"I always have liked to build things," Mark Uerling said, "but it wasn't until we built the house that I realized this is what I wanted to do for a living."
Quickly, the work started coming. The first job, back in 2002, was a leach field for Erwin Cushing in Stratton, patterned after the leach field the Uerlings had built for their home. Then, in quick order, the newly formed Uerling Construction Company took on more projects, including the design and building of the altar for the new St. Patrick's Church chapel in McCook.
"We became known as the firm that would take on any project, no matter how challenging," Mark said.
From the start, Uerling Construction has been a family business. Mark's wife, Sherri, serves as the business manager and promotion director, and their son, Andrew, a landscape designer and his wife, Jackie, an interior designer, have assumed an ownership interest following graduation from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
The Uerlings' other children are Joel, a railroad engineer; Dustin, a mechanical engineer; Brian, a project engineer; and Mattie, a college student who assists with construction projects when not in school.
Whatever the project, the Uerlings place the emphasis on doing things the right way. "Taking the time to do it right saves time in the long run. Quality and safety are our goals," Mark and Andrew said, "and we believe it shows in our work."
To see the Uerlings' work, those planning projects are invited to look at some of the many homes, churches, decks, outdoor kitchens, concrete creations and landscape projects the firm has completed in the past decade.
Among the examples are the Uerlings' home 2.7 miles north of the Harry Strunk rest area; the renovated Sacred Heart Church in Hayes County; the living quarters at St. Patrick's rectory and the life skills classroom at Southwest Schools in Bartley.
Other examples -- which are available by calling the Uerlings at 345-4019 -- include rebuilding foundations and basements, installing stamped and colored concrete, creating an outdoor kitchen with a firepit, building retaining walls, and doing landscape and interior design. Information is also available by linking to Uerling Construction on Facebook.
"Our focus is on doing it right, no matter what the job," Mark said. Unable to find anyone else to take on the job, a homeowner in Indianola convinced Mark and Andrew to dig out the crawl space under his house, and build a new basement in its place. Using Shot-Crete and a 200-foot concrete hose, the Uerlings got the job done, with the added bonus of pumping concrete from the alley to avoid damaging the homeowner's lawn.
Spoken aloud, Uerling Construction's initials, U.C., are a good way to show how to find out about Uerling Construction. When you look at the projects they have completed, you see the quality of their craftsmanship.
Contact Uerling Construction Company at (308)345-4019.