Building Your Future

Delivering top quality solutions for your excavating and outdoor construction projects so you can stay on budget and on schedule. Let's get to work.

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Non-Profit & In-Kind Projects

We live in a strong community and are proud to pay it forward to the organizations that support it. Let’s partner up for your non-profit’s excavating project.

Helical Piers

We use the latest technology and state of the art equipment to install helical pier solutions for a structural foundation you can trust. We take your worry away.


Knocking things down and cleaning up the mess is something you shouldn’t have to worry about. We get your site ready with a demolition crew that cares.

Modal LLC
With our fleet of the latest excavating equipment and technology— and over 35 years of experience — we have what it takes to bring you the precision and efficiency you expect. We’ve got the know-how to do things right the first time, because wasting time and money is not an option. Let us take care of the heavy lifting.
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Where Efficiency Meets Excellence

Work You Can Trust

We do more than just move dirt around. Whether we're clearing land for new construction, placing a septic system, excavating for a fresh foundation, or installing important underground infrastructure, we're in the business to design and build quality excavation solutions that work for you. Period.


We’re your experts in site prep for everything from residential and commercial construction to road building and mass earthwork. And we take care of the finer details, too… Whether it’s dealing with erosion or building a retaining wall that works, your project never looked so good.

Winter Maintenance

If you live in Northern Michigan, you know that winter is part of life here — snow and ice don’t mess around. So we plow it, we haul it, we melt it… If it’s white and cold, we take care of it so you can get on with your day.

Helical Piers

You want precision? You got it. We take helical pier installation up a notch with our tried and true experience and top of the line technology. Our Bluetooth torque monitoring system delivers the exact results you demand and the detailed engineering reports to back it all up. We build you a strong foundation that will hold up — without the worry.


When it’s time to build, you've got to start with a clean slate. Our demolition crew can level everything to the ground or carefully work around existing structures to salvage the portions that need to stay. And when we finish knocking things down, we clear it all away — leaving your site fully prepped for your project.

Underground Utilities

Laying the framework for crucial infrastructure is no small feat. Each job requires an unmatched level of precision and expertise. From septic and sewer systems to water mains and storm drains, we handle your project with the care and quality you need — sparing you the headache down the road.

We’ve got the trusted expertise and the machinery to tackle any size of job. Have a specific idea you want to make happen? Now you’re talking. We think outside the box to bring you unique designs that lead to specialized solutions. Learn more about our full line of services.

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Helical Piers

When you’re working with unstable ground, you need a foundation system that will stand the test of time. We’re the area’s specialist in helical pier installation, giving you the peace of mind — and precision — your build demands.


Non-Profit & In-Kind Work

As natives of Traverse City, we know our area is built on more than cherry pie and sandy beaches. We’re proud of our strong community and the organizations that support it. So we don’t hesitate when there's a chance to return the favor.

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Jamie Wilkins
Owner | Trillium Shore LLC

“When building a house, never underestimate the importance of proper dirt work. Riley is a talented excavator who brings his wealth of experience and knowledge to the most challenging sites, allowing me to build with confidence from the ground up.”

Jennifer & Brian Walter

"Riley and his team at Modal did a phenomenal job with our retaining wall and beach hardscape. They were attentive to every detail, conscientious of restrictions and limitations, and courteous to our neighbors and the other contractors they encountered. They were timely in finishing our project and diligent in their hard, heavy work. Riley worked with us from the start to develop and execute a realistic plan in function and cost. It has been a pleasure to work with Riley and this team to create this beautiful beachscape and we look forward to the years of enjoyment we will have with Riley’s creation. Thank you Riley and Modal LLC."

Don McMaster
Property Manager | Monarch Management

"We hold Riley and his company in high regard. They always answer the phone promptly and things get done when they say they will get done. Thanks for all Modal does for our associations."

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