adaptive reuse project, Old School O7, for a record price-per-square-foot. The company is now working on a high-profile retail and office project on the Camelback Corridor, CB20, in Phoenix.

Prominently located at the northeast corner of Scottsdale Road and SkySong Boulevard, the new 12,000 square foot development is expected to include three to four tenants, one of which will be a 4,500 square-foot, farm-to-table restaurant. A unique feature to the development will be a 3,000 square-foot garden that will be professionally installed and curated.

SkySong_Wetta VenturesExpected to break ground in January 2016, this will be the first and only restaurant project to service the 42-acre Innovation Center. Completion is slated for the second quarter of 2016. Wetta Ventures is currently seeking prospective restaurants looking to open in the fall of 2016. Brad Douglass and Ryan Leavitt of Cassidy Turley have been retained to manage the leasing.

“We are excited to partner with ASU Foundation, especially on such a high-profile project within SkySong,” said David Wetta, founder of Wetta Ventures. “We strive to deliver very special environments that create an experience for tenants and customers. SkySong is on the global stage where people and influencers will gather from all over the world. This project will reflect the vision, imagination and innovation of SkySong with subtle references to the history of this property. Our building will provide a significant experience that people will have upon arrival. There’s a lot of responsibility to make this a one-of-a-kind food and beverage destination that will reflect the uniqueness of the overall development.”

Michael Rumpeltin of Brick & West Design is leading the architectural design of the project. Modern in design, the new space will blend indoors and outdoors with expansive operable glass and will be designed to integrate the landscape and the building. The massive shaded outdoor space will be home to a combination of restaurant dining patios and public open space. Lushly landscaped, the space is protected from the sun during the warmest months of the year by a 45-foot cantilevered overhang that will be clad in translucent panel material and lit to provide the ambient lighting for the outdoor space. Brick & West is known for timeless design, immense creativity and designing some the Valley’s most-celebrated restaurants.

“We have seen first-hand at ASU the quality of work Wetta Ventures brings to the table,” said Don Couvillion, vice president of real estate for the ASU Foundation. “We are excited about the opportunity to create the same kind of quality facility at SkySong and enhance the mixed-use nature of the project.”

“We are very pleased to be able to work with Wetta Ventures and bring their expertise in creating exceptional restaurant environments to Scottsdale,” said Sharon Harper, president & CEO of Plaza Companies, the master developer of SkySong. “The innovative companies that call SkySong home and their employees deserve exceptional amenities, and these restaurants will enhance the overall spirit and energy of the project.”

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Valley Leadership Announces 2013 Man & Women of the Year

Valley Leadership announces Gary Trujillo and Ellie Ziegler as the organization’s 2013 Man & Woman of the Year. The pair will be honored for their long-term contribution and commitment to our community at an awards luncheon in March 2014. This will be the 65th Annual Man & Woman of the Year Luncheon.

Trujillo has demonstrated long-term, proactive community leadership in the Valley for nearly four decades.  Known for his unwavering commitment to advancing educational opportunities for Arizona’s underserved students, Trujillo and his wife Melissa founded the      Be A Leader Foundation in 2002.  In 1994, he created Roosevelt Community Technology Center (RCTC) giving underprivileged youth access to state-of-the-art computer and software. Trujillo serves on numerous community boards including Arizona State University Foundation, Arizona College Scholarship Foundation, Arizona Community College Council, Well Fargo Bank Advisory Board, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Harvard Business School Latino Alumni Association and Hispanic Business Students Association.  Currently, he is chairman, president and CEO of Southwest Harvard Group Venture Capital.

“Gary embodies Valley Leadership’s mission by advocating and modeling the importance of the life cycle of giving,” said Tom Ambrose, co-chair of this year’s Selection Committee. “He is dedicated to helping others achieve greatness by serving and strengthening their community.”

Ziegler is dedicated to serving multiple philanthropic support and non-profit organizations benefitting education, arts, athletics, Boys and Girls clubs, healthcare and human services.  She is a seasoned marketing and communications professional with a career spanning 25 years working with Valley organizations including Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Jennings & Thompson and Westcor.

She is most known for her leadership with the Fiesta Bowl providing more than 30 years of active volunteerism. In 2006, she led a staff of 28 and 3,000 community volunteers in the execution of three national college Bowl games and 50 statewide events as chairman of the Board.  Ziegler not only gives her time, but commits resources to many worth causes.  She provided the lead gift to raise funds for the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and for Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center’s Campus for Exceptional Children in Phoenix.

