At Rainbow Valley, we know that doing well goes hand-in-hand with doing good. That’s why, in addition to striving to enhance the lives of our clients, we are committed to sustainability, creating fulfilling family-wage jobs, being a positive contributor to our community, and to doing great work. We are proud to have many employees that have been with us for decades and many clients that return to us again and again for their projects.
In 1971, a young designer named Stephen Williams lived on Rainbow Valley Road outside of Eugene. He joined with a group of carpenters to form a small design-build company, and Rainbow Valley Design and Construction was born. Over the decades, Rainbow Valley has grown into an award-winning firm and one of Oregon’s leaders in sustainable design and construction. We are much larger now, but the cooperative spirit of our early beginnings lives on in the way we approach every project.
Rainbow Valley is a design-build firm, meaning we are responsible for the design and construction aspects of every project. Unlike the traditional architect and general contractor model, where you deal with two different firms, in the design-build process it’s all one team with you from start to finish. It’s easier and more straightforward and the responsibility for success lies in a single place. Communication is streamlined, scheduling is more efficient and tracking costs from the early design phases to the last coat of paint is easier. It’s a great process and we have been perfecting it for more than five decades, bringing beautiful, design-build craftsmanship and easy working relationships to every project.
Our Five-Year Warranty
We take great pride in our craftsmanship and the quality of the materials we use. We design and build with the Oregon weather, dogs, and kids in mind. We feel our projects should be as durable and worry-free as they are beautiful and functional. This is why we offer a Five-Year Warranty on all the work we do.
At Rainbow Valley, we believe strongly in being good stewards, in preserving and protecting our shared resources so they can be enjoyed by our community long into the future. From how we design and build, to how we run our company, being healthy, socially responsible, and environmentally friendly have always been important to us. Some highlights of our commitment include winning Eugene’s first solar award in the 70s, building Lane County’s first LEED Certified Home in 2007, being Rethink certified by BRING since 2012, being rated one of the “100 Best Green Workplaces In Oregon” by Oregon Business magazine in 2015, and having a 57kW solar array on our roof, two electric cars in our parking lot, and lots of bikes in our building.
Rainbow Valley Design and Construction has a long history of philanthropic involvement and we are committed to improving the quality of life for everyone in our community. Every year we give to a number of local organizations either in direct financial support or with in-kind donations of services. Our giving priorities include addressing homelessness, supporting at-risk youth, reducing food insecurity, creating better access to mental health services, increasing DEI in our community, protecting the environment, and supporting causes that our employees are passionate about. Here are some of the local organizations that we supported in 2021:
Rainbow Valley has a committed team of about 50 members, led by a core of nine partners, each with decades of experience. We are designers and builders and business managers, working together to create spaces and buildings and landscapes that our clients love
Alec loves design and construction at all scales. He has worked on everything from urban transit stations to furniture, worked as both a professional builder and designer, taught Architecture at the University of Oregon, and spoken widely on design and sustainability issues. When not immersed in his latest project, he can often be found exploring new restaurants with his sons, traveling the Greek Islands with his wife, or digging up the garden (usually by himself). Alec earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Design with a Minor in Architecture from the University of Oregon in 1997, and joined Rainbow Valley in 1998.
Ali’s love of design spans across many levels and mediums. While working on her Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Oregon, her interests grew in landscape design and planning, which she subsequently studied in Japan and Vancouver, BC. After graduating in 2011, Ali worked as a marketing and design associate for a local landscape architecture firm; she also taught graphic design and created branding materials for several local breweries before joining Rainbow Valley’s Outdoor Space division in 2018. When she’s not in the office, Ali is likely backpacking through a nearby mountain range or tending to the chaos that is her garden.
Andrew joined Rainbow Valley in 1996 and has over 25-years of experience in design and construction. First hired on as a designer, he quickly became the Small Projects Team leader, before finally taking on the Project Manager role. Andrew’s special power is he loves helping clients achieve their goals, and he listens carefully to each client’s specific needs and wants. Andrew attended the University of Oregon where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture in 1988, and when he is not helping clients, he loves the clarity that a good bike ride can bring, and also loves baking pies and making chocolate truffles.
A successful Design-Build company needs more than just good designers and builders, it needs talented people to make it all come together. Hired in 2006 with his joint J.D./M.B.A. degree in hand, Chip manages company operations, finances, human resources, and safety operations. Chip is a Eugene native, an avid fly fisherman and skier, a Happening Person and once, long ago, Blue Chip Magazine’s 20 Under 40. When not at work, Chip spends time with his wife Elise, son Ole, and pets Banjo, Ziggy and Juno, and you might also find him at the ice rink coaching his 8-year-old son’s hockey team, because as they say, those who can’t do, teach!
