Vancouver, Washington has numerous buildings from the 19th and early 20th centuries still in use. Many establishments are interested in rehabilitating these structures and revitalizing the business district. Some structures have already been repurposed to fit the needs of new tenants.

Because Vancouver has stricter development laws compared with other places, our editorial team has created a list of the best commercial contractors in the area who are experienced in complying with these tough city codes. The firms listed here are specialized in renovating, retrofitting, and updating structures to match modern construction and architectural standards.

Tapani Construction LLC

312 NE 1st Ave., Unit 101, Battle Ground, WA 98604

Tapani Construction LLC is a six-year-old firm based in Washington State. Its team of master electricians and carpenters is under the guidance of owner and president Bob Tapani. His 20 years of experience in construction, contracting, and electrical work are assurance that the firm can complete works of any scale. 

Most of the company’s industrial, commercial, and residential projects involve concrete or remodeling. The company’s services also include new construction, control systems installation, electric charging stations, outdoor kitchens, concrete decks, and driveways. In its work for Brazil Grill, the firm installed floating cabinets for drinks and decor, chandelier light fixtures, circular mirrors, a bar, and a buffet table close to the kitchen’s window.

Halbert Construction Services LLC

12013 NE 99th Street #1630, Vancouver, WA 98682

Halbert Construction Services LLC works closely with its clients to ensure problems are resolved quickly and efficiently. Clients are provided with information from the firm’s site evaluations and feasibility studies to keep them updated and knowledgeable about the site and project. 

Bryan Halbert is the president of Halbert Construction Services and provides in-depth knowledge of local jurisdictions and agencies. He leads the firm’s design-build and property development services. The firm’s other services include tenant improvements, proformas, value engineering, and critical path management. Clients and  projects in the past 20 years include Meals on Wheels, the Riverside Towers renovation, New Heights North, and nLight.

M&C Construction LLC

1418 SE 14th Pl. Bldg. B, Battle Ground, WA 98604

M&C Construction LLC is a family-owned and community-oriented firm serving Vancouver and surrounding areas. The firm places special importance on professionalism when collaborating on projects. The seven-year-old firm encourages its team to work safely and efficiently.

The firm’s services include metal stud framing, drywall installation, acoustical treatments, specialty metal soffits, exterior paint, interior paint, wood ceilings, acoustical ceiling systems, drywall finishing, wood framing, and FRP. Its specialties are public works, retail, multifamily, hospitality, restaurants, and manufacturing structures. One of its projects is Laurel 42 in Portland, OR, a six-story apartment building with 100 residential units, 2,000 square feet of retail space, and 60 parking spaces. M&C Construction worked on the metal stud framing, drywall, PVA and primer, and acoustical ceiling systems. 

Robert Hakes Construction

11515 NE 131st St., Vancouver, WA 98662

Robert Hakes Construction works to achieve superior craftsmanship, excellent customer service, and long-lasting relationships with clients. To complete a project, the firm adjusts its approach to accommodate the needs of both clients and projects. Adjustments include working within a budget and setting flexible work hours. The firm collaborates with commercial and residential owners and property managers to complete its work.

The firm provides commercial and residential construction services for the Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA areas. Its specialty is in tenant improvements, which can be seen in its work for Valo. Robert Hakes Construction’s scope for tenant improvement includes lighting fixtures, custom plumbing fixtures, specialized flooring, wall customization, custom or extra doors, customized windows or fixtures, shelving, and customized ceilings.

Fortney Contractors

115 E 8TH St., Vancouver, WA 98660

Fortney Contractors is defined by the depth of its experience, transparent communication, and high level of integrity. The firm collaborates with various groups in the industry to deliver economical and environmentally thoughtful services to its clients. Some of its clients from its 12 years in the industry are Starbucks, Albertsons, Expensify, and Walgreens. For Walgreens, the firm built seven stores across Washington and Oregon. Each structure ranged from 14,400 to 14,800 square feet. Fortney Contractors did site development and tenant improvement. 

The firm focuses on offering comprehensive development solutions to ensure its projects are cost-effective and on time. Its services include new development, tenant improvements, intricate remodels, and industrial construction. Fortney Contractors’s team is also experienced in construction estimating, management, value engineering, strategic project implementation, and development.

Robertson & Olson Construction, Inc.

4857 NW Lake Rd. Suite 320, Camas, WA 98607

Robertson & Olson Construction, Inc. is guided by several principles: listen to the client, produce nothing but top-quality work, and foster respect and goodwill. Its team of craftsmen and technical construction professionals is dedicated to giving clients innovative solutions according to their needs, respecting budget and schedule parameters. Robertson & Olson’s work for Dick’s Sporting Goods required the firm to retrofit four Oregon Joe’s Sports and More stores in 12 weeks. The firm was required to do interior demolition and storefront retrofits to meet the standard Dick’s prototype. Each location features a power aisle down the center. Collaborating on this project resulted in the firm’s becoming one of Dick’s Sporting Goods’s preferred general contractors.

The firm also serves clients throughout the Pacific Northwest, Southwest, and Mountain regions. It focuses on retail, office, industrial, hospitality, medical, multi-family, institutional, and banking projects. 

Western Construction Services, Inc

2300 East 3rd Loop Suite 110, Vancouver, WA 98661

Western Construction Services, Inc. has been serving Vancouver and surrounding areas for the past 41 years. The firm offers clients competitive pricing, value engineering, accounting, and in-house drafting. There is also a full design team whose knowledge encompasses the permitting process, codes, regulations, and updated building constraints. The team collaborates with clients, architects, planners, and municipalities to ensure project success.

The company’s specializations are in hospitality, restaurant, industrial, public works, ground-up construction, medical, retail, maintenance, and tenant improvement projects. The work the firm did for Jersey Mike’s Subs in Clackamas, OR classifies as a design-build and tenant improvement. Western Construction Services performed the work in 2015, which required problem-solving for structural remediation, changes in specifications for discontinued items, code compliance corrections, and issues with bid documents. The firm was able to complete its work while being considerate of the client’s budget and schedule.

TEAM Construction LLC

6701 NE 42nd St., Vancouver, WA 98661

TEAM Construction LLC is a 30-year-old, award-winning firm recognized for its work in local, regional, and national areas. It has received numerous Platinum Level safety awards from Associated Builders and Contractors, Top Project Awards from the Vancouver Business Journal, and Community Pride awards from the City of Vancouver. The firm’s professionals are experienced in projects involving concrete tilt, concrete masonry, structural steel, wood frame, and pre-engineered metal building systems. There is also a department dedicated to tenant improvements and renovation and repair work for commercial structures.

TEAM Construction has worked on public and private sector projects such as office buildings, industrial parks, retail establishments, religious facilities, schools, and apartment complexes. The IQ Credit Union Headquarters in Vancouver, WA is one of the firm’s office building works. TEAM Construction provided major upgrades to make the structure more sustainable. Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems underwent redesign for increased efficiency. The building’s new shell has replaced window walls with a new, energy-efficient system. The firm completed the work in nine months.