We Build: Partnerships

At Martin Horn, we believe that good construction is the result of good relationships, with owners, architects, subcontractors, suppliers, and employees. We work exclusively in central Virginia, and our knowledge of this market is an invaluable asset.

Core Services

We competitively bid virtually every aspect of our projects so you get the best quality and prices. In addition to the available options, we can price self-performing many of the trades as well.

  • Pre-construction Services
    Bringing Martin Horn on board before or during the design phase can save you time, money, and headaches. We can:

    • Give you real-world prices so you don’t face surprises
    • Plan an efficient and realistic schedule
    • Anticipate materials that have long lead-times
    • Work with designers to optimize pricing
    • Recommend construction types that are cost-effective in our community
    • Assist with complex local permit, zoning, and regulatory requirements.
  • Value Engineering
    We offer value engineering on every job, determining ways to reduce a project’s cost without sacrificing a building’s quality or function.
  • Management
    We hire and supervise subcontractors, and orchestrate labor, and the sourcing of materials and equipment. We believe it’s our role to protect the owner’s interests, so our managers supervise every detail of the building process resulting in a quality product.
  • Labor
    Charlottesville is one of the tightest labor markets in the country, and at Martin Horn, we have developed a skilled and dedicated staff. The average length of service for our skilled workforce is over 10 years. With more than 50 full-time workers in the field, we have the labor to supplement our sub-contractors or accelerate the work we self-perform in order to complete jobs on schedule. With every project, you get the fine craftsmanship of our experienced workforce.
    Martin Horn displayed its commitment to sustainability by achieving LEED –existing building for its main office. This is a rigorous checklist that requires reviewing and maximizing all building systems. Martin Horn built the first LEED school, the first LEED Building at UVa and the first LEED apartment building.
Contract Types

If you are planning a construction project, we can work with you through a variety of contracts, depending on your needs.

  • Design-Build
    Some owners know generally what they want to do, but they don’t know where to start. In many cases, design-build is the way to go. In a design-build project, Martin Horn assumes sole-source responsibility for this project. So from conception to completion, the owner needs to make only one call to have any question answered. In addition, we streamline the process to select only the information we need to build your project, which saves both time and money.
  • Negotiated Manager/ Construction Management at-Risk
    A negotiated partnership is one way to get a project done quickly if you’ve already selected an architect. With this arrangement, we are involved early on in the project and often begin work before the plans are finalized.
  • Competitive Bid
    If you want or are required to put your project out for bid, we actively participate in the competitive bid market.