As the largest city in Missouri, Kansas City is home to many of the biggest commercial companies in the region. This urban center is shaped by old and new developments that continue to transform the area’s historic and modern landscapes. Helping these developers, businesses, and project owners find their place in the city are some of the best commercial contractors in Kansas City.
The firms below are multi-awarded and are affiliated with the industry’s biggest institutions. Through the years, they have also had projects featured by some of the industry’s most renowned publications, and have collaborated with the biggest architects and clients in the country.
J.E. Dunn Construction Company
1001 Locust St., Kansas City, MO 64106
J.E. Dunn Construction Company partnered with architectural firm Gould Evans-Design to build Plaza Vista LLC’s seven-story hotel in Kansas City. Covering more than 110,000 square feet, the project upgraded the building’s exterior. The company also led the construction and fit-out of the boutique hotel’s 133 rooms over its below-grade parking. Aside from other structural improvements, amenities, such as a lobby lounge that also serves as a breakfast area. The work also included a meeting space, restaurant, bar space, and an outdoor pool terrace.
Projects of the same level of complexity and quality can be found in the firm’s extensive portfolio composed of projects from over 20 markets. Established in 1942, the company has built structures that are recognized by the industry institutions, such as the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Kansas City Business Journal, and Ingram.
Crossland Construction Company, Inc.
3252 Roanoke Rd., Kansas City, MO 64111
Crossland Construction Company, Inc. is an award-winning firm that has completed landmark projects in the city since 1977. Many of its works are recognized by the ABC and featured annually in ENR’s “best of” rankings. One of the firm’s most notable contributions to the commercial sector was when it led the building for the Boulevard Brewery Visitors Center displayed here. Located in Kansas, the 23,000 square feet commercial building is aimed at attracting the region’s beer enthusiasts.
The structure, originally built in 1929, underwent a much-needed transformation that fits the client’s vision and brand identity. One goal of the work was to reintroduce the old, rustic elements of the original architecture. For instance, after removing the drywall and carpeting, it exposed the masonry walls and concrete floors that added more character to the interiors. The firm also installed a custom conveyor system for transporting kegs to different levels. The work also involved the construction of a beer hall, board game space, lounge area, a nook, and a foosball table area.
13725 W 109th St., Lenexa, KS 66215
MW Builders has worked with some of the biggest structures that have been a part of Kansas City’s urban landscape. Since the company opened its doors in 1971, many of its projects have made it to the pages of Kansas City Business Journal, ENR, and Kansas City Business Magazine. Its work for the commercial sector is often celebrated for its merge of classic and modern building techniques.
In recent years, for instance, the company was commissioned to renovate an apartment complex, known to the locals as the “flashcube” because of its full-glass interiors that reflect the city’s clear skies. The commercial multifamily building was constructed in a once-vacant 220,000-square-foot structure that used to house corporate offices. The resulting transformation produced a modern building that accommodates 184 apartment units. Since the building is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places, the firm made sure to keep its original architectural context in mind. The build focused on interior changes and added amenities such as a fitness area, a basketball court, a rock-climbing wall, and commercial office spaces.
215 E 18th St. Suite #22, Kansas City, MO 64108
Ryan Companies was tasked with the high-end renovation work for the historic Commerce Tower. One of the highlights of this project was the building’s sustainable design that adheres to USGBC’s LEED Gold qualifications. The 32-story building is a mixed-use commercial structure that houses 355 market-rate apartments, commercial spaces, green spaces, daycare, and early childhood learner center, as well as an undergraduate and graduate university. The building also has convenient proximity to Kansas City’s downtown area.
For over 80 years, the firm has been commended for its nod to sustainability and excellence in construction. Aside from being recognized by the ABC, the firm is also one of the most recent recipients of the Outstanding Building of the Year Award, under the 500,000-1 million square feet category, given by Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA).
Kelly Construction Group
4021 E 143rd St., Grandview, MO 64030
Kelly Construction Group was the chosen commercial contractor for a renowned cocktail bar and lounge. The work involved the renovation and art installation of the landmark’s 3,500 square feet of indoor restaurant space and patio. One of the highlights of this work is its chic, contemporary interior design that exudes luxury and sophistication through the use of a sleek, dark palette. This darker-toned look is contrasted by the concentrated warmth of candle-lit ambient lighting. The same harmony of dark and warm tones can be found in its outdoor seating space, designed for a more interactive drink and dine experience.
