Last updated on May 21st, 2024 at 01:07 am

Encinitas is a vibrant beach town thanks to the charm of its historic districts and the stability of its thriving economy. The city is an ideal location for commercial developers and local businesses. These organizations find their place in this dynamic suburban community thanks to the best commercial contractors in Encinitas.

These professionals have helped transform, build, and shape the local commercial landscape through modern-day design and building methods. Commended by industry institutions, publications, and the building and design community, these builders are the most preferred contractors for first-time and repeat clients alike. 

Dempsey Construction

1835 Aston Avenue, Carlsbad, CA 92008

Dempsey Construction led the construction efforts for Coast Hwy 101, a two-story commercial building in Encinitas. Included in the work were the initial demolition, site excavation, and ground-up construction. One architectural highlight of the building is its full-glass walls that occupy every side of the façade. This allows ample natural daylight in the open interior atrium. The same glass elements provide a transparent appearance from the outside. The structure also highlights two levels of subterranean parking, built using post-tension concrete. 

For over a decade, the firm has been delivering a comprehensive approach to construction, a practice celebrated by renowned industry institutions. In 2020, the same approach has helped it secure the Best Commercial Project Gold Nugget Grand Award under the Historical Project category. Building Design + Construction, Times of San Diego, and La Jolla Light have often featured the firm’s work. 

Good & Roberts

2455 Impala Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92010

Good & Roberts was tasked with the tenant improvement work for Schoemann’s plastic surgery office in Encinitas. In order to complete the 3,300-square-foot transformation, the firm partnered with Raymond Fox & Associates. The company’s main role was to perform a total demolition of the existing space and the construction of new exam rooms, a surgical room, a waiting room, and a lobby. One of the highlights of the build was the installation of the surgical room’s metal support to secure the client’s ceiling-mounted equipment. 

Collaborations with leading architecture and design studios in the industry have helped the firm dominate a wide array of markets for over 40 years. Aside from securing the American Subcontractors Association‘s (ASA) Contractor of the Year for seven years, the firm’s work is consistently featured in industry publications. That includes features by Casino Life Magazine, especially for its commercial projects. 

Level 3 Construction, Inc

1230 Keystone Way, Vista, CA 92081

Level 3 Construction updated an old and outdated building into a new hotel destination. The Hampton Inn, located in Encinitas, provides convenient proximity to Cardiff State Beach and the main areas of San Diego. The commercial structure’s proximity to the city’s residential neighborhood inspired it to follow an architectural inspiration that blends in with its surrounding design context. The hotel’s amenities include an outdoor pool, a hot tub, a fitness room, laundry facilities, and parking spaces for guests and tenants. 

For over 15 years, renovations—including this hospitality project—have dominated the firm’s portfolio. These projects include small interior transformations, tenant improvement work, and multi-million dollar renovations for hotel and restaurant spaces.

Wheelihan Construction

2598 Fortune Way, Suite L, Vista, CA 92081

Wheelihan Construction was commissioned to build another Crack Shack restaurant, this time in Encinitas. The work was the second project with the client, after completing their Little Italy location. This time the firm transformed a dated building by stripping away the layers of the old space’s faux wood paneling, carpeting, and ceiling tile. The result revealed the interesting elements of the structure and exposed the building’s beautiful skeleton. The work was a collaboration with Blue Motif Architecture. 

Similar outstanding work can be found in the firm’s commercial portfolio. These projects are often commended for their architectural creativity. Architectural Digest, The Full Print, Eater, and San Diego Union-Tribune have all highlighted the firm’s striking structures. 

Prevost Construction Inc

400 S Sierra Avenue, Suite #201, Solana Beach, CA 92075

Prevost Construction delivered Re: Vive Salon & Spa’s 4,500-square-foot location in Pacific Highlands shopping center. The luxury work that included high-end finishes was the result of a partnership with the global architectural firm, Gensler. One highlight of the interiors was a custom, 19-foot bronze art piece. The piece is contrasted and surrounded by the white Calacatta marble. Found throughout the Skin Bar are specialty glass tiling and creatively placed Livinglass. The project has been estimated to have a value of $1.1 million. 

Since the firm’s founding in 1989, it has delivered high-value tenant improvement work to the region’s most sophisticated commercial project owners. Its collaborations with leading architects and designers have been routinely documented in well-known publications, including Medium

K.D. Stahl Construction Group

13240 Evening Creek Drive, Suite #302, San Diego, CA 92128

K.D. Stahl Construction Group partnered with Reilly and Associates to transform a one-story medical office in Encinitas. The tenant improvement project covered an area of 8,071 square feet. One of the goals of the project was to introduce a new palette and finishes as well as improve the layout and functionality to the space. Specializing in children’s primary care, the overall color themes of the resulting work are dominated by cool shades of blue and light in the calming contrasts of dark and light wood flooring. 

Responding to the most specific needs of their clients is one of the qualities that has allowed the firm to establish a solid client base. Since its inception in 2005, its stellar customer services and ethical business practices have helped it secure its Better Business Bureau (BBB) A-plus certification. 

Online Builders

489 Saxony Place, #102, Encinitas, CA 92024

Online Builders was commissioned by San Diego County’s Health and Human Services Agency to renovate a 1980 movie theater into a Class A office building. The entire project covered an area of 40,000 square feet and provided modern workspaces for a county service center. The exterior of the building features thick walls in white stucco. Letting in generous natural light are its tall, floor-to-ceiling windows that make the building appear more expansive. Aside from updating the interior finishes and features, the indoor spaces were redesigned to provide a more collaborative environment.

Since the firm launched its services over 25 years ago, it has built and renovated more than 2,000,000 square feet of facilities for the industrial and commercial markets. The company projects can be found across San Diego County.

Leland, Inc

315 S Coast Hwy 101, Suite U 56, Encinitas, CA 92024

Leland is an Encinitas-based commercial contractor that serves commercial project owners across California as well as other regions of the United States. In Tennessee, the firm was commissioned by Asurion to renovate the electronic and jewelry insurance company’s Nashville location. The project involved building 90,000 square feet. One of the of the major roles of the company was to perform the work’s interior demolition, as well as its mechanical, electrical, and plumbing updates. 

For over 20 years, the company has completed projects of similar complexity and careful planning. Principal Jacob Bender, a service-disabled veteran, heads the firm’s construction and construction management practice. 

Oakhurst Builders

800 Ecke Ranch Road, Barn 8, Encinitas, CA 92024

Oakhurst Builders was the head general contractor for El Pescador, a fish market located in La Jolla. The 3,000-square-foot commercial space highlights a contemporary form set in natural tones of warm wood that is framed by a green façade. The building’s large, expansive window brings in natural daylight that flows through the interior’s open space layout. The structure’s indoor design is derived from the exposed beams and braces of the industrial style. Also involved in the work is the installation of seating, prep spaces, and service counters. 

Since the firm’s establishment over three decades ago, it has been providing full-service construction work to deliver commercial and residential properties throughout the region. Its comprehensive services can be attributed to the general contracting and engineering background of its principal, David J. Kramer.