Without a doubt, Houston is a hotbed for a wide range of commercial construction projects. Around Houston, new commercial construction projects have reshaped the metro area. For example, last year, the Texas Medical Center gained a new 22-story luxury hotel. The 353 room InterContinental Houston Medical Center also has 800,000 SF of meeting space.
Another addition to Houston’s skyline is The Post Oak in the Galleria submarket. This 38-floor, 680K SF mixed-use development is Houston’s only AAA Five-Diamond destination. Also, situated on the former Westcreek apartment complex site is Arabella is a 33-story, 100-unit luxury condo tower. Undoubtedly, this Uptown residential tower has some of Houston’s best views from its 14 penthouse condos.
In this article, we offer a list of 2019’s largest Houston-area general contractors. These firms are ranked by their 2018 local gross billings. As you’ll see, there are commercial construction firms in Houston but also interior office build-out contractors.
- David E. Harvey Builders Inc.
- E.E. Reed Construction, L.P.
- Arch-Con(R) Corp.
- SpawGlass Construction Corp.
- McCarthy Building Companies Inc.
- Gilbane Building Company
- Burns & McDonnell
- Gamma Construction Co.
- Durotech Inc.
- Burton Construction
- Turner Construction
- O’Donnell/Snider Construction
- Wier Enterprises
- Linbeck Group LLC
- Bartlett Cocke General Contractors
- W. S. Bellows Construction Corp.
- Rosenberger Construction LLC
- Hoar Construction LLC
- Manhattan Construction Company
- G.T. Leach Constructors LLC
- DPR Construction
- Hensel Phelps
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David E. Harvey Builders Inc.
2018 local gross billings – $752,210,000
This company was founded in 1957 by David E. Harvey, Sr. and Gerald D. Hines. These days, Harvey Construction Company (Harvey-Cleary) constructs commercial office buildings and retail centers. However, it also specializes in office renovation. A few of Harvey’s notable Houston projects include Market Square Tower, the ExxonMobil campus, and the renovation of the Lawndale Art Center.
2018 local gross billings – $497,000,000
This fourth-generation, family-run construction firm was founded in 1909. Tellespen is based in Houston and focuses on commercial buildings. In addition to its commercial projects, the firm’s services include work on industrial facilities, infrastructure, and concrete structures.
2018 local gross billings – $459,000,000
From standard commercial facilities to waterworks and heavy civil projects, Webber takes on diverse projects. The firm’s services include design-build, technical services, program management, construction management, and others. Overall, Webber offers turn-key projects which include financing, design, and construction.
E.E. Reed Construction, L.P.
2018 local gross billings – $366,000,000
E.E. Reed has handled new construction projects since its founding 1977. Generally speaking, the firm does all sorts of projects—office construction, residential, industrial facilities, healthcare, retail, hospitality, and institutional projects. In addition, E. E, Reed also has a separate arm that focuses on designing and delivering new and renovated corporate interiors.
2018 local gross billings – $321,700,042
Arch-Con is a Texas-based general contractor that specializes in commercial design and construction services. Furthermore, the firm works with a range of professionals—developers, architects, brokers, owners, and tenants. On the whole, Arch-Con works on different types of projects including office, hospitality, corporate interiors, healthcare, retail, industrial, and even community projects.
SpawGlass Construction Corp.
2018 local gross billings – $307,142,745
In general, Spawglass is a design/build firm that handles construction management for various commercial projects. Also, this employee-owned construction firm offers a full range of services. For example, previous projects include aviation, campus housing, performing arts centers, healthcare, hospitality, civil projects, senior living, corporate offices, and parking garages.
McCarthy Building Companies Inc.
2018 local gross billings – $303,000,000
Founded in 1864, this firm has a storied history of successful projects. Located in Channelview, McCarthy’s Houston office is adjacent to the Houston Ship Channel. Due to this, McCarthy is positioned to manage infrastructure, port, and marine projects. McCarthy’s Houston branch specifically focuses on energy work (oil, gas, petrochemical) along with civil projects, docks, wharfs, and container yards.
Gilbane Building Company
2018 local gross billings – $295,034,000
In addition to being one of the nation’s largest construction and development firms, Gilbane is one of Houston’s largest general contractors. Founded in 1873, the firm is also one of the nation’s largest privately-held, family-owned firms. Currently, Gilbane provides full construction and facilities-related services across several sectors—college/university, healthcare, office, industrial, and mixed-use residential.
Burns & McDonnell
2018 local gross billings – $277,600,000
Started in 1898 by two Stanford University engineering graduates (Clinton S. Burns and Robert E. McDonnell), this firm has won numerous awards for their projects. Specifically, Burns & McDonnell offers architecture, engineering, construction services, and project management to a number of sectors like petrochemical, industrial, transportation, and infrastructure.
Gamma Construction Co.
2018 local gross billings – $265,048,651
Based in Houston, Gamma was established in 1985. This design/build firm engages in a wide range of projects. Over the years, Gamma has become known for its specialization in retail renovation. As a result, the firm has a strong relationship with retailers like Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Neiman Marcus along with restaurant chain Outback Steakhouse. During its relationship with Outback, Gamma has constructed or remodeled over 750 of its restaurants.
2018 local gross billings – $265,000,000
Durotech is a Houston-based construction firm which also offers development services like design, construction management, maintenance, and project development. Among commercial construction firms in Houston, Durotech is one of the largest general contractors in the area. Since it opened for business in 1988, the firm has won numerous awards. These include a 2005 award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation/HGTV Restore America Award for its work on Jefferson Davis Hospital Artist Lofts.
