Design-Build by Gaetano Construction

Design-Build: Delivering single source projects for all industries.

The design-build process begins and ends with our team. Where most other projects would require owners to manage multiple contracts, our design-build single contract process makes it simple and efficient. As experienced design-build professionals, we can complete your project quickly, managing every aspect of the project from design through construction or work with your architect, on a conventional design and price basis.

Unlimited Possibilities

Building relationships for over 25 years.

Managing every aspect of the project from design through construction.

  • Commercial Butler
  • Conventional Design-Build
  • Manufacturing Butler
  • Warehousing/Distribution Butler


Gilroy Kernan & Gilroy - New Corporate Offices

The most pleasant surprise what that once the space was completed, it had such a positive impact - on both our team of professionals and, most importantly, our clients. For that I am very grateful.

Larry Gilroy, President

American Alloy Steel - New Steel Plate Service Center

While this was a challenging project, I was confident at all times that we had the best in the business as a general construction contractor.

Art Moore, President & CEO

Endodontic Associates - New Dental Offices

I would do it no other way than Design-Build.

Dr. Mike McGarvey



We have designed and erected numerous commercial projects, including retail, office and community buildings.

Conventional Design-Build

Our resume of completed conventional, design-build projects continues to grow.


We have completed nearly 2.5 million square-feet of new Butler and conventional Design-Build buildings and renovation projects.


We have erected many warehousing and distribution facilities from 2,000 to 150,000 square-feet.

Meet our Design-Build Team

David L. Kleps

David L. Kleps David L. Kleps

Vice President, Design-Build

David Kleps has over 35 years of professional experience in the construction field. He has extensive experience with the Design/Build delivery method and has worked on a wide range of new building, renovation, and expansion projects.

His accomplishments include over 100 completed projects ranging from $300,000 to $6,000,000. These projects represent diverse industries and uses such as commercial/industrial renovations and re-roofing, warehousing, manufacturing, distribution, and professional offices.

Mr. Kleps joined the Charles A. Gaetano Construction Corporation in 1979. He had served as manager of the Butler Buildings Division since 1982, Vice President, Design/Build since 2001, and built over 2.5 million square-feet of projects to date, and has established Gaetano as the area leader in Butler and Design/Build work.

Mr. Kleps has an outstanding reputation, especially for the great rapport he establishes with owners, designers, subcontractors and employees. His technical, managerial and interpersonal skills insure that projects are completed to the ultimate satisfaction of all clients.

Key Projects

Feldmeier Equipment, Littler Falls, NY

This $3.7 Million new 44,000 sf Manufacturing Plant included pile-supported foundations measuring just 70' wide but is 600' long and nearly 50' in height. The building has (6) 15-ton bridge cranes for the manufacturing of stainless steel tanks for the Dairy & Beverage industry. This project also included a 2,000 sf office and employee support building.

ELG Utica Alloys-Steel recycling Facility, Herkimer, NY

This $2.3 Million project included a complete roof replacement, renovations to the 16,000 sf offices and plant restrooms, new truck access doors and truck scale, equipment foundations, and major mechanical and electrical work for the processing equipment.

FX Matt Brewery Co-Anaerobic Bio-Digester, Utica, NY

This $1.1 Million project included a 5,000 sf Pump House, and a 2,000 sf Bio-Gas Storage Building. This will enable the company to provide up to 50% of their electrical needs.

American Alloy Steel, Rome, NY

60,000 square-foot, $4.7 million design/build steel plant distribution facility and offices completed in 2009. 18,0000 square foot $1.2 million addition including two more 20-ton bridge cranes completed in 2012.

Matts Brewery, Utica, NY

$5.0 million renovation of canning area and 25,000 square-foot warehouse addition. The new addition connects the main plant and the existing garage and features geo-thermal wells for heating and cooling of the Warehous. A 4,000 sf covered Keg Platform was added along with (5) new loading docks.

Meyda Tiffany, Yorkville, NY - 1996 Warehouse and 2001 Warehouse, Office and Showroom expansion.

