Last updated on July 18th, 2024 at 05:00 am

Any tourist visiting Sioux Falls will quickly see that the city has gone to great lengths to preserve its historical sites while maintaining a visitor-friendly environment. Well-known landmarks in the downtown area offer fascinating insights into the city’s past. The city’s cultural attractions include the Sioux City Public Museum, the Sioux City Art Center, and the National Historic Landmark Sergeant Floyd Monument.

Sioux Falls is among the 50 fastest-growing cities in America, and it is South Dakota’s fastest-growing metropolitan area. If you’re a business owner looking to set up shop in the city, our team has compiled a list of the top commercial contractors in Sioux Falls. Each firm was carefully chosen for its awards, projects, affiliations, and press features. 

Jans Corporation

4700 N Westport Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57107

Jans Corporation was founded in 1973 as Nioda Builders and specializes in design-build construction with pre-engineered building systems. Dale Jans joined Nioda in 1975 as a Construction Manager and departed two years later to become a partner in a Sioux City, Iowa, construction firm. Dale returned to Sioux Falls in 1982 and purchased Nioda Builders. The firm then expanded into various sorts of general contracting. The practice was renamed Jans Corporation in 1984.

The company remains one of the largest commercial construction firms in the state today. Brian Jans is the company’s president; Dale Jans serves as vice president. Jans Corporation runs a yard where equipment, tools, and other job-site support tasks are stored. The office staff oversees the design, estimates, project management, payroll, personnel, and accounting.

Jans Corporation was awarded an AON Build America Award from the Associated General Contractors of America in 2010 for the Sioux Falls Seminary and in 2004 for the Sertoma Butterfly House.

Journey Construction

The Journey Group, 4500 West 58th Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57108

The Journey Group is a full-service construction company based in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, with six divisions that provide general, commercial, manufacturing, industrial, civil, residential, and asphalt construction services in the Upper Midwest and nationwide. Randy Knecht, the company’s current CEO, has a strong history of developing long-term connections with regional contractors.

Journey Construction, a division of Journey Group, has experience working in and around the local construction sector – combined with its outstanding reputation as a fair, honest, and team-oriented division – which piques the interest of any contractor. This division is staffed by OSHA-trained and various LEED-certified specialists, as well as certified welders, crane operators, concrete technologists, and contractors.

Journey Construction understands the importance of every project and holds a long-standing reputation for building relationships with contractors throughout the region. Journey Construction is led by those who demonstrate excellence and are dedicated to exceeding expectations. Journey Construction firmly believes its team can handle any challenge with grace and precision.

Henry Carlson Construction

1205 West Russell Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57104

Henry Carlson Construction (HCC), based in Sioux Falls, is a third-generation general contractor with offices in Sioux Falls and Aberdeen. Companies have relied on the skill and expertise of Henry Carlson contractors for long-lasting construction projects since 1919. The record of Henry Carlson Construction can be read on the prairie skylines, as it is the top construction enterprise of the northern plains.

It has been in business for almost a century and is currently led by its president, Henry “Chip” Carlson III. Customers in the healthcare, manufacturing, educational, and retail sectors have benefited from the firm’s high-quality pre-construction and construction services. Chip is keenly invested in each project’s success and sincerely believes the company’s history depends on how it works with every client.

The honors the firm has received over the years include the MarCom Awards, the AGC Safety Excellence Award for Outstanding Company at the AGC of South Dakota Annual Convention, and the 2017 AGC South Dakota Build America Award.

Gil Haugan Construction

200 E 60th St N, Sioux Falls, SD 57104

Gil and Lola Haugan launched Gil Haugan Construction in 1960 to meet the community’s demand for outstanding artistry and integrity. In 1951, Gil joined the Marine Corps and  the Marine Corps principles of honor, courage, and dedication were deeply instilled. When he returned home, those ideals influenced his work and personal life. Gil received the Silver Star and the Korean Service Medal three stars during his service.

