With its sunshine-filled shores, Fort Lauderdale, Florida is a popular tourist destination in Broward County. Known as the Yachting Capital of the World, the coastal city hosts millions of visitors every year. Moreover, it is home to hundreds of hotels, restaurants, malls, clubs, parks, and many other entertainment venues perfect for anyone looking to enjoy their time in this beautiful city.
If you’re looking to build or expand your business in the area, we’ve gathered a list of the best commercial contractors in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This list was ranked based on each firm’s number of years in the business, the quality and complexity of their projects, the principals’ experience, and of course, the company’s recognition in the field.
5601 Powerline Road #401, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
Danto Builders was built with the goal of being one of the top Fort Lauderdale commercial contractors, and for 41 years, it’s been doing a great job of doing just that. As it creates large, award-winning projects, it has also developed solid relationships with its clients by offering them a single-source solution for design, construction, and construction management.
Currently, the company is led by co-owner Debbie Danto, who serves in several associations. She is a board member of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, and is on the board of Florida Design & Construction Professionals, Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, the Healthcare, Construction & Real Estate, and Oakland Park / Wilton Manors / Uptown Councils.
For its great work, Danto Builders has received many awards from AIA Fort Lauderdale, South Florida Business Journal, Gold Coast Builders Association, and Architectural Digest . Most recently, Danto has received the 2019 Business of the Year from The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce. Featured above is one of its projects, the Circle House Coffee, a unique coffee shop project in the heart of Fort Lauderdale. For this project, Danto Builders created a space that is clean and inviting, decorated with beautiful art that provides a great atmosphere.
3185 South Congress Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33445
Kaufman Lynn Construction is an award-winning full-service commercial construction company established in 1989. It mainly specializes in serving markets like multi-family housing, senior living, hospitality, government/public safety, education, healthcare, parking garages, and self-storage among others.
The company is led by CEO Michael Kaufman, a member of many construction industry-related organizations including the Construction Association of South Florida and the Florida East Coast Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). He’s also a distinguished leader, even being recognized as a Finalist for the prestigious Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Florida Award in 2012, 2013, and 2015, and he was also awarded the 2009 Excalibur Award – Palm Beach County Small Business Leader of the Year from the South Florida Business Journal. Most recently, he’s been listed on the Florida 500 list by the Florida Trend magazine and was named one of 15 “Ultimate CEOs” and a 2020 Power Leader in Real Estate by the South Florida Business Journal.
With this leadership, Kaufman Lynn Construction has been awarded the 2020 Contractor of the Year by ENR Southeast and was the Pyramid Award Winner of the 2019 ABC Florida East Coast Chapter Excellence in Construction Awards. Kaufman Lynn has also been consistently ranked as one of the Top General Contractors in Florida and among the 400 largest contractors nationwide, on top of being named for the past seven years as one of the Top Workplaces by the Sun Sentinel.
Featured below is one of the company’s best projects, the KL Headquarters Office, a 23,298-square-foot office building in Delray Beach in a semi-urban industrial office district. Completed in 2017, this new office for Kaufman Lynn Construction’s corporate headquarters included both development and construction of a new three-story single-user office building, built with materials like concrete, steel, and glass. A custom-designed metal screen on the facade provides the building not only with its recognizable architectural identity but provides energy savings by diffusing the sun on the west-facing front. The contemporary interior features accents of cedar planks, Venetian plaster, and a mix of exposed and concealed ceilings.
614 S. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Marker Construction is a company known for its thorough and streamlined workflow that delivers clients a better construction experience with a better final product. Its motto, Build Better, is what the business abides by through its thoughtful consideration and willingness to adapt its practices to the times, based on the clients’ and team members’ needs. This adaptability provides Marker Construction its use of cutting-edge technology to deliver better results each time.
The firm is led by W. Grey Marker II, Marker Construction’s CEO. He is a man with experience that spans 30 years on top of being actively involved with the Commercial Real Estate Development Association, Urban Land Institute, Construction Association of South Florida, Gold Coast Builders Association, Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., and the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. Throughout his years in the business, Grey formed an impressive network of resources that included talented personalities and some of South Florida’s best architects and sub-contractors that ensure that clients get the most premium materials and products.
Marker Construction has been seen in the likes of The Wall Street Journal , South Florida Business Journal , American Recycler , Restaurant Development & Design , and . It’s also a company known for building grand commercial projects worth $1,005,273,862 and has raked in many awards since its establishment. One example of its premium work would be the International Yacht Collection in Fort Lauderdale pictured above. It’s a big project, built in the Yacht Capital of the World with the best materials and the sharpest attention to detail.
5750 Powerline Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
Miller Construction Company was built by Florida natives Thomas Miller and Harley Miller in 1973, with a far-sighted partnership approach that was anchored on creating long-term relationships. With its streamlined approach to program management, preconstruction, design/build, and construction management services, Miller Construction Company has completed more than 500 commercial projects for the private sector in Florida, with projects ranging from office buildings to hospitality and multi-family markets.