The 24,000 square-foot Warehouse in 1996 was Mr. Kleps' first project with this client. The high level of satisfaction with this project led to the negotiation of the 2001 83,000 square-foot, $3.0 million major expansion and renovation project.

Northern Safety Co., Frankfort, NY - Corporate Headquarters and Distribution Center

This $4.0 million, 90,000 square-foot office and distribution center completed in 1999 led to the 60,000 square-foot, design/build warehouse expansion two years later in 2001.

Tri Valley Beverage, Westmoreland, NY

Original 25,000 square-foot Beer Distribution facility and office, in 1985, expanded (3) times since original project, now totaling over 60,000 square-feet.

Utica Convertors, Utica, NY

96,000 square-foot Manufacturing Facility, leased through Butler Real Estate.


A.A.S. Degree in Construction Technology
State University of New York at Canton.

Work Experience

  • Charles A. Gaetano Construction Corporation, Utica, New York - Vice-President, Design/Build, 2001-Present
  • Charles A. Gaetano Construction Corporation, Utica, New York - Manager, Butler Buildings Division, 1982-2001
  • Charles A. Gaetano Construction Corporation, Utica, New York - Estimator and Assistant Project Manager, 1979-1982
  • Sysorex International, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - Field Supervisor, 1978-1979
  • Raiser Construction Company in San Mateo, CA -Draftsman-Coordinator, 1978-1978
  • Riggalls Construction Inc. in Rome, NY - Draftsman-Estimator, 1977-1978

Affiliations & Awards

  • Member Mohawk Valley Construction Industry Workforce Committee
  • Board Member of Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) of NYS
  • Recipient of (20) High Performance and (8) Million Dollar* sales awards from Butler Manufacturing Company
  • Butler Career Builder designation; long term commitment to mutual relationship between Butler Manufacturing and Gaetano

Continuing Education / Training

  • OSHA 10 Hour Course
  • (AGC) Associated General Contractors, Advanced Project Management Course
  • Butler Manufacturing, Various Sales, Product, Pricing Seminars

Anthony Obernesser

Anthony Obernesser Anthony Obernesser

Vice President Preconstruction

Anthony Obernesser has over 22 years of commercial construction industry experience with Gaetano Construction Corporation. A graduate of SUNY Institute of Technology, Mr. Obernesser started with Gaetano as a Project Manager Assistant. He has since progressed to Estimator, Project Manager, Cheif Estimator and Senior Project Manager working on several multi-million dollar projects. He has held the position of draftsman, estimator and manager of both conventional and pre-engineered metal building projects and has had the additional opportunity to work in the in the design/build department.

As Vice President of Preconstruction, Mr. Obernesser works with Owners and Architects to plan and budget their projects from the conceptual estimate stage.

He works closely with the Project Management Department to pre-plan the work. He is responsible for oversight of the Estimating Department.

In addition to his work experience, Mr. Obernesser also completed the AGC-NYS Young Constructors Management Training Program, the AGC Project Manager's Course and the AGC Estimating Academy. He also service on the Advisory Board for the SUNY-IT Civil Engineering Technology program.

Key Projects

Hamilton College Theatre & Studio Arts building, Clinton, NY - $35M

Led the Gaetano team in budgeting and negotiating $35 million GMP CM at risk construction contract.

Assured Information Security - $7M

New construction of a two-story 45,000 SF Corporate Office building on the Griffiss Technology Park in Rome, NY. The steel structure is enclosed with precast concrete and a Centria panel & window system, the steel columns outward of the building envelope are wrapped with circular covers giving the exterior walls a distinct setback from the precast fascia band.

January 2004 - February 2010

Led the estimating department, managed and directed the estimating staff, reviewed all negotiated and competitive bids and budget quotations. Managed the projects through the Pre-Construction phase, where the scope and schedule are determined, subcontractors are selected and the final price is established. Prepared estimates from conceptual drawings as well as fully designed documents.

Acacia Village Phase 2, Utica, NY - $20M

Responsibility as Chief Estimator - Budgeted and assisted in contract negotiations for $20 million (75) unit senior apartment complex using "Design/Build-CM at Risk Delivery System".

