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

Located in the heart of Contra Costa County, Lafayette provides its residents with a suburban feel and is noted for its excellent school district and small-town charm. This thriving town continues to attract new businesses to support its growing population, and this list showcases five of its best commercial contractors in the area.

Our editorial team chose these firms based on their extensive industry depth and their stellar portfolios.

Overaa Construction

200 Parr Blvd., Richmond, CA 94801

Headquartered in Richmond, Overaa Construction provides a comprehensive range of services that encompasses all phases of preconstruction and building management, including planning that embraces the latest virtual modeling techniques. The firm is also a champion of sustainability practices, creating environmentally friendly spaces that exemplify green expertise. The team’s design-build approach keeps the entire process in-house, eliminating reliance on subcontractors. 

The firm’s outstanding commitment to quality is evident in every project, including for the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, shown here. Spanning 41,000 square feet, this three-level structure is composed of stone and wood, and its contemporary Craftsman theme is a perfect fit for the community it serves.

Plant Construction Company

300 Newhall St., San Francisco, CA 94124

Plant Construction operates out of San Francisco, and the team draws deep inspiration from the legendary history of this evolving city. Since its establishment in 1947, the company has completed hundreds of complex projects and secured partnerships with some of the area’s leading subcontractors and clients. Fully committed to proactive impact, the firm employs a full-time board-certified safety professional, who reports directly to senior management. The firm also takes great pride in the awards it has garnered through the years, with impressive accolades that include the 2014 Silver Award, from Building Design + Construction’s Reconstruction Awards, and a National Architecture and Engineering Award from the American Institute of Steel Construction. 

Showcased here is the company’s exceptional work for the Bentley School gymnasium. Spanning 15,000 square feet, the structure features large steel roof trusses, metallic finishes, and extensive aluminum panels. With sprung-maple sports courts, retractable bleachers, and full office, storage, and locker-room space, this sweeping building is an integral part of the school’s multi-stage renovation.

Flory Construction

2325 Verna Ct., San Leandro, CA 94577

Flory Construction has far-reaching depth in the entire building process offering its clients a deep understanding of materials and techniques. Based in Leandro, the team draws on over five decades of industry experience and emphasizes the importance of collaborating with the customer step by step to ensure success. Infusing each client’s visions and needs into their new spaces, Flory has generated a portfolio that covers a wide range of commercial and industrial spaces, in addition to tenant improvements, offices, churches, and restaurants.  

The project highlighted here depicts the company’s work for Sideboard Lafayette. Beyond the main design of this appealing restaurant, the company also created a basement and performed delicate structural work, to enhance the integrity of this historic structure.

Branagh Construction

750 Kevin Ct., Oakland, CA 94621

Branagh Construction specializes in luxury residential, urban, and commercial projects. The firm draws from decades of experience and has established a sterling reputation as one of the Bay Area’s premier development and construction firms. The team is led by owner and namesake Matt Branagh, who first joined the firm in 2003 as a project manager and became CEO in 2012. LEED-accredited, Branagh guides every project to be distinctly efficient and sustainable.  

Among the team’s extensive portfolio is this notable project for Ecovive. This two-story office building seamlessly blends traditional and contemporary design, with maximized ambient lighting, high ceilings, and eye-catching glass walls. The hybrid styling and thoughtful footprint (which made room for two other businesses and allows public access to the nearby reservoir) have completely transformed what was once an unutilized lot