Gulfport is Mississippi’s second-largest city, following the state capital, Jackson. Gulfport’s beach, which spreads from Biloxi Beach to Long Beach, epitomizes serenity. The area offers a variety of activities, including kite flying, catching waves, sunbathing, taking relaxing strolls, and watching sunrises and sunsets.

The list below includes the best commercial architects in Gulfport, Mississippi, particularly for business owners looking for commercial architects to construct a project for them. Gulfport’s economy is at its peak, making now an excellent time to invest and start a business in the area. The firms listed below were chosen for their portfolios, accolades, and the diverse backgrounds of their members.


Roy Anderson Corp.

11400 Reichold Road, Gulfport, MS 39503

Roy Anderson Corp. has provided invaluable preconstruction, design-build, general contracting, and construction management since 1955. Tutor Perini Corporation, one of the country’s largest and oldest construction service firms, purchased the corporation in 2011. It is an innovative building company with unique qualities that serves Gulfport areas. The firm is dedicated to providing unrivaled customer service and performance to clients, establishing interesting opportunities for associates, and being tied together with shared founding principles of safety, quality, and truthfulness.

The company is led by Jason Taylor, who started his career with RAC in the Information Technology department. He then worked in Cost Control and Estimating before moving to Operations. From there, he cultivated his leadership skills and was promoted to Vice President, then Senior Vice President, before he became President. Jason provides project teams with supervision and assistance at all phases of the project life cycle. Under his leadership, the firm’s works have been featured by ENR, Architect Magazine, and The Business Journals.


Wharton Smith, Inc.

1087 E Pass Road, Gulfport, MS 39507

What emerged as a leap into the unknown for two Ohio friends in 1984 has developed into one of Central Florida’s largest general contractor and construction management companies. Wharton-Smith was founded on April 2, 1984, and is now led by George Smith, Chairman, and Ron Davoli, CEO, and President.

George oversaw the company’s transformation from a $1 million first-year volume to a current yearly volume of more than $400 million. Ron joined Wharton-Smith in 1990 as a Project Manager, rose to Vice President of Operations in 1996, and was named Executive Vice President in 2000. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering with honors from West Virginia University. He is also a Florida Certified Underground Utility Contractor and a Florida Registered Professional Engineer. Under George and Ron’s leadership, the firm was recognized by the AGC Build Mississippi Awards in 2020 and by the ENR Southeast Best Projects in 2016.


Orocon Construction

325 Reynoir Street, Biloxi, MS 39530

Orocon Construction, LLC is a commercial general construction company headquartered in Biloxi, Mississippi, that works all along the Gulf Coast. Orocon is a minority firm certified by the U.S. Small Business Administration as a Small Disadvantaged Business. It is also licensed in Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, and Georgia. Likewise, the Mississippi Development Authority, the Mississippi Department of Transportation, and the Arkansas-Mississippi Minority Supplier Development Council have also given their certifications to Orocon.

The firm’s completion of the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) program provided meaningful federal government experience. That feat was accomplished while expanding the firm’s overall skills and establishing Orocon as a successful business. The firm has also been a consistent Mississippi Associated Builders and Contractors Merit Award Winner from 2017 to 2020.


Starks Contracting

1538 Popps Ferry Road, Biloxi, MS 39532

Starks Contracting Company has been a leading construction company on the Mississippi Gulf Coast since 1933. Starks Contracting specializes in the remodeling, renovation, and construction of infrastructures and building facilities for a range of business uses, with more than 75 years of combined experience. The firm collaborates with local communities to create banks, libraries, community complexes, retail spaces, and historical renovations.

Established initially as J.P. Starks Contractor, the firm is well-known for its integrity, quality, and consistency. It is also a member of the National Association of Women in Construction, the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce, the Coast Chamber of Commerce, and the Associated General Contractors of Mississippi. Owners and developers frequently commend Starks Contracting’s capacity to work within tight schedules, and Gulf Coast communities appreciate its reasonable pricing.


Dan Hensarling, Inc.

12498 County Farm Road Gulfport, MS 39503

Dan Hensarling, Inc. is a full-service general contractor based on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and licensed in Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana. The firm specializes in commercial and industrial construction, as well as design-build services. The company manages all construction phases, from site clearing to turnkey completion of any project. Previously completed projects include drug stores, car dealerships, worship centers, medical clinics, offices, banks, restaurants, and retail stores.

Since its inception in 1997, the firm has accomplished more commercial facilities than any other type. Local businesses rely on the firm to achieve high-quality work on time. The firm operates under the leadership of Dan Hensarling as its founder and president and Cornel Clement as its vice president. The firm is a member of The Associated General Contractors (AGC) and the Associated General Contractors of Mississippi. During its years of experience, the firm’s works have often been featured by the press, including on Gulflive.com and WLOX.

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