Songs have been sung and movies have been inspired by it: California is where dreamers and dreams merge. Touted as the largest sub-national economy in the world as well as the most populous state in the country, California’s growth continues to rise.

This state draws people from all corners of the globe to its state parks, beaches, theme parks, wine country, and, of course, Hollywood. Construction and building are on the rise and on this list we provide you with leads on the Best Commercial Contractors in the state.

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc

20401 SW Birch Street, Newport Beach, CA 92660

With a proud history spanning more than 150 years, McCarthy Building Companies pursues the goal of being the nation’s best and most trusted builder. The company always puts the needs of its clients front and center and serves these needs with the highest level of honesty and integrity. Reliability is its signature and its aim is to deliver results that exceed client expectations.

McCarthy is a staunch believer that the project does not end with construction completion. Ease of maintenance over time for the client is equally important. This national construction company headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri has 17 offices across the country. It has been behind successful builds in the commercial, industrial, public, and private sectors. With sustainability embedded in its corporate consciousness, McCarthy is proud to be among the country’s top 20 green builders. It has been the proud recipient of many recognitions through the years including the 2020 Innovator of the Year NEXT Coalition Construction Dive, the 2020 Premier Award for Client Satisfaction for PSMJ Resources, Inc., and the 2020 Diamond STEP Award, Excellence in Safety for ABC of Georgia.

Featured here is the California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) Student Housing, Parkside North Residence Hall which is the first student housing built on campus in 37 years. The building is LEED Platinum and Net Zero (self-sufficient with respect to energy). It will utilize reclaimed water for irrigation and toilet flushing and is seeking Living Building Challenge (LBC) Petal Certification. LBC is the highest standard of sustainability of buildings.

Balfour Beatty Construction

1501 Quail Street, Suite 130, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Established more than a century ago, Balfour Beatty may just be among the first to build in America. It is impressive to note that this pioneering company’s mission is to Build to Last. Balfour Beatty US is an industry leader with deep and extensive expertise in general contracting, at-risk construction management, and design-build services catering to both public and private sector clients. It is grounded on the five tenets of its Build to Last mission —  to be Lean, Expert, Trusted, Safe and Sustainable. This company is behind many important structures and infrastructures in many communities across the nation. Balfour Beatty US takes pride in its team of highly-seasoned artisans and builders who are never afraid to think out of the box, raise the bar, and work closely with clients to find new and creative solutions. All these services are provided and delivered without diminishing safety, workmanship, and sustainability. 

Responsible for many successful builds all over the country, Balfour Beatty US is determined to pursue its best build yet. The company has more than 4,500 employees across the US to help it achieve this goal. It has also earned numerous awards and has been consistently ranked among the nation’s largest building contractors by Engineering News-Record.

SCG West Development

2549 Eastbluff Drive, Suite B-211, Newport Beach, CA 92660

SCGWest traces its roots in Scottsdale, Arizona where it was first established by co-founder Kyle Gorman and Brandon Lehman in 2012.  Their single-minded purpose was to create a highly efficient process that would enhance traditional industry methods. By making the most of technology, the founders were able to successfully develop an approach that increases visibility and enables clear communication throughout the whole process for clients, project managers, and members. SCGWest works more efficiently and delivers results without stressful surprises and pitfalls. The results consistently exceed client expectations and are built within budget and on schedule.

With its headquarters in Irvine, California, SCGWest offers development services to well-known retail, restaurant, and healthcare facilities. With a highly seasoned team who always keeps the client’s vision and best interests at heart, the company manages the full stages of a project from location sourcing, planning, project visioning, design, all the way to construction completion and beyond — including installation of furniture, fixtures, and equipment.  SCGWest is committed to helping clients focus on running their businesses, without letting construction and building nightmares get in the way. 

Turelk, Inc.

4685 MacArthur Court, Suite 422, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Treating people with respect and professionalism is a philosophy that runs deep in the corporate DNA of Turelk. This philosophy stems from the company’s belief in the capability and contribution of each employee working at Turelk. This highly motivated, confident team goes to work each day with the mindset to be the company’s best ambassadors in the business of satisfying client’s needs. This has earned Turelk a reputation for consistent quality that retains clients and brings in new ones. 

Founded in 1978, Turelk is a general building contractor specializing in tenant interior construction. It offers the highest level of quality possible for a broad range of projects from service and maintenance to the complete build-out of multi-story buildings. Over the years, the company has partnered with the most distinguished property owners, project managers, architects, and designers. Clients trust them for their expertise and their capability to provide great value for great work at reasonable and fair pricing.

The firm’s successful projects include the Western Region Headquarters of Yum Brands/Taco Bell, Jacobs’ new headquarters in Pasadena, the showroom of VW and Audi, and the Cathay Bank headquarters in El Monte, CA.

Howard CDM

17434 Bellflower Boulevard, Suite 300, Bellflower, CA 90706

For Howard CDM, providing superior service and delivering superior builds for clients is the destination. Understanding and responding to client’s needs and building a relationship of trust with clients is how it gets there. A huge part of the journey is Howard CDM’s team of highly-seasoned artisans whose passion and decades of professional experience are pivotal to bringing the client’s vision to life and making their plans a reality.

Formed in 1972, Howard CDM specializes in commercial construction and development management. Over the decades, the company has embraced opportunities to grow and develop. Every project it works on and brings to completion comes within the committed time frame and project cost.

