Boulder is home to diverse industries, top-notch universities, government research facilities, visionary entrepreneurs, and a well-educated population. Forbes acknowledged the city’s economic growth and has included Boulder on its list of the Best Places for Business and Careers. If you are looking to move or start your business here, this list of the Best Commercial Contractors in Boulder, Colorado will help you.
Our editorial team presents here our picks for the best building partners in the city. These are contractors who have a proven track record of supporting their clients’ success and the city’s economic sustainability. These firms have worked for and partnered with prominent brands, producing award-winning work through the efforts of their skilled principals and staff.
Melton Design Build
3082 Sterling Cir., Boulder, CO 80301
Ty Melton, a Colorado native, began his construction journey as a framing and siding lead carpenter, a land surveyor, and a custom cabinet and furniture maker. He founded Melton Design Build in 1993 and has led the firm in completing commercial projects for brands such as Starbucks, The Body Shop, and The Boulder Community Hospital. Later, Melton launched the firm’s residential remodeling service and has since completed hundreds of home renovations and remodeling projects. Today, the names of Ty Melton and Melton Design Build are well known as a leader in the residential and commercial renovation industry in Boulder County.
Melton Design Build has developed a process of clear and consistent communication between the firm and clients to ensure a real-time flow of information about every aspect of the work. Since implementing this process in 2003, the firm has achieved industry-leading client satisfaction levels and has been honored with industry awards, including numerous design recognitions and Remodeling Magazine’s Big50 Award. Among the company’s repeat clients is Amante, a Boulder-based coffee company, who entrusted Melton Design Build with the build-out of its new location.
2344 Spruce St. Ste B, Boulder, CO 80302
Deneuve Construction Services (DCS) has a successful track record of challenging projects completed on time, such as the construction of an additional upper floor in a fully leased office complex, shown here. The company placed an extensive patio, private dining area, and intricate kitchen for the client, offering a next-generation culinary experience. With full floor-to-ceiling windows and elegant details in every corner, this project is proof of DCS’s creativity, knowledge, and expertise in design-build and design-assist projects.
From highrises to remote mountain site properties, commercial retail spaces, offices, restaurants, custom homes, and renovations, DCS builds with distinction and style. It has an outstanding reputation for quality craftsmanship, made possible by its experienced staff. Since 1971, Philip Shull has led the company with his passion and eye for building, thoroughly developed from serving Boulder and other locations across the country. Shull has since been joined by David Garabed, who has been involved in a wide range of construction projects, including library, office, restaurant and retail, medical, mixed-use, affordable housing, museum, education, light industrial, theater, and historic renovation.
1245 Pearl St., Boulder, CO, 80302
Skycastle Construction approaches design and construction by looking at the bigger picture. It studies the site and its opportunities, considering energy, natural resources, and sustainability in every phase of the decision-making process. The firm has developed a process that makes the project as predictable, reliable, and enjoyable as possible.
The process starts with the first conversation between the team and clients. After the clients sign the contracts for pre-construction and design, the firm proceeds with initial estimates, design development, engineering, further specifications, and material ordering. The firm creates a detailed set of drawings and final construction documents, and applies for a building permit. It also handles the construction management and the project closeout.
Thanks to the success of this process, Skycastle Construction was once again hired for the remodeling and expansion of the original Japango Sushi restaurant it designed in 1999. The remodeling incorporated a modern twist on traditional concepts for the space by adding cozy seating areas, a new Pearl Street façade, dynamic lighting, a cylindrical jellyfish tank, and creative finishes inspired by the Japanese sake box. The contractor overcame multiple challenges, such as preserving the historic character of the building, working in the Right-of-Way, and keeping the business open during construction.
Blue Spruce Construction Services
7101 La Vista Place Suite 100, Niwot, CO 80503
With more than four decades of experience in the construction industry, Sandra Weeks transitioned naturally to her position as President of her newly established firm, Blue Spruce Construction Services, in 1997. She has led her firm by hard work and commitment, allowing it to earn spots in prestigious lists, such as Top Women-Owned Businesses in Colorado, Top Boulder County General Contractor, and Top 250 Private Companies in the State of Colorado. Despite these recognitions, Weeks never forgets to give back to the community and contribute her capabilities to benefit local nonprofits.
Weeks’s capabilities mirror the hands-on experience of her team, which has spent decades in construction management. This experience allows them to anticipate and prepare for potential issues and navigate the challenges bound to occur. The company communicates directly and transparently with clients about these problems and provides a detailed proposal with solutions. Observing these methods, Blue Spruce Construction Services thoroughly repaired and refinished the bar and lounge area of the historic Greenbriar Inn. The work includes matching stonework, roof, exterior finishes, rebuilding the elegant bar and fireplace, and creating seating areas to meet historical guidelines.
