first established WSA Construction in the early ‘80’s.
Many of the company’s early projects were log homes,
including his own place near Twisp. Since his youth, Don has
always had an appreciation for all things wood – fine
furniture, massive timber homes and detailed joinery. That
fondness for woodworking has been passed on to his two son,
Donnie and Peter, who both fill important roles in the company. Over
the past twenty years, with Don’s leadership, WSA has
built all kinds of houses. A few have been modest cabins. Some
have been comfortable weekend or retirement homes. Many
have been the kinds of homes you’ll see in the pages
of Fine Homebuilding or Sunset – places with the craftsmanship
only offered by the most talented construction teams.
Don is often
the first person our clients meet when they are considering
building a new home. Entering into the construction of a new
home can be a daunting prospect. But Don has a unique ability
to calm fears and instill confidence at the beginning stages
of a new project. He’ll help guide you through the process
in a friendly but thorough and professional manner that sets
the tone for the whole project.
Once a project
gets off the ground, Don’s involvement with clients will
diminish, as the daily tasks of scheduling, purchasing, managing
crews and client communications are the responsibility of project
managers and superintendents. With many projects underway at
any given time, Don continues to provide broad oversight and
direction to the entire WSA team. (On occasion, his degree
in engineering from the University of Washington comes in handy,
particularly when difficult structural questions arise.) As
a former Navy pilot, Don still enjoys flying, and uses his
helicopter in the regular course of business.
sons who are able to take the reigns when he’s away,
Don and Jan have begun to enjoy some traveling. But
his greatest pleasure is spending time with his three grandchildren:
Damien, Calvin and Claire.