The pre-construction phase is crucial to the successful implementation of construction projects.

Merchant Builders team is highly experienced in providing a host of pre-construction services, accurate cost estimates, and timelines during early design while identifying and correcting any potential issues prior to construction.

Through constant communication with team members and owners, we manage (and often exceed) client expectations from concept to delivery.


we recognize that without proper planning and communication, added costs can unintentionally find their way into a project. We seek to eliminate that possibility for our clients. Stellar has deep expertise in designing and building facilities of all types, for all budgets, in a variety of markets. And because we’ve been in business for 34 years, we’ve developed strong relationships with vendors and suppliers, allowing us to provide our clients with the most accurate information for their budgets, including initial costs and projected long-term savings. We work closely with our clients to manage budget and expectations, maintaining transparency throughout the bidding process.

Building Surveys:

We conduct topographic and boundary surveys to locate, mark and measure any existing features on or inside a property, including utility locations, storm drains, elevations and surface types that may impact building design.


Contractibility reviews: 

Minimizing construction delays and field changes are key to keeping a project on schedule and within budget. As the design develops, we continually review project design documents to ensure construction can be executed safely, efficiently and cost-effectively — including evaluation by a separate design and construction team. Our contractibility reviews eliminate costly redesigns and related change orders. Through our BIM clash detection, we detect conflicts and interferences so we can resolve them in the model, not in the field.

Life cycle analysis:

Our team of experts evaluates initial and operating costs of a facility to help clients maximize net savings over the life of the building, conducts code research, then obtains all necessary permits. We provide a variety of options to the client, outlining the costs and ROI of each so our clients can make the most informed decisions for their business.

long-lead item:

We quickly identify the materials that will take the longest time to reach the job site, then proactively ensure those items are sourced during the design phase to eliminate delays during construction.



Merchant Builders experts conduct federal, state and local zoning and building permitting. Through comprehensive research and analysis, we identify and offer assistance in applying for municipal incentives.