Industrial construction projects are challenging and complex during both the design and construction phases, with highly specific programs and numerous details. This list showcases nine of San Mateo, California’s best contractors behind some of the city’s most noteworthy industrial spaces. Our editorial team curated these firms based on their excellent client lists, backgrounds, and unique experience. Several of these companies have unique specialities and are also the recipient of countless industry accolades.
E.A. Davidovits and Co.
555 Price Ave. Suite 200, Redwood City, CA 94063
Founded in 1989, E.A. Davidovits offers a complete range of general contracting services and is noted for its affinity for commercial and industrial projects. It makes use of a design-build approach and is also known for its cost-effective methods. The company works throughout the Bay Area and has a solid reputation in the area. The firm’s team, composed of a talented team of architects and project managers, assists its clients throughout the entire process, from planning to construction.
E.A. Davidovits’s portfolio showcases several excellent corporate tenant improvements as well as creative tech spaces, complex life science buildouts, industrial, medical offices, and retail construction. The firm operates out of its office in Redwood City and works on fast-tracked projects. It prides itself on its 90% repeat client rate.
1450 Veterans Blvd., Redwood City, CA 94063
Consistently named one of the country’s 50 best general contractors over the past decade, DPR Construction specializes in complex and sustainable projects in an extensive range of markets. In addition to its commercial and corporate work, the firm also provides services to the healthcare, advanced technology, life sciences, and higher education sectors. DPR is affiliated with the U.S. Green Building Council and currently holds the distinction of employing the highest number of LEED-accredited professionals. Throughout its two decades in the industry, the firm has repeatedly been recognized with awards for its excellent work, including by the NAIOP for the company’s stellar interiors. The company has been featured in publications such as the Engineering News-Record.
Shown here is the firm’s work for the Magic Technologies manufacturing facility in Milpitas. It serves as the company’s new start-up arm and was completed with a fast-track process. Inside, it features office spaces and support facilities. Other elements include its special scrubber exhaust systems, air handler units, towers, and boilers.
150 E Dana St., Mountain View, CA 94041
With over three decades of experience, BCCI provides a full range of commercial construction and renovation services and is best known for its tenant improvements, new construction, historic restorations, and seismic retrofits. The firm is privately owned and is recognized as one of the Greater Bay Area’s largest and best contractors. Engineering News-Record named BCCI one of the country’s Top 100 green building contractors and one of California’s best contractors in 2018. The firm’s multifaceted experience has enabled it to become an expert in structures, interiors, and sustainability projects. The BCCI portfolio is a gallery of projects from a variety of market sectors. The firm is affiliated with important industry organizations, including the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and several green building organizations. The firm has worked with numerous noteworthy clients, including Adobe, Forbes Media, and Accenture.
The project shown here was designed and completed for Bosch. Located in Sunnyvale, it is a state-of-the-art research and technology center that also serves as Bosch’s North American headquarters. The project spans over four stories and 104,000 square feet. Inside, it features research labs, workshops, garage space, administrative workspace, meeting rooms, wellness rooms, an all-hands area, game rooms, and music rooms.
XL Construction Corporation
851 Buckeye Court, Milpitas, CA 95035
Headquartered in Milpitas, XL Construction Corporation assists its clients closely throughout the entire construction process and is highly regarded for its comprehensive methods and approaches. It is noted for completing its projects on time and within budget. The firm is also well-respected for the safety measures it implements before starting any build. Emphasizing the importance of close collaboration between contractor and client, XL utilizes the latest techniques, including BIM. The company’s portfolio showcases a wide range of civic, corporate office, education, healthcare, and life science projects. In 2021, the firm ranked 11th on the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s Largest General Contractors Silicon Valley List, 18th on Modern Healthcare‘s Construction and Design List, and 14th on the Sacramento Business Journal’s General Contractors List.
