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After working together for 12 years, we established Highland Partnership, Inc. in 1993, immediately after successfully completing another landmark, high rise project in downtown San Diego. Having spent our early careers together with a large national construction company we wanted to create a locally owned and operated construction firm that understands and responds to client and community needs. The “partnership” in our company name signifies our strong commitment to provide the best support to our clients.

As a closely held company, we make decisions promptly and locally rather than having to go through layers of remote upper management. We approach each project in partnership with our clients and work hard to help build the most cost effective and sustainable buildings in the shortest amount of time.

Our hands on approach to project planning, design and construction with principal involvement in every project provides a great benefit to our clients. We have earned an excellent reputation for being a proactive and creative partner on many landmark projects.

There is no substitute for experience, and we have built the core of the Highland Team from experienced professionals we have worked with for over 30 years constructing complex facilities throughout Southern California. The long term personal commitment we share with each other is the same commitment we bring to each project. Our clients deserve the best people and our best effort on each project. Our proven experience and project approach in managing planning, design and construction is a major factor in the repeat business we enjoy.

Highland utilizes state of the art project management, design and accounting systems that help our project teams share detailed real time data with the extended project team throughout the programming, design, construction and commissioning of a project. We are committed to the continuous process of training our professionals in the latest technology and management practices to faciliate a lean construction approach that minimizes waste of materials, time and effort in order to generate the best value possible for our clients.

In addition to the positive relationships developed with our clients we also enjoy many successful relationships with design firms, consultants, trade contractors and material suppliers locally, and throughout the world. These relationships help us stretch the construction dollar through pragmatic design solutions, multiple competitive and negotiated bids and resourceful procurements.

We pledge that Highland will continue to provide the lowest overall costs and best value for our clients through hard work, the application of state of the art technology and attention to detail from the entire Project Team.


founder signatures



Dave Gardner and Ian Gill
Ian Gill
Dave Gardner, Sr.
Founding Partner
Founding Partner
"Highland's Design-Build process creates a team based on trust. The team can now creatively solve problems helping the City of Chula Vista get the best operational facility and yet meet contemporary financial responsibilities."
Lieutenant Dan Hardman,
Chula Vista, California
Police Department
General Contractor