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Tom’s West Coast love affair with landscape design and construction began back in 1979, when he moved here permanently. Over the subsequent 39 years, Tom’s career has grown focusing primarily as a construction foreman for several local companies, to a designer and builder of fine gardens in the greater Seattle area. He has been self-employed since 1982 and has been the leader of Environmental Construction, Inc. since starting the business in 1990.
One of the many lessons Tom has taken to heart is the critical role of working with other talented designers and builders. It has proved to be instrumental in his company’s growth. Tom says “I love to play on a team and I am a fairly good team builder. Also, the opportunity to spread my wings and learn from other designers or local tradespeople, is the primary force that has kept me in the game this long. The joy of collaboration has become a critical and sustaining part of my daily routine.”
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