-The Right Team for the Job -
Collaborative Construction Solutions, LLC began in March of 2013 in Washington state. The adventurers started the company with a vision of a construction company that is based on core values. CCS was formed with the passionate drive to create a company that can deliver superior quality and exceptional relationships through the collaboration of the entire project team. CCS has grown exponentially since its inception and has held true to their roots of why and how Collaborative Construction Solutions, LLC came about.
Collaborative Construction Solutions, LLC draws its experience from the seasoned professionals that it employs. With their nearly 100 years of combined career experience and nearly $1.5 billion in combined career contracts completed, the CCS team offers proven results and provides effective solutions to your needs. The strength of the CCS Team lies in the ethics and quality of their professional and technical staff. CCS has built an exceptional team of qualified and dedicated individuals, who are highly experienced in all aspects of the design, construction and management processes. Because of the broad range of professional needs associated with project and construction management, the CCS team is prepared to meet and exceed each client’s expectations.
The following is a brief introduction to the key personnel at Collaborative Construction Solutions, LLC.
Lauren A. Hale - President
Lauren Hale grew up in a small neighborhood in the North West tip of Seattle. While observing her father establish a reputable landscape company, Lauren developed her drive to be an entrepreneur. Her father's landscaping business started out with a single truck and a small amount of equipment. His company quickly grew through word of mouth as a result of the quality of work completed as well as a reputation for doing the right thing for his customers. Her father demonstrated the importance of the relationship not only with the client but with employees as well. Ms. Hale was determined that the construction industry should be no different; our core values are in line with many of our personal values.
Ms. Hale is a graduate of Clark College and draws from her experience in working with larger clinics and hospitals in account management as well as her leadership roles as a clinician to manage the day to day business requirements of CCS. Lauren has combined her prior work experience and her personal approach to building strong relationships to manage the business. She manages all HR, all financial aspects of the business as well as project contracts. Ms. Hale has a particular interest in projects that will serve our communities such as churches and non-profits, schools and childcare facilities, police and fire, healthcare and government entities from local city and state to federal projects throughout the US.
Lauren works daily to maintain the focus of Collaborative Construction Solutions, LLC on our mission of doing construction different by adhering to our core values of Safety, Relationships, Collaboration, Integrity and Time Management no matter what challenges arise.
Vernon H. Nielsen - Vice President / Project Manager
Vernon grew up on a small farm in Eastern Oregon and began his career as a welders helper at the age of 17. Vernon worked primarly in the industrial sector for the first portion of his carreer building projects such as powerplants, mine expansions, industrial processing plants and food production facilities. Vernon then moved on to working strictly in government and commercial construction with an emphasis on Design-Build. Mr. Nielsen is a responsible and highly motivated professional with 23 years of solid and diverse experience managing overall operations and optimizing organizational processes. Vernon has completed construction projects in excess of $24 million and has provided Construction Management on projects up to $500+ million in value.
Mr. Nielsen possesses extensive commercial and government construction experience, having provided leadership to numerous projects from initial conception to completion. He is a goal-oriented manger with outstanding technical knowledge of engineering concepts and designs and has an advanced knowledge in building systems and business operations. Mr. Nielsen’s management style is focused on communication with customers throughout project execution and he has developed an excellent rapport with customers on his projects. Mr. Nielsen’s knowledge of and experience in sustainable design and construction led to the achievement of LEED Gold and Silver on four buildings that he recently managed.
Brandon Daily - Project Manager
Brandon grew up surrounded by family in construction, and in high school he discovered his own enjoyment for the industry. While working for cabinet shops and studying in an inspiring shop class, he developed what would become a lifelong love for the hands-on and practical aspects of building.
After high school, Brandon chased his enjoyment for construction by moving to Alaska to work as a carpenter. Over the next 15 years, he moved up through the ranks from a carpenter to a project manager while working on a wide variety of public and private jobs for the Army Corps of Engineers, retail, warehousing, maintenance facilities, schools, and medical institutions. His experience working on those diverse projects from multiple positions within the industry gave Brandon the advanced knowledge and skills needed to effectively manage a team while meeting unique project needs, which often included devising plans to build through the harsh northern climate of Alaska.
