Quality Craftsmanship Since 1976

a.j. Veneklasen, Inc. is a full-service general contractor and builder headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Today, our family-owned construction company manages projects throughout Michigan and in several surrounding states. We’ve traveled as far as California to serve our clients.


Alan J. Veneklasen, Chief Executive Officer

Alan J. Veneklasen (known to many simply as A.J.) was first introduced to the construction industry in 1964 at Veneklasen Concrete Construction, Inc. owned by his father, Jack Veneklasen. Alan worked summers before graduating from Calvin College and then had stints with an insurance company and a real estate developer before returning to the family business where he contributed his growing expertise for several years. In 1976 he struck out on his own to found a.j. Veneklasen, Inc. A.J. began his company with the idea of providing a quality product at a fair price and to let his reputation speak for itself. He has been following that same credo for nearly 40 years.
Chris Veneklasen, President

Chris Veneklasen began his construction career in much the same way his father did. He worked summers during high school and while attending Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He studied business and marketing and when he graduated in 1995 he joined a.j. Veneklasen, Inc. full-time. He has performed in multiple capacities from steel foreman and carpenter to site superintendent and project manager. He has a full understanding of all phases in the construction process. Chris has the ability to see a project from the owner’s perspective and treats each project as if it were his own. He oversees all pre-construction services, quality control, customer relations, strategic management and marketing. He makes regular site visits and monitors the status of every project.

Broad Range of Construction Services

Besides our Design-Build and traditional design-bid-build services, we also offer construction management and building maintenance services. AJV Steel provides steel erection services to the GC division and other general contractors and construction managers. Our AJV Steel Erection division builds both conventional steel and pre-engineered metal buildings and has completed jobs as far away as New Mexico.

We can also provide our clients with talented commercial interior designers who can help maximize space utilization while enhancing workplace aesthetics, and craftsman carpenters who take personal pride in their attention-to-detail.

Whatever your construction service need—feasibility studies, site selection, financing, land acquisition, or leasebacks through our AJV Commercial Real Estate division—a.j. Veneklasen, Inc. has the proven professional experience to provide them.