John F. Otto began his construction company in 1947 with little more than ability and enthusiasm to his name. Yet even at the start, he had a clear vision of what he wanted: a company with a core of skilled professionals that could consistently deliver high quality construction at a competitive price.

an image of the Otto Construction building taken at duskJohn’s son Carl Otto ushered in a new era of spectacular growth when he took over in 1971. Carl brought with him an extraordinary commitment to charitable civic projects, which helped weave his company into the fabric of the community.

Today, Otto Construction creates award-winning multimillion-dollar facilities throughout Northern and Central California, always drawing renewed strength from the enduring principles John and Carl prized so highly. Carl Barrett, Otto’s current President, upholds the “Otto Way” of doing business and exemplifies the family’s business standards of building relationships and delivering quality projects through teamwork and dedication.


Otto Construction combines the expertise to complete total turnkey construction projects with the flexibility to handle fast-track turnarounds. We understand our clients’ needs and work together with them to build their vision. Our experience encompasses the following types of projects:

  • Historical renovations
  • Educational facilities
  • Hospitals & medical office buildings
  • Senior care facilities
  • Manufacturing plants
  • Community centers
  • Parking structures

Whether you are in need of our preconstruction and construction management services in design/build, design/assist, CM@Risk, lease/lease back or traditional bid, we are ready to bring your vision to life.