Minneapolis is an economic powerhouse. Its primary industry is manufacturing, including electronics, machinery, and milling. Minneapolis’ population is growing as a result of its thriving economy. It is Minnesota’s most populated city, and its breathtaking skyscrapers provide a vibrant nightlife.

As the city’s commercial activities expand, so does the demand for office construction. These builders have remarkable portfolios, have been in the industry for at least a decade, and have even been in the business for over a century. The below list includes some of the best contractors available to respond to the call.

Ryan Companies

533 South Third St., Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Creating and constructing exceptional spaces is more than just a job at Ryan Companies. It is a worthwhile goal, and it is dedicated to achieving it. For eight decades, Ryan has been committed to constructing buildings that uplift communities and families. Ryan has grown into a national leader in commercial real estate services by focusing on safety, dignity, respect, preservation, family, excellence, and fun. The company has received numerous awards, such as the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Minneapolis 2021 Merit Award. The firm has also appeared in several publications, including The Business Journals, GlobeSt. Real Estate Forum, and Senior Housing News.

From offices and commercial buildings to senior living and multifamily residences, Ryan Companies puts its heart and soul into making ideal environments a reality.

RJM Construction

830 Boone Ave. N., Golden Valley, MN 55427

RJM Construction is dedicated to providing clients with homes that provide shelter and enrich their lives. It collaborates with health care organizations, community leaders, property owners, and building tenants to realize each client’s exact vision and provide a rewarding and immersive experience tailored to each client.

RJM Construction is now a multi-award-winning firm, having received numerous prestigious awards such as the Governor’s Safety Award, NAIOP Awards of Excellence, and General Contractor of the Year. It has been featured in more than 40 publications and issues such as Finance & Commerce, Hometown Source, Star Tribune, and Echo Press, and it holds affiliations with the Minnesota Construction Association, Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, Association of Minnesota Counties – Associate Preferred Business Partners, and Minnesota Medical Group Management Association.


2737 Fairview Ave. N., St. Paul, MN 55113

Collaboration is the cornerstone of exceptional results at this construction firm. It takes immense work to turn a client’s vision into a timeless building, but McGough is dedicated to doing so through collaboration. McGough’s diverse group of six generations of general contracting expertise is ready to take on notable, unique, and demanding construction projects of various scales and types. The company’s reputation for partnership and collaboration in its services— from new construction to refurbishment—has earned it the title of Contractor of the Year from the University of Minnesota Office for Business & Community Economic Development.

McGough has a background of collaboration and partnership that utilizes the power of people and the advantage of cross-functional competence, from new construction to renovation with world-class architects and trusted subcontractors. It has experience working in various settings, including corporate, industrial, health care, institutional, housing, education, worship, performing arts, and retail.

Stahl Construction Company

861 E. Hennepin Ave., Ste. 200, Minneapolis, MN 55414

Stahl Construction Company, founded in 1981, provides professional consultation, design/build, general contracting, and construction management. The company ensures that its clients’ goals are met through an open and collaborative approach. Because the company operates in a competitive industry, it must keep up with market trends while also improving its building materials and practices. Stahl employs 35 construction experts, including engineers, project managers, field superintendents, and a support team, who provide extensive knowledge and experience in project completion. One-third of the company’s employees are also LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professionals.

Wayne Stahl sets the standard for the rest of the company as the founder of a firm that bears his name. Wayne, a Purdue University civil engineering graduate and registered professional engineer, prefers straight lines, right angles, and symmetry. He enjoys conceptual estimating and budgeting the construction cost when there are no plans. Under his watch, the firm has been featured by the press, including REJournals, ENTER, Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Finance & Commerce, and Pioneer Press.

Crawford Merz

33 South 6th St., Suite 4510, Minneapolis, MN 55402

Crawford Merz is the go-to firm for any workplace, retail, hospitality, or ground-up project. The company can manage projects of any size. Crawford Merz has been in business for over a century and has developed a proven process for exceeding client expectations.

The Minneapolis-based contractor has specialized in commercial construction since its founding in 1886. It started by renovating historic office buildings, restaurants, and warehouses. Jack Crawford established the company and opened its first downtown Minneapolis office. Today, it is the Twin Cities’ longest-running commercial construction company.

Todd Hayes became a part of that legacy when he purchased Crawford Merz in 2014. Todd has assembled a diverse team of three minority owners to lead energy, responsiveness, and efficiency projects. 

The firm is accredited by The Minnesota Shopping Center Association, NAIOP, North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters, Society of Industrial and Office Realtors Minnesota Chapter, Metro North Chamber of Commerce, BOMA Greater Minneapolis, and the Institute of Real Estate Management.

Adolfson & Peterson Construction

5500 Wayzata Blvd., Ste. 600, Minneapolis, MN 55416

Adolfson & Peterson Construction’s steadfast commitment to providing its clients with transcendent and functional structures earned them a place among the country’s best construction managers and general contractors. The company enriches a growing community by cultivating relationships between its team and its clients. The firm’s commitment to excellence has resulted in numerous awards, including the Minnesota Concrete & Masonry Contractors Association’s Excellence in Concrete & Masonry Award. Its vast knowledge and expertise in preconstruction and construction services have also been featured in several publications, including the Engineering News-Record, Twin Cities Business, and McKnight’s Senior Living.

The company’s leaders oversee over 675 employees who work from offices in Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota, Texas, and Wyoming. The firm, led by Jeffrey Hansen and Brad Hendrickson, is a member of the Minnesota Construction Association, the Associated General Contractors, and the Associated Builders and Contractors.

