Santa Clara is home to some of the biggest high-technology companies in the world, including Intel, AMD, and Avaya. The city is a vibrant urban and commercial environment for entrepreneurs, business owners, and emerging startups. 

Providing modern, high-performance, sustainable, and structurally sound spaces for these companies are the best commercial contractors in Santa Clara. The firms featured in this article are award-winning and affiliated with respected industry institutions. The work these companies produce is consistently featured in regional publications. 

DPR Construction

1510 S Winchester Boulevard, San Jose, CA 95128

DPR led the transformation efforts for Clif Bar’s Emeryville headquarters. The building was initially a valve manufacturing facility with a history that dates back to the Second World War. The renovation produced a modern workplace designed for Clif Bar’s employees and outdoor enthusiasts. The building also houses interior gardens, bouldering walls, a weight room, a dance studio, a yoga room, shower areas, an onsite childcare area, a cafe, a theater space, massage rooms, and a hair salon. The firm partnered with ZGF Architects to deliver an architecture that adheres to California’s most stringent energy efficiency standards. It is currently a certified LEED Platinum adaptive reuse facility.

As a member of the US Green Building Council (USGBC), the firm continues to deliver sustainable and energy-efficient solutions to the commercial sector. ENR featured many of the firm’s contributions to the green building sector. Since its founding over two decades ago, it has secured accolades from a number of different industry institutions. The firm’s recent listing in the 2020 Building Design + Construction Giants is just one more accomplishment on its already impressive resume. 

Hillhouse Construction Company

140 Charcot Avenue, San Jose, CA 95131

Hillhouse Construction Company was commissioned by a multinational e-commerce corporation, eBay, to lead its tenant improvement project. Designed by Gensler, the 22,000-square-foot transformation involved the construction of the client’s cafe and employee services and training center. The work also includes the installation of a brand new commercial-grade kitchen, open-layout seating, a serving bar, wall murals, and high-end finishes.

Projects of the same creativity and modern elements can be found in the firm’s commercial portfolio. Building Magazine, Tech Crunch, The Registry, and San Francisco Business Times have featured many of these projects. Since the firm’s inception in 1987, accolades from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), USGBC, and Silicon Valley Business Journal have emphasized its contribution to shaping California’s commercial sector.

W.L. Butler Construction, Inc.

1629 Main Street, Redwood City, CA 94063

W.L. Butler Construction Inc. was chosen by PES Partners, LLC to complete The Works, a commercial and retail center located in El Segundo. The firm collaborated with FRCH Design Worldwide to deliver much-needed modernization and façade upgrades. These improvements included new storefronts and the installation of the center’s hardscapes. The project scope also included site work as well as landscaping within the shopping center’s operational compound. Upon completion, the work immediately caught the attention of the design and building community. Los Angeles Business Journal awarded the project its 2019 Commercial Real Estate Awards, Silver Award. 

The same publication, along with other industry magazines, continues to feature many of the firm’s projects for different markets.  San Jose Mercury News, LA Times Daily Pilot, and Sacramento Business Journal have celebrated the firm’s 46 years of commercial and retail construction practice. 

South Bay Construction

1711 Dell Avenue, Campbell, CA 95008

South Bay Construction built the Elements Hotel in Santa Clara. The 118,852-square-foot project features a five-story structure that can accommodate 175 guest rooms. The construction also included the hotel’s fitness room, a kitchen and breakfast space, a bar, and an outdoor swimming pool. Visually expanding the space and connecting the interiors to the exterior is a large storefront glass. The storefront allows the lobby and other common areas to enjoy ample daylight. 

Unforgettable projects for the residential, retail, commercial, hospitality, healthcare, and academic sectors dominate the firm’s portfolio. Since its founding in 1978, its project and service scope has helped it establish lifelong relationships with industry organizations, including the USGBC and the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA). 

TEAMWRKX Construction, Inc.

