The coastal city of Newport Beach in Orange County is known for its sandy beaches. Tourists and locals alike get to enjoy all kinds of recreational activities, including boating, sailing, fishing, rowing, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, and surfing. There are also several bike and jogging trails for those who prefer more land-based activities, as well as golf courses, farmers’ markets, and great dining spots that offer a sampling of local seafood.
This list of the best commercial contractors in Newport Beach presents firms that have been trusted by businesses in the county and the surrounding areas to build the spaces that have been woven into this region’s culture.
T & R Enterprises
20292 SW Birch Street, Newport Beach, CA 92660
From welcoming storefronts, to carefully considered open desk office set-ups and up-to-date medical and dental facilities, T & R Enterprises has been trusted by businesses to adapt their spaces to their changing needs. The firm is skilled in creating a smooth flow from the front lounge waiting area to the work floor to the corner office and boardroom. The firm also makes sure other communal areas such as restrooms and parking areas fit in well with the overall structures.
The firm was founded in 1979 by Roger Summers. The family-run business has provided tenant improvement projects for clients in the pharmaceutical, retail, restaurant, office, and industrial markets throughout Southern California. T & R Enterprises has built for the likes of FedEx and the Boy Scouts of America.
1401 Quail Street, Ste 105, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Newport Beach-based Sunpeak Construction has finished over a hundred projects valued at $200 million in its three decades of serving Southern California. San Diego University Civil Engineering degree-holder President Majid “Nick” Azartash leads the team in performing structural work, carpentry, and tenant improvements for commercial, industrial, and medical buildings across the state.
Northwood Town Center is a neighborhood shopping center in Irvine with restaurants featuring ethnic cuisine, grocers, a Montessori school, a dance academy, and office space. The project was constructed by Sunpeak Construction and included everything from rough carpentry to drywall. Sunpeak built the sprawling, varied but cohesive façade, anchored by the Zion Market Korean grocer at the center and extending out to two-story complexes for various tenants — dining, medical, dental, veterinary, realty, shipping, and travel, to name a few — towards the wings.
Riviera Building & Development, Inc
250 Newport Center Drive, Suite M106, Newport Beach, CA 92660
With offices in Newport Beach and Honolulu, Riviera Building & Development builds hospitality, residential, and retail projects in Southern California and Hawaii. The firm was established in 2004 by President and CEO Kyle Nelson. Nelson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Building Construction from the University of Washington. Today, he leads a team of industry veterans with decades of experience across the luxury condominium, hospitality, retail, office, and restaurant markets. The firm has built for household names like Wendy’s and the Four Seasons.
Massage Luxe’s space in Irvine features a harmony of warm and cool tones: bright orange, deep turquoise, and touches of rose. Riviera softened the rich hues with natural motifs of stone cladding behind the reception area, tri-color quartz countertops, and wooden doors, as well as gray walls that keep the atmosphere calm and relaxing.
Monarch Construction Management, Inc.
1001 Dove Street, Suite 205, Newport Beach, CA 92660
The Audi Porsche Newport Beach dealership exudes the luxury brand’s sleek marriage of form and function. Window walls show off the car catalog, framed by a gray exterior. The motif continues in the interior, with a bold gunmetal partition setting off the showroom from the office and customer service areas.
The project was built by Monarch Construction Management, a trusted builder of an impressive roster of high-end car dealerships across California, which includes Jaguar, Mazda, Infiniti, Lexus, Hyundai, and Chevrolet. President and CEO Tom Stocksdale started the firm in 1999. Stocksdale holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, and he has over 40 years of experience starting as a project manager with Engineering News-Record (ENR) Top 100 firms. Monarch also specializes in building self-storage facilities and hospitality projects.
Pacific Tusk Builders
1100 Quail Street, Suite 213, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Pacific Tusk Builders (PTB) transformed an old manufacturing building into furniture brand Jonathan Louis’s dynamic office and creative home. The 40,000-square-foot structure incorporates colorful murals and built-in executive furniture, making it both artistic and functional. PTB also added a 20,000-square-foot mezzanine above the first floor, two kitchens, six restrooms including two private executive restrooms, new HVAC and electric systems, as well as a new storefront system.
Established in 2007, Pacific Tusk Builders has built for the likes of Microsoft, Nickelodeon, Dick Clark Productions, and Revolution Studios. President David Goldberg leads the team, bringing over 15 years of experience in the architecture/engineering/construction industry. The firm collaborates closely with its clients to create the best commercial office spaces. PTB builds throughout Southern California, everywhere from Santa Barbara to San Diego, from its Newport Beach headquarters.