Intelligence & Reconnaissance Lab, Rome, NY - $8M

Responsibility as on-site Project Manager for the 100,000 SF, $8 million Air Force Research Laboratory in Griffiss Business & Technology Park.


  • B.S. Degree in Civil Engineering Technology
    SUNY Institute of Technology, Marcy NY
  • Member Phi-Beta-Kappa National Honor Society for Engineering Technologies

Work Experience

  • Charles A. Gaetano Construction Corporation, Utica, NY - 1992-Present

Continuing Education/Training

  • OSHA 10 Hour Course
  • N.Y.S. (GBC) General Building Contractors, Young Constructors Course
  • (AGC) Associated General Contractors, Project Management Course
  • (AGC) Associated General Contractors, Estimating Academy
  • Accredited LEED Green Associate

Lucas Saltsman

Lucas Saltsman Lucas Saltsman

Estimator/Project Manager, Design-Build

Mr. Saltsman joined Gaetano Construction Corporation upon his graduation from SUNY Delhi in 2003 with a degree in Construction Management. Upon his hire, Mr. Saltsman began as an estimator, and has grown with the Corporation to the Design/Build Division as drafter, estimator and project manager.

Mr. Saltsman's responsibilities consist of in-house architectural design that is reviewed by licensed architects and engineers, through the use of computer-aided drafting software such as AutoCAD and Revit 3-D BIM. As estimator, his responsibilities consist of total pricing, as well as subcontractor and supplier pricing.

Mr. Saltsman has also been involved in project management with Butler Buildings in a range of building, renovation, and expansion projects. His wide-ranging abilities have made him an asset to the Corporation.

Key Projects

Accelerate Sports - New Butler Building - 104,000 SF Sports Complex - Whitesboro, NY

Structure is a 275' x 300' pre-engineered Butler building containing a 155' clear span x 300' multi-purpose sports turf, a 14' wide x 900' (4-lane) elevated running track overlooking the field, (3) full-size basketball courts, 10,000 SF multi-purpose mezzanine with room for (8-10) batting cages. Locker/bathroom area, pro-shop, and a 5,000 SF fitness center on the main floor. $3.4M project

American Alloy Steel - New Butler Building & Two Expansions - Rome, NY

  • 2008  New construction of a 58,000 SF pre-engineered Butler building for use as a steel plate manufacturing facility. Building includes (4) 20-Ton Bridge Cranes, 5,000 SF office space and rail spur. $4.6M project
  • 2012  First Expansion  18,000 SF of added warehouse with an additional (2) 20-Ton Bridge Cranes. $1.2M project
  • 2015  Second Expansion  20,000 SF of added warehouse with an additional (2) 20-Ton Bridge Cranes. $1.7M project

Alan Byer Volvo - Addition & Renovation - Rt. 12, Utica, NY

3,200 SF Shop addition using Butler's Shadowall Siding & BR-II Roof system. The former shop area (approximately 990 SF) was transformed into a new service write-up lane, car showroom, manager's office & break room. $450,000 project

Feldmeier Equipment - New Building - Little Falls, NY

44,000 SF manufacturing plant-Design/build Butler building, 70' W x 600'L and nearly 50' in height. Installed (6) 15-ton bridge cranes for manufacturing stainless steel tanks for the Dairy & Beverage industry, 2,000 SF office & employee support building, a 5-acre site development & heavy equipment foundations. $3.6M project

Northern Safety - Screen Print Renovations

8,000 SF interior renovations of the former Faster Form building to accommodate their new screen printing operation. $515,000 project

ELG - Utica Alloys - Relocation & Design/Build Renovation

160,000 SF renovation of former factory facility in Herkimer. A complete roof replacement, renovations to the 16,000 sf offices and plant restrooms, new truck access doors and truck scale, Equipment foundations and major mechanical and electrical work for the processing equipment. $3M project

Power Line Trenchers - 4 Buildings

New construction in 2006 - 13,000 square-foot maintenance garage and lunchroom, 16,000 square-foot expansion. Expansion in 2008 - 16,000 square foot shop added, 10,000 square-foot class "A" office and a 3,200 square foot executive garage. $3,135,000 project

