Kent’s ideal proximity to the international urban center that is Seattle is just one of the reasons why it is great for businesses. Many industries including manufacturing, warehousing, and retail have chosen the city as its home. Well-known brands with a base in the city include Boeing, General Electric, and Starbucks. Supporting the city’s economic activities are these 14 outstanding commercial contractors on the list. These contractors are experts in building facilities that promote business productivity and efficiency. The majority of the contractors on the list have been recognized both by award-giving bodies and the press. All of them boast impressive portfolios. You’ll find a range of experience and innovation on the list—these contractors have been in the industry anywhere from six years to over a century.
10230 NE Points Drive, Suite 300, Kirkland, WA 98033
Established in 1954, Mortenson is a distinguished company that has impressed peers, the media, and its clients. The Business Journals, Commercial Executive Magazine, InBusiness Magazine, and Seattle Business Magazine are some publications that have featured the firm. The company is trusted by major brands including Microsoft and Marriott.
In Kent, the Mortenson deployed its 68 years of construction experience in building Showare Center. This multi-use entertainment facility is undeniably a valuable addition to the city. A LEED-Gold-certified facility, it features 7,800 seats for various sporting events, concerts, and community activities. It also houses retail spaces, vending facilities, offices, and a spacious parking area. This massive project, worth $58,942,099, was completed within 16 months. Finished ahead of time and on budget, the project benefited from the company’s expertise in virtual design and construction. The project gained multiple awards including the 2009 Civic Design Aware award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) – NW Washington Chapter.
Based in Kirkland, Mortenson offers its expertise in different parts of the US and Canada. The firm’s wide range of expertise includes construction services in the education, manufacturing, aviation, and hospitality industries.
Lease Crutcher Lewis
Lease Crutcher Lewis, 2200 Western Avenue, #500, Seattle, WA 98121
Founded in 1886, Lease Crutcher Lewis is the most experienced contractor on the list. So it is only natural that industry giants including Tableau, Oracle and Starbucks place their trust in the firm. The firm has delivered exceptional services in various industries including corporate office buildouts, core and shell construction, life science and healthcare. For over 136 years, the company has proven its competence in different aspects of construction including lean construction, Building Information Modeling, and safety. The company emphasizes the importance of sustainable construction practices and increasing diversity in the industry.
Over the century, Lease Crutcher Lewis has built an impressive portfolio in both Washington and Oregon. One of its projects in Kent is Kent Station, a complex project that involves the construction of nine separate buildings. The firm partnered with Callison Architecture to lay out a plan and execute the project. The result is a fantastic retail and entertainment complex that is pedestrian-friendly. Noticeable in the entire development are pathways and walkable areas that cater to the consumers. Part of giving ease of access to customers is the parking spaces surrounding the complex. For the firm’s excellent work, the project earned the AGC of Washington Construction Excellence.
Other noteworthy projects include the Rainier Square Tower Redevelopment—Seattle’s second-tallest tower— Seattle Children’s Building Cure and the Washington State Convention Center Addition. Aside from its award-winning projects, the company solidifies its post in the industry through features in publications like The Seattle Times, The Engineering News-Record, and The Business Journals. Recognized as an institution, the firm is the right choice when choosing a commercial contractor.
919 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98164
In the industry for over three decades, Schuchart takes a stewardship approach to its projects. It handles projects with much care and attention to detail as possible. Doing so ensures successful project completion and client satisfaction. LEED certifications are an indication of the firm’s dedication to environmentally-responsible construction methods. As a result, the firm has earned the trust of many businesses including tech giants such as Microsoft, Facebook, and Hulu.
Founded in 1988, the company has established itself as an expert in ground-up and tenant improvement services. It has shown exceptional skills in BIM, design-build, project management, and industrial construction. The company has a knowledgeable team that specializes in creating mixed-use, food and beverage, and manufacturing facilities.
