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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.

Safari Books Online provides members with access to more than 29,000 digital books, videos and conference videos in topics including programming, IT networking, project management, graphic design, business strategy and more. Originally started in 2001, Safari is a wholly owned subsidiary of O’Reilly Media, Inc., and brokers extensive partnerships with leading publishers like Pearson Education and McGraw Hill Education to deliver unrivaled industry content to individuals and businesses across the globe.

“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.”

Outdoor living room

SkySong creates outdoor work environment

Sometimes, a little fresh air is all it takes to get the creative ideas and innovation flowing.

So, as part of efforts to enhance an already exceptional work environment, SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center has created a new “Outdoor Living Room” work environment where employees working at the project can collaborate and conduct business while enjoying Arizona’s weather and scenic beauty.

The Outdoor Living Room space is the first of its kind in the Valley of the Sun, and includes a combination of stunning furniture and public spaces along with the wifi connectivity and power supply necessary for working in the 21st Century business world.

And the outdoor spaces will be expanded and enhanced in the coming months to prepare for the opening of SkySong 3 and other new features in the project.

The Outdoor Living Room includes comfortable chairs from renowned architect and designer Frank Gehry’s collection as well as high-top seating for meetings and collaboration. Hayes Architecture + Interiors is leading the project from a design standpoint, with the goal of creating a truly unique environment for interactive work and brainstorming.

It’s one of a number of steps being taken at SkySong to enhance the SkySong experience and create more connectivity in the project.

Sharon Harper, President & CEO of Plaza Companies, the master developer of SkySong, said the Outdoor Living Room spaces are part of the spirit of collaboration that has defined the project from Day 1.

“We are very proud of the work environment we have created for the companies at SkySong, where they can come together and make the most of technology to grow and enhance their businesses,” she said. “We heard from many people working at SkySong each day that they wanted more opportunities to interact with other professionals in the project, and we thought that creating inviting outdoor amenities was a great way of meeting that need for the companies working there.”

SkySong has already added food trucks on the fourth Thursday of each month as well as a First Friday trolley service into Old Town Scottsdale. These new additions will culminate with the opening of SkySong 3, scheduled to take place this summer.

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.

outdoor-living-room-plansCompanies located at SkySong enjoy a special relationship with Arizona State University, which has more than 73,000 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.

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 contact 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.