Winsome Construction is an experienced Portland green builder providing residential and commercial construction, custom design, and remodel services in Oregon. We are a family-owned and operated construction company and a third generation Oregon builder serving Portland, Salem, the Willamette Valley, and the North Oregon Coast.
Building, carpentry, construction, and real estate were part of Shan’s family culture as he grew up in a family of craftsman. His grandfather started a construction company in the Portland Metro area back in the 1940’s that grew into a very large company. His father entered the carpentry union in 1960 and was an accomplished carpenter and builder as well. Although not “green” by a modern definition, his family espoused core values like conservation of resources, the importance of quality work and efficient use of materials. Shan became a licensed contractor in 1990 after 5 years of learning his craft.
Shan feels that high performance construction demands a higher level of responsibility from him as a builder. His goal is to complete a project that fits a client’s needs and budget, and takes into account a broader spectrum of impacts – like the indoor air quality of a home, the impact on the immediate environment, and even the global impact. He also enjoys the synergy created when the team of Owner, Architect and Builder are able to work collaboratively on projects.
As part of our commitment to accountability, Shan is an active member of the Portland chapter of the Homebuilder’s Association, currently serving as a board member of the Home Performance Council. He is also a member of the NAHB 20 club program.
In his time off, Shan enjoys spending time with his family, starting (usually not finishing) home improvement projects and gardening. He also enjoys coaching youth football and basketball, playing bad golf, and even worse fishing.
Wendy is a partner and co-founder of Winsome Construction. She wears multiple hats within the community as well; she is a real estate broker with Bella Casa Real Estate Group, a City Councilor for the City of McMinnville, and Vice Chair of the Urban Renewal Advisory Committee.
While working for world-renowned green architect Will McDonough at the University of Virginia where she attended, Wendy was introduced to the ideas of sustainable design in communities and buildings. She taught Environmental Engineering at a university in Mexico, worked with The Natural Step Network of Oregon, and was the Sustainability Coordinator at Ashforth Pacific, a corporate real estate and construction company located in Portland. Her degrees in Environmental Science and varied work background give Wendy a breadth of understanding of green practices, technologies and design not often present in a small construction company.
When Wendy is not working with her business or the city she loves trying to keep up with her 8 and 12 year olds, gardening with her husband, perusing the local farmer’s markets, traveling with her family to new and interesting places, running, or trying to strike that perfect yoga pose.
Richie Faubert joins Winsome Construction following a 40-year career in high technology, from design engineer to CEO of a company focused on advanced LED’s and Solar Cell technology. His experience includes building everything from computers and solar cells to his own custom homes. Now semi-retired, Richie serves on corporate boards and is happy to work alongside his daughter, Wendy, and son-in-law, Shan. Winsome Construction benefits from Richie’s knowledge of clean technologies and organizational development as the company takes on additional commercial construction projects.
Kevin is a site superintendent coordinating subcontractors, budgets, and materials. He has a Master Builder certificate and has worked in residential construction and custom home building since 1992. Kevin says that what he loves most about his job is seeing the finished product of the homes he helped build. A native Oregonian, Kevin loves hunting, fishing, and basketball.
Jennifer is our office manager and bookkeeper, responsible for the smooth operation of the day-to-day business of Winsome. One of 13 children, Jennifer has no problem keeping the office and team in tiptop shape! She has over a decade of experience in bookkeeping and office management, including a background in construction books through owning rental properties. With her children now grown, Jennifer says she needed a new adventures in life and that working with the Winsome team is a perfect fit.