San Diego is known for its mild climate and beautiful beaches. The laid-back atmosphere makes it a good place for both residents and tourists alike to relax after a hard week. Businesses also have a place to thrive here: as an emerging healthcare and biotechnology hub, San Diego offers numerous opportunities for economic growth and investment. The other top sectors in the city are related to the military, tourism, research, and manufacturing sectors.
Our editors have created a list of the best construction companies in San Diego for those who are interested in setting up in or living in the area. These firms were chosen for their knowledge of the city’s landscape and of how to build spaces that conform to the area’s characteristics while meeting unique client needs.
13520 Evening Creek Dr. North, Ste. 270, San Diego, CA 92128
Balfour Beatty provides clients in the public and private sectors with construction management and design-build services. Its team works to create structures that improve the way people live, work, learn, and play. Each team member has an instinctive passion for construction and producing creative solutions. Clients and trade partners trust Balfour Beatty’s work ethic, which has consistently delivered new and improved ways to deliver results without sacrificing safety, quality, time, or impact. The firm often ranks among the top building contractors in the country, as recognized by Engineering News-Record (ENR). It has also won several awards, including the Outstanding Urban or Land Development Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) San Diego Section and the Project Award Design from the Build Institute of America (DBIA) Western Pacific Region.
This New Luxury Condominium project is part of Balfour Beatty’s multifamily housing portfolio. The project is a 14-story, mixed-use and multifamily housing structure with 60 luxury condominium units. There are also two- and three-story townhomes. About 5,000 square feet of the project were reserved for commercial use, while about two-and-a-half levels were reserved for underground parking. Units on the higher floors have wide views of the San Diego Bay and the nearby mountain and park. Some of the residential units have 4,905-square-foot floor plans and come with modern luxury features like private elevators, glass folding walls, and oversized indoor-outdoor terraces.
6490 Marindustry Pl. San Diego, CA 92121
Integrity and hard work are the foundations of Bycor General Contractors’ work. Founded in 1909, it is known as one of the leading construction firms in San Diego. With over 100 professionals employed by the firm, clients benefit from a wealth of knowledge, experience, and effort, for the value, quality, and service offered are designed to put clients’ needs first. President Rich Byer and CEO Scott Kaats serve at the forefront of Bycor’s operations. While Byer focuses on improving communication and incorporating new technology to increase Bycor’s performance, Kaats oversees the daily operations, including new project planning and management.
The Shops at La Jolla Village is a busy shopping center that underwent a major renovation. In its renovation of the center, Bycor added a single-story masonry building and two single-story wood frame buildings, which, together, are collectively 44,000 square feet. Bycor also demolished 38,000-square-feet’s worth of residential and retail space. The project required extensive underground utility work as well as parking lot reconfiguration.
APS General Construction
3525 Del Mar Hts. Rd. Suite #922, San Diego, CA 92130
APS General Construction initially started as an entrepreneurial venture when it was founded in 1998. The firm then grew into a licensed general contractor focused on building room additions and custom homes, before it began to also take on commercial tenant improvement projects in 2003. Founder and president Jamie Accetta, who is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Associate (LEED GA), works with clients to manage and deliver results that meet industry standards. APS is Better Business Bureau (BBB)-accredited and a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
Moniker Commons is one of APS’s remodeling projects for the corporate sector. Previously an aquatics equipment testing building, the structure is now a creative co-working office space. APS demolished existing walls and ceilings to create new private office rooms, removed the ceramic tile and sheet vinyl flooring, and grounded the marine grade epoxy seal of existing concrete. There are also new walls with custom interior sliding glass doors and exterior storefront windows. APS installed new lighting and electrical distribution systems, as well as improved plumbing and HVAC.
Jackson Design and Remodeling
4797 Mercury St. San Diego, CA 92111
Jackson Design and Remodeling (JDR) has been building and remodeling homes since it was founded in 1989. Innovation and creativity are the center of JDR’s designs, which are meant to meet the specific needs of each client. Additionally, the team consists of Certified Green Professionals and Certified Aging-in-Place Specialists—certifications that are also held by president and CEO Todd Jackson. Jackson leads the firm in taking a client-centric approach, and encourages his team to use their expertise to produce results that clients will be satisfied with. JDR’s devotion and skill have been acknowledged with several awards, including the Big50, Master Design, and Contractor of the Year (CotY) awards. It has also received accolades from the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), The National Kitchen + Bath Association (NKBA), and Chrysalis.
This Chic Farmhouse project was requested by a newly married couple who needed more space after moving in. They requested a modern farmhouse design with an open coastal feel. JDR worked on an extensive whole home remodel while doubling the square footage of the space and adding an entire second level.
Charco Design & Build
11585 Sorrento Valley Rd. suite 104, San Diego, CA 92121
With more than 35 years in the industry, Armando Flores leads construction firm Charco Design & Build. Flores uses his knowledge of architectural drafting and interior design to provide clients in the San Diego area with design and construction services. Under his leadership, the team is encouraged to pursue quality workmanship, which has helped the firm earn numerous awards. These awards include the 2022 and 2021 Best Home Remodeler Awards from the Ranch & Coast Magazine.
Charco Design & Build’s designs are meant to transcend time and style, enduring the challenges of space, architecture, and budget. From historic preservation to creating innovative spaces, the firm produces beautiful residential properties with elegant features. Each project is treated carefully, and clients are treated as partners throughout the process. This collaborative approach allows Charco Design & Build to fully understand what the client wants and needs, resulting in efficient and effective plans.
3670 Clairemont Dr. Suite #9, San Diego, CA 92117
K-CO Construction Inc. is a general contracting firm that specializes in design-build services for custom home and residential remodeling projects. The company was founded by Dave K. Konstantin in 1995, who was later succeeded by his stepson, Chad Gardner, in 2014. Gardner uses his experience in construction and business management to guide the firm in building for the community. The core of Gardner’s leadership is fostering a business with ethics and integrity that clients can trust. K-CO is a BBB and Built It Green member.
This galley kitchen from the 1950’s underwent remodeling work after the homeowners requested K-CO to transform the area into an open-concept living space, as its original design separated the kitchen, dining room, and living room. K-CO brought down the walls in the kitchen, and the opening between the dining and living rooms was widened to improve the overall flow. The clients worked with K-CO’s designers on the layout, finishes, and color palettes. The result is a family-friendly and entertainment-ready space.
Lars Remodeling & Design
5925 Kearny Villa Rd. San Diego, CA 92123
Lars Remodeling & Design uses a collaborative approach to produce designs for clients around San Diego County. Its team is made up of experienced designers, project managers, remodeling professionals, and dedicated craftsmen. The quality of the firm’s work led it to be one of the first San Diego remodeling firms to become National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) certified. The firm is also BBB and Lead-Safe EPA-certified.
Jason Roy Larson and Brandon Spann serve as the leaders of Lars Remodeling & Design. Larson, the founder and co-owner, created the firm when he was 22 years old. He has over 30 years of experience in construction. Spann, the president and co-owner, has about 19 years of experience in construction. Together, they work to maintain the highest standards of professionalism and workmanship, and ensure that the firm is kept up to date with the latest industry trends and technology. This includes keeping a strong attention to current legal issues associated with building permits, regulations, and codes.