Wes Engbers serves as the current vice president of the company. It is a second-generation family firm specializing in commercial construction art and craft. From convenience stores to one-of-a-kind, sprawling corporate campuses, Gil Haugan Construction approaches every project as an opportunity to create a statement for its customers while saving time and remaining within budget.

Empire Building Construction

1709 North Industrial Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57104

Empire Building Construction, founded in 1966, provides ambitious, hungry team members with the tools and expertise they need to advance personally and professionally. As a result, the company culture fosters exceptional building quality and an out-of-the-box experience for its customers. Most importantly, the firm helps them to grow their enterprises. Empire Building Construction specializes in commercial, industrial, office, retail general contracting, steel erection, and concrete work.

Owner Ercell Fortney’s son Luke became more involved with the company in the late 1990s and early 2000s, working on crews during the summers. He worked as a mechanic and equipment carrier after finishing tech school before eventually moving into the office to supervise projects. He then became an operations manager for a short time before eventually becoming vice president and general manager in 2014. In 2019, Luke Fortney purchased the company.

Sunkota Construction

3412 N Potsdam Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57104

Chris Rans founded Sunkota Construction in 1996 as a general contracting firm focusing on design-build projects in the tri-state area. Sunkota’s team has over 100 years of combined experience in general contracting and construction management through collaboration with local and regional contractors. Throughout the process, the team has formed alliances and connections with local subcontractors and suppliers and accumulated knowledge and competence in general building methods specific to the region.

Sunkota employs new techniques to improve its operations and obtain optimal outcomes and continue flourishing in the construction industry. Superintendents on its project sites have fast, digital access to all available documentation required to meet onsite goals and succeed on the job site. The firm has consistently demonstrated the capacity to finish projects on time and within budget, all while maintaining the highest standards. That means reasonable building costs and high-quality construction for its clients.

Clint Stencil Construction

26810 S Southeastern Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57108

Clint Stencil Construction has concentrated on the residential and commercial industries for over 40 years. It has transformed South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, and Minnesota with a mix of business projects, luxury subdivisions, single-family houses, and apartment units since its founding in 1979. It continues to employ its experience, knowledge, and cutting-edge technology to ensure clients receive the greatest quality in the Sioux Falls, South Dakota area.

Clint Stencil began his profession as a general contractor four decades ago and became known as one of Sioux Falls’ greatest home builders. He eventually opted to put his skills to use in multi-family and commercial building, which has been his main focus for the past 20 years. Clint attended South Dakota State University and took several business courses via the National Association of Home Builders. He founded Stencil Construction at 23 and has since grown it into a top area general contractor and commercial building company.

Mark Luke Companies

4603 N Cliff Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57104

The Sioux Falls construction team at Mark Luke Companies has over 100 years of combined expertise in designing and constructing typical commercial construction projects. It can be a valued part of a design team and lead the construction team, or it can lead the client’s design team and the design-build strategy, saving money on both the design and construction projects.

The firm, led and supervised by Mark Luke, employs its industry-leading web-based construction management software and proprietary web-based construction information sharing software, SharePlans, to guide the process for structured success effectively. Its program, ShareSite, also allows clients to obtain a visual glimpse of the construction process from any computer.


  • Blaine Comeione

    Blaine has served as Editor at General Contractors Magazine for six years, drawing from over ten years of experience in construction and real estate. His comprehensive understanding spans commercial construction, architecture, and home builds, cultivated through diverse roles in the industry. With four years at BuildZoom and a background as a licensed real estate agent, Blaine possesses a unique perspective that enriches his editorial work. His dedication to delivering informative content is underscored by his extensive tenure in the field, ensuring that readers receive valuable insights into the dynamic world of construction and home design. Expertise: Commercial Construction, Commercial Remodeling, Home Design and Build Key Highlights: Over 6 years of experience writing and editing in the construction space, Editor at General Contractors Magazine, Previous experience at BuildZoom and Keller Williams Realty Education: Ohio University, Bachelor of Science in Human and Consumer Science - Minor in Business, 120+ Hours of New Jersey Real Estate Education, 120+ Hours of Arizona Real Estate Education