Tucson is best known for guest ranches, horseback rides, and cattle drives that recall the city’s Old West Roots. These days, the city has a reputation as the go-to location for spas, resort hotels, and championship golf courses.

That high-level hospitality industry means that the city also has high-level restaurants, the kind of eateries that made the city gain the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)’s designation of a World City of Gastronomy. Alongside modern and historical sites where visitors can spend their free time, the city also has its fair share of retail shops that have been crafted by some of the most notable contractors in the city. This list presents just some of these contractors who have associations with industry organizations like the Arizona Builders Alliance, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) of Southern Arizona, and the Tucson Metro Chamber. Most of these firms also have decades of experience to guide and support the projects they take on through every stage of building. 

Barker Contracting, Inc.

2127 E. Speedway, Suite #101, Tucson, AZ 85719

A firm that has been featured in Engineering News-Record (ENR) and Arizona Daily Star, Barker Contracting, Inc. has nurtured relationships that have lasted over 15 years since its establishment in 2004. Over the years, the firm has completed projects for virtually every commercial sector including community/municipal, restaurant, solar, and retail projects. Thanks to the experience the firm has honed after working on various types of projects, Barker contracting, Inc. has many projects scattered throughout Arizona and the rest of the nation. One of these projects is Conn’s HomePlus which has multiple locations including Arizona.

A tenant improvement project valued from $60,000 to $2.2 million, it involved multiple tenant improvements throughout Arizona where the stores are known to vary in size from 30,000-square-feet to 60,000-square-feet. Projects like these are handled by company president Brian Barker. A professional with over 35 years of industry experience, Barker is an active member of the Arizona Builders Alliance (ABA) and has completed several projects for the association. 

BFL Construction

700 E. Broadway, Suite #200, Tucson, AZ 85719

Established in 1973, BFL Construction is a firm built on the foundation of long-term relationships with several repeat clients. Apart from being ranked by Phoenix Business Journal as the 23rd largest firm in 2017, BFL Construction has also been ranked as one of Tucson’s Top 10 commercial contractors for the past ten years. The BFL portfolio exhibits projects in a variety of sectors including affordable housing, retail, education, and hospitality.

Its increasing reputation has also brought the company features in other publications including AZ Big Media and the Arizona Daily Star.  The firm was founded by CEO Garry Brav. A past chairman of the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Development Service committee, Mr. Brav has been involved in developing the mid-rise zoning ordinances for the Camelback Corridor in Phoenix.

Camwest Group, Inc. 

1743 West Prince Road, Tucson, AZ 85705

Ever since its establishment in 1991, Camwest Group, Inc. has been a company that specializes in construction with an emphasis on dental and medical offices.  Over the years, the firm has also gradually built a portfolio that exhibits projects for commercial and residential projects. Currently, these projects are managed and guided by company president Edward J. Kocis.

Aside from being one of Arizona’s licensed real estate brokers, Kocis is fully licensed and bonded and has been involved in the construction industry for over 40 years. Alongside this company leader, Camwest Group, Inc.’s team is full of professionals who have over 20 years of technical and practical experience in the field. Together, they have created projects like the tenant improvement projects for European Wax Center’s three branches and new façades for Batteries Plus and Jerry’s Cigars. 

Canyon Building & Design

4750 N. La Cholla Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85705

Canyon Building & Design is a full-service design-build general contractor that specializes in fast-track projects for the education, retail, hospitality, entertainment, automotive dealership, and showroom markets. Since its establishment in 1999, the firm has become increasingly known for executing comprehensive construction services that reflect quality craftsmanship and environmental consciousness. The firm has built retail projects for Tres Amigos, Office Depot, and Oro Valley Marketplace. With this work ethic and wide collection of projects, the firm was included in Ranking Arizona’s 2020 list of Top Ten Best Arizona Businesses. 

This recognized firm is currently handled by CEO David Gerovac whose project portfolio ranges from a $4 million, six-story historic building renovation to the ground-up construction of a 43,000-square-foot fitness club.

Concord General Contracting

5828 North Oracle Road, Suite #150, Tucson, AZ 85704

Established in 1972, Concord General Contracting offers a wide variety of construction services for numerous sectors. That range includes educational, religious, medical, municipal, historical renovation, and green building projects.

The firm has provided construction manager at risk, design-build, negotiated GMP, and competitive bid delivery methods for several clients in all corners of the state. Currently, the firm is managed by company president JV Nyman and CEO Grenee Celuch. 

Grail Construction, LLC

1308 W Glenn St., Tucson, AZ 85705

Established in 2012, Grail Construction focuses on residential and commercial construction alongside tenant improvements for clients all around Southern Arizona. Though it is relatively new to the industry, the firm’s team is made up of owners and project managers who have decades of experience in construction management. With this professional team, the firm has crafted projects such as the

Sprint Store remodel. Located in Tucson mall, the firm remodeled the whole store, added in electrical, plumbing, tile, drywall, and completed safety features—including fire sprinklers. Aside from this retail project, the firm’s portfolio also includes themed restaurants, test kitchens, shopping centers, historical renovations, business offices, public institutions, government facilities, medical clinics, assisted living facilities, schools, churches, and auto service centers. 


  • 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