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The Best Office Builders in San Francisco, California

November 24, 2023 8 Min Read

San Francisco is Silicon Valley’s home city and a hub for tourists, newcomers, and industry pioneers. Thanks to its ideal location with breathtaking ocean vistas along with the Golden Gate Bridge, this business hub allows for unique access to the outdoors. It has become the preferred location for starting technological enterprises. Silicon Valley is now home to the corporate offices of several significant tech firms, including Apple, Google, HP, Intel, Adobe, eBay, and others. 

Hiring an office builder is a necessary first step for any startup or expanding company to ensure efficiency in design and construction. Listed below are the best office builders in San Francisco, California. The firms in this list have extensive skills and several years of team combined experiences in the industry. Each of these companies has catered to a wide variety of clients from different sectors.


Truebeck Construction

64 Townsend St. San Francisco, CA 94107

Truebeck Construction is a market-leading full-service general contractor with a focus on interiors, challenging assignments, and technical construction. Since its founding, it has won various awards and accolades. In 2019, among recognitions received include the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEANOC) California Voluntary Protection Program (Cal/VPP) Designation Excellence in Engineering, Silicon Valley Business Times Top 30 Largest General Contractors in Silicon Valley, and Engineering News-Record (ENR) Top 100 Construction Management-at-Risk-Firms. 

Truebeck is currently building a 450,000-square-foot ground-up global headquarters for Uber. This comprises two buildings, one of which is twelve floors tall and the other is seven. The project utilizes design-assist façade and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems, and it will be built out of steel and concrete. The concept comprises a large courtyard with substantial landscaping and a green roof with an urban farm component. Truebeck will also finish the 415,000 square foot (sf) office tenant improvement build-out, which will include 2,000 or more workstations, executive areas, assembly spaces, gathering spaces, a fully operational cafeteria on the second floor of the 1515 building, a child care establishment with an outdoor play area in the 1455 building, and extensive A/V throughout. 


BCCI Construction Company

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

Founded in 1986, leading West Coast commercial builder BCCI Construction specializes in a wide range of project types. It specializes in new construction, structural rehabilitation, historic rehabilitation, seismic upgrade, and tenant upgrades. The firm is recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in the Bay Area and has received numerous awards for its projects. It has won recent awards including the 2023 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Social Impact Award and the 2023 Interior Design Magazine Honoree for Medium Corporate Office.

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BCCI completed construction on this new ground-up office building, 85 Bluxome. The building’s façade uses rustic-finished panels to enclose open window bays. With the building core and vertical circulation along the east property line wall, open floor plans offer flexibility to satisfy future tenants’ needs for creative office space. This building project is the first from the ground up in California to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold accreditation, and it was created to attain the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) WELL Core and Shell Compliance. The 85 Bluxome was also awarded a Gold Rating by the U.S. Resiliency Council, earning five stars for safety and four stars for both damage and recovery. 


Charles Pankow Builders, Ltd.

1 Sutter St. Suite 200, San Francisco, CA 94109

Since 1963, Pankow has been one of the pioneers of design-build and integrated project delivery. It works on complicated projects in inhabited premises and offers design-build, design-assist, overall contracting, and tenant enhancement services. Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), Building Information Model (BIM) Planning and Execution, Virtual Design and Construction, and Alternative Energy Solutions are just a few of the modern construction equipment, procedures, and technologies that the company uses. For more than 60 years, Pankow has been consistently rebuilding historical structures, constructing green structures, and sculpting skylines. 

A parking lot and two-story concrete buildings will be demolished as part of the Splunk Headquarters project. It also involves erecting a brand-new, concrete replacement structure. The five-and-six-story, 202,103 square foot Class A workplace will also have one floor of parking below grade. The structure will be designed around a central courtyard that divides it into two masses and connects them at their cores. The courtyard has a distinctive open glass roofing canopy, outdoor furniture, and landscaping including a water feature and a living plant wall. 


Plant Construction Company, L.P.

300 Newhall St. San Francisco, CA 94124

Founded in 1947, Plant Construction Company, L.P. has grown into a leading company in the Northern California construction sector. Office projects, hotels, multi-family housing, retail shell, and tenant interiors are among the firm’s specialties. Additionally, it works on the construction of public and private schools, commercial facilities, seismic bracing of large buildings, and significant historical building restoration. Although it has done much of its work in California, Plant is presently active in Utah and has finished jobs all throughout the United States and Canada.

The eight-story art deco structure, which was built in 1931 as the Bruener Furniture Company’s headquarters, was bought by TMG Partners in 2016. Plant Construction was initially hired to assist with major upgrades to the structure’s infrastructure. The project has changed into a number of tenant improvement build-outs since the initial planning for MEP system upgrades got underway. Complete office suites, cosmetic modifications to the restrooms and common areas, and other building improvements were all part of the build-out, which culminated in the move of the building’s lobby entryway from 22nd Street back to Broadway.


Centric General Contractors

500 Sansome St. San Francisco, CA 94111

Construction services are provided by Centric General Contractors that are specialized and catered to the needs of each client. In addition to actively involving a group of talented craftspeople and savvy leadership, it brings experience and skills in the development of multi-family housing, custom residences, wineries, restaurants, and luxury resorts. The company collaborates with a varied range of business owners, architects, interior designers, and craftsmen in settings ranging from crowded urban areas to rural areas. Projects are carefully planned, managed, and executed on time and within budget thanks to this partnership. 

Formerly a 30,000-square-foot warehouse, the Optimizely headquarters office project combines modern interiors with classic architectural elements. The office is separated into three levels and promotes connection and collaboration. There are lounge areas in between offices, an open floor layout, and a clear view from one level to the next. The scope of work includes converting a warehouse into office space, which called for tenant upgrades on three levels, new plumbing and fire sprinkler systems, and new office finishes. Specially made furnishings were added to the boardroom, which is housed in an outdated warehouse loading dock and has undergone a modern renovation. 


GCI General Contractors

875 Battery St. Floor 1, San Francisco, CA 94111

Established in 1992, GCI General Contractors is a renowned general contractor for businesses. It specializes in infrastructure, lab upgrades, base office renovations, and tenant upgrades. Its goal is to create spaces where people flourish, from start-up workplaces to cutting-edge labs. The company considers that open communication and strong collaboration are essential for initiatives to succeed. GCI General Contractors has constructed a number of projects both nationally and in the Bay Area. Real estate, environmental services, health and wellness, biotechnology, finance, media, retail, manufacturing, legal, and technology are among the industries it serves as clients.

Jon Helman is the president of GCI General Contractors and he has over 25 years of experience in the general contracting and office building industry. He is a graduate of Purdue University with a degree in Construction Engineering and Management. Under his leadership, the firm has had numerous years of LEED, Living Building Challenge, and US Green Building Council (USGBC) WELL Building project experiences. 

Author

  • Jake Gustafson

    Jake has served as Senior Editor at San Francisco Architects 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 San Francisco Architects, 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

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