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.

Jeff Mack
Jeff MackMember-Owner, Building Performance Specialist, Project Manager, The Snack Attack
Jeff, an owner/ member of Bellingham Bay Builders has fallen in love with building twice in his life. The first was in his art studio at the University of Idaho while constructing large scale, interactive public art installations. Watching people connect with his work installed a life-long passion for contributing to the landscape around him. The second was when he found Bellingham Bay Builders, an employee owned, worker’s cooperative that focuses on sustainable solutions for residential and commercial construction. When he’s not working with his teammates, adding to the local architecture, he’s usually with his family enjoying the steep trails, hidden swim spots, and rugged coastlines of Whatcom County.
David Ghan
David GhanMember-Owner, Site Superintendent, Mountain Man Ghan
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.

Justin Lonegan
Justin LoneganMember-Owner, Site Superintendent, 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 15 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.

Daniel Whitsell
Daniel WhitsellLead Carpenter, Site Superintendent, 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.

Wesley Moore
Wesley MooreProject Manager, Detail Wrangler
Wes hails from the Midwest, and has been swinging hammers for more than 25 years. He worked his way up the ranks from novice to sought-after finish carpenter, and now project manager 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.

Alex Griffin
Alex GriffinLead Carpenter, 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 Brissenden
Leah BrissendenAdministrative 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 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 and the occasional DIY to include woodworking.

When she’s not in the office taking care of business, you can find her out in the great outdoors with her husband, best friends, and dog, Fletcher.

Daniel Webber
Daniel Webber Carpenter, Cat Whisperer and Air-Sealing Extraordinaire
Daniel Webber got his start working for BBB over five years ago. His spontaneous and adventurous approach to life has led him down different paths during these past years, such as leading outdoor educational trips for teenagers or restoring historical buildings for the National Parks Service. But his path led him back to BBB and we couldn’t be more excited.

Daniel has become something of an air-sealing and flashing wizard. He takes pride in doing his best work to produce an airtight envelope on the homes we build. He says he’s lived in his fair share of poorly insulated, rotten old college houses and making the kind of houses that will perform well for generations is one of reasons he loves his job.

When Daniel’s not on our job sites, wielding framing tools with precision, you’ll likely find him swinging the same tools at home, working on personal home building and crafting projects. Or if you are really lucky, you’ll find him in another country entirely, visiting friends afar.

Andrew Eckert
Andrew EckertCarpenter, Fermentation Wizard
Name something and chances are that Andrew Eckert has done it. Moved from Boulder, Colorado to Bellingham, Washington? Done it. Commercial mushroom picking? Check. Fishing guide? You bet. Managed a large-scale regional CSA? Definitely. Met and fell in love with a lovely lady? Absolutely! It was wanting to build a home for that lovely lady that sent Andrew head first into the construction industry to learn and absorb everything he could in order to one day build that home. Andrew is a long-time foodbank volunteer here in Bellingham. In his words, he loves “the people, the mission, and eating delicious food that could have ended up in the trash”. He also loves fermenting all sorts of things, like kombucha, which he sells at the farmers market, and growing all the food that he can.

Fletcher
Fletcher Shop Dog, Destroyer of Sticks, Taker of Naps
Fletcher is new to the industry but takes her duties as “Shop Dog” very seriously. Every morning she comes into the office, ready to greet whoever walks through the door with a tail wag and invitation for a pet. It is important to her that every person feels welcome and leaves with a smile.
When she’s not in the office (following patches of sunlight to lay in) Fletcher loves long walks on the beach. Well more like going to the beach for a long time so she can play in the water for hours. She never met a stick that she didn’t like … and then immediately chewed into tiny pieces. She’s hitting five and half years old but is still a young puppy at heart. If you’re in need of a pick-me-up, stop by the shop for a warm welcome by Fletcher.