” maintaining a Link with a Past Generations “
Mark’s desire to be a custom builder began while working with his father at a very young age. The very first job experience was literally at the bottom. The concrete formwork for an addition to a ski lodge needed the nails pulled and the cement spillage removed.
” mom Rohrbach supervising construction of Haus Rohrbach Pension, Leaveworth, WA circa 1974″
It was with this experience, however unglamorous, that the importance of giving the proper attention to each and every one of the steps of construction was first emphasized. The learning process continued with exposure and participation in all phases of construction. Mark’s father emphasized that the work in every phase of construction is dependent upon the quality of all prior phases. Quality and craftsmanship are one and the same.
” Bill ( Father ) with Mark and Joe Rohrbach preparing roof framing Haus Rohrbach circa 1974″
As Mark’s experience and background developed he made the decision to start his own company. Initially he sought work as a subcontractor. Working for other contractors as a subcontractor helped Mark understand the dynamic and ever changing nature of the construction industry. The craft involved in building a home was rapidly evolving. Contracts performing excavation, concrete foundations, rough carpentry and finish carpentry provided the experience to manage labor and materials efficiently. It was during this period that Mark realized that many of the problems that arose during the course of construction were as a direct result of the lack of a continuous presence by the builder. The decision to take on the position of general contractor/custom builder came about by the desire of clients. This vote of confidence was the validation needed to go on to the next level.
” commercial structure circa 1981 “
During the following years experience in custom residential, commercial and unusually challenging projects has provided a background which is a solid base going into any situation.
” mixed use development circa 1987″
In the midst of one of the periods of recession experienced in the Puget Sound region Mark took a position as a superintendent on the North Slope in Alaska. The project management learned by working in a large firm helped chart a course largely in place to this day. The lack of computers at that time necessitated that all documentation and administration was done by hand. Project management, no matter what the size of the job, is a critical component of any project. Following his return to the Puget Sound region Mark’s business grew and the jobs became more complex.
” Alaska circa 1982 “
Accountability to the client and better project tracking became increasingly important. The process to attain the required level of management and accountability began with the conversion of the accounting system to the computer. A knowledgeable office manager was hired along with a field experienced project manager. These additions permit Mark more time to dedicate to the sites. Having mastered the trade, acquired the equipment and facilities necessary, instituted the process of project management by computer and retained a staff which is both capable and professional the business is placed squarely where it was envisioned to be so long ago.
“challenging sites conditions circa 1986”
The management capabilities and craftsmanship were in place, however a critical component, of which we are all becoming more aware of, was missing. The work can be managed well and performed to high levels of craftsmanship but if it does not take into consideration the proper use of our natural resources it falls short of attaining true quality, in the purest sense. Mark has directed the future of his company to practice good stewardship in building shelter. Old world craftsmanship with new world technology meets earth stewardship.
In short any project MWR Company participates in will be, to the greatest degree possible, “Greene and Green”.
Mark’s fathers only advice when he started was simple and to the point. He said, “You’re not just selling your craftsmanship, you are selling your honesty and integrity”.
” Bill Rohrbach circa 1966 ”