Given their scale and highly specific details, storage facility construction requires utmost precision and skill. This list is a curation of 15 of some of the best firms behind some of California’s leading storage facilities. They were chosen based on their various experiences, backgrounds, and stellar portfolios. Several of these companies are also proud recipients of various accolades and have been featured in a variety of publications.


MakoRabco

5650 El Camino Real Ste. 100, Carlsbad, CA 92008

MakoRabco operates out of its office in Carlsbad and is regarded for its comprehensive and complete range of services. It has been in business since 1993 and anchors its talent on the extensive experiences of its principals and founders. Together, they have become noted for their commercial and self-storage spaces. As a matter of fact, the company has secured a solid reputation for its storage facilities, innovative designs, and engineering. The firm prides itself on its over 70% repeat clientele and utilizes a highly hands-on approach.

The firm offers its work at highly competitive prices. It is also regarded for completing everything on time and within budget. Our editorial team was also impressed by its various expansion projects and features in a variety of magazines.


Kiwi II Construction

28177 Keller Rd., Murrieta, CA 92563

Kiwi II Construction has been in business since 1982 and has since been regarded as one of the area’s best and leading firms. Headquartered in Murrieta, this company specializes in self-storage units and has had the opportunity to take on projects nationwide. The company offers its clients economical packages to customize their above-ground building. Its work is often distinguished by its great wall systems and lighting. Our editorial team was especially impressed by its multi-story steel buildings.

Most of the company’s projects are also fit for seismic and high wind regions. The firm’s team also often works on auxiliary loads that are tailor-fit to accommodate sprinkler systems and mechanical equipment. It also infuses various sustainability practices.


W. L. Butler Construction, Inc.

1629 Main St., Redwood City, CA 94063

Founded in 1975, W.L. Butler is the brainchild of its founder and namesake, William Butler. Since its inception, the firm has grown from being a small construction company into the large-scale firm it is today. Under his leadership, W.L. has secured long-term relationships with both the area’s leading subcontractors and premier clients. The firm has become widely respected and has extended its services throughout the most sought-after places in California. It has had the privilege of completing spaces for various Fortune 500 companies. Some of these include Target, Costco, Gilead, Charles Schwab, Samsung, Whole Foods, and AmerisourceBergen. Its portfolio also depicts several stellar projects from the automotive, healthcare, and retail industries.

This chosen project best showcases the firm’s talent and expertise for storage facilities. Located in Laguna Hills, this project was completed for Public Storage and spans over 27,462 square feet. It challenged the firm with the demolition of its original and existing fire-damaged two-story building. Now, the project features metal panel facades and two elevators. We were also impressed by its new asphalt, paving, and landscaping.


ARCO Construction Company

400 Continental Blvd., El Segundo, CA 90245

Operating out of its office in El Segundo, ARCO Construction services operates out of 29 offices across both coasts. It utilizes only the latest and most innovative techniques, in addition to working with only the area’s best and leading subcontractors. The firm is regarded for its highly intricate and detailed preconstruction phase that entails everything, from value-added estimations to streamlined project management and scheduling. Its team draws from decades of expertise in ensuring that clients will not have to worry about exceeding the agreed-upon budget or any construction delays. As for its main construction work, the firm’s team assists with everything, from demolition and working on the foundation to finishing touches and details. It comprises some of El Segundo’s most talented project managers, superintendents, and job site staff. 

Since 1992, the company has grown to a $2 billion endeavor. It credits its success to its highly collaborative approach and talented team. The depicted project spans over 156,000 square feet and is located in Eastvale. It houses over four stories of Class A Facilities, as well as several drive-up units. Our editorial team loved the custom mural at its entrance, together with its stucco facade.


T. Violé Construction Co., Inc.

18716 Oxnard St., Tarzana, CA 91356

Headquartered in Tarzana, T. Violé Construction is an experienced commercial and storage facility general contractor specializing in every phase and aspect of the process. It has been in business since 1958 and has completed projects for a diverse range of clients. The firm takes great pride in the large percentage of repeat clients it has had over the years and utilizes a highly transparent process. It works closely with its clients throughout everything, from scheduling and quality control to safety and designs. Depicted below is one of the firm’s best works.