Shortly after starting a family, Brandon moved with his wife and two young children to the Vancouver area where he joined the Collaborative team. Today, Brandon strives to use his experience to drive projects forward and tackle any challenges while maintaining excellent communication within his team to ensure smooth and effective projects from inception to completion. Outside of work, Brandon can also be found taking his family on outdoor adventures such as snowmobiling or hunting!
David Paddack - Superintendent
David Paddack has over 35 years of experience in the construction industry, including 28 years as an owner operator of a successful Idaho based general construction company. He is an experienced industry professional providing innovative, comprehensive, and team-centric management services; driven to bring expertise in all aspects of construction projects from the ground up. Mr. Paddack is a consummate professional who brings integrity to all dealings, and promotes ethical business practices and long-term customer relationships.
David has delivered proven results bringing in jobs on time and under budget. David has managed projects across multiple states ranging from complex developments and build outs, to large commercial structures, apartments and Government buildings. David has a proven history of safely completing projects without injuries or incidents.
Jeremy Nielsen - Superintendent
Jeremy Nielsen brings our office over 15 years of experience in the construction industry. He grew up on a farm and learned at a very young age what hard work was and the personal satisfaction of completing a job well. In his construction career he has experience in ground up construction, tenant improvements and remediation work. Jeremy is a true team player on every project who brings a great deal of that "can-do" positive attitude with every challenge.
Jeremy has spent the last few years successfully completing very "time sensitive" Federal projects- many of which have been in very remote areas from Washington state to Maine. Jeremy strives to ensure that the needs of our clients are met for time of completion and budget all while mitigating unforeseen challenges with ease.
Jon Levan - Superintendent
Jon Levan joined our team in the spring of 2019 with a lifelong passion for construction. With over 30 years managing and overseeing crews of over 40 staff members and multiple subcontractors on complex projects, you could say he's a seasoned vet! Jon has vast experience with building Federal and Public Works projects as well as private commercial projects. Jon is results oriented, skilled in time management and a proactive leader. For these reasons and more, we are happy to have Jon on our team!
Charlie Jewett- Superintendent
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Chris Giles - Superintendent
Chris Giles comes to us with 20+ years of experience as a construction superintendent. Over the years, he has provided site supervision through all phases of construction and completed multiple projects with ease. In addition to his construction background, he has also worked as a Facilities Director for the county. In this role, he managed multiple departments within the facilities. He was a key member of the County Safety Committee and managed all county, state, and federal budgets. His organizational skills and his can do attitude are really what sets him apart!
Joe Nunez - Superintendent
Joe Nunez brings the Collaborative team over 6 years of experience in the construction field. He has worked as a Superintendent and Shop Foreman with experience in saltwater disposals and production sites. He is a proactive leader with expertise in implementing and reengineering quality improvement processes while also maintaining a safe and productive work environment. He has managed multiple job sites at one time and has always managed to meet all deadlines.
Dale Hammond- Superintendent
Dale Hammond brings decades of construction experience to each project he tackles, and he always strives for a job well done. His 40 years of experience in the trades and 25 years of experience as a general contractor across Washington, Oregon, and California has given him the expertise to approach diverse projects and problem-solve to meet each job’s needs.
Along with his years of experience, Dale also brings the Collaborative team a good sense of humor and adventure. Off the clock, he can be found embarking on a variety of exciting ventures, such as scuba diving, fishing, or hunting.
Ivan Rodriguez- Assistant Superintendent
Ivan Rodriguez is a hardworking carpenter pushing his career to the next level as an assistant superintendent. Ivan was born and raised in Laredo, TX where his love for carpentry goes all the way back to about the age of 9, when he began helping his dad build things from old lumber scraps and small furniture pieces. He was often at play in his dad's workshop and garage as a child. Rather than becoming a general laborer, he decided that his love for the trade was what he would pursue.
He found that the demands and challenges of framing a building suited his mind and physique. Ivan loves the atmosphere of the jobsite, and the process of making buildings as well as being introduced to new challenges and new opportunities. Hard work doesn't bother him! When he is not on the job, he likes to spend time with his wife and kids, and play fetch with their Great Pyrenees!
Bethany Patton- Project Engineer
Bethany Patton brings a love of mathematics, physics, and creative problem-solving to the Collaborative team. While pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Bethany became captivated by the technical and creative aspects of the construction industry. Since then, she has spent the last 2+ years working in commercial construction with a focus on design-built alongside her classes. Bethany has obtained an Associates of Science and is currently a senior in the bachelor’s program at PSU.