Currently, Ziegler is leading scholarship, after school, hunger and family support projects for Boys & Girls Clubs of Phoenix and Scottsdale, United Way and Barrow Neurological Institute.

“Ellie’s innate leadership abilities motivate her fellow citizens to give back to their communities,” said Ambassador Barbara Barrett, Selection Committee co-chair.   “Her selfless service to her community is shining example of what it means to be a Valley Leadership Women of the Year.”

Trujillo and Ziegler join a prestigious list of past Man & Woman of the Year award recipients.  U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater was honored as the inaugural Man of the Year and most recently Tom Ambrose and Ambassador Barbara Barrett were recognized as the 2012 recipients.

The newest inductees will be formally recognized at a luncheon on March 27, 2014, at the Arizona Biltmore. For more information or to purchase seats or sponsorships, call the Valley Leadership office at (602) 952-6760 or visit www.valleyleadership.org.

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Valley Leadership Announces 2013 Man & Women of the Year

Valley Leadership announces Gary Trujillo and Ellie Ziegler as the organization’s 2013 Man & Woman of the Year. The pair will be honored for their long-term contribution and commitment to our community at an awards luncheon in March 2014. This will be the 65th Annual Man & Woman of the Year Luncheon.

Trujillo has demonstrated long-term, proactive community leadership in the Valley for nearly four decades.  Known for his unwavering commitment to advancing educational opportunities for Arizona’s underserved students, Trujillo and his wife Melissa founded the      Be A Leader Foundation in 2002.  In 1994, he created Roosevelt Community Technology Center (RCTC) giving underprivileged youth access to state-of-the-art computer and software. Trujillo serves on numerous community boards including Arizona State University Foundation, Arizona College Scholarship Foundation, Arizona Community College Council, Well Fargo Bank Advisory Board, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Harvard Business School Latino Alumni Association and Hispanic Business Students Association.  Currently, he is chairman, president and CEO of Southwest Harvard Group Venture Capital.

“Gary embodies Valley Leadership’s mission by advocating and modeling the importance of the life cycle of giving,” said Tom Ambrose, co-chair of this year’s Selection Committee. “He is dedicated to helping others achieve greatness by serving and strengthening their community.”

Ziegler is dedicated to serving multiple philanthropic support and non-profit organizations benefitting education, arts, athletics, Boys and Girls clubs, healthcare and human services.  She is a seasoned marketing and communications professional with a career spanning 25 years working with Valley organizations including Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Jennings & Thompson and Westcor.

She is most known for her leadership with the Fiesta Bowl providing more than 30 years of active volunteerism. In 2006, she led a staff of 28 and 3,000 community volunteers in the execution of three national college Bowl games and 50 statewide events as chairman of the Board.  Ziegler not only gives her time, but commits resources to many worth causes.  She provided the lead gift to raise funds for the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and for Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center’s Campus for Exceptional Children in Phoenix.

Currently, Ziegler is leading scholarship, after school, hunger and family support projects for Boys & Girls Clubs of Phoenix and Scottsdale, United Way and Barrow Neurological Institute.

“Ellie’s innate leadership abilities motivate her fellow citizens to give back to their communities,” said Ambassador Barbara Barrett, Selection Committee co-chair.   “Her selfless service to her community is shining example of what it means to be a Valley Leadership Women of the Year.”

Trujillo and Ziegler join a prestigious list of past Man & Woman of the Year award recipients.  U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater was honored as the inaugural Man of the Year and most recently Tom Ambrose and Ambassador Barbara Barrett were recognized as the 2012 recipients.

The newest inductees will be formally recognized at a luncheon on March 27, 2014, at the Arizona Biltmore. For more information or to purchase seats or sponsorships, call the Valley Leadership office at (602) 952-6760 or visit www.valleyleadership.org.

SkySong hosts part of Innovation Summit

SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center will host one of the largest events in its history on Tuesday night as more than 900 people dine under the project’s iconic shade structure as part of ASU’s Education Innovation Summit.

The dinner at SkySong will feature two prominent speakers:

• “Above the Crowd with Bill Gurley,” a venture capital investor who was responsible for the launch of companies such as Amazon, OpenTable and Uber

• “Play It Smart, A Conversation About Making a Difference” with Former 49er & Super Bowl champ Ronnie Lott

More than 6,000 people visit SkySong every month for special events and to experience the project’s vibrancy and focus on innovation and technology. However, this dinner will be one of the largest events ever hosted at SkySong and the first time a large dinner has been hosted under the shade structure.