A sample of the firm’s work in Kent is Dick’s Drive-In. This project involves the ground-up construction of a restaurant and retail facility. In coordination with Smith & Company, the firm completed a 3,800-square-foot restaurant within 11 months. One of the important features of the facility is its drive-in, where guests can easily come and go. The restaurant is surrounded by a spacious parking lot and iconic 50s signage that attracts customers. The 1950s look is reflected in the architecture and design of the restaurant, too. For a job well done, the company received the 2019 Construction Excellence Award, Private Building $2M-$5M from the AGC Build Washington Awards.
Sierra Construction Company, Inc.
14800 NE North Woodinville Way, Woodinville, WA 98072
Serving the entire Northwest, Sierra Construction Company is focused on one goal: to be the best. Established in 1986, the company is on its way to achieving this goal as it continuously gathers awards and press features. It has appeared in Oregon Live, Building Design + Construction, Puget Sound Business Journal, and Idaho Press. Crucial to its success is its team working with the philosophy of delivering superior quality outputs. The company has built lasting partnerships with clients and industry professionals. In creating partnerships, the firm makes sure to understand client needs and exceed expectations.
One project that exceeds expectations is the Lakeview Office. Located in Kirkland, Washington, this two-story office is an absolute stunner. Using sustainable materials such as Dowel Laminated Timber (DLT), the firm constructed a contemporary office facility that blends well with the environment. The property features a green roof, terraces, and rain gardens that reinforce its connection to and protection of nature. In partnership with LMN Architects, the company completed the 46,000-square-foot project in 2021. That same year, the project earned NAIOP’s Night of the Stars’ Office Development of the Year Award.
Apart from offices, the firm has expertise in retail, dealership, multifamily, and industrial projects. Its expert services include construction, concrete construction, and preconstruction.
1940 East D Street, Suite 300, Tacoma, WA 98421
Based in Tacoma, Korsmo Construction is dedicated to building lasting relationships. Since its inception in 1948, the company has maintained a high level of commitment to customer service, giving them the best quality products and construction experience. Serving the Puget Sound region, the firm employs skilled experts committed to innovation and achieving customer satisfaction. Whether it is a commercial, hospitality, or civic project, the company applies the same level of dedication to each project. Small or complex, new construction or a simple renovation, the firm is up to the task. For its excellence, several publications have taken notice including the Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, The Tacoma News Tribune, and The Chronicle.
Over the last 74 years, Korsmo Construction has built many award-winning projects. One is the Paradise Inn Annex and Connection Snowbridge. Winner of the 2020 Construction Excellence Grand Award from the Associated General Contractors, the project was completed in partnership with RIM Architecture. The project involved careful planning and expertise to overcome the site’s challenging weather conditions and terrain. A historic renovation of an old chateau located at Mt. Rainier National Park, the project showcases the firm’s ability to retain original historic design elements while updating the building’s safety, electrical, and mechanical systems. The client was more than impressed at how the company managed the entire process, especially praising the firm’s dedication to the safety of its employees.
800 Maynard Avenue South, #101, Seattle, WA 98134
Established in 2005, JTM Construction’s vision is to create positive spaces. It builds engaging spaces that enhance neighborhoods, workplaces, and businesses. A top commercial contractor, the firm is composed of employees who have expertise in building hotels, offices, and mixed-use facilities. The firm is a specialist in both construction and pre-construction, with client interest as its top priority.
Over the last 17 years, JTM Construction has built remarkable structures in Washington. One of these is Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room located in Seattle. Offering its expertise on adaptive reuse, the firm renovated a 1920 building into a one-of-a-kind facility. The facility now features a cafe and a tasting room, as well as a coffee roasting, retail, and educational space. The project pays homage to Starbucks’s rich history as well as the building’s past. While adding modern details into the facility’s interiors, the exterior’s original terracotta façade was restored. This expertly executed project won the 2015 Historic Seattle Preservation Award Best Adaptive Reuse Award.
