About RAB

Headquartered in Southern California and established in 1984 as a general contractor specializing in government projects, R. A. Burch Construction Co., Inc., delivers excellence with every job we complete. Our expertise lies in new construction, renovation and design-build projects for the commercial/industrial sector of the construction industry.

At A Glance

  • Broad experience in all types of construction and in wide-ranging climatic, geographic and site-specific conditions
  • Recipient of numerous “Outstanding Evaluations” from large government contracts
  • Never assessed liquidated damages and never failed to complete a contract within the contract completion time in our nearly 25 years in business
  • Excellent reputation for safety, sustainability and dedication to small business partnerships
  • Absolute commitment to deliver “best value” to our clients

"I wanted to take the opportunity to commend you and your company. Because of R. A. Burch's commitment and efforts to divert materials away from the landfill, your company has achieved the highest diversion rate (99%) of any major demolition work conducted by the Navy in the San Diego region."

- Director of Integrated Solid Waste Mgmt Program
Southwest Division, US Navy

Our Mission

We are a company built on shared values. These values—held by our company leaders, employees and trusted business partners—include safety, integrity, service, innovation and excellence. Although our record for upholding these values has been impeccable for nearly a quarter of a century, we understand that we are only as good as our last project. So we strive to build the next project even better than the last, and we are keenly aware that the most important thing we build at R.A. Burch Construction is our reputation.

Principal Participation

The principal members of our firm lead by example—demonstrating genuine interest and direct involvement in every project we undertake. This type of leadership sets the example for others to follow. It creates a company culture that places clients squarely at the center of our efforts. And it leads to long-lasting client relationships built on open communication, comfort and trust.

Integrity Comes Easy

Through most of our projects, we have been fortunate to serve the needs of the men and women in the Armed Forces, particularly those in the Navy and Marine Corps. This exciting dynamic makes operating our business with high integrity easy: we simply emulate the integrity of our clients. We are extremely proud of our relationship with the world’s elite fighting forces and our small contribution to the success of those who sacrifice so much to keep our nation free.


R. A. Burch Construction is committed to building in the most sustainable way possible given the project constraints, and to create the highest quality sustainable environment at the lowest cost. Using our sustainable design process, we look at those elements that would result in better functionality and a higher quality environment, such as durability of materials and thermal comfort, and weigh the benefits against the initial investment and life cycle cost so you can make informed long-term decisions.

US Green Building Council member

LEED Expertise

We have years of experience applying sustainable design and construction techniques, and our team includes several LEED accredited professionals. Our experience in applying LEED objectives to high-profile military projects has developed our ability to achieve significant energy savings, improved indoor environments, and minimal environmental impacts through means compatible with the mission of our Armed Forces and its limited construction and maintenance budgets.

Our design tactics have included:

  • Solar photovoltaic power generation for lighting systems
  • LED light fixtures
  • High efficiency lighting, automatic day lighting and programmable lighting
  • Grey water systems
  • Multi-crystal glass module solar panels
  • Shade design for energy savings
  • Simultaneous cooling and heating of zones from a centralized system
  • Asbestos removal

Life Cycle Approach for Greener Buildings and Reduced Costs

We put maximum effort into reducing total ownership costs for our clients by focusing on innovative green building techniques and applying our whole building life cycle approach.

The extended life cycles of government buildings magnifies the importance of reducing their operating and maintenance costs. To address this reality, we incorporate long-term financial cost scenarios into our budgeting process so our clients can make informed decisions. We provide accurate estimates by using a team approach to design rather than an architect-led approach. This brings together sustainability related disciplines and ensures that the best solutions will drive the design rather than the design driving the solutions. The positive impact is both financial and environmental.