The United States is home to some of the world’s most iconic and famous commercial structures, skyscrapers, and high-rise buildings. It houses legendary landmarks such as the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, and the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. Such complexes, naturally, would require maintenance, occasional repairs, and overall upkeep from skilled contractors capable of taking on such large scale and important projects.
This article features 25 of the country’s best general contractors, whose skill, expertise, and experience showcase their abilities to take on whatever project they might be asked to undertake. Most of the firms you will see on this list have worked on some of the country’s most famous buildings; some have even worked on a couple of the aforementioned iconic structures listed above. These firms were chosen based on merit, media presence, skill, clientele, and the number of notable projects.
25) Omnibuild, Inc.
213 W 35th St., 7th Flr, New York, NY 10001
Omnibuild is a premier construction and development firm that has been hailed by several publications as one of the nation’s leading companies. It has been featured in the Engineering News-Record which named it one of the Top 400 firms in the country. It was also included in Inc. 500’s list of largest and fastest growing private companies in the nation; Omnibuild placed 19th in the construction sector. Established in 2007, the firm is headquartered in New York and utilizes a design-build approach. It offers high-rise construction and major renovation services. Its portfolio is a showcase of residential, hospitality, mixed-use, commercial, and educational buildings.
Some of the firm’s notable projects include work for the Hilton Garden Inn, the Courtyard Marriott, and the Holiday Inn Express. Further, being a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certified firm, Omnibuild’s team utilizes green build practices in each of its projects and takes pride in having constructed and remodeled over 20,000 vertical feet of building space in New York.
24) American Technologies, Inc.
1175 Hall Ave., Riverside, CA 92509
American Technologies is a national award-winning and leading firm best known for its quick response team. It has worked on the restoration of thousands of structures, in addition to assisting in major commercial operations following the aftermath of natural disasters. Founder Gary Moore, a former insurance restoration professional with over 15 years of previous experience, established the company with only two other employees. Today, the firm has over 20 offices nationwide, with over 1,000 employees.
The firm primarily takes on residential, commercial, industrial, and healthcare projects in addition to environmental and government work. The firm’s projects have been featured on Qualified Remodeler, Inc. 500, Remodeling Magazine, and the Engineering News-Record.
23) Barton Malow Company
26500 American Dr., Southfield, MI 48034
With nearly 100 years of experience, Barton Malow offers a full range of services including architectural planning, construction management, interior design, and pre-construction. The firm utilizes a design-build approach and also provides technological services. The firm’s market expertise mostly involves commercial, healthcare, higher education, and industrial structures. In addition, it has also worked on several special events and sporting facilities, federal, and energy buildings. Throughout its years in the industry, Barton Malow has won numerous awards. It has also had the privilege of being named as Midwest Engineering News-Record’’s Top Contractor of the Year in 2014.
Some of the firm’s most notable projects include the University of Chicago’s Joe and Rika Mansueto Library Research Pavilion, the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center, and Northern Arizona University’s Skydome.
22) Balfour Beatty
2335 Broadway Suite 300 Oakland, CA 94612
Balfour Beatty offers general contracting and at-risk construction management services for both the public and private sector. It utilizes a design-build approach and has been recognized by several media outlets as one of the nation’s largest building contractors. It has also been ranked by the Engineering News-Record as the fourth biggest commercial builder and remodeler in terms of revenue. A subsidiary of the London-based Balfour Beatty plc, the firm is a proud recipient of a National Award of Merit from the Design-Build Institute of America for its work on the Dallas Horseshoe Project. In addition, it has also been bestowed with an Excellence in Construction Award from the Metro Washington and Virginia chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).
The firm primarily specializes in commercial offices, correctional facilities, higher education buildings, and multi-residential complexes. Some of the firm’s most notable projects include renovation work for Microsoft, Duke University’s Medical Center, and an airport hangar for the Jacksonville Aviation Authority Council.
