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Client Testimonials

Dear Chuck, Ken, Rusty, John, Sharon and entire Staalsen team,

On behalf of the pastors, church board, and entire church body, I would like to extend a very hearty thank you for all your hard work and assistance in managing the pre-construction and construction efforts of our 6:10 Building Project. It was so refreshing and uplifting to work with a group of individuals who share the same desire to see the Kingdom of God move forward here on earth.

Specifically, I wanted to thank you all for coming alongside our project’s aggressive schedule to meet our deadline of having our first Sunday service on March 15 of this year. Without your help driving the schedule, we would have not met this deadline. I also want to thank you for the countless kind gestures extended our way throughout the project. Such things like storage equipment given to us to use as we prepared our children’s spaces. Or the fact that we were not charged for John Gaynor’s time when he was on site for our opening Sunday to ensure everything we well. I would also be remiss to not mention how refreshing it was to work day after day with such men of character like John, Bill, Dave, Eric, Polo and the countless others that helped bring this project to fruition.

As I write this letter, we are closing out the spring ministry season, highlighted by Easter. In this season we saw over 300 people come to know Jesus Christ as their personal savior through our Story of Love production and our weekend services. Praise be to our Lord! Without your efforts, this amazing harvest for God’s Kingdom would not have been realized, nor would the countless others who will be impacted in the future, Lord willing.

Once again, thank you all for your hard work on this project! It was truly a pleasure to work with each of you. We look forward to teaming with you on future initiatives in the very near future.

Blessings on you and your upcoming endeavors,

Josh LeBlanc

Building Project Manager, Chicago Tabernacle

Through many helpful meetings with the Staalsen team, we were able to design a space that met our needs and stayed within our budget. Each subcontractor they employed was respectful and easy to work with. The high quality of their work is instantly noticed and greatly appreciated. I would highly recommend them for your church and will definitely work with them again when we’re ready for the next phase. Staalsen bring the hands and heart of Jesus to their work and the difference is instantly recognizable.

Kandi Elliott

Building Campaign Director & Children’s Ministry Director at Cornerstone Church in Lansing

Staalsen’s services have been impeccable! There has never been a problem as they did all I asked for and more. Staalsen’s team helped me use the money allocated for the project much better than I initially planned, Our church received better results for less money!

Clarence Rance

Facility Manager & Trustee at San Lucas United Church of Christ in Chicago

Dear Chuck, Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. When I at the Albany Youth Center recently, I noticed the great work that your men did in putting up the baskets, installing the glass blocks and repositioning the air conditioners in the old building. Please accept my sincere thanks for all of the extra work that you have done to help us complete this project. I know that Roosevelt appreciates the good work your men have done on the building, especially when we were faced with a time constraint of the dedication.

Thanks also for the good words that you brought to the people who attended the dedication. It was nice to have you there and to see that you able to get around without your crutches.

Again, many thanks for all that you have done in building this gymnasium for the young people on the west side of Chicago.


Grey Jeffreys

Conservative Baptist Home Mission Society

McWherter: Thank you for meeting with us this morning to review your company’s work on the above project. As we discussed, I was generally pleased with every aspect of your workmans’ performance, noting that attention to the small items on the project had been given generously. During our walk through, we composed a short punch list which is attached here for your reference and use. As soon as we receive the necessary payment request documents, including sworn statement, weekly labor reports and waivers, from your office we will attach our certificate and forward the request to the owners.

Once again, it was a pleasure to work with Staalsen Construction Company on our day care remodeling project. We look forward to working with you again and to our continued association.

Best regards,

John Tomassi

AIA, John Tomassi and Associates

Dear Rusty, Just wanted to say a special THANKS – to you and to Chuck, for working so hard in helping our church install the Sunday School partitions. The rails and curtains have worked perfectly, and have accomplished just what we had hoped. Knowing how small a job it was, and yet how you worked so hard to be sure it was done right – makes it all the more special.

David T. Nelson

Pastor, Bethel Lutheran Church

Dear Friends:

Recently, in just reflecting on the lovely place of worship known as the Oakbrook Terrace Corps building, the thought occurred to me that I had not written to say “thank you” to you and all those associated with your company, in working with us at The Salvation Army in bringing this to fruition.

I just had the opportunity last week to participate in some activities at Oakbrook Terrace, and saw the useful configuration of the building being used in many sections all at the same time.  Also, it was my opportunity to see the new wall between the sides of the gym.  What a great addition that is to the flexibility and utilization of the building.

Again we say thank you for working through all the unique challenges of this particular construction project.  We shall look forward to working with you on other occasions in the future.

Yours truly,

Lt. Colonel Gary L. Herndon


Dear Staalsen,

I would like to thank your organization for the way in which our construction project at 2000 York Road, Oakbrook, Illinois was handled.

A special thanks to Randy Olsen; his friendly manner and technical knowledge are an asset to your company and to anyone who comes in contact with him. Rick St. Marie as foreman, did an outstanding job coordinating all the sub-contractors and bringing the project in on schedule.

The materials and workmanship by your company and your sub-contractors was of the highest quality.

Please do not hesitate to add our Corporations’s name to your list of satisfied clients.

