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 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.

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 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.

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 MooreLead Carpenter, Project Manager, 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.

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 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.

Arie Vanderstaay
Arie Vanderstaay Carpenter, Community Builder
Although born in Jackson, Mississippi, Arie Vanderstaay is Bellingham home grown. He comes to Bellingham Bay Builders fairly new to carpentry but has a great work ethic and a strong desire to learn more in hopes of ultimately becoming a master builder. His carpenter apprenticeship with a local craftsman, along with his time here at BBB will provide the needed experience to make that dream a reality.

If you were to ask Arie what he loves about his job, he’d say, “The people I get to work with on a daily basis, as well as the joy of creating beautiful structures and spaces.” So, when he’s not creating beautiful spaces for our clients, he’s out finding as wild a space as he can.

On the occasion that you find Arie in town and not out among the wild things, you’ll probably find him lending a hand. He says he always looks forward to Free Thanksgiving Dinner at the Old Town Café.

Ian Dandridge
Ian Dandridge Carpenter, Dungeon Master
Meet Ian Dandridge. He hails from Washington’s capitol and spent most of his younger years remodeling houses. Coming from a builder family, he strives to build quality products and is always learning new ways to improve his skills. He loves the activity that being a carpenter brings to his work day, as well as overcoming new challenges and making rad homes, in his words.

Though, it isn’t all building, all the time with Ian. You might be surprised to know that he got his degree in Kinesiology from WWU and is a route setter and climbing coach at VITAL Climbing Gym. But wait, that’s not all! He’s also an EMT and volunteer firefighter. And as if that wasn’t enough, he’s a Dungeon Master to boot! Pretty impressive. Understandable for someone who’s approach to life is summed up with this quote by Theoden, 17th King of Rohan, “Forth, and fear no darkness!”

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.