Doug Gianforte founded Gbuild Construction Managers in 2009 to create highly technical, yet widely affordable sustainable options for commercial construction projects.
Back then, he had the foresight to see that sustainability wasn’t going to be a mere trend in the industry. It was the wave of the future.
As a result, Gianforte’s Exton-based business has thrived in its first decade, as creativity, collaboration, and all-inclusive service have been the cornerstones of its success.
“I gained an interest in sustainable building in the mid-2000s, and it was amazing to see how many construction veterans had no interest in it,” said Gianforte, 56, a Downingtown resident with a degree in civil engineering from the University of Delaware. “In the old days, 100 percent of construction waste went into the dumpster. Now, we can recycle 80 percent of that and save it from going to the landfill.
“I could see that this was the future of construction.”
That’s why he didn’t hesitate to take a leap of faith and start a new company with a daughter in college.
Gbuild helps organizations navigate the often-misunderstood requirements and cost concerns that surface when reaching their green goals. It bridges the gap between ideas and implementation, and offers clients a single source of accountability, providing them the answers they need, when they need them throughout the otherwise complex process of construction. Gbuild offers options, alternatives, recommendations, and choices by focusing on the details, while always keeping the bigger picture in mind.
All of Gbuild’s projects start with a “sustainability first” mindset and a commitment to fitting a budget. Gbuild then ushers clients through scheduling, project phasing, identifying critical milestone dates, material and equipment releases, deliveries, coordination, quality, and more.
“We do work in the pharmaceutical, life sciences, and corporate space, but a lot of our work is in higher ed, with interior renovations of occupied facilities,” said Gianforte. “We tackle the challenges – managing dust and ensuring moisture doesn’t get into construction materials – that come along with that. A lot of our clients are universities, with research laboratories, that embrace sustainability as part of their missions.”
Some of those clients include Gianforte’s alma mater, as well as Villanova, Ursinus, and West Chester. Outside of academia, Gbuild’s work on Turn5’s new corporate headquarters in Paoli garnered it an award for construction excellence. The company has also collected awards from Inc. magazine, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Philadelphia Business Journal.
“We’re different from our competitors because we bring passion and fun to the projects,” said Gianforte. “We look at it as we’re a team member. We work together with our clients and are always looking out for their best interests.
“It’s been a real differentiator for us in the industry.”