Email From: Dean Solden
Date: March 20, 2010
To: Kevin Lovell
Subject: notes from Dean Solden
I just wanted to let you know how much I am enjoying working with your team at Lovell Construction and pleased with the process we are going through.
Everyone has been great Jim, Jay, Doug. Jay worked well with me through the estimating stage, as we had a few versions of "value engineering" and got the prices down; Jim has been reasonable on the change orders, not nickel and diming every little thing; and Doug has made good decisions in the field, waiting for direction when he wasnít sure of something, but moving ahead when he needed to keep things going. And they all have been very pleasant to work with.
Communication has been clear, things are moving quickly, and there has been no drama. And Iím enjoying the process.
I also want you to know that Jay has been excellent in doing the repairs at Durand (although I havenít [been] sent the bill yet!). He was fast and efficient and fixed a resident room right away, which is important because someone is living in there.
I know mostly contractors get complaints, but I wanted to let you know how happy I am.
President, Solden Development Company
4488 Jackson Road, Suite 2
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
301 W. Michigan Ave.
Jackson MI 49201
October 29, 2008
I would like to say how much I like the work you have done for Flagstar. I know I can
count on your company to do a good job when given, and you are professional to work
[Go to photo gallery for Flagstar Bank project.]
From: Susan Moore
To: jim marquis
Cc: Leon Moore
Sent: Tuesday, August 05, 2008 8:25 AM
Subject: Moore job
Thanks for all the work and responding so quickly to everything. Your guys did a great job, and were nice to work with. We will certainly be recommending your crew and company to anyone needing work.
There is some vinyl siding left on the patio, should we keep that?
Also, don't forget the I-beam in our front yard is yours if you want it.
Can you send your final bill, so I can write you a check.
Mckinley Brokerage Services
Ilona & Orin Brustad
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
To prospective customers of Lovell Contractors, Inc.
In 2007 we hired Kevin Lovell and his company to do extensive interior
renovations to two rooms in our home. Some other friends had used him for a larger
project and they were very satisfied with the work he had done.
Basically Kevin's workers gutted two rooms down to the outside wall, added
insulation and waterproofing, drywalled walls and ceilings, built custom cabinets, hung
doors and made two very nice spaces for us to use as (1) a library and (2) an exercise
equipment room. In the process he solved some challenging heating and lighting
Kevin's workers were reliable and first rate; they left the work site clean and took
great pains to keep interference with our daily lives to a minimum. The workers were
also trustworthy and were able to complete most of the work while we were traveling out
of the area.
While we had an interior designer working with Kevin, he and his workers made
numerous helpful suggestions as to materials, layout, and basic design options. He took
the time to look at the rest of our home and furnishings and the end product reflected
exactly what we had hoped to achieve.
The woodwork was especially well done and the carpenter came back to the site to
make adjustments when summer humidity made some of his precision doors stick.
Hinges were concealed, useful storage was created out of crawl-spaces and a combination
of hooks and cubicles have turned an old junk closet into a place for organized storage of
boots and winter clothes.
Throughout the project, Kevin visited the site to see how things were going. At
the end, he waited several hours for the building inspector and got everything approved.
The total cost was very reasonable and we are very happy to recommend him for any
residential project you may be considering.
December 8, 2006
I am writing this letter to express our extreme satisfaction with the recent physical therapy build
out you completed at our Brighton facility. As you recall, the project was tight on cost and
timing, and included the complication of working with separate tenant contractors. I was very
impressed with the proactive approach you took in getting the job done with high quality, and on
time and budget. I also appreciated that you reviewed the tenant contractor's work and alerted us
to any possible risks to our building that came up during the course of the pool installation.
Our Brighton facility is a project my partners and I do part time in addition to our full time
jobs. The integrity and diligence shown during the physical therapy build out is exactly what we
are looking for. Thank you for a job well done, we look forward to working with you in the
Scott A. Willis
SJS Development Co., Inc.
August 15, 2005
To: Whom it may concern
RE: Recommendation of Lovell Contractors, Inc. and Kevin Lovell
It is with pleasure that I offer my highest recommendation for Lovell
Contractors, Inc. and Kevin Lovell. I have known and worked with Kevin for the
past five years, providing space planning and interior design for a broad scope of
projects from minor remodeling to major reconstruction as well as new
construction. We have collaborated on both residential and commercial projects.
I have found Kevin and his company to be very professional, adhering to
high standards of workmanship and punctuality. He has conducted his business
with integrity and concern for his clients. I believe his pricing structure is very fair
and represents great value.
