Pasadena is a busy city that sits at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. Some people call it a suburb of Los Angeles, but it’s really a city all on its own, full of Southern California charm. If you want to live in Pasadena, you can spend your weekends at the local parks, eat at fancy restaurants, and do some of the best shopping in Los Angeles.

This article features five of the best multifamily contractors working in Pasadena. These remarkable firms were carefully chosen by our editorial team for their experience, expertise, technical knowledge, past projects, and impressive track records.

Pankow Builders

199 S. Los Robles Avenue, Suite #300, Pasadena, CA 91101

Since its inception in 1963, Pankow Builders has helped clients by coming up with creative ways to solve problems, being an expert in engineering, and coming up with new ways to build things. The firm is one of the pioneers of design-build and integrated project delivery. With nearly 60 years in the industry, the firm offers a range of services, including design-build, design-assist, general contracting, and tenant improvement services. The firm uses new construction tools, methods, technologies, and high-quality craftsmanship to consistently deliver successful projects on schedule and within budget. 

Pankow Builders delivered the Paseo apartments on top of the two-level shopping and entertainment complex for a different client at the same time. The firm used an inventive composite structure made of panelized steel studs and metal-backed shear panels to frame the building because of its height. The loft-style apartments, patios, and common areas look out over the live-work-play community.

McCormick Construction

2507 Empire Avenue, Burbank, CA 91504

McCormick Construction has been built on a history of respect, trust, and expertise. It takes an integrated approach to each project by considering the owner, the contractor, the materials, and the environment in a unique way that will last for generations. Since its establishment in 1914, the firm has put together a portfolio of exceptional projects that have made California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Oregon, and Washington better places to live and do business.  From its first building to its current one, the firm has always been committed to doing it right.

The Kress Lofts in Long Beach, California, were fixed up by adding soundproofing to the familiar walls and partitions, floor-to-floor walls, exterior windows and curtain walls, a new roofing system, and repointing and regrouting to the original exterior brick. The work was completed while the tenants remained in residence. 

Pacific Empire Builders

500 North Brand Boulevard, Suite #2120, Glendale, CA 91203

Pacific Empire Builders delivers high-quality housing, retail, commercial, and industrial projects on time, under budget, and safely. Pre-construction, construction management, and general contracting are some of the firm’s services to its clients. The firm is involved early in the development phase to collaborate with the architect and design experts. That approach minimizes cost and schedule consequences from revisions during construction. It also avoids the problems of typical owner-builder roles by designing and building high-quality, cost-effective, and safe buildings.

The Village is a four-story building in Panorama City built from the ground up. It has 30 apartments and parking on the ground floor. The Village also has a well-kept courtyard and high-end finishes on the units. The firm completed the project in 2008.

Alpha Construction

14601 Aetna Street, Van Nuys, CA 91411

Alpha Construction was founded in 1965—it has been a general contractor in Southern California for more than 50 years, completing construction projects worth more than a billion dollars. The firm offers its clients full-service, large-scale contracting and maintains a hands-on approach to managing projects. Over the years, this strategy has resulted in many successful projects and long-lasting relationships with clients and trade partners. In addition to general contracting, the firm also offers pre-construction services like cost estimating, budget development, value engineering, constructability consulting, and project management. 

The 28th Street Apartments in Los Angeles are some of the firm’s most notable projects. The project includes fixing up the YMCA Building, a historic building, and adding 49 new units. The new design is sleek, simple, and sophisticated, making its interiors light and airy.

RAAM Construction

140 S Lake Avenue, Suite #217, Pasadena, CA 91101

RAAM Construction was founded in 2005 to provide affordable, sustainable, and stunning multifamily homes. As a family-owned and operated business, RAAM self-performs many critical jobs within each build and delivers superior projects to communities throughout California. The firm works closely with developers, owners, architects to ensure that each project promotes a sense of community, sustainability, and the highest quality of work. The firm has remained committed to its goal of doing great work for a fair price while staying true to its values of collaboration, openness, honesty, and quality.

RAAM Construction recently executed the construction of Arboleda Apartments, a 74-unit senior housing community in La Puente, California, which offers a mix of one- and two-bedroom units. The community also features a large community room, fitness center, technology center, library, gated parking and garage parking, a ground-level courtyard and second floor terrace.

To learn more about RAAM Construction, visit their website here.


  • 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