As the nation’s capital, many professional associations, law firms, and private businesses have offices or headquarters in or near Washington D.C. In order to keep their businesses running smoothly, tenant improvements are important in every office to accommodate the special needs of these organizations. As such, the demand for professional and skilled tenant improvement contractors in the area is high.
Tenant improvement projects require the knowledge and expertise of a qualified contractor. These projects usually entail reviewing or upgrading the office’s existing structure, adhering to code requirements, and working within strict budget and timeline constraints. Featured on this list are the best tenant improvement contractors in Washington who have repeatedly proven their skill in creating beautiful, high-quality office spaces on time and on budget. Many of these contractors have constructed numerous award-winning offices in the city and have been recognized for their sustainable building practices. Our team chose, then ranked these contractors based on the number of projects they have in the city, the awards and recognition they have earned, their industry affiliations, their notable clientele lists, their years in business, and the quality of their tenant improvement projects.
Website | 1 202-726-3777 | 7059 Blair Rd. NW Suite #300, Washington, DC 20012
Landis Commercial is a commercial design-build contractor that serves clients throughout Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. In business since 1990, the team at Landis Commercial has gained knowledge and expertise in both design and construction trends throughout its service areas. Its seasoned professionals also encourage clients to explore sustainable building options such as using energy-efficient and low-maintenance materials. Founded by Chris and Ethan Landis, the company specializes in constructing corporate housing, educational campuses, entertainment venues, and office buildings.
Chris is a licensed architect and is a member of the American Institute of Architects. He is currently serving in his second term on D.C.’s Historic Preservation Review Board and is a past president of the DC Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. Ethan is a former member of the Construction Codes Coordinating Board in DC’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs and has managed multiple construction and restoration projects.
Landis built out the tenant spaces of the Landis building, customizing each space to meet the needs of each company. One of the spaces the firm constructed features exposed ceiling pipes and wooden accents.
Website | 571-732-4520 | 4101 Chain Bridge Rd. Suite 107, Fairfax, VA 22030
From low-rise and high-rise office buildings, interior renovations, from healthcare facilities to industrial plants, residential properties, retail stores, hospitality establishments, and government projects, McCloud Builders has repeatedly proven its versatility and expertise in constructing for diverse market sectors. The firm’s extensive experience with construction systems enables it to provide clients with cutting edge workmanship using advanced technology in the industry. As a full-service general contractor, the firm also provides preconstruction services, design-assist guidance, design-build construction, and construction management services.
In 2012, McCloud completed the $6-million interior office build-out for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The 85,000-square-foot project features custom stain grade millwork and natural stone floors. It also consisted of executive offices, polygraph rooms, a high-density shelving system, and a design-build security system.
Vantage Construction Corporation
Website | 703-752-4200 | 20130 Lakeview Center Plaza Suite 420, Sterling, VA 20147
Since 2004, Vantage Construction Companies has provided general contracting, construction management, and design-build services for its commercial clients in Washington D.C. and Virginia. With its extensive experience in all facets of construction, the firm completes projects using the latest technology. Among the markets the firm serves are the corporate, retail, institutional, and industrial sectors. The company’s professional approach to construction enables it to deliver clients the best value for their projects. Specifically, the team’s comprehensive construction experience provides clients with cost-effective solutions in a timely manner.
One of its tenant fit-out projects is the National Association of Health Underwriters office. In a joint venture with SKB Architecture and Design, the 8,000-square-foot project consists of two large glass-enclosed conference rooms with an operable partition.
Website | 202-223-2225 | 716 N Danville St., Arlington, VA 22201
Specializing in tenant, retail, and restaurant fit-outs, Crixus Construction has been serving DC and Maryland clients since 2012. The firm works with a large network of suppliers, enabling it to provide cost-effective solutions. Additionally, the team’s attention to detail ensures clients the best results for each project. What sets the firm apart from others is that it provides a one-year warranty for all installation and labor and provides a billing structure where clients do not have to pay until they are 100 percent satisfied.
One of Crixus’ projects in the Ring Building is the VideoAction office. Working closely with the tenant and designer, the firm was able to create a beautiful industrial office within its client’s budget. The Crixus team stipped the office down and found a shared brick wall, which they effectively incorporated into the office’s industrial design. In addition, the angled-wall and open ceiling design made the 1,300-square-foot office look bigger.
