Charleston-based GreenBy3 Positioned to Help Technology-based Companies
Settle or Expand in the Lowcountry
CHARLESTON, S.C. – GreenBy3 founder Jorge Riano understands what it takes to build and renovate commercial buildings, and believes coordination, collaboration and sustainability are critical when managing his client’s projects. His company serves as the on-site representative for a wide range of construction projects for high-profile clients, including software technology company PeopleMatter, The History Press publisher and the Charleston Digital Corridor’s business incubators. With a background in technology, Riano recently repositioned his business to cater to technology companies seeking to expand within or relocate to the Charleston area.
GreenBy3 has a strong connection to the Charleston Digital Corridor, an entity that is a driving force for attracting technology companies and supporting local startups. GreenBy3 acted as an advisor to Ernest Andrade, Executive Director of the Digital Corridor, during the construction of Flagship 1 and Flagship 2. GreenBy3 also was a tenant of the Flagship until it graduated and moved to a space on the former Navy Base in North Charleston.
“GreenBy3 assisted the Charleston Digital Corridor as we were renovating the space that became Flagship I, the city of Charleston’s startup incubator,” Andrade said. “GreenBy3 worked with the architect and designer throughout the entire process and helped us ensure the renovation would be sustainable. Jorge Riano also created a packet for all of our tenants that included suggestions and solutions for running a business with the environment in mind. We were so pleased with what GreenBy3 did on Flagship 1, we asked them to assist with the renovation of the space that is now Flagship 2. I highly recommend GreenBy3 and its services.”
In working with PeopleMatter, another Flagship graduate, GreenBy3 recently oversaw the transformation of a historic building in downtown Charleston into PeopleMatter’s new headquarters. With GreenBy3’s help, PeopleMatter’s new building represents its high-tech environment with a data center and redundancy, as well as collaborative and creative spaces to reflect the company’s cool culture.
“When you’re growing a high-energy software company at a fast pace, the last thing you want to do is manage the day-to-day operations of a construction project. GreenBy3 does that for us and we’re called in when needed. It’s tremendously valuable knowing someone is our voice on the project,” said Nate DaPore, president and CEO of PeopleMatter. “We place a tremendous value on the service GreenBy3 provides. The value is 10 times whatever we’re spending with them.”
The key to GreenBy3’s success on any project is coordination, collaboration and creativity. Riano sees himself as a liaison between the client, general contractor, architect and the many others involved in the construction process; and he is passionate about encouraging a mind shift within the construction industry that focuses on all parties working together to achieve the best result for the client.
“We are enthusiastic about helping our clients, and helping the project team deliver an exceptional product with all the expectations the client is looking for, and possibly a little bit more,” Riano said.
“This is what I love to do. From site work, to technology and security, to being creative and using alternative materials and design ideas, to selecting furniture ... Being able to help our clients in all areas of a project is just plain cool, fun and exciting.”
Founded in 2008, GreenBy3 uses coordination, collaboration and creativity in the management of commercial construction projects for clients. GreenBy3’s service area includes the Lowcountry of South Carolina and Western North Carolina. Its clients range from large high-tech companies to community nonprofits.
GreenBy3’s experience, knowledge and relationships with architects, contractors, engineers, IT professionals and other trades enable them to coordinate and collaborate with the project team, manage project details and keep clients informed of progress.
GreenBy3 begins the process by taking the time to understand a client’s company culture. This helps them to know exactly what the client needs from their new building. GreenBy3 is then involved in the project every step of the way -- from design through construction to project completion -- serving as the liaison between the client, the architect, general contractor and many others.
Their daily presence on the construction site allows them to coordinate and collaborate with key players to ensure that every detail of a client’s vision is carried out in the best manner possible. GreenBy3’s focus is always on ensuring that each client’s project is not only completed to their specifications and quality standards, but also in a timely, cost-effective manner.
About Jorge Riano, founder and owner
Jorge Riano was born in Cuba, immigrating with his family to the United States as a young child. He grew up in Texas and Florida and became interested in computers while studying at Florida State University.
Over the years, Riano worked in the technology industry as an engineer for major corporations such as: Delta Air Lines, Holiday Inn Worldwide, AT&T Network Services, Coca-Cola Corporate, BellSouth, Georgia Baptist Medical Center and Automated Trading Desk.
Riano’s expertise in computer technology guided his professional experiences and resulted in a deep expertise in facilities management, as well as IT.
Riano believes in giving back and is not only involved in efforts to help the environment, but in ways to help the community, as well. Riano works closely with several schools in the area, such as Stratford High School and the College of Charleston, as well as community organizations, such as Crisis Ministries.