Thomas currently sits as the Chairman of the Board while Harley serves as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. Together, Tom and Harley have built a strong and impeccable reputation for the firm with its superior customer service and connections. Since its establishment, they both went on to head and serve on many business and community boards, expanding their reach, and even being honored with an induction into the University of Florida’s Construction Hall of Fame. Meanwhile, Brian Sudduth, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP), BD+C , serves as the company’s President and is a member of several associations.
With this leadership, it comes as no surprise that Miller Construction Company is the recipient of the most Craftsmanship Awards from the Construction Association of South Florida, 446 CASF Craftsmanship awards for its fantastic work on commercial projects. It’s also received recognition from bodies like the CON/STEEL Tilt-Up Achievement Awards, the Design/Build Institute of America Awards, the Tilt-Up Concrete Association Tilt-Up Awards, and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Gala Verde Awards.
Miller Construction Company built the new Lauderdale Imports for discerning client, Holman Automotive. The project involves new construction and renovation. It includes a 29,657-square-foot sales building with distinct showroom areas for the Aston Martin, Bentley, and Rolls Royce brands. Also included in the project is a garage with two elevated parking levels and a state-of-the-art service department.
100 W. Cypress Creek Rd. Suite 940, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
SMG Contractors is a commercial and residential contractor that specializes in construction management and construction labor and workforce solutions since 2013. It has a unique focus on administrative, financial, and project management services with over 10 years of experience and a commitment to excellence that delivers.
SMG Contractors was founded by Sam Joseph, an experienced builder with over 10 years of experience in a variety of construction projects like construction management, project controls, LEED construction, design-build, and roadway construction among others. Featured above is one of his company’s larger projects, the Southwest Airlines Terminal (1) of Fort Lauderdale International Airport. SMG supplied the construction workforce for the project, from temporary and permanent installations to the escorting of other construction companies, and the result was this sleek, well-built airport terminal.
633 South Federal Highway Suite 500, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Since 1991, Gulf Building has had a forward-thinking approach to construction management and design as it serves the greater South Florida market and beyond. More than just creating buildings, it creates experiences and partnerships, no matter the project. Its process is committed to quality, timing, and budget that generates end results that exceed expectations.
Gulf Building is led by John Scherer, the company’s President, who has served on the board of Associated Builders and Contractors and was a Florida Board of Construction Commissioner from 2009 to 2012. This experience, along with his years in the business, has provided Gulf Building its edge when it comes to seasoned craftsmanship. One example of the company’s great work is the Gulf Building New Headquarters, a 3-story, 11,500-square-foot space in Fort Lauderdale. It’s a state-of-the-art office space that is designed to have new safety enhancements for air quality, touchless elevators, and doors, all designed to create new COVID-19 configurations.
One East Broward Blvd. Suite 1300, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Founded in 1981, James A. Cummings, Inc. is a company that has established an unparalleled reputation for itself, based on good neighbors building quality projects on time, within budget, and without litigation for satisfied clients. For 40 years, it’s been one of the top-ranked commercial construction companies in the Southeast.
In 2003, the company became a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Tutor Perini Corporation, which is consistently ranked among the top buildings in the country by the Engineering News Record. James A. Cummings, Inc. continues to expand on its core markets led by its founder William R. Derrer, backed by the national strength and deep resources that Tutor Perini provides. This allows the company to provide its expertise and solutions-oriented management services beyond Florida and through the Southeast United States. The company has also received many awards for its commitment to Diversity Development, including the South Florida Business Journal Advocate Company of the Year by the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce with Salute to Business Award, which recognizes companies that do the most for women and minority businesses.
When it comes to building, one example of James A. Cummings, Inc.’s great projects is the Aventura Mall Parking Garage pictured here. This project is a four-story, 646,600-square-foot cast-in-place concrete parking structure with 2,000 parking spaces. It also has three pedestrian bridges that tie into the second floor of the existing JCPenney, the second floor of the newly built Nordstrom building, and the third floor of the new concourse expansion.
4564 N. Hiatus Road, Sunrise, FL 33351
Mandour Construction Inc. is a full-service construction firm that specializes in building retail, restaurant, commercial construction projects in South Florida. It prides itself in its extensive knowledge of interior renovations and tenant improvements. With every client, it approaches it with a customized perspective that provides the utmost service regardless of the scope of work.
Mandour Construction has a combined experience that spans more than two decades. With that, through the years, the company has stood firm on its 5 core principles: client satisfaction, detail, professionalism, organization, and communication. These principles guide the firm’s work for notable clients like Lemongrass Bistros, Nekter Juice Bar, Just Salad, Sunglass Hut, J Mclaughlin, and BurgerFi. This thoughtfulness in creating is also evident in the Pyure Aveda Salon project featured below. It’s a sleek, modern space with exposed ceilings and lovely gray floors that maintain a clean atmosphere perfect for a professional salon.