Though Bethany was born in Seattle, she moved to Southern California when she was just a week old. However, she has spent the last 20 years back in Washington state where she spends her time outside of work and class raising her two children.
Edwin Ricketts - Project Engineer
Edwin has been in the construction industry for over 30 years. Driven by his strong work ethic, he has led teams to complete a wide variety of projects ranging from $100k to $25 million in value while maintaining a high standard of quality that even granted his company the Builder of the Year award.
Edwin first learned the value of hard work from his parents as he grew up in the central valley of California. During the summer months, he would go to work with his father beginning at a very young age. In his early twenties, Edwin began applying his hard-working determination to team management where he discovered his love for guiding a team to a job well-done.
After discovering his passion for leading, Edwin attended the American Intercontinental University where he obtained a master’s degree in Project Management. Since then, he has served as a Project Manager, Project Engineer, or Assistant Project Manager for companies in the masonry, civil, and multi-family sectors.
Edwin and his wife decided to move to the Battle Ground area after a family trip to Washington, where he soon joined the Collaborative team as a Project Engineer. When Edwin isn’t working, he can be found with his pets enjoying the outdoors and going fishing.
Kevin Hall - Project Engineer
Faring from the East coast, Kevin brings the Collaborative team 7 years of construction experience in areas ranging from project management and superintending to accounting. Led by his “can-do” attitude and his positive demeanor, Kevin is flexible and always ready to jump into whatever role is necessary to best support the team and propel projects onward.
Kevin’s background in technology and construction pairs with his marketing degree to make him a highly versatile and creative force against any challenges that may arise. His versatility doesn’t end in the workplace, though; in his off-time, Kevin enjoys spending time hiking with family, long-distance running with his dog, snowboarding with friends, and knitting.
Ashlie McDonald - Project Support Specialist
Ashlie brings the Collaborative team experience in project assistance and coordination, as well as a deep appreciation for flow and efficiency. Motivated by her desire to understand, simplify, and expedite everyday processes, Ashlie uses her drive and experience to support the Collaborative team and ensure each project glides seamlessly from start to finish. Supported by her Bachelors in Intermedia Art, Ashlie plans to expand her skillset to become a project manager in the near future.
Ashlie’s love of efficiency stems from her interest in project management and personal development, and she tries to implement these strategies and values in all facets of her life. Her interests are as varied as her experience, ranging from marketing and photography to Latin dance and music. Although home for Ashlie is the Pasadena area of Southern California, she also has a love for the Bay Area and Pacific Northwest, and she spends much of her time with her mother, brother, son, and niece.
Katie Akerill- Office Coordinator
Katie Akerill comes to us with over 13 years of administrative experience and just around 6 years of AP/AR experience. Her attention to detail and proven follow through make her a great asset to the Collaborative team! In addition to her years of office work, she has also worked in a hardware store and if you can believe it, out in the shop at a high end cabinet manufacturing company here in Washington state. With that being said, I guess you could say she's done a little bit of it all!
Katie grew up in La Center and has always stuck around the area since venturing out on her own as a young adult. In her spare time, she likes to spend as much time with her family as she can; her 8 year old son keeps her on her toes daily. She is an avid gym goer and like Emily, loves to get out in the wilderness and explore through hiking.
Teresa Lattimore - Accounting Administrator
Born and raised in Portland Oregon, Teresa started working at her family owned business after school. There, her dad taught her the importance of work integrity with a positive attitude. She began her accounting career soon after in the banking industry and later pivoting to car dealerships. Teresa’s “need to know” attitude has turned out to be a beneficial trait in the accounting world. Both avid Dodger fans, Teresa enjoys traveling with her husband to various stadiums nationwide to root on the boys in blue. They also enjoy visiting their daughter, Shelby, who will be graduating from Eastern Washington University with her bachelors degree in accounting this spring.
Cooper - Official "Office Greeter"
We try to remember to have a fun side here in the office and Cooper is just the guy to help with this. Cooper is a rescued stray that we adoped from the Clackamas dog shelter. At just two years old, he is working hard on his social skills as a greeter and notifying us when the mail or Fed-Ex arrives. He keeps a close eye on the time clock too and reminds everyone to take a break now and then. As soon as work time is over he is ready to head to the park and play fetch!