Fed by top-ranked architecture and engineering programs, the Central Coast is home to a thriving building industry, from architects and planners to engineers and general contractors for highly specialized projects.
This nucleus includes leading multidisciplinary firms with projects across the state and beyond. Several of the region’s construction and engineering firms are federal contractors brought in for large-scale projects across the country.
Others work on highly specialized projects at the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant and Vandenberg Space Force Base.
Winery design and construction — both hospitality and production facilities — is another regional specialty.
5-year employment growth
SLO construction company founders named California Small Business Persons of the Year
Precision Construction, which was founded in 2013, has been involved in a number of projects spanning the country, from California to Pennsylvania.
Patagonia HQ debuts Next Energy's solar panel windows
“They were the perfect partner to help showcase the potential of this technology on a building.”
Precision Construction Ranks No. 266 on the Inc. 5000
The San Luis Obispo construction firm is one of the Top 10 construction company’s in the nation.
ASSETS + RESOURCES
Ranked among the top engineering schools in the world, UCSB offers degrees in materials and mechanical engineering. The materials graduate program has ranked #1 in the nation among public universities, with 11 affiliated research centers, including the Dow Materials Institute, the National Science Foundation-funded Materials Research Laboratory, and the Institute for Energy Efficiency.
One of the highest-ranked architectural and environmental design colleges, Cal Poly offers majors in architectural engineering, architecture, city and regional planning, landscape architecture and construction management. Students regularly take top honors in national competitions and partner with industry on real-world projects.
Active Industry Groups
The Home Builders Association of the Central Coast provides advocacy, networking, education and resources to builders throughout San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties. The SLO County Housing Coalition and Santa Barbara’s Coastal Housing Coalition bring nonprofit housing developers, home builders and advocates together to advocate for building more housing attainable at all income levels.
Cuesta College, Santa Barbara City College and Allan Hancock College supply a pipeline of trained talent through programs in architectural technology/drafting, construction technology, electronics and electrical technology as well as engineering, with associate’s degree and certificate options.
Building Design + Construction Companies
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