The second-largest city in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area, Fort Worth is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the US. Museums designed by world-renowned architects and a mix of Art Deco and 20th-century architecture in its downtown area blend its Frontier Western heritage with modern design.
This list of the best commercial contractors in Fort Worth presents some of the firms that have contributed to the city’s distinct skyline, firms with years of experience building in this region.
The Gordon Highlander Corporation
4464 Sigma Road, Suite 150, Dallas, TX 75244
IT company NTT Data’s office in Plano effectively translates the company’s straightforward brand in the elegant gray accents that line its wood-floor spaces. Comfy plush seats look out onto the skyline through glass walls in the lounge areas. The meeting rooms foster a spirit of collaboration and encourage dynamic brainstorming sessions with large screens mounted on the walls, producing ideas that are shaped into their final form in the white-walled boardroom.
Behind this space is Gordon Highlander, a commercial contractor that has been building in the state since 2007. Hailing from the Scottish Highlands, third-generation builder President and CEO Greg Gordon carries on his family’s legacy in the industry, with over 20 years of experience himself. The firm has completed more than 2,000 projects amounting to over $200 million, with clients in the corporate, industrial, medical, and retail markets.
12200 Ford Street, Suite 492, Dallas, TX 75234
American alcohol retailer Total Wine & More’s outlet in Dallas stands at 10,000 square feet on Congress Avenue. The $2,200,000 project was built by Taurus Commercial, a firm that has been building in the state since 2006. The gray exterior structure’s windowed storefront opens to rows and rows of shelves for the company’s product offerings beneath high ceilings, with select areas for tasting the wine.
Founder Daryl Bowen continues to lead the full-service general contracting company as it builds throughout North Texas. He holds a degree in Building Construction and Environmental Design from Texas A&M University. Taurus has built for clients in the sports, aviation, corporate, healthcare, and retail markets, offering cost-effective construction solutions. The firm takes care of all the details from zoning to permitting to complete projects on time and within budget.
Ridgemont Commercial Construction
1520 W Walnut Hill Lane, Irving, TX 75038
Since 1976, Ridgemont Commercial Construction has built for clients in the automotive, healthcare, industrial, corporate, and retail markets across Texas. Texas A&M University Construction Science degree-holder Bob O’Brien leads the team as CEO. University of North Texas Construction Technology and Business Management graduate Jason Lillard joins him as president. What was once a company of ten has grown into a successful firm that has built for the likes of Jaguar, Whole Foods, and Chase Bank.
Ridgemont has built 21 locations of the Hopdoddy Burger Bar. Their location at Fort Worth Left Bank offers a breath of fresh air on a busy day in its alfresco seating, getting some shade from brick red umbrellas that match its façade. The interior features the chain’s signature mint green chairs and pastel pink bar ceilings, which are both modern and fun, but certainly don’t distract from the main attraction — the fresh, tasty, handmade burgers.
3960 Sandshell Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76137
Now working out of three offices across the Midwest on projects for various industries nationwide, Key Construction was established in 1978 by brothers Ken and Dave Wells. Over 40 years in, Ken now serves as Chairman of the Board; Dave serves as President; Kansas State University Construction Science alumnus Rick McCafferty joins them in leading the 200-strong team as CEO. Key opened its Dallas-Fort Worth division in 2002, which is now led by Steven Wells, who also graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Construction Management.
Museum Place Block B1 in Fort Worth is a 38,000-square-foot office building that forms part of a 12-acre mixed-use retail, restaurant, residential, hotel, and corporate site a stone’s throw away from the Cultural District. Key Construction built the space with a first-floor concrete podium succeeded by three stories of structural steel framing. A 23-foot tall poured-in-place architectural wall overlaid with a sloped curtain wall system on the upper walls forms the building’s distinct façade, mirroring the blue of the sky atop the lights on the first-floor perimeter.
6421 Camp Bowie Boulevard, #404, Fort Worth, TX 76116
The second location of the coffee shop and coworking space, Craftwork Magnolia features a carefully thought out line flow, seating, and workspace arrangement that has made it a go-to for both workdays and hang-outs. Domeo Construction completed the finish-out in two months, creating dedicated desks and areas for community coworking, a full kitchen and prep space, and ample dining areas, all in a dark, textured wood motif. Domeo also worked on Craftwork Coffee’s larger space in the Foundry District.
Deriving its name from the Greek okiodomeo, which means “to build up, edify, or strengthen,” Domeo Construction was founded in 2014 by husband-and-wife team Joel and Christi Bolz with the goal to create both strong structures and relationships with its clients and team members. Joel has over a decade of experience in commercial construction and earned his Construction Engineering degree from the University of North Texas. Christi complements this with attention to detail and critical thinking from her background as a trauma nurse. They have since built for the medical, hospitality, retail, and corporate markets in Fort Worth, with a focus on speed and efficiency—they’ve successfully accelerated their completion dates by nearly 25% multiple times.
