Glendale is home to some of the biggest companies in the country, including corporate offices and studios for animation giants such as Disney and Dreamworks. The area is also a business and technology hub that caters to a wide range of industries. Helping project owners, developers, and multinational companies establish their roots in the city are the best commercial contractors in Glendale.

These firms are award-winning and their works have been featured by a number of industry publications in recent years. Each of these firms has contributed, in one way or another, to shaping the urban and suburban architectural landscapes of the city’s emerging commercial centers.


MATT Construction

261 S Figueroa Street, Suite #120, Los Angeles, CA 90012

MATT  Construction has one of the most celebrated project portfolios in the region, especially for its commercial work. In recent years, the firm led a general contracting project for an animation studio project in Glendale. The firm partnered with LEVER Architecture and Wolcott Architecture & Interiors to deliver an 85,000-square-foot, modern-inspired structure in just six and a half months. Originally an old and outdated warehouse, the new building is now a dynamic and vibrant space for artists and creators. The new structure accommodates screening rooms, recording studios, editorial suites, control rooms, a training lab, a fitness area, and a cafe. 

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Los Angeles Business Journal recognized the work with commercial real estate awards and honor awards. Since the company first opened its doors over 30 years ago, many of its projects have been commended for the same level of quality and design.


McCormick Construction

2507 Empire Avenue, Burbank, CA 91504

McCormick Construction has worked with some of the biggest companies in the country. For the client Viacom, for instance, the company was tasked with the construction of the Nickelodeon Animation Studio in Burbank. The five-story building stands on a 110,000-square-foot property. Also included in the build is an attached five-story, 450-car parking structure. One of the highlights of this project is a media mesh system display animation installed on the building’s façade. This was delivered through the company’s comprehensive design-build method. 

As one of the most established construction companies in the country, McCormick Construction’s century of practice has produced some of the most iconic buildings for the commercial industry. Its multi-awarded works feature accolades from the Design-Build Institute of America and the Engineering News-Record (ENR). 


PCL Construction

655 N Central Avenue, Suite #1600, Glendale, CA 91203

PCL Construction is one of the major firms that has helped shape the region’s commercial landscape. One of its most notable projects built by its Glendale office is the Staples Center, home to some of the biggest teams in the NBA, the WNBA, and the NHL. Covering an area of 980,000 square feet, the center was designed to house three restaurants, a private club with outdoor seating, a merchandise store, locker rooms, media workrooms, broadcast production facilities, private suites, party suites, kitchen and concession facilities, as well as a cigar lounge. Every year, the building hosts over 250 sports events. 

Composed of several independent building companies across the US, Canada, Australia, and the Caribbean, the firm is one of the most influential organizations in the industry. Additionally, its over 115 years of experience makes it one of the pioneers in the industry. ENR, Los Angeles Business Journal, and the Orange County Register have featured many of its achievements over the years.  


MODAA Construction

15260 Ventura Blvd. Ste. 1200-33 Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

MODAA Construction is one of the biggest companies serving Glendale. In recent years, it has introduced commercial sights to the city through collaborations with leading companies in the market. Its work for Forward American, for instance, delivered the client’s second location in Southern California. Despite the challenges of the local building requirements, the firm was able to translate the architect’s designs into a high-performing structure that embodies the brand’s architectural and functional vision. Featured in the work are walnut paneling, high-end lighting, floor-to-ceiling glass storefront, and custom furniture. 

Buildings of the same level of engineering and design can be found in the firm’s portfolio. Industry publications, including Los Angeles Times and Interior Design Magazine, have highlighted many of these impressive projects. Learn more about them at www.modaainc.com


Shangri-la Construction

660 S Figueroa Street, Suite #1888, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Sustainability and green building practices are some of the significant highlights of Shangri-la Construction’s practice. One project that embodies its advocacy is the Citadel Environmental Headquarters in Glendale. The office building is designed in keeping with the open layout and collaborative spaces of contemporary architecture. Initially an old and outdated building, the renovation introduced 8,000 square feet of green office space certified by the US Green Building Council and awarded with the LEED Platinum Certification. Its energy-efficient design features a solar array that makes the structure a net-zero facility. 

Since the firm’s launch in 2008, Los Angeles Business Journal, Los Angeles Times, and Curbed LA have featured many of the firm’s sustainable buildings. Allowing the team to offer this comprehensive approach and its environmentally-conscious building practice is its team of LEED-Accredited Professionals.


Pacific Empire Builders

500 N Brand Boulevard, Suite #2120, Glendale, CA 91203

Pacific Empire Builders has delivered some of the most iconic commercial landmarks in the region. Its work for The Factory Mall, for client Raymond Pacific, is one of its biggest projects for the market. The commercial center features a nostalgic façade of red brick tiling as an homage to its surrounding architectural context. It is also a nod to its roots as a known landmark in the area. In order to upgrade and make the structure more relevant to the emerging functional needs of the market, the firm was tasked with site work, façade improvements, and interior remodeling work. The resulting structure now evokes a contemporary-industrial ambiance that combines the charms of the old detailing and the practicality of the new elements.

The firm’s 16-year-old portfolio highlights projects of the same architectural sensibility and structural practicality. Many of these projects have been chosen for annual awards, especially local and regional recognition, including the Gold Nugget Awards for construction excellence and historic preservation. Builder Magazine has also featured the company in the past.


CalAsia Construction

3050 Fletcher Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90065

CalAsia Construction’s notable commercial projects in Glendale have helped it gain the approval and trust of the city’s developers and project owners. One of its projects in the area is for a GreenLeaf location designed and built to host the restaurant’s casual dining market. The firm was able to translate the brand’s signature rustic and industrial themes through interiors and exteriors that highlight contrasting muted colors and dark detailing. The work included indoor and outdoor seating. The challenge was to visually blur the line between the interiors and its outdoor environment and create one, full space that projects the brand’s signature warm and nostalgic ambiance. 

GreenLeaf is one of the firm’s over 500 projects completed since its inception in 2003. From restaurants to residential spaces, many of these projects come from repeat clients and referrals.


Hirsch Construction

515 W Broadway, Glendale, CA 91204

Building some of the most exciting commercial spaces in the region, Hirsch Construction has worked with high-end brands to deliver luxury stores that embody the client’s vision and style. In Los Angeles, for example, the firm was commissioned to build Coach’s Rodeo Drive location. One of the challenges of the project was to adhere to the upscale shopping street’s existing architectural context. Dominated by a full-white façade, the store’s interiors embraced the same color theme for its walls, flooring, and ceiling. Amplifying the open and expansive atmosphere of this palette is the ample daylight that comes from the store’s skylights. The overall theme serves as a blank canvas to the spotlight of the store: the client’s fashionable clothing and accessory line. 

Luxury retail clients have relied on the firm’s delivery method for years. Since the company’s inception over four decades ago, its work for the market has been celebrated by the industry. DesignBoom and California Apparel News featured many of its projects for the sector.


George C. Hopkins Construction

919 W Glenoaks Boulevard, Glendale, CA  91202

As a locally-based commercial general contractor, George C. Hopkins Construction is one of the most preferred firms in the area due to its familiarity with the structural and functional needs of the city’s urban landscape. As a builder, it is a trusted company that has worked with entertainment giants like Disney, Warner Bros., and Nickelodeon delivering modern and high-performing structures for an elite market. 

The firm’s stellar client reviews have made it a featured company in the region. It has also secured its A-plus accreditation with the Better Business Bureau (BBB), an organization that spotlights a firm’s ethical business approach and focus on customer satisfaction. Wall Street Journal also highlighted the firm’s services in recent years. 

Author

  • 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