Any contractor can build out your space. We believe that before any tenant improvement project starts, exceptional customer service must be the first tool utilized! We deliver this in a unique way that caters to your styles, tastes and preferences.  

What we do...


We specialize in commercial tenant improvements. While the build-out in  a commercial, industrial, or medical space is what we do, our goal is to add value to the building and bring with us impeccable service from the bidding process until the final walk through.  T.I.'s are a  special facet of construction and we are with you with every swing of the hammer. 

Tenant Improvements

We have a collaborative approach; Our client, their project team and/or  tenant, designers and subcontractors are all essential to the evolution of your project. Our goal is to deliver the project on time, stay in budget and communicate with you for every stage of the project.  Projects include:  retail, medical, industrial, and commercial office spaces.

Services you can EXPECT
  • Thorough and Comprehensive bids

  • Pre-Construction & Weekly Construction Meetings

  • Organzation & Communication

  • Immaculate daily site maintenance

  • Protection of Common Areas and finishes 

  • Extensive closeout packages

  • 3-Person Project Team assigned to each project

  • Quick office & field response



This power team has been working together

for 8 years. As the President of Dowling Construction,

Jim is our lead brand ambassador with 30 years of

industry knowledge .  He is Dowling Construction's original Project Manager. Wanda's bubbly personality and notable customer service set a high standard for Dowling.  Together they care for our long-time, one-time, new and future clients.  

Glenn Fricke and Shelby Ballow are a recent match, but the two of a kind has had instant success with Glenn's old school experience, & Shelby's energetic and creative style.  Every morning,  they meet  to discuss current jobs and upcoming bids; this ensures that nothing falls through the cracks. Glenn has 25 years in the T.I. industry. This duo always manages to have fun and laughter is often heard coming from this office. 

Dowling's Superintendents have over 80 years combined construction experience ranging from commercial T.I's  to ground up construction. Our supers will coordinate with our Project Teams to keep jobs running smoothly, on schedule and efficiently.  They are responsible for the day-to-day operations of your project, site maintenance, communication with the subcontractors and using their most important tool; customer service. 


Gayle Johnson, CFO and Cynthia Bustamante comprise our phenomenal Accounting/Admin team and are often behind the scenes. Gayle has been with Dowling Construction since it's inception & worn every administrative hat. Gayle and Cynthia have implemented the foundation for Dowling's procedures, like a well-oiled machine. Cynthia has been working by her side for 11 years and bringing Dowling's processes to the next level.  Kelli Sanchez is not only the friendly face at the front desk and lovely voice on the phone, but she assists every team member in our office.

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Getting to know us...

When we opened our doors for business in 1998, we were the "small contractor."  We had 3 employees and managed to borrow a slice of  office space from a generous friend. Today, we have 40+employees and our own 6000sf office.  We still don't see ourselves as the big contractor but we also are not small either.  Some have called us a "boutique contractor."  We take that as a compliment! We treasure our relationships with each of our customers, big or small,  and continue to rely on word of mouth referrals and repeat business.   Our size provides us the freedom to adapt quickly and create any solution needed for you; our customers. We don't just build walls, we build trust with every customer, one square foot at time. 



Tenant Improvement Projects


The Man Behind the Name...

Jim Dowling founded Dowling Construction in 1998 fulfilling the American dream of being a business owner.  His experience in the last 30 years ranges from cabinet making to property management and, of course, 20 years in tenant improvements. Dowling Construction's success is rooted in Jim's team-work philosophy and hard work ethic he learned growing up on a farm in rural Vermont. The superior treatment Jim shows to his employees is reflected in the dedication and quality of work his employees put out each day. Every person is on a mission to do things the "Dowling Way" resulting in phenomenal customer service. Jim's unique combination of field AND property management experience have molded Dowling Construction, Inc. into a well-rounded, balanced company specializing in T.I's.  

Things we've heard....

(you may have too)

"The impeccable customer service! The entire Dowling team was a dream to work with. As a busy professional with multiple sites of responsibility, I was so impressed with their attention to detail, communication and responsiveness. Any inquiries I made, via email, were answered almost immediately and every face to face meeting resulted in a detailed account of the meeting delivered via email within hours. I never had to follow up on any outstanding inquiries or worry about the work being done at my site. It is clear that Dowling Construction appreciates their clients and strives to deliver great customer service, a stress-free experience and quality work."

Beth Warren, Regional Operational Manager for Rady's Children's Physicain Managment Services

"Very personal service for what I am assuming is a large company with many projects going on simultaneously. I always felt this was their only project."--Krista Wilson, HR Coordinator for Lawyers Title

"Thanks to you and your team for being such a delight to work with.  I think I must have gotten the best team, because I can’t imagine anyone better than you have been."-- A tenant 

We have completed projects for building owners, property managers, tenants and space planners.


  • USE Credit Union

  • OCS Lighting

  • ADP

  • ViaSat 


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10960 Wheatlands Ave., Ste. 105

Santee, CA 92071


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