Orinda is a city in Contra Costa County, California, with a population of around 20,000. The city is part of the charming trio of settlements known as “Lamorinda” nestled among the rolling coastal hills shoved up by the Hayward Fault which separates the bay from the inland. Homeowners in Orinda enjoy a modest suburban atmosphere, and there are many restaurants, coffee shops, and parks for residents and visitors to explore and enjoy. With its flourishing employment market and rising economy, this bustling city is the ideal spot to start a business or create commercial spaces.

We’ve listed some of the best commercial contractors in Orinda, California. These impressive firms were evaluated, then chosen for their experience, expertise, portfolios, and industry recognition.

Branagh Construction

750 Kevin Court, Oakland, CA 94621

Branagh Construction is a family-owned construction business with a rich history of 104 years and four generations of leadership. During its century in the business, the firm has delivered exceptional projects throughout the Bay Area. John Branagh founded the firm in 1917, believing that excellent people generate quality products. As a result, the firm is backed by an expert team of highly skilled designers and builders dedicated to providing superior quality, creative solutions, and outstanding customer services. Its hands-on, collaborative, and integrated approach allows the firm to keep a project on schedule and recommend building approaches, processes, and materials that ensure quality and keep costs in check. The firm has earned massive recognition through positive feedback from a long list of satisfied clients. 

One of the firm’s notable projects is a 156,794 square-foot multifamily complex located in San Jose. Second Street Studios features 135 units that serve the formerly homeless. The construction is a four-story wood-framed modular building with below-grade parking on top of a two-level concrete platform. The project was built using modular components and has a LEED Platinum rating.

McNely Construction Company

1040 Davis Street, Suite 203, San Leandro, CA 94577

In 1958, McNely Construction Company was established to deliver diverse construction projects, conversions and remodels, structural renovations, and new buildings across North California. Claire McNely Koenig and Dan McNely took over in 1994, marking the start of the second generation of McNely family ownership. In 2012, Dan McNely gained sole ownership of the firm. The firm’s impressive portfolio has continued to expand, showcasing the firm’s ability to deliver exceptional projects on schedule and within budget. New construction with wood, steel, concrete, or block features, seismic and structural upgrades, churches and private schools, freezer buildings, light industrial facilities, office space, and tenant improvements make up most of the firm’s portfolio.

Over the years, the firm has earned massive recognition for its impressive quality and professionalism, including in several publications such as The Daily Republic. McNely has finished the bulk of Penske Truck Leasing’s facilities throughout Northern California. Penske facilities in San Leandro, Hayward, San Jose, Santa Clara, Gilroy, Santa Rosa, Stockton, and West Sacramento have new construction, additions, or remodels.

Peacock Construction

3421 Golden Gate Way, Lafayette, CA 94549

Bill Peacock, a union carpenter, construction manager, and developer concerned about craftsmanship and honesty, launched Peacock Construction in the East Bay in 1982. After years of meticulous transition preparation, Bill’s son Kyle took over as CEO in 2012. With 39 years of experience in the industry, the firm has completed many exceptional projects in the San Francisco Bay Area. It has worked on nearly every form of investor, developer, and institutionally owned structure on the market. The firm has over 60 people who work in the field, in East Bay, and in the firm’s San Francisco headquarters. Its team of experts brings years of experience to the table, cementing its reputation as one of the most experienced and reliable construction firms in the Bay Area.

The firm transformed the Loomis Sayles into an open concept facility with high-end finishes and floor-to-ceiling glass to provide an excellent working environment in this highlighted project. The project began with a complete demolition of the existing space to make room for a large video conference room, two additional small conference rooms, 17 perimeter offices, a break room, a reception area, open trading spaces, ADA restrooms, shower rooms, a server room, a library, and a remodel of the building’s main entrance. 


