First established as a railway station in 1872 and incorporated as a city 13 years later, Fresno has played a major role in the region’s commercial growth. Today, the city is Fresno County’s leading economic center. Helping the area provide functional, high-performance structures and spaces are the best commercial contractors in Fresno.

These professionals are featured in leading industry publications and are recognized for sustainability, excellent design, and construction quality. These firms have also been commended by the building community through annual awards and stellar client reviews.

Zumwalt Construction Inc.

5520 E Lamona Ave. Fresno, CA 93727 

Zumwalt Construction Inc. led the construction efforts for Palm Fallbrook/ 7700. The two-story structure stands on a 41,660-square-foot property. Aside from building, the firm was tasked with the project’s site work, asphalt pavement contracting, and landscaping, to name a few. The company was also in charge of the installation of the building’s plumbing, mechanical, and electrical systems, as well as its fire protection systems. Commissioned by North Palm Partners, the work was completed in 2020. 

Projects of similar complexity and demand can be found in the firm’s deep portfolio, a collection of projects 25 years in the making. Many of these projects have been featured in The Business Journal, Your Central Valley, and other leading industry publications. 

Don Pickett & Associates

7395 N Palm Bluffs Avenue, Suite #101, Fresno, CA 93711

Don Pickett & Associates, Inc. was commissioned by a local veterinarian to build the Palm Bluff Veterinary Hospital. The project was an expansion effort to produce a new location that covers 9,100 square feet. Aside from design and construction, the firm also led the installation of a 10.75 kilowatts solar photovoltaic system to offset the center’s utility cost.

The company’s design-build nature has helped it deliver modern and sustainable work in the past. The firm’s three decades of practice have helped it dominate the commercial market. In recent years, it was the recipient of the notable Design-Build Awards and the Spotlight Awards. The Business Journal has featured some of the firm’s work in the past.

Legacy Construction

5390 E Pine Ave. Fresno, CA 93727

Legacy Construction was the lead builder for Toshiko Japanese Cuisine’s Fresno location. The company partnered with leading design studio, LRB Architecture to produce a space that represents the client’s brands through surprising palettes, materials, and finishes. Covering 1,334 square feet, the project’s interiors put emphasis on the rustic and minimalist atmosphere of the contemporary-industrial design.  The use of stained and treated wood hints at its Asian inspiration. Exposed beams, custom lighting, and the contrasting dark and light palette add character to the space.

The firm’s ability to deliver projects that stay true to its client’s brand identity can be found in the firm’s extensive commercial portfolio. Since its founding in 2007, it has completed general contracting and tenant improvements across Fresno. 

J.I. Garcia Construction, Inc.

4717 E Hedges Avenue Fresno, CA 93703

J.I. Garcia Construction, Inc. was tasked with renovation work for Fresno’s Manchester Center. The building features the symmetrical forms of modern architecture and the style’s ability to connect the interiors to the landscape. The full glass walls that dominate its façade complete this effect. These glass elements allow natural daylight to flow throughout the building. This airy and expansive feel is amplified by the interior’s white and muted palette and the building’s open-space layout.

Sustainable and modern structures compose the firm’s almost four decades’ worth of portfolio, especially of projects for the commercial market. As a member of the US Green Building Council (USGBC), the firm produces projects that follow the same energy efficiency and green design solutions. The firm is best known for its contribution to the Federal sector, especially for its projects with the Department of Defense and other civilian agencies. Its consistent performance and stringent adherence to quality beyond industry standards have also helped it secure large-scale private construction opportunities. Learn more about them at

MW Construction Inc.

2636 N Fordham Avenue, Fresno, CA 93727

MW Construction Inc. is an emerging general contractor that was established in 2019. Since its inception, it has completed commercial and retail construction and architectural work using its design-build delivery method. The company also provides renovations and tenant improvements to projects of varying sizes and complexities across the Central Valley area.

Under the leadership of Mike Webb, the firm’s principal builder, the company has catered to the region’s need for modern and contemporary retail spaces. One great example is a commercial space completed in February of this year. With modern design, open layout and a lighting package to match. Working with the clients through the creation of the project was one of the most rewarding part of the job.

K6 Construction Inc.

4433 E Copper Avenue, Clovis, CA 93619

K6 was tasked with the transformation of Heirloom Restaurant’s interiors and patio space. The highlight of this work can be found indoors where the company incorporated nature into the design of the space. Its open space layout allows guests to experience the welcoming energy of light-stained wood furniture and finishes. Its ambient lighting is amplified by natural daylight fed by the restaurant’s wide, operable windows. A wall painting of a mountain scene on its tiled wall is the focal point of the interiors. Spotlights emphasize the scene and enhance the feeling that the image exudes. 

Projects of the same thoughtful and brand-specific designs can be found on the firm’s extensive project list. The Business Journal has often featured the company’s work. Founded in 2015, the firm has also been commended for its on-time and on-budget delivery. 


  • 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