High-end projects like this featured work can be found in the firm’s 10+ years worth of projects in its portfolio. Some of these projects are constant features in industry publications, including Ingrams Magazine. In recent years, the company’s efficient delivery method also earned it its first Contractor of the Year Award from the American Subcontractor Association, Kansas City chapter.
520 W. Pennway St. Suite #100, Kansas City, MO 64108
Centric led the construction work for this commercial corporate client shown below. The Gather at 2345 Grand is a cafe that features an open space layout for lounging, and a quiet drink and dining experience for the building’s professional tenants. The work was aptly named “The Gather” since it was designed to be welcoming and to encourage collaboration among employees. The interiors, inspired by the airy and expansive nature of contemporary design, employ plenty of daylight through its floor-to-ceiling glass walls. The space was the result of a collaboration with Helix Architecture.
One of the things that makes Centric so unique is that they are the largest General Contractor in Kansas City that only does work in the city. They get to build the city they love and serve the communities that make Kansas City so great. Since its establishment in 2010, the firm has also completed stunning interiors and structures for a wide array of industries. Some of these projects are celebrated by the industry and featured in regional and local publications, including the Kansas City Business Journal.
Luke Draily Construction
75 NW Business Park Ln., Riverside, MO 64150
Luke Draily Construction has worked with some of the biggest commercial and retail companies in the country. The firm worked with Rosemann & Associates, CFS Engineering, McClure Engineering Company, Latimer Sommers and Associates on a 510,000-square-foot, eight-story mid-rise luxury urban-styled apartments and parking structure to be completed by 2023. The contemporary building is fitted with a top-floor sky lounge, elevated pool, a two-floor fitness center, and office amenities. Luke Draily consistently will utilize green-building practices such as the use of pre-cast concrete and steel throughout the construction process.
The company’s 24+ years of construction practice has helped it establish relationships with the region’s clients and architectural firms. These partnerships resulted in projects that are commended by industry institutions, including publications, such as Kansas City Star, Kansas City Business Journal, and Ingram’s Magazine, to name a few.
924 Oak St., Kansas City, MO 64106
Homoly Construction was tasked with the construction of The Gatsby on Oak, a premier event center that features timeless classic interior design. The project’s exterior is inspired by the grand appeal of classic masonry and cast stone molding. Its grand entryway is accessed through a double door set in red-stained wood. Its interiors feature luxury accents and textiles of transitional and traditional designs. Its stained wood flooring, metalworks, decorative Corinthian columns, and leather upholstery enhance its look of old-world sophistication.
Projects of the same level of sophistication and high-end interiors can be found in the firm’s portfolio. Since it first opened its doors in 1997, publications such as KC Small Business Magazine, Kansas City Homes & Gardens Magazine, and Ingram’s have celebrated many of its luxury work.
SRKO Commercial Builders
Kansas City, MO 64113
SRKO Commercial Builders was the chosen general contractor for the update and structural upgrade of BIC Media’s The Crossroads, Kansas City location. The work, which covered an area of 8,000 square feet, was a partnership with the design firm Helix Architects. Together, the two companies delivered a modern design and building that will cater to the client’s growing need for a more modern, cutting-edge facility. The building currently houses the brand’s production, animation, and music studios.
Since the firm’s inception 15 years ago, its client-focused delivery method has produced similar work that puts emphasis on the style and needs of its customers. It’s not surprising that the firm maintained its A-plus certification as a Better Business Bureau member, an affiliation that represents the firm’s ethical business practice and excellent customer service.
BCCM Construction Group
100 E 7th St. Suite #201, Kansas City, MO 64106
BCCM Construction Group was the lead builder for The Nerdery’s Kansas City location. The client is a known brand for its digital design, strategy, and development services. Its continued growth through the years has required it to expand. In order to answer the growing need for a bigger corporate home, the client wanted two additional floors of open-air workspaces. The work was set in a historic Western Union building so the company made sure that it kept the existing architectural context intact while incorporating elements unique to the client’s brand.
Projects that highlight the same emphasis on brand identity and respect for architectural originality can be found in the firm’s diverse portfolio. Since the company first offered its services in 2017, it has focused on delivering work that prioritizes the architectural, design, and structural needs of its clients.