A nonprofit alliance of contractors recently completed a $200,000 renovation project at the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati in Walnut Hills.

The project updated the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system for The Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati, which provides services and shelter for homeless families.

Mechanical Optimizers recently completed a $200,000 project at the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati. From left: Jeff Wilmink, co-founder of Mechanical Optimizers; Joe Hummel of Environmental Demolition Group; Matt Schamer of Seco Electric Co.; Hume Jamison of the Interfaith Hospitality Network; MerryBeth McKee of the Interfaith Hospitality Network; and Ken Weller of Century Mechanical Solutions.

The repairs will reduce the nonprofit's annual heating and air conditioning costs by 35 percent..

The project was completed by Mechanical Optimizers, a nonprofit alliance of eight building contractors that aims to help Cincinnati nonprofits assess, budget and fund long-term mechanical needs.

“Mechanical Optimizers is committed to giving back because there is a huge need to help social service and nonprofit organizations,” said Jeff Wilmink, Mechanical Optimizer co-founder, in a news release.

Wilmink said that many nonprofits do not have the expertise on their staff to look at long-term mechanical projects.

"Mechanical Optimizers focuses on putting together a long-term mechanical plan and then helps fund and execute that plan," he said.

The four-month project was funded by PNC Bank, the Greater Cincinnati Foundation and a U.S. Bank Foundation named in memory of Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr.

>Originally published in Cincinnati.com