For eight consecutive years, Los Angeles has seen a growth in tourism and an increasing demand for more accommodation and entertainment facilities to make each visitor’s experience a fun and entertaining one. General contractors in Los Angeles continue to construct more hospitality buildings to meet this increasing demand and to ensure visitors keep coming back.
We searched hundreds of contractors to come up with this list of the best in LA. Contractors on this list have been evaluated based on the number and quality of hospitality projects they have built in the city, the awards and the recognition they have received, and their professional affiliations. These contractors have built some of the most historic, visited buildings not only in Los Angeles but across the nation, as well.
25 E California Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105
Abbott Construction is a commercial construction company that was founded in 1983. The firm has built a reputation for its superior project management, high-quality standards, and excellent craftsmanship. Headquartered in Seattle with offices in Los Angeles and Portland, the firm builds in multiple markets including retail, healthcare, non-profit, commercial office, mixed-use developments, exterior remediation, and seismic improvements.
H Club, a luxury and members-only venue, is among Abbott’s most noteworthy hospitality projects. The firm transformed the original Redbury Hotel into this exclusive club which features a new pool, a sky bridge, a performance space, a recording studio, a film screening room, 35 luxury bedroom suites, a gym, spa, and an exclusive rooftop restaurant and open-air cinema.
545 S Figueroa St. Suite #1001, Los Angeles, CA 90071
Founded in 2002, davisREED Construction serves Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento, Palm Springs, and Napa with general contracting services. Led by Derek Davis, the firm specializes in constructing in the hospitality, education, office, and multifamily sectors. Throughout the years, the firm has gained repeat clients including Marriott, the Four Seasons, Kimpton, and Renaissance.
At 1800 Argyle Avenue, davisREED constructed the Kimpton Everly Hotel. Featured in Forbes in 2017, the 16-story hotel features eleven stories of hotel, three levels of above-grade parking, and two levels of below-grade parking. Additional features include a magnificent rooftop pool and a sun deck seating area. To make way for the construction of the hotel, an existing 38,000-square-foot five-story office building was demolished.
DLD Consulting and Construction
216 S Citrus St. Suite #210, West Covina, CA 91791
Established in 1989, DLD Consulting and Construction has long been one of LA’s recognized nightclub, restaurant, and commercial contractors. For over two decades, DLD has delivered on more than 900 projects and has served well-known clients. The firm’s projects can be found along Sunset Boulevard as well as in Hollywood, Los Angeles, and other areas of Southern California. Over the years the firm has completed projects for prominent brands like the Food House, Secure Home, Forest House, Real Estate Market, and more. DLD has also constructed some of LA’s most luxurious nightclubs including Sayers, Emmerson, and Create, among others.
One of DLD Consulting and Construction’s most intriguing pieces of work is located at the intersection of Hollywood and Vine, the Redbury Hotel. This boutique hotel is situated near Hollywood’s arts, music, fashion, and entertainment spots. In 2016, The Redbury Hollywood was named #1 Hotel in Los Angeles in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards.
19201 Parthenia St., Unit B, Northridge, CA 91324
DPT Construction is a commercial contractor that has been serving the Los Angeles area since 1991. Constructing in the multifamily, retail, restaurant, office, government, and education markets, the firm has established its solid reputation by exceeding professional construction standards and employing cutting-edge technology. The firm started as a painting and tile contractor in 1986 and in 1991 under company president David Daoud; David then expanded the company into a construction firm. Today the firm is one of the construction industry leaders in California.
The firm has multiple hospitality projects in Los Angeles and its neighboring areas, one of which is the Crowne Plaza in Palos Verdes. Other hospitality clients include Five Guys Burgers, Le Pain Quotidien, One Pico, and Fig and Olive.
Elden Development Construction
3400 W 6th St. Suite #314, Los Angeles, CA 90020
For more than three decades, Elden Development has delivered quality construction services throughout Los Angeles. Over the years the firm has completed numerous commercial and single-family residences. Having built a reputation as a service-oriented company, Elden Development Construction makes it their mission to deliver clients projects on-time and on-budget. The firm’s team consists of professionals with years of experience in architecture, construction, and construction management. The team’s expertise and active participation enable the firm to meet deadlines and save money in the construction process.
Among the firm’s projects is the Sheraton Hotel at San Gabriel which features 288 contemporary guest rooms with high-end amenities including marble bathrooms with rain showers, an outdoor pool, spa, restaurants, gym, and lush garden terrace.
