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The warehouse construction industry in the US has shown steady growth throughout the last decade. According to Cushman & Wakefield’s industrial forecast report in 2017, the industry is slated to grow further, driven by e-commerce companies’ need for industrial spaces to continue operations in the country.
With many companies looking for warehouse builders near you across the US, finding the right builder can be challenging. This article lists the 25 best warehouse contractors throughout the United States. These firms understand that building for industrial use prioritizes functionality and endurance, without sacrificing form and aesthetic. Many of these companies have experience working with high-profile companies and have built warehouses for different scales of operation and sustainability requirements. They have been evaluated on their experience, craftsmanship, and customer service, as well as awards and memberships in the American Subcontractors Association (ASA), Associated General Contractors (AGC), and the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).
25) FCL Builders
1150 Spring Lake Dr., Itasca, IL 60143
FCL Builders is recognized as one of the country’s best designers and builders of industrial warehouses, cold storage, and food processing facilities. It is currently headed by president Michael J. Boro, who has been with the company for four decades. Under his leadership, the company has steadily grown into one of the biggest industrial builders in the US. FCL Builders has built for international brands such as Sephora, Under Armour, and Home Depot.
The firm built Procter & Gamble’s 1.8 million square feet warehouse and distribution center in Union, Ohio. This facility received a LEED Silver certification and is currently used by P&G as a prototype for future distribution hubs worldwide.
24) Primus Builders
8294 Hwy 92, Suite #210, Woodstock, GA 30189
In 2000, Rich O’ Connell and Erik Gunderson partnered to establish Primus Builders. The company began by first accepting small-scale cold-storage distribution projects in Georgia. Today, it has four divisions, which work together in delivering quality design-build services to its clients across the US.
The company has been featured prominently in national publications, including Engineering News-Record, Architect Magazine, and Building Design + Construction. It has also earned awards for safety and construction excellence. In 2017, it won the prestigious Built by the Best Award at the 37th International Association for Cold Storage Construction (IASCSC) Conference.
23) DesCor Builders
3164 Gold Camp Dr., Suite #250, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
DesCor Builders has been offering full-service general contracting services throughout Northern California since 2006. The company was ranked 37th in the Sacramento Business Journal’s “Fastest Growing Private Companies in the Sacramento Area” list in 2016. A member of the ASA, DesCor Builders was announced as General Contractor of the Year in 2008 and entered the list of finalists in 2013 and 2017.
Despite being one of the youngest companies on this list, DesCor’s portfolio for warehouse construction is on par with longer, more established firms. It has worked for large corporations, including Sakata Seed, Arizona Tile, and Coca-Cola.
22) ARCO Construction
900 N Rock Hill Rd., St. Louis, MO 63119
ARCO Construction , founded in 1992, prides itself on being one of America’s best builders of complex industrial facilities. With a team of expert engineers, architects, and project managers, the company offers a streamlined and cost-effective design-build method. Through this, the firm has been able to grow into the 15th largest design-build general contractor in the US.
The company built two buildings for DHL in 2017/2018. The buildings total over 2 million square feet. The 1.4M sf building won the best industrial lease in Dallas by D CEO.
21) Poettker Construction
380 S Germantown Rd., Breese, IL 62230-0207
Poettker Construction is a 39-year old, family-owned, full-service construction firm. It offers construction management, design-build, and general contracting services in industrial, healthcare, and retail facility construction. Since its founding in 1980, the company has finished over $1.5 billion worth of construction projects throughout the US.
In 2017, Poettker Construction was listed as one of the Engineering News-Record’s top contractors in the Midwest. It has also been featured in local publications such as St. Louis Business Journal, and in national media, including Building Design + Construction.
20) RJ Ryan Construction
1100 Mendota Heights Rd., Mendota Heights, MN 55120
RJ Ryan Construction specializes in commercial construction and offers its services to Minnesota and Wisconsin. The company is led by co-presidents Tom Ryan and Jack Grotkin. Ryan takes charge of business development, while Grotkin focuses on building construction. Together, the duo and their company have helped build warehouses, banks, car dealerships, and office buildings.
The company is a thirteen-time winner of NAIOP Awards in the Minnesota chapter. It has also ranked consistently in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s Top General Contractors in the Twin Cities. In 2010, RJ Ryan Construction received a Silver award from the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) for excellence in design.