MYCON General Contractors
17311 Dallas Parkway, Suite 300, Dallas, TX 75248
MYCON General Contractors built the 386,265-square-foot Tanger Outlets location in Fort Worth. Window walls line the storefronts, keeping them connected to the open-air and covered common spaces. A bright earth-toned palette creates a cohesive look even as each store remains unique in its own branding, whether it’s trendy Vans footwear, laid-back Tommy Hilfiger casual wear, or classic H&M basics. Lamplit lounge areas scattered throughout the complex offer a lot of space to relax after a day of retail therapy.
President and CEO Charlie Myers founded MYCON General Contractors in 1987 after two years of working for other contractors upon earning his Construction Science degree from Texas A&M University. The firm has since grown into a multi-million dollar general contractor consistently ranking among Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) Top 400 Contractors. MYCON builds for diverse market sectors across the Southwest, including the manufacturing, hospitality, retail, and industrial markets. Myers is also a member of the Urban Land Institute and the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Trainor Commercial Construction, Inc.
18601 Lyndon B Johnson Freeway, Ste 250, Mesquite, TX 75150
Celebrating 20 years in business in 2021, Trainor Commercial Construction, Inc. (TCCI) has built retail, restaurant, and corporate projects for Fortune 500 companies across the US and Canada. The grandson of a San Francisco builder, President Brian Trainor has over four decades of hands-on experience that includes everything from framing to project management. By the mid-80s, he was serving as vice president for a $45 million West Coast construction and managing up to $10 million in projects.
Dallas-based luxury department store Neiman Marcus has worked with TCCI for over nine years, recognizing the same high-quality service they themselves are known for. TCCI has proven its skill in building for the high-end brands the company carries, from the gold finishes of Gucci and Stella McCartney to the understated elegance of the more minimalist Lanvin and Valentino. The firm stays on top of the procurement of the fine materials that go into these stores all the way from Italy and other international suppliers, taking extra care of scheduling and planning to ensure successful turnovers.
4100 Fossil Creek Boulevard, Fort Worth, TX 76137
Since 1983, SEDALCO has been building for a variety of markets throughout the Fort Worth area. The firm was established by Auburn University Building Science degree-holder Bill Young, who now serves as Chairman Emeritus. Former President and CEO Tom Kader sits as Chairman, steering the firm’s strategic initiatives. Succeeding him as President and CEO is Russ Garrison, who holds a degree in Building Construction from Texas A&M University. Garrison plays an active role in supporting the firm’s pre-construction services, continuing his previous role as Vice President of Operations and Executive Vice President, and heads the implementation of its key strategic initiatives. Like Kader, he also serves on the board of TEXO. SEDALCO has built for clients like Ferrari and FedEx.
With multiple honors in the field of office and commercial building and urban design from TEXO, Texas Construction, and Downtown Fort Worth, Inc., the Caceria building houses both retail and office spaces across its seven stories. The project included the renovation of an adjacent century-old seven-story parking garage. The old building that stood on the site was demolished after sustaining damages from several fires. Spotlights bring the new building to life at night.
3535 Travis Street, Suite 300, Dallas, TX 75204
The new home of the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo and countless other concerts, sports events, and family shows, the Dickies Arena is located on the Will Rogers Memorial Center. Austin Commercial built the arena with a 28,915-square-foot event floor and seating for up to 14,000. It also has a total parking space capacity of 5,228, including an attached 2,210-car parking garage.
Part of the Austin Industries group of companies which has been building across the US in a variety of markets since 1918, Austin Commercial continues to be recognized for its work, earning multiple awards from the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and TEXO in recent years. Foraying into the commercial construction field in 1975, Austin Commercial has built for American Airlines, Texas A&M, Seaworld, Holiday Inn, and Disney. It’s led by President Brad Brown, who first joined the team in 1998, holding positions such as Director of Human Resources and Director of Marketing and Business Development.
The Beck Group
810 Hemphill Street, Fort Worth, TX 76104
Surrounded by dozens of buildings that have retained their 20th-century façades, the Sundance Square Plaza has become the heart of Downtown Fort Worth. The Beck Group built the multi-purpose space as well as the structures that bookend it: The Commerce Building and the Westbrook, which provide both office and retail space. The historic Chisholm Trail Mural and Land Title buildings were also preserved on the site. A permanent stage makes it a great venue for various events. Operable shade structures manufactured in Germany function as hanging umbrellas. An interactive water feature powered by 200 individual jets with light and variable controls brings the plaza to life.
Building since 1912, The Beck Group is behind a number of landmark projects across the state and the nation, including the Texas Motor Speedway and the MLK Federal Building in Atlanta. Executive Chairman Peter Beck carries on the family company’s legacy. Joining him as CEO is American Institute of Architects Fellow (FAIA) Fred Perpall who first joined the firm as an intern in 1999, working his way up, most notably serving as Managing Director in the Greater Atlanta area before assuming his current role. The office in Fort Worth first opened its doors in 2002, where Woodbury University Architecture degree-holder Scot Bennett serves as Regional Director.