IO will move into nearly 15,000 square feet of space with an open, collaborative environment for about 80 Arizona-based corporate employees.
IO, the second-largest private data center company in the world, operates six state-of-the-art data centers in Arizona, Ohio, New Jersey, Singapore and London. IO utilizes the latest data center technology and is trusted by more than 650 global clients, including LexisNexis, CBS Interactive, Fender, AAA and Goldman Sachs.
“We’re gratified to have the opportunity to bring IO to SkySong,” said Sharon Harper, president and CEO of Plaza Companies, the master developer of the project. “IO’s inventive spirit will fit right in here as SkySong continues to expand its on-campus talent pool of innovation-minded people.”
SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center is 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. The growing project recently completed the SkySong Apartments and is nearing the completion of SkySong 3, the third office building at the property.
“Our new SkySong office will allow for greater collaboration and engagement with our corporate team members,” said Craig LeBlanc, group leader of IO.People. “Since our founding in 2007, IO has had an entrepreneurial spirit and strong focus on innovation. SkySong is a great fit for our brand and we are excited to join the Valley’s center for innovation and technology.”
“SkySong exemplifies the spirit of innovation, which aligns perfectly with the vision of IO,” said Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan, senior vice president for Knowledge Enterprise Development at Arizona State University, which is responsible for advancing research, entrepreneurship, innovation and economic development.
“ASU strives to cultivate technology leaders in partnership with companies like IO, and we are delighted to welcome IO into the SkySong family.”
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 82,000 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, 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.
Plaza Companies is the developer of the project in partnership with Arizona State University Foundation, the City of Scottsdale and Holualoa Companies. Lee and Associates provides the brokerage services and Plaza del Rio Management Corporation provides the property management and construction services.
Architects at SkySong include Pei Cobb Fried and Partners, DMJM Design, Butler Design Group and Kendle Design Collaborative.
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