The company occupies the fifth floor of the $25 million, 110,000 square-foot building at 550 Assembly St., which opened in April 2016. With the move, Electric Guard Dog plans to grow to 120 employees from 60 employees.
The new Class A space features two all glass executive conference rooms, seven glass training rooms, seven designated free flowing work areas, and an open floor plan illuminated with natural light, according to a press release.
“Innovation Center is an amazing atmospheric change for all of us at Electric Guard Dog. It’s great to see our employees enjoying the downtown location,” Jack DeMao, CEO of the Columbia company, said in a statement. “We are also excited at the prospect of hosting some internships for University of South Carolina students, especially in our technology department.”
The downtown headquarters includes Electric Guard Dog’s newly established technology department, which will develop and integrate new and existing security technologies into the company's solar-powered flagship system.
Joining IBM and the university, Electric Guard Dog is the third tenant in the building. The center allows the university, IBM, and private sector researchers to use technology for a host of real-world applications.
As a security partner for over 3,600 commercial and industrial locations across the United States, the company provides businesses protection from theft and provides a safer work environment for employees while reducing total security costs, according to a press release. The company has appeared five times in the last six years on the Inc. 5000, the magazine’s list of 5,000 fastest growing privately held companies in the United States, and it was recently named "Dealer of the Year 2016" by the security trade journal SDM Magazine.
NAI Avant senior broker Rob Lapin, with assistance from senior broker Paul Hartley, represented Electric Guard Dog in the transaction.
“I am thrilled to help bring Electric Guard Dog to the Innovation Center” Lapin said in a statement. “They are a perfect fit as the technology demands to protect their clients are constantly changing, and Electric Guard Dog can tap into the deep USC talent pool to support their rapid innovative growth plans.”
The Innovation Center was developed by Holder Properties in conjunction with the University of South Carolina Development Foundation. Other downtown properties that Atlanta-based Holder has are the Main & Gervais office building, the Meridian office building, Adesso Condominiums, Aspyre Student Apartments and the 650 Lincoln Mixed-use Student Community.
Including Innovation Center, the company’s Columbia developments total over 1.8 million square feet.
Founded in 1991 by Bill Mullis, who conceived and designed the first solar-powered electric security fence, Electric Guard was formerly located at Synergy Business Park near I-20 at Bush River Road.