JTM Construction’s inspiring projects have graced the pages of several publications including Architect Magazine, The Engineering News-Record, The Business Journals, and The Seattle Times.
3260 118th Avenue SE, Suite 1000, Bellevue, WA 98005
Foushée focuses on three values: integrity, innovation, and hard work. The company has consistently delivered outstanding preconstruction, construction, and interior services by staying true to these values. Its excellent services are offered to various sectors including manufacturing, automotive, distribution, and warehouse. For over 45 years, the company has served many clients in Kent and the greater Puget Sound area.
In Kent, Foushée has proudly executed the Alaska Copper & Bass project. Working with Lance Mueller & Associates, the company rehabilitated an old warehouse into a fully-functioning, state-of-the-art facility. The project involved the construction of a 110,000-square-foot manufacturing facility and the addition of a 13,000-square-foot office. Locker rooms and restrooms were built for the facility’s staff. One of Washington’s trusted contractors, Foushée has received its fair share of press attention. It has been featured by The Business Journals, Architect Magazine, Phoenix New Times, and Radio Nova.
Gateway Construction Services
5506 Sixth Avenue, South Suite 210, Seattle, WA 98108
Named one of the 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in Washington by Puget Sound Business Journal in 2018, Gateway Construction Services has been in business since 2000. Since then, the company has served different areas in Washington including Seattle, Kent, and Bellevue. It has constantly proven its expertise in new construction, preconstruction, tenant improvements, and capital projects. Some of its clients come from the commercial, banking, retail, and restaurant industries.
Its massive portfolio includes the Pokemon Office in Seattle. The 14,600-square-feet office is reflective of the Pokemon brand: it is fun and energizing. Using an industrial style, the facility is a hip and trendy office with spacious meeting and conference rooms and relaxing lounges. Some of its main features include a fireplace and a waterfall, gathering spaces that promote a sense of teamwork in the workplace.
Gateway Construction Services is a member of the US Green Building Council, the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties, and the Urban Land Institute.
3020 S 96th Street, Lakewood, WA 98499
Merit Construction is a multi-awarded firm. One of its prized awards is the 2016 AGC Award for Excellence for Safety General Contractor in the under 150,000 hours category. Its name is mentioned in several publications such as The Gazette, The Daily Times, and South Sound Magazine. Founded in 1957, the firm’s reputation is built on 65 years of experience and a solid portfolio. It has delivered exceptional services in Kent, the South Sound, and the Greater Seattle area.
The company’s impressive portfolio includes McCann Hummer. Providing new construction services, the company built a sales and test facility with showrooms, offices, and restrooms. The end result features Merit Construction’s expertise in steel frame building, as apparent in the structure’s interior and exterior. The stormwater system, site lighting, and paving were also provided by the firm.
A full-service contractor specializing in commercial builds, the company has created many auto dealerships, medical facilities, and retail outlets. In building these facilities, the company helps improve businesses and communities.
15341 NE 90th Street, Redmond, WA 98052
Included in Seattle Business Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list in 2020, Avara Construction is a versatile firm established in 1998. It handles all kinds and sizes of projects, everywhere from $100,000 to $8,000,000 million in value. This experience-rich contractor has built many offices, hotels, and medical, retail, and financial facilities in Washington. The company serves the Kent, Seattle, Bellevue, and Pacific Northwest areas. Whether it is preconstruction, design, or new construction, this contractor has the experience and expertise.
In Kent, Avara Construction provided preconstruction and construction services for Tierra Sol. A ceramic tile company, Tierra Sol now has a showroom, restrooms, offices, and restrooms in the facility. Avara Construction delivered a stunning showroom with sufficient space, lighting, and a contemporary style. The showroom has a reception area and glass panels in the storefront. With a black and white scheme, the contemporary theme continues throughout the different areas of the 10,000-square-foot building.
Aside from Seattle Business Magazine, the company has been featured by the Wenatchee Valley Business World. It is a member of the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce.