The project featured here was delivered via an MEP Design-Assist process. Located in San Mateo, it spans over 5,000 square feet and serves as a data center expansion for the United States Postal Service. For this project, the firm’s team had to add a water-side economizer and direct cooling to server racks utilizing the existing chiller and condenser water loops. They also had to design a sophisticated monitoring system to track its temperature.
951 Mariners Island Blvd. Suite 700, San Mateo, CA 94404
A proven trailblazer in the commercial construction industry, Truebeck Construction is a full-service general contractor that specializes in highly technical and complex projects and interiors. The firm provides not only building and renovation services, but also preconstruction, construction management, and safety management work. It is also well known for its progressive and highly advanced methods. The firm has a history of tackling and delivering challenging projects, using a variety of methods, from design-build to Integrated Project Delivery. The firm also has expertise in a wide variety of mechanical and electrical systems. The firm’s interiors team specializes in designing offices equipped for living, working, and playing. The firm has been featured multiple times in the pages of Engineering News-Record, which has consistently placed the firm on its annual list of the country’s leading firms. Truebeck has also been recognized by leading industry organizations, including the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
Completed in collaboration with the professionals at Foster + Partners and HGA, the project featured here was designed for a data center in Cupertino. Its 25,000-square-foot basement level contains supportive space. The project also included a pre-action fire sprinkler system and mechanical components as well as two cooling towers, a frame heat exchanger, and a water system.
Hillhouse Commercial Construction Company, Inc.
140 Charcot Ave., San Jose, CA 95131
Headquartered in San Jose, Hillhouse offers its clients a comprehensive range of services. It is known for its environmentally-responsive projects and strives to incorporate a high level of efficiency into its spaces. The firm utilizes imaginative techniques and has become an expert in a wide variety of architectural vernaculars.
With over three decades of industry experience, the firm has an extensive portfolio of projects completed for the office, educational, life science, and healthcare market sectors. It has also managed various mission-critical and life science projects. Since the firm’s start, it has been featured in publications like the San Francisco Business Times and the Silicon Valley Business Journal. The project shown here was designed and completed for HINE Design in Sunnyvale. The facility spans over 45,000 square feet and houses more than a hundred rooms. For this project, the firm’s team employed a seamless design-build approach and a fast-track process.
1460 O’Brien Drive, Menlo Park, CA 94025
NOVO Construction operates out of three offices located in Menlo Park, San Francisco, and Austin. The company upholds the highest standards and can handle projects of any size or scale. Its headquarters are located in Menlo Park, home to most of its employees. The firm has been in business since 2000 and has been involved with some of the most notable projects in the Bay Area. Specializing in small to large-scale build-outs, NOVO showcases its deep understanding of Menlo Park’s most popular architectural vernaculars. It has secured long-standing relationships with countless customers for the greater part of two decades. It describes its approach as similar to that of a “boutique” firm, assuring clients that it personalizes and tailors its methods for each project it takes on.
The project depicted here was completed for the Zero Net Energy Center. It spans over 45,000 square feet and serves as the brand’s training facility. The project is one out of only eight Net Zero-certified buildings in the U.S. that are qualified by the Department of Energy. Some of its most interesting elements include its operable windows and skylights, horizontal thermal masses, and passive ventilation.
350-A Coral St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Bogard Construction is a family-owned and -operated business that operates out of its headquarters in Santa Cruz. Now on its fourth generation of builders, the firm draws inspiration from over 75 years of collective industry experience. The firm’s comprehensive packages include preconstruction, estimating, and budgeting. The firm is well-versed in the design-build process, which allows it to keep the entire process in-house. The firm also showcases an affinity for cutting-edge sustainable design, which assures clients that all of its work is highly efficient and site-responsive.
Since the firm’s beginning, it has taken on countless large-scale projects. Its portfolio showcases a wide range of multi-million-dollar commercial, industrial, and institutional structures. It has also earned a reputation for its excellent project management and on-site control.