Commercial – Residential Renovation and Construction

River City Contractors, founded in 1997, is a Jacksonville based company that built our reputation on the commitment to quality construction. We pride ourselves on performing most of the work on our projects, giving our customers better cost control and workmanship. Ongoing relationships with our customers, including several nationally well known companies, have been the backbone of our success over the years.

etag-frontRiver City initially focused on highly-detailed projects for the DDD, Navy, Marines and other local government agencies, which included NAS Jax, NAS Cecil Field, NAS Kings Bay and NAS Andros Island in the Bahamas. Over the years, the company began doing more public, private and commercial work. We grew our customer base by establishing relationships with many local and national clients in various industries, including restaurants, historic rehabilitation, auto dealerships and tenant buildouts of several national retail chains.

In 2008, River City Contractors opened Millwork Design Studio, an off shoot of the company, to handle kitchen and bath design and renovation. Please visit them at to see examples of complete projects from happy clients.

River City Contractors now employs over 35 people and is located in their newly purchased office building in trendy San Marco district of Jacksonville, Florida.


River City Construction Owner Alan Cottrill

Alan Cottrill


Alan grew up in the construction industry, in the Jacksonville area. After obtaining his BS and BA (MIS and Business) from a private university in Texas he returned to Jacksonville to begin his career.

Being an entrepreneur and drawn to construction and design, he started his own construction business in 1997. Since then Alan has grown River City Contractors into the thriving business it is today. He lives outside of the San Marco area of Jacksonville, in Empire Point, with his wife Ellen, who works with him in the business. They have 6 grown children between them, and three grandchildren.

Ellen Cottrill River City Construction

Ellen Cottrill


Ellen came to work alongside Alan, in 2007. Together, they opened the kitchen and bath portion of the business, Millwork Design Studio.

Along with helping Alan with River City Contractors, she assists in their other joint ventures, including HOBNOB restaurant, in Riverside’s Unity Plaza.