Once considered the oil capital of the world, Tulsa is now a vibrant and modern metro area that serves as the commercial and financial center of a rich, agricultural area. This carefully curated list presents some of the most capable and experienced contractors in the region, contractors capable of adding quality retail structures to the city.
While some have been around for decades, some have been recognized with industry awards and have also been featured in magazines. Alongside such honors, these firms are also associated with industry organizations like the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Oklahoma, the Tulsa Regional Chamber, and the Broken Arrow Chamber of commerce.
Black Rock Construction Management
4717 S Mingo Rd., Suite H, Tulsa, OK 74146
Black Rock Construction Management exerts a dedicated approach to the commercial projects it devotes itself to. Though only established in 2016, this firm has a combined 40 years of commercial construction experience and the resulting ability to handle any situation that may arise during the construction process.
This experience has allowed the firm to craft structures for brands like Labcorp, the First Bank of BA, and Euphora.
PO Box 240, Jenks, OK 74037
Harris United was only established in 2017. Despite its relative youth, the firm has 25 years of experience on staff crafting commercial projects for various markets including the corporate, industrial, education, government, healthcare, and retail sectors. So far, these projects have been completed for clients around Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas. Currently, this firm is led by founder Chrissey Harris.
A professional with over 25 years of experience in the construction industry, Harris has plenty of experience working with earthwork, utilities, and general contracting. With her experience and guidance, the Harris United team is able to work on high-quality projects that are safe and environmentally friendly.
5477 S. 108th E. Ave., Tulsa, OK 74146
Considered one of the country’s leading commercial construction companies, Key Construction serves nearly 40 states nationwide. This wide range has brought the firm clients a variety of projects. Its portfolio includes highly complex and demanding projects such as medical offices and industrial centers as well as a large number of mid-sized projects and small projects like historical renovations and remodels. With its experience in crafting various projects, the firm has been consistently ranked as one of the Top 400 General Contractors by Engineering News-Record (ENR). The firm has also been featured in Architect Magazine, Tulsa World, and Public Radio Tulsa.
Among its many projects, its most notable work might be Tulsa Hills. Known to be the city’s biggest retail development since the opening of Woodland Hills Mall in the 1970s, Tulsa Hills is a $26 million center with over 350,000-square-feet of junior anchor stores, including Best Buy, PetSmart, Ross Dress for Less, and Marshalls.
Rick Scott Construction
14990 E. Pine, Tulsa, OK 74116
Ever since its establishment in 1996, Rick Scott Construction has formed solid relationships with contractors, business owners, and architects. As a result, the firm was able to expand its reach to Kansas. This experience—paired with the support its associates provide— has allowed the firm to build projects for various markets including the education, worship, recreation, and commercial sectors. Among its many projects, its most notable retail work might be for Jiffy Trip.
A new prototype for the Jiffy Trip convenience store chain, it contains over 6,500-square-feet of space along with over 56,000-square-feet of concrete paving. Its exterior finishes include brick, stone, ceramic tiles, and reclaimed wood paneling. These projects are currently managed and guided by company president and CEO Rick Scott. A graduate of Northern Oklahoma College, Scott worked in the construction industry for 19 years before establishing his firm.
Rupe Helmer Group
6846 S. Canton Ave, Ste. #250, Tulsa, OK 74136
Rupe Helmer Group provides commercial site development, construction, design, expert brokerage teams, property management, and tenant relations. The firm has been providing these services since 2002 and after all these years, it is still recognized as one of the leaders in construction, development, brokerage, and property management in Oklahoma. It has completed several projects for different markets; its most notable work is likely Parkhill’s Warehouse liquors and wine.
The project is decorated: it won the Associated General Contractor (AGC)’s 2017 Build Oklahoma Award and the Associated Builders and Contractor(ABC)’s 2018 Excellence in Construction award. Alongside such honors, the company’s work has also led to features in publications like Oklahoman, Tulsa World, and Sandite Pride News. Currently, this firm is managed by CEO John Rupe Jr. A graduate of Arizona State University, Rupe is a licensed real estate broker in Oklahoma and Arkansas. He is also a member of several industry associations such as the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), and Associated General Contractors (AGC).