Galbraith/Pre-Design, Inc. is a full service general contractor specializing in commercial, industrial, and institutional construction. The company, founded on “pre-design” or “pre-construction” services, started as a small family business and has grown to be an award-winning, preferred contractor for numerous loyal customers and new clients.

Customer satisfaction is the true measure of our success at Galbraith. Our work is defined by more than just building structures. Our work is defined by building lasting relationships through every project we undertake. Whether we’re working on a small utility building, a large industrial facility, or any of the thousands of structures in between, our primary focus is upon customer needs.

Our trademark is value engineering – a discipline that takes cost out of finished structures, while maintaining the highest level of quality. Value engineering means a favorable bottom line impact on your construction investment.

How We Provide Value

  • A Team Management Approach
  • Experienced Professionals
  • Honesty and Integrity
  • Construction Schedule Control
  • Full-time On-site Supervision
  • Pre-qualification of Subcontractors
  • Financial Stability
  • Extensive Experience
  • Streamlined Communications
  • Value Engineering
  • Cost Containment
  • On-time Completion
  • Strict Adherence to Your Budget
  • Adaptability to Your Workflow

Our reputation speaks for itself, and our award-winning buildings can be found throughout the East Coast. We strive to supply our customers with the highest quality workmanship in the most timely, friendly, and honest manner possible.

In order to ensure premium quality and close attention to detail, we strive to perform almost all phases of the project with our own crews. We are proud that one of our customers entrusts us with all of their building projects east of the Mississippi River.


Galbraith/Pre-Design, Inc. can trace its roots back to 1964, when Gary E. Galbraith’s brother started a construction company called Universal Building and Leasing.

In 1967, after serving six years in the United States Air Force, Gary began working for Universal Construction as a draftsman, and later, a site superintendent.

Then, in 1971, Gary purchased the business from his brother, changing the name to Universal Construction Co., Inc.

From 1971 to 1990, Universal grew rapidly and was extremely successful. Wanting to retire, Gary sold the business in 1990. Retirement was short-lived, however. Loyal customers continued to call him for the great quality construction for which he became known.

As a result, later in 1990, Galbraith/Pre-Design, Inc. was started as a one man operation, but immediately began growing into the in-demand general contractor it has become today.


As part of our complete dedication to customer satisfaction, Galbraith puts a lot of emphasis on the safety of every one of our projects and construction sites. Because many of the projects are completed in occupied buildings and public environments, we adhere to strict safety standards during every phase of our work. Additionally, we follow daily and weekly checklists to ensure that the job site is always cleaned properly and there are no risks to your employees or anyone else in the vicinity of the project.


The majority of our projects are negotiated contracts where we provide pre-design services, which include meeting with the owner to determine needs and establishing a team of trusted design professionals and subcontractors to see the project through from design and permitting to construction and completion.

We also have the experience and expertise to assist our clients with land acquisition and site development, planning and design, tax abatement and financing, lease options, and more.

Through the years, we have gained design build experience in various types of facilities, including:


Ready to work together? Contact us for a free quote today!