March 6, 2012 – Bellingham, WA — The last few years have been turbulent, as the economy and the real estate market have struggled to find their footing. As a result, many venerable institutions have come and gone, taking some of the local culture with them.
However, one local builder is keeping up the fight to preserve the places and spaces that define our community. Summit Construction of Bellingham is one of Washington’s leading public and private building contractors. Summit has taken on many local development projects, with the goal of preserving and maintaining the rich history of the Bellingham area. And now, Summit Construction, his family-owned company, is preparing to celebrate 20 years in business.
Summit Construction is the name behind some of the area’s most notable developments, including Bellingham International Airport, the Squalicum Harbor Coast Guard Station and the Whatcom Museum of History & Art.
In recent years, Summit has focused on mixed-use properties in and around Bellingham’s historic Fairhaven District, which has been a vibrant local gathering place for over a century. His meticulous restoration of the Waldron Building, a modern interpretation of the original builder’s vision, now includes both luxury condominiums and retail tenants.
One of these tenants is the beloved Village Books, a thriving hub for locals and tourists alike. The bookstore restoration has been highly praised for its quality, attention to period detail, and craftsmanship — all testaments to the dedication and follow-through of the Summit Construction team.
Summit’s residential developments also reflect their commitment to preserving the color and culture of Old Bellingham, and as a result, these properties have become highly desirable places to live. The exquisitely crafted Waldron & Young development is one of the few residential properties in the area to defy the recent downward trend in the national real estate market.
Summit-built properties consistently gain in value due to their reputation for solid design and construction and dedication to community enhancement.