2005- Awarded Most Promising Business West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
2006-Minority Advocate Nomination Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce
2007-Awarded Best Minority Small Business Honoree Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce
2008- Awarded Best Small Business of the Year MI-SBTDC Region 7 (Michigan Small Business Technology Development Council)
2008- Awarded Entrepreneur of the Year Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce
2008- Awarded Michigan’s Top 50 Businesses to Watch Edward Lowe Foundation
2009-Awarded Best Hispanic Owned Business-West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
2009-Awarded Best Minority Owned Business-Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce EPIC Awards
2010 Grand Rapids Epic Award Winner for Best Minority owned Business
“Mark, Thank you again for satisfying the Spectrum team during their 2P event on the 5th floor. Your willingness to make a great impression from the construction team is much appreciated! Regards, Brian Balczak - Site Manager/Assistant Project Manager The Christman Company”
“Kevin, I just want to extend my gratitude for the leadership that Mark Dipiazza and Alfredo performed in representing Alt Mech and RR Mechanical. Their safety and quality attitudes exceeded Christman's expectations for the PEDs project. They handled the project in a very professional manner and were pleasing to work with. Very Best Regards, Brian Balczak – Site Manager/Assistant Project Manager The Christman Company”
I would like to thank your company for doing an excellent job on recent projects at GRCC. Your team has an overwhelming can-do attitude that is a testament to your leadership. The mechanics that have been associated with past and present projects are top notch in my opinion. Respect is earned and not just handed out; your team has earned my personal respect and also the respect of the entire GRCC Facilities Office staff. Over the years I have worked on many projects with MEP contractors, the unique attention to detail that your team offers is truly appreciated by the owner and also with the general contractors and CM’s that have had you under contract.
It is with great pleasure that I would highly recommend Alternative Mechanical, and look forward to many future projects together.
Scott A. Martin
Facilities Project Manager
Grand Rapids Community College”
“I would like to offer my sincerest recommendation for Alternative Mechanical, LLC. My experience with the owners and staff exceeded my expectations. They are professional, courteous, and caring to the customer. They understand construction and the importance of maintaining even the most difficult schedules.” Norman L. Styck, Project Manager Dan Vos Construction
“I am pleased to write this letter in support of the work that Alternative Mechanical has done for Hackley Visiting Nurses and Hospice. We found their workmanship and customer service to be exemplary. We were and continue to be extremely pleased with the timeliness of their work and their follow up when issues do arise.”
Nancy McCarthy, RN, MSN
Visiting Nurse Services and Hospice
“We are pleased to report Alternative Mechanical successfully completed their scope of work at the Allendale Middle School Renovation project and several projects at the Grand Rapids Community College. Their scope of work was plumbing at Allendale and complete mechanical systems and controls at G.R.C.C.
“They were timely with their shop drawings submittals, adequately addressed all concerns related to their scope of work and assisted in fast-tracking several items to meet the completion schedule.
We would welcome the opportunity to work with Alternative Mechanical on future projects.”
Tamela L Sweeris, CDS, CIT
Beckering Advisor Incorporated
“When questions were presented by the owner’s representative, Alternative was quick to respond and offer solutions as necessary. The projects were completed in a timely and professional manner. A high level of quality workmanship, cooperation and commitment was displayed by not only the owners, but also their employees. Their organization's services will continue to be sought for future projects on the University campus.”
Mark Eichenberg, Assist. Director Plant Operations & Project Management
Ferris State University
Alternative Mechanical, LLC. has been working with MI-SBTDC for several months now and has demonstrated to us a high degree of professionalism and responsibility to its customers and employees. It has been a pleasure to work with this highly successful team. We know they have a bright future ahead of them.
Dante Villareal, Business Consultant
Michigan Small Business Technology Development Center
“Alternative Mechanical has performed successfully on several high-profile jobs at Grand Rapids Community College over the past three years. They have been prime contractor on a substantial renovation of our Student and Music Center Buildings mechanical systems. Beyond that there have been numerous small jobs Alternative has accomplished.
In each case Alternative has done whatever it takes to get the job done right. Their tenacity to not drop the ball or keep the owner hanging is exemplary. If Kevin or Dick tells me something will get done I know it will. If there is a problem, they step up, meet it head on and solve it in a timely manner. We at GRCC will not hesitate in utilizing their services again.”
Jim Van Dokkumburg
Director of Facilities
Grand Rapids Community College
“To Whom It May Concern:
It is a distinct pleasure to recommend to you Alternative Mechanical, LLC. In my capacity as President of Owen-Ames-Kimball Co., I have worked closely with them for several years.
Alternative Mechanical, LLC has managed the mechanical work on several of our construction projects. Most recently they did the plumbing on Grand Rapids Public Schools – Burton Elementary and Middle Schools which was an extensive $24 million renovation project. Although the project schedule was tight, we were able to complete it on time because of everyone’s efforts, including Alternative Mechanical, LLC.
Like most construction management firms, our company relies heavily on subcontractors to act as an extension of our staff. There are natural tensions between subcontractors and clients that if not managed correctly can prove disastrous. Alternative Mechanical, LLC has always understood the old adage that we rise or fall together and has made teamwork with others job number one for their company.
Their president, Richard Ortega, has a commitment and passion not only for the industry but also for the community. In his current role as president of the West Michigan Minority Contractors Association, Dick is a strong advocate and a tireless worker to provide jobs and opportunities for the economically disadvantaged members of our community. I am proud to count Dick as my friend.