Since 1994, we’ve fostered a culture of quality among

our crew, partners and subcontractors

Pete Testorff Founder

Jeff S. Project Manager/Estimator

Dustin B. Project Manager/Estimator

Mario S. Lead Foreman

Alex S. HR/Office Manager

Christine M. Office Manager AP/AR

Marcelino M. Foreman

Robert B. Foreman

Ross T. Journeyman

Daniel R. Journeyman

Curtis JourneyDog

A Culture of Quality

Our reputation is built on craftsmanship, exceptional service and professionalism.

We’re more than just a bunch of hammer swingers. Over the years, we’ve built a stable crew by understanding that loyalty goes both ways. We invest in our people by providing training and opportunities to pick up new skills and knowledge. In addition, we’re one of the few contractors that provide health insurance and retirement benefits.

One of the key pieces of information our founder picked up in business school, is that it takes about 3 years before an employee starts to produce dividends. We strive to avoid the revolving door endemic of the construction industry. As a result, when clients come back to us years later to put an addition on their house, they’re working with the same knowledgeable crew who originally built their home.

With decades of experience under our belts, our crew frequently draws on each other’s knowledge. There’s a constant cross-pollination of new techniques, materials, procedures and ideas. This lets us move our players around, substituting and trading them as the needs on projects shift. At every step, our Project Managers oversee and maintain quality and consistency.

We put teams together best suited to your project. From our Project Managers to the specific subcontractors we choose. Our roster of talent is deep. We have developed long-standing relationships with design and construction specialists that have lasted for years.

Meet the team members who get it done. All day. Every Day.

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  • LEED Platinum Home Certification

    The United States Green Building Council awarded the first LEED Platinum Home Certification to our project on the west side near Swift and Delaware – the highest possible rating in LEED certification.

  • Santa Cruz Green Building Award

    We earned the 19th annual City of Santa Cruz’ Green Building Award in 2009, for a home built near the UC Santa Cruz campus.

  • Aptos Chamber Of Commerce

    The Aptos Chamber of Commerce presented us with their Beautification Award for infrastructure work that had been an eyesore for many years.

  • Santa Cruz Green Building Award

    We picked up the 38th annual City of Santa Cruz’ Green Building Award in 2012, for our LEED-Certified home on the west side of Santa Cruz.

  • Santa Cruz Waves Swellies

    Testorff Construction was voted as Santa Cruz’s “Favorite Contractor” for the 2020 Swellies, issued by Santa Cruz Waves magazine.

  • 2020 Dwell Design Awards

    This Testorff Construction project in Bonny Doon was nominated for the 2020 Dwell Design Awards – ‘Two Creatives Carve Out a Blissful Home in a California Redwood Forest’

Community Involvement

Operation Surf – Santa Cruz

Aptos Little League

New Brighton Surf Team

Santa Cruz Mid County Pony

  • Pete Testorff

    Pete knows that being a contractor is more than swinging a hammer. So, he put himself through college working construction, taking a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from San Jose State University in 1992. His leadership infuses the company with an awareness of effective best building practices and dedicated customer service.

  • Marcelino M.

    Marcelino has a 2 year associates degree in architectural drafting. He has over twenty years experience in construction building houses, commercial buildings, warehouses, hotels and offices. He has extensive knowledge regarding foundations, framing, waterproofing, roofing, door and window installation and is excellent with finish work. He has experience running crews of up to 50 people and is an adept problem solver.

  • Mario S.
    Lead Foreman

    Our all-purpose player, Mario’s an adaptive thinker who’s been tackling tricky challenges for us since late 2004. A commercial tenant improvement specialist, he’s savvy about all kinds of facilities from restaurants to clean rooms.

  • Dustin B.
    Project Manager

    With us since way back in 1998, Dustin’s our Sergeant at Arms. A thoughtful problem solver, he’s our go-to guy for large, complex, tough projects. Onsite, he’s an organized task-master who remains even-keeled and maintains his cool head under fire.

  • Jeff S.
    Project Manager & Estimator

    Building Performance Institute Certified, Jeff has achieved the highest level of training of all of our crew. A construction geek, he’s been on the team since Y2K. Always interested in learning something new, he’s our resident building envelope expert. With an eye for details, he’s the guy you want helping you pick out tile and paint colors.

  • Christine M.
    Office Manager AP/AR

    Christine’s background includes environmental geology, water supply quality and operations, and full-charge bookkeeping. Christine was introduced to the Testorff crew when they constructed a remodel/addition on her home in 2002. After 20 years, Christine enjoys the creativity and quality of work in her remodel and is excited to join the Testorff team

  • Alex S.
    HR/Office Manager

    Alex does a little bit of everything in the office. From employee payroll & benefits, to submitting plans, pulling permits & visiting job sites, she likes the variety that comes with her job.

  • Robert B.

    Since the start of his employment with Testorff Construction, Rob has always risen to the occasion and now find's himself running his own projects with the company. His interaction with clients and subcontractors is seamless and intentional, ensuring that the details of every project are taken care of.

  • Ross T.

    Ross is a versatile crew member who has the ability to move from a small remodel to a large scale commercial job. Proficient in framing and waterproofing, he’s able to guide and line out several guys efficiently to keep multiple jobs on track and moving forward in a smooth fashion.

  • Daniel R.

    Daniel came to us with prior construction experience and has grown to become a key member of the team here at Testorff Construction. From foundation work to high end detail finish work, he can tackle any job that he is given.

  • Curtis

    Curtis is a Labradoodle that the spends half of his day boosting team morale and the other half sleeping under his desk and getting into trouble. Bark, bark, bark, ruff, bark, grrr.