Building Design + Construction

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.





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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.

UC-Santa Barbara

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.  

Cal Poly

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.

Community Colleges

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

Navigate the map below to explore the breadth of building design + construction companies within the region.