Scottsdale SkySong opens fourth commercial office building

A view of burgeoning economic activity at SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center. (Submitted photo)

The fourth commercial office building at SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center is officially open for business.

The building, which is already 50 percent leased and expected to be LEED Silver Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, features an open-air lobby to encourage interaction and collaboration and an outdoor workspace with a fire place and other amenities.

Two major tech companies recently leased space in SkySong 4. In November, MindBody, a leading provider of cloud-based business management software for the wellness services industry, signed a long-term lease to occupy 28,229 square feet.

And in October, Brightcove, a pioneering force in the world of online video, signed a lease to occupy 13,000 square feet of the first floor. The company, relocating from Tempe, has nearly 5,000 customers in 70 countries is a leading provider of cloud services for video. The company offers a full suite of products and services that reduce the cost and complexity associated with publishing, distributing, measuring and monetizing video across devices.

Two other highly regarded entities — ASU EdPlus and Booker Software — have also committed to space at SkySong 4 and have begun the process of moving in.

Leasing momentum continues on the SkySong campus with construction on SkySong 5 expected to begin in Spring 2017. Pre-leasing is underway, with Andrew Cheney and Craig Coppola of Lee & Associates serving as brokers for the project.

“The construction of SkySong 4 has gone very smoothly. In March, after just four and a half months of construction, we celebrated the ‘topping out’ of SkySong 4 and now it is being occupied,” said Sharon Harper, President & CEO of Plaza Companies. “We are thankful for the work done by DPR Construction and its subcontractors — they have constructed a building that is unique in character and that will draw people in to its work environment.”

SkySong 4 has some unique features that help it stand out as a commercial office building. The design utilizes shading elements in a way that is both functional and appealing, with varying degrees of vertical perforated fins and tension fabric sails providing shade along the north. The other facades of the building incorporate selected recessed windows, horizontal shade elements and selective use of glass.

The open lobby of SkySong 4 embraces the environment, placement, and orientation of the overall building. It is home to a pair of interactive video screens, digital directory, and large bar-top modern collaborative table. A full height accordion style glass wall opens the through lobby up to interface with an exterior seating area adorned with a signature custom gas fire feature.

Sethuraman Panchanathan, executive vice president of knowledge enterprise development and chief research and innovation officer at Arizona State University, said that the new building is an important landmark for the project.

“The continued growth of SkySong is indicative of the continued growth of innovation and entrepreneurship in our local economy,” Mr. Panchanathan said. “It is very gratifying to see the fourth office building open at SkySong and to see more innovative companies join the SkySong family.”

Editor’s note: Mr. Evans is founder of Evans Communications, a public relations firm

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