19) Korte Construction
5700 Oakland Ave. Suite #275, St. Louis, MO 63110
Founded in 1958, Korte Construction has finished over 3,000 projects across the US. The firm is an expert in the design-build method; 90% of its projects use this delivery system. Korte Construction was among the developers of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA), which formalized the design-build method for builders in the construction industry.
The company was hired by Hershey Foods to design and build its Midwest distribution center and warehouse. Korte Builders was challenged to build a climate-controlled warehouse environment, which would contain around a billion dollars worth of chocolate products for shipment, storage, and delivery. To achieve this, the firm incorporated an integrated system of tilt-up concrete, insulated metal panel construction, and 18 rooftop HVAC units.
777 Woodward Ave., Suite #300, Detroit, MI 48226
Founded in 1916, Walbridge is a full-service construction company offering its services both domestically and internationally. It is renowned for its work in the automotive construction industry in the U.S., but also excels in industrial, education, and manufacturing construction. In 2018, the firm ranked #1 in Engineering News-Record’s Auto Plants and Manufacturing Top Contractors and #1 in GIANTS 300 Top 80 Industrial Firms of Building Design + Construction.
Thanks to its impressive reputation and excellent track record, the firm has collaborated with many well-known companies. Walbridge is behind the construction of BMW’s TNS Mills IC2 warehouse addition in Greer, South Carolina. The project involved refurbishing a 455,000-square feet building and completing a 71,000-square foot expansion.
17) The Beck Group
1807 Ross Ave., Suite #500, Dallas, TX 75201
The Beck Group combines award-winning construction and expertise in architecture to deliver quality commercial construction for its clients. The firm is headed by CEO Fred Perpall who is a registered architect with more than 20 years of experience in the design and construction industry. Under his leadership, the company has expanded to Georgia, Colorado, and Mexico City.
The firm is a proud member of the TEXO Association, AGC, and ABC. It has received TEXO Distinguished Building Awards, ULI North Texas Award, and ranked #9 on Denver Business Journal’s list of Local Architecture Firms.
690 Gibraltar Dr., Milpitas, CA 95035
Originally established as a development firm in 1976, Devcon is now a design-build firm that services throughout the West. The company is led by President Gary Filizetti, whose leadership has brought an era of innovation to the company. After taking the helm of the firm, Filizetti transitioned the firm into a design-build contractor with a strong team of architects. More recently, the firm became an early adopter of innovative green building practices.
The firm also benefits from Filizetti’s years of experience in the construction industry and his ability to create strong builder-client relationships. Today, 95% of the company’s clients are repeat customers, who were satisfied with how DevCon met the unique needs of each of their projects.
15) McShane Construction
9500 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Suite #200, Rosemont, IL 60018
McShane Construction has been building commercial, industrial, and multi-family buildings for the past 30 years. Throughout its existence, the firm has successfully established a reputation for constructing high-quality, sustainable facilities. The firm often integrates green construction practices— from something as simple as using recycled materials to something as advanced as incorporating solar hot water systems and sustainable storm drainage systems.
The firm was Grainger’s chosen builder for its distribution center in Patterson, California. McShane Construction designed and built the 820,000-square-foot office and warehouse complex, which features seismic bracing, a tilt wall panel exterior, and spacious parking spaces for over 180 trailers and 400 cars. The facility is LEED Gold-certified.
801 Fourth Ave., West Point, GA 31833
Batson-Cook traces its roots back to 1915, when W.C. Batson and Edmund F. Cook established a building company focusing on textile and mill village construction. Over time, the firm has expanded to offer general contracting, construction management, and design-build in education, retail, industrial, and religious building sectors in the Southeast.
The company was hired by Lockheed Marto to build approximately $20 million worth of projects over a three-year period. The project includes a 55,000-square-foot storage facility featuring a sub-zero freezer for hazardous materials.
13) Rudolph Libbe Inc.
6494 Latcha Rd., Walbridge, OH 43465
Founded in 1955, Rudolph Libbe Inc., a Rudolph Libbe Group company, is an award-winning construction services provider, consistently ranked in Engineering News-Record’s Top 400 Contractors list. The firm has received several accolades from AGC, the American Institute of Steel Construction (ISC), and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Toledo.
In 2016, Rudolph Libbe Inc. designed and built Midwest Tape’s headquarters and warehouse in Holland, Ohio. The project involved building a distribution center, as well as a climate controlled warehouse and processing area.
