Sunny skies, blue waters, and wonderful opportunities are what the beachfront cities of Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach in California are most known for. With a name that literally means “beautiful” in Spanish, Hermosa Beach is a stunning location, popular for activities like surfing, paddleboarding, cycling, and running. Redondo Beach, a bit further south, is known as the quintessential California retreat with its luxury hotels, cozy inns, and business-friendly suites. Both have that coveted small-town charm and offer residents and businesses alike a flood of things to do.
If you’re looking to expand your business to these sunny areas, here’s a list of the best commercial contractors in Hermosa Beach and Redondo Beach, California. This list was created after we considered the contractors’ years in the business, the quality and complexity of their projects, the principals’ history, and of course, each one’s recognition in the field.
Oltmans Construction Co.
10005 Mission Mill Road, Whittier, CA 90601
At the top of the list is the well-established Oltmans Construction, Co. The company has been one of the top-ranked commercial and industrial general contractors in Los Angeles County since 1932. For 89 years, Oltmans Construction has been staying true to its original vision of high standards, excellent service, and innovative solutions.
The firm was founded by Joseph Overwin Oltmans, a German-born contractor with an education in Civil Engineering from Stanford. Before establishing Oltmans Construction, he already had become familiar with the lay of the land in different parts of America. He spent his college summers working as a carpenter, logger, and even as an encyclopedia salesman. In 1931, he established J.O. Oltmans, General Contractor, and with great determination, survived the Great Depression while operating in cubby holes of other firms’ offices. His great work and perseverance earned his company a strong reputation, resulting in the opportunities that later made Oltmans Construction Co. one of the largest commercial and industrial contractors in Southern California.
Oltmans Construction’s high-quality work has stood the test of time and received a number of awards many times. Some recent awards include the 2018 Silver Award by Los Angeles Business Journal’s Commercial Real Estate Awards and placing #184 on the 2021 ENR List of Top 400 Contractors in the country. Oltmans Construction is also certified with the U.S. Green Building Council and is a Cal-OSHA 30 Certified business. Many of its commercial projects have been featured in publications like the Engineering News-Record – California and the Los Angeles Business Journal.
One example of Oltmans Construction’s enduring work is its 2013 GreenStreet Center project, a building that was produced via sustainable practices. It boasts trendy retail shops and restaurants with full kitchen and dining areas. It even has a full-service car wash and detailing facility as well as a two-level concrete parking deck.
3050 Fletcher Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90065
CalAsia Construction is a general contractor firm dedicated to the highest possible standards. Drawing from both principals’ experiences, CalAsia has been building restaurants for 25 years thanks to a straightforward and thorough management system.
The firm’s principal, John Murawski, has a history of working as a Chief Estimator for Pacific Southwest Development and as the Vice President for Acumen Construction. He later established CalAsia Construction with his wife, Myrna Murawski who graduated from Manila Central University in 1999 and worked with her family practice that buys and maintains properties. She now serves as the firm’s COO. Along with the core staff of CalAsia, John and Myrna have completed over 500 projects—a project range that includes restaurants, custom homes, retail, and ground-up buildings.
CalAsia Construction is the recipient of the 2013 AIA Los Angeles Restaurant Architecture People’s Choice Award for Osteria Mozza. The firm’s great work has been featured in publications like Los Angeles Magazine, Dine Magazine, and GQ. Featured here is the Laurel Tavern project in Hermosa Beach; it offers customers a rustic, industrial-modern feel that makes it such a wonderful place to relax and enjoy.
23820 Hawthorne Boulevard, Suite #100, Torrance, CA 90505
Since 2003, award-winning Southern California-based Esplanade Builders, Inc. has been dedicating its talents to improving tenant success. As a certified small business, it provides clients with its team’s utmost attention at an extremely competitive price point.
The company is led by Christian Sorenson, who has over 20 years of experience in the general contracting business and construction industry that provides him an edge in guiding projects and understanding the needs of each individual client. As a young man when he worked with his father in building and remodeling homes, he developed a wide-ranging skillset as a result. That early experience, coupled with his education in Development and Architecture, has helped him become a well-respected contractor and project manager in Southern California.
Esplanade Builders has earned the 2019 Largest Tenant Improvement Contractors, 2019, 2018, and 2017 Top Tenant Improvement Contractors, and the 2013 AIA National Award. The company’s projects can even be found in the 2018 Construction Dive and the 2017 and 2016 Orange County Business Journal.
One example of the team’s refined work is the Steelhead Coffee Lobby & Gym, an industrial modern gym and coffee place with an upscale atmosphere and serene environment, perfect for working out or just simply enjoying your time.
Rachel Matthew Development
1601 N Sepulveda Boulevard, Suite 702, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
In 2006, Steve Nakamura founded Rachel Matthew Development with the goal of perfecting the art of custom commercial buildings. With a talented and knowledgeable staff who manages the office and oversees all job sites, Rachel Matthew Development creates commercial buildings tailored to each customer’s goals. The result is long-lasting relationships that result in repeat business.
Steve is an active member of the National Association of Home Builders, the NAHB 20 Club, the Home Builders Association of Central New Mexico, and the New Mexico Homebuilders Association. His background includes the development of several prominent subdivisions and he offers great insight when it comes to commercial development including ground-up new construction and tenant improvements.
One example is the Burrito Express project pictured here. It was once a flower shop that was then transformed into a modern restaurant, complete with a drive-up window. Rachel Matthew Development used the original foundation and added critical touches to create a clean, up-to-date restaurant with a hacienda exterior and southwest-style landscape.
Efraim & Associates, Inc.
8913 W. Olympic Boulevard, Suite 101 Beverly Hills, CA 90211
Building on a foundation of integrity, experience, and excellence, Efraim & Associates, Inc. has been providing general contracting services to the Southern California region for the past 23 years.
Efraim & Associates, Inc. has extensive experience in managing and implementing every phase of a construction project, from planning with the concept drawings down to the very last detail. This precision comes as no surprise as the founder, Fred Efraim, is a second-generation builder/developer with over 35 years of experience in real estate development and construction.
Efraim & Associates, Inc. is a Cal-OSHA 40 Certified business and has a strong focus on commercial and industrial construction. One example of the team’s work is the 300 Pacific Coast Highway project, which was once a 60-year-old barrel roof building that was remodeled to become a modern mixed-use center.