Completed for Keep It Self Storage, this space is located in Valencia. It spans over 137,570 square feet and showcases over three levels. This includes over 60,000 square feet of basement space and drive-up second-floor access.


P.B. Brown, LLC

77-851 Las Montanas Rd. Suite C, Palm Desert, CA 92211

P.B. Brown specializes in commercial and storage facility renovation and construction and has curated a stellar portfolio for itself composed of several outstanding spaces and commercial tenant improvements. It typically takes on projects from a wide range, including multi-million dollar renovations and ground-up construction work. The firm has been in business since 2012 and operates in Florida, California, New Jersey, New York, and Hawaii. Since its inception, it has serviced the entirety of California and has worked with some of the area’s leading subcontractors and architects. The firm has also curated an excellent clientele list for itself.

The project above best depicts one of the company’s best completions. Located in Torrance, this project was designed and constructed for SecureSpace. It spans over 110,000 square feet. 


DAI General Contracting

15 Hammond Ste. 307, Irvine, CA 92618

DAI General Contracting is the product of the vision of its founder, Laurence Damato. He grew restless after having worked seven years for a large and well-known general contracting firm that specializes in storage spaces, before finally deciding to start a firm of his own. He would later be joined by Fred Hanhauser. Under their leadership, the firm has secured a solid reputation for itself. It has also become known for not only its self-storage work but also its industrial projects and office buildings. Depicted below is one of the company’s best works.

Located in Chula Vista, this project was finished back in 2020. Spanning over 128,171 square feet, it was designed and constructed for Escaya Self Storage.


Huff Construction Company, Inc.

4917 Stoddard Rd., Modesto, CA 95356

Established in 1971, Huff Construction operates out of its office in Modesto and specializes in industrial, senior living, financial, religious, corporate, fitness, and healthcare projects. Its portfolio contains various mixed-use, hospitality, tenant improvements, and entertainment spaces. The firm recognizes the importance of sustainability practices: it uses the most innovative green building techniques, ensuring that its spaces are highly efficient. Huff is a proud member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and has worked on various Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certified projects. The firm also adheres to California’s green building requirements and uses a great integrated project delivery method. 

The depicted project is located in the heart of Emeryville. It entailed the conversion of an existing manufacturing building into this all-new two-story self-storage facility. The firm’s team also had to work on its extensive tenant improvements. 


Cubix Construction Company

5 Meadowbrook Ln., Danville, CA 94526

Cubix Construction operates out of its office in Danville and is a full-service firm that is regarded for its masterful take on the design-build approach. It extends its services throughout California and has had the opportunity to work on some of its most notable structures and spaces. Since its establishment, it has had the chance to partner with countless local brands to craft and design their spaces, in addition to some of the area’s leading subcontractors and firms. The firm’s team assists its clients throughout the entire process. This includes site selection, surveys, and formulating excellent financial packages. It also works on permits, plans, and engineering. 

This project is located in San Jose. It entailed having to work not only in its main facility, but also in its manager’s building, apartments, and office. The project’s site was also prepped with infrastructure for future solar power conversion.


Eleven Western Builders, Inc.

2862 Executive Place, Escondido, CA 92029

Headquartered in Escondido with offices in Northern California and Arizona, Eleven Western Builders is an experienced retail general contractor specializing in every phase and aspect of the process. It has been in business since 1983 and has completed $1.2 billion in contracts for a diverse range of clients throughout the western United States. The firm takes great pride in the large percentage of repeat clients it has had over the years and utilizes a highly transparent process. It works closely with its clients throughout everything, from scheduling and quality control to safety and designs. Eleven Western (or EWB) is personally overseen by its Founder and Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Rick Backus. He founded the company with the goal of providing best-in-class quality and expediency knowing that if both were achieved EWB would undoubtedly find success. A second-generation builder, Rick was raised in the industry and became a skilled rough carpenter at a young age. His field to desk experience allows him extensive insight into every element of the process. The company is led by its President, Greg McDonald. Greg joined EWB 32 years ago as a Project Manager after receiving his BS in Construction Management from Chico State. He served as Chief Estimator, Senior PM, and Vice President of Construction prior to his promotion to President in 2019.

