Providing Integrated Services for Over 20 Years

Ideal Contracting is a family-owned, MBE self-performing general contractor headquartered in Detroit, Michigan.  We have over two decades of experience delivering small and large-scale projects to our clients in the automotive / manufacturing, heavy industrial and commercial markets.

At Ideal, our core values are the building blocks of our company culture and guide us daily to provide an unsurpassed experience for our clients.

Core Values

  • Safety

    Live, lead and empower each other to ensure everyone goes home safely.
  • Integrity

    Our actions will be guided by transparency, honesty and the principle to always do the right thing.

  • Talent

    Cultivate, leverage and inspire personal growth to advance the mission of the company.

  • Sustainability

    Contribute to the advancement of neighborhoods we operate in, by developing safe communities and
    a strong educational structure.



We believe that quality construction begins with our client's needs.  Every Ideal team member is committed to delivering long-term value by exceeding expectations when providing quality programs in accordance to customer requirements and contract documents.

We recognize prevention is key to ensuring that the project is completed right the first time.  Team members are encouraged to demonstrate leadership and communicate candidly.  Sharing best practices and lessons learned amongst one another allows us to continuously improve to deliver quality, cost-effective, and most importantly safe projects in a timely manner.

Where We Work

Built on a reputation of quality in the construction industry, we have become one of the largest General Contractors in Michigan and continue to grow our footprint throughout the United States.


Frank Venegas, a Detroit Michigan entrepreneur and the grandson of Mexican immigrants, capitalized a winning raffle ticket and the proceeds […]

Frank Venegas - Chairman + CEO

Loren has more than 20 years of experience in the commercial and industrial construction industries. He has project experience in […]

Loren Venegas - President

Nick has over 22 years of construction experience and began working for Ideal Contracting in 2013.  He has worked in […]

Nick Luxon - Sr. Vice President of Construction

Jon has over 36 years of experience in the construction industry and joined Ideal Contracting in September 2002.  He has […]

Jon Hautau - Sr. Vice President, Service Group

With over 30 years of experience in the construction industry, Julie joined Ideal Contracting at its inception in 1998.  She […]

Julie Weiss-Pilarski - Controller

Richard Brown has over 16 years of experience in the construction industry and began working for Ideal Contracting in 2014. […]

Richard Brown - Vice President of Operations

Dan has over 21 years of experience in the construction industry fulfilling the roles of director, estimator, project manager, project […]

Daniel Budnik - Director of Preconstruction

Jonathan has over 18 years of experience in the field of Health and Safety for both the general industry and […]

Jonathan Anglin - Director of Safety

Dave began working for Ideal Contracting in 2013 with over 20 years of construction knowledge.  His experience mainly focused on […]

Dave Miller - Director of Purchasing & Yard Operations

Stephen Barlow joined the Ideal Contracting team in 2019, bringing over 30 years of construction-related experience. He has worked in […]

Stephen Barlow - Director of Business Development

Patrick Bell has over 23 years of experience in the construction industry and began working for Ideal Contracting in 2017.  […]

Patrick Bell - Director of Steel Operations


Supporting business diversity plays a major role in Ideal Contracting’s core values.  Through our Supplier Diversity Initiative, Ideal Contracting creates a corporate culture that seeks to build relationships with minority-owned (MBE), woman-owned (WBE) and veteran-owned businesses.  In this pursuit we continue to expand in the number of M/WBE(s) vendors that we work with, as well as increased total dollars spent with these companies.



Ideal Contracting is proud to be recognized for various awards throughout the industry and in the community.  Our reputation has been built on quality, trust and a customer-driven approach and we are humbled to be recognized for our achievements.


    Michigan AGC Outstanding Safety Performance Award


    GM Supplier of the Year

  • 2019 / FRANK VENEGAS JR.



    Michigan AGC Outstanding Safety Performance Award


    CAM Safety Achievement Award


    TAUC Thomas J. Reynolds Award for Excellence in Construction Safety & Health


    American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) Safety Award of Merit


    GM Driving Diversity Gold Award


    Michigan AGC Outstanding Safety Award


    CAM Safety Achievement Award

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Building Strong Communities

Ideal Contracting and our community partners are committed to improving the Southwest Detroit community.  We work with organizations and families to stabilize the neighborhood, build a strong educational structure, and create wealth in our community.  It takes strong local partners to build succesful communities, and we have some of the strongest.


Ideal Contracting is committed to building the Detroit community with a strong concentration on Southwest Detroit.  Cadillac Urban Gardens was developed in partnership with General Motors to transform a vacant lot to a beautiful garden with assistance from the local youth in Southwest Detroit.  Scarcyny Park and Garden was revitalized in efforts to add an aesthetic value to the neighborhood.


Our founder, Frank Venegas, Jr., is a strong believer in educating and training our youth to prepare them to compete in this global economy.  Therefore, he has helped to develop the Corner of Excellence, located on the corner of Vernor and Junction in Southwest Detroit.  The Corner of Excellence which includes Holy Redeemer Grade School and Detroit Cristo Rey High School has become the pipeline for STEAM education.


Ideal Contracting is focused on empowering a sustainable community through collaboration with Motor City, General Motors, and Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision.  The mission of the collaborative volunteer events is to transform blighted places into community spaces.