Website | 202-363-1003 | 5165 MacArthur Blvd. NW Washington, DC 20016
Martone Construction has been providing DC Metro clients with expert commercial construction services since 1998. Lawrence Martone, founder of the firm, has over three decades of experience in the construction industry. Prior to founding the company, Lawrence worked in the special interiors division of a large national general contractor. With his decades of experience in the industry, the firm is able to complete complex commercial projects. The firm’s goal is to provide clients with the highest quality workspace for the lowest possible price.
One of the company’s most impressive projects is the amenity space lounge for Crown Properties. In a joint venture with Wingate Hughes Architects, the firm demolished the existing drywall partitions, ceilings, and flooring and built out the entire lounge. The project also consists of a large conference room, a sound-inhibited meditation room, a lounge, a seating area, a kitchenette, and three phone booths. The project was for an owner in New York, but the communication challenges did not hinder the team from completing the project on time. Upon completion, the project received the 2017 National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) DC|MD Best Interiors Up to 10,000 square feet Award of Merit.
Website | 202-464-8750 | 1010 Wisconsin Ave. NW Suite #150, Washington, DC 20007
Serving the commercial, restaurant, retail, educational, hospitality, and residential sectors, Winmar Construction has completed numerous large and complex projects and has served world-class businesses throughout the Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and South Florida areas. Even though the firm was only established in 2003, it has earned a reputation as one of the area’s leading general contracting firms. Winmar focuses on providing clients with better building solutions using progressive building methods.
In 2018, Winmar completed the interior tenant fit-out for Mindspace. In partnership with Hickok Cole Architects, the firm constructed multiple open and closed offices in a shared office area. The 30,590-square-foot project also features exposed ceiling pipes as well as wooden and metal accents.
Monarc Construction, Inc.
Website | 703-641-8500 | 2781 Hartland Rd., Falls Church, VA 22043
Monarc Construction offers general contracting services in the Washington and Baltimore Metropolitan area. Working on the historic, cultural, religious, multifamily, single-family, institutional, commercial, tenant fit-out, and diplomatic markets, the firm has over 100 years of combined experience in the industry. Founded in 1999, the firm is affiliated with many organizations including the ABC, Washington Building Congress, D.C. Building Industry Association, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In addition, the firm is also a recognized expert in constructing for embassies and diplomatic missions in more than 30 countries.
Monarc completed the interior fit-out for Austrade (The Australian Trade Commission), a high-profile government entity. Occupying 2,200-square-foot office space in the Embassy of Australia, the Austrade office project consisted of an open office and video conferencing facilities, highlighted by a 50-foot mural of the Washington cityscape as a backdrop for global video conferences.
HR Construction Group
Website | 301-330-1650 | 10200 Old Columbia Rd. Suite K, Columbia, MD 21046
From constructing retail and office projects to hospitality and multifamily complexes, the team at HR Construction Group has built a reputation for high-quality fast-track commercial construction services. Founded in 2002, the company specializes in cost-effective and value-engineered solutions. With its dedication to providing quality workmanship, the majority of the firm’s projects come from repeat clients. Over the years, the company has earned the trust of many prominent brands and clients.
The firm completed a series of high-end fit-outs for an anonymous client at an existing downtown office. The project consisted of fit-outs for three separate floors. In partnership with ACG Architects, the project features movable straight and curved glass walls, a state-of-the-art computer monitoring system, silk wall coverings, and substantial millwork.
Website | 703-698-0100 | 11109 Sunset Hills Rd. Suite #200, Reston, VA 20190
DPR Construction is a commercial contractor and construction manager that serves clients nationally and internationally. Established in 1990, the firm was founded by Doug Woods, Peter Nosler, and Ron Davidowski with $750,000 pooled resources and the determination to do something new in the industry. Today, the firm has grown to be one of the leading general contractors in the country, integrating the technical expertise of a national builder with the flexibility and responsiveness of a regional builder. With offices in multiple states, the firm has caught the eye of many organizations and has received multiple awards and recognition, including being ranked tenth in Engineering-News Record (ENR) Top 400 General Contractors in 2019, #15 General Contractor in the Nation in 2018, #6 Commercial Office Contractor, and #8 Office Contractor by Building Design+Construction 2018.
Among its notable projects is the expansion of the U.S. Green Building Council’s headquarters. The goals of the project were to create a green headquarters office within a 30-day construction process. The project consisted of the extensive review of the building’s existing mechanical system to meet LEED-CI prerequisites. The project was then completed on time and was given Silver LEED certification for commercial interiors.
