Benefitfocus Announces Major Daniel Island Expansion
There was big business news for South Carolina, Charleston and Daniel Island last week: Benefiitfocus Inc. – a Daniel Island-based software manufacturer – is undergoing a huge expansion and tripling the size of its Charleston headquarters with the addition of 1,200 new jobs.
The expansion will take place right here on the company’s Daniel Island campus, which is growing from 13 to 40 acres, beginning with a first phase that will include the addition of a new 145,000 sq. ft. training and support office and a smaller visitor and conference center. First phase construction is expected to be complete by early 2015.
The mood was celebratory at a groundbreaking ceremony for the first phase of the expansion on Tuesday, December 17. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, Charleston mayor Joe Riley, Benefitfocus cofounders Shawn Jenkins and Mason Holland and others spoke at the event and hailed Benefitfocus’ grown plans as significant economic news for our state and a huge boost to our city’s growing tech economy.
“Benefitfocus is an excellent example of innovation in our state,” said Gov. Haley. “This announcement highlights the entrepreneurial spirit that keeps South Carolina leading the way for the technology industry on the east coast.”
Formed in 2000, Benefitfocus develops software for managing workplace benefits. In 2006 the company moved to its Daniel Island headquarters, which it promotes as a fun and open work environment that fosters creativity and collaboration. After the expansion, the college-like campus – which will include a two acre pond and trail system – will total about 500,000 sq. ft. of office space, more than any other high-tech business in Charleston.
Congratulations to Benefitfocus on its continued success – we’re glad you’re here on Daniel Island!