This is Who We Are

Bellingham Bay Builders is a team of real people doing honest work.

We’re framers and fathers. Designers and dancers. Builders and bicyclists. Managers and musicians. We are lovers of the outdoors, our families and our community. We never forget we’re all invested in this place we call home.

Dave Brogan
Dave BroganFounding member-owner, Project Manager, Gaant Chart Guru
After earning his Outdoor Environmental Education degree from Huxley College at Western Washington University, Dave put it to good use as a sea kayak guide and teacher in some of North America’s most wild places. Eventually, he settled on construction as a vocation, and soon became project manager for a local timber frame contractor. In 2004, he and three friends founded Bellingham Bay Builders. Dave handles estimating and project management with a keen eye for timelines and budgets. He’s passionate about high-performance building and continuously studies this modern age of building science.

Ever the outdoors enthusiast, Dave enjoys skiing, sea kayaking, sailing and rock climbing with family and friends. Time at home means dance parties with his daughters, reading in bed as a family and gathering around the table with good food and great friends.

Ross Grier
Ross GrierFounding member-owner, Project Manager, Postcard Aficionado
You could say Ross has been around the block. Born and raised in Japan, he landed in Bellingham after hopping his way across the country. A 30-year builder and craftsman, Ross stays busy keeping BBB clients happy, attending to the details and extinguishing fires as needed.

As one of BBB’s founding member-owners, Ross is a big fan of worker’s cooperatives and has greatly enjoyed watching the concept take root and grow. When he’s not fearlessly navigating the complexities of building, Ross hikes the Pacific Crest Trail, sails Bellingham Bay, fires up his grandchildren’s imaginations and vacations with his wife. He’s a board member of the Bellingham Sister Cities Association, contributing to our city’s positive relationship with Tateyama, Japan.

Ross is a former juggling unicyclist whose middle name consists of nine letters, four of which are Ls. (Could it be Llewellyn?)

David Ghan
David GhanMember-owner, Site Superintendent, Building Enthusiast
An Oregonian by birth, Dave grew up in a homes remodeled by his family. He learned carpentry by making his own toys and places to play. His increasingly elaborate projects culminated with a full-size-Chevy-van-turned-underground-fort. (Yes, he and his friends buried the van in the dirt and accessed it through a dog house on the roof.)

Dave supervises each BBB building site, working closely with crewmembers, as well as our clients, to get every detail right the first time. He loves the building process, because it combines science, structural engineering, craftsmanship and psychology “into a delicious stew.” Dave says, “It’s super rad!”

When not hard at work, Dave is working hard at all the other things he loves (and there are many). He gives back when he can, in thanks for a wonderful life here in NW Washington.

Jeff Mack
Jeff MackMember-owner, Building Performance Specialist, Site Superintendent, Jobsite Dance Party Organizer
Jeff is a creative guy, with a degree in graphic design and a penchant for high performance construction. As a certified Energy Auditor, Jeff utilizes his expertise in air leakage testing and building performance to make BBB projects more durable and energy efficient.

To Jeff, nothing beats collaborating with co-workers and clients to build structures that are models of efficiency and craftsmanship. In his free time, he skateboards with his son, reads with his daughter, and gets way out of town as often as possible.

Next time you see him, ask Jeff about that time he ate an entire jar of atomic pickles.

Wesley Moore
Wesley MooreFinish Carpenter, Detail Wrangler
Wes hails from the Midwest, and has been swinging hammers for more than 20 years. He worked his way up the ranks from novice to sought-after finish carpenter, and believes in making BBB projects look as great as they function.

Wes admires the way the entire BBB team strives for integrity and excellence on every project—which lines up perfectly with his philosophy of doing your best at every moment. When he’s not at work, this son of a preacher man enjoys listening to music and
spending time outside.

Daniel Whitsell
Daniel WhitsellCarpenter, Shim-making Jedi
Daniel is another WWU grad who came to the building trades from a creative field of study: fine art. He perfected his carpentry skills in a Seattle cabinet shop and now applies them in creating long-lasting, environmentally sound structures with the BBB team.