Hired by Rainbow Valley in 1995, Chris has over 25-years of experience and is well versed in all aspects of residential construction. After a long tenure as a Lead Carpenter and then heading up the Small Projects Team division, Chris is now firmly seated in the Project Manager’s chair. Over the years Chris has been involved in some of our most rewarding projects and his particular strengths include framing and finish carpentry, client relations, and developing lasting relationships with our trade partners. Born in Brooklyn, Chris relocated to Eugene after graduating college in 1991, and in his spare time he can often be found with his family in a drift boat or kayak on one of Oregon’s many rivers.
Dana is the glue that holds Rainbow Valley together. As Business Manager she is involved with virtually every person that walks through our doors – clients, subs, vendors, employees – and she excels at keeping track of all the details, large and small, that keep a company of our size running smoothly. And she not only does it for Rainbow Valley, Dana is also the Founder and Executive Director of Mama I’m Low, a local non-profit supporting families with children that have Type 1 Diabetes. Dana joined Rainbow Valley in 1991 and in her free time (when she has it) she enjoys hiking, cycling, sewing, reading, and cooking.
Dean joined Rainbow Valley in 1996 and over the years has filled the roles of Carpenter, Designer and Project Manager. This in-depth knowledge of the Design-Build process plays perfectly to his current role as Project Initiator, the first point of contact for all Rainbow Valley clients. The son of an electrician, Dean grew up on or around construction sites in California, later moving to Eugene in the 80s and earning an Architecture degree from the University of Oregon. When not working, Dean and his wife try to strike a balance of keeping their yard at bay, playing outside, and offering “expert” life advice to their 20 something-year-old children.
As a fourth generation Oregonian and son of a millworker, Jon has deep roots in the community and a strong appreciation for its natural beauty. Jon got his start in landscape construction in 2004 and joined Rainbow Valley in 2013 where he heads up our Outdoor Spaces team. In addition to managing projects, Jon is an accomplished stone mason, hardscape installer and equipment operator. Off the clock, Jon serves on the board of Friends of Trees and is the founding member of his young family’s “four person adventure group” that spends much of their time tromping, kayaking, fishing, and sometimes even relaxing, in Oregon’s beautiful outdoors.
Like the conductor of an ever-changing symphony, John works diligently on getting clients’ visions accomplished within their budgets and timelines. John joined Rainbow Valley in 2007 as a Lead Carpenter but quickly rose to Project Manager and has worked on some of Rainbow Valley’s most challenging projects. Born on the East Coast, but raised mostly in Arizona and California, John has a passion for cooking, baking, local wines and entertaining friends with everything from simple to lavish meals. John is also an avid fisherman and can often be found at the coast or on a local river with a line in the water.
Hired by Rainbow Valley in 2012, Kevin started as a Carpenter and has steadily worked his way up through the ranks to Project Manager. With his years of carpentry experience and equipped with strong communication skills, Kevin excels at getting clients smoothly through the complex process of a construction project. Born in Detroit Michigan and with stints in Savannah and Boulder, Kevin finally settled in Eugene in 2012 where he loves to read and play with his two young children Bodhi and River. When he has a chance to sneak away for some alone time you’ll find him fishing one of Oregon’s beautiful rivers or snowboarding one of its epic mountains.
A man of many talents, Lytton has worked on both the design and building sides of the company. Since joining Rainbow Valley in 2013, Lytton has been the Outdoor Spaces Lead Designer and a Lead Carpenter before settling in as Project Manager. Lytton holds a Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Oregon and has even worked in China for a large Landscape Architecture and Planning firm. When he is not working at the office he can often be found working on his historic home or in his 10 acre garden, but when he finally does break away he enjoys playing the piano, riding motorcycles, hunting mushrooms and surfing.
Nic’s solid performance is only exceeded by his creative talents. Nic joined Rainbow Valley in 2005 as a Carpenter, steadily worked into the Lead Carpenter role and in short order became a Project Manager. But beyond the construction knowledge and organizational skills needed to successfully see projects through, Nic brings a sculptor’s sensibility to his work. He has been responsible for some of our most iconic projects and enjoys working with the designers and clients to develop unique features and creatively solve problems. In his free time he is active in the ultimate frisbee community and loves to camp, bike, and cook with his family and friends.
In his 30+ years in design and construction, Scott has enjoyed a wide variety of experiences, from operating heavy equipment to studying architecture in Rome, from designing and building yurts, to designing KLCC’s Oregon Country Fair booth. Scott earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree with a Minor in Architecture History from the University of Oregon in 1991, and joined Rainbow Valley in 1992. When he gets away from his desk, he gets far away, like cycling through remote parts of Oregon with 2,000 of his closest friends or hiking through Spanish villages with his wife.
Tobin is a true master of many trades. Since 1998, he has worked as both designer and builder on many interesting projects, including straw bale and cob houses; he has coordinated zero-waste events and published papers on Passive Solar and Daylighting and Net-Zero Energy Modeling. But it doesn’t stop there – currently he hosts a radio show, is on the Ski Patrol, and most importantly, is the dedicated father of three beautiful children. Tobin earned LEED accreditation in 2009, a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Oregon in 2010, and joined Rainbow Valley in 2013.