A Few Words About Us
Walrath HVAC has completed thousands of quality residential and commercial HVAC installations throughout Colorado since 1956. Located in Lakewood its entire time Walrath maintains consistency in meeting schedule deadlines while maintaining the highest standard of safety, product quality and workmanship in the industry.
Our team is committed to bringing value to homeowners and commercial construction managers alike by focusing on your needs and expectations. Utilizing proven processes, standing behind our work and preventing problems through transparent communication has gained us a reputation for delivering the highest standard of quality
Investing in our people by providing a safe and supportive work environment for our employees allows Walrath to offer a workforce made up of professionally trained, personable individuals driven to see their appointed duties through to your satisfaction.
Our value based approach to business is rewarded by the community through countless long term relationships with loyal clients. We’re grateful to all who have supported Walrath through the years and we look forward to establishing new relationships in the future.
Our Great Team
Founded by William H. Walrath in 1956, Walrath Heating & Air Conditioning Company has called Lakewood, Colorado home for more than five decades. In 1981, after the passing of Mr. Walrath, ownership of the company transferred to his partner Mr. Richard Gauthier. Through steady leadership Mr. Gauthier guided Walrath until his retirement in 1988 when the company was purchased by longtime employees Louis (Lou) A. Franzen and J.A. (Arnie) Dowd. Since Mr. Dowd’s retirement in 2004, Lou Franzen continued as President until 2018, leading the firm’s commercial estimating, fabricating, installation and energy management departments while grooming the next generation of leadership.
Ben Franzen joined Walrath in 1994 after graduating from the University of Northern Colorado and is currently the firm’s President. Ben also completed a four-year apprenticeship as a Sheet Metal Journeyman. Additionally, Ben earned a Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Supervisor license and a license from the SMACNA Business Management University. Ben applies his vast experience and knowledge toward the supervision of Walrath’s commercial projects.
Dan Ostrom joined Walrath in 2001 and serves as Vice President. Along with a B.S. in Accounting from Regis University and a license from SMACNA Business Management University, Dan has over 10 years of business management experience. Charged with the financial responsibilities of the firm Dan also provides leadership in the residential and human resource departments.
Service Manager and loyal employee for more than 30 years Boyd Thurston provides leadership and guidance for both residential and commercial service departments. With a four year Sheet Metal Apprenticeship under his belt, Boyd possesses licenses in refrigeration, steam and hot water as well as an HVAC Journeyman license. Mentoring many of our skilled service technicians through the years, Boyd still conducts in-the-field training for many Walrath employees.
Don Downs joined the firm in 2005 and serves as Business Development Manager. A graduate of Metro State College of Denver with a B.S. in Marketing, Don oversees Walrath’s residential sales and marketing departments. Don still meets directly with many Walrath customers every day while mentoring employees with regard to Walrath’s customer service approach.