SF Bay Area General Contractor
SF Bay Area General Contractor
For over 80 years, James E. Roberts-Obayashi Corporation has consistently delivered high-quality, award-winning construction services in the Bay Area and Northern California. Our work focuses on projects under negotiated contract in a variety of sectors including affordable and market-rate rental and for-sale housing; senior independent and assisted living facilities; commercial and adaptive-reuse projects; and mixed-use developments. We are dedicated experts in the rehabilitation and new construction of all building types including wood frame, metal frame, and concrete structures.
“Roberts Obayashi is a first rate company. Over a 30 year period, RO constructed 22 projects for us. They were a pleasure to work with.” - Art Evans, EPMI
We attribute our success to a commitment to teamwork and a proactive, solution-oriented approach to all of our projects. We have earned a respected reputation for our collaborative approach throughout the building process, engaging every member of the project team — Owner/Developer, Architect, Engineers, community stakeholders, and the subcontractor labor trades — to successfully fulfill a project’s vision. Not only do we deliver quality projects and services, we further distinguish ourselves by the extra effort and resources we commit to ensure that all vested interests are incorporated into the ultimate success of the project.
Founded in 1932 in San Francisco, Moore & Roberts was formed during the depths of the Great Depression by Gene Moore and Jim Roberts. The company built a reputation for constructing landmark structures throughout the Bay Area and Northern California such as the Holy Cross Mausoleum in Colma, Rosenberg’s Department Store in Santa Rosa, and many of the first buildings constructed at the Veteran’s Home in Yountville. During World War II, the company contracted with the federal government to build a multitude of structures including hospitals, barracks, warehouses, officers’ quarters and thousands of public housing units. This flurry of experience established the company with a significant competitive edge and expertise in constructing a wide variety of building types within extremely fast-tracked schedules. It was an exciting period of dramatic growth for the company.
As the Bay Area construction industry matured during the post-war building boom, Jim Roberts reestablished the company as James E. Roberts Company and relocated the business across the bay to Oakland. During the1970’s, James E. Roberts Company completed several joint ventures with Obayashi Corporation, a 100 year-old construction company from Tokyo, Japan. Significant projects completed by the venture include the Kyoto Inn and Miyako Hotel in San Francisco’s Japantown. A series of successful collaborations led to a merger in 1978, thus formalizing the new entity of James E. Roberts-Obayashi Corporation.
In 1983, Larry Smith assumed co-ownership of the company with Obayashi Corporation. Under Larry’s leadership, the company completed such high-profile projects as the Fruitvale Transit Village in Oakland, the International Hotel project in San Francisco, Heritage Homes on the site of the demolished Geneva Towers in San Francisco and the rehabilitation of the historic Hotel Oakland following the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989.
2007 marked a year of leadership transition, with Larry assuming the role of CEO and playing a very active, strategic role in the company’s leadership and Scott Smith succeeding him as President. Scott continues to foster an enduring tradition of management excellence, construction expertise and financial strength, strengthening James E. Roberts-Obayashi Corporation as one of the most respected builders in Northern California.