Milo Construction Corporation
5660 Valmont Road Suite A Boulder, CO 80301
What started as a small construction firm has grown to become one of Front Range’s trusted building partners for preconstruction, design/build, commercial building, and historic renovation. For 20 years, Milo Construction has offered predesign, construction and design management, value engineering, and estimating services while simultaneously building solid client and trade relationships. Boulder Valley Unitarian was a major demolition and remodel of the existing 6,152 SF fellowship structure. Extensive Pre-Construction effort and cost analysis for the funding of the project. Large 8,364 SF addition with steel frame and wood framing infill.
Projects like this are examples of how Pat Minniear, the CEO of Milo Construction, views every project as an opportunity to showcase the firm’s versatility and ability to handle projects from the simplest to the most complex. With an eye on craftsmanship and process, Minniear has confidently led the firm in serving the commercial construction industry of Boulder and surrounding areas.
PG Arnold Construction
3109 28th St., Boulder, CO 80301
PG Arnold Construction (PGAC) is a top-rated General Contractor serving Boulder, Denver, and Winter Park, CO. It has completed many notable projects on the front range, including renowned restaurants, luxury condominiums, mixed-use buildings, retail spaces, medical facilities, educational structures, and buildouts for the City of Boulder. Recently, it opened a custom home and commercial construction in office Winter Park and is currently building a series of luxury custom homes.
PGAC aims to sustain its reputation as a leader in sustainability, a technology-focused and service-oriented company. To do so, the firm committed itself to reduce its waste by 50% by 2025 and embraces a culture that values innovation, accuracy, and efficiency. Leaders Paul Arnold and Shannon Rogers see each project as an opportunity between client, architect, and builder. It is why it handpicks qualified industry professionals to utilize collaborative working as a way to drive inclusive and forward-thinking solutions.
Quinlan Construction Inc
5540 Central Ave, Boulder, CO 80301
Established in 1981, Quinlan Construction is a commercial general contractor with extensive expertise in project estimating, design criteria, scheduling, value engineering, and construction means and methods. It has served Boulder and surrounding areas along the Front Range, completing hundreds of industrial, pharmaceutical, office, retail, and manufacturing facility projects. With a long list of diverse projects, the firm has developed effective working relationships with business owners, architects, facility managers, and municipal officials.
Quinlan Construction appreciates early involvement in every project in order to participate in the process of developing budgets and schedules and completing value engineering. This approach allows the firm to apply its expertise in working with team members to complete projects on time and meet the owner’s demands. The firm used this approach in building this retail project in Denver. For this project in a new, highly competitive retail location, the firm focused on creating a space as powerful as the reputation of the brands.
Whitestone Construction Services
1930 Central Ave. Suite C, Boulder, CO 80301
Whitestone Construction Services (WCS) has been serving throughout Boulder County and the Denver metropolitan area since 1999. It specializes in tenant improvement, remodeling, and renovation projects for technology and biotechnology firms, restaurants, retail, educational, and industrial facilities. Recognizing that each project is different, WCS teams up its talented staff with the right subcontractors to ensure a skillful, complementary approach to every project.
Leading WCS are CFO Bob Bosshart and COO Justin Blais. Bosshart holds four decades of relevant experience in the commercial construction industry, expertise in managing projects in occupied facilities, and extensive knowledge of historic restoration. Aided by Blais’s background in construction drawings and managing structural, civil, mechanical, and electrical systems, these two guide the firm in providing an unparalleled quality of construction management services. This 12,000-square-foot tenant finish of new office space is an example of the company’s work. WCS initially demolished an existing restaurant space before constructing the new storefront and exterior walls.
4824 Sterling Dr., Boulder, CO 80301
Faurot Construction has been operating since 1971 to deliver quality work and integrity in its practices. It utilizes novel solutions while forming trusted and lasting relationships. These relationships begin by understanding the clients, assessing their unique needs, and believing that everything is attainable through talent and hard work. After understanding the project requirements and feasible goals, the firm estimates and thoroughly plans its methods and strategies for adding value to the project. The assigned Superintendent and Project Manager then lead the execution of the plan by keeping the process as simple as possible.
As a commercial and residential construction company, Faurot Construction aims to create sustainable, functional, and enduring properties. It leads the industry in shaping the landscape of Colorado by following local codes and regulations and honoring the details that give life to each building. One example is Wild Blue Yonder Brewing, a project built on a historic site in downtown Castle Rock. The firm created a neighborhood brewpub inspired by the owner’s love of community, food, beer, and adventure, without detracting from the location’s character.