One of California’s most industrial cities, Richmond is filled with government, petrochemical, education, healthcare and retail facilities. As such, it is home to many large establishments, including Chevron, Kaiser Permanente, and Walmart. Several large areas in the city, such as some shopping and residential districts, are being redeveloped to increase commercial activity and the number of residents. 

As a city pursuing growth, there are many talented commercial contractors in the area. We have collected the best commercial contractors and have listed them below. These firms are experienced in renovation, ground-up construction, and expansion, and are known for commercial, retail and residential work. 


Team Commercial Construction

253 Tewksbury Ave. Point, Richmond, CA 94801

Team Commercial Construction has been in operation since 1994. The firm collaborates with clients, owners, architects, designers, and brokers to deliver green construction services. As a firm committed to sustainable construction, Team Commercial Construction is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and employs in-house Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professionals. Its other employees are also trained in all aspects of the LEED Green Building Rating System, the most widely used green building rating system.

The firm specializes in sustainable construction for existing buildings (LEED EB) and commercial interiors (LEED CI). Its services include construction, consultation, value engineering, and LEED certification management. The firm guides clients through identifying sensible green design and construction strategies. Most of the firm’s projects are found in Contra Costa County. One project is the Rafael Town Center in San Rafael, CA. Team Commercial Construction provided all office and retail tenant improvements. The work included a bank, two restaurants, and office and retail space totaling over 50,000 square feet.


Conscious Construction

1133 Ohio Ave., Richmond, CA 94804 

Conscious Construction is a 15-year-old green-certified firm specializing in commercial and residential structures. The firm collaborates with architects and designers to create buildings that focus on energy efficiency, natural resource conservation, and indoor air quality while being architecturally meaningful. Its portfolio includes commercial and public work, as well as multifamily and single-family developments and remodels. One of the firm’s retail projects is the Honeys and Heroes store in Palo Alto, CA. The firm provided a full mechanical and electrical rebuild with minimal disruption to the client’s neighbors. It features a ceiling-mounted inverted skateboard ramp, custom product displays, and an integral colored concrete topcoat.

The firm’s team is composed of estimators, project managers, superintendents, carpenters, and trained laborers. It provides green building services for commercial tenant improvements, residential remodels, new construction, seismic upgrades, project management, and pre-project value engineering. 


BBI Construction

1155 Third St. Suite 230, Oakland, CA 94607

BBI Construction follows the practice of merging seamlessly with clients to understand their perspectives and project goals. For over 47 years, the firm has been working on the renovation and new construction of schools, multi-family housing, commercial, biotech, and institutional facilities. Most of the firm’s projects are private and negotiated work. The Hong Fook Center, Hotel Oakland in Oakland, CA is one of the firm’s projects over the years. BBI Construction did the construction of a daycare facility and a medical clinic within the 7,500-square-foot ballroom of Hotel Oakland. The scope included conference rooms, offices, a nurse’s station, several exam and medical rooms, a reception area, a commercial kitchen, and restrooms with shower facilities. The firm also installed electrical systems and flooring, an HVAC system, and accent lighting.

The firm highlights the importance of collaborating to work quickly and efficiently without sacrificing quality. Each project has at least one principal to oversee the entire process to ensure the project remains within budget, on schedule, and according to plan. BBI Construction offers services for pre-construction, value engineering, construction, and design-build.


West Builders

120 Railroad Ave. Point, Richmond, CA 94801

West Builders, Inc. (WEST) is guided by the principals’ 85 years of combined experience in construction. Its leaders have worked on over $1.7 billion and 21,000,000 square feet worth of projects. Its portfolio includes office buildings, interior improvements, manufacturing and warehouse facilities, residential, retail, parking structures, hospitality, mixed-use, and entertainment. One example is the Enclave in Berkeley, California, a mixed-use project with 88,000 square feet of dormitory space and 11,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space. The building has wood framing built on a concrete podium and mat slab at grade level, 55 dormitory units, and over five retail spaces. Its exterior features a rock facade, public art installations, several outdoor terraces, and a roof deck. Around 254 students of UC Berkeley are housed in the dormitory. Some of the amenities are onsite study lounges, a fitness center, and laundry services.

Many of WEST’s clients from institutional and private sectors become repeat clients. These clients include development and property management firms, pension advisory companies, universities, and built-to-suit customers. Other than construction services, the firm also offers pre-construction, seismic upgrades, renovation and retrofit, LEED certification, entitlement and permit support, design-build, and development management.


Vila Construction

590 South 33rd St., Richmond, CA 94804

Joe Vila Construction was founded in 1916 and focused on underground construction. Today, it now provides general contracting. Its third and fourth-generation leaders Richard and Henry Vila lead the firm in providing adaptable and progressive services. As a firm that is over 100 years old, it is capable of cost planning, project management, design-build, LEED certification, and Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) and California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen Code) compliance. 

The firm specializes in commercial, retail, restaurant, healthcare, technology, life science, and education projects. As a member of the US Green Building Council (USGBC), it aims to promote and implement green building in all of its structures. 


Build Group Inc. Oakland

405 14th Street Suite 900, Oakland, CA 94612

Build Group Inc. has in-house capabilities that give it more control over scheduling and quality. Its ability to provide services for structural concrete, metal framing, drywall, insulation, and plastering on top of general contracting results in repeat clients becoming over 80% of the firm’s clientele. The firm is also well-versed with project delivery methods like negotiated GMP, CM at risk, IPD, lean, design-build, and P3. 

Residential, commercial, retail, office, and restaurant projects make up most of the firm’s portfolio. One example of a restaurant project is Hog Island in San Francisco. Build Group’s work involved renovating the restaurant space in the historic San Francisco Ferry Building. At 3,800 square feet, the reconfiguration is triple the size of the existing restaurant with an additional 1,100 square feet for outdoor dining space. The structure features a full-service kitchen and bar, custom concrete bar counters, and reclaimed cypress millwork. 


Alten Construction

1141 Marina Way South, Richmond, CA 94804

Alten Construction is a 26-year-old firm that provides its services under several contract types like lump sum, guaranteed maximum price, and lease-leaseback. The firm can self-perform critical parts of finished construction, including demolition, concrete, masonry, and rough and finish carpentry. In creating its structures, Alten Construction collaborates with its clients, architects, local municipalities, and city officials to ensure seamless planning and construction. Alten construction is also experienced in sustainable building. It has LEED accredited professionals on staff who have worked on numerous LEED-certified projects.

The firm’s portfolio features commercial, education, sustainable, laboratory, historic, seismic, and structural projects. One of its commercial projects is the Storehouse in San Francisco. Alten Construction worked with Lennar Urban and Baldauf Catton Von Eckartsberg Architects to improve an existing space for retail use. The work included interior improvements like new flooring, kitchen equipment, cabinetry, countertops, and furniture. They also made modifications to the existing fire protection, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical systems.


Overaa Construction

200 Parr Blvd., Richmond, CA 94801

Overaa Construction has been serving Northern California for 114 years. Engineering News-Record has consistently recognized Overaa Construction as one of the top firms while publications like San Francisco Business Times and Silicon Valley Business Journal recognized the firm as one of the largest general contractors. The firm’s business philosophy is to maintain a traditional hands-on business while adapting to changing market conditions. 

Most of the firm’s projects are commercial, infrastructure, education, healthcare, industrial, laboratory, and community structures. The Fremont Bank Headquarters is a 30,000 square foot commercial project. It is a six-story building with deep foundations, limestone exterior cladding, electrochromic glazing, linear wood ceilings, and an outdoor rooftop terrace. Overaa’s work includes extensive preconstruction services.