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The Best Construction Companies in Boston, Massachusetts

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Boston is one of the oldest municipalities in America, and it is the site of several key historical moments of the American Revolution. Some of the well-known events are the Boston Tea Party, the Battle of Bunker Hill, and the siege of Boston. Today, Boston is known for being a cultural and financial hub in the New England region, as well as a center of scientific research. There are several colleges and universities in the area, including Harvard and MIT. Sectors like law, medicine, engineering, and business continue to flourish with the rise of creativity and entrepreneurship.

For businesses and families interested in either relocating to or remaining in Boston, we have a list of the best construction companies in the city. These firms are skilled in reworking older structures to fit the needs and lifestyles of occupants while adapting modern styles.


Suffolk Construction

65 Allerton St., Boston, MA 002119

Suffolk Construction pairs its construction management services with vertical service lines that include real estate capital investment, design, self-perform construction services, technology start-up investment, and innovation research and development. As a national company with more than 2,400 employees, the firm has offices in Boston, New York, Miami, West Palm Beach, Tampa, Estero, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego. Most of its clients are in the affordable housing, assisted living, aviation and transportation, distribution, entertainment, gaming, government, healthcare, education, hospitality, life sciences, mission-critical, nonprofit, office, residential, and retail industries.

Featured in Suffolk’s retail portfolio is East Coast’s first CityTarget. Suffolk worked with MG2 Architecture to complete this 160,000-square-foot structure. CityTarget has a Fenway Park theme and features the Park’s original 1950s seats in the 50-foot atrium on the ground floor. The entryway leads to escalators and several elevators that lead to the shopping areas on the second and third floors. There is also a Starbucks on the second floor that has one red seat, which is a reference to the one in Fenway’s section 42.


Walsh Brothers

210 Commercial St., Boston, MA 02109

Walsh Brothers is a fourth-generation and family-owned firm serving the Boston area. Having been established in 1901, the firm has become known for its construction management services and ability to build complex and sensitive facilities for clients in different sectors. The firm gives its clients a team of builders and engineers for their projects, which gives clients access to resources for design assessment, complex problem solving, and in-depth plan analysis. These projects include historic landmarks, research centers, medical centers, academic facilities, corporate headquarters, athletic stadiums, and cathedrals.

Walsh Brothers worked on Fenway Park’s capital improvements. The firm did the final installment of a ten-year cycle of major annual improvements. Its scope of work included a new under-slab utility system, concession stand fit-outs, and demolition and replacement of the existing right field scoreboards. Walsh Brothers also held community forums with the abutters to limit the construction’s disruption to the local businesses and their daily operations.


Skanska

101 Seaport Blvd., Boston, MA 02210

Skanska, one of the largest, most financially sound construction and development companies, has been in the industry for 135 years, working to shape the way people live, work, and connect through the spaces it builds. The structures the firm creates are geared toward bringing innovative and sustainable solutions to communities. Many of its projects are for clients in the aviation, education, government, green construction, healthcare, infrastructure, data center, science and technology, and office sectors. Skanska also services areas beyond America, with operations taking place throughout the Nordics and Europe as well.

The build-out and completion of Seaport Square in Boston’s Innovation District is featured in the commercial development of Skanska’s portfolio. The project is called 101 Seaport and features a 460,000-square-foot mixed-use office building with ground-floor retail. Skanska worked on the project for about 26 months, which is considered a quick turnaround for a project of this scale. Working on this required the combined effort of Skanska’s commercial development, building, and civil divisions.


Consigli Construction Co., Inc.

266 Summer St., Boston, MA 02210

Consigli Construction Co., Inc. provides construction management and general contractor services to clients in areas like Boston, Milford, Washington, D.C., Portland, Maine, and Hartford. These clients are usually from sectors like energy, federal, healthcare, hotel and hospitality, life sciences, and multi-family residential. The firm encourages its team to use an approach based on teamwork, camaraderie, and corporate responsibility. This allows Consigli Construction to focus on client relationships, the impact of its construction projects on communities, and being accessible to people and its clients.

Autodesk employed Consigli Construction to work on its new headquarters after it moved from Waltham to Boston. This space uses a leading-edge office design for the third and sixth floors while providing a Building Innovation Laboratory and Design (BUILD) space on the first and second floors. The BUILD space is used for exploring fabrication techniques and construction and design methods through digital technology.


Corderman & Company

9 Channel Center St., Suite 400, Boston, MA 02210

Corderman & Company works to bring its clients unparalleled experience through quality construction management services. The firm’s team is made of experienced professionals who are skilled at producing results based on straightforward and innovative solutions. Because of their dedication to open and continuous communication, the Corderman & Company team can provide personalized services that cater to the specific needs of their clients. Clients are assisted on multiple fronts, from the conceptual design phase to stages beyond the construction process.

The Boston Beer Company enlisted Corderman & Company’s services to remodel its workspace in the Boston Design Center. This was a four-phased project that included a new reception area, offices, workstations, conference rooms, and an integral bar for daily employee use. The office can hold 250 people and displays artworks by local artists, eclectic furnishing, and architecture featuring brewing materials.


