General Contractor

A party who constructs buildings or other improvements for an owner or developer and who might employ a construction labor force or use subcontractors. See Contractor. Example: Collins. a landowner, has architectural plans and specifications for an office building. She enters into a contract with Baker, a general contractor, to build the structure. Baker hires subcontractors who put up the foundation, walls, roof, electrical and plumbing systems, etc. .