state-college-pa-commercial-construction-contractorWith more than 40 years of experience in industrial design and construction, Galbraith/Pre-Design, Inc.’s level of expertise in specialty construction projects is unmatched. Although we are able to work on almost any type of commercial design/build project, we focus on the following project categories:

Galbraith has proudly been providing commercial design/build services to clients in the State College, Pennsylvania area for several years. State College is a college town and home to Pennsylvania State University. The city is dominated economically and demographically by the university and Pennsylvania State University is the largest single employer in the region. In 2016, Best College Reviews ranked State College as the eighth best college town in the United States. In addition to higher education, other industries in the State College area include healthcare, hospitality, construction, government, and retail.

State College hosts many special events throughout the year. One of the largest events is the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts held annually in July. The five-day festival attracts 125,000 visitors and features a nationally recognized sidewalk sale and exhibition, musical performances, a giant sand sculpture, the Downtown State College Italian Street Painting Festival, BookFest, children’s activities and more. Blue-White Football Weekend is another popular annual event that takes place in April and gives attendees a first look at the Penn State football team in a scrimmage game. This informal Penn State reunion has activities all weekend, including an autograph session with members of the Nittany Lion team, student entertainment, live music and local craft and food vendors. Other popular events in the area are First Night State College, a New Year’s Eve celebration and Central PA 4th Fest on the Fourth of July.

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At Galbraith, we pride ourselves on our customer service. Too often, commercial contractors or designers will take a cookie-cutter approach to their projects and use cheap materials or outsource work to unqualified subcontractors. We believe that every project should be tailored to the owner’s goals and specifications without cutting corners. Our wide breadth of project experience and specialty expertise lets us assist our clients in the State College area with land acquisition and site development, planning and design, tax abatement and financing and adhering to regulatory guidelines and local stipulations, all while finishing our projects on time and on budget. Our team of experts focuses on preventative problem solving and proactively managing projects so we minimize potential issues, project change orders, and unforeseen costs.

Most of the issues that would cause a project to go over budget can be eliminated before the project even starts if you know what to look for. This is especially true for projects in industries with lots of regulation, like healthcare facilities and food processing plants. For this reason, it is critical to hire a firm that has experience in these industries, has built a team of qualified subcontractors and knows the permitting process like the back of their hand. We are very familiar with local regulations having completed projects in eight different states in the area.

If you are beginning to work on a commercial or industrial construction project, reach out to us today and discover the Galbraith difference!


Most all of the work we do for our clients is completed in occupied buildings or public environments. Because of this, complying to every single safety standard throughout the project is an essential piece in our building process. In addition to this, we also use daily and weekly checklists. These checklists help our professionals ensure that every job site is cleaned appropriately and is hazard-free. This is just another way we provide our clients with complete satisfaction.


At Galbraith we not only provide our clients with high-quality design and construction services, we also incorporate only the very best products into all our projects. NCI Building Systems, Inc. (NCI), is composed of a wide selection of companies who all design, manufacture and sell the highest quality in metal components, metal coatings, and custom metal building systems for commercial construction projects. We are part of their professional network, and as a result, our clients have access to their premium products.


Contact us for your initial consultation, and let’s get to work on your project. We will schedule a time to meet with you, discuss your ideas, and then design and build you the perfect building for your specific business needs. You always receive a job that is completed to your full satisfaction.


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