GALBRAITH – A Design Build Firm

Gary Galbraith

Gary Galbraith

GALBRAITH is an award winning design build firm serving Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic since 1990. We are a general contractor specializing in commercial, industrial and institutional construction. The company, founded by Gary Galbraith on “pre-design” or “pre-construction” services, started after Gary’s first retirement from construction as a small family business and has grown to be the preferred contractor for many loyal customers, as well as numerous 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
  • Collaborative Scheduling
  • 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 Mid-Atlantic. We strive to provide 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 treat each and every project as if we are acting as the owner’s representative making all of our decisions based on the best interests of the owner. We are proud that one of our customers entrusts us with all of their building projects east of the Mississippi River.


The majority of our projects are negotiated contracts where we provide pre-construction services, which consists of meeting with the owner(s) to determine their needs, and then forming a dedicated team of trusted design professionals and subcontractors to see the project through from conceptual design, permitting, construction, and to final completion and occupancy.

We also assist our clients with site selection, land acquisition, and site development; as well as planning, tax abatement, financing, lease options, and more.

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


GALBRAITH can trace its roots back to 1964, when Gary E. Galbraith’s brother started a construction company called Universal Building and Leasing.Galbraith Design Build Firm

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 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.

Ready to work together? Contact us today!