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What Are the Different Types of Commercial Contractors?

There are several types of commercial contractors that you need to be familiar with. Learn more about what they do right here.

When it comes to getting things done, having the right person for the job makes all the difference. Just like you’d choose the best tools for a task, selecting the right commercial contractors is essential for the success of your project.

This blog aims to help you understand the main types of contractors, so you can make informed decisions for your project.

General Contractor

General contractors coordinate all the different parts of a construction project, making sure everything runs smoothly. They organize the workers, get the materials, and keep an eye on the budget.

These experts are responsible for hiring and managing all the other workers, like the specialty contractors and engineers.

They also handle all the permits and paperwork needed to make a project legal and safe. They make sure the project is on time, on budget, and up to code.

Specialty Contractor

Specialty contractors are experts in a specific field. There are many different types of specialty contractors. Some are experts in plumbing, while others focus on electrical work, roofing, or even painting.

These specialists often team up with the general contractor. For example, say you’re building a brand-new restaurant.

You’ll need a kitchen specialist to set up all the cooking equipment, an HVAC specialist to handle heating and cooling, and maybe even an interior designer to make the place look great. These are all specialty contractors, and they each bring their unique skills to the project.

Design-Build Contractor

Design-build contractors handle both the design and construction aspects of a project. Instead of separate teams for design and construction, a design-build contractor has experts who do both. They create the plans and then make them happen, saving time and often money.

Since they handle both design and construction, there’s less back-and-forth and waiting around. Speeding up the whole process.

Imagine you want to build a new house. With design-build, you don’t need to hire one team to make the plans and another to build it. A design-build contractor can do both, making the whole project smoother and faster.


Architects design the way a building looks, inside and out, and how it’s put together. They take the ideas and needs of the project and turn them into detailed plans and drawings.

Architects make sure that a building not only looks good but also works well. They think about how people will use the space and make it both beautiful and functional.


Engineers make sure everything is strong, safe, and works correctly. There are many types of engineers in construction. Each type focuses on different parts of the project.

Structural engineers, for example, make sure the building won’t fall. They calculate how much weight it can hold and what materials to use. Electrical engineers handle the wiring and electricity, while mechanical engineers work on things like heating and cooling systems.

Hiring the Best Commercial Contractors

If you’re planning a project, remember to choose the right commercial contractors for the job. They’re the key to a successful, safe, and beautiful outcome.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to experts like HHJ Architecture and Construction, who can provide the guidance and skills you need. With more than 40 years of construction and architectural experience, we lead projects across the Pacific Northwest from High Alpine to Industrial Complex scopes.