I have recommended his company to my clients and plan to use him for
some of my own projects.
Please feel free to contact me for any additional information.
Susan K. Bejin
SKB Design Associates
August 15, 2005
To Whom It May Concern:
This letter of recommendation is written, enthusiastically, to provide the reader with a
perspective on the quality of work consistently performed by Mr. Kevin Lovell, principal
of Lovell Contractors Inc.
I have known Mr. Lovell for over ten years. This longstanding relationship can be
characterized as one imbued with straight forward integrity and commitment to
My working experience with Mr. Lovell is one in which a wide range of challenging
construction projects were undertaken by him on behalf of the company, McKinley Inc.,
of which I was an owner but now retired. McKinley manages over 17,000 apartment units
and 4.5 million square feet of office and commercial. Mr. Lovell and his company
consistently had a role in taking care of generally routine construction projects to ones of
What sets Mr. Lovell apart from many contractors is not the timeliness and cost
effectiveness with which he regularly completed the more routine type construction
contracts but the creativity and imagination, along with these attributes he brought to very
challenging undertakings. One specific example is his role in the conversion of the
abandoned Chelsea Clock Tower Building, Chelsea, Michigan into an elegant office
building. The craftsmanship to be observed in this first class property reflects the quality
of work for which Mr. Lovell is noted along with evidence of his creative gifts.
Since retiring from McKinley, my new career has been renovating tired residential homes
in Ann Arbor. Undertaking these renovation projects on a speculative basis demands
extra attention to cost, ability to provide imaginative value enhancing ideas, and,
naturally, deliver prompt completion. For one house that has been completed, two that
are 70% finished, and one new spec house on which construction is about to start, I have
chosen Mr. Lovell as the contractor.
Quality and creativity are common to any job in which I have observed Mr. Lovell's
involvement. Reliability is his trademark.
If I can provide any further elaboration on Mr. Lovell's qualifications as a first rate
contractor/builder, please call me at xxx-xxx-xxxx or submit an email inquiry to:
Very Truly Yours,
William C. Tyler
July 27, 2005
I would just like to thank you for the wonderful job that you did in building out my Physical Therapy clinic. I
was very impressed with your commitment to staying true to how I wanted the look to be as well as staying
cost-effective. Jim Marquis and you both showed more customer service than any other contractor I have ever
worked with. I could always reach you easily and Jim came to my other place of business whenever I couldn't
get away and talk about a decision that needed to be made.
I also wanted to thank you for finding a balance between the upgrades to the space that I wanted and how you
could help me keep them in my budget. I appreciate the fact that you were respectful of the budget I had, while
also taking pride in making the place look great. I was truly amazed at how you finished the job a week early
(I have never had a build-out finish early) and was always impressed when I would stop by the clinic to see that
there were constantly 3-6 people working on the site.
I plan to use you for all of my further projects and I just wish that I had the chance to work with you earlier - it
would have made my life a lot easier! If you ever want to use me for a reference in the future, please feel free
to contact me.
Patrick Hoban, PT, MS, OCS, ATC; Owner
Great Lakes Institute of Manual Therapy
July 23, 2005
To Whom It May Concern:
Re: Letter of Recommendation, Lovell Construction Company
I began working with Kevin Lovell in June of 2004 for a construction build out for my
business. This was a 9000 sq. ft. job, with specific requirements and particular
applications for a proprietary school.
As a business owner, it is sometimes a challenge to convey the intricate needs of how
your business will function in a new space. What I found most helpful and reassuring in
working with Kevin and his group of professionals, was their ability to listen to my
descriptions or requests. From there they transformed those items into tangible and
functional ideas that are wonderful to work in or look at.
His group came up with many cost effective solutions that are designed for both function
and esthetics. It came across perfectly in my classrooms, offices, retail store, and
My request to create a space that was cost effective, inviting and just a pleasure to be in
was always everyone's mindset as the job progressed. Kevin's Project Manager attended
to the job as if it were his own, meeting deadlines as needed for all inspections. As
always we were in constant communication to bring the job in on budget.
Overall the project was a success, as each person enters my space they feel welcomed,
and the compliments on how "nice''the space is are a regular topic.
I am more than happy to respond to any follow-up correspondence about Lovell
Construction either by phone or email.
