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RED Awards 2015: Best Mixed Use Project

On Feb. 26, AZRE hosted the 10th annual RED Awards reception at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa in Phoenix to recognize the most notable commercial real estate projects of 2014 and the construction teams involved. RED Award trophies were handed out in 10 project categories, to six brokerage teams and safety, subcontractor, architect, general contractor and developer of the year awards were also presented. AZRE also recognized Sunbelt Holdings President and CEO John Graham with a lifetime achievement award. Click here to view all 2015 RED Awards Winners.

SkySong-3-Shot-4SkySong, The ASU Innovation Center — SkySong 3

Developer: Plaza Companies
Contractor: DPR Construction
Architect: Butler Design Group
Size: 145KSF
Location: Scottsdale
Completed: August 2014

SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center, brought new life into a former shopping mall by turning it into a complex of office, multifamily and retail spaces for innovation and economic development. More than 50 companies and 1,000 people conduct business at SkySong every weekday. It’s estimated that the complex will have an economic impact of $9 billion over three decades, according to the Greater Phoenix Economic Council. Though that’s the complex as a whole, SkySong 3 is 90 percent leased as of January 2015, and is LEED Silver certified. It is the integral next step in the build out of one of the most important mixed use projects in the Valley of the Sun. The design of the building is also forward-thinking, with “fins” along the exterior and “horizontal brows” along windows that shade the structure to reduce solar effects.


SkySong 3 is now 90 percent leased

Two new key tech additions are coming to the newest building in SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center.

An information technology solutions firm and an online technology and business library provider are going to call SkySong 3 their new home.

Solugenix Corporation is the longest-serving IT consulting firm in the nation, doing pioneering work since 1969. Amongst other things, Solugenix developed the first cell phone billing system and developed the first GPS systems for in-car navigation. Solugenix is relocating from the Scottsdale Airpark and will begin its lease at SkySong in April. Today, Solugenix helps world’s leading financial services companies and healthcare providers with mission-critical software and services. Solugenix chose Scottsdale to build its two new centers of excellence: Data Sciences and DevOps. SkySong’s unique tech-savvy ecosystem and proximity to ASU were the big reasons for that choice.

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“Safari’s partnership with ASU began with an internship program with the W.P. Carey School, and has grown since 2008,” said Vice President of Global Sales Michael Conner. “Our roots run deep in global technology and business communities, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with ASU to empower tomorrow’s workforce.”

Solugenix and Safari are the latest additions to the growing SkySong project, which recently saw the completion of the SkySong Apartments and is nearing the completion of SkySong 3, the third office building at the property. SkySong 3 is now 90% leased with the coming of Solugenix and Safari.

“Companies like Solugenix and Safari are attracted to the culture and space at SkySong because they recognize it is a home for innovation and technology,” said Sharon Harper, President & CEO of Plaza Companies, the master developer of the project. “Both companies will find the SkySong campus to be a friendly environment for their approach to information and technology.”

Shashi Jasthi, CEO and President of Solugenix, said: “We considered two sites in Southern California and two sites in Scottsdale to start our Data Sciences and DevOps centers of excellence. SkySong’s unique connection and proximity to ASU made it an easy decision. We are kicking off the operations with ASU talent in engineering, math and statistics. It also helps that SkySong has the room to grow as these centers develop products and bring in support staff.”

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SkySong sparks economic revitalization along McDowell Road Corridor

No one would guessed that a catalyst of innovation could rise from the ruins of a vacant shopping mall. And certainly no one could imagine that happening in the middle of a crippling economic downturn that affected the entire world.

But that’s what’s happened in Scottsdale.

“It is hard to think of a business attraction initiative the city has recently used that has not mentioned SkySong as a major attribute,” said Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane. “SkySong has a national reputation and as it grows it will continue to elevate Scottsdale’s standing.”

SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center, opened in 2007 at the location that was once the Los Arcos Mall and has become one of the biggest success stories in the world when it comes to incubator and technology centers.

The vision for SkySong is to create a mixed-use project of 1.2 million square feet that will draw entrepreneurs and innovators into the project, give them the resources they need to grow and thrive, and provide them an exceptional home for when their businesses begin to take off. The vision started with Arizona State University President Michael Crow, who wanted to create the kind of technological and innovation-minded environment that would attract companies and job creation to the metro Phoenix area.

In addition to becoming home to more than 50 companies from 10 countries around the world, SkySong has become the anchor to what economic developers are calling Scottsdale’s McDowell Road Corridor, a community where innovation, technology, business and retailers have converged to create tremendous economic opportunities. Scottsdale economic development officials said more than $200 million of new capital in being invested along the McDowell Road Corridor. And the economic impact of SkySong — which was estimated to be $10 billion over the course of the next 30 years — is only expected to grow with the addition of SkySong 3.

“The targeted opening date for SkySong 3 is in 2014,” said SkySong spokesman Tom Evans. “We anticipate a kick-off in construction activity in the second quarter of 2013. In the meantime, work is continuing on the new residential units that are part of the SkySong project. The $45 million, four-story project will include 325 residential units, and is being built by MT Builders. Todd & Associates is the architecture firm for the project. The first of those units will open for occupancy in October 2013.”

Evans said you can expect to see companies that will mirror the energy of the firms that filled SkySong 1 and 2 when SkySong 3 opens.

“The businesses at SkySong share the spirit of innovation and technology that is so critical to the vision of SkySong,” Evans said. “Companies such as Jobing.com, Channel Intelligence and Adaptive Curriculum will serve as models for the new companies coming into SkySong 3 and for the smaller companies in the ASU SkySong incubator space. The companies at SkySong 3 will also continue the positive impact the project is having on the McDowell Road Corridor, thanks to the success of SkySong 1 and 2 over the past few years.”