Plant has a storied history and reputation for quality, integrity and service. Good people doing exceptional work. We pride ourselves on operating with our values at the forefront of every interaction with owners, architects, project teams and our own employees. We believe that the quality of our relationships shape our results and the experience that we are committed to delivering through every engagement. We have an appetite for challenge and thrive on the adventure of innovative design. We add to that a firm grasp on the detailed execution that it takes to bring a vision to life.
Plant’s core values have been shaped over decades of delivering the finest construction services to our clients. They stand the test of time and remain our central commitment throughout changing economic and industry conditions.
Quality is central to everything we do and in few industries is it more important. Attention to, and responsibility for quality is part of the job description of every one of Plant’s employees. It is both a mindset, and a continuous process executed on every project and actively managed by superintendents and project managers.
Value is reflected in our commitment to deliver the very best product through efficient processes and appropriate utilization of client resources. Skilled estimating and diligent project management, along with extraordinary execution, allow us to deliver projects on schedule and within budget time and time again, making us a trusted partner in even the most complex and unpredictable construction scenarios.
Integrity is fundamental to the strength of our reputation and the quality of the relationships we have with many longstanding clients. We believe in a “no surprises” approach that relies on detailed preparation, open and clear communication, and a simple commitment to do what we promise.
Challenge is something that we embrace as part of our approach to every project. We foster innovation and creativity, alongside experience and skillful execution, as part of our culture. Because of this, over a long history, many clients have selected us for projects in which complex challenges must be overcome to produce successful outcomes.
Brothers Tom, Buck and Dave Plant founded a construction company in 1947. They named it Plant Brothers Corporation and opened first offices at 1168 Battery Street in what used to be the produce district of San Francisco, now known as Levi’s Plaza.
Their first job began a long history of tackling complex projects with the conversion of an old wooden barge into a duck-hunting lodge. The barge had been sunk and, without insurance, there was little hope of recovering it. Plant Brothers persevered and salvaged the vessel by digging tunnels in the mud at low tide and hand sawing off the pilings on which the barge was impaled. These rough beginnings formed the foundation for what would become the Plant Construction Company that exists today.
Early work consisted of custom home construction, including some of the finest residences in Marin County and the first home on the Belvedere Lagoon development. The need for public schools also supported Plant through the early years up until the outbreak of the Korean War, when the company was selected by the Navy to reactivate and operate its Naval Reserve Shipyard in Alameda. For the following several years, Plant Brothers kept busy dry-docking and repairing Naval vessels and merchant ships. They also won a bid from the San Francisco Port Authority to construct the San Francisco fireboat, “Phoenix”, which is still in service today. When the war was over, the yard was shut down and Plant Brothers once again turned their full attention to construction.
Tom Plant was selective about the commercial and industrial projects that the company took on and was unwavering in his commitment to exceptional quality and performance. His leadership generated solid references and word of mouth referrals that continued to grow the business. Plant became known for skillful delivery on complicated and sensitive conversions of historic industrial and warehouse buildings into high-end office and residential space. This set the company on a growth path that was bolstered by San Francisco’s new requirement that conversions include seismic upgrading. Northern California’s unique economy fueled hotel, retail, and restaurant construction and Plant developed deep expertise in these areas and grew operations beyond the Bay Area and into other states for national brands with multiple physical locations. The company maintained steady growth across management and skilled trades, and continued to build a reputation for precision and excellence on complicated and challenging projects.
Over the years management shifted from Tom Plant to his son, David Plant, and then to the current management group, a limited partnership of long tenured Plant veterans. The name of the company has also evolved from Plant Brothers Corporation to Plant Builders Corporation to Plant Construction Company, and finally, Plant Construction Company, L.P. What has not changed is a commitment to providing the very finest construction services, performing consistently and efficiently, and delivering on schedule while treating each client with a level of personal service that exceeds expectations. At Plant, if it’s worth building, it’s worth building well.
Plant Construction places a high value on the safety and well being of our employees, our subcontractors and the public. Our philosophy shapes a unique safety culture that impacts how we manage it throughout the company. We believe that safety begins with planning in preconstruction and every project teams completes a project specific Hazard Analysis during this phase with the goal of proactively identifying and mitigating risks before they materialize.