941 NE 19th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
Edge Construction is a Florida-based construction firm that offers clients a full range of high-value preconstruction, construction, and construction management services throughout the state of Florida. Its team has expertise in managing projects in markets like healthcare, education, commercial/corporate office, and more. In every project, the team devotes the time needed to understand the client’s goals. With that, EDGE Construction USA, Inc. has been named one of the World’s Fastest-Growing Gator Businesses in 2021.
One example of its projects in Fort Lauderdale would be the Fuse 6th Street Plaza Renovation. This was a redevelopment project, consisting of two separate buildings in the area. For this, EDGE worked on extensive exterior facade improvements, building code upgrades to existing structures and site work, interior build-outs, and shell retail.
2101 N. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
As a national construction management company, Moss & Associates provides innovative solutions resulting in award-winning projects across the United States. With every project, Moss & Associates brings to the table an honest, positive, and intelligent approach to its business that is not readily found in the construction industry. This approach has resulted in several recognizable, sustainable, innovative, and award-winning buildings, and has helped Moss & Associates grow into one of the most transparent, respected, sought-after companies in the U.S.
The firm’s chairman and founder Bob L. Moss has been honored by his peers and community, having been inducted in a couple of halls of fame across South Florida, and has been named as part of Broward Workshop’s Top 102 CEOs. He’s also a recipient of the South Florida Council, Boy Scouts of America’s Distinguished Citizen Award on top of being recognized as the Humanitarian of the Year by the EASE Foundation in 2012. He’s also been recognized by Engineering News Record with the Legacy Award and by the South Florida Business Journal as a Power Leader for seven consecutive years.
With this leadership, it comes as no surprise that Moss & Associates has had its hand on grand projects, including the one featured above, the Marlins Park, a major league ballpark located in the former site of the Orange Bowl in downtown Miami. The 928,000-square-foot ballpark has a three-panel operable roof system, composed of 11,000 pieces of steel and weighing approximately 7,500 tons. This system effectively shields spectators from the sun and rain when needed. This roof system is actually the first retractable roof facility in the world to earn LEED Gold Certification. It also has an operable 40×60 foot wall with six glass wall panels that create a view overlooking downtown Miami’s skyline.
4000 SW 30th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
Based in South Florida, Oak Construction Company is a firm that specializes in commercial builds, particularly in building retail/office spaces and grocery stores. For 42 years, it’s been providing South Florida clients with top-notch, full-range services such as preconstruction, value engineering, constructability review, scheduling, and construction management.
One sample of its craftsmanship is this 13,500-square-foot CVS Pharmacy project featured above, located in Deerfield, Florida. The build maintains that familiar CVS atmosphere in the building. Inside, it has polished concrete floors and is a well-lit, spacious retail building with a pleasant atmosphere.
Spaces Las Olas Square, 501 East Las Olas Boulevard Suite 300, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
iConstructors is a commercial general contractor that is most known for its ground-up construction and landlord/tenant improvement projects. Through its years in the business, iConstructors’ leadership team has worked on more than 8,000 projects and 20 million square feet of commercial construction for some of the most prestigious companies in the U.S.
The firm has nearly three decades of experience in the industry, and this has allowed it to master specific strategies needed to understand and meet the client’s needs. One example of that is this expansive Metrohm project in Riverview, featured above. This new building construction became a perfect home for Metrohm’s business as it provides it with everything it needs, all while maintaining a professional, welcoming atmosphere, inside and out of the building.
1 East Broward Blvd. Ste. 805, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Falcon Construction is a company that prides itself in being a detail-oriented, professional, and on-time franchise builder that has a very simple philosophy: communication and success are a top priority with every project. In its process, it keeps clients informed at all times, from start to finish.
Moreover, part of its business model is prioritizing the client’s success. It understands the hard work that goes behind building a business and it does its best to make that process easier by providing clients with a great space to work with. One example of its impressive work is the Orange Theory Fitness building featured above. This project provides a wide space that leaves a lot of room for all the equipment needed for a good workout, all while providing good ventilation systems and amenities needed for a great gym.
1308 E. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
H Design Group provides every client with top-of-the-line services. Since its inception, this full-service design-build company has committed itself to develop quality architectural interiors, as well as both residential and commercial construction and remodeling. It is deeply committed to providing service of the highest caliber and with that, it is focused on innovating and investigating the most current technologies and materials and works with South Florida’s top architects, construction trades, engineers, and interior designers.
One example of its work is the Dedon Flagship Store featured above. This project is a 4,300-square-foot complete showroom buildout in Florida that serves as the perfect canvas for the client’s display. It’s built to last with an eclectic, contemporary style that reels customers in and helps everybody enjoy their stay inside.