21) Dck worldwide
Six PPG Place Suite 700, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Dck worldwide boasts almost 100 years of industry experience, and is widely recognized as one of the most experienced commercial builders in the field. The firm is an expert in project management, site work, excavation, foundations, architectural finishes, and concrete structures. Furthermore, it has successfully completed government and industrial facilities, hospitality venues, and healthcare projects. Headquartered in Pennsylvania, the firm has handled projects worth over $3.8B in revenue in over 125 countries. As a LEED certified builder, the firm incorporates green building practices into its projects in order to ensure higher efficiency and sustainability of its work. Dck worldwide’s retail and commercial projects have been recognized with prestigious awards such as an Alliant Build America Award.
Led by Stephen F. D’Angelo, the firm is responsible for the historic renovation of the Howard M. Metzenbaum U.S. Courthouse and the general construction of the Venetian Casino Resort, which is pictured here. For this project, the firm constructed full-scale romantic icons of Venice, over 750,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, and 200,000 square feet of casino space; the project is one of the largest private convention centers in America.
20) JE Dunn Construction
Website | 816.474.8600 | 1001 Locust Street, Kansas City, MI 64106
Established in 1924, JE Dunn Construction began as a small residential contractor in Kansas City, Missouri before growing and becoming one of the nation’s largest general contracting firms. Today, the firm has over 20 office locations nationwide and an annual revenue of $3.75B. It specializes in commercial, healthcare, industrial, and aviation facilities. JE Dunn Construction also centers its business on senior living, historic preservations, and the renovation of mixed-use structures. In 1981, the firm established the Dunn Family Foundation as a way to give back to the community. Through this foundation, the firm aids in the empowerment of several minority groups, and donates ten percent of its earnings to charity.
JE Dunn Construction has been featured on both Forbes and the Engineering News-Record, with the latter hailing it as the Midwest’s Contractor of the Year. The firm has also worked on numerous noteworthy projects, such as the Museum of Russian Art, the Boy Scouts of America Base Camp, and several Kohl’s Department Stores.
19) CNY Group
214 W 39th St., New York, NY 10018
Established in 2003, the CNY Group provides construction and development services, and is best known for its high-rise buildings and complex multi-million dollar renovation work. It has delved into an extensive array of markets, which includes commercial, residential, educational, healthcare, and cultural work. Headquartered in New York, the firm is led by Kenneth Colao, Steven Colao, and Davide Prude, who have over 100 years of combined experience. Under their leadership, the firm has completed many impressive projects, including the expansion of Columbia University Law School. The firm was also behind the multiple New York-based expansion projects of renowned ice cream manufacturer Häagen-Dazs.
Given this rich background, it comes as no surprise that the firm has been recognized for its stellar work. It has been featured in New York Post, the Commercial Observer, and the Engineering News-Record, which included the firm on its Top 400 firms on several occasions, and once named CNY as its Contractor of the Year.
18) McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
Website | 314-968-3300 | 1341 North Rock Hill Road, St Louis, MO 63124
Founded by an Irish immigrant named Timothy McCarthy, McCarthy Building Companies started out as a small farmhouse and barn contractor before growing into one of the nation’s largest commercial builders. Over 155 years after its establishment, the firm now works on manufacturing plants, aviation projects, educational institutions, government buildings, healthcare facilities, hotel and entertainment venues, parking areas, and research laboratories. Its work has been featured on Forbes and in the Engineering News-Record, and the firm has been recognized with numerous awards. Some of these accolades include several Awards of Excellence from the Associated Builders and Contractors of Georgia, project awards from the Engineering News-Record, and distinctions from CEO Magazine. One of McCarthy’s most recent and notable features comes from Training Magazine, which inducted the firm into its Hall of Fame.
McCarthy has worked on numerous noteworthy projects. In 2015, it was tasked with the renovation and expansion of St. Louis’s Gateway Arch Visitor Center and Museum. One of the firm’s current projects is a Las Vegas stadium, which will house the NFL Raiders in 2020. The stadium will contain over 65,000 seats, a variety of premium spaces, and will feature operable walls that will open to give spectators a magnificent view of the Las Vegas strip.
