About Us

Success and longevity in the construction business have provided Riha Construction with experience in building and renovating nearly every variety of structure imaginable. From high rises and medical buildings, barracks and dorms, hotels and motels, colleges, schools and libraries, laboratories and plants, banks and post offices, gyms and playgrounds, churches and orphanages, shops and auto showrooms and bridges to the atypical projects which include reservoirs, trash-transfer facilities, theatres, submarine schools, airport taxiways, baggage carousels, elevator towers, fuel tanks farms, embarcaderos, small craft harbors, piers, storm drains, car washes, visitor centers and even an MX missile assembly building. Our client base includes all branches of government – city, county, State and federal along with the Port District, CalTrans, CCDC, SANDAG, SDSU, SDCCD, UCSD, all branches of the military as well as a multitude of diverse private entities. Riha is proud of completing a lengthy succession of challenging projects in a timely, cost-effective and customer-pleasing manner for seven decades.

In 1941, George J. Riha founded the construction company that bears his name. In a career spanning 50 years, he contracted to build many of San Diego’s icons, including the Westgate Hotel, the Westgate Ball Park in Mission Valley for the San Diego Padres, the Lindbergh Field control tower, St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, Oceanside Small Craft Harbor, America’s Cup Harbor, the Marine Corps Electronics School, many Camp Pendleton structures, the Space Shuttle Logistics Building and MX Missile Assembly Building at Vandenberg AFB. George contributed to the success of the Navy’s construction contracts as chairman of the Association of General Contractors Liaison Committee. He was extremely active in the AGC, serving as past president of the San Diego Chapter as well as a national director, and was the recipient of the AGC’s Skill, Integrity and Responsibility Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Industry. George served on both the La Mesa City Council and Police Commission.

In 1975, Kenneth J. Riha joined the company as quality control representative and project engineer for all Naval endeavors. In 1985 he was elected president, determined to emulate the leadership qualities expressed by his uncle, George Riha. Currently as president and chairman of the board, he continues the company’s practice of participation and support of the San Diego Chapter of the Association of General Contractors by serving as Chairman of the AGC Benefits Plus Trust and as a Trustee on both the Health & Welfare and Retirement Trusts. A believer that experienced hands should guide emerging firms, Ken immediately volunteered his support to the AGC’s new “Mentor-Protege Program” which takes a very active role in recognizing and developing construction businesses. Ken often practices his hands-on philosophy by serving as a project manager and engineer on many Riha projects.

Jerry has played a key role in his staggering 57-year career at Riha Construction in his positions as Chief Estimator, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Project Manager. His lengthy and in-depth experience in the construction field is reflected in his skills in successful construction estimating. Over the years he was a long time supporter of The Exchange Club of La Mesa, the local arm of a national service club whose goal was to serve and benefit the community with programs such as crime prevention, service to seniors, and child abuse prevention. Jerry, who prefers bidding on unusual and challenging projects, is considered an icon in the San Diego construction industry. His expertise, wit and benevolence have made him beloved to hundreds of employees and contractors in the San Diego construction arena.