Thanking you again, I remain,


Robert W. Geitz

Perkin Elmer Instrument Group

Dear Staalsen,

We would like to once again, thank you for the excellent job you and all of the Staalsen’s staff did in planning for and completing the repairs on our garage. Your ability to help us understand exactly what needed to be done, and how the job would proceed, along with working with our other consultants on this projects was especially appreciated.

Your staff did an excellent job and was patient with us during our funeral services. The entire job was done quite efficiently and the premises were left clean. Please know that we will highly recommend Staalsen Construction Company in the future.

Nancy & Janet Wozniak

Wolniak Funeral Home

…please accept our warmest thanks for helping us actualize “The Vision That Embraces Faith.

Martin Temple

A.M.E. Zion Church

Dear Chuck:

Greetings in the precious name of Jesus.  I hope this letter finds you doing well.  I just wanted to thank you and your company for the outstanding work that you did in building our new church facility.

Church members, family, friends.  Pastors, as well as neighbors of the church are quite impressed with the quality of the work and the beauty of the new church facility.  I also thank you for your willingness to help our church during this project.  You are greatly appreciated.  Just as your corporation was highly recommended to us by Dr. E.R. William, Jr., we have and will continue to highly recommend you to others.  May God continue to bless you in a great way.

Sincerely yours,

Rev. Raphael Bryant

Church Project Manager, Kedvale New Mount Zion MB Church

Dear Chuck, Rarely in life are we given the opportunity to thank someone for a truly outstanding effort. An effort that goes beyond the limits of any contract and is performed with the unselfish desire to reach one’s Dear Chuck, Rarely in life are we given the opportunity to thank someone for a truly outstanding effort. An effort that goes beyond the limits of any contract and is performed with the unselfish desire to reach one’s work at Joy! Lutheran Church is such an effort. Words cannot begin to describe our appreciation at all Staalsen has done to make our dream, our first building, a reality (but we will try).

When we first met at the preconstruction conference, we (Owner, Architect and Contractor) agreed to work together for a successful project. Most construction projects start this way, but towards the end selfish desires usually breakdown the teamwork. In our case, all of the parties followed Staalsen’s example of teamwork from beginning to end. Staalsen’s cooperation with the Architect and us throughout the project achieved a level of trust and understanding rarely found in today’s business world. This resulted in a project that fell within our budget, was completed ahead of schedule and exceeded our expectations of quality. So please accept our heart felt thank you for all you have done for us at Joy!

Lutheran Church. And please share this thank you with all of the Staalsen employees who worked on our project. We are proud of the fact that the name Staalsen Construction Co. is cast in bronze on the dedication plaque at our front door. We wish you continued success and God’s blessings.


Mark Rounds

Building Chairman, Joy Lutheran Church

Dear Chuck,

The Illinois Council of the Society of American Registered Architects have recognized the performance of our firm by profiling us in their November 1995 issue of the BULLETIN Publication.

We are pleased to include several projects in which we have “associated” with Staalsen Construction Company and I want to express my personal appreciation of our opportunity to work together.

Wishing you continued success.

Very Truly Yours,

Walter C Carlson

Walter C Carlson Associates, Inc.

Mr. Chuck McWherter,

At this writing, I have just returned from our initial meeting at which you presented to me  line drawings  for the potential renovation and addition to the Oakbrook Terrace Corps.

Although I cannot give you any leads on the decisions that will be made, I thought that it would only be appropriate for me to write to you and express our heartfelt appreciation for all the work that went into the preparation of this material.

So often there are things that we ask you to do that either are not followed up on, or abandoned, for whatever reason, after you have gone to some level of expense to provide us with the data.

It would be most inappropriate for me not to express our thanks and appreciation to you for these very generous courtesies that you extend to The Salvation Army^”

It is always good to work with you.  Our mutual respect and appreciation of each other only provides a very positive working-together environment and I want you to know that we appreciate that.

Now that the Dedication of the Oakbrook Terrace building is complete, I would like to express to you as the president of Staalsen Construction Company our appreciation for the opportunity of having worked with you.

The quality of service that we receive from you and your associates was much appreciated.

This was a difficult project for us in that there were so many diverse  opinions  on  almost  every  issue.  Nonetheless,  your organization worked well with us and was supportive in every way.  We  look  forward  to  future  positive  events  with  Staalsen Construction Company.

Sincerely yours,

David H. Riches

Major GENERAL SECRETARY, The Salvation Army

Rich – Thanks for all the pride you have taken during the construction efforts you and Staalsen team accomplished here at the Niles MRC. I can honestly say that you were here and kept us informed throughout the entire process. It is very important to us as we take much pride in the building we maintain on a daily basis. The quality of the completed projects is outstanding.

Michael T. Damaschke

Make Ready Supervisor, The Coca-Cola Company

Dear Rusty,

Thank you and the whole Staalsen Team, so much for the work done and helping us with the Treehouse Remodel Project. Everyone that when into the room was amazed at the work and how the room turned. Please thank Eric, personally, on our behalf and let him know that his work and contribution is helping move the Kingdom forward!

We look forward to working with you again!

Juan Rios

Chicago Tabernacle