17) EMCOR Group, Inc.
301 Merritt Seven, Norwalk, CT 06851
For 18 consecutive years, EMCOR has been recognized as a Fortune 500 company, in addition to being commended by the Engineering News-Record for the past two decades as one of the leading 600 specialty contractors in the country. EMCOR came in second last year, having generated an estimated annual revenue of around $7.9B. Best known for its electrical and mechanical work, the firm primarily focuses on electrical construction, industrial and energy infrastructures, and commercial build-outs.
EMCOR is also known for providing sophisticated and dynamic systems, and for its air conditioning, heating, and fire protection work. The firm has over 170 office locations and nearly 36,000 employees. The firm also takes pride in being named one of America’s best and largest employers by Forbes.
16) Ryan Companies
533 S Third St. Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Ryan Companies specializes in commercial real estate development and provides construction, architecture, and engineering services. Its core businesses include the healthcare, hospitality, and industrial industries in addition to the retail, senior living, and mixed-use markets. As a LEED-certified firm, Ryan Companies incorporates several green building and sustainability practices into each of its projects—its work on the AT&T Tower in Minnesota earned a Gold LEED certification. This project featured 33 floors, intricate atriums, and beautiful skyways.
Another of the firm’s notable projects is Amkor Technology’s corporate headquarters, as well as its takeover of one of Des Moines’ largest multi-tenant buildings. Some of the firm’s other clients include Amazon, GoDaddy, and Shutterfly.
15) Swinerton Builders
260 Townsend St., San Francisco, CA 94107
Swinerton Builders traces its origins all the way back to 1888; the firm was founded in Los Angeles, at the height of the California Gold Rush as a brick masonry and general contracting firm. The firm has since taken on landmark projects and has employed over 3,500 skilled craftspeople. Swinerton Builders is 100% employee-owned, and offers a full range of general contracting services, from project management to safety administration. In addition to commercial buildings, the firm also offers its services to a wide range of markets, including aviation, high-end multi-family homes, higher education, government, and healthcare facilities.
The firm’s work has been recognized by both several award-giving bodies and numerous publications, such as the Sacramento Business Journal and San Francisco Business Times, which named the firm’s principal as one of its most admired CEOs. Some of the firm’s most notable projects include interior work for LinkedIn’s San Francisco Headquarters, as well as LAX Terminal 5’s Delta Airlines One Premium Lobby.
14) Layton Construction
2355 E Camelback Rd. Suite 800, Phoenix, AZ 85016
Layton Construction is a nationally ranked commercial builder best known for its healthcare, retail, hospitality, higher education, industrial, and office work. With over 66 years of experience, the firm takes pride in its rankings; the firm was recently recognized by Engineering News-Record as the 28th largest contractor in the United States. Layton Construction also holds the distinction of being the eight largest healthcare contractor and 28th largest hospitality contractor in the country, according to Modern Healthcare and Building Design & Construction’s Giants 300, respectively.
The firm primarily utilizes a design-build approach and works closely with its clients, architects, and all subcontractors to ensure that each project stays on track and adheres to the budget. All clients are guaranteed a one-year warranty, which comes with an 11th-month walkthrough to better identify possible problems that may arise before the warranty expires.
13) Shawmut Design and Construction
444 E Warm Springs Rd Suite 102, Las Vegas, NV 89119
Shawmut Design and Construction has offices in Boston, Chicago, New York, Miami, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles, with a highly-skilled and experienced team that has worked on numerous complex projects. The firm’s portfolio presents a showcase of commercial build-outs, historic buildings, healthcare, and educational institutions, sports venues, retail outlets, and even luxury residential homes. The firm’s CEO, Les Hiscoe, is a professional engineer who has served on the Board of Directors of Rebuilding Together New York City and the ACE Mentor Program New York. Under his leadership, the firm had the honor of receiving Engineering News-Record’’s Best Project distinction on two separate occasions.