Daniel enjoys working with his hands and with his co-workers, “the coolest carpenters in the world.” In his free time, he’s typically hanging out with friends and family, skiing, biking or creating art. He volunteers by designing and building edible forests, parklets (so Bellingham) and a Sustainable Connections green playhouse.

Favorite work memory: when he and Jeff Mack held down a 20,000-square-foot tarp over a roof during a roaring 70+mph wind. Why? Because Daniel believes in running at challenges and valuing all experiences. Call him Captain Positive.

Sam Schell
Sam SchellProject Manager, Outdoor Nut
Samuel started his building career as a designer for a commercial builder, and has worked on projects from water treatment facilities to gold mines. As a BBB project manager, his job is to keep timelines on track, and prevent mistakes before they happen. He’s a straight-up communicator who keeps clients involved and informed throughout the process.

When he’s not finding creative solutions to building challenges, you can find Sam outdoors with his friends, mountain biking or long-distance touring; skiing or sailing; fishing or crabbing; running the trails or traveling the world.

Sam enjoys working with his crewmates to help people realize their dream of a beautiful, functional, creative and high performance home.

Daniel Webber
Daniel WebberDemolition Man, Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Daniel is an English major who crossed the creative line from brain to brawn. As a carpenter’s apprentice, he’s handled ever-evolving tasks to contribute to a wide variety of projects. Ask Daniel what he loves most about working at BBB, and he’ll tell you it’s his co-workers, who take the time to teach him new skills—and classic tricks of the trade, too.

When he’s not busy climbing scaffolding or keeping jobsites super-tidy, Daniel likes to explore old buildings, charm senior ladies and write. He’s also completely stoked about volunteering with the Whatcom Humane Society to foster kittens.

Daniel believes in saying “yes” to novelty and sorting out the consequences later.
Secret power: He’s an excellent seamster.

Justin Lonegan
Justin LoneganLead Carpenter, Get er’doner
Justin is a hardworking guy that loves to be outdoors whether he’s building custom homes, dry stacking stone walls, or taking care of his property in the foothills of the Cascades. With 12 years of experience in the construction industry and a motto of “don’t let the speed bump slow you down,” Justin’s skills and great attitude help create a quick paced, work environment that thrives on integrity.

Justin likes to set high goals and see them through to completion.

In his free time, he enjoys skiing, hiking, gardening, and spending time with his family.

Alex Griffin
Alex GriffinCarpenter, Outdoor Adventure Chaser
Alex, raised in the great NW, is a second generation carpenter trained in traditional wood working methods by his father. He thrives on quality craftsmanship whether he’s wielding a finish gun or a framing hammer.

Alex brings enthusiasm to the jobsite and enjoys the day by day progression of homebuilding. Alex enjoys working hard and playing hard. When doing the latter, he divides his time between hiking, practicing yoga, snowboarding, dirt bike riding, and mountain biking. When he’s not riding the trails, Alex also enjoys creating and maintaining them with local mountain bike organization WMBC.

Leah Barta
Leah BartaAdministrative Assistant, Harry Potter Fanatic
Leah is a native Tacoman who originally migrated to Bellingham to study at WWU. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning, she did a term working as an AmeriCorps member with King County’s Office of Emergency Management. While there she helped prepare the King County public for tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanoes, and even sharknados.

As a lover of games and sports she has spent much of her life playing volleyball, basketball, tennis, soccer, softball, and swimming. In fact, for her eighth grade yearbook she was voted “Best Jock”. You may run into Leah at a local softball or volleyball match.

As the Office Administrator at BBB she uses her diverse skills, easy-going attitude, and great sense of humor to help the office run smoothly; if truth be told she puts the capital “O” in organization. If you’re lucky, and likely you will be, when you call or drop by BBB hers will be the first voice you hear. Working in an office that shares a woodshop, she is excited to expand her crafting repertoire from all forms of sewing to include woodworking; starting with building a new bedframe.