Unlike most buildouts, tenant improvements require a certain level of skill and craftsmanship, given the very specific rooms that need to be designed, then crafted. Business owners face the challenge of finding a contractor that will best meet their project’s needs, and meet those needs on tight schedules that will provide as little interruption to normal business operations as possible.
This list compiles 15 of the best tenant improvement contractors in Indianapolis. We chose these firms based on merit, experience, and prior projects. Given these firms’ excellent skills and craftsmanship, it’s no surprise that several of their most notable projects can also be found in a number of locations across the country.
Alderson Commercial Group
425 W South St. Suite #100, Indianapolis, IN 46225
The Alderson Commercial Group offers a full range of general contracting, construction management, and design-build services. It specializes in commercial work and in addition to its tenant improvements, has also taken on numerous medical, dental, and retail projects. Its team assists with site selection and development and has been extending its services throughout the area since 2007. It is led by its founder and namesake, Tony Alderson, a builder with decades of experience. Under his leadership, the firm has grown into a multi-million dollar establishment and has had the honor of being featured in the Indiana Business Journal and in Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick.
The firm also maintains affiliations with charitable causes including Habitat for Humanity and the Community Health Network Foundation. The firm itself involves itself directly in its community, participating in several charitable events.
Allen Commercial Group
1 Virginia Ave. Suite #501, Indianapolis, IN 46204
For the past four decades, Allen Commercial Group has been extending its services throughout Central Indiana. Composed of multiple companies, the Allen Group is experienced in a variety of sectors: office, retail, medical, mixed-use, and multi-family work. Founded by Greg Allen, the firm initially started off as a well-known custom home building firm before the peak of the residential market in the ‘80s. Greg began diversifying the firm’s services around this time, making the firm a pioneering figure in Indianapolis’s southside commercial real estate scene. The firm provides a complete range of general contracting services and also assists with site selection and development. The firm’s team also includes several real estate professionals who personally oversee zoning, licensing, and tax abatement matters.
The firm takes pride in the fact that over 70% of its clientele comes from repeat business and its fast-track construction process. Given that the firm also has a partnership with its group’s development side, it often collaborates with clients leasing space on one of its properties. The firm also provides project management services and is an expert in the ins and outs of tenant retention.
10650 N Bennett Pkwy. #200, Zionsville, IN 46077
Alt Construction specializes in office spaces, retail, and restaurant projects and provides a complete array of construction management and general contracting services. It is headquartered in Zionsville and extends its services throughout the Indianapolis metro area. The firm uses a design-build approach, streamlining its process. That process creates better lines of communication between the owner and the project’s architects, engineers, and contractors. It also allows Alt Construction to take full responsibility in every facet of a project from design and inception all the way to completion. The firm has been in the industry since 2006 and has worked on over 340 projects, all of which were completed on time and within budget. The firm achieves these remarkably consistent results through accurate timing estimates and personally customized budgets for each of its projects.
The firm has worked with a variety of recognizable brand names including Subway and Staples. Aside from its regular construction work, it also gives back to its community and involves itself through several local events. These include maintaining ties with organizations like Life Centers of Indiana and the Shepherd Community Center.
101 W Ohio St. Suite #1150, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Established in 1995, ARCO Design/Build houses offices in Indianapolis, Atlanta, Charlotte, and Houston. The firm has its own separate built-to-suit department, ensuring that its projects all receive the expertise and resources of a large corporation. Aside from its tenant improvement projects, ARCO has also taken on several distribution, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, and national retail construction projects. The firm has also worked on numerous special projects and incorporates sustainable efforts into its projects. Because it uses a design-build process, the firm typically completes projects faster and is noted for its excellent cost control. Its work has been featured in the Engineering News-Record, which also lauded the firm with an Award of Merit South for its excellent work.
The firm’s corporate portfolio depicts a variety of projects completed for several noteworthy names such as DHL and Home Depot. Take a look at the firm’s work for Home Depot’s corporate headquarters. In this project, the firm worked on an extensive lobby renovation and was tasked with working on LED lighting, a custom-built reception desk, translucent resin panel accents, and an entirely new custom glass interior and storefront system.
