A Tradition of Excellence

At Merit, we’re constructing more than just buildings. As a local company, we feel that with each and every project comes the opportunity to build the future of our communities. The success of these buildings depends on the contractor you select. When you partner with Merit Construction Northwest, your project is backed by nearly six decades of industry experience and dedicated employees. Located in Lakewood, WA, Merit is a full service general contractor. Established in 1957, we’ve always pursued innovation. It was through our innovation that we pioneered the team build approach during the construction of the Tacoma Dome in the 1980s. We’ve sustained our belief in this method of building using it on more than 95 percent of our projects today. We continue to be an industry leader by building off of our experience and embracing new technologies and methods.  Because of our professional and highly skilled employees, we are able to exceed customer expectations. The hard work and expertise provided by our staff results in lasting relationships with multi-project clients such as the Boys and Girls Club and America’s Credit Union.  We are honored for these opportunities to build our community and the place we call home. We encourage you to explore our projects and testimonials and look forward to partnering with you.

Mission Statement

To serve our clients with integrity and purpose, consistently delivering quality, innovative solutions by employing driven, dependable team members, dedicated to the relationships that will ensure the longevity of our company.



Merit Company is established by E.J. Jimmy Zarelli


Jimmy’s two sons Len and Carl become partners


Merit completes the Tacoma Dome pioneering the Team Build approach


Merit Company becomes Merit Construction Northwest


Tammy Birklid becomes partner