Our safety program is managed by a full-time, Board-Certified Safety Professional (CSP), who reports directly to senior management and oversees safety training, jobsite inspections, and other key components of our corporate safety program. On our jobsites, the project managers and superintendents are responsible for safety compliance and successful implementation of our safety policies which include: 100% fall protection for work performed above 6 feet, standard personal protective equipment including 100% eye protection, and weekly jobsite safety meetings. Senior management at Plant regularly reviews safety performance data from each project. Plant has a safety incentive/bonus program for employees and supervisors who adhere to guidelines and prevent accidents from occurring. The success of the program can be measured by its results, which include total incident rates below industry averages over the past 5 years and, more importantly, Plant employees returning home safely to their families at the end of each day.
Our corporate safety policies and programs, including information on safety training are spelled out in detail in our IIPP, which is available upon request.
100 Van Ness
- Best Rehab/Renovation of the Year – San Francisco Business Times 2014
- Silver Award in Building Design + Construction’s 2014 Reconstruction Awards
Contemporary Jewish Museum
- National Architecture and Engineering Award from American Institute of Steel Construction, 2010
Our commitment to building goes beyond the construction business. We have a long history of financial support for non-profits that we touch through our work or through our participation in the communities where we live. These organizations include:
AIA San Francisco • American Heart Association • Architectural Foundation of San Francisco • Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco • BuildOn • California Preservation Foundation • City of Hope • Glide Memorial Church • Habitat for Humanity • Larkin Street Youth Center • Leap…Imagination in Learning • Olympic Club Foundation • Parkinson’s Institute & Clinical Center • SF Heritage • San Francisco Planning and Urban Research (SPUR) • San Francisco SPCA • St. Anthony’s Foundation
San Francisco Business Times Top 100 Bay Area Corporate Philanthropy Awards
2022 – Awarded
2021 – Rank 74
2020 – Rank 84
2019 – Rank 87
2018 – Rank 77
2017 – Rank 86
2016 – Rank 76
2015 – Rank 81
2014 – Rank 72
Plant encourages employees to volunteer time with organizations that are doing good in the community. Our employees participate in Habitat for Humanity build days, design and build CANstruction sculptures in support of the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks, and construct giant sandcastles for Leap Arts in Education each year, to name just a few. We believe that being involved in the community is one of the things that roots Plant in the San Francisco Bay Area and brings personal and professional satisfaction to our employees.
San Francisco Ferry Building
“We’d been privileged to do several registered buildings in San Francisco and from experience knew that to do it right requires great skill—you have to approach these buildings with deference. So, in 1998 when we won the opportunity to renovate the Ferry Building, we wanted the best of the best. We’d worked with Plant on the landmark Flood Building and they did an exquisite job. We felt they were the only firm for the job and its success bears out that trust.”Christopher Meany,
Wilson Meany Sullivan View Project
Prada Beverly Hills
“From a construction standpoint, it’s an audacious structure and quite challenging. Coordination between building assemblies was critical, as they had to fit a very shallow plenum. Plant did a good job of coordinating the building systems and scheduling and coordinating the work of sub-contractors in an orderly manner. The Plant organization was also able to efficiently channel information between the architect and the construction team—very important to the proper execution of the design.”Koonshing Wong,
Brand Allen Architects View Project
Market Common Clarendon
“Much of the success of the project is owed to the actual physical aspects—how well it was executed and completed which determined the quality of the aesthetics and its financial success. And that is due in great part to Plant. The leadership that Plant showed during all phases of the project was a marvel to us. They stood behind their pricing all the way through project management. It was completed when we needed it. You can’t ask for anything more from a construction partner.Edmund Woodbury,
McCaffery Interests View Project
Since 1947, Plant Construction Company, L.P. has produced a heritage of accomplishment, a tradition of excellence and a reputation for dependability. Our continuing goal is to encourage growth and innovation while preserving the benefits and experience of a bountiful and successful history. Our continued success relies upon hiring, training and empowering employees who are committed to the belief that producing satisfied and loyal customers is essential for lasting growth and continued success. In addition to a challenging and rewarding career, Plant offers generous employee benefits.