Website | 301-272-8100 | 7500 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda, MD 20814
Clark Construction is an experienced building and civil construction firm that serves diverse market sectors. What started as a small local excavator has grown to be one of the nation’s most capable construction service providers. The firm has earned numerous industry awards including 15 sustainability awards, 28 AGC-Alliant Build America Awards, five ENR Best of the Best Awards, and 19 Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) awards. The firm’s extensive portfolio ranges from interior renovations to large-scale civil operations across a variety of sectors. American-owned and operated since 1906, Clark prides itself on being a local builder with national reach through offices in multiple states.
In 2012, Clark completed the Cato Institute Expansion and Renovation, a $20-million project located at 1000 Massachusetts Avenue. During the renovation and expansion, the office remained operational. Clark demolished an adjacent building and constructed a new, seven-story structure which was then connected to the existing Cato building. The team also added one level of office space to the existing building. The project received the ABC of Metropolitan Washington Excellence in Construction Award for the Commercial $20M-$40M category.
Website | 703-846-9000 | 2900 Fairview Park Dr., Falls Church, VA 22042
Headquartered in Falls Church, HITT Contracting offers more than 70 years of award-winning construction expertise throughout the nation. With offices in Atlanta, California, Charleston, Texas, New York, Raleigh, Richmond, Seattle, and South Florida, HITT’S diverse experience ranges from performing small jobs to constructing full-base buildings and shells for various market sectors. The company has amassed many industry awards over the years. The firm has been ranked as the number one Interior Construction Firm in Greater D.C. in 2019 by the Washington Business Journal, #43 on ENR’s list of Top 400 Contractors in 2018, and second Largest General Contractors in Greater D.C. by the Washington Business Journal in 2018.
Among the firm’s collection of award-winning interior office projects is the American Forest and Paper Association project. In a joint venture with FOX Architects, the new headquarters features unique displays that highlight the organization’s advocacy for the wood products manufacturing industry. The office features reclaimed hardwood flooring and accents throughout the space, paper rolls encased in a glass wall, a custom cardboard feature wall consisting of Hexacomb cardboard produced by the client, and custom logo and lettering in wood designs. This project received three Green Globes and the 2015 International Interior Design Association Mid-Atlantic Chapter Design Award of Merit.
Website | 703-841-5200 | 11413 Isaac Newton Square South, Reston, VA 20190
North America-based Turner is an international construction services company that serves varied market sectors. In business since 1902, the firm has been recognized as one of the leading builders in the country and has received many awards for completing large, complex projects. Turner’s commitment to innovative and sustainable building practices make the company a strong partner for clients looking for sustainable building options. With a staff of 10,000 employees, the company works in the sectors of aviation, commercial, entertainment, education, government, healthcare, industrial, religious, residential, hotel, retail, restaurant, sports, and more. Throughout the years, the firm has earned a multitude of awards including being listed as the number one Green Builder in the country on ENR in 2017 and being listed as number one General Contractor in the U.S. and Top Builder in the Healthcare, University, Hotel, Office, and Green Building Sectors on Building Design + Construction 2016 Giants 300 Report, among many others.
Turner’s Thomas P. O’Neill Jr. Federal Office Building project consisted of renovating and upgrading 550,300-square-feet of office space as well as the partial demolition or original spaces. It also included architectural upgrades, installation of granite and metal panel exteriors, new electrical, mechanical, fire alarm, and security systems, new landscaping, and a reconceived interior fit-out. Sustainable features included extensive natural lighting, energy and water-efficient fixtures, and low volatile organic compound materials. The LEED Platinum Certified project received the 2014 USGBC National Capital Region’s LEED Project of the Year Award.
Website | 703-553-5511 | 1029 N Royal St., Alexandria, VA 22314
Founded by Linda Rabbitt in 1989, rand* Construction started as a small interior firm and over the years, has grown to a multi-market construction firm offering a wide array of construction services to both regional and national clients. rand* puts a premium on delivering collaborative construction services through its partnership with its clients, design teams, and subcontractors. In its many years in business, the firm has been recognized by award-giving organizations for its excellent projects in tenant interiors, base building renovations, and retail, restaurant, and ground-up construction. Among these accolades are numerous ABC Excellence in Construction Awards, WBC Craftsmanship Awards, NAIOP MD|DC Excellence in Construction Awards, and more.
Among rand*’s impressive projects is the 200 Eye Street office. The project is D.C.’S largest LEED Double Platinum project and the first Double LEED Platinum project for the District’s government. In a joint venture with Hickok Cole Architects, the project featured sustainable materials including 26 percent recycled content, 49 percent regionally manufactured materials, 87 percent Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood, and low mercury lamps throughout the office. Home to four government agencies, the office’s air conditioning system condensate is collected and used in flush fixtures, saving 325,000 gallons of water annually.