The first distinction was for the renovation of Eleven Madison Park, which has been recognized as the best restaurant in the world; the firm’s work was featured on Netflix’s “7 Days Out.” The other distinction was for its work on the repositioning the lobby entrance of 1501 Broadway, which also happens to be the iconic Paramount Building. The firm’s work has also made it to the pages of the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.
12) MA Mortenson Construction
700 Meadow Ln. N, Minneapolis, MN 55422
MA Mortenson is best known for its sustainability and green building practices, as well as its talented development team. Established in 1954 by M. A. Mortenson, Sr., the firm focuses on a wide range of markets including aviation, corporate offices, data centers, entertainment venues, healthcare facilities, and government buildings. One of the firm’s most notable projects is Walt Disney Concert Hall, as seen in the featured photo. The design for this project’s exteriors was initially deemed “unbuildable” with its curved steel frames, flowing lines, and metallic finishes. It has since become one of Los Angeles’ most popular attractions and has garnered the firm numerous awards for its superb craftsmanship.
Alongside the aforementioned green building practices, the firm is also known for the technology it utilizes. For its designs, it uses a Virtual Design and Construction process and Building Information Modeling, which makes way for better designs in a shorter span of time. It also works with laser scanning and incorporates a methodical communication system into its programs for better contact with each client.
11) C.W. Driver Companies
468 N Rosemead Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107
C.W. Driver utilizes a design-build approach and offers general contracting and construction management services throughout the Western United States. The firm is headquartered in Southern California and boasts over a hundred years of experience, making it the oldest active licensed builder in its area. It also takes pride in its national rankings; Engineering News-Record named the firm one of the country’s Top 400 contractors and Top 100 Construction Management-at-Risk firms. C.W. Driver works in a vast field of markets, including civic and cultural build outs, higher educational facilities, healthcare, entertainment venues, commercial build-outs, and corporate offices. One of the firm’s most high-profile projects was the complete tenant improvement build of Netflix’s Los Angeles Headquarters, which was comprised of over 14 stories of unique collaborative spaces, offices, conference rooms, screening rooms, and various entertainment areas.
The firm has won numerous awards throughout its years in the industry, especially for its civic and commercial work. It is the proud recipient of the Design Award of Merit from the California Council Society of American Registered Architects, the SAGE Award Project of the Year from the 55+ Housing Council, and the LA Architectural Award of Excellence.
10) Structure Tone
330 W 34th St., New York, NY 10001
Established in 1971, Structure Tone taps into an extensive array of markets and provides a full range of services, including site selection and interior renovation, as well as new construction and full-scale remodeling and modernization. The firm has worked on numerous retail, commercial, healthcare, cultural, and educational structures; some of its most important projects include work on Unilever’s headquarters and Macy’s flagship store. Structure Tone has also done work for laboratories at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The firm brings in a construction volume worth over $5B annually, equating to roughly 1,500 projects in a year; Structure Tone attributes nearly 80% of its incoming business to repeat clients.
The Engineering News-Record ranked the firm as the 15th leading contractor in the nation and the top construction firm in both New Jersey and Philadelphia. The firm was also recognized with several awards from the General Building Contractors Association for its cultural, healthcare, and mixed-use work.
300 E Joppa Rd., Baltimore, MD 21286
Led by Timothy Reagan, Whiting-Turner provides construction management and general contracting services, using a design-build approach for each project it undertakes. Since its inception in 1909, the firm has secured its nationwide presence through several office locations on both coasts. It employs over 2,900 skilled professionals and manages a bonding capacity of nearly $4B. The firm is an advocate of diversity and inclusivity in the construction industry, and works as an active member of the National Association of Minority Contractors, in addition to several other local and regional organizations that work together to recognize and empower minority and women-led firms.
