Sound Building Practices and
Owner & Builder
Born and raised in Vermont, Dana learned early on skills & techniques of the building trade in his youth, building boats with his dad. After his move to Oregon in 2000, he started his own construction business, Gnome Woodworks. Dana managed commercial & residential projects throughout Southern Oregon including: a unique affordable housing community of platinum rated Earth Advantage homes; a one of a kind 90-panel solar array; LEED certified luxury home builds & community kitchen for local food cooperative.
While developing his own business, he gave back to the community mentoring at-risk students with Rogue Valley Youth Build Program. He was asked to join Portland Oregon's reputable Green Hammer team in 2012, and managed projects centered on LEED, Passive House, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) & Living Building Challenge (LBC) certifications. He is dedicated to sound building practices and he is mindful of the impacts different construction techniques have on the efficiency of a project.
In his spare time, you’ll find Dana spending time outdoors, throwing disc (he's a card carrying Professional Disc Golf Association member); hiking with his German Shepherd, birding & enjoying outdoor music festivals with his wife of twenty years.
Credentials and Accomplishments
Construction Manager for Earth Advantage and LEED Platinum multi-million dollar projects, Versed in Structural Building Code & Residential Building Code; Certified Passive House Builder; Past presentor to RCC’s Cooperative Work Experience Students; Awarded Recognition from Siskiyou School for work completed; Prior Mentor for Rogue Valley Youth Build members; Excellent Safety Record.
Design Build Assistant
Resettling in Oregon from Savannah Georgia, Jessica has a unique set of skills to offer Gnome Construction. Her experiences range from home building and renovations, material procurement, entrepreneurship, psychology-centered design and optimizing interior spaces. Jessica is a certified Passive House Builder and her training and experience in various renovation and construction projects make her a well rounded fit to our team. Jessica's background includes work as a Wilderness Therapy Field Instructor. She is a Wilderness First Responder and holds two Bachelor degrees; one Bachelor of Arts and the other, Bachelor of Sciences. Jessica fills a couple needs for Gnome Construction including office documentation & organization, scheduling and when needed, she's an ambitious site assistant. When not in the office or on the job site, Jessica enjoys the outdoors, live music, climbing and backpacking.