Going Above and Beyond...


At Schmeling Construction Co., we are dedicated to providing our clients with impeccable value and a superior customer experience.

“Throughout Stillman BancCorp’s many building programs, we have found that there is a proven value in selecting a general contractor who consistently demonstrates the ability to deliver quality, while at the same time ensuring that the best interest of the client is represented in controlling costs. We have always been pleased with the high level of integrity, professionalism and experience of Schmeling Construction which has deservedly earned them an excellent reputation.”

– Gary Rhodes, Former President, Stillman BancCorp NA

“From the beginning, each member of the Schmeling staff was beyond expectations. Much effort, tracking and care went into making sure we were kept informed. Though expectations were met, everything was done above the ordinary. Our building is proof. Thank you!”

– Lorrie Bearrows, Former Executive Director, Serenity Hospice Association Foundation

“I have worked with Schmeling construction on a number of projects over the years and have found their work to be of high quality and their approach to be very customer service friendly.

Most recently, Schmeling Construction was selected as the contractor for the renovation of Crusader Clinic on Broadway, which includes a build-out of the third floor into a 12-exam room medical clinic. In addition, this project includes significant HVAC upgrades and a number of exterior improvements. This project, which is nearing completion, is being delivered on-time and within budget. Other projects that I have worked with Schmeling include the construction of the Crusader Clinic – Belvidere facility and renovations to the second floor at Crusader Clinic on West State Street.

During all of these projects, I have been impressed with Schmeling Construction’s integrity and commitment to customer satisfaction. In addition, I have found Schmeling to be committed to assuring good communication throughout their projects. The construction meetings that they have coordinated have been very thorough and informative. Their communication style, I believe, is one of the key reasons that all of these projects have been completed in an efficient and effective manner.”

– Noel Nickel, SwedishAmerican Hospital

“I have worked with Schmeling Construction Co. (SCC) on dozens of projects over the four years I have managed the department of Architectural Services at Rockford Health System. During this period, I have been impressed with the entire SCC organization. Everyone I have met is hard working, dependable, detail oriented, and committed to delivering a quality product.

SCC performs exceptionally well and regularly exceeds our expectations. They appropriately engage all members of the project team in regular job progress meetings to ensure that scope, budget, and schedule are properly monitored and maintained. When issues do arise on a project, SCC works diligently to promptly resolve these issues to our satisfaction.

SCC has performed in the role of Construction Manager on several of our more successful projects. In this role, we have engaged SCC early in the project delivery process which has allowed us to minimize project budget risk while shortening project timelines. This early engagement has also facilitated the development of project phasing which is crucial when pursuing projects within a 24/7 healthcare operation. SCC has substantial healthcare experience and as such has integrated our stringent infection control and life safety guidelines into their project delivery process.

SCC would be an asset to anyone’s project delivery team. I highly recommend partnering with SCC on your next project.”

– Brian Myers, Mercy Health System

“We have worked with Schmeling Construction for over ten years and find them to be one of the best general contractors to work with in the Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin area.

As a mechanical subcontractor, we deal with numerous general contractors and construction managers. In doing so, we see quite a variety of construction methods used and overall project management styles.

From a technical craftsmanship standpoint, we find that Schmeling Construction produces an excellent finished product. The comfort and satisfaction of the Owner is always the top priority on their projects. Using shortcut methods or materials that compromise the finished product for the Owner are simply not allowed.

We find Schmeling Construction to be one of the best to work with because of the obvious integrity and pride in their work which is shown by all employees of the Company. Their employees can always be counted on to do the right thing. Payment processing and project paperwork are always handled professionally. Open communication always keeps the jobs on schedule.

In summary, we find that Schmeling Construction projects run smoothly. From the design phase to final occupancy, things are done right and on time.”

– Judd Gastel, Mechanical Inc.

“Over the past fifty years, our working relationship with Schmeling has included many types of facilities. We have worked with their firm on commercial, industrial, financial and religious projects. In recent years, we have collaborated with Schmeling on numerous projects in the healthcare industry. In each case, their level of integrity and accuracy of detail was second to none.

One particular quality that we appreciate in working with Schmeling is the philosophy that they are in business to build solid working relationships for the long term. As their intention is to develop a long term relationship with both their clients and their subcontractors, qualities such as their meticulous attention to detail, their level of expectation with regard to performance, and their consistent ability to treat all parties involved with honesty and integrity set them apart from many construction firms.

Whether the parameters of the project involve traditional plan and spec documents, negotiated work, or design/build construction, Schmeling Construction’s honesty, integrity, consistent sense of value, and professional level of attention will be a welcome asset to your construction project.”

– Dave Boettcher, Kelso Burnett

“We appreciate so much the exceptional work that you and your father and Bruce have again done for us and appreciate just as much your ongoing friendship and guidance through the years. Some of life’s challenges are made much easier knowing that we have knowledgeable and gracious friends such as each of you to help us along the way.”

