Who We Are

For the past 20 years, Catalyst has been committed to quality and excellence. 

Our goal has been to put together a team that can fit all aspects of construction.  From consulting to design-build we have a qualified team member to fit that role.  We are more than than a General Contractor, we care about your project just as much as you.

Catalyst is headed by a hands-on principal who honed his technical skills, mechanical knowledge, and leadership abilities on major projects by top national construction companies. Because effective teamwork is central to customer satisfaction, we stress constant communication among our in-house team, architects, subcontractors and owners. Catalyst understands the true meaning of the time value of money—your money. We stick to deadlines and meet construction milestones. And we are proud of our track record of completing projects on time or ahead of time and consistently on budget. Our goal: to put your property on line per your most ambitious projections. Catalyst provides a quantifiable advantage to clients. We deliver the rare combination of large-company talent and technical resources, combined with small-company value and individualized service. Every job we do we put the client’s needs first.

Why Choose Us

1. Quality Care

2. Expertise

3. Versatility

4. Commitment

The Founder

Chad McRoberts, Founder and CEO - 30+ years of experience


Chad McRoberts founded Catalyst with a true sense of the time value of money approach, where prioritizing the client’s needs and budgets come first. His philosophy is simple:  make the client happy, give them what they want, and perform on time and under budget.  Realizing and passing along savings to the client is the goal of every project. Catalyst does not want to do just one project with its clients, it wants to be a part of every project.  With Catalyst, clients receive outstanding personal service and attention from qualified project managers and staff without paying a “big company” price. Catalyst uses software programs such as SureTrack critical path scheduling methods, Prolog Construction Management Software for meeting minutes, daily reports, weather tracking, PCO’s and Master Builder accounting software. These are the same programs that the five big General Contractor’s in Chicago utilize. 

Chad comes from a long family history of real estate development and general contracting. He attended the University of Iowa and relocated to Chicago in 1992. Chad has over 30+ years experience in the general contracting and construction management industry. He has an extensive background in design build mechanical systems, mid- and high rise construction, public & federal work as well as multi-unit commercial construction.  Chad holds certifications from Bell and Gossett, ITT for mechanical engineering, and many others.  He is also certified with Primavera SureTrak Scheduling and had his OSHA 30 hour.