Catalyst [ka-tə-ləst] Noun: An agent that speeds significant change or action.

Since 2004, Catalyst Construction has been spearheading the Midwest’s most exciting and substantial building and development projects and establishing itself as Milwaukee’s premier construction firm. Named by the Milwaukee Business Journal as one of southeastern Wisconsin’s fastest growing companies for seven consecutive years from 2011 to 2018, Catalyst’s exponential growth has been the direct result of its existence as purely a construction management organization with no self-performing workforce. Utilizing this business model allows Catalyst to ensure that our invaluable customers receive competitive bids in all work categories – both union and non-union – without conflict of interest among the trades. It is a philosophy that breeds greater creativity, more cooperative collaboration, and a better finished product for a more inspiring and positively impactful community aesthetic.

With several million square feet (and counting!) of successful project completions under our collective belt, our development and construction expertise spans a broad spectrum of commercial construction uses including hospitality, corporate office, healthcare, residential, faith-based, education, and senior living, and multi-use facilities. Catalyst’s seasoned professionals are LEED accredited and have comprehensive knowledge of the latest building systems, financing strategies, and grant and funding opportunities. Taken together, all of this along with our core values and customer-focused team approach allows us to deliver maximum value on every project. We are Catalyst Construction and we build great buildings that inspire great communities.

“Safe. Smart. Successful. Learn about Catalyst’s customer commitment during COVID-19.”


Our clients are our number one priority. We listen to our clients and respond with workable solutions that are consistent with our client’s project needs. Working with our clients to build their vision is our mission and promise.

Catalyst’s keys to success are comprised of the following factors:

  • Established relationships in the construction and commercial real estate community.
  • Impeccable and unique workmanship.
  • High quality, on-site management.
  • A track record of accurate estimates on pricing and completion dates.
  • Systems in place to effectively track the progress of each construction project to ensure the scope, cost and schedule of each is maintained.
  • Stable, regulated growth.


Core Values | Corporate Values

  • Integrity
    • Always Do the Right Thing | Highest ethical standards in serving our customers
  • Creativity
    • Be a Problem Solver | Find a solution that enhances our customer project
  • Relationships
    • Build a Relationship | Customers become friends, you work harder for a friend
  • Social Responsibility
    • Be Responsible to the Greater Society | Our projects impact lives and society long after the construction is complete, we make a difference in people’s lives
  • Work Ethic
    • Work with Passion Towards a Solution | We are a construction company that does much more than just build buildings
  • In Business, For Business
    • Add Value | Exceed expectations, go the extra mile for our customers
"Catalyst Construction’s knowledge and experience has contributed to cost savings during the entire course of our project and added to the intrinsic value of our building.

Catalyst’s dedication and attention to detail were particularly impressive, and are responsible for the smoothness in which the work on the building progressed."

Max Dermond,
Dermond Property Investment

Education Projects Category
“Your entire team, from top to bottom, has displayed honesty and integrity throughout the various projects we have worked on. I look forward to the opportunity of having you service our construction needs in the future.”

Michael Goetz, VP of Acquisitions,
Metropolitan Group, LLC

Wisconsin Lutheran High School
“Your kindness and generosity is a tremendous blessing to many, including me, and a motivating reminder as to the value placed on the ministry we do by those who support WLC and WISCO in amazing ways.”

John Kolander, Provost,
Wisconsin Lutheran College & Wisconsin Lutheran High School

Milwaukee Ballet Exterior
“Catalyst has earned a name for itself by adding value to projects, following through on promises, hiring quality staff, and staying active in the community”

Milwaukee Business Journal

“We’ve used Catalyst three times and couldn’t be happier with them as partners, and for the work they performed!”

Jason A. VanderPal, Executive Pastor,
The Ridge Community Church

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