14150 Santa Fe Trail Drive - Lenexa, KS 66215

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Commercial
Heating & Cooling

VHC has been one of Kansas City’s leading Commercial Heating & Cooling contractors for over 25 years.

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Residential
Heating & Cooling

VHC is ready to consult with you and help you choose the best system that your home requires.

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Completed
Projects

VHC has successfully completed 500+ Industrial, Retail, Church, School and US Government Facility Projects.

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Our History

Patricia Van Hoecke started VHC Van Hoecke Contracting, Inc. in her dining room on November 14, 1989 with hopes of fulfilling a dream that she and her husband Jim shared.  That dream was to run a reputable business, to provide superior service and product, and to create secure jobs for talented employees in a work environment where they would be treated with respect.  It was a daunting endeavor, and there were many challenges Patti expected to face competing in the HVAC industry, particularly for being a woman-owned business.  But with the incredible, unending support of her father, Michael “Pop” Maier and her mother Jo, Patti knew that she could take this leap of faith.  And so she did.

So the Van Hoeckes rented a 1,250 sq. ft. space for the production of sheet metal, and set up shop at their home, where Patti implemented and managed the administrative functions with invaluable contribution from her parents.  Pop and Jo helped Patti with everything from accounting work to answering phones and dispatching.  Patti hired two field employees; a pipe fitter and a sheet metal worker.  That sheet metal worker just so happened to be her husband Jim.  The two employees began doing light commercial service and steadily grew busier as Jim secured larger construction jobs.  There was very little sleep in the early years for Patti, Jim, Pop and Jo.  There were processes and procedures to be created, legalities to learn, and much accounting work to be done.

By late 1991, VHC found themselves outgrowing their existing business spaces. The office and the shop finally came together in a 2500 sq. ft. business office and adjoining 7500 sq. ft. warehouse.  With 10 employees, VHC opened its doors at 14150 Santa Fe Trail Drive, in Lenexa, KS in December 1991.  Over the years, VHC’s growth strategy evolved from the focus on service and light commercial work.  As we completed more work, and deliberately hired the best technicians in the area, we gradually built our piping and sheet metal divisions with people we considered part of our family.   We chose to promote from within, and put strong emphasis on the professional development of our employees.  Ninety percent of our current foreman and managers started with our company as apprentices.

We firmly believe that our successes are attributed to the quality of work performed by our beloved employees.  VHC maintains the highest of standards for our employees, and we reap the benefit of retaining such talented people.  We boast that one third of our employees have been with us for 15 or more years!

VHC’s vision is to be the preeminent provider of broad line heating and air conditioning and refrigeration, scheduled maintenance and consultation to the commercial markets in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area.  VHC is committed to upholding the highest standards of excellence in all services we provide.

Present

Today, our 13,500 sq. ft. warehouse is home to a custom sheet metal and piping fabrication shop.  VHC specializes in steam and hot water commercial boilers, chillers, air handlers, DDC controls, building automation systems, design, installation, monitoring, repair and consultation.  In 2006, VHC realized the market’s need for more energy conscious installations.  We made a large investment in additional warehouse space, training, certification and specialized equipment to offer the installation of geothermal systems.

VHC values technological innovation, and invests in quality drafting systems.  In 1994 we implemented Auto Cad 8 and continue to use Autocad.  Currently, we use Autocad MEP 2017 as a basic drafting tool.  In 2006 we implemented additional 3D software to our piping and sheet metal departments.  The piping software, Quickpen’s Pipe Cad, and the Sheet Metal software, Benchmark, both allow us to produce 3D shop, installation and fabrication drawings. We also utilize both of these programs for collision checking with BIM process. 

VHC actively participates as a member in several trade organizations, including the American Subcontractors Association (ASA), the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association (SMACNA), and the Mechanical Contractors Association (MCA).

Supporting the community has always been a high priority to VHC, and we feel blessed to be able to give.  Some of the organizations we support are M.A.D.D., the ALS Association – Keith Worthington Chapter, Children’s Mercy Hospital, the Ronald McDonald House, the American Heart Association, Deanna Rose Farmstead, Catholic Charities and various school athletic and music programs. 

Today, Patti continues to serve as LCP of our company.  This business began as, and will always be, a family business.  Our employees, including their own families, are our extended family.  VHC’s success depends on them, and this company will always strive to care for them. 

In conclusion, the evolution of our company has relied on the following philosophy:

  • Respect, value and nurture each of our customer’s needs
  • Stay competitive and aggressive
  • Be a good corporate citizen in our communities
  • Be recognized as an outstanding place to work
  • Maintain our independence and private ownership
  • Manage our business for consistent and orderly growth
  • Generate fair and reasonable financial returns

This is how we’ve done business for the last 27 years.  It’s how we intend to do business for the next 27 years.

American Subcontractors Association
SMACNA
Sheet Metal Workers Local 2
Pipe Fitters Local Union 533
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