Director, and Owner
School of Orthopedic Massage & Body Work
Ann Arbor, MI
March 15, 2005
We would like to take this opportunity to express our thanks and gratefulness for the work that was done at
our home on Madison Street in Ann Arbor. The addition that was added to our existing home was done
with the finest and highest quality workmanship and craftsmanship. Although, connecting the new addition
to our old home was not an easy task and met with many challenges you braved through it and made it
happen with thought and wisdom. Throughout the time that you were doing this expansion it was very
reassuring to know that you were available and sensitive to our needs. Also, you and your staff are the
finest and expertise in the field of construction. You never comprised by delivering inferior quality,
material and work.
Your kind and easy going personality was a pleasure. You demonstrated your kindness by the way you
cared about every detail of the project.
We highly recommend you and your company for future clients.
Our best wishes for continued success, good health and happiness. We look forward to doing future
projects with you and your staff.
Rabbi Aharon & Esther Goldstein
Ann Arbor, Michigan
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the magnificent job you did in our
downtown Jackson location. To see the site today and what it looked like last May would
confound most people. Given the immenseness of the project I was pleasantly surprised that
it was done on time. To be able to turn the dirty, broken up space of the three buildings into
the beautiful center we enjoy was no small task and speaks very highly of your company. We
have received numerous compliments from our students, staff, as well as business leaders
from the Jackson community.
You were a delight to work with as was your foreman Jim. Problems were resolved quickly
and to our satisfaction. Everyone was cooperative when we visited during the construction
phases. They were courteous to us answering our questions and never leaving us with the
feeling we were a burden or an interruption.
I am looking for additional space for our Lansing operation and will ask the owner to use
your company if at all possible. Please feel free to refer potential customers to me if they
have any questions.
Once again let me thank you for a job well done!
Regional Director, Spring Arbor Universityy
September 10, 2003
To whom it may concern:
My experience working with Lovell Contractors, Inc. has been very positive. The crew
leaders where very knowledgeable and addressed issues with a positive attitude, often
having solutions or alternatives to recommend that were very workable and pleasing
solutions. Their integrity and quality of work is admirable. Kevin Lovell supported his crew
leaders and went out of his way to address field issues as they developed, often times
working "in good faith' to keep the construction progress moving forward while final
negotiations were still underway. I look forward to the opportunity to work with Lovell
Contractors, Inc. in the future.
Dimitrios Economides Assoc. P.C. Architects
Ronald Weiser, Ambassador of the United States of
America & Mrs Eileem Lappin Weiser
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
To Whom It May Concern:
The purpose of this letter is to give an honest recommendation for the character and quality
service which kevin Lovell and Lovell Contractors provides.
I am employed by US Ambassador Weiser and Mrs. Weiser as a direct report to handle their
personal matters. As founder of an engineering firm, co-founder of a marketing company, an
executive officer for a national systems company and owner of a systems consulting company, I
have more than twenty years of experience leading all functions of business and doing
community service work.
Over the last couple of years Kevin Lovell has provided General Contractor services on multiple
sites for the Ambassador. During this time he has proven to be a man of the highest character
and integrity in all his relationships and business dealings.
I have had the opportunity to work with Kevin Lovell and his staff on a regular daily basis. If
you ask him or his staff to accomplish something or give them any specific task, large or small,
you can be absolutely sure it will get done as promised. He is knowledgeable, resourceful and
conscientiously follows through on every detail. His staff is talented and knowledgeable. Lovell
Contractors does quality craftsmanship.
In working for the Ambassador, it is common to have a number of demanding, challenging and
sensitive projects with critical timelines. From the start to the finish of what many would
consider impossible tasks, I have the luxury of knowing Mr. Lovell will stick to it until it is done.
My observation and experience is that Kevin Lovell demonstrates a high degree of competence,
knowledge, accountability, commitment and dependability. I also appreciate his professionalism
and that he is a team player.
Mr. Lovell exhibits dedication and confidentiality regarding his work and relationships. Kevin
has demonstrated an amazingly positive attitude and willingness to go the extra mile.
Mark A. Adolf
Personal Assistant to US Ambassador Ronald Weiser and Mrs. Eileen Weiser
June 16, 1999
To Mr. Larry Lawless,
Dear Mr. Lawless,
It is a pleasure to report that the fire restoration work has been completed at
2429 Wells Rd. to everybody's satisfaction. Lovell Construction did a very
nice job completing the work properly, with a beautiful result and on
schedule. In addition to the high quality workmanship of Lovell Construction,
Kevin Lovell was very conscientious, courteous and willing to go the extra
mile to please the customer (Monroe CMH Authority). The residents and
staff of the home as well as myself appreciate the professionalism exhibited
by Lovell Construction.
William H. Fteteh, MS
Environmental Manager/Safety Officer
Monroe Community Mental Health Authority