6700 Las Colinas Blvd., Irving, TX 75039
Fluor is an engineering, procurement, fabrication, construction, and maintenance company that services internationally. The company is led by chairman and CEO David Seaton. As head of the global firm, he continues the legacy and maintains the reputation of Fluor as one of the world’s industry leaders. It was listed as one of Fortune Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies from 2001 to 2019, and in Engineering News-Record’s Top 400 Contractors list.
In 2016, the company began work on Novo Nordisk’s manufacturing facility in Clayton, North Carolina. The project, which is slated to be fully operational in 2020, includes a warehouse, offices, laboratories, and three manufacturing plants. It will measure approximately 800-square-feet and have an 85-acre footprint.
11) McCownGordon Construction
422 Admiral Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64106
McCownGordon Construction understands that industrial buildings must be built on the basis of function and longevity. This guides the company in designing and building for its clients. With two decades of experience in the industry, it entered Engineering News-Record’s list of the top contractors in the Midwest in 2017.
McCownGordon Construction was Garmin’s chosen builder for its headquarters expansion project in Olathe, Kansas. The project included a parking facility, a warehouse, and a manufacturing facility on top of the office spaces. The 720,000-square-foot warehouse and manufacturing portion of the complex will house Garmin’s growing operations. The project was awarded a Capstone Award for Industrial work by Kansas City Business Journal.
10) Brasfield & Gorrie
3021 7th Ave. S, Birmingham, AL 35233
Brasfield & Gorrie began by initially offering small commercial and remodeling projects in Alabama. It slowly shifted its focus to larger commercial and industrial projects, which allowed the firm to expand its operations to Florida and Georgia. Today, Brasfield & Gorrie enjoys its status as one of the country’s largest privately held construction firms. It continues to grow with twelve offices in eight different states.
Throughout its 52-year existence, Brasfield & Gorrie has built facilities for large corporations. Among these is the ABC-awarded Coca-Cola Bottling Company’s sales and distribution center in Tennessee. This facility features a 231,000-square-foot warehouse that was built with shrinkage-compensating concrete to meet the quality and longevity required by the client. The building also has modern conveying equipment, a fleet fueling system and maintenance shop, and a shipping office with 59 loading docks.
2737 Fairview Ave. N, Saint Paul, MN 55113
Incorporated in 1956 by Peter McGough, McGough has stayed within the family for six generations. Tom McGough currently leads the company as its CEO and President. He has a bachelor’s degree in construction from Arizona State University, but his interest in construction began earlier, through exposure to the family business. Under his leadership, McGough has been recognized by national publications including Building Design + Construction, and Engineering News-Record. The Minnesota-based firm offers project development and construction services across the US. It currently has regional offices in Texas, Iowa, and North Dakota.
8) Alston Construction
8775 Folsom Blvd., Suite #201, Sacramento, CA 95826
With more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry, Alston Construction has completed over 3,000 projects in the US. The firm is proud to have many repeat clients, and has served 350 Fortune 500 companies. Alston Construction achieved this success by offering nothing less than high quality and cost-efficiency.
In 2004, Alston Construction built BMW’s fifth regional distribution center in Stockton, California. The 250,000-square-foot facility includes a mezzanine for parts storage. A larger part of the project was dedicated to the distribution facility, which features 30 dock doors, and an allocation for future expansions.
7) Ryan Companies
533 South Third St., Suite #100, Minneapolis, MN 55415
Established in 1938, Ryan Companies offers design, development, construction, and management services on a national scale. The company has an extensive and impressive portfolio in industrial, healthcare, hospitality, and retail construction. Throughout its 81-year existence, the firm has consistently committed to understanding its clients’ needs to deliver the best outputs possible.
Among its best work is the 2,331,000-square-foot Amazon fulfillment center in Shakopee, Minnesota. The facility is among the online giant’s most advanced and largest fulfillment centers in the country. Ryan Companies was challenged by the client to finish the project within a 12-month schedule. In the end, the firm delivered the finished project earlier than its completion date, and the project was recognized as one of the Top Projects of 2016 by Finance & Commerce.
