Having celebrated our 70th anniversary in 2016, Bobbitt Design Build has earned its reputation as the Carolinas’ largest general contractor specializing in the design build process. This reputation is built on a legacy of excellence that dates back to the post-War building boom of the 1940s.
G.E. Bobbitt started the Raleigh-based construction company in 1946 and became one of the initial franchise distributors for Butler Manufacturing Company. Long before design build became an industry-wide buzzword, G.E. Bobbitt & Associates was coordinating and managing all the services associated with successful building projects – from site selection to civil engineering, architectural design to navigating the municipal planning and approval process, all the way through to the end-product construction – all under the same roof, from the same source.
Sounds a lot like today’s interpretation of design build, doesn’t it? Our founder passed away in 1975, but not before laying the groundwork for Bobbitt to become a stalwart commercial contractor throughout the Carolinas.
In the 1980s, the Bobbitt organization created an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) for employees to share in the company’s overall success by owning a portion of the company. Bobbitt became 100 percent employee-owned in 2000.
Growing demand across our region led to expansion into Columbia, South Carolina, in 2000. Bobbitt’s second location was ideal since the market is greatly influenced by the state government, the University of South Carolina, a large military base, and the presence of three major interstates. Columbia continues to be a source for major growth.
In recent years, Bobbitt has been a three time winner of Triangle Business Journal’s Fast 50 Award, which recognizes the area’s fastest-growing companies. Similarly, we’ve won numerous EDGE Awards for Best Design Build Project, as well as for Environmental Stewardship.
The industry acknowledgements don’t stop with just awards and local recognition. Bobbitt has been featured in Fortune, Commercial Real Estate Today, and Metal Construction News, among others.
Bobbitt continues to lead the industry, using the latest design and construction technologies to provide the highest-quality building at maximum value, and we remain among the country’s premiere Butler Builders. This foundation for excellence has been built on decades of satisfied customers who receive an unrivaled experience when building their dream. In fact, nearly 75 percent of our customers are repeat or direct-referral. So talk to someone who’s worked with Bobbitt. They’ll tell you what a difference we make.