515 S Flower St. Suite #600, Los Angeles, CA 90071
With around 13,000 employees across Australia, Asia, Europe, and the U.S., Lendlease is one of the leading international construction companies that specialize in constructing infrastructures in a variety of market sectors. Among these are the arts, aviation, commercial ventures, education, energy, government, healthcare, resorts, industry, the military, the residential sector, the senior living market, and more. The firm is a recipient of many industry awards, including the Midwest Contractor of the Year by Engineering-News Record (ENR) Midwest, LEED Silver V4 Award by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and the 2016 ENR Midwest Best Project of the Year Residential/Hospitality Category, and that’s just to name a few.
Lendlease was the chosen contractor to build the Oceanwide Plaza, which is set to become one of the most significant mixed-use establishments in the area. The project will consist of three towers, a lifestyle podium, and an open-air galleria built on a 4.6-acre site. The 2,687,343-square-foot project is scheduled for completion in 2020.
261 S Figueroa St. Suite #120, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Established by Paul, Al, and Steve Matt in 1991, Matt Construction is a general contracting firm serving clients throughout Los Angeles. The firm has constructed numerous mixed-use buildings, hospitality establishments, education campuses, cultural buildings, multifamily properties, sports venues, and healthcare facilities. Putting a premium on quality construction, the firm incorporates the principles of ISO 9000, lean construction, Six Sigma, and the QA/QC process formalized by the US Army Corps of Engineers. For its building excellence, the firm is a recipient of numerous industry awards such as the 2018 ENR Regional Best Project Award of Merit and the AIA Los Angeles Presidential Honoree, among many others. In 2017, the firm was named #32 on the Fastest-Growing Private Companies list by the Los Angeles Business Journal.
Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, which is now Loews Hollywood Hotel, is one of the firm’s notable hospitality projects. Located in the heart of Hollywood near Grauman’s Chinese Theater and the legendary Walk of Fame, the project consisted of the addition of a new, 22-story concrete tower to an existing 22-story structure. The project also included tenant improvements, resulting in the Marriott Renaissance Hotel.
2293 W 190th St., Torrance, CA 90504
Experience has made McGuire Builders, Inc. the industry leader in hospitality renovation and construction since 1985. Along with multiple degrees and accreditations in Construction Management and Architecture, McGuire Builders has over 130 years of combined experience in construction and renovation. The construction team has built more than 50,000 guestrooms and a multitude of restaurants, clubs, spas, and other specialty projects.
McGuire has significantly enhanced some of the finest properties throughout the United States enabling them to maintain their high level of standards and excellence. The senior management has an innate understanding of the special needs and expectations of the hotel industry and has developed the company’s philosophy and approach with those needs in mind.
This iconic five-star, five-diamond property has ushered in a new era of modern luxury through a full renovation of the lobby, lounges, bar, restaurant and more than 100 guestrooms and suites. The guestroom suites have been transformed into beautiful retreats, luxurious, light and modern, while retaining the overall tone of understated elegance.
3330 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405
Since 1947, Morley Builders has been one of the most trusted general contractors in Southern California, building major civic structures, educational and research facilities, parking structures, commercial, retail, and medical and healthcare buildings, and multifamily residential complexes. The firm was founded by Morley Benjamin, who initially built a few single homes in Pacoima then started building larger tracts in Lakewood and Whittier after completing his World War II military service. Throughout the years Morley Builders has honed its expertise in constructing design-build and LEED-rated sustainable projects.
Among the company’s award-winning hospitality projects is the renovation of the 1940s iconic Hotel Bel-Air. The project included the renovation of 91 rooms and suites, the Champagne Bar, the hotel’s restaurant, event spaces, and private dining rooms as well as the addition of twelve new villas and a 12,000-square-foot spa with three spa suites. This project received the Top 500 Hotels award by Travel and Leisure, the Gold List award by the Conde Nast Traveler, and the New and Noteworthy award by Fodor’s 100.
Pacific Empire Builders
500 N Brand Blvd. Suite #2120, Glendale, CA 91203
Established in 2005, Pacific Empire Builders is a Glendale-based general contractor that specializes in constructing multifamily establishments, retail stores, offices, industrial facilities, and hospitality buildings throughout the greater Los Angeles area. Founded by Jason Tolleson and Dan Mahoney, the firm is a preferred builder for Serrano Development Group, a full-service real estate investment and development firm also co-founded by Tolleson and Mahoney.
One of the firm’s hospitality projects is the 95-room hotel remodel of the Orlando Hotel in Los Angeles. Completed in 2011, the firm, along with Drasin Design, remodeled the rooms and improved the common area of the facility. For the room’s design, the firm used earth tones and matched the color of the furniture with the paint color as well as the tile and backsplash in the bathroom.