Other services the firm provides include: pre-construction, estimating and budgeting, value engineering, design-build, ground-up construction, and tenant improvement. The company is proud of its diverse client base, which includes the Orange County School of the Arts, the Robertson Properties Group, The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the Sprout LA Restaurant Group, and Laemmle Theatres.

A staunch believer in giving back to the community where it operates, Howard CDM has been supporting organizations like No Kid Hungry, St. John Bosco High School, the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival, and Children Today.

Monarch Construction Management, Inc.

1001 Dove Street, Suite 205, Newport Beach, CA 92660

At the heart of Monarch Construction Management’s customer service approach is the promise to give each client the focused and immediate attention they deserve. Assigning a highly skilled and confident team of estimators, project managers, and supervisors to each project ensures that clients can count on getting the guidance and support they need and which their projects require. Monarch’s teams have nearly two decades of collective experience, enabling them to successfully deliver projects in line with cost and schedule targets. The firm’s staff feels that working with clients means embracing their business as their own; this mindset drives Monarchs teams to collaborate closely with subcontractors and vendors to ensure that value is returned on every dollar. As a result, clients are never derailed from operating their business smoothly.

Established in 1999, Monarch Construction was brought to life by principal owner Tom Stocksdale whose four decades of extensive experience in the construction industry has shown him the most efficient and effective ways to manage and deliver clients’ needs. This confident, driven, attentive approach sets the tone and attitude that continue to resonate through the rest of the Monarch organization. 

Monarch’s successful builds include South Bay Jaguar Land Rover, Extra Space in Oakland, Mazda San Juan Capistrano, Tustin Infiniti, and Mercedes Benz of Oxnard.

Brascia Builders, Inc.

100 East Wardlow Road, Long Beach, CA 90807

Throughout his construction career journey, Mike Brascia has adopted a non-negotiable commitment to performing with precision, strictly managing costs and timelines, and providing unparalleled customer service. It is this commitment that constituted the foundation of Brascia Builders when he formed the company in 2009. As a leading general contractor in Northern and Southern California, Brascia has become a go-to construction partner in the healthcare, hospitality, education, and commercial industries. 

While the final outputs are successful builds, what sets Brascia apart from its competitors is how it single-heartedly aims to build client’s peace of mind on every project. That means that clients can always count on them to deliver results on time and on budget.

Brascia Builders welcomes opportunities to learn, grow, and further develop its expertise through education. It takes pride in being qualified in LEED projects, with many of its team members being LEED-certified. Safety is a top priority and Brascia complies with the most stringent standards of safety to ensure a zero-accident environment on the construction site.

Brascia is behind memorable builds such as the House of Blues Anaheim, timeless historical landmarks like the Wiltern Theatre and the Hollywood Palladium, the renovation of USC’s historic Gwynn Wilson Student Union, countless renovations at Cal State Long Beach, the ground-up expansion of the Beverly Hospital Emergency Care Center, two new Cath IR rooms for Keck Medicine of USC, and the Ocean Plaza renovations. 

7 Point Commercial Construction

201 Covina Avenue, Suite #4, Long Beach, CA 90803

With over a decade of experienced construction artisanship in California, 7 Point Construction is a California-based commercial construction company that has a well-earned reputation as one of the state’s top-notch commercial contractors. This company has successfully built extraordinary structures, always intent on making sure that clients have no unmet expectations when it comes to their construction needs, whether it be new build-outs, remodels, offices, industrial facilities, or retail space. Extensive experience and professional workmanship have earned the firm a reputation as one of the area’s premier contractors. Committed to the highest levels of quality, 7 Point Commercial Construction is focused on working closely with clients to give creative and efficient solutions to non-traditional commercial renovations. The result is a product that is functional, yet aspirational and inspiring.

7 Point Commercial Construction is behind successful commercial builds in Southern California such as Costco Wholesale, Noble Rotisserie, Lazy Dog, 133 Promenade Walk, RaceLine Wheels, and Steelwave.

Builder Boy

1868 Pacific Ave, Long Beach, CA 90806

LEED-certified Builder Boy is a full-service general contractor that has over 25 years of expertise in residential and commercial renovation as well as kitchen and bath remodels and additions. They take pride in being a one-stop contractor for a client’s construction needs and they are committed to building a partnership with clients and making the journey as painless as possible. As the to-go general contractor for South LA and Orange County, Builder Boy teams are known to be responsive, knowledgeable, accommodating, and collaborative. The collective experience of the team members results in being able to give clients a quick response, complete support, and the ability to act on any issue that may arise during the process.  

Happy clients attest to Builder Boy’s professionalism, ability to provide clear communication, and commitment to timeliness. Every project, no matter the size, is treated with care. An exceptional finished product joy to the owners and contributes to the beauty of the community is the consistent result.


  • Jake Gustafson

    Jake has served as Senior Editor at General Contractors and brings a wealth of experience rooted in his passion for building. Holding a degree in Construction Engineering Management from Oregon State University, he actively engaged in industry-related activities, including membership in the Associated General Contractors of America student chapter and participation in the Associated Schools in Construction student competition. Previously, Jake served as a project engineer for a prominent general contractor in Portland, where he played a pivotal role in various aspects of construction projects, from pre-construction to subcontractor management. His expertise extends to working on innovative projects, such as North America's largest CLT commercial building. Expertise: Commercial Construction, Commercial Remodeling, Home Design and Build Key Highlights: Editor at General Contractors, Project Engineer for Portland-based general contractor, Field Engineer for the largest CLT commercial building in North America Education: Oregon State University, Degree in Construction Engineering Management