The project for Public Storage above was completed in Irvine. For this project, the firm’s team was tasked with not only its general contracting but also its ground-up construction and site analysis. It worked on the addition of its second and third floors.


Diede Construction, Inc

12393 West 99 Frontage Rd., Lodi, CA 95240

In business since 1978, Diede Construction provides its clients a complete and comprehensive range of commercial contracting services. It is perhaps best known for being a storage facility contractor but also showcases an excellent array of industrial, commercial, hospitality, medical, and educational projects in its portfolio. Diede is also regarded for its superb new construction work and can take on extensive renovations regardless of size or scale. Additionally, it provides its services at highly competitive prices and provides its clients with personalized processes throughout the entire process to better meet each project’s unique and complex problems. 

The firm also takes great pride in its seamless design-build approach, which allows it to keep the entire process in-house. The depicted project is one of its most impressive spaces. Both functional and aesthetically pleasing, this was completed in collaboration with Extra Space Storage, the second-largest self-storage company in the world, with over 700 facilities throughout the United States. Its scope includes the construction of a two-story sales office and residence, equipped with high-tech security and communications systems. The firm’s team also had to work on various break rooms and open space offices.


Rarig Construction, Inc.

4540 Broad St. Ste. 110, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Rarig Construction is a family owned-and-operated business that dates as far back as 1896, making it one of the oldest companies on this list. It operates out of its office in San Luis Obispo and has had the opportunity to work in some of the best areas in Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, and the entire Central Coast area of California, including many wineries in Paso Robles. The company’s team oversees everything through the use of an excellent design-build approach, able to work on projects no matter the scale. 

Depicted above is a project that was completed for Meathead Movers & Mini Storage. It is the largest moving company, mini storage, and wine storage facility out on the Central Coast, having over 162,000 square feet of space. Inside, it houses various state-of-the-art fixtures, as well as metal wall panels supplied by Kingspan Insulated Panels. The project received an Obispo Beautiful Association Award of Recognition from the City of San Luis Obispo in 2012.


Deacon Construction, LLC

7745 Greenback Ln., Citrus Heights, CA 95610

Deacon Construction has been in business since 1981. It operates out of its office in Citrus heights and prides itself on the great clientele list it has curated for itself through the years. The firm is composed of a talented and experienced team of professionals, who together can take on projects regardless of size or scale. This has enabled the company to establish countless repeat clientele relationships, as well as partnerships with some of the area’s best and leading subcontractors. The firm further solidifies this process through open communication and cooperation with its clients. 

Since the company’s inception, it takes on over $500 million of work each year. The featured project was completed in Burlingame for Public Storage. It was completed in collaboration with KSP Studio and entailed an extensive remodel. The firm’s team had to demolish its interiors and rework its existing shell.


Facility Development Company

5329 Skylane Blvd., Santa Rosa, CA 95403

With over four decades of industry experience, Facility Development  extends its services throughout Santa Rosa and has since become one of its best and leading firms. It credits its success to its great attention to detail and ability to complete all of the company’s on time and within the agreed-upon budget. The firm emphasizes the importance of infusing its clients’ visions by using a highly collaborative approach. Further, its team oversees day-to-day operations and can take on spaces regardless of space or complexity. 

The project above was completed for Storage Pro Self Storage. From its demolition to its finishes, the FDC team oversaw everything. The project spanned over 88,000 square feet and showcases various state-of-the-art finishes. We were also impressed by its various site improvements, which include its paving, lighting, parking, and landscaping with irrigation. 


RDS Contracting, Inc.

12064 Woodside Ave. Ste. 102, Lakeside, CA 92040 

RDS Contracting extends its services throughout Southern California and is headquartered in Lakeside. It specializes in all aspects of commercial construction. This includes development from single-story, multi-story, below grade, drive-up ramps, conversions, executive office centers, and tenant improvements. Its portfolio also depicts various recreational vehicle-covered storage and onsite stand-alone kiosks. The firm is noted for paying attention to detail and taking on projects regardless of size. 

At the firm’s helm is its owner, Robert Stacks. He draws inspiration from over two decades of industry experience. He has had the opportunity to work all across California, which has exposed him to a wide variety of project types. Learn more about them at www.rdsbuilds.com.

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  • 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