Meet The Team

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THE LEADING FORCE

Leading Force is a team of professional design and construction companies that provide an integrated approach to healthy, energy-efficient, cost-effective homes.

Company owners and primary team members have completed the requirements established by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) to be designated Certified Green Professionals.

 

LEADING FORCE CONTRACTING - Complete Building and Interior Design Services

LIVING SHELTER DESIGN - Full Architectural Services

AIR FX - Mechanical Systems 

ELLENSBURG SOLAR - Solar System Design and Installation

LEADING FORCE CONTRACTING

Steve Weise

Design Build Consultant, Owner 

steve@lfedc.com

Specialty As owner of Leading Force Energy & Design Center, Steve brings 25 years of building experience to the team. As one of the few NAHB designated Master Certified Green Professionals in Eastern Washington, Steve specializes in building healthy, energy efficient homes and was awarded 2014 Builder of the Year. by the Central Washington Home Builders Association. By continually training and networking with service and trade professionals he and the Leading Force team stay on the cutting edge of technology, techniques, products and building codes.

History Steve’s building career started as a log home builder. When his wife suggested that he should consider becoming a green home builder, he became certified and realized that he already incorporated many of the green home building principles on his projects. His first spec home was a custom home built from recycled materials but it wasn't until he was asked by a Selah, WA family to build a healthy home that he truly stepped into the world a building green. He studied every product available to create a healthy environment for the family. 

Philosophy He believes passionately that everyone should be able to live in a healthy home, that everyone should have an opportunity to reduce their energy costs, and that homes and building processes should have a low impact on the environment. 

Personal Steve is a people person. He loves networking, especially with those that desire to create healthy, beautiful and energy efficient homes. He loves adventure and trips to warm places with his wife and hanging out with his sons. It doesn't seem to matter whether he is skiing, fly fishing, hiking or having a glass of wine with a friend, he always seems to come home with a story about somebody interesting that he just met. 

AIR FX

PAUL SMITH 

Mechanical Systems Design & Application, Owner

https://paulsairfx.com/

paul@paulsairfx.com

Specialty With more than 30 years experience, Paul specializes in all mechanical systems design and application with expertise in geothermal. He will help you find the system that works best for the building’s design and get the best savings for your power bill. He loves a challenge and will take on unique and never-tried-before projects.

History When he was young, Paul went to work for his father-in-law as a shop clean-up kid, became a superintendent on jobs, and later taught at Columbia Basin College in the sheet metal workers apprenticeship program. In 1992, he began working with geothermal systems and in 2007, Paul founded Airf/x Heating and Air Conditioning.

Philosophy Seeing that Paul was going to be successful after graduating from his apprenticeship program, one of his instructors told him “Don’t ever take your boots off; don’t ever lose sight of that. It’s okay to work hard and get dirty.” When you meet Paul, you’ll see he’s still wearing his boots. 

Personal Paul loves to work, ski, and be a grandpa and he dreams of having a blacksmith shop.

LIVING SHELTER DESIGN 

TERRY K. PHELAN

Architect, Owner

www.livingshelter.com

https://www.livingshelter.com/contact

Specialty Terry is a collaborator, and passionate about helping people create places that synergize their personal values with the gifts of their site. For twenty years, she’s focused on healthy, sustainable design using local, natural materials. She is also a Certified Aging in Place Professional, and Certified Real Estate Instructor.

History Terry started her career at a residential design firm in 1977 while in the architectural drafting program at Spokane Community College. Her early work includes plan checking/ building inspecting for Spokane County building department and mechanical/electrical/industrial drafting for Wood-Harbinger in Seattle. Later she joined Flynn Associates and then Architectural and Planning Consultants. In lieu of a college degree, Terry’s apprenticeship education prepared her to pass her state licensing exams in 1989, the same year she earned a People’s Choice recognition for a Seattle Street of Dreams home. She founded Living Shelter in 1992, and collaborated with Yakima builder Jim Sevigny almost exclusively for the next five years.

Philosophy Terry believes that good design is based in relationship – to people, place, and nature. Her passive solar strategies give you a leading edge on rising utility costs, and an aging in place approach ensures you can stay longer in the home you love. She loves helping bridge natural building and conventional construction in a way that can provide resilience, comfort and timeless beauty. Ask her about straw bale construction.

Personal Terry lives with her husband in a 1930′s bungalow, which is a restoration and energy retrofit project in process. She enjoys spending time in her garden, cooking for friends, traveling to new places, hiking with her dog in the woods and riding on the back of her husband’s Harley. 

SEE VIDEO OF TERRY SPEAKING: https://youtu.be/6j-0V2GDYkU 

LEADING FORCE CONTRACTING

GINA BRANDT

Interiors and Products

info@lfedc.com

Specialty  Gina manages the Leading Force showroom. She has more than 30 years' experience in displays, space planning and design. She likes to meet clients, ask them questions, visit their project, and work with them to achieve the look they want within their budget. She also does color consultations, decorating, upholstery and custom art work.

History  Gina has owned and operated Unique By Design since 1989, a decorating, faux finishing, specialty paint treatments and murals business. She has clients in the Pacific Northwest and Canada. She worked at Schultz Furniture, managing the 100,000 square foot showroom designs and displays. She also created displays for Bon Marche for many years. Her extensive portfolio is available upon request. She has been instructed in display, lighting, color reading, space planning, design, form, and merchandising, and  received additional training at the Thomasville Furniture showrooms in Greensville, South Carolina.

Philosophy  She stays familiar with current color forecasts for design and decor, and can help you figure out your project and what will work best for you. She is familiar with doing projects on a shoestring, within a tight budget, but also enjoys being given the freedom to do whatever she wants.



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