As early as the 1920s, the city of Burlingame already had a booming economy. A far cry from the automobile and airline services of the past, Burlingame’s economy has now diversified to include biotechnology, high-technology markets, finance, healthcare, manufacturing, and construction. In the construction sector in particular, the city has seen tremendous growth, with local commercial contractors building for the markets that have begun to emerge in the city—a collaboration that has brought on more growth for Burlingame’s economy.

If you are a business owner or developer looking to build or remodel your facilities, look no further than this list of the best commercial contractors in Burlingame, California. Our editorial team selected these builders for their local and extensive experience that allows each of them to perform comprehensive general construction for a diverse range of project types. 

Alten Construction

1141 Marina Way South, Richmond, CA 94804

Alten Construction was founded in 1995 by Bob and Shannon Alten. Today, the commercial contracting firm has grown into one of the largest, most-respected general contractors in the Bay Area. The firm has completed numerous sustainable and historic projects across California and has won awards such as the 2018 Historic Preservation Award from the Richmond Historic Preservation Commission and the National Park Service, and the 2020 Best of Richmond Award in the Commercial Construction Contractors category.

One great example of Alten Construction’s work is the Hoover Elementary School. The original 1930’s schoolhouse was completely renovated while the firm constructed a new, three-story building adjacent to the existing schoolhouse. The new campus includes classrooms, administrative offices, a library, a cafeteria and multipurpose room, a parking lot and driveway, two playgrounds, and landscaping. In order to transform this existing property into a new campus, Alten Construction successfully collaborated with the Burlingame School District and Dreiling Terrones Architecture. 

JL Construction

70 Stony Point Road, Suite D, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Formerly known as Jeff Luchetti Construction, Inc., JL Construction is a general contracting firm that provides construction services for public and private projects, design-build projects, lease-leaseback, and modular construction throughout California. In its entire duration of practice, the firm has cemented its reputation as an integral part of the Bay Area community since 1998. Under the leadership of President Jeff Luchetti, the firm is an industry leader in general contracting across Northern California. 

One good example of the firm’s commercial work is the Farm Restaurant at the Carneros Inn in Napa. The Farm restaurant, one of three restaurants on the grounds of the Carneros Inn, offers fine dining in an elegant dining room. The restaurant was completed in collaboration with TLCD Architects and features fireplaces, dramatic lighting, and a cathedral ceiling. An alfresco lounge area is available to offer a relaxed atmosphere in which clients can enjoy their beverages with outdoor fireplaces, living room-style seating, and adjacent bocce ball courts. Reflecting the wine country location of Napa, there is custom wine storage and there are also displays throughout the bar.

Rylko Builders

577 Airport Boulevard, Suite 725, Burlingame, CA 94010

With over three decades of experience in the construction industry, Rylko Builders is a leading provider of commercial construction services in the San Francisco Bay Area. Under the leadership of its President and CEO Steve Rylko, the firm offers a wide array of general contracting, design-build, and construction management services to the commercial/office, corporate/financial markets, high-tech markets, and office space sectors. 

One example of the firm’s work is this office build-out for an electronic vehicle manufacturer. From pre-construction to completion, the Rylko team stepped in to offer comprehensive services for all of the client’s needs. The firm’s services ranged from design-build and mechanical, to electrical, plumbing, and life safety, which were all handled internally to expedite the project and keep the tight timeline on track. Rylko’s design for the space mirrored the rugged yet refined look and feel of a top-of-the-line electric vehicle, with the space rooted in industrial design: open ceilings, polished concrete floor, and exposed ductwork. Rylko also created modern and welcoming break areas, huddle rooms, and common areas, and fostered a sense of creativity and  outside-the-box thinking, all through design. Finally, Rylko was able to build out the complete 22,000 square-foot environment to be move-in ready in a timeline of just 13 weeks— an impressive feat made possible, in part, by Rylko’s permit-expediting services.

A.O.I. Group

1439 N Carolan Avenue, Burlingame, CA 94010

The construction practice of A.O.I. (Art of Italy) Group is one founded on years of craftsmanship and experience in both Italy and the United States. A.O.I. began as a custom interior company, completing projects for local and European clients alike. As a result of its success in this venture, the firm went on to offer a full range of services in general contracting, traveling nationally and internationally to work on and manage many of its clients’ projects. 

To date, A.O.I. Group has worked on prestigious projects throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Some notable builds include those done for high-end brands such as BVLGARI, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Tiffany & Co. For these stores, the firm made stunning use of light to highlight the equally stunning products offered by these brands. For instance, this BVLGARI store exterior was built with the intention to capture the attention of passersby. As if mimicking the jewelry inside, the BVLGARI store’s exterior shimmers in the yellow light,  adding to the luminescent effect of the material used in the building’s façade.  

Bach Construction, Inc.

533 Airport Boulevard, Suite 400, Burlingame, CA 94010

Bach Construction is a family-owned and operated business serving the San Francisco Bay Area since 1960. The firm is now led by the family’s second generation of builders, brothers Peter and Hans Bach, who are continuing their father Harry’s legacy of building substantial works that are long-lasting. And with a local history spanning over 50 years, the firm has set its sights on increasing its diverse portfolio of projects in the Greater Bay Area. 

The firm has completed work for various commercial clients such as Adobe Macromedia, Gladstone Institutes, and Sixt Car Rental. The firm also completed work for the Daly City-based Genesys Telecommunications, a company known for selling cloud-based and hybrid cloud customer experience and call center software and technology to mid-sized and large businesses. For its office, the firm came up with a colorful and vibrant palette to spice up the surroundings of the workers. With a reception, a café, a lounge area, and a kitchen, the office has the perfect balance of relaxation and professionalism. Now, the office workers can enjoy their colorful environment while putting in both work and play. 


  • 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