Titanium Processors - Renovation

63,000 square-foot fit out of existing building shell with 12,600 square-foot office and 50,400 square-foot production area. $807,000 project

S. R. Sloan - New Construction

61,500 square-foot production facility and office. $2,300,000 project

Empire Recycling, Utica

New load out building and heavy concrete project, with wood & steel piles. $1,124,000 project


A.A.S. in Construction Management
SUNY Delhi, Delhi, New York

Work Experience

  • Charles A. Gaetano Construction Corporation, Utica, New York - Design/Build Division Draftsman/Estimator/Project Manager 2005-Present
  • Charles A. Gaetano Construction Corporation, Utica, New York - Estimating 2003-2005

Technical Expertise

  • AutoCAD

Continuing Education/Training

  • OSHA 10 Hour Course
  • N.Y.S. (GBC) General Building Contractors, Future Construction Leaders Course
  • Butler Manufacturing - Various Product & Pricing Training
  • LEED Training Classes - Conventional and Design-Build Construction
  • Accredited LEED Green Associate

Eric O'Bryant

Eric O'Bryant Eric O'Bryant

Estimator/Project Manager, Design-Build

Mr. O'Bryant who has over 12 years of construction knowledge and expertise has joined Gaetano Construction's Design-Build staff. Eric is a graduate of Austin Community College, Austin, Texas with an A.A.S. Architectural & Engineering Computer Aided Design-Architectural specialization. He was previously employed by McDonald & Monterose Architects as a project manager.

Eric's responsibilities consist of in-house architectural design that is reviewed by licensed architects and engineers, through the use of computer-aided drafting software such as Revit & AutoCAD. As estimator, his responsibilities include material take-off and labor estimates, as well as subcontractor and supplier pricing. As project manager he will be also be involved with negotiating subcontracts and purchase orders as well as establishing project schedules and coordinating overall activities to complete each project. Mr. O'Bryant is presently participating in a LEED training and certification course.

Because Eric has been involved in a wide range of construction projects, he is a valuable asset to our company.

Work Experience

(Presently)  Charles A. Gaetano Construction Corp. (Assistant Project Manager/Estimator)

Black River Outdoor Education Program (BROEP)-New Office, Boonville/Forestport, NY  2,000 SF Office Building with high-level finishes, cedar-shake exterior, triple-glazed windows & doors, spray-foam insulation, pre-finished cherry interior walls, plaster ceiling, slate flooring, granite countertops, cherry cabinetry, heat-recovery ventilator, high-efficiency boiler, hot water baseboard heat with cast iron radiators, and custom lighting.

(2010-2013) McDonald & Monterose Architects (Project Manager)

  • Utica Mutual Insurance Re-roofing, 17,500 SF- Complete study & design for new roof & wall flashing - $610,000
  • Hamilton College-Carnegie Hall Re-roofing, 8,500 SF-Complete study & design for new roof - $400,000
  • Deerfield Town Offices & Highway Garage Renovations  Extensive remedial work to the building shell of the garage. - $178,000.
  • Town Office work involved 2 phases.
    • Phase 1 focused on roof repair, Window replacements and a new ADA compliant Vestibule was added to main entrance - $215,000
    • Phase 2 extensive renovation to offices, board room & senior's center - $260,000
  • CACI Office Relocation, Rome, NY  4,500 SF, 2-level fit-out for offices, conference rooms, reception area and lower level SCIF (Secured Compartmentalized Information Facility) Lab, Staff Support spaces and networking facilities including installation of ADA-compliant LULA elevator - $600,000

(Past Work)

  • 2006-2007  Minyard Plumbing & Heating
  • 2002-2006  U.S. Army
  • 1998-2002  Apprentice Plumber


  • A.A.S. in Architectural & Engineering Computer Aided Design-Architectural Specialization, Austin Community College, Austin, Texas
  • Certificate in Architectural & engineering Computer Aided Design  Civil Specialization, Austin Community College, Austin Texas
  • AutoCAD
  • Revit