1650 Westwood Blvd. Suite #200, Los Angeles, CA 90024
Over 20 years of experience in the industry has shaped Ramland Construction as one of the preferred builders of many high-end establishments in the restaurant, retail, hospitality, and commercial markets throughout California. Since its establishment in 1998, the company has completed over 140 projects in 43 cities. In addition to general construction, Ramland’s team of highly experienced construction experts specializes in construction management, entitlement processing and site viability surveys, and design-build services.
One of the company’s notable projects is the renovation of the former Hotel Wilcox into the Mama Shelter, a modern boutique hotel designed by Thierry Gugain. The New York Times described this project as “an eccentric Hollywood hotel for the fun at heart.”
R.D. Olson Construction
400 Spectrum Center Dr. Suite #1200, Irvine, CA 92618
Orange County-based R.D. Olson, a national general contracting and construction management firm, was founded in 1979. Throughout the years the firm has built an impressive portfolio of hotel, resort, multifamily, country club, retail, and restaurant construction projects. The firm takes pride in its established reputation, earning the trust of prominent clients such as Marriott, Kimpton Hotel and Restaurant Group, Starwood Lodging, UDR, and Affirmed Housing Group. They also recently completed the AC Hotel By Marriott Beverly Hills, NoMad Hotel Los Angeles, AC Hotel Los Angeles South Bay, to name a few. The firm is a member of numerous organizations, including the 55+ Housing Council, the British American Business Council- OC Chapter, and the Building Industry Association of Southern California, and more.
H Hotel Los Angeles, one of the firm’s notable hospitality projects, features a rooftop deck with airport and ocean views, a heated outdoor swimming pool, an ultra-modern fitness center, and a lobby market.
660 S Figueroa St. Suite #1888, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Los Angeles-based Shangri-La Construction was founded by Tod Lipka in 2008. The firm takes pride in its green building initiatives and in partnership with the USGBC and the Building Industry Association of Southern California. Shangri-La has also created long-term partnerships with institutions that possess multidisciplinary knowledge and experience and commitment to exploring innovative building techniques. In 2017, the firm ranked #26 on the Los Angeles Business Journal’s Top 40 General Contractors.
Among the firm’s award-winning projects is the Freeland Hotel, which received the Gold Award for the Top Redevelopment Project of the Year at Los Angeles Business Journal’s Commercial Real Estate Awards. It was also listed among the world’s most stylish hotels by Dailymail in 2018. The 117,178-square-foot project features 226 hotel rooms with a variety of floorplans, a rooftop pool and lounge, and a lobby with a bar and restaurants. The historic elements and features of the 1924 Commercial Exchange Building were preserved throughout and so was the tallest iconic neon blade sign in Los Angeles.
Turner Construction Company
555 South Flower St. Suite #4220, Los Angeles, CA 90071
Headquartered in New York, Turner Construction Company has 57 offices around the world and specializes in constructing aviation and transportation facilities; commercial, cultural, and entertainment buildings; data centers; education campuses; healthcare facilities; industrial buildings; religious buildings; hotels and restaurants; and more. Since its founding in 1902, Turner has received several distinctions, including being named the #1 Green Builder in the country by the ENR and the #1 General Contractor in the U.S. The firm was also recognized as a top builder in the healthcare, university, hotel, office, and green building sectors by the 2016 Building Design + Construction Giants 300 Report.
Wilshire Grand Center features 900 luxury hotel rooms and 20 floors of rentable offices and more than 45,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space. The building also features a 70th-floor sky-lobby with an observation deck and pool. Completed by Turner in 2017, the Wilshire Grand Center is recognized as the tallest building in Los Angeles.
550 S Hope St. Suite #2100, Los Angeles, CA 90071
Founded in 1971, Webcor Construction started as a Bay Area construction company specializing in low-to-mid-rise buildings in San Mateo. After several successful projects, the firm expanded to San Diego and the firm continued to solidify its reputation as a self-performing general contractor. Today, the firm has completed projects throughout Los Angeles, Alameda, San Jose, and Honolulu, garnering industry awards and recognition from a number of well-known organizations. In 2013, Webcor became the only California-based General Contractor to have an ISO 9001 Certification.
One of Webcor’s impressive hospitality projects is the Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown. This 332,623-square-foot project features 350 hotel units with a 51,729-square-foot connected parking and 133 valet stalls. Amenities include the lobby-level Metropole Bar+Kitchen, a lounge and bar space, a meeting and convention space, a pool deck, and a fitness space. The LEED Silver hotel’s design is inspired by the 1920’s Prohibition era.
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