Contractors tapped for commercial housing projects have to deliver strong craftsmanship. Streamlined construction management is also required for successful delivery on time and within budget. To build a multifamily project in Sunnyvale, you’ll need to study the region extensively before development, as well as consider the project’s effect on the site and the community.

The following article highlights the best multifamily contractors in Sunnyvale, California. These are the contractors capable of delivering the work you need and providing that work in a responsible way. Our exhaustive selection process narrowed down the local pool to these five names. These firms stood out to our editorial team because of the quality of their work, the awards they have won, and the positive customer feedback they consistently receive. Most of these companies operate exclusively on a local scale and have decades of experience.

Claddagh Construction, Inc.

2179 Stone Avenue, Ste 19, San Jose, CA 95125

Established in 1989, Claddagh Construction, Inc. is a San Jose firm known for its building expertise. The full-service company provides general contracting, management, and planning services to San Jose and its adjacent communities. The business is also a Lead-Safe Certified Firm by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Owner Mick Galvin and his team aim to deliver exceptional results on every project. Solid craftsmanship, meticulous attention to detail, and smooth management can be expected with the crew in charge. Strong customer service has helped build a steady network of repeat clients in the area.

The contractor has worked on multifamily buildings, office improvements, restaurants, retail spaces, residential properties, and fire and flood restorations. One notable project is the Harbor Cove Apartments in Foster City. The development includes 12 buildings, 400 apartments, and a leasing office.

SBI Builders Inc.

710 W Julian Street, San Jose, CA 95126

SBI Builders, Inc. has been a staple of Northern and Southern California’s general contracting market since 2005. It established itself as a quality builder with consistently prompt delivery and professional service. The business also provides competitive pricing, a safe environment, and a community-focused approach to every development.

President/CEO Paul Nuytten is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP). Most of his work incorporates green and sustainable elements that improve work and living spaces. Nuytten’s portfolio features multifamily buildings, luxury homes, tract housing, commercial tenant improvements, and rehabilitation projects. 

One of the team’s standout works is the Sunnyvale multifamily building owned by Classic Communities. The 7.4 million design-build project includes 34 housing units furnished with modern designs. Each unit comes with a deeded garage with finished drywall.

W. L. Butler

1629 Main Street, Redwood City, CA 94063

WL Butler provides comprehensive work that strives to meet the client’s vision and the industry’s standard. It provides pre-construction, construction, and management services from four offices across California.

CEO and founder William L. Butler leads skilled and committed craftspeople that consistently deliver exceptional results. The remarkable quality of his team’s output won recognition from various local bodies. Recent accolades include the Gold Nugget Grand Award for the Best Rehabilitation Project and the Award of Merit for Best Educational Project, both in 2018.

Compass Place is a Sunnyvale development for Stellar Homes. It is a joint project between the firm’s Redwood City office and architect James A. Guthrie and Associates. The condominium includes 16 buildings and offers 240 units. Apartments range between one to three bedrooms and vary from 1,000 to 1,200 square feet. The site also includes a lap pool for tenant use.


777 North 1st Street, 5th Floor, San Jose, CA 95112

Ergonomic structures and spaces are the forte of Swenson Builders, an acclaimed firm based in San Jose. The company excels in development, construction, and architecture, delivered with four generations of experience behind each service. Some properties in the in-house portfolio include residential buildings, tenant improvements, office facilities, and senior living centers. Sustainable building is another forte, as most of the contractor’s projects are LEED Platinum Certified.

Operations are helmed by chairman C. Barron Swenson and president Case Swenson. A quality-driven process drives their approach, which extends to building, safety, community, and more. Their top-level work has propelled the business to the area’s list of most preferred contractors.

The Parkside Villas Townhomes is a development by Barry Swenson Communities. The multifamily housing features traditional designs that echo European architecture, built on a site surrounded by lush landscape. The serene setting is perfect for tenants who prefer a quiet atmosphere.


  • 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