7060 Koll Center Parkway, Pleasanton, CA 94566

METCON is the ideal partner for creating inventive, functional, and adaptable spaces that meet each client’s unique demands. Founded in 2011, the firm specializes in preconstruction services, employing an integrated, personalized, and collaborative approach with its stakeholders to achieve the client’s goals. The firm has established an impressive portfolio that includes corporate offices, life sciences, industrial spaces, retail, and building repositioning. As a result, the firm has earned its reputation as a San Francisco Bay Area-based tenant improvement company that leads the industry. It is dedicated to ensuring a smooth and stress-free experience for its clients, proving its ability to consistently exceed client expectations.

A Confidential Tech Client took a 15, 000-square-foot office in a Class A tower in downtown Walnut Creek. METCON was selected to build out an open concept environment to encourage collaboration and productivity. The project featured multiple brick wall facades, an open kitchen for guest catering, open ceilings, title 24 upgrades, private offices, conference rooms, zoom rooms, phone booths, and miniature putting green.

ZCON Builders

780 West Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA 94612

ZCON Builders is a full-service general contractor that offers a wide range of preconstruction and construction services for new construction and renovation projects. The firm provides preconstruction and value engineering services, building information modeling (BIM), general contracting, and residential and commercial construction management. Since its inception in 1983, the firm has completed a wide range of projects focusing on high-density housing and commercial developments and thus completing over $1 billion worth of construction projects. The firm’s commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction allows the firm to go above and above standard contractors. The firm creates exceptional projects and does so with the highest client service, workmanship, and efficiency.

Completed in 2017, the Aster is a traditional mid-rise building that contains 616,150 square feet of construction and 313 units. The project included a design-build soil improvement system with a permeable reactive barrier (prb) and drilled displacement columns to mitigate soil and facilitate the complex foundation system. Chef-inspired kitchens, spa-style bathrooms, a resident lounge with a high-end European-styled kitchen, a media center, a cutting-edge fitness center, and manicured courtyards provide a variety of experiences and increased solitude.


101 Ygnacio Valley Road, Suite 105, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

WCI-GC has been providing exceptional construction services to the commercial real estate, corporate, and high-tech markets since 1989. The firm focuses on delivering a collaborative approach to preconstruction services, enabling it to complete highly successful projects. This level of dedication to excellence has earned the firm a strong reputation as one of the best contractors in the Bay Area. With its outstanding customer care and high-quality construction, the firm has consistently delivered projects on time and within budget, all without compromising quality. The firm’s comprehensive services include preconstruction, design review, scheduling, estimating, value engineering, field supervision, job site safety, budget maintenance, and complete project closeout.

One of the firm’s notable projects is the John Muir Altarinda Pediatrics facility in Orinda, California. The project was completed in collaboration with Smith Group JJR. The space features a sophisticated and minimalistic design focusing on clean white walls and light hardwood flooring. The blue accents add visual depth to the space, providing a good contrast against the warm, welcoming design.  

Marvin Collins Construction

226 Linus Pauling Drive, Hercules, CA 94547

Marvin Collins Construction is a general construction company that has been in the industry since 1994. For 77 years, the firm has completed various projects in Northern California, including restoring and building spaces and facilities for commercial, educational, healthcare, and life science clients. The firm has solidified its reputation as a reliable building partner, proving its ability to take on complicated projects with a clear understanding of costs and high-quality final results. Regardless of the project’s scope, size, or complexity, the firm’s superior quality, impeccable professionalism, and outstanding customer service consistently result in exceptional projects. The firm is also focused on fostering long-term partnerships in an open and collaborative environment, resulting in a project experience that benefits all parties involved.

The Atchison-Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad Trainmaster’s Building, erected in 1903, was entirely restored and repurposed by MCC in collaboration with the Mechanics Bank. A substantial section of this repair was completed with its own crews through its hands-on project delivery methodology and a field workforce of professional carpenters. MCC worked closely with both the Mechanics Bank and their designers to ensure perfect constructability and historical correctness both inside and out.


  • 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