Pulte is partnering with a top Southwest framing and foundation company in a quest for quicker cycle times and lower costs. The arrangement, a joint venture between Pulte and Pratte Development Co., will be known as Pratte Building Systems. It will provide all material and labor for concrete foundations, flatwork, framing, and trim for Pulte's Arizona and Nevada operations, which are expected to produce as many as 9,000 homes in 2004.