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SkySong Adding Building, More Parking

Courtesy of City of Scottsdale

By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange

Butler Design Group has submitted plans on behalf of developer Plaza Companies to create the first six-story building at SkySong, The ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center. The project is valued at $42M.

Currently under review by the City of Scottsdale, the submission also calls for expanding an existing five-level parking garage at the complex, adding more than 44KSF and a total of 510 new stalls to the current space.

Known as SkySong 6, the new 150KSF building features three ground level lobby entrances to connect with existing structures and amenities. The primary approach will be on the building’s southwest corner, which also incorporates a second floor community space. This space will be able to be fully opened to an outdoor balcony via retractable glass walls.

Given the focus on sustainability throughout the entire SkySong development, the project will be planned and executed to LEED Silver Certification and include LED lighting, high-efficiency HVAC, high performance glazing systems and low use water fixtures.

Shading will be provided on all four sides. Vertical fin elements will reduce western-facing windows and will be included to a lesser extent on the north and south elevations for visual continuity.

In addition to the extensive use of high performance glass on all sides, building materials will consist of masonry block, precast concrete, steel and expanded metal lath on steel frame. Finishes will feature natural desert tans, with accenting steel, rust and grey tones.

Landscaping will retain several existing trees and add palo verde and desert willow, among others. Planned shrubs include orange jubilee, agave, aloe and lady slipper.

 

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