Being located close to the boundary of Silicon Valley, San Mateo benefits from creative industries like bioscience, computer software, green technology, hospitality, financial management, health care, education, and transportation. The city’s prosperity fosters a commitment to health, safety, and dedication to preserving the community’s natural resources. While San Mateo is a good place for business to thrive, it also has a mild climate and scenic views that attract people to live there. Almost three quarters of the city is open space.

BCCI Construction

1160 Battery St. Suite 250, San Francisco, CA 94111

BCCI Construction is an award-winning commercial construction firm in San Francisco. It has won awards like the Construction Employers’ Association (CEA) President’s Safety Award Recipients, CEA Excellence in Safety Award Recipients, and Platinum Safety Award from ConstructSecure in 2020. The firm is also on lists like Top Contractor by Engineering News-Record (ENR) and Best Place to Work by the San Francisco Business Times and Silicon Valley Business Journal. This is a result of the BCCI Construction team’s commitment to quality and safety. The project types BCCI Construction has worked on include new construction, structural renovation, historic restoration, seismic upgrade, and tenant improvements.

Lowe Enterprises partnered with BCCI Construction to work on Clearview Business Park. As the project’s general contractor, the firm did the upgrading and repositioning of four campus buildings. Clearview Business Park was a multi-phased design-build project that BCCI Construction completed ahead of schedule. The scope of work included interior demolition, seismic and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) upgrades, and major mechanical and electrical systems improvements. Some of the exterior improvements are adding a new building envelope and entry storefronts. The firm also did some tree removal landscaping, parking lot resurfacing, and campus-wide improvements for pedestrian access.

DPR Construction

1450 Veterans Blvd. Redwood City, CA 94063

DPR Construction is a self-performing general contractor and construction manager. Employees are encouraged to pursue creating progressive ideas and solutions for the projects the firm takes up. DPR specializes in technically complex and sustainable projects, which include tenant improvement and special work. The projects featured in the firm’s portfolio are typically for clients in the mission-critical, life sciences, healthcare, education, and commercial sectors. 

The Medallia Corporate Headquarters in San Mateo is part of DPR’s corporate projects portfolio. It is a 222,000-square-foot project featuring design-build work. The space uses a mix of technology and non-traditional design to cater to the client’s global diversity, transparency, and connectivity. To create small meeting spaces for employees, DPR identified “leftover” spaces between buildings. This design makes use of areas that would typically go to waste during designing an area. Other features include vibrant booths for informal work, expansive coffee bars, an outdoor entertainment area, and 750 height-adjustable workstations.

Truebeck Construction

951 Mariners Island Blvd. Suite 700, San Mateo, CA 94404

Truebeck Construction was founded to challenge the traditional approach the construction industry had toward creating spaces. The firm works to improve construction practices while elevating industry standards to produce remarkable and inspiring places in the community. Each space Truebeck Construction creates is meant to embody the firm’s principles of determination and excellence. These values also guide the firm in giving clients quality and valuable spaces while keeping them memorable and exciting. The firm’s available services include preconstruction, construction technology and innovation, alternative delivery methods, self-performance, safety management, and interior design.

Pivotal in Palo Alto is among Truebeck Construction’s tenant improvement projects. The work included renovating offices, training areas, and conference rooms. Truebeck Construction also worked on  Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, and Fire Protection (MEPF) and structural upgrades. Pivotal’s office has space for computer lab use and open office work with several data drops/workstations. Everything was finished in two phases to accommodate the logistical needs of an existing tenant that was moving out and Pivotal’s move-in requirements.

South Bay Construction

1711 Dell Ave. Campbell, CA 95008

South Bay Construction specializes in a wide range of projects, including new shell buildings, steel-frame structures, ground-up and new construction, and commercial tenant improvements. Clients are involved in the construction process from inception to completion, which ensures the result captures the vision they have. To do this, the firm encourages its employees to make full use of their creativity and to take advantage of new technologies.

South Bay Construction did tenant improvement work for Sierra Ventures in San Mateo. The firm upgraded the space with full mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP)/Fire and Life safety systems; there were also exterior deck finish treatments spanning 1,400 square feet. This particular project won the American Institute of Architects (AIA) San Mateo 2016 Citation Award for Design Excellence – Interior Architecture.

Hillhouse Construction

140 Charcot Ave. San Jose, CA 95131

Hillhouse Construction is a full-service commercial general contractor serving the Bay Area. It has worked on numerous highly technical and award-winning projects in the 34 years it has been in the industry. Its team is skilled in sustainable building techniques, which they use in creating healthy work environments where its occupants can prosper. The team works based on the understanding that their clients are most productive when a design takes environmental factors and best practices into account

The Prometheus Corporate Office is one of Hillhouse Construction’s San Mateo projects. This is a 25,000-square-foot building that features executive offices, an open-office landscape, a high-end lobby, and a conference area. Hillhouse Corporation used wood and glass window wall systems, architectural wood paneling, suspended wood ceiling systems, stone flooring, and built-in cabinetry.

NOVO Construction

1460 O’Brien Dr. Menlo Park, CA 94025

NOVO Construction uses an approach that maximizes the quality of its work, service, and relationships. The team works under the belief that dedication to quality leads to well-crafted spaces and long-lasting partnerships with clients. NOVO’s company goal is to improve the construction process through creativity, teamwork, and dedication to its clients. Most of its projects are for the science and technology, education, and corporate sectors.

Among NOVO’s clients is GoPro; the firm worked on the office in San Mateo. The firm provided tenant improvement work on the first to third floors of the building. NOVO made improvements on the design of numerous conference rooms, a board room, training rooms, huddle rooms, phone rooms, an all-hands area, a coffee bar, and a restroom.

Cody|Brock Commercial Builders

1305 Elmer Street, Belmont, CA 94002

Cody|Brock Commercial Builders was founded to provide cost-efficient and quality work to clients the early planning stages of a project through completion. The company employs a hands-on approach while working as a cohesive team with clients, architects, engineers, and subcontractors. Cody|Brock’s emphasis on teamwork ensures that continuity and personal service are hallmarks of every project. Cody|Brock serves clients in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, with the majority of its work being biotech, building renovation, life science, new construction, and tenant improvement projects.

201 B Street is one of Cody|Brock’s projects in the downtown San Mateo area. The project features the office tenant improvement of a historic building. Second Measure, the client, wanted to have a space where employees from both of their San Mateo offices could work collaboratively under one roof. Second Measure occupies the basement, first floor, and second floor of this building. In the basement, Cody|Brock created breakout conference rooms, an all-hands meeting area, a break room, and restroom cores. The second floor features an open exposed wood ceiling with raw steel supports, exposed brick perimeter walls, and an office work area.

Layton Construction

154 E Dana St. Mountain View, CA 94041

Layton Construction has served clients throughout America for the past 69 years. It has worked on projects for a variety of sectors, including entertainment, education, government, health care, hospitality, and manufacturing. Since its founding, the firm has become a nationally-ranked firm specializing in construction management. ENR included Layton Construction on several lists like Top 400 Contractors and Top General Contractors for Modern Healthcare. Building Design & Construction also added the firm to the Giants 400 Rankings.

Asurion contracted Layton Construction to build out and renovate office spaces in three cities: Phoenix, Nashville, and San Mateo. The Phoenix office features 770 workstations, 24 meeting rooms, and 48 stations for support personnel. The Nashville headquarters has a three-story atrium, while the San Mateo office has 3,000 square feet worth of tenant improvement work across three floors.


  • 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