2018 local gross billings – $233,582,829
Headquartered in Houston, this firm focuses on high-end construction and interiors. Founded by Brad Burton in 2004, it is one of the largest commercial construction companies in Houston. In general, this full-service company handles all sorts of projects including office, healthcare, mixed-use, retail, industrial, hospitality, and multi-family. For example, some of Burton’s key projects include the 125,000 SF, five-story, Class A CityCentre One office building and the 150,000 SF six-story Class A CityCentre Two office building.
2018 local gross billings – $230,000,000
Turner has worked on prominent Houston landmarks like the Bank of America Building, Chase Tower, and Wells Fargo Plaza. Also, this firm works with both public and private sector clients including the University of Houston, British Petroleum, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Harris County, and the City of Houston. On top of that, Turner recently finished the two premiere projects – Hilton Americas Houston Hotel & Convention Center and the 717 Texas building.
2018 local gross billings – $186,000,000
This firm works in several sectors corporate interiors, capital improvements, healthcare, hospitality, and retail. In addition to construction and post-construction services, O’Donnell/Snider offers a full range of pre-construction services (budgeting, estimating, scheduling, design, site safety, sustainability, and others). Additionally, the firm is one of Houston’s top interior office build-out contractors.
2018 local gross billings – $164,154,000
Founded by Steve Weir, this firm is one of the largest general contractors in Houston. Weir’s services range from pre-construction consulting to construction management to post-construction servicing. The firm handles conceptual cost estimating, value engineering input, site work, foundations, equipment installation, and architectural finishes. Also, Weir works in various sectors including automotive, industrial, medical, aviation, and retail.
Linbeck Group LLC
2018 local gross billings – $140,000,000
This family-run firm specializes in construction management, design/build, and integrated project delivery services. Since its founding in 1938 Linbeck has won 15 Build America Awards from The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). Linbeck uses under a Houston Lean Operating System in sectors like healthcare, cultural, and education.
Bartlett Cocke General Contractors
2018 local gross billings – $139,367,756
This employee-owned company was founded by Bartlett Cocke Jr. in 1959. Since then, the firm has become one of the Lone Star State’s largest contractors. This design-build general contractor offers services like pre-construction, sustainability, BIM (building information modeling), and warranty services. Also, Bartlett Cocke works in a variety of sectors, from education and athletic facilities to medical facilities and performing arts facilities.
W. S. Bellows Construction Corp.
2018 local gross billings – $125,081,000
Another family-owned firm, W. S. Bellows Construction Corporation handles large-scale projects as well as smaller-scale projects. As such, Bellows offers a full range of pre-construction and construction services. Since its founding in 1914, this firm has completed and renovated a number of high-profile Houston projects like 1, 2 and 3 Houston Center Office Towers, Bank One Center, and the ExxonMobil Building.
Rosenberger Construction LLC
2018 local gross billings – $123,900,000
Headquartered in Katy, Rosenberger does both negotiated and design/build work. As one of the top commercial construction firms in Houston, the firm manages every aspect of each project, from planning to closeout. Not surprisingly, Rosenberger has won several awards over the years, including the Metal Architecture Design Award for its Intermarine project, a 20,000 SF, five-story, steel-framed office building.
Hoar Construction LLC
2018 local gross billings – $117,618,000
Hoar works in several market sectors including healthcare, office, cultural and entertainment, civic, education, and others. Fro example, the Science Teaching Lab (University Of Houston), River Oaks Medical Center, and the Parks at Arlington Mall are a few of Hoar’s Houston projects. What’s more, Hoar’s work on Houston Methodist’s Central Utility Plant won ENR’s Best Project in the Under $10 million category.
Manhattan Construction Company
2018 local gross billings – $108,636,075
This firm offers a full range of services – preconstruction, construction management, general contracting, design/build, green building, and even virtual construction. Overall, Manhattan has a diverse Houston portfolio. Also, the firm has worked on unique projects like the Automated People Mover Extension in Terminal A at Bush Intercontinental Airport, Energy Center Office Building – Phase II, and BBVA Compass Stadium.
G.T. Leach Constructors LLC
2018 local gross billings – $102,000,000
Founded by Gary T. Leach in 1998, GT Leach Constructors is one of the largest general contractors in Houston. In general, the firm offers construction service for the hospitality and residential industries. For starters, one notable project is the 328- room JW Marriott, on Main Street in Downtown Houston. On top of that, working with Pearl Hospitality, G. T. Leach’s renovation work won first place in the Houston Business Journals’ 2015 Landmark Award.
2018 local gross billings – $92,000,000
This firm has a team of technical builders who work on all sorts of projects. DPR’s Houston projects include many medical and education projects. Specifically, the firm worked on medical project slike Houston Methodist Hospital Operating Room Renovation, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Campus Expansion, and the Texas Children’s Outpatient Therapy and Specialty Care Clinics. Also, the firm worked on the Rice University New Emerging Science & Technology Center.
2018 local gross billings – $85,583,292
Hensel Phelps is another of the big commercial construction firms in Houston. Undoubtedly, this firm handles projects of all shapes and sizes in various sectors. Specifically, the firm works on aviation, education, government, healthcare, hospitality, infrastructure projects. What’s more, the firm built the innovative Houston Methodist Outpatient Center (MOCC). Also, Hensel Phelps also worked on a westerly expansion of William P. Hobby Airport’s existing terminal building.
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