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Since 1946

Building Northern California for over 75 years. We’re just getting started!

“Staying in business for over 75 is impressive for any company. But, a third generation, family‐run organization that started out of a San Jose garage makes it even more amazing. We have documented some key moments throughout our history. Join us in reflecting on where we’ve been — and where we hope to go together.”

- Paul Gutierrez, President


California Drywall Transitions to Employee Stock Ownership Plan

Transition to 100% ESOP was placed to ensure a bright and sustainable future for the company and its dedicated employees.


AWCI Excellence in Construction Quality - Exterior Prefabrication

California Drywall was awarded the AWCI Excellence in Construction Quality - Exterior Prefabrication for its work on the Sutter Santa Rosa Hospital expansion project.


Excellence in Safety Award

California Drywall wins WACA's Excellence in Safety Award for a company with over 1 million hours worked for the 6th straight year.


Contractor of the Year

Walls & Ceilings magazine selected California Drywall as its 2021 Contractor of the Year, stating "Cal Drywall checks all the boxes for what it mean to be an excellent company."


Completed Stanford Escondido Village Graduate Residence

California Drywall completed the 1.8 million square feet Stanford Escondido Village Graduate Residences.


UC Merced 2020 Expansion

Working as a design-build partner with the general contractor and 5 architectural firms, we helped deliver 1.2 million SF across 14 structures that roughly doubled the physical capacity of the campus.


AWCI Excellence in Quality Award - Metal Framing

California Drywall was awarded the AWCI Excellence in Quality Award for for Metal Framing for its work on the Sutter CPMC Van Ness Hospital project.


Completed CPMC Van Ness Hospital

California Drywall completed the CPMC Van Ness Hospital Project in San Francisco.


Apple Park Cupertino

California Drywall performed multiple scopes of work, with four different general contractors, on 11 separate buildings/structures at Apple Park.


Top 600 Specialty Contractors

ENR ranked California Drywall as the 5th largest Wall and Ceiling, and the 98th largest Specialty Contractor in the United States.


340 Fremont, San Francisco

A 40-story, 348 unit luxury residential tower in Rincon Hill.


Pay Pal Park (formerly Avaya Stadium), San Jose

Home of the largest outdoor bar in North America.


Specialty Contractor of the Year

California Drywall was selected by the editors of ENR based on its revenue performance, innovative practices, philanthropic involvement and excellence in safety.


AWCI Excellence in Quality Award

California Drywall was awarded the AWCI Excellence in Quality Award for Levi's Stadium. This national award recognizes excellence in construction quality on a complicated and challenging project.


ENR - Best Specialty Subcontracting Project

California Drywall was awarded Best Specialty Subcontracting Project in the country for Bing Concert Hall in ENR’s Best of the Best Projects competition.


AWCI Excellence in Construction Quality Award

California Drywall was awarded the AWCI Excellence in Quality Award for Nokia R&D Center. This national award recognizes excellence in construction quality on a complicated and challenging project.


SFIA Terminal 2 Renovation, San Francisco

Terminal 2 was the first LEED Gold-certified terminal in the United States.


Subcontractor of the Year - Silicon Valley Business Journal

As the SVBJ stated in the article, "A handshake goes a long way at California Drywall."


Three Sixty Residences, San Jose

360 Residences was the first high rise residential project to break ground in the historic SoFA district as part of the city's effort to promote high density residential construction in downtown.


First Facebook project

We did two small TI's for Facebook in Palo Alto in 2007. Since then, we have completed dozens of projects for them in Burlingame, Fremont, Menlo Park, Newark, San Francisco, Santa Clara and Sunnyvale.


Marvell Technology Headquarters, San Jose

Six buildings totaling 750,000 square feet, five floors included offices, corporate briefing center, manufacturing and R&D facilities, labs, full-service café, auditorium, and a fitness center.


First Google project

Since that first project, California Drywall has performed more than $150 million worth of Google work.


Kaiser Santa Clara Hospital - Phase 1

Our first large OSHPD 1 project was the 297,000 square foot, 4-story hospital on Kaiser's Santa Clara Replacement Campus, which replaced a 50-year-old hospital and medical campus two miles away.


Avalon Towers by the Bay, San Francisco

A 22-story, 227 unit, luxury apartment complex includes two residential towers and offers panoramic views of the Bay Bridge and San Francisco.


Kent Bowles and Steve Eckstrom take over company

Third generation family owners.


Sun Microsystems Headquarters, Menlo Park

The first three buildings, totaling 329,000 sf, of Sun Microsystems 57-acre, 11-building, 1 million SF, state-of-the-art office complex open. Now owned and occupied by META.


We open our first San Francisco office

The San Francisco skyline has changed just a little since then.


10 Almaden, San Jose

Ten Almaden is a prestigious 17-story, 309,000 SF, Class A office building located in the heart of downtown San Jose. The building is recognized as one of Downtown San Jose’s trophy towers.


2101 Webster, Oakland

Located in the heart of the Lake Merritt and Uptown markets, the 465,000-square-foot building contains 20 floors of square feet of Class A office and ground floor retail space.


99 Almaden, San Jose

99 Almaden is part of a three-building office campus in downtown San Jose. California Drywall worked on all 3 buildings which ranged from 8-12 stories and totaled 416,000 square feet.


Liberty House, 120 Stockton Street, San Francisco

Liberty House Department Store had 180,000 square feet of retail on six selling floors with approximately 25,000 square feet of office space on the seventh floor.


Harrah's Tahoe Hotel and Casino Stateline

The $25-million, 18-story, 250-room hotel opened on November 9, 1973.


Eastridge Mall, San Jose

Eastridge was billed as the largest indoor mall in the West when it launched in 1971.


Pruneyard Tower, Campbell

When built, the 18-story Pruneyard Tower the tallest building between San Francisco and Los Angeles.


Cal Bowles and Roger Eckstrom take over company

After 32-years in business, the second-generation takes over.


First Hi-Rise Project - Eicher Summit, San Francisco

The Summit is a 32-story apartment building in Russian Hill. At completion it was both the tallest apartment building in San Francisco and the city’s highest building at 600 feet above sea level.


Add Light Gauge Steel Framing Capabilities

California Drywall was one of the first drywall companies to install light gauge steel studs and track.


Eichler Homes

During the 1950’s and 1960’s California Drywall installed and finished drywall in all Eichler homes in Northern California. (Once Eichler stopped using wood veneer paneling alone on interior walls.)


Early Adopter of Ames Taping Tools

Bob and Stan Ames invented a line of taping tools that revolutionized the drywall industry. Located in San Carlos, the Ames brothers worked with California Drywall to test their new products.


Founded by Leonard Eckstrom

We got our start when Leonard Eckstrom, a salesman for the United States Gypsum Company, saw a bright future in drywall. At 55 years old, he invested everything he had to start California Drywall.