1855 Park Avenue, San Jose, CA 95126

TEAMWRKX Construction led the tenant improvement work for One NTT Vision. The project, located in the client’s Sunnyvale Campus, covered more than 40,000 square feet of space. The goal of the work was to transform an existing building into an energy-efficient space that will provide collaborative workspaces for the client’s multiple operation divisions. Designed to be sustainable and high-performing, the commercial office project is also commended for its LEED Platinum, Net Zero Building, and Carbon Negative certifications. 

Since its inception in 2004, similar sustainable and energy-efficient spaces and structures have dominated the firm’s portfolio. Procurement Magazine and Silicon Valley Business Journal featured some of the firm’s projects for a wide spectrum of sectors. 

Build Group, Inc.

1210 Coleman Avenue, Santa Clara, CA 95050

Build Group worked with RMW Architects to complete Juniper Network’s Global headquarters in Sunnyvale. The construction work consists of two eight-story office buildings and a five-story parking structure for the networking technology company’s employees. The client is one of the biggest advocates of sustainability and innovation and these qualities were incorporated into the building’s structural and architectural design. Aside from the 9,000-square-foot green roof space, the building also features a 2,300-square-foot living wall and a photovoltaic system, among other green elements. Both of the buildings earned LEED accreditations. 

The firm’s nod to sustainability and quality construction work has helped it earn its place in the region’s building community. In recent years, Silicon Valley Business Journal and Los Angeles Business Journal named the firm among the publications’ fastest growing companies and best places to work, respectively. 

BCCI Construction

150 E Dana Street, Mountain View, CA 94041

BCCI Construction was chosen to construct Hitachi Vantara’s headquarters in Santa Clara Square. The 225,000-square-foot project involved the installation of the building’s electrical, mechanical, and plumbing systems. The firm was also tasked with the build-outs of the main lobby, workspaces, private offices, conference rooms, break rooms, and a data center.  The work was completed in 2019. After this project, the same client commissioned the firm for another construction, this time for its Silicon Valley office.

Aside from securing a loyal client base and plenty of repeat business, the firm has won the approval of industry organizations, including the AIA and USGBC. Contract Magazine recently featured one of the firm’s projects.

NOVO Construction

1460 O’Brien Drive, Menlo Park, CA 94025

NOVO Construction completed a project for the internet security company, Malwarebytes. The goal of the project was to respond to the firm’s growing demands for modern and collaborative spaces. The corporate two-story tenant improvement project included 80,000 square feet of work. The work included the construction of conference rooms, focus spaces, break areas, a full-service kitchen, pantry areas, pantry areas, and a large, interconnected stairway. The firm also completed the building’s electrical, mechanical, and plumbing systems installations. 

The firm’s two decades of experience as a builder for a wide variety of sectors has helped it land a reputation in the industry’s building community. Aside from its previous features in the Silicon Valley Business Journal, the firm also won the IIDA-NC Honor Award in recent years.

Gidel & Kocal Construction Company, Inc.

574 Division Street, Campbell, CA 95008

Gidel & Kocal Construction Company, Inc. was commissioned to complete a tenant improvement project for a 3965 Freedom Circle office in Santa Clara. The goal of the project was to transform a 20,000-square-foot corporate office space into a rustic, industrial-style modern workplace. Located in a Class-A high-rise building, the office and its new interiors feature open ceilings with exposed ductwork, modern collaboration rooms, and a special Design Center of Excellence. 

Outstanding building projects like this have helped the firm gain the approval of industry leaders since the company’s founding over 40 years ago. Thanks to its modern building solutions and its focus on sustainability, the firm is currently a lifelong affiliate of BOMA  and USGBC.

McLarney Construction, Inc.

355 S Daniel Way, San Jose, CA 95128

McLarney Construction works with notable clients that come from a variety of industry sectors. Since its establishment in 1987, it has partnered with commercial, technology, and corporate clients to complete tenant improvement and construction projects. Nissan, Bandai, Nutanix, JP Morgan, SonicWall, and other notable companies have relied on the firm’s comprehensive design-build, general contracting, and project management services. 

The firm delivers modern and contemporary architecture. It also incorporates sustainability into every work through its green design and building solutions approved by the USGBC. At present, the firm has provided its extensive services to over 4,500 tenant improvement projects in the region. 


  • 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