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We Are Elter Building Systems


Elter Building Systems was founded in 1983 by Jim Elter to focus on engineered building solutions to meet customer's needs and budget. Using a design and build approach he developed in the 1970's, we now plan, design and construct buildings that best suit our client's requirements and satisfy their budget.

Our original philosophy was to sell buildings and re-roofing and to provide design and construction management services to business owners and developers. By subcontracting the general trade work as well as the specialty work, we felt that we could offer a more competitive price without sacrificing quality. Elter Building Systems still finds this philosophy relevant today.

At the very beginning, Elter Building Systems secured a buildership with Butler Manufacturing Company, the premier manufacturer of engineered building systems in the world. In 1989, Elter Building Systems was appointed a Career Builder, the highest level of affiliation with Butler. In addition, Elter Building Systems has achieved several High Performance Builder and Million Dollar Builder awards.

Design & Build Approach

Elter Building Systems combines the design and build functions to increase communication and eliminate confusion. Our approach minimizes the owner's degree of commitment to the construction of the project until an agreeable budget has been established. This method will simplify the building process which saves both time and money.

From design to completion of a building, the construction process is very involved. Zoning restrictions, building codes, energy codes, utility services can be very confusing and our job is to come up with the best plan to meet the owners needs. This approach provides single source responsibility, greater control, earlier cost estimates, lower pre-construction cost, reduction in the overall construction schedule, innovative solutions, improved risk management and greater cost effectiveness.

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Jim Elter | Rotary Member Since 1981

Jim uses The Four-Way Test as his core values in life and business. They are the principles that support the Elter Building Systems' vision, culture, and overall philosophy.

The Four Way Test

Of the things we think, say or do
  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
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