Columbia Builders was founded by Tom Ehlers in 2014.  Tom followed his dream to be an independent business owner and entrepreneur.  The dream is focused on working with other successful business owners working to make their dreams and goals come true. Tom has over 25 years experience in the construction industry constructing millions of dollars worth of projects.  With a BS in Construction Management from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Tom worked to build other local corporate general contractors constructing projects large and small.  Tom has worked on just about every type of construction project imaginable.  Here are a few highlights:




Caltrans project

Airport terminal

Performing Arts facility

OSHPD hospitals


Concrete Tilt-up construction

Pre-engineered buildings

Historical retrofits  (URM's)





Police facilities


Movie Theaters   

Medical facilities    

RV parks




Tenant improvements

Locker rooms


Nuclear storage facilities

Multi story steel buildings

Masonry buildings


Chemical laboratories




Why Columbia Builders?  I'll answer that with asking a question - Have you ever wondered why is our nation's capitol is named Washington, D.C.?  Why District of Columbia?  The "new world", or thirteen colonies, was poetically and commonly referred to as "Columbia" as much of Europe believed that the "new world" was because of the courageous acts of Christopher Columbus.  They believe that Columbus followed his dreams  Therefore, the area around the newly-created Federal Capitol became the District of Columbia.  Our founding fathers would use the term "de Columb", kind of like we say "cool, or awesome", to refer to something that was of the "new world".  The name Columbia also became a personification in European papers to represent the new Americas - new opportunities, new liberties, ability to follow your dreams.  This name eventually evolved into a new character - Lady Liberty, hence the Statue of Liberty.  All of this translates into our countries founding principals - our unalienable rights of "Life, Liberty, and pursuit of Happiness" - freedom and liberty to pursue our dreams.  Freedom. Liberty. Opportunity. Dreams.  This is why Columbia Builders wishes to build your project.  We build our dream by building your dreams.