R.J. Ryan Construction

1100 Mendota Heights Rd., Mendota Heights, MN 55120

RJ Ryan Construction is a multi-award-winning general contractor in Minnesota. Among its many honors, the company received the 2018 MN Subcontractors Association TOPS Large General Contractor Award. RJ Ryan’s success stems from its dependability in design, construction, and construction management since its inception in 1978. It preserves a high level of integrity on every build and promotes green building as a LEED AP member. Its network of professionals is always ready to help throughout the entire construction process.

This contractor’s extensive experience includes industrial, office, medical, and automotive center construction and design. This construction company has a solid reputation after operating for more than four decades. With years of experience in the industry, it is regarded as one of the Twin Cities commercial construction scene’s leaders.

Greiner Construction

121 South 8th Street, Suite 1200, Minneapolis MN 55402

Greiner Construction steps into each project with the highest level of professionalism. This contractor, founded in 1989, brings trust, respect, and character to the construction process. This approach has allowed the company to maintain its position as an industry leader for more than three decades. The company focuses on improving workspaces as a commercial contractor. This focus helps the firm provide high-quality craftsmanship and exceptional customer service.

Greiner Construction continues to demonstrate enthusiasm and perfection as it grows. The company ensures to deliver a superior construction experience, whether it is building offices, clinics, or manufacturing facilities.

Hans Siefker heads the firm as its current president. Mr. Siefker is a 40 Under 40 Award recipient who started his construction career with Greiner in 1998. He holds a construction management degree with a double minor in business and interior design from Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Watson-Forsberg General Contractors

6465 Wayzata Blvd., Ste. 110, Minneapolis, MN 55426

The Associated General Contractors of Minnesota has recognized Watson-Forsberg Company for its outstanding work. It received the AGC Skill-Responsibility-Integrity (SRI) Award. This company’s success is due to its talented employees, and the majority of this competent pool of professionals comes from generations of builders. With such a knowledgeable team, there is a lot of collaboration between clients, designers, and consultants. Its expert team can handle a wide range of projects. These initiatives include the development of health care, recreation, office, and wellness facilities.

The company, founded in 1979, focuses on detail and craftsmanship. As a LEED AP member, it also promotes sustainable construction. As a result, the company is on the right track. Some of its honors are two two-time year Top Project by Finance & Commerce awards (2020 and 2021) and the Economic Development Association Minnesota (EDAM) Excellence in Economic Development Award (2017). 

SullivanDay Construction

730 Stinson Boulevard NE, Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN 55413

SullivanDay Construction has helped clients since 1985 by understanding their business goals. As a result, the company creates ideal commercial spaces tailored to each client’s vision. For more than three decades, it has grown into an experienced and diverse general contractor dedicated to providing clients with exceptional commercial construction expertise, service, and value. The firm is always ready to serve its clients in any capacity, whether a small tenant improvement or a sizable ground-up building.

The company’s success can be attributed to a variety of factors. It is a multi-disciplinary company that can serve as a consultant, an agent, and a design-build contractor. This contractor is meticulous when executing a client’s vision and forecasts construction trends. SullivanDay also produces sustainable buildings and is led by Steve Day, a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accredited professional.

It was a recipient of the 2019 Minnesota Shopping Center Association STARR Awards and the 2019 Minnesota Real Estate Journal Awards Nominations.

Mission Construction

7148 Shady Oak Rd., Minneapolis, MN 55344

Mission Construction is a small general contractor that specializes in retail spaces. This company’s mission as a detail-oriented contractor is to complete the job according to client specifications. It understands that to improve the customer experience, a retail environment must be inventive and one-of-a-kind. This contractor, founded in 2002, takes the time to listen to each client’s needs, desires, and vision, resulting in long-term relationships with its clients.

Mission Construction is ready to provide solutions for each client’s construction needs in Minneapolis and the surrounding areas. This contractor offers preconstruction, design-build, service work, and maintenance. Clients can rely on this contractor for everything from budget development to research for complex construction projects.

The firm’s works have been featured by Architect, OfficeLovin’, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Office Snapshots, and Twin Cities Business.

The Bainey Group

14700 28th Ave N, Unit 30, Plymouth, MN 55447

The Bainey Group offers complete commercial construction services, focusing on design-build and tenant improvements. It can build a new corporate headquarters or renovate an existing one. The Bainey Group tailors relationships to each client to ensure that they receive the type of service that is most appropriate for their business philosophy. The business is built on connections, and it recognizes that to begin a relationship, it must first earn the client’s trust and confidence.

Like other general contractors, it works with businesses to build new headquarters or remodel interior office spaces. It is committed to providing clients with the highest levels of trust, confidence, honor, quality, and complete customer service while constructing the most cost-effective and functional project possible.

The Bainey Group is led by Chuck Bainey, who began working for the company as a laborer at 14 and later became a project manager after college. Chuck took over as CEO and purchased the rest of the company in 2016. He is now the second-generation owner of this family business, which has navigated many industry downturns while maintaining healthy growth during industry upturns.

Diversified Construction

4931 West 35th St., St. Louis Park, MN 55416  

Diversified Construction is a mid-sized general contractor founded on small-business values, large-business capabilities, and long-term relationships. It was established in Minneapolis and had been assisting local businesses in improving their environments for over 50 years. The firm’s attention to detail and professionalism set it apart from the competition. For 50 years and counting, it has received 90 percent of its business from referrals and repeat customers, demonstrating that it does more than build and remodel; it also creates long-term, trusting relationships.


James Rowland joined Diversified Construction as a laborer. Following his service in the marine corps, he advanced through the company, eventually reaching the position of Project Manager. Today, as president and CEO, James creates, implements, and monitors the strategic goals and objectives of the business, including supervising project management and delivery. Under his watch, Diversified Construction holds affiliations with the Better Business Bureau and is a Veteran Owned Small Business.


  • 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