After initially concentrating on residential and light commercial projects, Allied Heating and Air Conditioning Co. Inc. says it has found success in the hospital and biotech sectors.
Although it has grown to be a much larger firm, Allied Heating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Co. Inc. has retained a “small company feel,” Vice President of Marketing and Mechanical Engineer Theodore G. Garcia, P.E., says. “We’re a family oriented company, so we don’t really drive people into the ground here. We want our employees to have a good balance in their lives, and we work to support a corporate culture that fosters that.” Based in San Rafael, Calif., the company is an HVAC and sheet metal contractor that serves commercial, industrial and institutional clients. Founders Mark Barger and Neil Anderson started the company in 1984.
Initially, Garcia says, Allied HVAC specialized in residential and light commercial projects, and then grew to larger commercial work. However, when Garcia joined the company 11 years ago, “We started focusing on laboratory work,” he remembers.
Garcia explains the company then began to serve the biotech sector as well as larger hospital projects. “[We also] started looking at more substantial commercial, institutional and industrial projects,” he recalls. Today, Allied HVAC serves clients in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. “We [will] travel as far south as Palo Alto, [to] as far north as Windsor, and east to Livermore,”
In addition, the scope of the company’s work has increased. “We’ve gone from doing projects that were in the tens to low hundreds of thousands [of dollars] to the $4-10 million range,” he says. The company also has added a piping division, Garcia says. “We brought on [Piping Estimator and Project Manager Nathan Kruse and Superintendent Erik Dohemann] to lead the effort to grow this new division,” he states. “That’s what’s really made us a full-service HVAC company.” The company has enjoyed success by focusing on both customer service and satisfaction, Garcia says. “When we do a project, [that focus is] our end-goal,” he says. “We know repeat business comes from that.”