Whiting-Turner extends its services to a wide range of industries, from retail and mixed-use structures to industrial, office, healthcare, and entertainment facilities. Some of its noteworthy projects include work on Downtown Disney’s T-Rex, a 67,000 square foot renovation of Yale University’s Vanderbilt Hall, and the revitalization and complete renovation of two facilities of the Kennedy Space Center.
8) Clark Construction Group
Website | 301-272-8100 | 7500 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda, MD 20814
Clark Construction Group was established in 1906 as a small local road excavator, before incorporating construction work into its array of services. Although it still considers itself a local builder, the firm has managed to make a name for itself and establish a nationwide presence through several offices spread across the country. The firm employs over 4,200 employees and holds a diverse portfolio, showcasing projects of all sizes and complexities. From intricate interior renovations to complex civil and industrial structures, the firm’s experience in a wide range of sectors proves its capacity to take on any project. The firm is the recipient of over 15 sustainability awards, 19 Design-Build Institute of America Awards, and 8 ABC National Excellence in Construction Eagle Awards. The Engineering News-Record also places it as the 11th leading contractor nationwide and 2nd best green builder in the country.
The featured photo shows the firm’s work on the National Museum of African American History and Culture. With this project, the firm utilized a bronze and glass panel facade. Another of the firm’s notable projects is L’Enfant Plaza, one of the largest projects in Washington, D.C.
111 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32202
Haskell primarily offers planning, design, construction, and operational services and caters to a global market. In addition to the United States, it serves Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean and is known for its sustainability efforts. With 129 LEED-accredited professionals on its roster of skilled craftsmen, the firm incorporates green building into all of its projects, and has been recognized in the industry as a leading contractor in the practice; Engineering News-Record named the firm the number one manufacturing and industrial design firm in the country. Haskell provides its services to over 14 markets and showcases a portfolio containing a running number of over 4,000 projects.
The firm is led by James O’Leary, a Certified General Contractor who has caught the attention of several Fortune 100 companies since assuming leadership. Since starting with Haskell, he has added big names like Nike, Frito-Lay Nestlé, Gatorade, and Rolls-Royce to its long list of notable clientele.
6) Brasfield & Gorrie
3021 7th Ave., S Birmingham, AL 35233
Headquartered in Alabama, Brasfield & Gorrie is one of the largest privately held firms in the United States. The firm initially started exclusively taking on small commercial remodeling projects, before setting out its sights for larger scale work, such as greater commercial build-outs, as well as institutional, healthcare, and industrial projects. It eventually opened offices in Georgia and Florida, resulting in 12 full-service offices in over eight states. Today, Brasfield & Gorrie has over 3,000 employees and brings in an estimated annual income of over $2B; each of its projects has an average value of $14 million. It has been recognized with numerous awards, and has been featured on publications like the Engineering News-Record, ENR Southeast, and the Building Design + Construction Giants 300, all of which have included the firm on their annual list of leading contractors.
Some of the firm’s most notable projects include a luxury women’s hospital at Medical City Dallas, Nashville’s AT&T Building‚better known as the “Batman Building” for its unique tower structure—and the renovation and restoration of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
1999 Bryan St #1200, Dallas, TX 75201
Named by Fortune Magazine as the “World’s Most Admired Company” in its construction and engineering category, Jacobs is known for its innovative infrastructures, sustainability efforts, and crusade in tackling some of the world’s most pressing issues such as urbanization and water scarcity. It is also known for its sleek and modern designs, and was recognized by the Engineering News-Record as the number one design firm in the country. It currently employs more than 80,000 peopl worldwide and has an estimated annual revenue of over $15B.
Jacobs attributes its growth to both organic expansions and its acquisitions, having amassed nearly 70 businesses in total as of late. With over 72 years of experience, the firm has worked on projects for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Boeing, and the US Air Force.
