Modesto, like its name implies, had modest beginnings. The city was a train stop before it evolved into a well-known agricultural spot. With fertile land and well-cared-for fields, the farm-to-table movement helped develop the city into what it is today. Local businesses started investing in better structures, and with that came the need for contractors. A beautiful city was built, and today it continues to grow.

Our editorial team has compiled a list of dependable contractors who have worked in the area. These contractors have been acknowledged by their clients for their diverse industry experience and high-quality work.

Golden State Construction & Framing, Inc.

1004 Reno Avenue, Modesto, CA 95351

Golden State Construction & Framing, Inc. (GSCF Inc.) began as a small family-run firm before expanding into a 150-strong company. With over 20 years of experience in construction and specialized framing, the firm has provided residential and commercial services throughout Northern and Central California. GSCF Inc. is known for its rough carpentry, metal framing, and gypsum board installation services.

The firm’s portfolio includes large and complex building projects for companies such as IHOP, In-n-Out Burger, Mercedes-Benz, and Almaden Ranch. The 17-story Almaden Ranch Office Building in San Jose, CA involved the demolition of an existing parking lot and stands on a 3.67-gross acre site. GSCF Inc. worked on 2,111,000 square feet of office spaces across two towers, shaped 35,200 square feet of ground-floor commercial space, and provided 1,815 below-grade parking spaces.

Rubik Built

1004 Reno Avenue, Modesto, CA 95351

Being led by Nic Whetstone and Tommy Phelen has given the firm Rubik Built the ability to provide specialized services on multifamily, commercial, and residential construction projects. Whetstone and Phelen’s experience ensures each building exceeds Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. Projects in the firm’s portfolio feature robust structures, wide areas, and open windows. The Dental Paragon office in Modesto is a good example with its sturdy posts and spacious waiting and working areas.

Rubik Built’s team has more than 20 years of experience in various sectors of the construction industry. It is by far the largest contractor in Central Valley and among the top five firms in the Northern California market. With its specialization in multi-family structures, the firm currently has over $200 million worth of projects under construction. The firm is capable of offering intelligent management services, on-site management, safety management, contract procurement, scheduling, and contractor management. Each project follows best construction practices to deal with foreseeable issues and enhance practice solutions.

Woodland Construction

4524 Salida Boulevard, Salida, CA 95368

Woodland Construction has a diverse construction portfolio. The firm’s projects typically focus on commercial structures including medical, office, and retail buildings.

This family-owned firm has been serving California’s Central Valley since 1979. For over 40 years, teams for project management, site supervision, and administration have been used to ensure the success of each project. Firm services include site development, retail, medical, restaurant and food services, car washes, professional offices, industrial, tenant improvements, building restorations, and custom residential homes.

Simile Construction

4725 Enterprise Way, Suite #1, Modesto, CA 95356

Simile Construction’s president Joe Simile was exposed to commercial contracting when he was 11 years old. As the second generation of leadership for the family-owned business, he leads the team in planning, designing, and building retail, restaurant, health and fitness, and auto dealership projects in Modesto.  The firm’s 30 years of experience has resulted in projects like Scenic Oaks Office Park, and repeat customers include companies like InShape. Clients are walked through the design-build process of the firm to establish the budget and the construction plan.

The InShape branch of Yuba City features sectioned workout rooms. Each of the branch’s workout routines is assigned a specific room, rather than sharing a common area. Treadmills are located in one room, while pilates machines and weights equipment are in another. Other facilities of the branch include a swimming pool, a spa, a children’s playroom, a locker and shower room, and a lounge.

Acme Construction Co, Inc.

1565 Cummins Drive, Modesto, CA 95358

Serving Central California for three generations is LEED-certified Acme Construction Co, Inc., founded in 1947. The leadership of the firm puts focus on ensuring safety for its employees and clients at the site, a priority acknowledged by the 2018 Construction Employers Association “Excellence in Safety” award. The firm’s prudence ensures that projects can be completed without injury or increased expenses.

With little to no incidents to report, complex projects like the Oak Valley Hospital Replacement in Oakdale, CA could be completed within schedule and budget. The project’s total size is 123,210 square feet; the second-floor space was allotted for future build-out. A lobby and new departments for emergency, radiology, and surgery were constructed. Client testimonials spoke of the firm’s integrity. Another client remarked on the firm’s ability to deliver on a project despite a shrinking, changing budget.

DeGraff Development

501 S Stockton Avenue, Ripon, CA 95366

The DeGraff Development firm creates structures that take workflow, future expansion, and space maximization into account. Its projects on office, education, healthcare, retail, restaurant, and public work structures are optimized for future growth and development. An example is the 5,500 square feet retail building at Atwater. With multiple tenants to house, the firm had to ensure that future occupants could use the space.

DeGraff Development has been working in the Central California area for the past 25 years. On top of general contracting, the firm offers design-build, pre-construction, and sub-contracting services. Its team of designers, project managers, and superintendents analyze projects to ensure critical concerns are addressed.

Huff Construction Company, Inc.

4917 Stoddard Road, Modesto, CA 95356

Huff Construction Company’s 50 years of experience includes a wide range of projects. Surgery centers, country clubs, retail spaces, supermarkets, apartment complexes, hotels, office buildings, community centers, cold storage facilities, breweries, school buildings, warehouses are all found in its impressive portfolio. The firm’s skill across a broad range of projects has brought a 90% repeat client rate. Brands like Save Mart Supermarkets and EAH Housing keep coming back for more.

The Save Mart store #001 for Save Mart Supermarkets is a project in Modesto, CA. Huff Construction worked on the ground-up construction of a 54,100 square foot structure, which serves as the anchor of the Marketplace Shopping Center. The store features a fast-casual restaurant with an outdoor seating area, a walk-in beer cooler, and numerous food stands. There are also multiple departments like a bakery-deli with a bakery bar and a meat-seafood department with an in-house smoker. Learn more about them at


  • 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