Scottsdale to review SkySong 6 design plans, construction starting in May


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 constructed at SkySong, scheduled to begin in May, according to a press release, detailing the new Class A office building that includes about 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 be located at the hard southeast corner of Scottsdale and McDowell Roads.

SkySong 6 will be 55,000 square foot floor plates — the largest floor plates built along Scottsdale Road in the past 20 years, the release said.

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, the release noted.

“We are very pleased to be able to start work on this exciting new addition to the SkySong project,” said Sharon Harper, president and CEO of Plaza Companies, in a prepared statement. “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 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, according to the release.

SkySong 6 will be integrated into the project with  pedestrian and bike connections designed to promote health and wellness, outdoor gathering and meeting spaces and other state-of-the-art features.

The Coppola Cheney Group of Lee & Associates, SkySong’s leasing broker, is working with substantial pre-lease tenants on SkySong 6 and finalizing negotiations on the last floor-and-a-half of SkySong 5.

“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, in a prepared statement.

“It will provide an ideal environment for innovation and technology and will create additional synergy and energy for the companies that locate at SkySong.”

Upon completion, the overall developed space at SkySong will exceed 1 million square feet. 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.

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