S+H Construction

45 Brighton St., Belmont, MA 02478

S+H Construction is an award-winning residential construction and renovation company. It brings high-end services to clients in the Eastern Massachusetts area. The success this company has experienced is due to its skilled team, which is made of professionals knowledgeable about all facets of the residential construction industry. As an acknowledgment of its quality work, the firm has received awards like the 2022 Boston Magazine Best of Boston Home award for the High-End Remodeling category and the 2020 Builders & Remodelers Association of Greater Boston Gold PRISM Award for the Best Bathroom Remodel $75,000 – $125,000 category.

The Beacon Hill Restoration project is one of S+H Construction’s projects. This project required the firm to gut the entire apartment except for one bathroom. Having undergone a 1960s remodeling job, the space’s original plaster moldings and a 13-foot ceiling with ornate moldings were covered up. S+H Construction was able to raise the apartment’s ceilings and replicate the plaster molding using wood after having to cover the moldings. The firm later on fabricated new shutters to match missing or damaged parts while the fireplace was bracketed by floor-to-ceiling cabinetry. There are lighted glass upper cabinets in the kitchen to give the illusion of natural light since there are no windows in that area.


Sea-Dar Construction

580 Harrison Ave., Suite 4W, Boston, MA 02118

Sea-Dar Construction provides clients with construction management and general contracting services. These clients are typically in the Boston, New York, and Cape Cod areas; they are mostly part of the high-end residential market. The firm also collaborates with architects to create complex spaces that fit a client’s lifestyle, as well as subcontractors to put in the finishing touches that enhance quality and refinement. Sea-Dar Construction emphasizes building relationships with the different parties involved in the construction process to ensure quality and professionalism is maintained.

A modern classic home in Brookline was renovated under Sea-Dar Construction’s management. The firm oversaw and completed the selective gut and renovation of this 10,000-square-foot suburban mansion. Sea-Dar Construction’s scope of work included a curved staircase that goes from the basement to the second floor, the restoration of all the windows, and the installation of new hardware, doors, and mechanical, engineering, and plumbing systems. Sea-Dar Construction finished everything in 13 months.


Howell Custom Building Group

370 Merrimack St., Suite 405, Lawrence, MA 01843

Howell Custom Building Group was founded by husband and wife Stephen and Susan Howell in 1997. The firm’s creation allows the couple to make use of their professional experience with engineering, project management, residential construction, and marketing by making the construction process enjoyable for clients. Stephen and Susan’s meticulous planning and craftsmanship resulted in a reputation for consistently high-quality results across large and small projects.

Having been in business for 25 years, Howell Custom Building Group has completed more than 800 projects. The team behind these projects executes disciplined planning to keep projects on time and within budget while minimizing mistakes down the line. Guiding the team is the firm’s philosophy of collaboration, which means working closely with clients, partners, and team members. The firm can also work with a client’s chosen architect and interior designer. Doing this allows Howell Custom Building Group to tailor each aspect of the project planning and execution to a client’s needs and budget.


Stack + Co.

555 East 2nd St., Boston, MA 02127

Stack + Co. works to create sustainable homes, commercial buildings, and innovative structures through its architecture and construction work. It mostly specializes in different types of hybrid delivery systems, which allows the firm to work alongside industry partners like architects, consulting engineers, and construction managers. Stack + Co. has worked with clients in the hospitality, food and beverage, academic, and commercial industries, as well as homeowners. The firm’s work has been acknowledged by Architectural Record, Dwell, Design New England, and Green Building & Design. Stack + Co. was also awarded the “Best of Boston Home, Custom Home Design/Build” from Boston Home in 2019, New England Home’s “Rising Stars” in 2019, and “Best Design Build Firm” by Boston Architects in 2018.

A home along 31 Worcester underwent full restoration at the hands of Stack + Co.’s team. This project involved turning a 5,500-square-foot “end cap” brownstone structure at the south end into a single-family home. The scope of work included structural replacement with a basement dig-out, reconstructing the rear yard into a private urban oasis, and all new interior finishes.


Merz Construction

168 Bingham Rd., Carlisle, MA 01741

Merz Construction is a well-known custom homebuilding firm based in Carlisle. It specializes in high-end residential construction for clients in the Eastern Massachusetts area, with many of its projects in a classic and contemporary style. The firm has also worked on integrated renovation projects over the years. Merz Construction uses an approach that fosters open communication between all parties, which ensures each aspect of the project is understood. In working on projects, the firm works alongside homeowners as their advocates throughout the process. This has the benefit of bridging the gap between clients and the design team, subcontractors, and vendors.

The Urban Vine project is one of Merz Construction’s Boston-based projects. The homeowners originally sold their home in Lexington to adopt a more urban lifestyle in a 2,150-square-foot condominium. Merz Construction reworked the space to include a custom wine storage. Some of the project’s other features are an open floor plan, creative lighting, floating shelves, and a metal fabric partition.

Author

  • Jake Gustafson

    Jake has served as Senior Editor at Boston 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 Boston 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