How We Do Work

T.W. Frierson Contractor, Inc. shares over half a century of expertise with every partner we meet. We offer a full range of construction management, and design-build services including estimates, architectural design assist, and even disaster recovery services. With our home in Nashville, Tennessee, we manage projects of all sizes across the Southeast. Our ownership culture provides our clients with a superior level of customer service, an unmatched level of expertise, and an entrepreneurial spirit driven by innovative thinking. This client focused combination keeps our customers back time and again.


As our clients' business footprints have expanded, ours has too. We continue to obtain additional licenses to better serve our Client's needs. We are currently licensed in the following states:

State of Tennessee - License #06546 - Limits: Unlimited - Classification: Commercial/Industrial/Institutional
State of North Carolina - License #16011 - Limits: Unlimited - Classification: Building
State of Alabama - License #38162 - Limits: Unlimited - Classification: Building
State of Arkansas - License # 0015790215 - Limits: Unlimited - Classification: Building
State of Mississippi - License #6143 - Limits: Unlimited - Classification: Building
State of South Carolina - License #G12543 - Group 3 - Limits: Unlimited - Classification: Building
State of Maryland - License #N/A
State of Georgia - License #N/A
State of Virginia - License # 270583598 - Limits: Unlimited - Classification: Building
State of Texas - Local License #00101355
State of Florida - License #CGC 1507960- Limits: Unlimited - Certified General Contractor
State of Kentucky - License #N/A - Limits: Unlimited - Classification: Building
State of Indiana - No License # Required - Limits: Unlimited - General Contractor
State of Arizona- License # ROC277752 - Classification B1 - General Commercial Contractor


Before the first shovel hits the ground, we help clients plan and form all facets of their projects. We routinely work with owners in the Preconstruction phase to ensure all project demands are addressed and met. Our preconstruction services include:

Value Analysis/Scope Alternates - In a business climate where every penny counts, we offer clients this service to evaluate materials, design, or construction methods to reduce cost without sacrificing the project's intent and purpose.

Cost Estimates - We can provide clients with conceptual budgeting and preliminary estimating from incomplete designs or fixed cost from full plans and specifications. We often develop a Guaranteed Maximum Price when plans are incomplete and construction schedules are short. We guarantee the cost early on with a fixed fee. All savings that result from design and construction efficiencies are shared with the client.

Project Development - Working closely with the client, we can develop a complete package of project requirements from size of site to a detailed finish schedule.

Design-Build - By working with a selected design team from the beginning, we can offer clients a single source responsibility for both design and construction. This provides the client with the benefits of better budget control and shorter overall completion time.

Site Evaluation - Site evaluation helps envision and prepare for a project's site requirements. This helps to ensure the client's requirements are met, and it avoids costly subsurface or permit problems.

Permitting - With thousands of projects successfully completed, we fully understand and routinely handle the complex requirements and processes involved with permits. We ensure every project is compliant and approved for construction.


With client needs so diverse, we offer a full range of construction management, and design-build services.  Our team of employee-owners combines highly skilled supervision, efficient construction methods, and accountable project management solutions to get the job done in the best possible way for our partners.

Our construction services include:

  • Construction Management – Whether we are building from plans prepared by the owner or architect or utilizing our in-house design team, we will successfully manage your project.  By using our highly skilled supervisory staff, we will maintain strict control over the budget and schedule resulting in a more efficient construction project and savings for our clients.
  • Safety – The safety of our construction team is the most important part of any project. Daily meetings are held at the beginning of the workday to discuss any potential jobsite hazards. Learn more about Safety at TWF.
  • Quality Control – We have always been dedicated to the quality of our finished product as well as the quality of service we provide our clients. We focus on process improvement, customer and supplier involvement, education and training, and teamwork in an effort to achieve customer satisfaction, cost effectiveness, and defect free work.
  • Scheduling – In addition to our state of the art scheduling software, we offer a wealth of historical scheduling data. Our track record of on-time delivery assures that your project will be constructed to meet your timeline.

Design Build

T.W. Frierson Contractor, Inc. has been a leader in Design-Build project delivery since the early 80's.
Approximately half of our projects are constructed under the Design-Build process. This single source
responsibility and finished-product accountability provides our clients with the advantages of better
budget control, highly managed quality control, and shorter overall completion time.

The benefits incurred from implementing a well-designed and well-managed Design-Build process include:

  • Cost savings
  • Time savings
  • Quality with best value
  • Early knowledge of firm costs
  • Improved risk management
  • Singular responsibility
  • Turnkey delivery

Design Systems Builders, LLC

Design Systems Builders, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of T.W. Frierson Contractor, Inc. and erects the products and systems engineered and manufactured by Butler Manufacturing, Inc. DSB's proud crews safely erect 1.5 million square feet to 3.0 million square feet of Butler products each year placing our team among the highest producers of Butler products in North America. This consistent performance has led to numerous recognitions as the #1 Volume Builder of the Year.    


# 1 Volume Builder of the Year, SE Region, 1992 – 2008, 2010 – 2016
High Performance Builder, 1983, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1992 – 2017
Million Dollar Builder, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1992 – 2017
Builder of the Year, North America – 1993, 2003, 2010
Builder of the Year, Southeast – 1992, 2010, 2014, 2015
Metal News Construction, #2 in Nation, S.F. of Pre-Engineered Buildings, 2011
Metal News Construction, #8 in Nation, Amt. of Erected Tons of Steel, 2011
Butler 135 Million Club

Learn more about Design Systems Builders, LLC

Design Constructors, Inc.

Design Constructors, Inc. is TWF's in-house architectural firm that engages in a wide range of commercial, distribution, industrial, tenant improvement, and site development projects. Having been involved in the Design-Build method of project delivery since 1993, DCi has become an industry leader in the intense collaboration of all Design-Build endeavors.

Balancing the critical elements of design qualities, project schedule, and cost to suit the specific criteria of the client is paramount to our purpose. We possess the in-house expertise to coordinate design elements while monitoring the client's needs to maintain stringent control over project delivery and cost.

Learn more about DCi.