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Virginia Beach is a vacation destination. It has become a center of culinary adventures, as well as an arts and entertainment hub. With the rising need for entertainment spots, commercial contractor companies began to grow.

In this list, we gather five of the best commercial contractors offering services in Virginia Beach and surrounding areas. These experienced contractors are recognized by several publications for their outstanding work, each firm having handled a variety of projects including recreational, healthcare, educational, and banking industries. 


GC Commercial, Inc.

3 Pennington Ave., Newport News, VA 23606

GC Commercial, Inc. offers on-call emergency services to each of its clients. This is to ensure that customers get the kind of service they deserve. Every time a problem arises on-site, the firm’s team will be there to solve each problem efficiently. With almost a decade in the industry, this firm is an expert in commercial projects as well as housing and retail construction. Its expertise also covers services for medical and healthcare institutions, as well as government and educational buildings. 

This veteran-owned general contractor has been providing commercial and home improvement services in Hampton, Yorktown, Newport News, and surrounding areas since 2011. Thirty percent of its projects are in Virginia Beach. As a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), this firm believes in sustainable builds. It is also BBB-certified (Better Business Bureau), a testament to its dedication to giving exceptional customer service. In recognition of its work, the firm has been featured by the Newport News VA in 2019. 


M&M Contractors

508 Baylor Court Suite B, Chesapeake, VA 23320

This Class A contractor is an expert in pre-engineered building systems. As an affiliate of Butler Manufacturing Company, it constructs weather and time-resilient buildings specializing in conventional construction and commercial remodeling as well. Since 1992, M&M Contractors has completed a variety of projects including warehouses, manufacturing facilities, office complexes, and retail facilities. The firm’s range also extends to constructing schools, museums, and sewage treatment facilities. 

With 28 years of industry experience, M&M Contractors serves clients from Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Newport News, and Suffolk. It serves clients from the Hampton Roads area and Northeastern North Carolina as well. On top of this, it is Builders and Contractors Exchange-accredited (BCE) in Virginia. The firm has received several recognitions for its exemplary work including Top Metal Builders from Metal Construction News for three years. Led by George Moore, the firm is committed to providing quality commercial and industrial projects for its customers. 


Woodard Group

5375 Henneman Drive Suite A, Norfolk, VA 23513

This firm is a master in multi-tenant commercial development and building. Founded in 1989, it has an extensive portfolio including retail, office, medical, and warehouse projects. Keith Woodard founded the company and has 40 years of commercial construction, engineering, and development experience. His extensive portfolio makes him a great advisor for Woodard Group projects. His attention to detail and long-standing relationships with industry professionals are valuable to the company’s success.

Currently, the firm serves the greater Hampton Roads, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach region as a full-service general contractor and commercial construction firm. Woodard Group also provides in-house quality services such as custom cabinetry and millwork installation. To provide these services, the firm employs a full team that can guide clients 24/7. The company supplies superior craftsmanship to each of its projects.


Sussex Development Corporation

109 S. Lynnhaven Road #200, Virginia Beach, VA 23452

This Virginia Beach-based contractor has received a remarkable amount of press over the years. Publications such as Inside Business and Business NC have most recently featured the firm. In addition, the company has received many awards over 30 years of being in the inststry, including two consecutive Contractor Of The Year awards from the Associated General Contractors of Virginia (AGC) in 2018 and 2017. 

The firm believes in excellence, commitment, and integrity during the entire build process. This approach is carried through each healthcare, recreational, office, and industrial build. One of the firm’s most notable projects is the Widgeon Professional Center. This impressive structure is 10,000 square feet, located in Virginia Beach. 

Excellence is also what Sussex Development Corporation president Harry L. Davis, III knows. Davis started his career in 1990 handling multi-million-dollar projects as a project engineer. Because of his outstanding reputation, he has served as president for the Associated General Contractors of Virginia and the BCE. 


S.B. Ballard Construction Company

2828 Shipps Corner Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23453

S.B. Ballard Construction Company’s multiple accreditations are proof of its professionalism. As an American Institute of Architects (AIA) member, it is an expert in the design-build process. Its USGBC certification is a commitment to using sustainable means in its construction process. The firm’s membership in the Construction Management Association of America is testimony to its expertise in project, cost, and time management. This kind of professionalism is why this firm remains on top for over 42 years in the business. This is also why it has been featured by ACP Publications, Virginia Business, and more recently, the Inside Business.

At present, 50% of the commercial projects the firm handles are in Virginia Beach. One of its biggest projects in the area is Forbes Candies, a 20,000-square-foot concrete facility. The project involves the relocation of specialty candy manufacturing equipment and the construction of a new retail outlet. Delivering only well-thought-out designs and builds is key to the company’s longevity. Established in 1978, S.B. Ballard Construction Company continues to offer unmatched service and superior quality. Each project is delivered on time and on budget. Leading the team in achieving its promise is founder Stephen B. Ballard. With over 37 years of construction experience, Ballard continues to oversee all construction operations to ensure each project’s success.