SkySong 4. (Photo courtesy of SkySong)
SkySong embraces ‘Culture of Health and Innovation’
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. These features include:
• Farm-grown produce on site
• Significant new public art installations in upcoming phases of the project
• A one-mile fitness path
• Extensive shade throughout the project, including the signature shade structure
• New interactive spaces with public art in both indoor and outdoor spaces
• Enhanced bike features to compliment the existing bike room in SkySong 3, including a bike sharing program
• A community park, a social hour for attendees and other gathering opportunities
• Connectivity with nearby neighborhoods and parks, including Indian Bend Wash
Overall, more than a dozen features have been or are being installed in the future as part of the “Culture of Health and Innovation” approach.
“We are hearing more and more in the commercial real estate industry that companies and their employees are seeking more than just the traditional office space,” said Sharon Harper, President & CEO of Plaza Companies. “They are asking for features that create a better working environment and promote the health and well-being of their employees. We are working to make SkySong the premier example of this approach in the Valley of the Sun through our ‘Culture of Health and Innovation approach.”
SkySong has long been focused on creating healthy features on site. It currently features a bike room in SkySong 3, as well as connectivity to the City of Scottsdale’s walking and biking paths. The new features will take the commitment to health to the next level. And, the buildings themselves are designed to promote health and sustainability — their LEED Silver certification includes air quality systems designed to enhance the healthy work environment.
“SkySong has always been about innovation, and this type of commitment to health is truly in line with the vision of the project,” said Don Couvillion, Vice President of University Realty. “We have always envisioned SkySong as being an exceptional place to live, work and play, and that vision is coming closer to reality with these new features.”
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 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.
For more information on SkySong, visit www.skysong.com or www.facebook.com/skysongcenter.