Columbia tower among the first in the state to earn Wired Certification

Three RealOp Investment properties in South Carolina are becoming the first in the state to garner Wired Certification for superior internet connectivity.

The properties include the Bank of America building located at 101 North Main Street in Greenville; the Asset Point Building at 1001 Keys Drive in Greenville; and the Tower at 1301 Gervais Street in Columbia. The RealOp Investments-owned properties join the more than 1,500 Wired Certified buildings worldwide that offer top-notch tech capabilities.

“Wired Certifications are the next step in the future of commercial development and office spaces,” said Paul Sparks, managing principal with RealOp. “We are proud to be the first group offering this certification in the state.”

The designations were assigned upon review of the buildings’ best-in-class connectivity, technological infrastructure and readiness to adopt to emerging technologies, according to WiredScore, the group behind the Wired Certification.

“The future of commercial real estate is being shaped by a rapidly growing demand from tenants for best-in-class digital infrastructure,” said Arie Barendrecht, CEO and co-founder of WiredScore. “As the first property owner to pursue and earn Wired Certification for its South Carolina properties, RealOp Investments stands out as a forward-thinking leader in the market and can clearly demonstrate to tenants that they offer top of the line connectivity.”

In pursuing Wired Certification, the three properties underwent a comprehensive certification process that evaluated the aspects of digital infrastructure that support resilient, reliable internet connectivity for businesses. Upon review of the buildings’ internet service providers available to tenants, infrastructure redundancy, connection access points, and readiness to meet future tenant needs, a Wired Certification level is assigned based on the official standards developed by WiredScore and its connectivity advisory board with representatives from Google Fiber, Rudin Management, Arup, WSP / Parsons Brinckerhoff, and Zayo Group.

“We looked at this as if we were the tenant and what would we want from a building,” Sparks said. “Connectivity at the highest level was paramount, but not just for tenants, but anyone coming into these buildings.”

The certifications were given based on the buildings’ ability to provide tenants with features of connectivity that matter mostincluding capacity to support future equipment installation and multiple internet service providers offering high speed fiber connectivity, which provides tenants with flexibility when selecting internet service.

Encompassing more than 560,000 rentable square feet, these properties offer a range of amenities to tenants including generous floorplates, proximity to major transit corridors, conferencing centers and access to nearby dining and fitness options.

“We are very excited to be working with the nation’s premier technology consultants to provide our tenants with the most reliable infrastructure and connectivity possible,” said Eric Jennings, Associate of Transactions for RealOp.

About WiredScore:

Wired Certification champions cutting-edge technology in commercial real estate by providing the only certification for rating the infrastructure, connectivity and technological capacity of commercial buildings. WiredScore launched Wired Certification in 2013 in partnership with Mayor Bloomberg and the City of New York. Since launch, more that 400MM square feet of commercial real estate has been Wired Certified across the United States. International demand for the digital connectivity rating platform has seen the company expand to Europe opening offices in the United Kingdom, France and Germany.

In an increasingly tech-driven economy, connectivity is fast becoming the most critical utility for tenants when selecting office space. The widely recognized Wired Certification seal is a trusted symbol that identifies buildings that have been independently certified to provide the best-in-class connectivity infrastructure that businesses require to thrive. For more information on Wired Certification or to find Wired Certified buildings, visit: http://wiredscore.com/

About RealOP Investments:

RealOp Investments is a commercial real estate investment company founded in 2009 specializing in value-add and opportunistic acquisitions. With deep roots in the Southeast, our investment strategy spans all commercial asset classes and is based on a relationship-driven pursuit of value; not only in identifying off market opportunities, but in creating value through innovative capitalization structures, management expertise and the execution of unique strategies tailored to each asset. Learn more at www.realopinvestments.com.