– Rev. Murrary Hanson, Third Presbyterian Church

“I wanted to send this letter in appreciation for the wonderful experience in the construction of our new building. With the bicycle season just beginning and a few busy weekends under our belt, it’s become very apparent what a great job your company did. All the attention to detail has resulted in NUMEROUS compliments on the beauty of the building and its first-class presence.

Being a person with no construction background, I thought it would be a real challenge to get things done the way I wanted. It was a great experience to deal with true professionals who understand what customer satisfaction is. Everyone’s patience, dedication, and hard work ethic represent what all types of businesses should strive to achieve.

Thanks for making the dreams of the Rockford Bicycle Company come true!”

– Skip Stienecker, Rockford Bicycle Company

“I would like to take this opportunity to try to tell you how much I appreciate you and the work you do. This project was way beyond my abilities, yet God knew it could be accomplished with you leading the way. My standards come from Him, amazingly, so do yours. Together (mostly on your part) this building has become a work of art. This project is being created for His people, by His people who wish only to serve Him. There is no way to say what a gift you are and have been from the beginning. Thank you for the integrity that you bring to everything. I have learned that to be a part of a Schmeling build, you must be a cut above others. This has been true of our project. All of your people care and make a difference every day.

Thank you, Steve, for bringing this crew together to make this project work so well. Thank you for leading from strength of character and integrity. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of Ogle County Hospice patients and families. And thank you for making my world brighter and easier. May God richly bless you, your family and all the people of Schmeling Construction Company.”

– Lorrie and Staff, Serenity Hospice and Home

“This letter will serve as a reference for Schmeling Construction Company. In brief, Mr. Stephen Schmeling served as the Project Manager for the expansion of VanMatre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital during 2008/2009. The project included but was not limited to the addition of 14 private rooms; construction of a new assisted patient dining area, construction of a new nursing unit, addition of conference rooms and medication dispensing room, modernization/renovation of the respiratory department, modernization/renovation of the food service department/kitchen, and modernization/renovation of the Medical Records Department.

I, formerly CEO of VanMatre HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital and as a doctoral level clinician, have very high expectations of my leadership team as well outside vendors that will ultimately impact the hospital, patients, and community alike. This exceeding level of expectation is grounded in areas of professionalism, responsiveness, communication, performance, and value. Mr. Stephen Schmeling and his team receives top ratings in all categories! I have been especially impressed with not only the articulate communication of the details at every level of the project but also, the execution of specific actions while never deviating from the accepted plan. I also feel compelled to mention that the VanMatre project came in under budget and ahead of schedule, impressive statistics in the Illinois certificate of need (CON) environment often time mandating near perfection across these variables!! Mr. Schmeling's professional demeanor, responsiveness to questions that varied from design to budgetary, and his drive toward and resulting impeccable work/product quality places Mr. Schmeling at a respect level equal to that which I hold for my colleagues across the health care environment.

In summary, Mr. Stephen Schmeling and Schmeling Construction Company are what I would consider best practice as evidenced by value equivalent to the highest standards of excellence in this field! I recommend Schmeling Construction Company to you without reservation. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.”

– Daniel Woloszyn, Former CEO, VanMatre ENCOMPASS Rehab Hospital

“We have now been in our new, larger office space for a few weeks and we couldn't be more pleased with the workmanship and quality by your team and your contractors. The space is even more than we could have envisioned, and the impeccable quality and attention with which Schmeling Construction conducted the work is evident everywhere - down to the smallest details which guests may not recognize, but as the occupant and owner of the business, I certainly do. You and your team's ongoing communication during the build-out process was exemplary. I was always aware of the status of the work and was contacted if any unexpected issues arose - and your lead person, Kyle, usually already had a solution in mind! Thus, the quality of the office space and all details point to how we represent ourselves and our clients. Your work, diligence and expertise on our new office space epitomizes that quality as well. We continue to receive wonderful remarks about our new space and how it looks and "feels" to them. And that is exactly what we were seeking. I would not hesitate to ever recommend Schmeling Construction to anyone for any work they might need done.”

– Rebecca Epperson, Chartwell Agency

“We have worked with Schmeling Construction Co. on every type of construction project from new construction, renovations, commercial buildings, industrial facilities, hospitals, clinics and residential. Their projects are managed with skilled project managers resulting in projects running smoothly, under budget and on time completions. Their office is run professionally, and all invoices are dealt with in a timely manner. Schmeling Construction Co. has an excellent reputation in this community for outstanding work and for community involvement.”

– Louis Maffioli, Former President and CEO, Wilson Electric Co.

“On behalf of Fairhaven's staff, residents and Board of Directors, please accept our thanks and appreciation for getting two important projects to the finish line earlier this summer. We felt that Schmeling Construction Co. and the Larson and Darby Group led a great team which also included our Owner's Representative, Bryan Noreen, and a good assortment of subcontractors who assisted on the projects. We have learned in our work with IDPH and licensed buildings that good preparation and communication really helps to gain the confidence and support of those officials selected to evaluate the attention to code in all aspects. We are grateful in our relationship that your firm has been able to navigate through this communication as we have several times made adjustments to licensed space over the years.”

– Thomas Bleed, Former CEO, Fairhaven Christian Retirement Center