The developers of SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center have filed for design approval with the City of Scottsdale for SkySong 6, which will be the largest building in the project.
SkySong 6 will be the next building to be constructed at SkySong, with construction now scheduled to begin in May 2020. The new Class A office building will include approximately 340,000 square feet of leasable space in six stories with an adjacent multi-story parking structure.
Butler Design Group, the architect for the project has created cutting-edge design concepts and renderings for the new building, which will have an imposing presence at the hard southeast corner of Scottsdale and McDowell Roads. A key differentiator of SkySong 6 will be 55,000 square foot floor plates — the largest floor plates built along Scottsdale Road in the past 20 years.
Plaza Companies is the developer of SkySong 6 and the master developer of the overall SkySong development, in partnership with Holualoa Companies; University Realty, a subsidiary of ASU Enterprise Partners; and the City of Scottsdale. Layton Construction will be the general contractor for the project, and Alliance Bank will provide financing for the building.
“We are very pleased to be able to start work on this exciting new addition to the SkySong project,” said Sharon Harper, President & CEO of Plaza Companies, the master developer of the project. “This new building will add dramatically to the overall signature of the project and provide an exceptional environment for its tenants.”
The approximately 340,000 square foot building SkySong 6 building features floor-to-ceiling glass windows facing out to the intersection of Scottsdale and McDowell Roads. A large public space will be located on the corner, with a second-story balcony overlooking the area. Construction of SkySong 6 will also include a new parking structure to serve the two newest buildings. SkySong 6 will be integrated into the project with significant pedestrian and bike connections designed to promote health and wellness, outdoor gathering and meeting spaces and other state-of-the-art features.
Tenant demand at the nationally recognized mixed-use project has proven extraordinary. The Coppola Cheney Group of Lee & Associates, SkySong’s leasing broker, is actively working with substantial pre-lease tenants on SkySong 6 and finalizing negotiations on the last floor-and-a-half of SkySong 5. With all other phases of the project firing on all cylinders from a leasing standpoint, the project team is ready to begin construction on SkySong 6 in a few months.
“SkySong 6 will be a significant and important addition to the SkySong project,” said Sethuraman Panchanathan, executive vice president of Knowledge Enterprise Development and chief research and innovation officer at ASU. “It will provide an ideal environment for innovation and technology and will create additional synergy and energy for the companies that locate at SkySong.”
When SkySong 6 is completed, the overall developed space at SkySong will exceed 1 million square feet.
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 have the opportunity to partner with Arizona State University, which has more than 90,000 students studying across four metropolitan Phoenix campuses, in Lake Havasu and online. ASU is one of the largest public universities in the nation, with the majority of its students attending its campus in Tempe, Arizona, less than three miles from SkySong.
In addition to locating its own innovative research units at the center, 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.