Finding the right contractor to do your job is important. In your search for the right contractor, include small businesses owned and operated by minorities and women.
A growing number of corporations and many local, state, and federal projects require companies to do business that allocates a certain percentage of their business dealings to WBE-DBE certified companies.
Alpine Development, Inc. is registered with the following entities:
WBEBC- (WOMANS BUSINESS ENTERPRISE NATIONAL COUNCIL). WOSB, Woman Owned Small Business
WBEBC- (WOMANS BUSINESS ENTERPRISE NATIONAL COUNCIL). WBE, Woman's Business Enterprise
OMWBE- (OFFICE OF MINORITY AND WOMEN BUSINESS ENTERPRISES). DBE, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise
OMWBE- (OFFICE OF MINORITY AND WOMEN BUSINESS ENTERPRISES). WBE, Woman Business Enterprise
Mark’s journey into “pushing dirt” began “back in the Carter administration” in the 1979 recession. Due to his father's ill health, Mark, then 17 years old, took over the business. In the next 10-years, he closed his father’s company, broadened his construction know-how, and with his wife Cheri, formed Alpine Development, Inc. (ADI). As Mark went deep, Cheri went wide. “If it’s not in the field, she’s doing it,” he says proudly. “I’m the technical eyes on a contract; she negotiates the final numbers. All bids or change orders must pass her. She handles all bookkeeping, accounting, and taxes.”
We’re a Woman business enterprise (WBE). Cheri VanderWel is the president. She purchases all machinery, secures all financing, and continuously explores better insurance plans for the team. In an economic storm, she is the steady hand on the tiller.
Like Mark in his father’s world, the VanderWel kids grew up inhaling the family pride in work that most people never observe. “We built that. We fixed that,” he would say, driving past projects. “We redid that road with materials they didn’t know they could use; saved them a lot of money. See that school? We rerouted the sewer main on the library so they could expand later.”
Mark and Cheri’s son, Cole, is in dental school now. When he’s home during breaks, “he’s on a machine,” Mark says. Their daughter, Heidi, finishing law school at UCLA, got cut her teeth while digging and laying pipe. In college, she spoke to her friends proudly of ADI’s work to build essential infrastructure. After graduation, she’ll have a substantial role in determining the future of the company.
Prompt & Reliable
Our focus areas include Excavating, Underground Utilities, Level U fire line installation, Hydro Excavating, Trucking, Clearing, and Structure Demolition. We focus on commercial and residential projects in King and Snohomish County and occasionally venture further out depending on the project or client.
Experienced Track Record
We are known for finding creative solutions to difficult geotechnical challenges, engineering conflicts, and demanding schedules. We welcome the opportunity to work with you on your next project.
Mark’s father, the founder's father, was an excavator, a perfectionist, and, like Mark, known for creative problem-solving. “Everything he did had airtight corners,” Mark says warmly. “He taught me not just to solve difficult problems, but to do it with a high level of quality and finish.”