L.A. doesn’t just drive, it lives to drive and drives to live. More than a tenth of the city is allocated to parking structures, from typical parking buildings to automated steel parking systems, to simple curbside parking. Driving through the famous neighborhoods of Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Malibu, it’s good to know how to drive, but absolutely necessary to know how to park.
You might also need to know how to build a new parking structure, and here we list the city’s seven best parking specialists. These contractors know the city’s safety standards and have deep experience building large-scale parking structures.
7) Parkco Building Company
811 Wilshire Blvd. Suite #150, Los Angeles, CA 90017
Parkco Building Company is a specialized construction firm dedicated to building parking structures in California. Adrian Hoyle has been the company’s president since its incorporation in 2002, and under his leadership, Parkco has been able to complete massive, high-profile projects including the Charles Drew University Parking Structure, South Crescent Parking Structure, Palisades Village Parking & Podium, ELAC Parking Structure, and Tarzana Medical Parking Structure. Parkco assures each of their clients that their project will be tailored to the specific needs of their community. The company handles project budgeting, entitlements, design, and construction. With headquarters in Costa Mesa, the company builds for clients in healthcare, education, private development, and all levels of government sectors, to name a few.
The company states, “Our goal on each project is to develop client partnerships that are strengthened by performance and concluded with devoted business relationships.”
6) Swinerton Builders
865 South Figueroa St. Suite #3000 | Los Angeles, CA 90017
In business since 1888, Swinerton is one of the largest and oldest general contracting firms currently working in the United States. The company is committed to building top-quality, high-profile projects, such as the 399 Fremont building in San Francisco, the NASA JPL Flight Projects Center in Pasadena, and the LAX Delta Air Lines Terminal 5 One Premium Lobby in Los Angeles. The firm tackles everything from the demands of the modern building, large-scale ground-up project, to smaller tenant improvements.
Swinerton is completely employee-owned, thus they have a personal stake in the success of each project: “our 130 years of building has granted us the insights and experience to make strategic decisions and to help our clients do the same.”
In Los Angeles Swinerton completed the parking structures and interiors for The Plaza 1800/1840 Century Park East Room. The firm also built a rooftop gym and tennis court for The Plaza. The firm also provided general contracting services in collaboration with the IDG Parkitects, and the result was the parking structures on 8th & Grand. The firm also completed the John Wayne Airport Terminal C parking structure in Santa Ana, the San Diego International Airport Terminal 2 Parking Plaza, and the Sunroad Centrum II in San Diego.
5) T.B. Penick & Sons, Inc.
5405 Wilshire Blvd. Suite #277, Los Angeles, CA 90036
T.B. Penick & Sons, Inc is a local concrete construction expert. The firm, based in San Diego, has worked on numerous concrete projects involving bomanite, porous paving, HD flooring, walls, and aggregate finish using concrete across the United States. The company has more than 111 years worth of construction experience, and they offer design-build, lease-leaseback, and negotiated general contracting. Penick & Sons has worked on iconic structures and venues, such as SeaWorld, Balboa Park, San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, MGM Mirage City Center in Las Vegas, and even Disneyland in Hong Kong.
Established in 1905, the company is known for completing projects on aggressive schedules and tighter budgets, and for implementing best construction practices and safety policies.
In Los Angeles, the firm worked on parking structures such as the Rittenhouse Square Senior Apartments, the West Hollywood Automated Parking Structure, the structure at 9378 Wilshire Blvd, the Howard Hughes Center Apartments, and the Los Angeles Southwest College parking structure. In Pasadena, Penick built the parking spaces for the Montana Luxury Condos. The firm also worked on numerous San Diego parking structures including the Anchorage Townhouses and the Point Loma Naval Bases. The firm’s works appeared in ABC News, Concrete Magazine, LA Independent, and has won recognition from the Decorative Concrete Council.
4) CW Driver Companies
468 N Rosemead Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107
CW Driver Companies have the backing of their vast experience in construction. Founded over a hundred years ago by Clarence Wike Driver and John MacDonald, it is the oldest active licensed builder in Southern California. The company builds projects in various markets including biomedical, civic, commercial colleges, retail, hospitality, senior living, and of course, parking. The firm, with Dana Roberts as the Chief Operating Officer, maintains seven offices located throughout California and is actively at work on 52 projects. According to the ENR Review, the firm ranks #1 for Entertainment, #14 in Commercial, and #4 in Educational. The Los Angeles Business Journal ranked the firm #10 among top contractors. Both The Orange County Business Journal and the San Diego Business Journal named the firm as one of the area’s best contractors. The firm is a member of the National Builder’s Alliance.