2199 Innerbelt Business Center Dr., St. Louis, MO 63114
Founded in 1984, Clayco is a full-service architecture and engineering firm which takes pride in having taken innovative steps to modernize the design-build approach. It is recognized as the first construction company to utilize a full-room computer server, and now works with site drones in order to collect data. It has an estimated annual revenue of over $2 billion, employs over 2,000 craftsmen across the country, and has consistently been recognized by the Engineering News-Record as a leading design-build contractor, with its most recent ranking being at number 12. It has worked on over 350 iconic builds throughout the country, and has worked on renovations amounting to nearly 70,000,000 square feet.
Its most notable projects include the North American Headquarters of Zurich. For this 783,800 square foot complex, the firm opted for a palette of timeless materials and created a more open atmosphere through the generous use of glass and other reflective elements. This project won the firm a National Award of Merit from the Design-Build Institute of America.
3) Turner Construction Company
375 Hudson St., 6th Flr, New York, NY 10014
Turner Construction annually completes over 1,500 projects worth $12 billion, and is best known for its design-build and Building Information Modeling services. It works for a vast range of markets, including not only the commercial sector but also aviation, higher education, government, entertainment venues, and cultural facilities. It has also worked on a number of healthcare institutes, industrial buildings, and hospitality developments. With a staff comprised of over 6,000 people, the firm offers the support and accessibility you may often find in a small local firm but also has the capacity, skill, and expertise of a multinational construction company. Turner has been decorated with numerous accolades throughout its years in service. Most notably and most recently, it was named by the Engineering News-Record as the number one green builder in the country. Building Design + Construction, on the other hand, named it the number one general contractor in the nation in terms of healthcare, higher education, office, and hotel construction.
The firm has worked on a great number of iconic and important structures, including the Whitney Museum of American Art. This eight-story building is the largest column-free gallery in New York City, and serves as a replacement to the museum’s former uptown location. The firm also completed a full-scale renovation of the legendary Madison Square Garden.
207 King St. Suite 300, San Francisco, CA 94107
Founded in 1971, Webcor is known for its innovative approaches, cutting edge Building Information Modeling, and virtual building techniques. It offers a full range of services, including subcontractor engagement and budgeting assistance, as well as 24-hour responses and an annual building inspection program as part of its warranty. As a LEED-certified firm, Webcor also incorporates green building practices in its projects to ensure the sustainability and high efficiency of its buildings. For its efforts, the Engineering News-Record named it one of the nation’s leading green contractors. In addition, the firm was also recognized by Building Design + Construction as the third best federal contractor and construction manager in the country.
Given this extensive background, the firm has had the privilege of working on some important and iconic projects throughout the years. In 2002, it was tasked with working on Lucas Digital Arts, which serves as the headquarters of Lucasfilm and beloved Star Wars filmmaker George Lucas. In 2005, it worked on the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, which serves as the epitome of sustainable architecture—being the first LEED Double-Platinum museum and largest Double-Platinum building in the world. The firm was also tasked with the expansion of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
1999 Ave. of the Stars Suite 2600, Los Angeles, CA 90067
AECOM is known for its work on iconic skyscrapers, city planning, energy and water conservation, and global presence. Its name has made it onto Fortune Magazine’s list of “World’s Most Admired Companies” for five consecutive years, and the firm was recently named the number one design firm in the country by Engineering News-Record. The firm also made approximately $20.2 billion in revenue in 2018, making it unsurprising that the Fortune 500 lists the firm as the 164th largest enterprise in America. Providing its services to over 150 countries, AECOM offers a full range of services and has provided work for nearly every major market sector. It is a leading major player in transportation, commercial, mixed-use, environmental, energy, high-rise buildings, and government structures and showcases a craft uniquely its own which visibly manifests itself in several of its work.
The firm has worked on countless important buildings since its establishment in 1990. One example is the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which features a one-of-a-kind retractable roof. The firm was also the brains behind the 2016 Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games’ masterplan, for which the firm handled every aspect of the stadium—from inception all the way to maintenance and renovation. The firm has recently been working on the modernization of Los Angeles International Airport.