4201 Millersville Rd. #200, Indianapolis, IN 46205
Boaz Construction offers a long list of commercial services that includes tenant improvement, restaurant, retail, and healthcare projects. The firm specializes in new construction and large scale remodeling work and provides a full range of residential services. The firm works closely with business owners throughout the entire construction process and has taken on a variety of corporate spaces from entire floors to multi-level office buildings. The firm’s work has been published in Sophisticated Living and the Indianapolis Star, and Boaz is known for its unique spaces featured on the Thrillist. The firm’s work is often distinguished by distinctive color palettes, custom finishes, and woodwork. Take a look a the project pictured below. Completed for law firm Plews Shadley Racher and Braun, this fresh new office space located in downtown Indianapolis was constructed in a 1950s building and spans over 5,000 square feet.
It features two floors, a basement, an elevator, and a custom modern, functional design. Given that the building dates as far back as the 1950s, the firm’s team had to work on extensive remediation which included new roofing, ventilation, and several amenity updates. The firm also included several custom millwork and finishes: several crafted bookcases, a handmade conference table, and the office’s cool hidden wet bar situated in an old bank vault.
Capitol Construction Services
11051 Village Square Ln., Fishers, IN 46038
Licensed in over 47 states, Capitol Construction Services has completed over a thousand projects since its inception in 1998. It is manned by a team of 150 skilled professionals and has partnerships with some of the area’s best subcontractors. The firm specializes in tenant improvements, restaurants, and several other commercial markets. The firm is led by its founder and president Jon Robinson, who personally oversees the firm’s endeavors and often acts as a project manager. Under his supervision, the firm has also been involved with several award-winning projects. During the 2018 Indy Chamber’s Monumental Awards, one of the firm’s tenant improvement clients was recognized for their space, which the firm was tasked with working on, with a Merit Award for Architecture and the People’s Choice Award. The firm has also been published in the Springfield Business Journal and the Nashville Business Journal.
Located in Carmel, the featured project spans 26,000 square feet. The firm was tasked with its full-scale remodeling and modernization. As a result, the office now features brightened spaces, collaborative areas, break rooms, and several social hubs. This office was completed for Telamon, one of the largest private companies in the entire state.
D.B. Klain Construction
2159 Glebe St. Suite #200, Carmel, IN 46032
Founded in 1993, D.B. Klain Construction offers both commercial and residential services and has secured a reputation for itself in both fields. It is known for its attention to detail and its emphasis on communication. D.B. Klain employs a design-build approach and is primarily noted for its excellent mixed-use development, commercial offices, and retail tenant buildouts. It also takes on large scale remodeling work and extends its services throughout Indianapolis, Carmel, Zionsville, Westfield, and Noblesville. Its full range of general contracting work has enabled it to become an expert in very specific parts of the process, including providing timely estimates and highly solution-based problem-solving.
D.B. Klain founded the firm, and he continues to lead; D.B. is a second-generation builder who learned the craft from his father, a highly experienced contractor in the area. He has incorporated his father’s vision into the firm, contributing to its capability to take on any tenant improvement regardless of size.
215 North College Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46202
Headquartered in Indianapolis, EquiTeam services a wide range of markets in the commercial construction industry and has worked with several noteworthy clients including Shell, Walmart, and Panda Express. The firm provides a full array of services of general contracting work and has been doing so for the past three decades. EquiTeam is manned by a team of experienced project managers and maintains relationships with some of the area’s leading subcontractors. The firm typically begins its process by clearly defining a client’s needs. Then it employs a value-management process that emphasizes the importance of cost-saving and high-quality improvements. At the firm’s helm is Scott Schutz, a second-generation builder who was part of the original group of people who founded the firm after working in the family construction business.
Under Scott’s leadership, the firm has consistently employed a highly personal process which ensures that the firm is there for a project from the beginning until the end. A principal is assigned to each of its projects, along with any required specialists.
8709 Castle Park Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46256
Kort Builders has been in the industry since 1986 and is known for its general contracting and design-build services. Aside from its tenant improvements, Kort also specializes in large-scale remodels, retail facilities, restaurants, financial institutions, warehouses, and multi-family projects. Its work has been published in the Indiana Business Journal and the firm is committed to working on innovative designs using the latest industry technology. The firm has established relationships with some of the area’s best craftsmen and subcontractors. It also takes pride in its large number of repeat clients and for completing all of its projects on time and within the agreed-upon timeframe.
Each of the firm’s projects receives the benefit of its principal, Bob Kort’s, experience. With the aid of his leadership, the firm has become an expert in the design-build process and has worked on improvements for clients like the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and Wells Fargo Financial.
