The city of Irvine is known as a hotspot for business ventures with brands and markets both big and small populating the city’s commercial centers. Even though Irvine already boasts of many industries and markets—from retail to hospitality, healthcare to education—more open up each year adding to Irvine’s already booming economy. Many of these markets employ the best commercial contractors in Irvine, California to build or remodel their headquarters and locations in order to achieve a build and design that is truly representative of their brands.

Our editorial team selected these contractors based on their background, experience, and ability to cater to the project needs and desires of their commercial clients.

Bogart Construction, Inc.

9980 Irvine Center Drive, Ste 200, Irvine, CA 92618

Bogart Construction is an award-winning general contractor with three decades of experience in the construction industry. The firm caters to the largest and most well-respected retail and commercial companies in the industry, including fashion brands Anthropologie, Gap, H&M, and restaurant chains Starbucks and T.G.I. Fridays. 

The firm also completed work for the lifestyle boutique and clothing outlet Kitson. As a brand, Kitson is known for catering to a diverse demographic. The brand carries everything from clothing to gift items and books. It even has an apothecary section, which carries candles, cosmetics, and accessories. As the brand continued to expand, Bogart Construction was given the opportunity to build a Kitson location in Glendale. The resulting layout is gorgeous and open, with glass windows making up the store’s façade to display the fashion-forward looks of the brand.

Layton Construction

8961 Research Drive, Ste 100, Irvine, CA 92618

Layton Construction is a nationally-renowned commercial construction firm with offices across the United States, including Boise, Irvine, San Jose, Orlando, Honolulu, Kauai, and Nashville. The firm also serves Canada and Europe, having expanded its reach from a  regional contractor to a major, national corporation under the leadership of president David S. Layton. 

Some of the firm’s most notable clients include Best Buy, UPS, Starbucks, Nike, Marriott, Google, Delta, Amazon, and Macy’s. One example of its successful commercial work is the Kapolei Commons Theater. This 64,000-square-foot project, located in Oahu, is Hawaii’s first luxury movie theater. The 12-theater complex includes a concession area as well as two 9,000-square-foot retail shells. The luxury digital movie theater also includes wall-to-wall screens and all-electric reclining seats.

Hensel Phelps

18850 Von Karman Avenue, Ste 100, Irvine, CA 92612

With offices in California, Colorado, Virginia, Hawaii, Washington, Orlando, Texas, and Arizona, Hensel Phelps is a world-class builder that was founded in 1937 as a company of hard-working individuals. Today, the firm is led by president and CEO Michael J. Choutka and executive vice president Bradley A. Jeanneret. Both are active in industry associations such as the General Contractors Association and the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA).

The firm is known for its exploration of new markets and partnerships and investment in and service to diverse communities. One example of the firm’s award-winning work is the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. The $242 million, 1,007,118-square-foot project comprises 1,190 guest rooms with thirty luxury suites, a 34,000-square-foot grand ballroom, a 25,000-square-foot junior ballroom, a health club, and a spa, a bar, a restaurant, and a heated saltwater swimming pool. Hensel Phelps was a co-developer on the project and was responsible for designing and constructing the new seven-story, 1,955-stall parking garage. This garage provides 800 parking stalls for the hotel, with a balance of parking spaces designated for public use. The hotel, completed in 2008, received the 2009 ALIS Development Project of the Year award, among other awards.

VCC Construction

18201 Von Karman Avenue, Ste 100, Irvine, CA 92612

VCC Construction was founded in 1987 by Sam Alley, a builder who got his start in the construction industry at the age of fourteen. Today, Sam is joined in the firm’s leadership by Don Davis, and together, the business partners lead the firm as it offers retail, multifamily, hospitality, office, healthcare, educational, theaters and auditoriums, and related services across California, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, and Texas. 

One of the firm’s biggest projects was the Jordan Creek Town Center, the largest shopping center in West Des Moines, Iowa. The firm completed the project in collaboration with Callison Architecture. Most of the shops in the main two-level retail center, or “Shopping District,” feature dual frontage into the mall and exterior entrances to the “streetscape” to promote pedestrian activity. Jordan Creek Town Center also includes more than a hundred retail, dining, and entertainment outlets. The central shopping area features a 3.5-acre lake and includes promenades, play areas, an amphitheater, lakefront dining, and outdoor cafes. The lake also includes fountains, waterfalls, a bike trail, and multiple walkways. The town center also includes the largest movie theater in Iowa, state-of-the-art fire detection and suppression, and a variety of exterior façades and finishes.

Casco Contractors

9850 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, CA 92618

Casco Contractors is a female-owned commercial tenant improvement firm offering construction and design solutions to clients in Southern California. The firm is led by president and founder Cheryl Osborn. In 2000, Cheryl opened the firm’s doors to commercial clients; today, she is proud to say Casco Contractors has grown into one of the most respected commercial tenant improvement companies in Southern California.

The firm has completed work for co-working spaces in different locations across California. Another notable example of the firm’s work is the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Irvine office. The Make-A-Wish Foundation is renowned for its life-changing activities for children diagnosed with terminal illnesses and grave medical conditions. It has been seen as a beacon of hope for many, which is why its office had to reflect its whimsical, bright disposition. While the office is both colorful and playful, making use of geometric patterns in some furniture, it still maintains a formal side, especially in the boardrooms and cubicles. In all, the office has a balance of function and playfulness, driving home that the work being done in the office is serious, playful, and inspirational.

Questar Construction

17841 Mitchell North, Irvine, CA 92614

Questar Construction is a commercial construction firm with a focus on state-of-the-art healthcare facilities. Although this market comprises the majority of its projects, the firm has also completed many successful project types ranging from small tenant improvements to multi-million dollar ground-up facilities in the commercial, industrial, historical, retail, and educational markets. 

One example of the firm’s work in healthcare is the Dignity Health Bakersfield Memorial Hospital. The project required a 200 Bed Tower Addition. Questar acted as the construction manager for the project and had unique insights into the demands and challenges required to complete this job, which included building a tower on an existing structure, which was directly connected to a live LDRP facility.

Culp Construction Company

1 Technology Drive, Ste D-411, Irvine, CA 92618

Culp Construction Company was founded in 1949 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Now, as it operates in a second office, in California, the firm offers clients a full range of services from pre-construction through construction. The firm’s corporate headquarters are still in Utah, with Charles Culp leading the firm. Meanwhile, its California team is led by vice president Jon Easter, whose troubleshooting skills are renowned in the construction industry.

The firm has served several notable clients including H&M, Willbrook, Audi, and BMW. Another example of the firm’s work is the Galleria at Tyler Refresh. The shopping center was in need of updating, so Culp Construction, in collaboration with architect KTGY Group, stepped in to do a complete remodel of the first and second-floor restrooms.  New interior paint was completed for all common areas and entries and a new second-floor carpet was installed throughout.  The project also includes new patio tiles, new interior signage, and common area upgrades.