CW Driver has completed parking construction for a mixed-use building at 1150 Wilshire, the Belmont Senior West LA, the Dreamworks – Lakeside Annex office building and the Loyola Marymount University Life Science Center in Los Angeles. Elsewhere in California, the firm also completed parking structures for Walt Disney in Anaheim, Macy’s and Bellevue Center in Pasadena, and Sony in Culver City. CW Driver is affiliated with DriverSPG, Good & Robers, LLC, Driver Consulting Group which all offer various construction services. Some of the awards the firm received in the past included the LA 2016 Architectural Award of Excellence, the Award of Distinction from the 2012 Design-Build Institute, the Los Angeles Design Merit Award, and the AIA California Council – Merit Award for Excellence.
3) Matt Construction
261 S Figueroa St. Suite #120, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Matt Construction is an award-winning, highly-acclaimed commercial construction group based in Los Angeles. As one of the largest construction firms today, its operational reach is wide. Its project managers, likewise, are experienced in different construction sectors, including museums, healthcare buildings, hospitality, sports facilities, creative spaces, universities, and parking structures. Steve Matt, one of the company’s co-founders, is the firm’s current chairman & CEO and manages its day to day operation.
In 2018, Matt Construction won an ENR Regional Best Project Renovation, ENR Regional Best Project, the Los Angeles Business Council LA Architectural Award, an AIA Institute Honor Award, and was also honored by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the fastest growing private companies. As for safety, the firm maintains that its approach starts well ahead of the project and strives to maintain a zero-injury work environment. Matt Construction has completed numerous landmark projects including the Petersen Automotive Museum, the Getty Villa, as well as the National History Museum of Los Angeles.
In Los Angeles, Matt Construction has completed a three-level, partly subterranean parking garage. The firm also completed a veritable laundry list of parking structures for big-name clients, including the UDR Vision On Wilshire, the Marlborough School Resource Center, the mixed-use building at 8th & Hope, the Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Harvard-Westlake Middle School, the Olympic Center, the Natural History Museum Parking Structure, and others.
2) Bomel Construction
96 Corporate Park, Irvine, CA 92606
Bomel Construction made a name for itself for being one of the best concrete construction companies in California. Bob Matranga and Mel Reznicek founded the firm over 40 years ago, and over the decades they built a company which is financially stable, innovative, and committed to quality building. The firm specializes in parking construction, and as a testament to the quality of their work, they have been recognized by a variety of professional organizations. In 2017, the Los Angeles Business Council awarded the firm’s Alameda Square Parking Structure Garden the Los Angeles Architectural Award. The same council previously recognized the firm for its maintenance of the Los Angeles City City College Parking Structure.
In Los Angeles, the firm completed the Alameda Square Parking Structure, Hollywood 959, the 8th & Francisco Parking Structure, the NoHo Phase III Parking Structure, and the Pike Parking Structure.
The company says, “our capacity to build even the most complex projects is reinforced by our ability to design-build virtually any kind of concrete structure within our scope of expertise.” Elsewhere in California, Bomel completed parking structure projects in Irvine, San Diego, Hillsboro, Burbank, Orange County, Irwindale, Glendale, Aliso Viejo, Arcadia, Santa Monica, and Long Beach. Bomel Construction’s other recognitions included a LEED certification and a bronze Parksmart Certificate for their Cal Poly Pomona Parking Structure, an Environmental Innovation Award, an Outstanding Achievement, and an Excellence in Concrete Construction Award for their Tustin Metrolink Parking Structure.
1) Morley Builders
3330 Ocean Park Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Morley Builders stands as one of the most prominent construction companies in Southern California, which almost certainly makes them one of the most prominent companies on the planet. Boasting over 70 years of operational experience, Morley has become a veteran of large-scale construction projects both in the private and public sectors. President Charles Muttilo has put continued emphasis on innovation and sustainable growth, but only as the company keeps a close eye on the principles of integrity and quality work that have guided Morley Builders since its establishment.
Their projects include two parking buildings for UCLA – Parking #4 and Janss Parking. Parking #4 was designed by architect International Parking Design and featured a subterranean parking structure that can host 1,270 parking spaces and sports a soccer field for a roof. In L.A. Morley Builders completed the Olympic West Parking building which can host up to 2,600 vehicles. In all, Morley Builders have completed over 200 parking structures for clients that include Warner Bros, UCI, Qualcomm, and Tishman Warner.
In addition to their usual fare of projects consisting of schools, civic buildings, and multi-family residential buildings, the company completed several landmarks projects in California including the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, the Getty Villa Museum, and the California Science Center. Morley was included in Engineering New Records’ Top 400 Contractors and recently named Contractor of the Year by the LA City Council’sPVJOBS. Its projects have also been featured in various publications such as Los Angeles Business, Concrete Construction Magazine, and Concrete Decor Magazine. Morley Builders provides contracting services through their subsidiary construction companies called Morley Construction Company and Benchmark Contractors.