The dinner starts at 6 p.m., and is preceded by a reception and several other activities at SkySong related to the conference.

Sharon Harper, President & CEO of Plaza Companies, said the event is truly a showcase of how SkySong is having an extraordinary influence in the Valley’s business environment.

“This is an example of how SkySong can showcase the synergy of technology and innovation it provides through a major event celebrating those principles,” Harper said. “SkySong is a true destination for entrepreneurship and advanced thinking when it comes to business, and we are proud to be able to host this exceptional event for the ASU Education Innovation Summit attendees.”

Plaza Companies is the master developer of the project in partnership with the Arizona State University Foundation and the City of Scottsdale.

Along with the vibrant activity by the more than 1,000 employees and 50 companies on the SkySong property, work continues on pre-leasing SkySong III and SkySong IV, the next two office towers to be built at the project. The two buildings would include approximately 300,000 square feet of new development, and combined with SkySong I and II and the apartments, would bring the total square footage of development at SkySong to more than 900,000 square feet.

SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center is a home to a global business community that links technology, entrepreneurship, innovation, and education to position ASU and Greater Phoenix as global leaders of the knowledge economy.

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 enjoy a special relationship with Arizona State University, which has more than 70,000 students at four metropolitan Phoenix campuses. Its campus in Tempe is the single largest campus in the U.S., and is located less than three miles from SkySong. More than 16,000 students are pursuing degrees in engineering, science and mathematics fields, and ASU made $343 million in research expenditures in FY10, placing it among the top 20 research universities that do not have a medical school.

In addition to locating its own innovative research units at the center, ASU provides tenants with direct access to relevant research, educational opportunities and cultural events on its campuses. Through ASU’s on-site operations, tenant companies have a single point of contract for introductions to researchers, faculty and programs to address their specific needs.

For more information on SkySong, visit www.skysongcenter.com or www.facebook.com/skysongcenter.

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Construction Set To Begin On SkySong Residential

SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center, is taking the next major step forward toward its eventual buildout, as construction is set to begin on 325 residential units.

The $44M project will mark the next major phase of the project, and will include the first residential units in the mixed-use project. The apartments will be built around the existing parking structure on the southeast portion of the project.

Construction will be done in four phases, with the first 83 units scheduled to open for occupancy in October 2013. All 325 units are scheduled to be built out by April 2014.

The apartments will feature innovative, modern architecture and a variety of floor plans to attract professionals who are employed in the area, as well as those who work on the SkySong campus. It will feature loft designs with private patios or balconies, granite and local stone accents, a large pool and Jacuzzi, an on-site exercise room and many other state-of-the-art features.

MT Builders is the construction firm responsible for the project buildout, and Lincoln Property Company has been selected as the property management firm for the project.

Don Couvillion, Vice President of Real Estate for the ASU Foundation, said the apartments will be highly competitive in the marketplace and serve a key need in the area around SkySong.

“We’re very excited to get this project under construction because we believe it has the potential to be highly successful,” Couvillion said. “The kind of high-quality residential component we are planning will meet a key market niche in the area and provide new residential opportunities for those wanting to live in this dynamic part of the Valley.”

Sharon Harper, President & CEO of Plaza Companies, said the residential component is a key part of making the SkySong vision a reality.

“SkySong has always been planned as a mixed-use development that provides an exceptional environment for living and working,” Harper said. “With this residential project underway, we are getting closer than ever to our goal of truly revitalizing this property and making SkySong an ideal destination for the kind of jobs and industries that will have a positive economic impact on our community.”

Plaza Companies is the master developer of the project, and although they are not directly participating in the construction of the apartments, other efforts on the site are underway as well. Plaza is developing the project in partnership with the Arizona State University Foundation and USAA Real Estate Company.

Work also continues on pre-leasing SkySong III and SkySong IV, the next two office towers to be built at the project. The two buildings would include approximately 300,000 SF of new development, and combined with SkySong I and II and the apartments, would bring the total square footage of development at SkySong to approximately 750,000 square feet.

SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center is a home to a global business community that links technology, entrepreneurship, innovation, and education to position ASU and Greater Phoenix as global leaders of the knowledge economy.

For more information on SkySong, visit www.skysongcenter.com.