The vision to build.
The commitment to deliver.

At HBC, we're building the future one space at a time. With over 30 years as a general contracting firm, we understand the complexity of construction. That's why our team is filled with specialists who are not only accomplished in their field, but also innovative in their execution. From the moment a project is established, we take the time to meticulously interpret our clients' needs. Using the newest technology and project management tools, we ensure that every step of the process is clear and comprehensive, keeping our clients engaged and inspired. What begins with their unique vision, ends with the realization of their ultimate reality. Our approach to construction is more refined than most, but then again, so are our results.


Howard Building Corporation was founded in August, 1983 by Mike Howard and was located in the City of Orange. Since the day it opened its doors, HBC began to grow and Mr. Howard was quickly joined by two partners, Gary Conrad and Paul McGunnigle, and the three remained as partners and sole owners of the Company for over 30 years. Today, HBC has transitioned to an Employee-Owned Company and maintains offices in Downtown Los Angeles and Costa Mesa. And while Mr. Conrad is retired and no longer active, Mr. McGunnigle and Mr. Howard continue to be involved in the oversight of HBC. 

Our Values

Every transaction must be fair for all involved.

We believe that every interaction should be handled with equal fairness for everyone involved. This includes how we interact with clients, architects, brokers, construction managers, vendors, subcontractors, and with each other within our own organization. Our commitment to fairness guides our decisions and results in positive outcomes that build stronger relationships defined by a deep sense of trust.

We look forward to every challenge with confidence.

There are no challenges too large for our team. We all consider challenges opportunities, and we look forward to approaching them with confidence in our abilities to achieve the best results. We do this through cooperation and open communication, and we present solutions with a proactive, rather than reactive, attitude, allowing us to face any situation knowing we will find successful solutions. We take pride in the fact that we always deliver.

We build what no one has built before.

From our love of challenges comes the ability to engage in projects that push the boundaries of what is possible. We do not take risks recklessly, but we seek the opportunity to achieve new levels of building in commercial interiors that no one has yet achieved. No project is too large, and no design is impossible to build.

We embrace our role as leaders in the industry.

As we have grown through the years, we have developed a unique role as a leader within our industry. As leaders, we feel a responsibility not just to our clients and colleagues, but to the entire building industry as well. We strive to lead by example through our actions in business, and we make decisions based on long-term outcomes rather than short-term gains, with the intention of always building a better future.

We are good citizens in our community.

As individuals and as a company, we believe in giving generously to our community. Our community includes both industry related organizations and those groups that serve the greater good in Southern California and beyond. Through the power of giving back, we extend ourselves beyond our boundaries to be involved citizens who offer compassion, support and hope to the many we help serve.

Awards & Honors

IIDA Calibre Award Winners

IIDA Calibre Award Nominations

LEED Certified Projects

Industry Publications for Outstanding Achievement

Industry Award Nominations

  • 2017
    BCG Digital Ventures – Los Angeles Business Journal Commercial Real Estate Awards - Best Tenant Improvement

Industry Award Winners

  • 2015
    Smashbox Studios – Los Angeles Business Council Architectural Awards - Interiors
    Smashbox Studios – Los Angeles Business Journal Commercial Real Estate Awards - Best Redevelopment Project (Silver)
    Sunset Media Center – Los Angeles Business Journal Commercial Real Estate Awards - Best Redevelopment Project (Gold)
  • 2014
    Sunset Media Center – BOMA International TOBY Awards - Best Renovated Building
    YouTube Space LA – Los Angeles Business Journal Commercial Real Estate Awards - Best Redevelopment Project (Silver)
  • 2010
    Herman Miller National Design Center – Los Angeles Business Council Architectural Awards - Interiors
  • 1989
    Epson America, Inc. – Los Angeles Business Council Architectural Awards - Interiors

Community Involvement

At HBC, we believe in the power of community. That's why we choose to support local organizations that add real value to our community by offering compassion, support and hope to thousands of people. From scholastic support and cultural attractions to addiction rehabilitation and medical research, we champion the missions that make a difference in the lives of our neighbors and in society at large.

Not only does HBC contribute to numerous organizations, but our staff gives of themselves as well through their support and time generously donated to the causes.

Adopt a Family through Share Ourselves Clinic, Costa Mesa
ALS Association
Alzheimer's Foundation of America
American Cancer Society
American Red Cross
American Diabetes Association
Autism Speaks
Barbells for Boobs
Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Orange County
Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Boys Republic
California Lutheran University
Cancer Support Community of West Los Angeles
Central City Association
Charter Oak Partners in Education
Child Abuse Prevention Foundation
Children's Hospital LA
Children's Hospital Seattle
City of Hope
Coast to Coast Foundation
Cystinosis Research Foundation
Dementia Society of America
Disabled American Veterans
Dominican Sisters of San Jose
Donate Life
Downtown Breakfast Club
Drive for a Cause
East Africa Wild Life Society
Families Forward
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy
Find-a-Cure for Leukemia
Food for the Poor
Glendora Education Foundation
Hand of Hope
HOLA - Heart of Los Angeles
Human Options
Huntington Hospital, Pasadena
Inland Valley Humane Society
Joyce Myer Ministries
Kars 4 Kids
Laguna Beach Community Clinic
Laguna Hills High School Wrestling Team
National Notary Association
Locks of Love
Make-a-Wish of OC
OC Coastkeepers
Operation Santa Clause
Orange County School of the Arts
Orange County High School for the Performing Arts
Orange County Social Service Agency Foster Youth Advocacy
Orangewood Children's Foundation
Planned Parenthood
Prostate Cancer Foundation
Race for Life
Relay for Life
Revlon Run Walk for Women
Ronald Mc Donald House
Saddleback Church
Saddleback Valley School District
Samaritan's House Foundation
Semper FI Fund
Shane's Inspiration with the City of Mission Viejo
Special Olympics
St. Jude Children's Hospital
St. Thomas More Church
Strong Tower Ministries
Support the Enlisted Project
Surfrider Foundation
Susan G. Komen Foundation
The Common Thread for the Cure
The Lynn House
Think Together Foundation
Toys for Tots
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
USGBC-LA #GivingTuesday
Whittier Area Interfaith Cold Weather Shelter
World Wildlife Fund
Wounded Warriors
7th Street Church Food Bank
Avon Walk for Breast Cancer
Be the Match - City of Hope
Bowl for Kids' Sake - Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Door of Faith Orphanage in La Mision, Mexico
Junior Achievement of Southern California
Miracle for Kids
Shatterproof Challenge