Before Breaking Ground

Early involvement in a project by the general contractor is one key to successful construction. Initial stage participation allows us to completely understand a project’s challenges and client needs and expectations. This means working with business partners (architects, owners, engineers) immediately to establish time frames, goals and responsibilities. Specifically, it includes cost effective design, conceptual estimating, permit coordination, detailed scheduling, and setting performance baselines around procedures and logistics.

We identify the best sub-contractors for the project through initial pre-qualification and then a careful, open review of their proposals according to scope, accuracy and pricing. During this process, we’ll seek out potential cost savings in all areas, as well as specific scheduling and material solutions.

The main goal of pre-construction is to eliminate surprises after breaking ground and to build as cost effectively as possible. This happens best through close communication and collaboration among business partners, as accountability is established and quality control begins.


Our full range of pre-construction services include:

  • Site Evaluation Feasibility Analysis
  • Budget Development
  • LEED-certification analysis / Value Engineering
  • Constructability Review
  • Schedule Development
  • Logistical Planning

Delivery Methods: There are several roles W. L. Butler can fulfill as general contractor in order to deliver construction services that bring a project in on time and on budget.

  • Design-Assist
  • Design-Build
  • Building Information Modeling (BIM)
  • Lean