L.D. Hiner & Associates
P.O. Box 476, Carmel, IN 46082
Recognized as one of Central Indiana’s premier commercial general contractors, L.D. Hiner & Associates has worked on over $75M worth of commercial interior renovations and build-to-suits. The firm was established by Indiana native Larry Hiner, who first started the firm’s commercial department due to rapidly growing industry demands. The division has since grown into the firm’s largest asset, best known for its corporate interiors. From medical offices to corporate spaces and settings, L.D. Hiner & Associates has extended its services throughout Downton, Carmel, Fishers, Geist, Zionsville, and surrounding areas.
The firm is family-owned and features its own in-house carpentry specialists, known for their excellent craftsmanship. It also has a strong network of talented subcontractors and oversees the entirety of each project it takes on. It is capable of handling pre-construction budget services, interior finish outs, framing, and other custom details. The firm is also capable of taking on any project regardless of scale.
Powers & Sons Construction Company
2502 Roosevelt Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46218
For the past five decades, Powers & Sons Construction Company has established a solid reputation and record for itself as one of the area’s best and leading commercial, industrial, and institutional construction companies. It offers a full range of general contracting services with the aid of a design-build approach, making it equipped and capable of handling every phase of a project. Although headquartered and mostly operating from its office in Northwest Indiana, the firm has also expanded its service area to include more places in Central Indiana and Chicago. It is proud to be ranked as among the country’s largest African American businesses in the industrial sector and has been featured in publications like Black Enterprise and Minority Business News.
Its most noteworthy project may be seen in the featured project above. It was completed by the firm for Don Thompson, McDonald’s former CEO. It features a 33,000 square foot restaurant training facility, several meeting spaces, a test kitchen, and two bar areas. It was crafted to be a place to test run and further develop up and coming restaurants.
9800 Westpoint Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46256
Extending its services throughout Indianapolis and its surrounding communities, Shamrock Builders offers design, construction, and remodeling work for both the commercial and residential markets. It is known for its team of skilled and experienced professionals in addition to its fine craftsmanship and attention to detail. The firm provides a full range of design-build services and is manned by a group of architects, engineers, interior designers, contractors, and customer service professionals. The firm is now run by its second generation of builders; it has one of the longest and most prominent company histories in the area’s construction market. The firm has built over 700 custom homes as well as over a million square feet of ground-up commercial construction work. These projects encompass corporate and tenant improvement, self-storage facility, dental, and medical office work.
Completed for My Net Wire, this internet marketing and web design office is located in Indianapolis. It features numerous quirky and colorful spaces, often filled with its own custom art and murals filled with kinetic references to pop culture. Take, for example, its hallway wall painting of Heath Ledger as Batman, as well as an entire mural dedicated to the opening scene of Quentin Tarantino’s “Reservoir Dogs.”
The Peterson Company
7132 Zionsville Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46268
Comprised of a team with a collective experience of over 300 years, The Peterson Company focuses on new construction, tenant improvements, and property maintenance. It works closely with each of its clients to select the best architects, engineers, and designers who would work perfectly with its projects. The firm offers functional and cost-effective solutions guaranteed to satisfy even the most discerning of clients. Its portfolio depicts a variety of past tenant improvement projects, all of which have had varying needs. From structural to cosmetic improvements, the firm’s corporate work shows a variety of space additions and reconfigurations, simple paint jobs, carpet installations, and minor custom finishes. Clients may also expect superb property maintenance, with the firm also offering electrical, HVAC, plumbing, and landscaping with the help of its own property maintenance team.
The firm has been featured in publications such as The Daily Reporter, Herald Space, and the Indiana Business Journal. The featured 5,000 square foot office remodel was completed for Precision Rings: the firm was tasked with several office upgrades, in addition to re-flooring.
Turner Construction Company
733 SW St. Suite #200, Indianapolis, IN 46225
Turner Construction is best known for its design-build and Building Information Modeling services. Turner works for a vast range of markets, including the commercial sector, aviation, higher education, government, entertainment, and culture. The firm has also worked on a number of healthcare institutes, industrial buildings, and hospitality developments. Manned by a staff of over 6,000 people, the firm offers the support and accessibility you expect to find in a small, local firm, but also provides the capacity, skill, and expertise of a multinational construction company. Turner has been decorated with numerous accolades throughout its years in service. Most notably and most recently, it was named by the Engineering News-Record as the number one green builder in the country. Building Design+Construction also named it the number one general contractor in the nation in terms of healthcare, higher education, office, and hotel construction.
The following project was completed for news station WTHR. The completed project spans over 9,200 square feet and included the architectural demolition of an active television newsroom to make way for large-scale interior renovations, heavy electrical work, furniture coordination, and audio/visual studio space.