1519 West Valley Highway North, Suite 103, Auburn, WA 98001
In business for half a century, Poe Construction is a well-established firm based in Auburn. Since 1972, it has built many LEED-certified and award-winning projects. These projects are concentrated in Kent, DuPont, Federal Way, and Lakewood.
A sample of an award-winning Kent project is the King County Journal Newspapers project. Winner of the 2002 NAIOP Industrial Development of the Year award, the project features a 59,985-square-foot printing facility. The company showcased its expertise in steel frame building, using precast insulated concrete panels and corrugated copper metal siding. In coordination with Lance Mueller & Associates, the company constructed a facility with a blue and brown color scheme mimicking its surroundings.
A member of NAIOP and Chamber of Commerce, Poe Construction is a company with a reputation built on integrity and high-quality builds. Its credibility was further solidified through features in REBusinessOnline, The Business Journals, The Chronicle, and Kent Reporter.
2454 Occidental Avenue, Suite 3B, Seattle, WA 98134
Featured in The Business Journals, Metropolitan Contracting delivers professionalism, quality, and value. Based in Seattle, this contractor impresses clients from a number of industries. Its diverse portfolio covers the food and beverage, hospitality, athletic, and recreation industries. A specialist in tenant improvements, it creates elegant storefronts that attract consumers and ensure a strong return on investment. While helping create profitable business facilities, the firm makes sure to finish projects on time and within budget. Its exceptional construction services are available to clients in Kent, Seattle, the Eastside, and the greater Puget Sound region.
In Seattle, Metropolitan Contracting provided construction services for Arena Sports Magnuson. In partnership with Clark Design, the company finished a complex project that serves as a multipurpose venue for various events and sports activities including football. The facility is built with a steel frame and a gray and green-painted exterior facade. Directly in front of the facility, there’s a spacious parking lot for increased customer accessibility.
J.M. Riley Company
1301 120th Avenue NE, Bellevue, WA 98005
Founded in 1980, J.M. Riley Company focuses on commercial projects. Its best work can be seen in the retail, industrial, and medical facilities it builds. Whether it is a new construction, renovation, or tenant improvement project, this contractor has the construction experience required. Its time-tested services have impressed clients all over Kent, Bellevue, Kirkland, and Seattle. Snoqualmie Valley Record has featured the company the company’s work.
Included in J.M. Riley Company’s solid portfolio is the Bellevue Nissin project. The firm transformed a fitness facility into a dealership. With 34,830 square feet of space and a $5,763,898 budget, the firm created offices, parking areas, and multiple bay service shops in the facility. A massive 135,000-gallon rainwater-harvesting tank system was included in the build as well. In cooperation with DBA Architects, the company produced a modern facility that looks pleasing and functions efficiently.
J.M. Riley Company has persisted in the industry thanks to repeat clients and referrals. The firm also values its partnership with industry professionals including designers, subcontractors, and suppliers. Its relationships with both clients and industry partners are the reasons for the firm’s success in the business.
Retail Construction Associates
12514 130th Lane NE, Kirkland, WA 98034
Founded in 2016, Retail Construction Associates is the youngest firm on the list; it’s proving that it is one to watch. Within six years, the company has accomplished a bunch of projects for various industries. It has built restaurants, dealerships, and retail and mixed-use facilities all over Washington and Oregon. Currently, its services are primarily available for clients in Western Washington & Oregon, and Eastern Washington. The firm is committed to building lasting relationships with clients. To do so, the firm’s approach is collaborative and communicative.
With a team of skilled experts, the company is more than a general contracting firm. It is an expert in design-build, pre-construction, consulting, and construction management. Aside from the industries mentioned above, it has a mastery of medical, dental, and veterinary builds. A great example is Petco in Kent. For this project, the firm exhibited its expertise in ground-up construction. The facility contains grooming and training areas as well as a veterinary clinic and pharmacy. Outside, the façade was constructed with storefront, masonry, and stucco.