6) Hill & Wilkinson
2703 Telecom Pkwy., Suite #120, Richardson, TX 75082
Founded in 1968 by Luther Hill, Hill & Wilkinson has grown into a $450 million full-service general contracting firm. It offers design-build, construction management, and general contracting services across the country. The firm is a five-time winner of the Outstanding General Contractor award from the ASA, and has been featured on Engineering News-Record, and The Architect’s Newspaper.
Hill & Wilkinson was the chosen builder for L’Oreal Active Cosmetic Division distribution center in Texas. The company built a 513,947-square-foot warehouse out of tilt wall on a 50-acre site. It features 50 dock doors with pneumatic levelers, forklift battery charging room, acid-resistant flooring, and a forklift washing station with a grease interceptor.
5) Graycor Construction
Two Mid America Plaza, Suite #400, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
Graycor Construction began as a construction firm specializing in sand-blasting and pavement-breaking in the early 1920s. It was not until Donald Neville’s presidency in 1962 that the company began to offer full-scale industrial construction. Since then, it has attracted high-profile companies that have trusted the firm’s reputation and passion for delivering sustainable solutions to its clients. Graycor Construction now has operations in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, and has catered to brands such as Walmart, Kraft Foods, and Coors.
In 2018, the firm completed Prologis’ Park Riverside Building 3 in Arizona. The facility was designed to house three major tenants, one of which is Amazon. It includes a tilt panel distribution warehouse, which features a panelized roof, steel girders, and joists.
4) The Walsh Group
929 West Adams, Chicago, IL 60607
The Walsh Group is a fourth generation family-owned business that has been in operation since 1898. According to Engineering News-Record, it is currently the 13th largest national contractor in the US, with 18 regional offices across the US and Canada. The company is also highly experienced in green construction and design, making it the country’s 10th largest green contractor.
In 2009, the firm finished Target’s 975,000-square-foot Tucson warehouse in Tucson, Arizona. The $60million project was designed to fulfill the retailer’s online sales and was used as a prototype for its future fulfillment and warehouse centers. The Walsh Group did extensive excavation, and design, and completed coordination of its mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire alarm systems.
420 Watson Powell Jr. Way, Suite #100, Des Moines, IA 50309
Founded in 1855, Weitz is the country’s oldest general contractor. Today, it offers full-service construction, design-build, and construction management throughout the United States. The company specializes in commercial, industrial, and heavy industrial construction. With ten offices across the US, it is consistently ranked in Engineering News Record’s annual list of the country’s Top 400 Contractors.
The company was hired by Pella to provide construction services for its 300,000-square-feet manufacturing, warehouse, and office complex. Weitz completed the project using steel frames with insulated precast walls and brick. It also worked on its interior finishes and installation of mechanical and electrical components.
2) Adolfson & Peterson Construction
5500 Wayzata Blvd., Suite #600, Minneapolis, MN 55416
Adolfson & Peterson Construction is a national contractor with over 70 years of experience in residential, industrial, and commercial construction. The family-owned company has expanded exponentially over the years. Beginning as a firm housed in a basement home office, it now has offices in Minnesota, Colorado, Arizona, North Carolina, and Texas.
In the last decade, the firm has consistently been ranked in Engineering News-Record’s “Largest US General Contractors and Largest Multi-Family Housing Builder” lists. In 2013, the firm entered Engineering News-Record’s Top 250 Global Contractors for the first time, coming in at #236. The company has also been a recipient of AIA Awards, Excellence in Construction Awards from the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), and Best Project Awards from Engineering News-Record.
1) Layton Construction
9090 S Sandy Pkwy., Sandy, UT 84070
Layton Construction is a commercial contractor with an extensive portfolio in many industries: healthcare, hospitality, manufacturing, education, industrial, and public facilities. The firm is currently led by president David S. Layton, who took over the leadership of the company after Alan S. Layton’s retirement in 2004. Under Layton’s leadership, the firm has grown tremendously. It expanded from its regional operations into a major, national corporation. Today, the firm has offices in California, Idaho, Hawaii, Florida, and Tennessee.
Layton Construction has built warehouses for national brands like UPS, Macy’s, Marshall’s, and HomeGoods. The firm was also Amazon’s chosen builder for a fulfillment center in Utah. The structure was designed and built to facilitate the movement and storage of millions of packages every year. Its 2.3 million square feet of finished floor space features four modern mezzanine areas, where 6,000 robots are programmed to move items around along with the e-commerce giant’s 1,500 human employees.
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