We’re hiring! Check out our available positions listed on the left.
- Learn and adopt by Plant’s teamwork values and core negotiated-business model
- Develop Owner and Architect’s confidence through Team approach; build relationships
- Take full responsibility of all Field Operations on a daily basis and proper execution of construction work
- Participate in weekly project meetings with Owners/ Architects /Users
- Lead by example – be a Mentor – recruit, organize, train, direct and coordinate field construction team
- Delegate work to and manage Lead Carpenters
- Monitor estimated hours versus actual hours
- Ensure timecards are correctly coded
- Vendor and Service Dept. orders; schedule deliveries
- Inventory, protect and return Company tools on a timely basis
- Understand trade work scopes on entire project, review subcontracts
- Pre-plan and coordinate on-site activities of subcontractors
- Verify Subcontractor installation of correct work, monitor subcontract field change order requests
- Lead weekly subcontractor foreman’s meeting
- Ensure housekeeping to Plant standards is maintained by subcontractors
- Implement Injury Prevention and Illness Program
- Knows and understands OSHA laws and implements Safe Work Practices
- Skills establishing safe jobsites with tasks including: Shoring, Excavation, Scaffolds, access equipment, ladders, Hoisting equipment, cranes, rigging, and Lock-out/Tag-out
- Implementation of 100% usage of Personnel Protective Equipment (PPE); Support “Clean Site is a Safe Site” ethic with all trades per the Plant Safety program
- Public safety
- Maintain organized Jobsite office
- Initiate RFI’s and distribute responses; familiarity with PlanGrid software
- Understand and track scope changes
- Prepare daily field reports; familiarity with Procore software
- Maintain permits and conduct inspections
- Properly coordinate subcontractors and Plant work to maintain schedule and achieve milestones
- Understand and assist Project Manager with tracking of Master Job Schedule
- Develop short term (3 week) Look Ahead Schedules; familiarity with MSProject software
- Detailed sequencing of tasks with Subcontractor foremen
- Job closeout and As-built documentation
- Responsible for accurate vertical and horizontal layout of building and components of the building, setting baselines and checking detailed layout work by trades
- Shop drawing and submittal review
- Understand and be able to perform MEP coordination
- Enforce quality management for work in progress; protect completed work
- Project profitability
- On schedule project completion
- Maintain clean jobsite, good safety record
- Customer / Client / Subcontractor satisfaction
- Quality Control; integrity and excellence of completed project
- Personnel and union disputes solved at jobsite
- Improved personal professional growth and technical education
- Staff development and training; mentoring
- Ten extensive field construction experience at supervisory level preferred
- Working knowledge of all crafts (ability to read and understand specifications for all trades), and foreman or journeyman in at least one trade, or project engineer
- Knowledge of OSHA laws
- Knowledge of job scheduling, planning, expediting and cost control
- Ability in problem-solving and self-direction
- Computer skills desired
- Strong sense of urgency
- Nordstrom, Inc.
- Bulgari USA
- Prada Corp.
- Urban Outfitters
- Christian Dior
- Tiffany & Co.
- Grosvenor USA
- Jamestown Properties
- TMG Partners
- Wilson Meany
- Boston Properties
- Brookfield Properties
- The Emerald Fund
- The Swig Company
- SKS Investments
- Blatteis & Schnur
- Wareham Development
- Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
- College Track
- Pets In Need
- American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.)
- San Francisco SPCA
- Contemporary Jewish Museum
- Walt Disney Family Foundation
- The Presidio Trust
- Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
- University of San Francisco (USF)
- University of California, Berkeley (UCB)
- University of the Pacific (UOP)
- Stanford University
- Marin Academy
- Lick-Wilmerding High School
- The Urban School
- San Francisco Friends School
- San Francisco School
- Children’s Day School
- Woodside Priory
- Trinity School
- Saint Ignatius College Preparatory
- Cathedral School for Boys
- Live Oak School
- Presidio Knolls School
- International House
- National Park Service
- City & County of San Francisco
- U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forestry Service
- Ross Valley School District
- Judicial Council of California