4685 MacArthur Court, Suite 422, Newport Beach, CA 92660
The brains behind hits such as Warcraft, Diablo, StarCraft, and Overwatch, Blizzard Entertainment’s office in Irvine is as fun as its video games. Turelk built the 212,000-square-foot property to double as a showcase for the company’s beloved characters. Game testers can take breaks as they battle it out by pausing to appreciate the scenery through the glass walls along the building façade. Landscaping around the entrance also provides a breather for those streaming in and out of the structure.
President Mike Turi and Executive Vice President Mike Paselk founded Turelk in 1978 and each brings over 40 years of industry experience to the firm. As a tenant improvement contractor serving Southern California, Turelk has built for the likes of Taco Bell, VW & Audi, Cathay Bank, Disney Maker Studios, Oculus, and Hyundai. The firm works out of three offices in Long Beach, Newport Beach, and Los Angeles.
18001 Sky Park Circle, Suite LM, Irvine, CA 92614
Building for the likes of McDonald’s, AT&T, and JP Morgan Chase, SCGWest was first established in Scottsdale in 2012 by partners Kyle Gorman and Brandon Lehman and aimed to deliver a seamless and efficient construction process. Today, the firm is headquartered in California and uses technology to support a close collaboration with clients across the retail, restaurant, medical, and office markets, maximizing efficiency, reducing costs, and expediting timelines.
Selected by Waters Edge Wineries to build new franchise and corporate locations, SCGWest transformed this century-old historic building at the heart of Downtown Long Beach into the first winery in the Long Beach region. Years of vacancy posed a challenge to the team, requiring careful planning and guidance from the City of Long Beach. The building had to be structurally reinforced to support wine production. The result is a beautiful brick-walled space with room to enjoy the wine pressed onsite from grapes sourced from all over the world.
1501 Quail Street, Ste 130, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Recipient of ENR California’s Award of Merit South for the K12 Education Category, the Robert Frost Auditorium is now one of the largest theaters on the west side of Los Angeles. The 1,200-seat theater has hosted symphony orchestras, full-length musicals, stand-up comedians, and international diplomats. Balfour Beatty renovated the auditorium in 2017 to keep up with technological advancements while keeping its original architectural design, which had already earned the project features in films such as Gattaca and Sleeper. The firm built a custom steel arch with color-changing LED lighting accents that frame performers on the new stage. A new catwalk and theatrical rigging system were also installed to improve stage lighting and performance capabilities. The exterior entry and ticketing lobby were renovated and upgraded, theater seats were refurbished, mechanical and fire sprinkler systems were replaced, the projection room was relocated, and new rooms were built backstage for make-up, teaching, costuming, and prop storage, including the Sony Pictures Black Box Theater space.
President Brian Cahill, LEED AP, leads the California Division, drawing from 30 years of experience in the industry. CEO Leon Blondin leads the US-wide operations, which continue a century-old legacy of building for the corporate, healthcare, hospitality, industrial, multifamily, and retail markets. Blondin has also served as president of the National Capital Chapter of the DBIA.
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc
20401 SW Birch Street, Newport Beach, CA 92660
Touted as “the cornerstone of a new Hollywood,” Hollywood & Highland is an 8.7-acre urban entertainment and retail complex. On the site are the 179,000-square-foot, 3,500-seat state-of-the-art Dolby Theatre — home of the Academy Awards — and a 25,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom, along with 640,000 square feet of retail shops, restaurants, and nightclubs. There’s also 1.1 million square feet of underground parking across six floors, fitting over 3,000 cars, and a central courtyard—the Babylon Court—which recreates a 1916 movie set with two giant 13,000-pound Babylonian elephants.
The project was built by McCarthy Building Companies’ Newport Beach office, which opened in 1984, and is now headed by Purdue University Civil Engineering alumnus Southern California Regional President Mike Myers. Myers reports directly to Iowa State University Construction Engineering degree-holder McCarthy President and COO Scott Wittkop, who oversees the company’s operations as it continues its over 150 year-legacy. US Air Force Academy Colorado Springs General Engineering graduate Chairman Mike Bolen and Montana State University Construction Engineering alumnus CEO Ray Sedey lead the firm as it builds award-winning commercial, education, entertainment, and hospitality projects